The “Tippecanoe” Edition :: Issue #209, Rusty’s Electric Dreams


“To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.”

  Patti Smith

Rusty's Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #209 :: The “Tippecanoe” Edition :: 02:27:2019


As you know, to put the zine together I rely on tips from you. Tips that give me a heads up to an event I wasn’t aware of, or tips that alert me to a cool article or artwork (or something). I really appreciate these kinds of tips. Please keep them coming! But, now, I’m in need of a different kind of tip, the kind that will allow me to keep Rusty’s Electric Dreams afloat.

I’m amazed that I’m still publishing the zine nearly five years later. I’m also amazed that I’ve been able to self-fund it this whole time. Honestly, it’s been timidity on my part to ask for help. However, I’ve come to realize that I won’t be able to keep it going without financial support. 

While it’s still up and running, Electric Dreams will continue to be free to those who need it to be. I know many of you are artists and that contributing money is difficult, if not impossible. 

However, if you do have the means, please consider supporting it. To this end, I have started a “tip jar.” A monthly donation, even a small one, is the best way to help. A one-time contribution is the next best way. Even $5 to $10 a month from a few of you would go a long way. 

Thanks for the consideration, folks. That was a hard ask! 

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Here’s the link again. I’ve also included it as a permanent fixture in the masthead, which is at the bottom of every email. 

As seen on the Internets

Swiss cat ladders

I don’t know if there’s an old book of Swiss cat ladders but now there’s a new book of Swiss cat ladders (and it looks neat!). via
:: I’ve featured Seth Godin’s Akimbo podcast here before but I want to specifically point you to his episode “On Dignity” — it’s a must-hear

:: Weezer’s cover of the 80s classic “Take on Me

:: A terrific oral history of Mike Judge’s Office Space

:: Oldie but a goodie: Kermit covers Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime”
:: Thx, Andy!

:: Flash Bob: Curly-wigged middle schoolers take a Bob Ross art class

:: From a BB reader: Colonel Sanders’ (not-a-) secret (-anymore) recipe of 11 herbs and spices

:: Apparently, there are some darn good croissants at a bakery in Albany, California

:: Literal LOL: “Hot Bod Lincoln

:: Fascinating stories what people did with large sums of money via

:: Not for the squeamish: Who knew you could make meringue with blood?

:: In his early days, Edward Gorey illustrated book classics Thx, Mags!

Real thing you can actually wear: yay!

No whammies: Sure, Billy Porter’s Oscar tux/gown was incredibly moving and beautiful but it wasn’t a Salisbury steak TV DINNER CAPE! Moschino, you have won me over.

Real things you can actually buy: nay!

What will they think of next?: Oh, meat-flavored breakfast cereals. Gotcha.

Featured Events

Fisher-Price Flesh-Eating Telephone by Obvious Plant

[LOS ANGELES :: Dates in March] Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys, I sure would like to see this! Thanks, Brittany!

[4/10] One night theatrical event (!): Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote [info] In the East Bay and want to join me at a showing? Email me.

USA and Canada
[various dates] Immersive listings

Alameda, CA
[3/5] Alameda Point Antiques Faire

[4/20] The Menagerie: Oddities and Curiosities Market at Alameda Elks Lodge, 11 AM to 7 PM, Tickets

Bay Area, CA
[Dates in 2019] The Wanderer’s Union, a long-distance wandering club, has announced the dates for their 2019 season (“You can travel by foot or public transit only. Wear comfy shoes.”), FREE

Berkeley, CA
[5/4-5/5] Bay Area Book Festival, a free outdoor fair featuring 225 authors and 100 sessions in Downtown Berkeley

[4/27] Dark Garden Corsetry’s Fête Du Cupid, 8 PM to midnight, Tickets

Austin, TX
[3/11, 3/12, 3/14] Harrod Blank has a new film which is premiering at SXSW. It’s called Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You 

Coachella Valley, CA
[Until 4/21] Desert X 

Las Vegas, NV
[Until 4/28] You can experience Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Thanks, Susan!

Lodoga, CA
[6/20-6/23] Camp Tipsy — $125 tickets go on sale March 1

New York City
RED pal Oriana Leckert always knows what’s going on in the Big Apple, for real

Oakland, CA
[THIS WEEKEND 3/2-3/3] Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale, 10 AM to 4 PM
[Use code OAKWES to get 20% off Lyft rides to and from the sale]

[Until 3/2] Best of HUMP! film festival, years 2008-2017 at the New Parkway

[6/6-6/7] Burger BoogalooTickets

[6/21] Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, 5 PM

[10/12-2/16] The Smithsonian’s No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit is coming to Oakland Museum of California

San Francisco, CA
[3/5] Odd Salon: Doomed at The Public Works SF, 6:30 PM, Tickets

[3/8] Bay Area Pun-Off, 7 PM to 10 PM

[6 dates between 3/9-3/24] Artist Kasey Smith presents TifFAUXny Snails – A Tale of Gold and Glass

[3/17] Beware the Brides of March, wear a wedding dress and meet at Bar Fluxus, 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM

[4/6] Mark Growden + The San Francisco Jaw Harp Choir at the Lost Church, Doors 7:30 PM, Tickets

[4/10-4/23] San Francisco International Film Festival (opening night film is Netflix’s “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” at the Castro!)

[4/13] ResurrEGGtion 3 (an EGGS bar fundraiser) at Monarch, 9 PM to 3 AM

[4/21] Easter in the Park with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Dolores Park, 12 PM to 4 PM

[4/25-4/27] Best of HUMP! film festival, years 2008-2017 at the Victoria Theatre

Know about a cool happening? Send me the info and I’ll share it with the class!

Notation Knives

16th c. notation knives — for singing before or after a meal

Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a (mostly) weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff for positive deviants and the people who love them.

Described as, “One of the most inspiring, weird and off-kilter collections of curated kitschy ephemera for the big-brained.” People like it.

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