The “We are verbs” Edition :: Issue #213, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it – that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who does things – I write, I act – and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”

Stephen Fry

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #213 :: The “We are verbs” Edition :: 03:27:2019

We are verbs…

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. A revised version of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society will soon be available in paperback — pre-order now!

As seen on the Internets

So, a few years back, I learned that Topps had made a Wacky Package of Fluff. Not this one, another one — Marshmallow Flopp. As a noted superfan of Fluff, I bought one of the stickers off of eBay immediately. Cut to this week when I learned that there was another one — Mushmallow Flunk! I returned to eBay, ordered one and then discovered its original art (above, by Jay Lynch) was sold in auction last year! #slimeydessertgoo
:: Thanks, T.C.!

:: If “Tales of the City” is your jam too, be sure to watch this documentary on its creator Armistead Maupin too (Yes, I’ve mentioned it here before)

:: My pal Mark Blackwell spotted a pecan pie vending machine in Texas!

:: Serving lasagna, ofc: Garfield (the cat) restaurant opening in Toronto
:: Thanks, Andy!

:: Take a look at the REAL Archie McPhee

:: Cheese aged to “Jazz (We’ve Got)” by A Tribe Called Quest tastes best

:: Stop-motion animation of Willam S. Burroughs’ Ah Pook is Here (1994)
:: via

:: A moonbow, a lunar rainbow, was spotted during last week’s supermoon!

Real things you can actually buy: yes way!

Oh! You pretty things: Vans is paying homage to David Bowie with a new four-sneaker collection: “For the Sk8-Hi, while the lightening (sic) stripe on the side panel may call to mind the unforgettable Ziggy Stardust era, the textured black & white colorway overall actually reminds us more of his 1976 Station to Station LP, down to the red accents lining up with the red block lettering of the album title itself.” (But does it really need his name on it? — Eh, still cool!)

Real things you can actually buy: way!

Here’s the unexpected collab of 2019: Dirt-cheap fast-fashion clothier Forever 21 has teamed up with United States Postal Service (!) to ship young, trendy types (read: small) this collection of postal-inspired attire.

As much as I’d like to, I simply can’t give the line my stamp of approval (see what I did there?) because Forever 21 uses straight-up sweatshop labor. Boo!

Thanks, Whitney!

Featured Events

[SAN FRANCISCO 4/5, 4/6] John Waters’ Polyester, presented in Odorama, at Clay Theatre (midnight movies)

[4/10] One night theatrical event: Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote [info]

USA and Canada
[various dates] Immersive listings

Alameda, CA
[3/23] CarrierCon 2019, a celebration of pop culture — features an Artist Alley, Panels, Tabletop Gaming, Photo Locations, a Screening Room, a Haunted Tour, and more — on the USS Hornet, 10 AM to 5 PM, Tickets

[3/31] Bay Area Caftan Meet-up at Forbidden Island, 2 PM to 5 PM

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

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

Los Angeles, CA
[Summer 2019] POP SK8, a pop-up outdoor roller rink

Marin, CA
[July 3-7] Marin County Fair

New York City
[4/1] Joey Skaggs’ 34th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade, starts at Fifth Ave and 59th Street at noon

RED pal Oriana Leckert always knows what’s going on in the Big Apple, no joke

Oakland, CA
[4/28] Music at the Chimes at Chapel of the Chimes, 2 PM to 4 PM

[5/18] Turn the Page! children’s book festival at Children’s Fairyland

[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
[Ongoing] The Unreal Garden, a mixed reality art experience at Onedome, Tickets (Groupon available) Thanks, Tracy!

[Until 4/13] F.E.A.S.T., an immersive and interactive dining experience at Onedome, Tickets Thanks, Affinity!

[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!)

[4/12-4/13] Audio Garden at The Laundry, 8 PM to 11 PM each night

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

[4/20] Earworm! In the Hall of the Mountain King at Raining Chainsaws, 8 PM to midnight, FREE

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

[4/21] Bring Your Own Big Wheel, Vermont Street at 20th, 3 PM to 6 PM

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

[4/30] El Vez pre-Cinco de Mayo party at Rickshaw Stop, 8 PM  to 11:30 PM

[Date starting on 5/1] The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats at Fort Mason, 7 PM to 9 PM

[6/2] Burning Man Desert Arts Preview 2019, 6 PM to 10 PM, Tickets

[Dates in July] Flower Piano at SF Botanical Garden, 9 AM to 6 PM, More info

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

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