The “Makes me happy” Edition :: Issue #215, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

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Rusty's Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #215 :: The “Makes me happy” Edition :: 04:10:2019

Makes me happy…Current mood:

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Happy Wednesday!

As seen on the Internets

Serenity nowSeinfeld-inspired impressionist paintings by Morgan Blair
:: Stewart Brand shares how an LSD trip inspired the Whole Earth Catalog
:: Austin Kleon on “How to read more”

:: Melissa Stein’s “Quarry” as visualized by the Visible Poetry Project

:: About escalator etiquette via

:: Teeny-tiny micro-frogs have been discovered in Madagascar

:: Sign up to find out about Lea Redmond’s big announcement

:: There’s a new bo$$ on Jeopardy!

:: “Secret Life of an Autistic Strippervia

:: Teaser trailer for Netflix’s “Tales of the City” (!!)

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Pop-pop-pop culture: On May 4, you could be the lucky bidder on this Charles Addams’ poster or some other “rare and extraordinary” item being placed on the chopping block through Van Eaton Galleries’ Art of Entertainment auction.

Real pea knife you could actually buy: yay!

Findash Safety Pea Knife

Yes, “pea knife”: Ever struggle to keep line peas up on your butter knife? Me neither. Apparently though, eating peas from a knife was a thing in the twenties.
So much so that the Findash Safety Pea Knife Co. of New York, N.Y. fashioned a slotted piece of cutlery just for that purpose.

There’s even a poem about pea-knifing:

“I eat my peas with honey;
I’ve done it all my life.
It makes the peas taste funny,
But it keeps them on the knife.”
Well, there ya go.
Thanks to Andy P. for this one. The pea knife shown above in the velvet box is a recent thrift score of his!

Featured Events

Arizona Tiki Oasis

[SCOTTSDALE, AZ 4/12-4/14] Will I see you at Arizona Tiki Oasis this weekend? I’ll be at the merch booth throughout the weekend. Come find me and say ‘aloha’!

[TONIGHT 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
[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

Grass Valley, CA
[4/20] Climate Change Fashions, an Earth Day fashion show by Haute Trash: What to wear for Global Warming, Wild Eye Pub, 7 PM, Tickets

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

Lodoga, CA
[6/20-6/23] Camp Tipsy

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

[Summer 2019] Bed Cinema, an outdoor movie-screening series, sign up for their list

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

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

Oakland, CA
[4/18] Music: Society of Rockets at The Uptown, 8 PM to midnight, Tickets

[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

Port Costa, CA
[5/25] Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale, 9 AM to 3 PM

San Francisco, CA
[Until 4/13] F.E.A.S.T., an immersive and interactive dining experience at Onedome, Tickets

[4/17] Dorkbot SF, DNA (upstairs room), 7 PM

[Until 4/23] San Francisco International Film Festival

[4/11] This looks super fun: Speechless Live: Game of Slides at Public Works SF, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, $15-$17, 21+

[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] I’ll be going: Earworm! Trapped in the Hall of the Mountain King, 8 PM to midnight at Raining Chainsaws warehouse, Tickets are FREE but limited, Bring cash for refreshments and donations ($5-$15 is suggested)

[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

[4/27] Bikes to Books Spring Ride, 7.1 mile bicycle tour of literary San Francisco, Free, 16+

[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

[5/21] Adventure Design Group: The Immersive World of the Gregangelo Museum, 7 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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Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a (mostly) weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff for positive deviants and the people who love them.

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