The “Out on the edge” Edition :: Issue #216, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. […] Big, undreamed-of things–the people on the edge see them first.”

Kurt Vonnegut

Rusty's Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #216 :: The “Out on the edge” Edition :: 04:24:2019

Out on the edge…I’m back…! And boy, you folks sure are an odd lot (and I say that with the greatest respect, naturally). When I was out sick, last Thursday morning, you packed my inbox full of images — mostly clowns, Santas, and big-eyed dolls. But you also sent other eclectic pictures, things like cute critters, comics, strange and/or delightful art, and even some bizarro NSFW material. One reader sent a photo of his new baby girl!You sure do know how to make a gal feel better. And I did get better fast. So, thanks! And, as a bonus, I also feel so much closer to all of you now.

Well, thankfully, I recovered in time to go see the Earworm event at the Raining Chainsaws warehouse in San Francisco. If you went, you know how magical it was and if you didn’t, well, I offer this as a lame consolation prize.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Next time they offer a performance at Raining Chainsaws, please make an effort to go. You won’t regret it!

As seen on the Internets

Positive Deviance in action: Master-of-the-minuscule Lea Redmond is at it again. And this time she’s going big. She scored an antique post office counter on Craigslist and, with your help, she’s going to bring a brick-and-mortar World’s Smallest Post Service to downtown Oakland! Truly, truly exciting news.
:: R.I.P. Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick — deeply inspirational opera singer/twice-over double lung transplant recipient
:: These mid-century modern playgrounds!
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:: New York Times talks to Lizzo on becoming Lizzo
:: Conan learns Australian slang like “budgie smugglers” and “root rat”

:: Coffin Club
:: Thanks, Greg!

:: Self-referential objects
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:: Weird meets weird: Macaulay “Macaulay Culkin” Culkin went to Willis Wonderland to chat with Allee Willis for his Bunny Ears podcast

Real thing you can actually buy: yay!

Lowbrow and lovin’ it: Boing Boing‘s Mark Frauenfelder sez of the soon-to-be-released The Book of Weirdo: “Robert Crumb launched Weirdo magazine in 1981. I bought the first issue from the comic book store I worked at in Boulder, Colorado, and it blew my mind. It had comics by Crumb (many people, including me, think Crumb’s work in Weirdo is his best), a selection of incredible illustrations from the late Polish artist Stanislav Szukalski’s bizarre theory about human evolution (Netflix has a new documentary about Szukalski produced by Leonardo DiCaprio), comics by homeless Berkeley cartoonist Bruce Duncan, tracts from the Church of the SubGenius (Weirdo was the first place I came across the Church), and Foto Funnies (starring Crumb and amateur models recruited from UC Davis). I had never seen anything like Weirdo and I instantly fell in love with it, looking forward to every issue.”

Also: Morbid LEGO sets are introduced by the Vienna Funeral Museum. Thanks, Andy!

Featured Events

[RICHMOND, 4/28] We Are From Dust Sculpture Park Launch Event, 4:30 PM to Dark — This is invite only but you can request an invitation from (which you should!).

USA and Canada
[various dates] Immersive listings

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

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
[4/30] John Waters’ Pink Flamingos is playing at LACMA, 1 PM

[5/19] Bob Baker Marionette Theater Yard Sale, “own a piece of Bob Baker history– from vintage napkins and party supplies to snippings of garland,” 8 AM on

[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 (the best one in the Bay Area, imo)

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

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

[5/3 opening] Instructions On How To Be A Person – Richie Rhombus Solo Show, a new collection of interconnected drawings, experiences, and games that activate thought and interaction, 7 PM to 10 PM

[5/18] Turn the Page! children’s book festival at Children’s Fairyland (for little kids and their grownups)

[6/6-6/7] Burger BoogalooTickets

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

[7/7] Opening reception (6 PM to 9 PM) for SIGNMAN: John Law, a retrospective of John Law’s work at Pro Arts Gallery, show will run through August 24.
Related events:
[6/21] Mark Pauline and John Law in conversation at Pro Arts, 7 PM to 9 PM
[6/27] Don Herron and John Law in conversation at Pro Arts, 7 PM to 9 PM
[7/16] Julia Solis, Ron English, and John Law in conversation at Pro Arts, 7 PM to 9 PM
[7/25] William Binzen and John Law in conversation at Pro Arts, 7 PM to 9 PM
[8/24] Closing reception, 8 PM to 10 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 Diego, CA
[8/7-8/11] Tiki Oasis: Catch the New Wave, tickets go on sale May 5

San Francisco, CA
[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+

[4/27] The GRAND Finale: It’s the Titanical end of SPACE, 350 5th Street, 9 AM to 6 AM to 4/28

[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

[5/7] Odd Salon San Francisco: SPITE at Public Works, 6:30 PM to 10 PM

[5/21] Adventure Design Group: The Immersive World of the Gregangelo Museum, 7 PM

[5/25] Walking on Water, a film about Christo with a Q&A with the artist following the 7 PM screening at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema, Tickets

[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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Thanks, Greg!

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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