The “Yar-hee, Yar-hee!” Edition :: Issue #217, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

This is my art, and it is dangerous!”

Beetlejuice, 1988

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #217 :: The “Yar-hee, yar-hee!” Edition :: 05:01:2019

Yar-hee, yar-hee!…

I’m keeping this part short because this issue is LONG.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I’m going on a road trip, so Doc Pop will be at the helm of next week’s issue. Yay!

As seen on the Internets

Giant potato hotel

Five people sent this to me: Wanna do a farm stay in a fully-furnished, six-ton potato-y structure? Of course you do, and so do I! For $200, you can rent a night in the Big Idaho Potato Hotel in Boise (natch) through AirBnb. If you go… bring me!
:: Cool: Spontaneous synchronization
:: via

:: Funny: ASMR positive affirmations for artists Thanks, Michael!

:: Interesting: Is Children’s Fairyland in Oakland haunted? Did Frank Oz begin his career there? Start at the 30:00 mark.

:: Wild: “Inside Salvador Dali’s Surrealist Funhouse From the 1939 World’s Fair”

:: Hilarious: Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd meticulously recreated the music video for Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” and then someone put the video’s side by side

:: Awesome: Last chance to be part of making the World’s Smallest Post Service happen

:: Meta: Photos of photos

:: Revealing: Preschool teacher installs “Tattle Phone” via

:: The Fish: New stop-motion film by PES, for Earth Day

Tin artist: Dave Yoas

Life Cycle of Clowns by Dave Yoas

Nice Pears, tin art by Dave Yoas

Mutual admiration society: I came across Dave Yoas’ trippy tin art last summer at the Marin County Fair and immediately tracked him down on Instagram. He soon followed me back, and then he signed up to get RED (Hi, Dave!). I’m ashamed it took me so long to show off Dave’s work to you, dear readers. But, better late than never! Be sure to check out his website which not only showcases his art, but has photos of his incredible workshop. One of us! One of us!

Real thing you can actually buy: yay (?)

Photo by Cullen328, aka Jim Heaphy CC BY SA 4.0

Woof: Head to the Village Haberdashery in Port Costa if you’ve ever wanted a Doggy Diner head of your own. Don’t get too excited though, it’s going to set you back $55K. 
 Thanks, Andy! Photo by Cullen328, AKA Jim Heaphy. CC BY SA 4.0

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Crap Hound by Sean Tejaratchi

Go, buy now: Select issues of Sean Tejaratchi’s Crap Hound have been re-issued ($15 each)! I seriously cannot recommend these clipart-heavy zines highly enough. In fact, I still cherish (and reference) the three issues I bought in the late ’90s when they first came out. You might recognize Sean’s name from his more recent (and equally-as-brilliant) project LiarTownUSA.

Featured Events

Tiki Oasis New Wave!

[SAN DIEGO, 8/7-8/11] Tiki Oasis: Catch the New Wave! Tickets go on sale THIS SUNDAY, May 5 at 10 AM and are sure to sell out!

USA and Canada
[various dates] Immersive listings

Albany, CA
[5/4] Bulbfest: Resilience 2019 Art Opening at the Albany Bulb, 4 PM to 6:30 PM, Tickets
[5/5] Bulbfest: Resilience Dance Festival at the Albany Bulb, 12 PM to 4 PM, Tickets

Bay Area, CA
[5/29 and 6/29] 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

Hayward, CA
[8/18] Bell Plastics Annual Public Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Free, All ages thanks, Sandwichgirl!

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

Los Angeles, CA
[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] 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
[7/8] Lost Horizons Night Market

Also, RED pal Oriana Leckert always knows what’s going on in the Big Apple

Oakland, CA
[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
[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

[7/9] Conversation with Justin Oliphant and the Explorer’s Guild at 3264 Mission, 7 PM to 9 PM

[8/4] James, along with the Psychedelic Furs at Stern Grove (free concert), 2 PM to 5 PM

San Mateo, CA
Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 at San Mateo Event Center, 1 PM to 6 PM

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

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