The “Eat the ghost cake” Edition, Issue #219, Rusty’s Electric Dreams


So, I have always seen it as a kind of parental duty to show my own children beautiful stuff, and in doing so reveal to them an alternate world. By beautiful, I mean interesting, inspiring, ambiguous, challenging and sometimes dangerous things that exist within the world of art.”

Nick Cave

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #219 :: The “Eat the ghost cake” Edition :: 05:15:2019

Eat the ghost cake…

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Trust me.
Thanks, Andy!

As seen on the Internets

Villa Villekulla: Pippi Longstocking’s (fictional Florida) home is for sale ($750K)! It was used in the 1988 film The New Adventures Of Pippi Longstocking.
:: And speaking of unusual properties for sale, Ohio’s “Basket Building” is on the market again

:: Or maybe the Nevada desert is more your style Thx, Greg!

:: This guy configured his Roomba to swear when it bumps into stuff

:: Bread clips, that is: The Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group: A Database of Synthetic Taxonomy
:: Thanks, Tricia!

:: How a broken-down ice cream truck turned into the Carvel empire

:: Japan’s making meta vending machines!

:: “Original Catfluencer: How a Victorian Artist’s Feline Fixation Gave Us the Internet Cat”

:: I broke comedy”: Hannah Gadsby‘s TED talk

:: Sneakers that look like birds, or vice versa

:: Don’t forget that on vacation you’re still the “same sad you”

Real thing you can actually buy: yay!

Rusty's Ugly Postcard Project

The Ugly Postcard Project: There are a lot of ugly postcards in the world and I recently procured a bunch of them. Send me your address, along with a suggested $4, and I’ll snail mail you a personalized one. Which ugly postcard will land in your mailbox? What message will I have for you? Why do you keep asking so many questions?

Real thing you can actually buy: yay!

Eleven fairy tales: If you missed out on getting a copy of Fairy Tales for Adults: Lamenting Avalon, (former RED Artist-in-Residence) Benjamin Wachs‘ book, through his crowdfunding campaign, you’re in luck, he’s got a few extra copies available. To order, PayPal Benjamin $65 (that includes shipping anywhere in the U.S.) to, along with your mailing address. He writes, “When they’re gone, they’re gone.”

Real thing you can actually buy: NAY

Just say no: Here’s what Crocs (but not actually the Croc brand) would look like as a purse ($24.99). Hard nay. (And, speaking of Crocs)

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Featured Events

Mark Growden, Jess Hobbs, and son

[SAN FRANCISCO 5/17 and 5/18] Mark Growden (shown here with his wife and son) is back after three years on sabbatical! He’ll be performing two special candlelight concerts this weekend to benefit The Chromatic Community Music Center. The concert’s location is 2240 15th St. and tickets are limited to 35 each evening. Doors 7:30 PM, concert 8 PM, Tickets

USA and Canada
[various dates] Immersive listings

Austin, TX
[6/29-6/30] This is an event my dear friend Maggie Duval is co-producing and it looks terrific: True Fiction: The Art and Craft of Nonfiction — A Masterclass with Mark Dery

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

Berkeley, CA
[6/7] That Really Happened??? A night of true stories at The Monkey House, 7 PM 

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
SNEAK PEEK PHOTOS [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

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
[Now] 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

[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
[7/7] John’s Doggie Diner Head movie, Head Trip, will be showing from 3 PM to 5 PM

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

[7/28] There’s going to be a Monster Bash and Municipal Band Concert at the bandstand near Lake Merritt’s Mid-century Monster, 12 PM to 3 PM, Monster tees and schwag will be available for purchase

[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

San Francisco, CA
[5/17, 5/18, 5/21] Kal Spelletich’s latest art show, Molecular Vibrations of the Radiant Body: Reversed Engineering a Portrait of Human Energy into Light, Sound and Machine Movements opens at Recology, 503 Tunnel Avenue aka the Dump!

[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

[5/30] J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the Subgenius, this new film doc will be playing at the Roxie at 7 PM, filmmaker Q&A to follow the show

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

[6/4] Long Now presents David Byrne: Good News & Sleeping Beauties at Castro Theatre, 7:30 PM to 9 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
[5/17-5/19] 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!

At the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida you can get a creepy deepfake selfie with Salvador himself. 

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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