The “DING” Edition :: Issue #221, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“The work of art is a scream of freedom.”


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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #221 :: The “DING” Edition :: 05:29:2019



Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Must-see doc, now on Netflix: Bathtubs over Broadway.

As seen on the Internets

Sign Language: Last year, Toronto-based artist Rob Croxford lost all of his artwork in a studio fire. This year, he’s got a new show of paintings that he says are a “culmination” of all his “obsessions”: typography, movie quotes, pop culture, nostalgia, and humor. I dig them. via
:: Remember: It’s. never. too. late.

:: You gotta see Lake Geneva’s “mailboat jumpers”
:: via

:: Sober up: Moderation is in

:: This “Space Type Generator” thingy is super fun!

:: Ikigai: “the reason you wake up in the morning”

:: The second lives of old cinemas via

:: Oldie but a goodie: “Birds on the Wire” by Jarbas Agnelli

Real game you can actually play: yay!

Attaboy's Game of Shrooms

Drop some (art) ‘shrooms in June: Attaboy’s got a fun(gi) art happening in the works called “Game of Shrooms.” You can play, no matter where you are, and, don’t worry, it’s not a drug-related activity. Here are the details

#shroomdrop is June 15th! It Is open to ALL artists everywhere…
1. Make painting or sculpture or other art. If you are doing little paintings, I find it is best to add little popsicle sticks to bottom of them in the back so that the art doesn’t get dirty if placed near the ground. 
2. Post preview teasers if you like.
3. Put your IG tag on the back and #shroomdrop #gameofshrooms if you can.
4. Plant or place art. Don’t hurt nature or property. If it rains, you Can hide inside friendly Indy stores as well…
5. After you plant, take a few photo clues to post. I suggest a close up, then a wide shot, with a landmark of some kind visible (old church, sign post, etc) location tag helps if you are in a suburban area. Don’t hurt nature or property.
6. Oh and be sure to hide it/them on June 15th!”

Artists all over the globe have already signed on. Like I told Attaboy, I have mushroom in my heart for this project. Yeah, I went there.

Real thing you can actually buy: no way!

“A no brainer for expensive trainers”: UK brand Firebox has invented Shoe Condoms ($10.99), or at least they think they have. Touted as a must-have item for wearing over your shoes at wet and dirty festivals, these remind me of what we used to (snicker and) call “rubbers.” Because rubbers are also what we call condoms. Hence, shoe condoms. Sure, ok. Calling them rubbers, or “galoshes” for that matter, just isn’t as sexy, I guess. 

Featured Events

[San Francisco 6/8] Enter the Multiverse, a one-night-only immersive party spectacular collaboration with Scott Levkoff’s Mystic Midway, Onetime, and Epic Immersive, 9 PM to 2 AM, 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
[TBD 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

Marin, CA
[7/3-7/7] Marin County Fair (the best one in the Bay Area, imo)

New York City
[7/8] Lost Horizons Night Market

Also, see what RED pal Oriana Leckert has picked as the must-go events in the Big Apple

Oakland, CA
[TONIGHT 5/22] Closing party for 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

[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

[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

Ross, CA
[5/31-7/21] Exotic Aquatic, light artist Erick Dunn has a new show at the Marin Art and Garden Center! Its opening reception is this Friday from 6 PM to 8 PM.

San Diego, CA
[8/7-8/11] Tiki Oasis: Catch the New Wave, Tickets

San Francisco, CA
[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

[5/30] John Waters presents his new book Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder at The Green Arcade, Doors 6:15 PM, Start 7 PM, $10 or free with book purchase

[6/2] A Very Strange Evening (of music and entertainment) at Raining Chainsaws warehouse, 6 PM – 10:30 PM

[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

[6/13] I Want My MTV, ’80s documentary film showing at Roxie Theatre, 7 PM, VJ Alan Hunter will be in attendance

[6/14 & 6/15] Calling All Choir’s The Bonnie Black Rose, a celebration of Irish & Scottish music at The Mission Dolores Basilica, 8 PM each night

[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

[8/2] The return of indie pop group Imperial Teen at Rickshaw Stop, 8 PM, Tickets

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

Sausalito, CA
[6/1] The artists formerly known as the Elsewhere Philatelic Society (now known as the Erstwhile Philatelic Society or, simply, EPS) are hosting a new stamp window. Meet at the big fountain at Vina Del Mar Park in Sausalito at 11:15 AM. They write, “From here we’ll go on a bit of an urban exploration, remarking on the views of the bay, the unique terribly pun-y names of the shops and even get treated to a special exhibit.” Take the 10:40 AM ferry from the SF Ferry Terminal to ride with fellow adventurers.

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

And the air was thick with nostalgia: Over the weekend, I bought an artifact of my childhood: the McDonald’s “Familiar Places” Activity Toy by Playskool from 1974. [Note how they designed the people to hold their food trays… awkwardly under their chin!] 

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