The “Riff Raff” Edition :: Issue #224, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“Because I’m artist.”

― Documentary Now! Season 3: Ep. 4

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #224 :: The “Riff Raff” Edition :: 06:19:2019

Riff Raff…

Life has suddenly turned super crazy so I’m taking next week off. See ya in July!

(Feel free to keep sending me neat-o events and fun links though.)

Rusty Blazenhoff

As seen on the Internets

1955: I can’t believe I never knew this but, as a child, Christopher Walken (then: “Ronnie”) was a clown! I repeat, Christopher Walken was a child clown! You HAVE to see the pictures. Thanks, Tim!
:: Pee-wee’s Jurassic Adventure exchanges T-Rex for Pee-wee Herman

:: Starts July 8: New podcast called “The Three Questions with Andy Richter

:: Woman asks for pop star Mariah Carey on her birthday cake, gets Nobel Prize winning physicist Marie Curie instead

:: Was Shakespeare writing while stoned?

:: Gay Hanky Codes: The color of the kerchief in your back pocket once indicated your sexual desires – rowr

:: Cory Doctorow: “The Church of the Subgenius’s Salvation Pack is the best $35 I ever spent”

:: Sesame Street at NPR’s Tiny Desk

Japanese artist Taku Inoue turns the mishaps of Tom (Tom and Jerry) into sculptures. Thanks, Andy!

:: Germany has sausage vending machines!

:: Listen to (what’s most likely) the only recording of Frida Kahlo’s voice

Real thing you can actually buy: yay!

Cool thing: Fans of Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return in New Mexico will rejoice at their new gift shop offering, the super-limited-edition Fridge Portal Backpack. If you’ve been, you’ll know it references the exhibit’s refrigerator which opens a vortex to another dimension. The backpack is pricey ($150) because the artist, Santa Fe’s Claire Sanders, hand makes each one. There’s even a magnet feature in the door so you can attach your own magnets to the front of it. Clever!

Real things you could actually buy: olde!

Bicycle-style roller-skates by Ritter, 1895

Wheee: In 1895, English company Ritter introduced these bicycle-style roller skates aka Victorian rollerblades! via

Today I Learned: Hidden logo

TIL: I’ve long known about the secret arrow embedded in the FedEx logo and the word “Mom” in the Wendy’s girl’s collar but this one was a first for me. Swiss chocolate brand Toblerone hid both a bear and the word “Bern” in their logo. The former honors the bear in the Bern coat of arms and the latter refers to the city in Switzerland where Toblerone bars are made. Clever! Now I just want my own personal Toblerone bar. via

Featured Events

[Pasadena, CA :: 6/29-6/30] It’s the fifth “anniFURsary” of CatCon, the convention that mashes up cat culture and pop culture. This year they’re introducing “Purradise City,” an “meow-gical” multi-sensory exhibition that includes a retro “Kitty Kitsch” house. Takes place at the Pasadena Convention Center, Tickets Thanks, Brittany!

USA and Canada

[various dates] Immersive listings

Alameda, CA
[6/24] Nerd Nite: Apollo 11, Oakland Art Deco, Radiopharma at Club 21, 7 PM to 9:30 PM, Tickets

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
[Starts in Jack London Square in Oakland 6/29] The Wanderer’s Union, a long-distance wandering club will embark on their 24-hour event known as “Raccoon” (“You can travel by foot or public transit only. Wear comfy shoes.”), 12 PM to 12 AM, FREE

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

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

Los Angeles, CA
[6/30 and 7/14] Four new performances of 49 Boxes at Black Rabbit Rose

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

New York City
See what RED pal Oriana Leckert has picked as the must-go-to events in the Big Apple

Oakland, CA
[All summer] Oakland Heritage Alliance has some swell walking tours lined up, $15 each/non-members

[Until 8/24] SIGNMAN: John Law, a retrospective of John Law’s work at Pro Arts Gallery
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

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

[7/7] Dennis Evanosky conducts a walking tour of Mountain View Cemetery, meet in front of Chapel of the Chimes in Piedmont, 10 AM to 12:30 PM, Tickets

[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. Volunteer opportunities are available. 

[10/17-10/19] Autumn Lights Festival at Lake Merritt Gardens
[7/30] Artist submissions deadline

Ross, CA
[Until 7/21] Exotic Aquatic, After losing everything in the wildfires over a year ago, light artist Erick Dunn is back with a new show at the Marin Art and Garden Center! Save the date: On July 13, he’s hosting a closing party.

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

San Francisco, CA
View: An illustrated guide to quirky local spots in San Francisco Thanks, Joyce!

[Dates between now and 9/21] Artist Kasey Smith keeps a map of all the ghost signs in San Francisco. You know, the old handprinted advertising signs on the side of buildings that were just never painted over. And now she’s hosting Tenderloin Ghost Sign Walking Tours from now until September 21. Not to be missed! Tickets are $15.

[6/28] Lea Redmond of The World’s Smallest Post Service is speaking at Creative Mornings SF, 8:30 AM to 10 AM, Register on 6/24 at 11 AM

[Dates in July] Flower Piano at SF Botanical Garden, 9 AM to 6 PM, More info

[7/4] Three Day Stubble at SF Eagle, 9 PM to 2 AM 

[7/9] Conversation with Justin Oliphant and the Explorer’s Guild at 3264 Mission, 7 PM to 9 PM (Go on adventures with the Explorer’s Guild!)

[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

San Jose, CA
[6/23] Opening reception for “Surreal Sublime” at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

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

:: You know what these rocks are called? Riff Raff. I’m not kidding. ::
Thanks, Ken!

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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