The “Summer Slummer” Edition :: Issue #226, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“There is no such thing as a weird human being, It’s just that some people require more understanding than others.”

― Tom Robbins

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #226 :: The “Summer slummer” Edition :: 07:10:2019

Summer slummer…

Things I have learned by being a tourist in my own town:

1. There’s an Angelina Jolie squished penny to be had at Museé Mecanique;

2. I still love Trish’s mini donuts (Pier 39) but a bucket of them is too many, even shared among seven people;

3. It’s always stupidly cold in the Bay Area in early July;

4. Youth theatrical productions are a complete hoot;

5. Ole’s Waffle Shop is a terrific time capsule but a bit pricey (1 waffle = $9!); and

6. It takes about 11,211 steps and nearly five hours to visit every single vendor at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. The real Bay Area summer is at the end of September/beginning of October.

As seen on the Internets

Pneuhaus’ Pnit

:: “Verasphere: A Love Story in Costume” is a must-see

:: “Tell me about yourself”: Terry Gross on how to start a conversation
:: Thanks, Jewelz!

:: Morley: Hollywood’s fictional cigs (buy some)

:: This is the gift shop for the Flipbook Museum (which I don’t think is a place you can visit)

:: “Penn & Teller’s VR experience is hilarious, magical, and decidedly cruel

:: “The Simpsons intro as a Russian art film

:: Eviction quilts are sewn with the clothing and furniture left behind via

:: There is a Stranger Things ARG. The trailhead is a phone number:
:: (800) 737-4154

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

TV Tough Guy: These Baby Face and Hairless Hugo magnetic drawing boards by Archie McPhee made me literally LOL. Look closely at the suggested faces. I spy alternatively-named celebs like Elton John, Abraham Lincoln, Bob Ross, Elvis, and more. $6.95/each.

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Too Freaky or Too Square

Honk-free: I can always find something I want from Buyolympia. They have quite the selection of cool stuff from indie artists (at really reasonable prices). Well, they are celebrating their 20th anniversary and, for a limited time, are offering free shipping if you spend $20! 

Featured Events

[OAKLAND :: 8/16] It’s rare, but Children’s Fairyland sometimes opens its fairy gates to adults who want to attend without kids. The next opportunity to do so is August 16 from 7 PM to 10 PM for #Fairyland4Grownups. Tickets go on sale (in person) at the downtown Oaklandish store on July 20 and will sell out, if past years are any indication. [Your next chance after this is in September for Drawn Together, an after-hours live-art event. I’m told this one is absolutely terrific… and less of a “party” atmosphere.]


USA and Canada

[various dates] Immersive listings

United States
[7/25 and 7/30] For its 40th anniversary, The Muppet Movie is returning to theaters! 12:30 and 7 PM shows each day

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

Los Angeles, CA
[7/14] New performances of 49 Boxes at Black Rabbit Rose

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:
[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, 11 AM 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

[11/8] No Spectators opening party at the Oakland Museum

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!

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 until September 21. Not to be missed! Tickets are $15.

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

[7/25-7/28] The Gray Area Festival (now in its fifth year) is a four-day event celebrating art and technology, with a focus on AR, VR, XR, and other immersive tech. Get a 15% off discount off a Festival Pass with this code: RUSTYS.

[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

[8/10] Bikes to Books has launched a new project called Boots to Books. It’s a one-mile walking tour of literary North Beach and Chinatown because not everyone bikes! 12:45 PM to 3 PM, Meet outside City Lights Books

San Jose, CA
[Now] “Surreal Sublime” at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Walnut Creek, CA
[7/14] Blow Up II opening reception at Bedford Gallery, 3 PM to 5 PM

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

By cartoonist Aunt Sarah

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