The “Bip Bip Awoo” Edition :: Issue #228, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“A memory without the emotional charge is called wisdom.”

 Joe Dispenza

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #228 :: The “Bip Bip Awoo” Edition :: 07:24:2019

Bip Bip Awoo…

Last week I told you about my latest obsession, a Facebook group where people submit their crazy secondhand finds. It’s so good. Well, I tried submitting something to it and it was not approved. Bah!

So, I did what any reasonable, and mildly slighted, person would do and started not one by two groups of my own.

If you’re on Facebook, you can find them through my public page (hey! weird! I still have long hair there):
Real secondhand things that actually exist
Real products that actually exist

Plus, if you’re not on Facebook (and who can blame you?), I also made an Instagram:
— Real things that actually exist

Show me what you’ve got, my pretties!

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Doc Pop is in the house next week. 

As seen on the Internets


Did you know Boing Boing started off in 1988 as bOING bOING, a print zine? It’s true! Take a gander at its past issues on the Internet Archive.

:: Oldie but a goodie: Penn & Teller perform upside down on SNL (1986)

:: Chicago-area folks: Spend a night in a real Wienermobile!

:: “Your Boss” is now “Dialup

:: Coming this fall: “Snoopy in Space

:: Tattoos that change color when blood glucose levels change

:: If you saw Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you’ll appreciate Conan O’Brien’s Comic-Con opener

:: San Francisco runner makes art on his runs

Real things you can actually buy: fae!

It’s got wings: I’ve just learned that a colleague of mine, Fairyland’s Creative Director Maria Rodriguez, makes gorgeous fairy, pixie, and dragon wings for grownups that look like they’re made of stained glass. They’re not, of course, but I can see why folks would be duped. She uses a flexible, translucent vinyl to create the convincing effect. She says, “I grew up with movies like ‘Labyrinth,’ ‘Legend,’ and ‘Dark Crystal,’ so making and wearing wings was a natural life progression.”
You can order a custom pair from her Etsy shop, Delightful Dryad. Prices start at $75. For an additional fee, she’ll make your wings light up (Burning Man?). 

Real thing that actually exists: cray!

Finger Claws

“I pinch” IRL: Last week’s issue was titled “I pinch.” This week, I was surprised with a package from Archie McPhee that included Finger Claws, aka real-life pinchers. Coincidence?! I. don’t. think. so.

Missy was not amused.

Runner up: This cereal/milk sippy cup.

Featured Events

The Muppet Movie
[USA :: 7/25 and 7/30] For its 40th anniversary, The Muppet Movie is returning to theaters! Two shows each day, various theaters.

USA and Canada

[various dates] Immersive listings

Berkeley, CA
[7/27] The big Kite Festival is happening and the EPS is hosting a stamp window from 11:11 to 1:11. To get the detailed location, text “KITES” to 510-999-3165

Hayward, CA

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

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

[8/13] Everything is Terrible! at the New Parish, 8 PM to 11 PM

[Until 8/24] SIGNMAN: John Law, a retrospective of John Law’s work at Pro Arts Gallery
Related events:
[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] Lake Merritt’s Mid-Century Monster was in disrepair for a long time but has been fully restored thanks to its fan club. Pack a picnic lunch and head to the bandstand behind Fairyland for the Monster Bash and Municipal Band Concert on Sunday, July 28, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Monster tees (they’re cool, you’ll want one!) and schwag will be available for purchase.

[8/3] Artist Kasey Smith is inviting folks to take their selfie in front of the “amazingly pink wall” of the now-defunct Mexicali Rose in Oakland from 11 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, August 3. She writes, “Bring yourself, your selfie-taking device, and an outfit (or outfits) befitting this wondrous wall.”

[8/16] It’s rare, but Children’s Fairyland sometimes opens its fairy gates to adults who want to attend without kids. Your next opportunity is August 16 from 7 PM to 10 PM for #Fairyland4Grownups. Tickets are now available online. [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.]

[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, 5 PM to 9 PM

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.

[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

[8/3] Benefit Concert for Mark Growden’s Calling All Choir at The Lost Church, 8 PM

[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
[Until 9/15] Blow Up II: Inflatable Contemporary Art at Bedford Gallery

[8/3] Create and Inflate Workshop: Make Your Own Inflatable! at Bedford Gallery, 10 AM to 4 PM

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

Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a (mostly) weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff for positive deviants and the people who love them.

Described as, “One of the most inspiring, weird and off-kilter collections of curated kitschy ephemera for the big-brained.” People like it.

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