The “Everhot” Edition :: Issue #236, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

― Andy Warhol

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #236 :: The “Everhot” Edition :: 09:25:2019


Wow, it was so great to see so many of you at my yard sale last weekend! Thank you so much to those of you who stopped by, bought our weird-wares, ate some celebratory breakfast cake, and brought quarters for the Mystery Machine vending machine! It was really fun. 

My regret? That I didn’t get photos of you all with the objects you procured, either from the Mystery Merchine or the sale! I would LOVE photos of you with the stuff you got. 

Hey! Rusty’s Electric Dreams’ fifth anniversary is around the corner and I’m going to do a special issue in a few weeks to tell its story. If any good has come to you from reading the zine, I’d love to hear about. Drop me a line.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I’m out next week, see you in October!

As seen on the Internets

The amount of time and effort that Joseph Ford and Nina Dodd must have put into their Knitted Camouflage project kind of blows my mind.
:: Magicmaker Lea Redmond wants to put poems on pennies, so she’s crowdfunding for a pressed penny machine — she’s almost at her goal!

:: A 125-year-old letter was discovered in the Winchester Mystery House’s walls that proves Tiffany did not design its stained glass windows

:: Memory champion athlete shares her fascinating method for remembering facts, long strings of numbers, or anything she puts her mind to!

:: John Waters goes into a closet to pick his favorite Criterion films

:: Still funny 10 years later

:: Jane Lynch, Cyndi Lauper in an upcoming show: “A ‘Golden Girls’ for today”

:: Oldie but a goodie: Conan picks apples with Mr. T

:: No-o-o-o: The Amtrak dining car is going away

:: “tops,” a short film by Charles and Ray Eames (1969)

Real things that actually exist: yay?

An electric carving knife that looks like a chainsaw!

Timber!: The Mighty Carver electric knife is here to make Thanksgiving a whole lot more interesting/dangerous ($59.95).

Thanks, Kent!
Honorable mention: The banana hammock (no, not THAT kind of banana hammock!)

Featured Events

[SAN FRANCISCO :: 10/12 and 10/13] If you missed the awesome Earworm event at Raining Chainsaws, you’ll be happy to know they are planning The Moon, an art party with a moon theme! Can’t wait!

Description: “Sky gazing! Relax in a Crater! Sample Moon Cheeses! Friendly-ish Werewolves! Space Junk! Dancers! Film Shorts! Moonshine! Tin Foil Hats! General partying and a good time for all you luna-tics!”

(If you want to participate as an artist, contact Mark Krawczuk.)


Alameda, CA
[10/5-10/6] The Forbidden Island Parking Lot Sale is two days of vintage goods, umbrella drinks, and tropical entertainment — like a boozy, tikified flea market. Tickets are $5 at the door, or $20 online to “skip the line” (and there’s always a line around the corner).

[10/19] Studio 23’s annual Blacklight Art Show is looking for vendors and artists.

Berkeley, CA
[10/4] That Really Happened? A night of true stories at The Monkey House, 7:30 to 9:30 PM

[11/9] David Sedaris is coming to Zellerbach Hall and you should go because he’s hilarious, 8 PM, Tickets

[Until 1/5/2020] “Strange features diverse works from BAMPFA’s collection that invoke strangeness and resonate with the spirit of Surrealism”
[11/26] Exquisite Corpse Workshop at BAMPFA, 1 PM

Houston, TX
[10/29] Super Happy Fun Land (indie venue) is putting on a big Cardboard Art Parade, 7 PM to 10 PM

New York City

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

[5/2 to 11/1/2020] Yayoi Kusama will exhibit a “multisensory presentation” at the New York Botanical Garden in the new year!

Oakland, CA
[9/27] Drawn Together, the after-hours live-art event for grownups at Children’s Fairyland, is this FRIDAY! If you’re going, bring the snail mail address of someone you love to the “cupcake” building for a special mail art offering by Michael Wertz! Also, find me and say hello. 6 to 9 PM, tickets are probably sold out (but maybe not).

[9/27] Drawing Now: Dynamic New Visions Through Drawing in the Bay Area, a one-night group exhibition at B4BEL4B Gallery, 7 PM to 10 PM

[10/17-10/19] Autumn Lights Festival is a beautiful, multi-night event at Lake Merritt Gardens

[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. 

[11/8] No Spectators opening party at the Oakland Museum, 5 PM to 10 PM
NEW: Full listings of all the exhibit’s events here.

Portland, OR
[Until 10/30] Portland’s “Duchess of Felt” LeBrie Rich has a new show called Sugar Spin at COLAB Architecture + Urban Design. It features 15 of her new (needle-felted and stitched) candy package sculptures (the Whitman’s Sampler looks good enough to eat!). 

Purcellville, VA
[Until 10/15] Twenty four of Bob Ross’ Joy of Painting artworks will go on display at Happy Accidents: An Exhibit of Original Bob Ross Paintings at Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, Free but you need a ticket. 

San Francisco, CA
[9/25] DorkbotSF #103: “people doing strange things with electricity” at, 7 to 11 PM

[10/4-10/26] Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse Live! at EXIT Stage Left, Tickets

[10/4-10/6] Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Highlights (imo): Michael Nesmith & The First National Band, The New Pornographers, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Meat Puppets, and more!

[10/23] A Gorey Halloween – The Edwardian Ball 20th Anniversary Begins at The Chapel, 8 PM

[Until 10/31] Christian Cagigal’s legendary San Francisco Ghost Hunt is back. I went on this walking tour last year and learned all kinds of weird and spooky San Francisco history. Do recommend!

Various U.S. cities, and sometimes Canada
Atlas Obscura has an ongoing calendar of unique experiences.

[various dates] Immersive listings

Know about a cool, quirky, and/or indie event? Email me and I’ll share it with the class!

Andy Warhol interviews Alfred Hitchcock in 1974

Andy and Alfred, 1974

Andy Warhol: Since you know all these cases, did you ever figure out why people really murder? It’s always bothered me. Why.

Alfred Hitchcock: Well I’ll tell you. Years ago, it was economic, really. Especially in England. First of all, divorce was very hard to get, and it cost a lot of money.

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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