The “Better late” Edition :: Issue #237, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“We have art so that we may not perish by the truth.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #237 :: The “Better late” Edition :: 10:02:2019

Better late…

than never! I didn’t think I’d get an issue out this week (was traveling) but just look at me now.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. It’s finally HALLOWEEN MONTH! 

As seen on the Internets

That’s a disco ball made from a riot gear helmet:
Banksy’s back and has opened Gross Domestic Product, a dystopian housewares store in London.
:: Questions to ask before giving up

:: “Artists as hoarders

:: There’s a turn-of-the-20th-century library for sale in Indiana for $95K

:: Check out this psychedelic Art House in Berkeley

:: Speaking of houses, check out Crispin Glover’s 17th c. castle in the Czech Republic

:: Feeling of the Month Club
:: via

:: 100% that bitch: Disney’s Aristocats perform Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts”

:: Anti-homeless boulders dumped on SF street; our own Danielle Baskin puts them up on Craigslist

Real things that actually exist: no way!

What could possibly go wrong?!Talya Arbisser Gluskin shared this photo of SCENTED SCISSORS for kids on the Real Products That Actually Exist Facebook page and I STILL can’t believe they actually exist. For some strange reason, they’ve been pulled from the Westcott site!

Featured Events

[W. BERKELEY, CA :: 10/23] Half-Assed Arts is like a “Show and Tell” for artists put on by new RED reader Liz Little. If you have a piece you’re working on (or completed), bring it to show off and get feedback. Or just watch. It takes place at Workstation, 2247 6th Street from 7 PM to 9 PM. $5-$10 suggested donation.


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
[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 is a beautiful, multi-night event at Lake Merritt Gardens 

[10/19-11/10] Nemo Gould solo show: Retro-Speculative (“deep dive into the remnants of the machine age”) at 494 9th Street, Opening night 10/19 from 6 PM to 9 PM. Plus, check out his four Threadless designs.

[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.

[11/9] Artist Talk: The Art of Burning Man, a panel with Karen Cusolito, Christopher Schardt, and Crimson Rose at The Crucible, 7 PM to 9 PM, $20 general admission

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

[10/12 and 10/13] The Moon, an art party with a moon theme at Raining Chainsaws warehouse (789 Egbert Avenue, Floor 2),  8 to 11:59 PM both nights, Tickets are free but bring cash money for tips and donations (suggested $10-$25)

[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!

[10/19] There’s another new RED reader/event producer, Kai Wada Roath. As host of the Super Shangri-La Show, he’s putting on the Sorceress Sabbath Witchcraft Film Festival at Balboa Theatre. This is an all-day event, starting at 10 AM. Day passes are $25.

[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!

Washington, D.C.
[10/28-10/31] NPR is hosting Tiny Desk Fest at their D.C. headquarters. It’s four different Tiny Desk concerts… and the artists are a surprise! $50 and tickets go on sale on 10/3 at 12 PM.

Various U.S. cities, and sometimes Canada
[10/8] National Fluffernutter Day (yes, you heard me right)

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!


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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