The “Still good” Edition :: Issue #239, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“…the alarming thing to me isn’t just that artists aren’t able to afford the city, but that the idea of artists affording the city seems somehow outdated.”

— Daniel Handler, writing about San Francisco

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #239 :: The “Still good” Edition :: 10:16:2019

Still good…

Holy wow, thank you for all the kind words after last week’s fifth anniversary issue. And a special thank you to all my new sponsors!

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Love you too!

As seen on the Internets

Everything’s vomiting rainbows and hearts (and rainbow hearts) in the Lisa Frank pop-up hotel room: “Put on a scrunchie and get photo ready because this ‘90s dream room is custom-fit with countless Instagramable moments.” Open from October 11 to 27 for $199/night, and already sold out. via
:: The 2020 Burning Man theme has been announced… the multiverse!

:: “Why Clowns Will Never Die”

:: A new storytelling podcast, narrated by Benjamin Wachs: The Institute of Magical Historicity

:: “The life-changing magic of making do” Thanks, Jane!

:: Bip bip a-ROAR: A car horn that roars like Godzilla

:: Someone actually completed The Artist’s Way!

:: Hippo Birdie 2 Ewe: A terrific long-piece on Sandra Boynton

:: “The Secret Lives of Tiki Fanatics

:: These photos from the ye olde days of Burning Man are just wow

:: Dapper Day has Spoonflower fabrics! In particular, the “Neverland toile” is terrific.

:: Sculptures of wolves mauling tourist mysteriously appear in New York City parks

Real thing that actually exists: yay!

For your “square” ice cream needs: If you’ve ever been to Rite-Aid* drug store, you’ve probably seen their in-store ice cream bar. But did you know they serve up the ice cream with a cylindrical scoop? It kind of squares it up, sort of like an icy top hat:

I didn’t grow up here, so I didn’t know. But, on our trip to LA a few Thanksgivings ago, my friend Jessica hipped me to it and I instantly became a fan. Well, now they sell the scoop so you can make your ice cream look like Willy Wonka’s chapeau, or did until they all sold out. Now they’re going for big bucks on eBay and Amazon.

*Rite-Aid bought Thrifty but kept the name on its ice cream. 

Runner-up: Trader Joe’s knows what’s up… they’re bringing advent calendars for kittehs to their stores soon!

Featured Events

[NYC :: Until 10/20]  Mark my words, one of these days, I’m going to get myself out to see one of Lucy Sparrow’s all-felt stores. I just learned of her latest pop-up, Delicatessen on 6th, which is filled with over 30K of her creations! It’s an art installation but also a “retail experience,” meaning you can buy the art… and pieces start at just five bucks. (Thanks to a friend, I do have one of her felt Fluff jars from her LA supermarket.)


Alameda, CA
[10/19] Studio 23’s annual “everything is glow-in-the-dark” Blacklight Art Show is on again, 7 to 10 PM, Suggested donation is $10

[11/3] Alameda Point Antiques Faire, a flea market like no other

[11/8] Inkblot Gallery’s first Holiday Pop-up, 6 to 9 PM

[12/14] Mid-Century Supper Club Holiday Jubilee, with special guest Charles Phoenix

Berkeley, CA
[10/23] Half-Assed Arts is like a “Show and Tell” for artists. 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.

[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

Boston, MA
[10/19] There’s gonna be a Lost Horizon Night Market in the Bay State! Email the organizers if you want to make your own truck. Thanks, Mark!

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

Las Vegas, NV
[Until 2/15] Tim Burton’s Lost Vegas art exhibit at the Neon Museum

New York City

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

[Until 2/9] The Art of Rube Goldberg at Queens Museum

[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
[10/17-10/19] 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.

[10/27] East Bay Mini Maker Faire at Park Day School, 10 AM to 5 PM, Tickets

[Now until 2/16] No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at OMCA, Tickets
**Full listings of all the exhibit’s events here.
[11/8] Friday Nights at OMCA: Burning Man Block Party, 5 PM to 10 PM

[10/31] Extra Action, Oinga Boinga, Mala Greña & more Halloween Madness at The Uptown, 8 PM to 12 AM, $15

[11/2] Big Garage Sale of antiques, collectibles, fine art, fine junk, bad art, bad junk, industrial art supplies, nautical, naughty, and more at 5th Avenue Marina (artist occupied), 10 AM until done

[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!). 

[5/16-5/17] The creators of the popular Exploding Kittens card game series are hosting Burning Cat, a new two-day game convention that ends in the burning of a giant effigy. Huh… that last part seems oddly familiar!  Tickets are $80 for a two-day pass, or $45 for a daily one. 

San Francisco, CA
[Through 10/26] Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse Live! (a Beetlejuice-inspired performance) at EXIT Stage Left, Tickets

[10/16] Nerd Nite SF #113: Sharks & Seaweed (& TBA)!

[10/19] RED reader/event producer, Kai Wada Roath, is hosting the Sorceress Sabbath Witchcraft Film Festival at Balboa Theatre. This is an all-day event, starting at 10 AM. Day passes are $25. I’t’s part of the Modern Witches Confluence which happens all weekend long.

[10/25] Cult of Amduscias Halloween parade at Precita Park, 7:30 to 10:30 PM Thanks, Mark!

[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!

[12/31] We knew it was coming but no one could really be prepared for Beach Blanket Babylon closing. New Year’s Eve is the last night you’ll be able to see this San Francisco institution, the world’s longest running musical revue. 

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

[various dates] Immersive listings

Check out this calendar of design events from around the world.

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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