The “Never grow up” Edition :: Issue #244, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“As a child I assumed that when I reached adulthood, I would have grown-up thoughts.”

— David Sedaris

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #244 :: The “Never grow up” Edition :: 11:20:2019

Never grow up…


Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I’m not kidding!

As seen on the Internets

Money ceiling: What would you do with the thousands of dollars that your customers stuck to your establishment’s walls and ceiling? Michael Thanos (left), owner of Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge here in Alameda, and his staff (Manager John Peterson pictured) decided to donate it to three local charities. I was invited down to get the full story
:: Noel Fielding is going to have a Netflix show about a magical record player!

:: Rod Stewart has spent the last 26 years building a massive model railroad at his Los Angeles home. You have to see it to believe it.

:: Pimping strangers’ rides with cardboard

:: Propose art for Fly Ranch

:: Kathleen Turner, Patty Hearst, and Mink Stole are bringing a mini-Serial Mom reunion to Camp John Waters in 2020

:: Mom goals: I thought this was so sweet!

Real beer that actually exists: way!

A brew after my own heart: Pipeworks Brewing Company in Chicago has concocted a Fluffernutter-flavored Imperial Stout! It’s called Fluffo Sando (clever) and this is how one reviewer describes it, “Good marshmallow flavor with a slight peanut butter twist at the end.” I don’t even drink but I’d totally try this.
photo by Chris R.

Featured Events

[Chicago :: until 12/29Nevermore Park, the interactive art installation by muralist and graffiti artist Hebru Brantley, has extended its run through December 29th. This is an impressive exhibit featuring Brantley’s characters Flyboy and Lil Mama, along with references to the history of Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood (home to thousands of workers for George Pullman’s railway line). — Thanks, James Allenspach!


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

[12/21] The Menagerie Holiday Oddities Market at the Alameda Elks Lodge. 9 AM to 5 PM

Berkeley, CA
[12/6] That Really Happened? A night of True Stories at The Monkey House, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

[Until 1/5/2020] “Strange features diverse works from BAMPFA’s collection that invoke strangeness and resonate with the spirit of Surrealism”

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

Los Angeles, CA
[12/7] Los Angeles SantaCon, 11 AM to 11 PM

[112/7] Fundraiser: Bob Baker Marionette Theater Grand Opening Gala, 7 PM to 10 PM

[12/7] Season’s Screamings: Dark Holiday Pop-Up Market at Sweet Hollywood, 10 AM to 6 PM

[12/7] Los Angeles Krampus Run begins at the Alpine Village in Torrance. 6 PM to 7 PM, a free, all ages event; then at 9 PM, the 7th Annual Krampus Ball starts (tickets)

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
[Now until 2/16] No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at OMCA, Tickets
**Full listings of all the exhibit’s events here.

[12/7] East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest at Omni Commons, 11 AM to 5 PM

Portland, OR
[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
[12/1 to 12/15]  The 16th Annual Another Hole in the Head Film Festival 

[12/7] The Sisters’ Second Annual Krampus Pageant at El Rio, 5 PM to 7 PM 

[12/7] Vampires invade the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, “Don your gay apparel and FANGS,” 10 AM to 6 PM, Cow Palace, Tickets Thanks, Andy!

[12/10] Odd Salon SF: ODDMENTS VI at Public Works SF, 6:30 PM to 10 PM, Tickets

[Until 12/13] Seriously Weird: CCA Illustration Biennial Alumni & Faculty Exhibition at 161 Hubbell Street. Free and open to the public.

[12/14] SF Krampus run: Better Not Pout, “More wandering guerrilla theater than pub crawl,” 5:30 to 9 PM, starting at Tunnel Top

[12/20-12/22] Miyazaki Mania at the Roxie Theater, Tickets

[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. 

[1/10, 1/11] 9th annual DAVID BOWIE Birthday Bash with THE FIRST CHURCH OF THE SACRED SILVERSEXUAL at the Boom Boom Room, The Chapel, 8 PM+

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!

: Taxonomy of white-spotted cats (and don’t miss this “lost sock“)

Thanks, Joyce!

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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