The “Growth” Edition :: Issue #245, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”

— Coco Chanel

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #245 :: The “Growth” Edition :: 11:27:2019


Last year around this time, I lopped a good foot of my hair off. Some folks (mostly men, if we’re being honest) didn’t like the cut. I tell you — it’s freeing to finally be in a place where their opinions of how I look don’t count. They simply don’t matter. My, how I’ve grown!

When I sat down in my hairdresser’s chair, I was 110% ready. I had come through hell and lived to tell about it. I wasn’t the same person I was before and I needed to look myself in the mirror and really own that change. I needed to mark that particular time in a way that was meaningful to me. 

I’m growing it out now. Why? Because… who knew short curly hair was such a hassle to maintain? For real!

I was rolling the trash to the curb Monday night and thought, “This hair is my good hair.” Meaning, it’s been with me through a very good year, and all my “bad hair” is gone. Swept away. I don’t have to carry it, or the life it grew out in, any longer. 

This year has been good, and next will be better. And my hair will grow longer. My good hair.

I hope all of you are in good places in your life too. I hope you all have a terrific “Thursday” wherever you, whatever you’re doing. As is our “Thursday” morning tradition, SJ and I will be in Chinatown eating sesame-covered Chinese donuts and looking for poorly knocked-off items. As we do.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. My hair is short but this issue is LONG.

As seen on the Internets

No, really. The link to my interview with Danny Freakin’ Elfman hadn’t gone live yet as of this publishing. But it should soon
:: The hivemind picked “obscure” podcasts worth checking out

:: “The Big Artist Opportunities List”

:: The Lady Hero’s Journey

:: The last remaining Woolworth’s Luncheonette is in Bakersfield, believe it or not

Ye olde Thanksgiving section:
:: Good gravy! Don’t dose grandma on Thanksgiving… just don’t

:: A twisted T’giving tale: “Tossing a Bird That Does Not Fly Out of a Plane” via

:: The turkey drop in that story did not inspire this, apparently

:: Kids are now starting to learn the truth about the first Thanksgiving

:: Imagining how popular artists would decorate their Thanksgiving dinner

:: My friend Chef Juke shares this every year: the real way to cook a turkey

:: Be grateful to be happy

Things to watch on Disney+ (free trial available):
:: The Mandalorian (even if you don’t like Star Wars!)

:: The Imagineering Story (so much about Disney I didn’t know)

:: Forky Asks a Question (really short episodes)

Real day that actually exists: yay!

F*ck Black Friday: If you know me, you know I love things. Unusual, quirky, primarily-vintage objects are my jam. But, I still love the spirit of Buy Nothing Day, the protest against consumerism first launched by Adbusters in 1992. They ask each year of us: “Jammers, comrades, friends… Can you resist the urge to consume for just one day?”

I can. But I’m not a “shop till you drop” kind of gal. 

Besides, I’ve always thought of Buy Nothing Day as less of a strict, by-the-letter “don’t buy anything kind of event” but more of a “don’t get wrapped up in bullshit consumerism” and “be aware of how you’re being sold to” kind of thing. That’s my interpretation, of course. YMMV. 

Also, worth mentioning here: Get off of Amazon’s teat and shop locally (I say, shaking my fist in the air).

Featured Events

SF Sketchfest 2020

[San Francisco :: 1/9 to 1/26] SF Sketchfest comedy festival — initial 2020 lineup just announced!


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

Albany, CA
[12/12] Los Straitjackets at the Ivy Room, 8 to 11 PM, Tickets

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”

Burbank, CA
[12/15] 49 Boxes: The Golden Age of Magic, 7 PM, $65 but worth every penny

Chicago, IL
[until 12/29] Nevermore Park, the interactive art installation by muralist and graffiti artist Hebru Brantley. This exhibit features 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!

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

[12/7] 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

[12/4] [SOLD OUT] A John Waters Christmas at The Great American Music Hall

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

[12/7] Candlelight Concert with Mark Growden at The Choir Loft 2240 15th Street, 8 PM show

[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] Beach Blanket Babylon is coming to a close. 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!

Love this:
“We started this tablecloth in 2000. It has the names of everyone we’ve shared Thanksgiving with each year. Each year is a different color. I am so grateful to have the signatures of those who have left us. . . mom, David’s dad, our daughter Mary. It has scribbles of grands and special messages. Everyone signs it at our Thanksgiving and then I embroider it each year and it is quite a treasure to me. Along the edge is a key of what color goes with what year.”
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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