The “Stench of Xmas” Edition :: Issue #246, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer… Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?”

— Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #246 :: The “The stench of Xmas” Edition :: 12:04:2019

The stench of Xmas…

We went and picked out our Christmas tree on Sunday. It  was rainy, cold, and, my gawd, trees cost $13/foot ’round these parts! Still, there’s something about that smell. Now the house just reeks of Christmas. 

I went back and forth a couple of years ago about whether to buy a fake one or to continue with a real one. Long story short: artificial is cheaper in the long run but the familiar odor of the Fir wins out no matter what the cost.

Also, I found some retro bubble lights (like these) for cheap recently and they are gonna look swell on this stinky little five-footer.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I recently learned that the Fluffernutter is the most popular sandwich in the USA, according to Germans and thanks to Dan! Knowledge is power, folks!

As seen on the Internets

Treezilla, a smoke-breathing Godzilla Christmas tree
Also, look at the stockings: New Zealander Steven Newland has an annual tradition of making, and revealing, super-cool Christmas trees. Last year he made Treezilla, a Godzilla one that BREATHES SMOKE. He recently sold it in auction for approx. $270 USD, which seems like a real bargain if you ask me!
:: Hey, hey, here’s that Danny Elfman interview I mentioned last week

:: SO GOOD: Sesame Street’s Count “sings” Gogol Bordello’s “Start Wearing Purple”

:: SF: The Buried Ships Project looks great!

:: Go see it: Knives Out is a TERRIFIC murder-mystery

:: Joy: John Waters lists his favorite 10 movies of 2019

:: Top Nat Geo photos of 2019

:: Hurricane Season by David Sedaris

:: Science points the way to better arguing

:: In 1984, a Christian rock band hid a Commodore 64 program “Easter egg” on their album: “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine” (j/k)

:: Christmas songs for goths via

Real multiverse merch that actually exists: yay!

“For a greater sense of individuality”: Meow Wolf has a bunch of neat-o merch, including Lost Sock ($7.50). Not “socks” plural, “sock” singular.  They write, “We found in the process of inserting a standard pair of Fourth Dimensional Socks within our Anomalous Dryer and mixing in a dash of Mind-Boggling Physics™  that a Single Entangled Sock is created!” Haha, cute!

[By the way, their Experience Tube ($30) is still one of my all-time favorite products.]

Real zine that actually exists: yay!

Fiddler’s Green Peculiar Parish Magazine #7

From my friend Clint, publisher of beautiful, magical things: “You don’t have to be a practicing witch or wizard to enjoy Fiddler’s Green, although you might be! The magic in these pages is the kind found in everyday life—things like superstition, the metaphors in mythology, lessons learned from children’s books, or the freeing feeling of being out in nature.”

Featured Events

[Seattle :: Ongoing, 1st Sunday of the month] Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery “a love letter to the strangeness and talent that walks amongst us” at Annex Theatre, 7:30 PM, Tickets Thanks, Veek!


Alameda, CA
[Now] Christmas Tree Lane is open, 3200 block of Thompson Avenue, evenings

[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

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

[12/11] The Medicine Show, “social innovation storytelling” by New Creatures at Humanist Hall, 7 to 10 PM, Free

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

[12/5] IDEO Wunderfaire at Pier 28 Annex, 4:30 to 8 PM

[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

[Until 12/25] Deck the Halls, a festive pop-up bar

[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+

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

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!

When you can’t find tech talent, you might want to start getting creative in your search… like Danielle Baskin did

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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