The “Believe” Edition :: Issue #247, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.” 

Shirley Temple

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #247 :: The “Believe” Edition :: 12:11:2019


Current mood:


Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. If you believed in Santa when you were little, how old were you when you stopped? I was 7. A family friend’s daughter who was a bit older whispered the secret to me. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When my parents found out they were mad! The girl got in trouble. Serves her right — heh! 

As seen on the Internets

Unusual Cards

Unusual Cards has some new and delightfully-subversive holiday collages
:: STOP RIGHT THERE. Santa has a message for YOU, yes YOU

:: It’s Whamageddon time!

:: Sorry, not sorry!

:: The trailer for the new Ghostbusters movie looks terrific!

:: A must-read for Bowie fans

:: This is just wow…keep scrolling down The Deep Sea

:: Not shocking: Today’s kids dig Mister Rogers

:: My pal Halcyon has some tips on how to avoid the “giftopocalypse

:: Why the good times go by so quickly

:: 7 Up turns 63 Up (I’ll be going to see it when it comes to SF)

:: “Pachelbel’s Canon” as performed by train horns

:: Playing near you: Fantastic Fungi, a film about the magic of mushrooms
:: Thanks, Sherri!

:: Marcel Proust popularized a parlor game of personal questions, Vanity Fair later popularized it by quizzing celebs — it’s now known as the Proust Questionnaire and it’s fun!

:: Five-hour long Darth Vader “Yule Log”
:: Thanks, Maggie!

:: RIP Carroll Spinney aka Big Bird
:: Watch:

Real stocking that actually exists: yay!


Sock-Full-of-Gifts: My local flea market had few vendors this past Sunday because rain was expected. I went for an hour anyway and was delighted to find that awesome handcrafted felt stocking in the photo above. Though I couldn’t justify buying it ($25), I was surprised to find its pattern online when I got home (I thought it was a custom one-off). I was even more surprised at how awesome it is! Not only is it a stocking pattern — featuring a-mazing smoking-themed adornments — but it’s also a pattern for a vest, tie, “muffler,” travel slippers, and a bag to put them in! Oh, the fifties were good times!

Now I want to make a felt stocking for myself. I think mine will feature little felt jars of Fluff and felt Fluffernutters. OF COURSE. And felt Fluff ornaments! (Minutes later, felt purchased.)

Featured Events

Pee-wee's Big Adventure 35th Anniversary tour with Paul Reubens

[20 U.S. Cities :: 2/14 to 3/29] Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 35th Anniversary Tour with Paul Reubens — a screening of the film followed by Paul Reubens himself sharing never-before-heard stories about the making of the movie!  Artist pre-sale code is ALAMO. (I’ll be at the San Francisco event on 2/28/Masonic Theater.)


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
[12/21 and 12/22] East 14th at The Marsh

[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
???Know about anything good happening here???

New York City

[1/12] 19th Annual No Pants Subway Ride

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.
[1/19] Balsa Man at OMCA!

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

[3/1] Sugar Rush IV: A Cupcake Tasting Event at Angel Cakes, 1 PM to 4 PM, Tickets

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
[12/13] Galvanize Gray Area, a holiday benefit party to support Gray Area, the “creative center for catalyzing immersive media and experiential art,” 7:30 PM to 10 PM, $20 – $200

[Until 12/15]  The 16th Annual Another Hole in the Head Film Festival

[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

[12/18 on] Karaoke at BARbarella SF w/ KJ Fabula (projections/immersive experience by our very own Scott Levkoff of Mystic Midway!)

[12/18] Super Shangri-la Show: The Vampire Lovers (1970) and Count Dracula’s Great Love (1973) at Balboa Theater, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

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

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

[12/27] Dina Martina Christmas Show at Great American Music Hall, 21+

[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!

Seattle, WA
[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 

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!

If you pronounce every single word in this 1920s poem, “you’re among the English-speaking elite.” But wait, there’s more… 

Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a (mostly) weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff for positive deviants and the people who love them.

Described as, “One of the most inspiring, weird and off-kilter collections of curated kitschy ephemera for the big-brained.” People like it.

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