The “Electric slide” Edition :: Issue #251, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot.”

–  Dutch proverb

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #251 :: The “Electric slide” Edition :: 01:15:2020

Electric slide…

You might remember in the last issue that I had the nerve to write that time seems to move much faster as you get older. Well, then I got the flu. I was out flat for over a week and, let me tell you, time moved very slowly — a sure sign that the Universe was having a good laugh at my expense. 

Folks, it was bad enough where, after cycling through all the good shows and movies, that I actually sat through National Treasure 1 AND 2. Even worse, I KIND OF ENJOYED THEM. Inane Nic Cage movies FTW.

I am just now trying to get back into the swing of things which I will represent graphically with this cat-trying-to-run-up-a-slide meme: 

But, not to worry, this issue is a good one. That’s what happens when I skip a week. I end up with tons of fun stuff to share.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Yes, I had my flu shot. I shudder to think of how sick I’d be if I hadn’t gotten it! Hope you all are in the best of health.

As seen on the Internets

 Hi-larious: Watch these “animals” escape from Japanese zoos Thanks, Julie!
:: PSA: Don’t see “Cats” on ‘shrooms. Or at all.

:: Girl in the 1940s cataloged her cat’s fallen whiskers

:: Best earplugs for concert-goers (and, yes, you should wear them!)


:: This website showing the world’s paper sizes is impressively done

:: Traveler’s account of taking a cargo ship from Germany to Canada

:: Tikiphile Otto von Stroheim from his zine days to lifestyle leader

:: Atlas Obscura did a video piece on “L.A.’s Queen of Weird”performance artist Dynasty Handbag

:: Three of my favorite things crammed into one: Disneyland + Churros + Fluffernutters Thanks, Andy!

Real scarf that actually exists: slay!

This scarf is almost as long as real CVS receipt ($19/Etsy).

“Real Things” runners-up:
— Nay: Gwyneth Paltrow’s “smells like my vagina” candle ($75).
— Hip-hip-hooray: Pick-its are tiny picket signs for your cocktails from Fred ($7).

Real game that actually exists: yay!

Doc Pop has been busy bringing a new card game to the world: “It’s called KnifeTank and it’s about tanks with knives. It’s a 2 or 4 player card game that turns any table top into a combat zone. The art is inspired by heavy metal and the gameplay is unique. The game is on Kickstarter right now for just $15. Check out to the video that my friend Shalaco produced to see lots of familiar faces from the SF art scene.”

Featured Events

[1/19] Balsa Man, the diminutive version of the big wooden guy at Burning Man, is headed to the No Spectators exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California. From 11 AM to 5 PM, you can bring your pre-made tiny art offerings (be inspired by these mini porta-potties!) for the 1/16th-scale Balsa Man city or create something onsite. 

20.5 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. Special pre-tour kickoff happens in Ventura, California on January 24!

Adelaide, Australia
[2/14 – 3/15] Adelaide Fringe, “Australia’s biggest, open access arts festival” Thanks, Jeff!

Alameda, CA
[2/8 and 3/14]
Lightning on Demand (Tesla coil) demos: “large-scale electrical effects from the subtle to multi-megavolt discharges,” 1951 Monarch (old Naval base) 7:30 PM Thanks, Mark!

Berkeley, CA
[1/31] Zepparella at UC Theatre, 8 PM

[2/15] That Really Happened? A Night of True Stories at The Monkey House, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, Sliding scale $10-$20

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

Los Angeles, CA
Both locations of MOCA are now permanently free!

[Now] Cages, as described by Kyle: “It’s truly the future of music show meets storytelling. Fully immersive, from rooms to performance that combines concert, live theater, projection mapping, stop motion animation, 3D and 2d cgi, dance, and more. It’s nuts. Took 6 years of development and sets a new bar.”

[Last Saturday of the month] almighty Opp, a streetside puppet show in Koreatown recommended by CTP who says, “It’s fantastic. And bizarre, and funny, and wonderous,” 9 p.m. 

New York City

RED pal Oriana Leckert always highlights the best events in the Big Apple!

[5/9 to 11/1] Yayoi Kusama’s Cosmic Nature exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden (pre-sale for members and patrons happens 2/19, public on 2/26)

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.

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

[3/7-3/8] White Elephant Sale, 96,000-square-feet of crazy-good deals, free

[7/11-7/12] Burger Boogaloo headlines with Bikini Kill and Circle Jerks, Mosswood Park

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 Diego, CA
[8/12-8/16] Tiki Oasis is celebrating its 20th anniversary this August! Two things: 1.) This is not to be confused with Arizona Tiki Oasis which happens April 23 to 26 in Scottsdale (same producers though!) AND 2.) tickets are not yet on sale yet — this is just a heads up!

San Francisco, CA
[1/17 and 1/18] Homespun – an Evening of Choral Americana, Calling All Choir’s Winter Finale at Mission Dolores Basilica, 8 PM both evenings

[Now until 1/26] SF Sketchfest comedy festival
[1/17] Don’t miss Crispin Hellion Glover at The Castro!

[2/1] Night of Ideas, an “all-night marathon of philosophical debate, keynotes, panels, workshops, and performances designed to spur dialogue and creative participation on the theme ‘Living on the Edge,'” 7 PM to 2 AM at the San Francisco Public Library, FREE (though may already be sold out)

[2/6] Odyssey Works is hosting a Valentine’s Day Date Design Workshop so you can learn how to design the perfect Valentine’s Day date, 6 to 9 PM

[2/5-2/8] Fog City Magic Fest — four days of magic — at EXIT Theatre

[2/7- 2/9] The End of You, a pop-up immersive experience at Gray Area / Grand Theater that “explores how immersive art can invite new perspectives on humanity and our living world.”

[2/29] Imperial Teen at The Chapel, 8 PM

[3/8 and 3/9] Patti Smith and her band at the Fillmore, 8 PM each night

Scottsdale, AZ
[4/23-4/26] Arizona Tiki Oasis at the lovely, midcentury Valley Ho Hotel

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 

Stonyford, CA
[6/15-6/21] Camp Tipsy, “rotten boat building contest and camp-out held at East Park Reservoir,” patron tickets available now

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!

I see what they did there.

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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