The “Vinegar” Edition :: Issue #254, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“…during the Victorian era and the early 20th century, February 14 was also a day on which unlucky victims could receive ‘vinegar valentines’ from their secret haters.”

–  Smithsonian Magazine

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #254 :: The “Vinegar” Edition :: 02:12:2020


Valentine’s Day is in two days and though I am decidedly unsentimental about it, my heart is full of love for you, my dear readers. However you spend February 14th this year (I suggest Troll Bingo, see below in the events section), I hope it’s a good one!
Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. In the last issue, you might remember I went on and on about the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest. Well, there’s an update.

As seen on the Internets

(Mostly) edible kitsch: Sharona Franklin’s gelatin sculptures are really something else. The 32-year-old Canadian artist calls her art jellies, “biodegradable botanical art.” See more examples of her work in her Instagram feedvia
:: A must-watch: Japan’s unauthorized Star Wars commercial for TUNA

:: Photos by Charles Gatewood: Get a copy of Spy Emerson’s Gutterbunny zine — a real labor of love!

:: Oldie but a goodie: Strange, double entendre vintage Valentine’s

:: In 1988, Pee-wee Herman flew above the Oscars’ audience, and RoboCop saved the day

:: The Mikiphone: A teeny-tiny portable phonograph from 1926!

:: “Own your own narrative”: Gillian Anderson does ASMR to promote “Sex Education”

:: Japanese design student Rie Sakamoto made garments out of rubber bands

:: Visually stunning history of Prince

:: Amazing oral history of Prince’s Super Bowl halftime show

Real oracle that actually exists: yay!

“Relatable, modern symbolism with distinctive Bay Area flavor”:  Three years in the making, local artists (and RED pals!) Robin Lehto and Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez have released their hand-illustrated San Francisco Oracle on IndieGoGo. And, they’ve already hit their goal! Don’t worry though, there’s still time to get your hands on a first-edition deck ($44+).

Real thing that actually exists: dick-ay!

Totes Dickie, photo by Rusty Blazenhoff

Spotted at the White Elephant Sale: Who else used to have a DRAWER full of these things? I got so caught up in nostalgia for dickies that, for about five minutes, I debated whether to buy or not — yes, I checked, it’s available and no I didn’t buy it. See some other things I didn’t buy (and one thing I did) on my Instagram.

Featured Events

Troll Bingo at Raining Chainsaws

San Francisco, CA [2/14] Imagine you could go back to the mid-nineties in San Francisco when people were getting together in real life and doing cool participatory art stuff in big live/work warehouses. Sounds great, right? Well, that’s the vibe the good folks at Raining Chainsaws have tapped into -— or maybe they just never stopped doing cool stuff since then. In any event, Troll Bingo is their all-ages, BYOB Valentine’s event and I already know it’s going to be terrific. It combines the trolls from their super-great Earworm! show with B-I-N-G-O! Admission is free but bring $10-$25 in cash for bingo cards, snacks, and donations/tips. 8 PM to midnight, RSVP now!

24 U.S. Cities
[2/14 to 3/29] Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 35th Anniversary Tour with Paul Reubens — see a screening of the film followed by Paul Reubens himself — live, in person! — sharing never-before-heard stories about the making of the movie. I’ll be at the San Francisco show on February 28.

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

Alameda, CA
[3/14 – Cancelled by the City of Alameda, jerks!]
Lightning on Demand (Tesla coil) demo, 1951 Monarch (old Naval base) 7:30 PM

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

[3/4] Half-Assed Arts: Art in a Box, share your art, no matter what stage it’s in, to an “appreciative and supportive audience,” 7 PM – 10 PM, $12-$20 sliding scale, Bring a dish to share (At the inaugural event, after seeing the event listing here, tin artist Dave Yoas shared one of his pieces and then got a gallery show at the space!)

Eugene, Oregon
[7/10-7/12] Oregon Country Fair, a three-day art and music fair, described as “magical” and I believe it! Tickets go on sale 3/15

Las Vegas, NV
[Extended! Until 4/20] Tim Burton’s Lost Vegas art exhibit at the Neon Museum

[Opening this year] Meow Wolf’s Area 15 Thanks, Claudia!

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

[Now] Cages, as described by RED pal 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.”

[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 PM

Nederland, Colorado
[3/15-3/20] Frozen Dead Guys Days, quirky “three day Frosty Fiesta features over 30 live bands in 3 heated super tents featuring local craft brews, specialty spirited drinks, 14 delicious craft food vendors, serving up Vegan to BBQ and everything in between” Thanks, Susan!

New York City

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

[3/1] Shadow Traffic’s 2nd Annual Competitive Winter Picnicking at Fort Greene Park, starts at noon, RSVP

[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.

[3/7-3/8] Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale, 96,000-square-feet of mostly-decent deals, FREE but CROWDED

[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 Luis Obispo
[4/11] John Waters Easter at the Madonna Inn! 

San Francisco, CA
[2/14] Drag Show to End Homelessness: “Valentines Day can be a drag, so why not spend it at a drag show!,” El Rio, 7 PM to 10 PM, Tickets Thanks, Nicole!

[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

[3/15] Beware the Brides of March 2020, annual event where folks dress up as brides and bar hop — though it’s more street theater than a crawl, Meet at Bar Fluxus in a wedding gown, 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM

[3/15] Super Shangri-La Show presents Treasure of the Four Crowns at Balboa Theater, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

[3/25-3/27] 3-Day Experience Design Training by KAOSPILOT

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

London, England
[6/12-6/22] Meltdown 2020, this is the 27th year of this artist-curated festival and it was Grace Jones’ turn to pick the acts (!), Southbank Centre Thanks, Yoms!

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!

Victorian flirting assists.

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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