The “Dissecting the gossamer” edition :: Issue #255, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“Cartoons are like gossamer and one doesn’t dissect gossamer.”

Seinfeld, “The Cartoon”

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #255 :: The “Dissecting the gossamer” Edition :: 02:19:2020

Dissecting the gossamer…

Current feels:

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Happy Wednesday!

As seen on the Internets

Rejected: So I just can’t let this whole “New Yorker cartoon” thing go. Now I’m buying rejected ones from a real New Yorker cartoonist.
:: And if you liked that, I think you’ll love this

:: The six-year-old Shirley Temple King reviews his favorite beverage

:: Take a “moon selfie” by photographing yourself through a TP roll via

:: Tom Holland and Robert Downey, Jr. deepfaked into Back to the Future

Real thing that actually exists: stay!

What is your dog really trying to say?: This bark-activated collar attempts to translate dog-to-human. Apparently, they have words for us (Cuss Collar, $60).

Real thing that actually exists: way!

For the love of… I want to hate this but I can’t help but be amused it (Btw, this kind of stuff is pitched to me all the time and I don’t share it). So, well, McDonald’s has made an entire fan club, full of “extremely limited” merchandise, in an elaborate effort to sell more Quarter Pounders. Well, this 14K gold-filled locket ($35) holds four versions of the QP, so people can keep the burger “close to their heart.” I applaud the effort. It made me laugh and I’ve never had a QP in my life. The mittens for couples were fun too.

“Real Things” runners-up:
AwayLeech bandages ($5.95)
No way: Cargo Socks ($7)

Featured Events

The Gregangelo Museum in San Francisco, California

San Francisco Bay Area, CA [5/23] Weird Homes Tour (!!!!) Tickets are $40-$60, 10 AM to 5 PM, 13 and younger free (Know any super-cool Bay Area homes that should be included? DM me, my friend is helping them scout.)

24 U.S. Cities
[Until 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
[Until 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
[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
[3/14] Brides of March Los Angeles 2020, annual event where folks dress up as brides and bar hop — though it’s more street theater than a crawl, 1 PM to 11 PM

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 2/23] 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

[4/11] Journey to the End of the Night (yes, it’s in Oakland this year!), 5 PM to 11 PM, Tickets $0-$30

[4/11] ResurrEGGtion2020! an EGGS Bar Fundraiser at BRIX 581, 9 PM

[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
[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

[3/19] Negativland is performing an audio/visuals show at Gray Area, 8 PM

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

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

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!

I recently introduced my 15-year-old to the anti-drug “You, alright?! I learned it by watching you!” ad from the 1980s and she thought it was hilarious. Then I came across these 2011 ads from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies — brilliant! And, someone’s also made a science version, though there’s no “I learned science from watching you!”

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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