The “Victory gardener” Edition :: Issue #256, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #256 :: The “Victory gardener” Edition :: 02:26:2020

Victory gardener…

They say you should celebrate the little victories. So, can I get a big round of applause?

Why? Because it’s only February and I have ALREADY FINISHED MY TAXES! No small feat for a self-employed, money-fearing free spirit type like myself, I tell you. WHO HAVE I BECOME?!

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Sending good juju to a new friend with a bad injury! Get better real quick, C.!

As seen on the Internets

What are you looking at?! When I was little, there was this kids’ magazine I read (was it Ranger Rick??) that showed photos of magnified items. Our job as kids was to figure out what we were looking at. This is my version of that. If you’ve been a reader for long enough, you’ll remember we’ve played before.

So, what the heck are you looking at in the photo above? 

[Take a guess and then go here to see if you’re right.]

:: Growing up, my mom’s “noticing wall” was a piece of paper in a typewriter, where we’d tell an ongoing story together
:: Thanks, Carla!

:: Oatly oatmilk wins this round of #truthinadvertising

:: The surprisingly fun art made by “drawing without looking down”

:: MSNBC legal analyst makes on-air statements with her brooches

:: This Hieronymus Bosch parade!

:: I’ve just learned about Mother Earth’s Plantasia, groovy circa 1976 music for plants

:: This circa 1939 lenticular “Movie-Of-U” souvenir is super cool!

:: Turn the sound UP for this one Thanks, Jenny and Julie!

:: I have no words (having been involved with the real thing): The Nonchalance/Jejune “ARG” is now a series on AMC called Dispatches from Elsewhere
:: Latest trailer: 
:: First trailer:

:: Post-February 14 must-see: Cobweb Valentines! Thanks to Lea for this one!

Real emoji that actually exist: yay!

Not like the “Forbidden Dance” in any way: Inventor Ian Charnas (Real-life Mario Kart and Dancing Windshield Wipers) has created 36 fun new “forbidden” emoji — ones that you can really use to express yourself. I can imagine 10 ways I can use “Dumpster Fire” in my communications right now.

Your donation to not only unlocks these emoji one by one but also benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Charnas lost his mother to suicide). 

Real g/jifs that actually exist: yes way!

Choosy content creators choose: Jif peanut butter, in collaboration with Giphy, will soon sell jars of “Gif” (the label is double sided) to settle the debate of how GIF is pronounced. According to them, GIF = hard g and Jif = soft g. But, here’s the thing, the creator of the GIF declared in 2013 that it’s a soft g.

Regardless, the Jif x GIPHY Creamy Peanut Butter Limited Edition Jar is available now for $9.99.

I have absolutely no idea how Giphy is pronounced at this point. But, I do know that this is a Jif GIF(more on Giphy):

Featured Events

San Francisco, CA [THIS FRIDAY 2/28] Pre-Pee-wee-Meet-up: If you’re going to the Masonic for the Pee-wee show (see below), join us at the world-famous Tonga Room starting at 5 p.m. when it opens (a plus: it’s all ages until 10 p.m.). Doors to the show open at 6:30 p.m. See you there?! C’mon, don’t be square! ALSO: Last I checked, you could still get tickets to the show on

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. 

Bend, OR
[Until 10/4] Infinite Moment: Burning Man on the Horizon at High Desert Museum Thanks, Brian!

Berkeley, CA
[TONIGHT 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!

[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
[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
[Ongoing] The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium Thanks, Brian!

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

[3/14] Last Gasp Warehouse Sale, 11 AM to 4 PM

[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

[4/11] Last Gasp‘s 50th Anniversary Art Show at 111 Minna Gallery, 21+ (more details to come)

[5/23] Weird Homes Tour (!!!!) ,10 AM to 5 PM, Tickets are $40-$60, 13 and younger free

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,” Tickets

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!

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” – Aldous Huxley
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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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