The “Smell my feet” Edition :: Issue #312, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat.”

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Issue #312 :: The “Smell my feet” Edition :: 10:20:2021

Smell my feet

We have a winner! Justine of Oakland, California is the lucky recipient of the Blazenhoff X Snow Day Clay “Eat Fluff Chill” Fluffernutter plate prize package! And, because she lives nearby, Fluffernutter the Clown made the delivery in person (in “clown”?):
Eat Fluff Chill Fluffernutter plate prize package winner
Big, big thanks to everyone who entered the raffle. Planned Parenthood got $100, and that’s not counting all of the direct donations! New raffle opportunity below.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I can’t wait to show you my Halloween costume for this year. I’m not going to let you down, but I do want to wait until after October 31 to show you!

P.S. x 2: That awesome tie-dyed Sad Shirt Fluffernutter the Clown is wearing is from Lonesome Town, the L.A. artist who paints sad clown faces on discarded street furniture and junk.

As seen on the Internets

GIANT DECORATIVE GOURD, MOFOS! This is a fun story. It started back in October of 2018 when I was driving through Larkspur (California) and spotted a giant pumpkin on the flatbed of a ‘54 Chevy tractor-trailer. I snapped a photo and posted it on my Instagram. I forget how exactly but I soon connected with the pumpkin’s grower, Ian Sigman of Mattole River Organic Farms. He said he was on the way back home from a pumpkin weigh-off contest in Half Moon Bay where that 1,500 lb. behemoth had just won ninth place. Naturally, we started following each other. At some point, he saw that I worked at Children’s Fairyland and started following that account too. It was there, last year, where he saw the park’s Big Pumpkin Espresso building and had an idea: What if he grew *another* giant pumpkin and brought it to Fairyland after the weigh-off? And that’s just what he did! On Monday, Team Fairyland used a forklift to gingerly move his fifth-place-winning 1,677 lb. gourd off his truck and into the Plaza where it will sit through Halloween (if the squirrels don’t get to it first)! It was also the first time that Ian and I met in person—definitely kindred spirits! He was born and raised in Oakland and visited Fairyland as a kid. He now lives in Honeydew, California which is about 300 miles away in the Lost Coast region. We, of course, gave him, and his mom, the Fairyland grand tour and sent them both off with a Magic Key. A real trip down memory lane, I’m sure! Now we’re holding a naming contest for the pumpkin at Fairyland. You’re welcome to enter but you need to be local and have at least one child (or know someone fitting this bill) to use the prize.

Um, does anyone know a good pumpkin carver/sculptor in the East Bay? Might have a project.

:: For no mere mortal can resist, the evil of the THRILLER

:: $2.5M is a steal for this 8 bed/9 bath estate!
:: Thanks, Greg!

:: Is this real?!

:: Neat: There’s a “Society for Commercial Archeology

:: Remember the sand art you got in a twisted Coke bottle at the county fair? These are nothing like that.

:: This small indie lit press is taking its first steps

Real cakes you can actually buy: yay!

My pal April is taking orders for these cute little Halloween cakes that are styled after vintage McDonald’s Happy Meal treat pails. On her Insta @promptandwellbaked, she writes: “I have a limited quantity available for preorder to pick up in Temescal, Oakland on Saturday 10/30. $40 each or all three for $100. Each 4″ three-layer cake serves approximately four and includes a yummy chocolate cookie handle.” If you’re not local, let these and her other retro-styled baked goodies serve as inspiration for your own sweet treats!

Real things you can actually buy: spook-ay!
:: Heinz has gone bloody

Real things you can actually win: yay!

Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra: Balance a Checkbook

Raffles are so dang fun, so here’s another one! Last summer, I got an email pitch. I get pitched lots of things but this one really caught my eye. It was from a mad scientist, one “Professor B. Miller.” He wanted to let me know about the new album from his band, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra. A San Diego band fronted by SPO-20, a robot vocalist. I’m listening. Long story short, I wrote about it, the good Professor and I became pals, and he then asked me to write the liner notes for their upcoming “financial record,” which I did. Well, Balance a Checkbook drops October 29. (You know, the 92nd anniversary of “Black Tuesday,” aka the day when the 1929 stock market crashed.) Now we’re doing a raffle together. The prize package is generous, to say the least!

[If you have a collab/raffle in mind you want to do with me, HMU.]

Featured Events

[Oakland, CA :: 10/30 and 10/31] Driveway Follies is back! Put on a mask and head over to 3854 Greenwood Avenue in Oakland’s Trestle Glen neighborhood for true marionette magic. Their outdoor shows start at dusk and run on intervals. So if you arrive and don’t get a good viewing spot, wait for the intermission to move in closer. It’s free but do slip this nonprofit a few bucks for their amazing efforts.

[12/12The Krampus & The Old, Dark Christmas with Al Ridenour, a Zoom lecture

[Alameda :: now!] Send a BooKay!

[Crockett :: now] Master tin tinkerer Dave Yoas is exhibiting at Epperson Gallery right now. 10/23: Artist reception from 4 to 6 p.m.

[Oakland :: Now through 11/28Ofrenda at OMCA: “Pay tribute to loved ones lost at a special ofrenda (altar) created by OMCA’s El Día de los Muertos Volunteer Community Committee. In remembrance of COVID-19 victims, the altar provides an opportunity to honor those whom we mourn in the community and to create personal offerings to add to the ofrenda.”

[San Francisco :: 11/1] An evening with David Sedaris at War Memorial Opera House, 7:30 p.m.

[Richmond :: 11/13Rogue Cinema: “Join us for this unsanctioned ‘pirate’ screening of the new indie film, Burning Man the Musical! Plus “Live Therapy” to address the psychic wounds inflicted by the satire.” Point San Pablo Harbor, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

[San Francisco :: 11/17Super Shangri-La ShowWar of the Wizards (1978) & Hercules in the Haunted World (1961) at Balboa Theater, 7 p.m. 

[Through October] From 7 p.m. to midnight each night, Night Lights Denver is showing cool art projections on the Daniels & Fisher tower, a collab with Meow Wolf.

[Los Angeles :: Now through 10/31] Bob Baker Marionettes’ Hallowe’en Spooktacular promises anhour-long, family friendly boo-sical revue, over one hundred spirited puppets rally to unearth ghastly things on strings.” Tickets are $20.

[Brooklyn :: starts 11/12] Empire Circus

Quick update on my “Eat Fuck Kill” lot in the Sotheby’s auction: Amazingly, it sold for $2268! There was a bidding war at the end and the auction kept getting extended. It was wild to watch. The lot was only estimated at $100 to $200, so it was exciting to see it climb so quickly. Since so many of you asked me privately, I get 25% of the final hammer price minus 26% in fees. I had four options when I signed my agreement months ago: 15%, 25%, 55% or donate without taking a cut. 

ICYMI: I wasn’t the only one to have fun with the auction. Some Burning Man insiders, who wished to remain anonymous, shared their auction prank with me! Their lot went for $2520! After we get our winnings, we’re all going out to a fancy dinner to celebrate. It’s been decided.

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