The “Can of worms” Edition :: Issue #324, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

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— Alain de Botton

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Issue #324 :: The “Can of worms” Edition :: 05:25:2022

Can of worms…

In all my free time this entire month, I’ve been making my art pieces for Game of Shrooms. It’s a surprisingly big undertaking. To get to the final product, I made a lot of mistakes. I’ve been thinking about it and my process is best described as improv. The pieces have morphed as I’ve gone along, like “Ok, that works” and “Ok, that doesn’t.” One idea sparks another, and when is it ever really done? 

A Warhol-esque soup can but branded for Blazenhoff? Yeah!

A tiny easel holding tiny shrooms in a tiny golden frame? Of course.

A tiny Warhol-inspired wig on top? How can I not? Ok, now it’s done.

Yes, and?

Oh wait, what if they were dropped all over the U.S.? Let’s do it!

Without any further ado, here’s a sneak peek of one of the pieces I’m dropgifting on Saturday, June 11. The other pieces are similar but different. It’ll be a surprise. I’ve pulled together a nationwide posse to drop in locations across the United States. If you’re close to Hyannis, MA, Oklahoma City, OK, Seattle, WA, Vashon, WA, TBD in FL, Oakland, CA, or Alameda, CA, follow my new Insta for clues on where exactly to forage them on game day. 

Real thing you can’t actually buy: Can of Shrooms

— Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. There’s still time to play the next Magical Mystery Mixtape game.

As seen on the Internets

“Bowie cannot be defined, he can be experienced”: The teaser trailer is out for the upcoming David Bowie documentary, Moonage Daydream.

:: The lost commencement address by Tom Robbins

:: The story behind the rose named after Barbra Streisand

:: Deee-lite performing at Wigstock in 1990 (that slide whistle!)

:: A filter that adds pants in Zoom calls

:: When exactly is “fashionably late? (interactive calculator)

:: The big dance scene in Dirty Dancing but with the Muppets theme song

:: Then, Chicago but with the Fraggle Rock theme

:: Send self-destructing emails through Gmail

:: “I’m tired of being accepted,” John Waters

:: Mr. Spock’s ears are now at the Smithsonian

:: Doctor rates EKG tattoos

The following TikToks were sent to me by Kasey Feral Smiththank you!

:: dinosaurdinnertheatre narrates vintage SF Zoo footage (hilarious!)

:: Real thing you could actually buy in 1997: a Sea-Monkeys aquarium watch

:: Max Factor’s circa 1960s “Fancy Plants for the Eyes

:: “Mole Man” gets sinkholes and other things fixed in NYC

:: Tisket-a-tasket, now THIS is a picnic basket!

Real things you can actually buy: way!

Dress-A-Vac upright vacuum cover

A “decorative conversation piece”: Can something be both disturbing and desirable? I absolutely need one of these. My birthday is in September.
photo by Kathy Keys Osborn/FB

Featured Events

[Oakland, CA :: 6/11] The first-ever Game of Shrooms Post-Hunt Meet-up and Picnic is nearly here!  Forage during the day, and then play at Children’s Fairyland (my day job) in Oakland, California, at night! It’s an all-ages, booze-free event which means you can come in without a kid, or bring one that played the game with you. I’ll be there with SJ, my 17-year-old hyper-competitive shroom-hunter. Early bird tickets are $15/pp through May 31. When they sell out, the price jumps to $20/pp. Attaboy writes, “Surprises may happen!” and I have no doubt they will. Full details and tickets here.

[Berkeley :: Full moons] Moonstruck: a wild concert series (get on their list)

[Oakland :: 5/29Clownfoolery Class Show at 2100 West Street, Oakland. Free! 7 p.m.

[Oakland :: 7/2 + 7/3] Mosswood Meltdown

[Port Costa :: 5/28] Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale

[San Francisco :: 5/27] Fun Stuff, an evening of an evening of surprise—theater, storytelling, dance, and art—at Raining Chainsaws, 1789 Egbert avenue, 2nd flr, 7 p.m. (doors) 8 p.m. (show) $10-20 pay at the door Thanks, Richie!

[San Francisco :: through 6/12AirOtic Soiree: A Circus-Style Cabaret at Great Star Theater. Thanks, Eveline!

[San Diego :: 8/3 to 8/7] Tiki Oasis

[Denver :: deadline 5/31] Call for artist proposals: Silent Screen Supernova. “Musical weirdo and visionary” Beatie Wolfe is curating an outdoor exhibition of six digital screens in Denver. Artists (you?) have the chance to get your creation featured on a giant LED screen during the festival in September. The theme is “Activating Environmental Awareness.” Applications are free but must be received before May 31.

[Washington, D.C. :: Opens 4/1]  One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection

[Veneta :: 7/8, 9, 10] Oregon Country Fair 

[Lancaster :: until 7/3] Mark Wagner Inc.’s solo exhibition, ART MADE FROM MONEY (MADE FROM ART), is showing at Lancaster Museum of Art. 

Oh, just some Eastern Europeans LARPing (live-action roleplay) the Fourth of July as performance art. Lots more images on their Facebook page:

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