The “Reporting live: from the other side” :: Issue #339, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear.”

—  George Addair

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Issue #339 :: The “Reporting live: from the other side” Edition :: 3:01:2023

Reporting live: from the other side…

They say nothing gets done without a deadline. Boy, howdy, ain’t that the truth? I set today as the day to officially launch my new consultancy which, I kid you not, is something that’s been swirling around in my head for a good eight years or so. If you’ve been reading this for long enough, YOU KNOW. 

I have to remind myself that it’s just an experiment, that it might fail. So, to protect my heart, I have already let go of the outcome. I’ve been as honest as possible in making an offer that will allow me to continue helping other creative people do their thing and start helping myself as well. I’ve been playing it small for way too long.

I’ve been conditioned to expect to be judged or criticized, but there is a small-but-growing part of me that wonders if I’ve just opened the door to wonderful things. Rob Brezsny popularized the idea of ‘pronoia,’ and it’s just what you think: the opposite of paranoia. It’s the idea that the world conspires with you to “shower you with blessings.” ‘Paranoia’ sure as heck hasn’t been working for me, so why not give the alternative a shot? And that’s all I can do for now. It’s just mad enough to work!

Honestly, my biggest regret is not getting other people to help me earlier. Once you get far enough long in your career, you have to get people to help you get to the next level. You have to! It’s like getting therapy. You can read self-help books and process your own stuff to the point of exhaustion, but real change comes when you get a pro involved. An outsider’s perspective is invaluable. 

So, that’s the crux of my offer. I’m going to be that person for other quirky creative people! I’ll help them create a brand that’s as unique as they are. Many creative people struggle with self-doubt, perfectionism, and procrastination, but I can guide them past these blocks. 

Big enough lead-up? Here is: Wonder(ful) Why.

— Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I’ll be the first to admit that some issues are better than others. This one is particularly good, imo.

As seen on the Internets

Once again in a blue moon: In the summer of 1987, there was an absolutely fabulous avant-garde carnival in Hamburg, Germany. Luna Luna was supposed to travel the world but a legal battle shuttered its doors and sent it to be stored until recently. A team, led by Drake (!), has been readying the pieces, including a carousel with art by Keith Haring and a Ferris wheel decorated by Jean-Michel Basquiat, for a 2024 tour that reimagines the original park in modern ways. It’s really quite something. I can’t wait to find out if it’s coming to a “city near me.”

:: Do I know any aspiring songwriters? A-mazing opportunity awaits!

:: “Get awed on a regular basis, so that getting awed is habitual and becomes a state of being.”

:: Beautiful example of how artists connect seemingly unrelated things

:: Dwarf graffiti

:: Say these names five times fast

:: Larry Harvey’s desk

:: The wonderful and funny Josh Kornbluth has a Substack

:: “Muni Raised Me

:: A Gen-Xer has been reading pages from her high school diary on TikTok

:: Grin and juice: Snoop Dogg sings affirmative songs for kids

:: Meet David Sedaris, a BBC series

:: Easily watch random YouTube videos with 10 views or less, for fun (?)

:: This dance act is a real mindfuck – a beautiful one

:: “I beg of you, please commemorate my birthday with mattress sales”

:: You can try to enter Jenny’s number to get reward points

:: We need more of this kind of silly business

:: Talk by “code-switching punk rocker” Michelle Cruz Gonzales

Real book that actually exists: nay!

Male gaze: Sometimes you just have to lolsob. I gave my copy of The Alchemist to a friend a while back and have had it in the back of my mind to replace it. Well, a couple of weekends ago, I spotted the graphic novel version at the White Elephant Sale for $6. I grabbed it, not even examining it. Imagine my surprise when I cracked it open at home and saw… bewbs. I never thought of Paulo Coehlo’s work as needing sexy ladies to illustrate it. But here we are.

photo by Rusty Blazenhoff, “lolsob” cribbed from Molly F.

Runner-up real thing
:: “Gold fish shaped ham” Thanks, Kent!

Real things that actually exist: Sci-fi!

Sistah Scifian online bookstore based in Oakland, recently made good on their promise to connect more readers to sci-fi and fantasy titles authored by Black and Indigenous writers. Three weeks ago, they launched two new vending machines made solely for this purpose. Their first can be found at Oaklandia Cafe x Bakery in downtown Oakland, and their latest one  is inside of Mixed, a coffee shop in Mill Creek, Washington.

photos via Sistah Scifi

Real things you can actually bid on: Googly!

Rubbery hot dog hand-gloves, the googly-eyed rock from the Rockverse, and Evelyn’s amazing ‘punk’ cardigan are just a few of the one-of-a-kind pieces from the film Everything Everywhere All at Once being auctioned off right now. If you want in, hurry, its in its final hours, but prepare to cough up some real dough. Proceeds do go to various charities, but still, nothing’s cheap. There are a few affordable mass-produced products for sale directly from A24, including Hot Dog Fingers ($36) which are packaged a bit like Oscar Mayer wieners. Plus, if you subscribe to their newsletter, you can download a fun “Laughing Rocks Multiverse” poster for free.

Featured Events
Competitive Winter Picnicking
[Brooklyn:: 3/11] Shadow Traffic’s Competitive Winter Picnicking is a day of dressing up and dining outside as a way to beat the winter doldrums. Starts at 12 p.m. at Fort Greene Park Picnic Area. $5-$7. 

[San Francisco :: Until 3/2/23] Go see Charlie Gadeken’s illuminated forest installation, Entwined Meadow, at Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow. Free.

[San Francisco :: 3/4Night of Ideas, 7 a.m., at San Francisco Public Library, Free

[San Francisco :: premieres 3/4] “Inspired by Dylan Thomas’ iconic Under Milk WoodThe Forever Wave is a world premiere radio play set in a drowned San Francisco, circa 2070. Free but donations accepted and appreciatedThanks, Nicole!

[Santa Rosa :: 3/2-3/5] Baby Doe and Otto present a new “Mid-Century design, style and history” conference, Resort-O-Rama: “Look at this line up!

[San Francisco :: 3/7Odd Salon SF: JACKPOT offers “stories of high stakes and higher payouts, magnificent prizes and marvelous discoveries, and implausible windfalls granted to the fortunate.” 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Public Works, 21+

[Point Richmond :: 3/8] Joshua Raoul Brody’s Beatles Thingy: He plays His Favorite Beatles Songs AND Accompanies
YOU On YOURS!” at Baltic Kiss, 8 to 11 p.m.

[Oakland :: 3/9] Jon Sung’s Instant Band Night, “a party where musicians who’ve just met form bands on the spot.” Watch or play from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at East Bay Community Space, $11.26 BYOB

[San Francisco :: 3/11Beware the Brides of March is on. Head to Washington Square in a fancy white wedding dress at 2:30 p.m. and prepare for the “bridal procession up Columbus Avenue, and DIY wedding receptions at the bar and restaurant parklets on Grant Avenue.” Facebook event link

[San Francisco :: 3/11 & beyond] My friend Yoni is hosting Cuddle Parties again.

[San Francisco :: 3/25] Save the Date for an event at Raining Chainsaws. Phone 415-WORDBUG for info.

[San Francisco :: 4/1] This year’s St. Stupid’s Day Parade is on a Saturday, so that means it starts at the Transamerica Pyramid at noon.

[Berkeley :: 4/26] Choir! Choir! Choir! is coming to Freight & Salvage! 8 p.m. (Other tour dates here)

[Oakland :: 5/23] Mr. Bungle with The Melvins, Fox Theater [Facebook event link]

[Alameda :: ongoing] Alameda has its own comedy club and it’s terrific. No sticky floors, top-rated comedians, and food that’s actually good

[Point San Pablo, Richmond :: ongoing] Go get hot at good hot!

[San Francisco :: ongoing] Calendars for Artists Television Access’, The Marsh

[Los Angeles :: now] Scott Hove’s Cakeland Gallery Presents “The Beauty War,” a “light-meets-dark immersive art experience.” Follow:

[San Luis Obispo :: 4/7-4/8] John Waters Easter & Pink Flamingos 50th Anniversary at Madonna Inn

[San Diego :: opens 2/11] “Plastic Capsule” is a solo exhibition by Ari Bird at Good Faith Gallery: “Like the little plastic capsule that comes bouncing out of a quarter machine, Bird’s installation of huge, playful sculptures becomes a soothing, self-created, self-contained world.”

[Bisbee :: 3/11] Tales From the Trash, a thrift store art show

[Scottsdale :: 4/27-4/30] Arizona Tiki Oasis

[Baltimore :: through 4/16] Baltimore Museum of Art is showing “approximately 90 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints” from John Waters’ personal art collection for Coming Attractions: The John Waters Collection

[Worldwide:: 6/10] Artists, sign up now to play the fifth annual Game of Shrooms! Everyone else, save the date for the best art-and-seek event of the year. Doesn’t matter where you are, you can play. To follow what I’ll be dropping down the road, go here: @dropgifting. Be sure to also follow @gameofshroomsofficial.
"Have or Have Not" by Crystal Schenk
Have or Have Not,” Crystal Schenk

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