The “Cinderblocks and Sugar Cubes” Edition :: Issue #016


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #016 :: The “Cinderblocks & Sugar Cubes” Edition :: 01:14:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #016 :: The “Cinderblocks & Sugar Cubes” Edition :: 01:14:2015



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Sugar cube man
This space
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As seen on the Internets

Cinderblock chart

:: Banksy gave a kid who helped him a signed painting worth $30,000


:: The Moth Presents Taylor Negron: California Gothic (RIP)


:: Strange, double entendre vintage Valentine’s day cards


:: ICYMI: Playing Dead, a photo essay by Mirabelle Jones


:: Invisibilia, a new NPR show that takes “a glimpse into a world you can’t see”


:: Handicorn: “Does not include rainbow” BEST THING THIS YEAR SO FAR


:: To fall in love, answer these 36 questions


:: LA electronic traffic sign hacked to announce, “Read a Fucking Book”
:: Thx, Mirabelle!

:: Poo emoji sneakers

Real things you can actually buy: nay!

Real things you can actually make: okay!

Cinderblock sugar cubes

Sugar cube city

3d printed sugar cube

Artist-in-residence: January 2015

Mirabelle Jones: Artist

In the Garden of Bunly Delights, famous works of art with bunny rabbits by Mirabelle Jones


“Bun with the Pearl Earring” is based on “Girl with the Pearl Earring” (1665) by Johannes Vermeer. It features Scooter, my adopted rescue bun from Bunny World Foundation. You can support BWF by making a donation, becoming a foster volunteer, or by adopting your own bun! —Mirabelle Jones


Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Miniature Concrete Building Blocks

Cinderblock silver necklace

Cindy the Cinderblock

Mid-century Modern Cinder block ice bucket

Palm Springs inspired block necklace
Cinder Block Bowl by Mary O' Malley
Mary O’Malley,
“Cinder Block Bowl,”
porcelain, red iron oxide,
Alfred white gloss glaze,
22 kt gold,
:: Available now: Michael Wertz’s 2015 screenprinted calendar

Events of note

Vintage sugar cubes via Free Flavour

[1/18] Beatles Thingy* with Joshua Raoul Brody at Fireside Lounge, 21+
[Psst…He has an e-newsletter too.]


[1/23] I legally become “Rusty Blazenhoff.” Woot.

[1/29] Choose Your Own Adventure: An Insightful and Delightful Vision Board Workshop with Heidi Bennett [Tickets]

[1/18] Midge Ure at Cactus Cafe

[2/10] Lloyd Cole at Cactus Cafe

[3/15] The first SXSW panel I’ve ever been on happens on this day. It’s called “The Greatest Geek Moment in History” and I’m honored to share the stage with Chris Taylor of Mashable and Daniel Terdiman of VentureBeat. 5 PM

[Until 4/12] Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Los Angeles

[1/23] Bawdy Storytelling: OKPervert at Busby’s East [Tickets]

[1/30-2/1] LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

[2/14] Bawdy Storytelling’s 2 Year Anniversary event in LA [Details to come]

Menlo Park
[1/28] Armistead Maupin, celebrate the end of Tales of the City series [Tickets]

New York City
Help me fill this section out. Email me with a cool event you know about.



[1/25] Oakland Museum’s White Elephant PREVIEW Sale [Tickets]

[2/5-2/18] The 17th San Francisco Independent Film Festival takes place at the Brava and Roxie Theaters in SF and the Humanities Hall in Oakland.

[2/28] The New Pornographers at the Fox Theater

[3/7-3/8] Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale [Free]

Palo Alto
[1/28] Maria Bamford will tell stories at Stanford as part of their storytelling project [Free]

Palm Springs
[2/14] Charles Phoenix: Carousels of Kodachrome

[10/10] Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton


[1/30] Shake-N-Bake:  a foodie burlesque show at Crush Bar

San Francisco
[Until 2/14] Shit & Champagne, An exploitation comedy with dance [Tickets}

[1/14] Presentation and conversation with the San Francisco Institute of Possibility at Adventure Design Group

[1/16-1/25] Noir City: The 13th annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival

[1/16] The Edwardian World’s Faire 2015 [Tickets}

[1/18] Crashfaster, Doctor Popular, and Curious Quail at Brick and Mortar Music Hall

[1/20] Mathieu Victor @ The Interval: Artists with Lasers [Tickets]

[1/22] City Of Women, Erik Blood, and Steely Nash work you at The Hemlock

[1/22-2/8] SF Sketchfest: The SF Comedy Festival. This year’s lineup is fantastic. [Tickets]

[1/24] The Calling All Choir Season Finale [Tickets]

[1/30-2/1] Pancakes & Booze Art Show with an all-u-can-eat pancake bar

[1/31] Fallen Cosmos

[1/31] The Groundlings Childrens’ Show, part of SF SketchFest

[1/31] Bawdy Storytelling as part of SF SketchFest, at Verdi Club [Tickets]

[2/5-2/18] The 17th San Francisco Independent Film Festival, the Brava and Roxie Theaters in SF and the Humanities Hall in Oakland

[2/7] ArtPoint’s Annual Gala: Art is for Everybody at deYoung Museum

[2/8] Cultivated Wit’s Comedy Hack Day Finals, 7 PM at Marines Memorial Theatre

[2/10] Because We Can (design-build studio, architect/designers of The Interval) salon talk on the future of building at The Interval [Info]

[2/13] Bawdy Storytelling’s 8 Year Anniversary Show (7:30 PM) (late show details to come)

[2/19] Suzanne Vega in concert at JCCSF [Tickets]

[2/24] Jason Scott (Archive Team, Internet Archive) salon talk: “The Web In an Eye Blink” at The Interval [Info]

[3/4] Kim Gordon in conversation with Carrie Brownstein at JCCSF

Sun Valley, Idaho
[3/22-3/25] DENT conference, “explores the magic and science of visionary leadership and groundbreaking success” I highly recommend this one! It’s the top pick for conferences in 2015 by Entrepreneur. –Rusty

Vancouver, BC
[1/29-2/14] Pinata, an art show featuring Meaghan Kennedy and Ali Bruce at Hot Wet Art City
[1/30] Artist reception for Pinata, 7 PM, details to come

Heads up~~ Tickets ($140) are now available for Camp Tipsy 2015 ~~~~Burning Man pre-sale tickets are available on January 14, 2015 for $800 each. They are also hiring.~~~~ Lightning in a Bottle tickets are available now ~~

~~ Save the date: This year’s Tiki Oasis happens August 13-16, 2015 in San Diego ~~

[1/27] Los Angeles indie pop band The Black Watch releases their 12th album, Sugarplum Fairy, Sugarplum Fairy on Pop Culture Press Records.Here, give it a little taste.

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