The “Pizza and Magic” Edition :: Issue #018


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #018 :: The “Pizza and Magic” Edition :: 01:28:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #018 :: The “Pizza and Magic” Edition :: 01:28:2015

Pizza and Magic


Abracadabra! As of January 23rd, 2015 (10:16 AM PST), my name is now legally Rusty Blazenhoff!

Later the same day, I flew to Las Vegas with my friend Scout. We saw the Penn & Teller magic show.

After the show –which was FANTASTIC by the way- we met Teller, who was unsure about my googly eye glasses.

Then there was Penn, who wasn’t fazed by them.

Celebrity magicians, we’re just like them but with a lot less sleight of hand.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Happy Birthday, Bubba!

Pete Za
Pete Za and his fans
This space
intentionally left

As seen on the Internets

The Magic Power of Emotional Appeal: The fine art of swaying opinion in any situation
:: Grump Notebooks: Daily DisappointmentsFresh Rants, and Things That Annoy Me

:: Brand Killer, a real-life ad blocker


:: If you’re on G+, you should follow this guy


:: Video interview with Meaghan Kennedy, pinata artist


:: Someone has made a purse that looks like a bomb


:: David Cross wants you to Pay-What-You-Want to see his film


:: “Dad Land, It’s Every Dad’s Dream”


:: Bobby Bare, Jr. plays his first NPR tiny desk concert


:: We know the secret of colors, an ambient audio adventure through Manhattan
:: Thx, Albert!

Real things you can actually buy: nay!

Magic pizza box

Domino's Pizza Rolex watch

Artist-in-residence: January 2015

Mirabelle Jones: Artist
The Undead Business Lunch invited the people of San Francisco to be screened by infernal nurses then buried in life-sized coffins for a chance to reconsider their lives and be born anew.“I realize that people may wonder how an artist who hosts a slumber party at IKEA and who produces a set of artists’ books to raise funds for rape crisis centers can be the same person. This duality is not something I produce intentionally. It’s something that I live as a human being who believes that both humor and empowerment through activism are key to advocating for a better humanity…” –Mirabelle Jones in On serious art, advocacy, joy




Support Mirabelle’s new project called “Survivor Manual,” “a zine intended for survivors of sexual assault and their allies that shares important resources related to sexual assault and rape with a focus on California-relevant, current information.”

[Mirabelle, thank you so much for being January’s rockin’ artist-in-residence. –Rusty.]

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Extra Cheese necklace by Supah

Pizza BFF necklace by Twinkie Chan

Slice of veggie pizza sleeping bag

Pizza onesie Belovesie

Pizza chair to go with your pizza table

abracadabra !

pizza party !
Candy Kitten Crap by Susan Olsen
“They only look like poop!”You may not know this but Susan Olsen, TV’s Cindy Brady (The Brady Bunch), is a big fan of Marshmallow Fluff too. In 2011, we met up at a Fluff-filled “aKitschionado” event at Willis Wonderland, the fantastic home of Allee Willis. Later that year, we all traveled to Massachusetts for the big What the Fluff festival.


Rusty Blazenhoff, Susan Olsen, and Allee Willis
Rusty Blazenhoff, Susan Olsen, and Allee Willis at Willis Wonderland


The other things you might not know about Susan is that she’s an animal lover, a graphic designer, a radio personality, a mom to a teenage boy, and that she makes candy puppy and kitten poop. Yes, you read that correctly, she is behind chocolate-covered Candy Crap (which is, naturally, filled with Fluff). Proceeds from her crap’s sales goes back to saving animals at her local rescue.


Take a look.

Pizza condom
UPS Call Tag label with the name "Rusty Blazenhoff"
To the best of my knowledge, this is the earliest recorded use of my given name, “Rusty Blazenhoff.” In April 1995, I was working at a clothing importer’s warehouse in Berkeley, CA and was one of the employees who processed their returns. My co-worker/friend was in charge of doling out return authorization codes. In this case, he gave the customer the code “BOBAFETS” to make me laugh when the package came in. It did.

Events of note

Pizza box collection
“Just a fraction of Scott Wiener’s amazing pizza box collection,” reports Nick Sherman.


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

[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

Las Vegas
[Ongoing] Akhob, an immersive “Ganzfeld effect” experience by artist James Turrell at Louis Vuitton [by appt only: 702-730-3150] HIGHLY recommended!

Los Angeles

[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]

[2/23] Largo and Literary Death Match present Patton Oswalt – Silver Screen Fiend [Tickets]

[2/28] The Murray Affair: A Bill Murray Art Show at the Syrup Loft [Tickets

[3/21] Escape from the Walled City by Real Escape Game [Tickets]

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

New York City

[starting 1/22] New weekly parkour open gym at The Movement Creative


[1/30] The Heart podcast launch party

[2/5] NYU Game Center Lecture Series presents Anita Sarkeesian

[Until 2/8] Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth Grade Class of ’93 20 Year Reunion, an immersive theater show in a NY apartment Thx, Albert! 

[Until 2/14] NYC NeoFuturists present The Human Symphony, an audience-performed play


[2/3] Rum 101 Tasting and Education with Suzanne Long at Longitude, 6 PM [Reserve a seat][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.

[2/6]  Big Dick’s House of Boobs, a DIY strip club in a secret location in Oakland [Tickets]

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

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

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

[1/29] Sandbox Open Mic for Games

[1/30] Roem Baur at Brick and Mortar Music Hall [Tickets]

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

[1/31-3/1] Cognitive Technology: Tools to Understand and Extend the Human Mind; at the Exploratorium, Pier 15

[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]

[1/31] Red Meat with Deke Dickerson at the Makeout Room

[2/1] Escape from the Walled City by Real Escape Game [TicketsThx, Albert!

[2/3] The Emperor’s 197th Birthday: A Party & Presentation of Recent Findings

[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]

[2/10] Odd Salon: PHENOMENON: “Exploring stories of the unexplained and fantastic, from marvels of nature to quirks of the mind, and why we want to believe in the impossible.” [Tickets]

[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

[3/5-3/29] Cracked Actor: David Bowie on Screen, nine Bowie films playing at YBCA

[4/9] Frank Lloyd Wright on the West Coast: An evening with author Mark Anthony Wilson

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

Heads up!~~ Tickets ($140) are now available for Camp Tipsy 2015 ~~
~~ Burning Man pre-sale tickets are available. ~~
~~ Lightning in a Bottle tickets are available now ~~
~~ Save the date: Yes and Yes Yes happens June 12-15, 2015 in Palm Springs ~~
~~ Save the date: This year’s Tiki Oasis happens August 13-16, 2015 in San Diego ~~

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Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff. These personally curated missives are beacons to signal and celebrate the global tribe of weird, wonderful, and “different” people (“the Others“).
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