The “Happy to see me” Edition :: Issue #022


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #022 :: The “Happy to see me” Edition :: 02:25:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #022 :: The “Happy to see me” Edition :: 02:25:2015

Is that a banana in your pocket, Universe? 

‘Cause I think you’ve happy to see me lately. Lots of great stuff happening in my world right now…yay!

Also, a big thank you to February’s Artist-in-Residence Joe Holliday who shared his work with us this month: Diagrams for a forgotten machineHole and Corner, and this week’s Columbarium (below).

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Pee-wee Herman will start filming his new Judd Apatow produced Netflix flick, “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” in 3 weeks!

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As seen on the Internets

Photo by Rusty Blazenhoff, taken at Powell's Sweet Shoppe in Berkeley, CA
:: ‘MDMA the Movie,’ an upcoming documentary by DanceSafe’s founder
:: Coca-Cola literally put smiles into Web addresses with emoji


:: Air hockey salt & pepper shakers


:: Googlifier magically inserts googly eyes on Internet images


:: DIY SkyMall Zines


:: Mysterious Carnaval parade of Brazilians suited up in cans


:: CT Scan Reveals That Statue of the Buddha Is Actually a Mummy


:: Bloody hell: Disney made an animated short about menstruation


:: URL bar animations
:: Thx, seanbonner!

Real things you can actually buy: nay!

Banana hoodie

Artist-in-residence: February 2015

by Joe Holliday
Columbarium, an installation by Joe Holliday 

Joe writes: “Originally columbaria were structures with recessed nooks built by the Romans to house domestic pigeons. As the Roman population grew and funerary practices changed to mass storage of cremated remains rather than personal crypts they needed a new type of structure to hold the urns. Columbaria shifted linguistically to describe these new public vaults of ashes. The wealthy would still have personal tombs, but the poor would be interned in these structures.

This history is the basis of the installation Columbarium. Rather than storing human ashes, Columbarium is a vault of cardboard bird houses that resemble an archetypal favela. The installation has just enough room for one or two people to enter at a time and can be locked from the inside. Once inside the viewers hear the sounds of birds and feel a slight breeze rustling the leaves on the floor. In this way Columbarium is a space of contemplation that transcends the linguistic and architectural history in which it is rooted.

The eventual plan for the piece is to reassemble it in a place in which birds can actually make it a nesting site. It would be necessary to exclude people from ever being able to enter the piece once that phase of the work is complete, as to do otherwise might constitute a violation of the Migratory Bird Act. Once completed, it could also become technically illegal to remove thanks to that piece of legislature.”

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Baby Banana Bendable Training Toothbrush, Infant

Banana candles

Scratch -n- Sniff Banana wallpaper by Flavor Paper

Sophia Webster Becky banana shoes
“The biggest container ship can carry fifteen thousand boxes. It can hold 746 million bananas, one for every European, on one ship.” —Rose George
Hump! Tour 2015, a dirty film festival hosted by Dan Savage

Hombre Banano by Blu
WAIT. You’re going to want to click on that image above to see the entire thing.

Events of note

Heathervescent as a banana
[4/9] CAFE GAGA: A Forest in Cyberspace, a salon by Gareth Branwyn at Artisphere
[5/14] CAFE GAGA: (Re)Printing Your World
[6/4] CAFE GAGA: Chronos Vs. Kairos



[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

[7/23] Willie Nelson & Family plays the Greek Theatre with Alison Krauss and Union Station [Tickets]

[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

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

[3/19-3/20] Aimee Mann and Ted Leo’s One Way Mission to March: a Springtime Variety Show
[3/21] Escape from the Walled City by Real Escape Game [Tickets]
[6/16] 826LA‘s 10th Anniversary Celebration

New York City
[3/2] Long Story Long Thx, Albert!

[3/6] Cravings Exhibition Opening Party at grumpybert, a pop-up art store in Brooklyn Thx, Albert!

[3/19] Drag Me To Bingo, bingo with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
[4/23] ” “


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

“Parlorgeist,” a new piece by Nemo Gould that will be on view at:
[2/28] Lost & Foundry Art Show and Open Studios, 4-8 PM, 305 Center Street

[3/1] Bike Ride & Picnic from American Steel to Unsanctioned Bay Bridge Troll, starting at American Steel Studios at 3 PM

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

[3/15] 2015 Oakland Bacon and Beer Festival

[4/25] 20th Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair

[7/4-7/5] The 6th annual Burger Boogaloo, hosted by John Waters [Tickets]

Palm Springs
4/5] The 25th annual Dinah Shore Weekend [Tickets]

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

San Francisco

[Until 3/1] Cognitive Technology: Tools to Understand and Extend the Human Mind; Exploratorium [Read the East Bay Express article about this exhibit]

[Until 3/1] Noise Pop Festival 2015 [Info]

[3/1] Appetite Obscure presents ‘God is Dead: Food is Alive” at The Cloud-Catcher, SF. Dinner starts ~ 5:30pm. 

Space is limited. RSVP by Sunday, Feb 22nd for the secret meeting location. This event will be a fully provided, multi-course, experiential-narrative dinner, spread throughout space and time.

[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

[3/6] UNPLUG SF 2015

[3/7] Barbary Coast Burlesque at Doc’s Lab

[3/7] SF Burnal Equinox: The Flambe Funhouse!

[3/13] Pier 70 Happy Hour

[3/15] Beware the Brides of March 2015

[3/19] Designers + Geeks: The Best Interface is No Interface, at Yelp [Tickets]

[3/20] Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘AlterEgo: Sexual Superhero’ early show [Tickets]
[3/20] Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘Slippery Slope’ late show [Tickets]

[3/21] Cacophony Society Presentation with John Law & Carrie Galbraith at Adobe Books, 7-9 PM

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

[4/9] Ian Harvie Live in San Francisco (standup comedy) Two shows at SF Oasis [Tickets]

[4/26] How Weird Street Faire

[5/29] The Outta Sites, The Unclaimed, The Ogres with the Devil-ettes at The Elbo Room

San Mateo, California
[5/16-5/17] 10th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area 2015  [Tickets]

San Jose, California
[3/7] Southbay Beer Hounds present Pints for Pups, a fundraiser for Silicon Valley Pet Project [more info]

Sun Valley, Idaho
[3/22-3/25] DENT conference, “explores the magic and science of visionary leadership and groundbreaking success”

Heads up!
~~ The Replacements are on tour, “Back by Unpopular Demand”
~~ Amanda Palmer will soon be on tour too
~~ The Dead Milkmen are on a West Coast tour
~~ Eddie Izzard is also on a West Coast tour
~~ Tickets ($140) are now available for Camp Tipsy 2015
~~ Burning Man tickets might still be available.
~~ Lightning in a Bottle tickets are available.
~~ 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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“An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it would be a good idea to give them.” —Andy Warhol
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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