The “Things That Look Like Other Things” Edition :: Issue #027


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #027 :: The “Things That Look Like Other Things” Edition :: 04:01:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #027 :: The “Things That Look Like Other Things” Edition :: 04:01:2015

Things that look like other things

Happy April Fools Day!! It’s a bittersweet day for me. I love a good prank, but not a mean-spirited one which is what I see so often now. Anyhoo, I fancy things that look like other things, so I’ve themed this issue just that. Is there a German word for “things that look like other things”? Someone do tell.

Rusty Blazenhoff

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Fake security lamp
This spaceintentionally left faux

As seen on the Internets

Pet Rock
:: “Incredible 3D Tattoo Appears to Pop off This Man’s Arm”

:: The City That Was: Pranking TIME Magazine with the Fantasia Protest

:: There were tunnels to celebrity homes below the Playboy mansion**

:: Gary Dahl, Inventor of the Pet Rock, Dies at 78

:: Looks like we’re down to just TWO HoJo’s!

:: Hand-beaded toilet paper earrings

:: Easy April Fools’ Day pranks

**This is an April Fools’ Day joke!

I haven’t forgotten!

It’s been an extremely busy week…to say the least. Thanks to all of you that responded to last week’s request for trading digital space. I WILL be in contact real soon with details. Thank you!!

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Artist-in-residence: April 2015

Cosmic Worship by zara kand
The Pretty Harpy Cabinet, 40.5 x 29cm ink on paper by Paul Compton
Paul Compton is a visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. His main focus is in drawing, particularly using ink, but he also creates handmade books, zines, etchings and lino cuts.

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Circus cookies scarf by Twinkie Chan

Circus Peanuts Soap

Penis Floral Pattern PIllow

14k black gold tire bracelets

Shock Gum

Events of note

The Mavericks at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
From where I was standing at The Mavericks show the other night.
Can you spot the Pee-wee doll??  Paul Armstrong, the band’s trumpet player, brings him to all the shows. 😀
$1 for the first correct answers.
Thanks, eSteve!! photo by Rusty Blazenhoff
[4/19] Bicycle Day, celebrate Albert Hofmann‘s LSD-laced bike ride
[4/26] Mid-Century Supper Club International Potluck at the Eagles Hall, 2 PM to 6 PM [Tickets

[Until 4/26] @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz Island (go see this!)

[5/14] CAFe GAGA: (Re)Printing Your World, a salon by Gareth Branwyn at Artisphere
[6/4] CAFe GAGA: Chronos Vs. Kairos, a salon by Gareth Branwyn at Artisphere

Astoria, Oregon
[5/4-5/7] 30th Anniversary celebration of the cult film The Goonies

[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

Hayward, California
[4/26] Ukulele Festival of Northern California

[4/9] Art Car Sneak Peek featuring Aaron Neville

[4/11] Houston Art Car Parade

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

[5/1-5/3] Further Future Voyage 001: The Beginning

Los Angeles

[6/16] 826LA‘s 10th Anniversary Celebration
[4/3] Memento Mori by Paul Koudounaris, Gallery opening and book launch at La Luz de Jesus Gallery 

[4/13] The Nerdist Writers Panel presents: Better Call Saul at the Largo [Tickets]

[4/25-4/26] Flame Effects for the Artist, a 2-day workshop to learn fire art

New York City
[4/3-4/4] Different Games 2015 Thx, Albert!

[4/20] Guest editor of MAD #533, “Weird Al” Yankovic and MAD Editor John Ficarra will be at the Barnes & Noble at 33 E 17th St in NYC (6 PM) to sign autographs and meet fans!

[5/15-5/17] Comedy Hack Day 8


[4/23Drag Me To Bingo, bingo with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence[4/24] Rear Window at the Paramount, 8 PM 

[4/11] Eat & Be Mary 2015, a potluck and clothing swap 6:30 PM

[4/9-4/12] Spring Book Sale at The Bookmark, 721 Washington St: benefits Oakland Public Library Thx, Karen!

[4/15] DEATH + TAXES + CHIPTUNES = Continuum Kingdom,
Cartoon Violence, Doctor Popular, and Robo Beat’em Up at The Stork Club, 9 PM

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

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

Palm Springs
[4/1-4/5] The 25th annual Dinah Shore Weekend [Tickets]


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

San Francisco

[Every Friday in April] Ask Dr. Hal Show at Chez Poulet

[4/1] 37th annual St. Stupid’s Day parade

[4/2] THE WELL: Never Trust An Online Community Over 30 at Rickshaw Stop, 6 PM

[4/3] The Yacht Rock Sing A Long Show

[4/5] EASTER with the SISTERS: #WTFMary! Hunky Jesus Take the Wheel 12 – 4 PM

[4/7] April 7 Jonathon Keats on “Envisioning Deep Time” (conceptual artist, experimental philosopher) at Long Now’s Interval

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

[4/9] Yuri’s Nightlife at Cal Academy | Music by Space Cowboys, co-hosted by SunsetSF | 21+ [Tickets]

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

[4/11, 12, 18] Hello Kitty Cafe Truck makes a San Francisco appearance at the Cherry Blossom Festival on April 11th, 12th, and 18th

[4/12] DINO-Light at JCCSF: “Electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness
as cutting-edge puppetry, technology and dance combine in a heartrending original tale.” [Tickets]

[4/14] Killer Heels, an art exhibit of shoes at JCCSF

[4/16] The Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things, a slow dance club at Verdi Club [Tickets]

[4/17] 7:30 PM Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘Vanilla and Proud’  (Tickets available soon)

10:30 PM Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’  (Tickets available soon)

[4/18] Kinky Salon’s 12 YEAR ANNIVERSARY 10 PM to 3 AM

[4/18] Pop-Up Magazine: A night of new true stories, documentary films, photography, sound, and music.

[4/19] The World’s First Pop-up Ball Pit Bar by Forward Motion

[4/21] Patrick House on “From Modern Brain Parasites to Ancient Illness”
(neuroscientist, geneticist at Stanford) at Long Now’s Interval

[4/26] How Weird Street Faire

[5/1 -5/2] Awkward Dinner Party at NOHspace, 8 PM [Tickets] Thx, JRB!

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

[7/9] Chuck Palahniuk and Lidia Yuknavitch: A Night of Mayhem at INFORUM, 6:30 PM [Tickets]

[9/27] Folsom Street Fair

San Leandro, California
[5/2] Pinata Workshop (10-6) and Party (7 on) with Vancouver artist Meaghan Kennedy

San Mateo, California
[4/3-4/5] Robogames 2015  Thx, Jon!

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

[4/2] Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘Libertine’ 

Heads up!
~~ The Replacements are on tour until June 5th, “Back by Unpopular Demand”
~~ Amanda Palmer will soon be on tour too
~~ The Dead Milkmen are on a West Coast tour until April 26th
~~ Eddie Izzard is also on a West Coast tour until July 1st
~~ Tickets ($140) are now available for Camp Tipsy 2015
~~ Burning Man tickets might still be available.
~~ Lightning in a Bottle tickets are available.
~~ Yes and Yes Yes happens June 12-15, 2015 in Palm Springs
~~ This year’s Tiki Oasis (SPACE-THEMED!) happens August 13-16, 2015 in San Diego
~~ Secret Cinema: Star Wars, London [Tickets]
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