The “Outsiders” Edition :: Issue #36


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #036 :: The “Outsiders” Edition :: 06:03:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty BlazenhoffIssue #036 :: The “Outsiders” Edition :: 06:03:2015

Outsiders…Hi friends! It’s June!  WUHT.

I’m pleased to introduce Erika Jane Amerika as June’s Artist-in-Residence. She’s got style in spades…look at this photo of her:

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As seen on the Internets

The Outsiders, a pendant by PimentosPalette

:: “Daniel Clowes reflects on his Eightball’ comics’ evolution”


:: How much would you pay to have someone take your trash bins in/out every week?


:: 1 bdr box truck “apartment” in SF, $800


:: A photo of ZZ Top in 1971 (“Zee Zee Top”?)


:: The Real Truth About Disney’s “Recycled Animation”


:: Oakland sideshow (about 1/2 mile from my house!)


:: Marijuana-infused coffee pods


:: Desktop drum set


:: Tesla charging stations at Harris Ranch on Hwy 5, the halfway point between SF & LA.”

Artist-in-residence: June 2015

 by Erika Jane Amerika


“I’m a self taught artist from Lubbock, Texas currently living in Austin. My artwork is described as imaginative, surrealistic, low brow, gothic, with references of humor, pop culture, cinema, and literature, and a heavy dash of country and Texas references…. I like to call it Amerikan!

This piece was commissioned for Sean of Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn by his lovely lady Mandy. I think he had a great birthday. They love Rick Moranis….and pizza, can’t say that I blame them!
I do originals and also love to do commissions…. so remember this gun’s for hire! but there is a growing waiting list so get on it!


Erika Jane Amerika

“The world is my bunk.” —Gareth Branwyn
“These days, everybody wants to be an outsider, politically correct to a fault. That’s good. I hope you are working to end racism, sexism, ageism, fatism. But is that enough? Isn’t being an outsider sooo 2014? I mean, maybe it’s time to throw caution to the wind, really shake things up, and reinvent yourself as a new version of your most dreaded enemy — the INSIDER. Like I am.” —John Waters
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Events of note

Vik Muniz
Arlington, Virginia
[6/4] CAFE GAGA: Chronos Vs. Kairos, a salon by Gareth Branwyn at ArtisphereAstoria, Oregon
[6/4-6/7] 30th Anniversary celebration of the cult film The Goonies

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

Huntington Beach, California
[6/27] Charles Phoenix: ALOHALAND at Don the Beachcomber [Tickets]

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

[Dates in June] Uncle Impossible’s Funtime Variety & Ice Cream Social, 18+

[6/5] Meltdown Comics Presents: Boing Boing hosts a conversation with Daniel Clowes (FREE w/purch) at NerdMelt Showroom, 7-8:30 PM

[6/5] UnCabaret: I’m with the Band with Allee Willis, 8 PM [Tickets]

[6/5] Tig (Notaro) Has Friends at the Largo [Tickets]

[6/11] John Hodgman “Secret Society” at the Largo [Tickets]

[6/16] 826LA‘s 10th Anniversary Celebration

[6/28] Charles Phoenix “Disneyland” Tour of Downtown L.A., a 6-hour field trip! [Tickets]

[7/12] UnCabaret with Allee Willis at Au Lac, 8 PM [Tickets]

New York City

[6/3] Beans on Toast at Grand Victory, Brooklyn, 7 PM, $10 Thx, Tyler H.!

[6/13] NERDY SEXY MONEY: A Fundraiser for the 2nd International Nerdlesque Festival at Coney Island USA, 10 PM

[Until 6/15] RED reader Albert K. has been working on an Escape Room game in Brooklyn!  [Tickets]

[7/7-8/16] Penn & Teller on Broadway [Tickets]


[6/4] Fairyland’s 20th Annual Gala “A Cinderella Story” [Tickets]

[6/6] 5th Ave marina’s End Of The Road Block party and Sale!

[6/12 & 6/13] Calling All Choir season finale concert at Kehilla Community Synagogue, 8 PM [Tickets]

[6/13-6/15] HellaCon 2015 [Tickets]


[6/20] Burning Man PRECOMPRESSION at American Steel

[6/20] Oak Train, a sout train dance line, 9 AM to 5 PM

[6/21] Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes 2015, 5 PM [Tickets]

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

[10/24] FIGMENT Oakland, a free, inclusive, participatory art event

[6/6-8/8] VIk Muniz at Xippas Gallery, Paris

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

Pleasanton, California
[6/18-7/6]  Alameda County Fair

Riverside, California
[9/18-9/20] Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder at Mission Inn

San Francisco
SF’s POPOS (privately-owned public open spaces) :: guide

[6/4] MDMA and the Science of Psychedelic Psychotherapy: The Great Adventure with Phil Wolfson

[6/6] Calling All Choir season finale concert at Mission Dolores Basilica, 8 PM [Tickets]

[6/9] Neil Gaiman, “How Stories Last” at Castro Theatre [Tickets]

[6/9] Odd Salon: Intrepid at DNA Lounge, 21+

[6/10] ArtBites at Public Works: My friends at Caged Heat will be serving cocktails here! [Tickets]

[6/11] Peter Murphy Live at DNA Lounge [Tickets] Thx, Dawn!

[6/12] Pier 70 Happy Hour: Carzzzz, 4 PM

[6/12] Hubba Hubba Revue’s BURLESQUE NATION! at DNA Lounge, 9:30 PM [Tickets]

[6/12] Bawdy Storytelling: Slippery When Wet at Verdi Club, 7 PM

[6/12] Bawdy Storytelling: Power to the Peephole at Verdi Club, 10:30 PM

[6/20] City of Women, Sunrunners, and The Greening at Bottom of the Hill [Tickets]

[6/23] Odd Salon: Covert at DNA Lounge, 21+

[6/24] Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things at Verdi Club, 8 to 11 PM [Tickets]

[6/26-6/28] The Beatnik Shindig at Fort Mason Center [Volunteer]

[7/7] Odd Salon: Infamy at DNA Lounge, 21+

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

[8/4] Odd Salon: Myth(os) at DNA Lounge, 21+

[9/27] Folsom Street Fair

[10/29] TEDxSanFrancisco at Pier 70

[12/31] Just Announced: PATTI SMITH & HER BAND perform Horses in its entirety this New Year’s Eve at The Fillmore! Tickets on sale Friday at 10 AM

[6/19-6/21] Fremont Solstice Fair

[6/20] Seattle Art Car Blowout

[7/9] Bawdy Storytelling: Dirty Little Secret at Re-Bar Seattle, 8 PM

ALSO: “The Obscure, the Charming and the Odd: Mark Pahlow’s Guide to Seattle

Heads up!
~~ Tickets ($140) are now available for Camp Tipsy 2015 AND now there’s a Kickstarter campaign (with some cool and nutty perks)!~~ Burning Man tickets might still be available.~~ Yes and Yes Yes happens June 12-15, 2015 in Palm Springs

~~ Tiki Oasis (SPACE-THEMED!) happens August 13-16, 2015 in San Diego

~~ Secret Cinema: Star Wars, London [Tickets]

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‘A million dollars?’ the guy exclaimed. ‘That only took you thirty seconds!’

‘Yes,’ said Picasso. ‘But it took me fifty years to learn how to draw that in thirty seconds.'” via

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