The “:eyes: have it” Edition :: Issue #037


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #037 :: The “Eyes have it” Edition :: 06:10:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #036 :: The “Eyes have it” Edition :: 06:10:2015

The eyes have it…

Quite frequently (I accidentally started to type “freakuently,” ha), I think of this Venn diagram:



“Crippling self doubt.”

Yep, know it well. Shudder.

“Absolute narcissism.”

Less so, but at times it has given me the cojones to hit the sweet spot of “Art.”

Art is hard. It sometimes feels like your heart is out there, exposed to the world, about to be stomped on. But, can we all agree that art is not optional? …that being creative, doing creative things, experiencing art, in any small way, is crucial and necessary.

It’s one of the top reasons I make this zine every week. People in our community are doing amazing things and I want to be sure they (you) are, you know, making a living off of their (your) efforts. I want to know they (you) are getting kudos for living a creative life, which is SO RIDICULOUSLY HARD AT TIMES.

I, too, am doing my darndest to live the creative life. Some days it proves difficult to practice what I preach, but I keep at it and every so often I get a shiny indication that I’m on the right track. In between those times, it can be difficult to move forward (see blue circle above).

Ok, pinky promise me that we aren’t going to give up on this creative thing. You in?

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. On June 19th, I’ll be a guest on The Kinda Late Show with Broke-Ass Stuart. You can be in the audience. It films in San Francisco at Doc’s Lab. Tickets are $15. You will be there, yes?

p.s. again: Did you see Everyhere Logistics re-launched their Kickstarter for their month-long Night Market road trip? Bravo to them for not giving up when the going got hard!

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Cataract duck
This space
intentionally left aye

As seen on the Internets

Garbage Pail Kids, 30 years real people
:: Garbage Pail Kids, 30 years late…as real people
:: Cat Loses Eye, Gets a Googly Eye Replacement


:: Bjork’s 360-degree virtual reality music video: Try it!


:: Novelty Automation, a new London arcade of home-made machines

:: Thx, Jemimah! 


:: “Trader Joe’s Ex-President Opens Store With Aging Food And Cheap Meals”


:: Oakland Local: Seeking New Management as of June 2015…you?


:: “How Much Does It Cost to Book Your Favorite Band?”


:: Photos of America’s malls in 1989


:: The minimalist packing list (where I learned about “Tom Bihn” products)


:: Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World


:: Create a No Fly Zone over your home (drones)

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Denture glasses

Three-eyed cat pendant

Artist-in-residence: June 2015

by Erika Jane Amerika
“Wild at Heart”


“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!

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!
“Friends keep apologizing in posts about their art/music/writing/shows – ‘sorry to keep talking about this thing I’m doing…’ Please, friends: talk about the art you are making! I can get bad politics and cute kittens everywhere else on the internet. I’m not sure how or where we got the notion that self-promotion was bad. Talk about yourself, then shut up and listen to other people. Cross-promote. Everyone can win sometimes. Up with art, up with projects, up with what you do. I want to hear about what you are doing, I want to see your art, I want to know about your shows. This taboo on self-promotion is an outdated social concept designed to keep us all living in the dark.” —Kim Boekbinder

I spy with my little eye
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Events of note

The Kinda Late Show with Broke-Ass Stuart
Austin, Texas
[6/17-6/18] Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Parts 1 & 2 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Ritz
[6/18] (un)Spoken: A storytelling show by the creators of BedPost Confessions at Spider House Ballroom, $10/door Thx, M.C. Otter!

[7/18] Berkeley Mystery Hunt

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

Black Rock City, Nevada
[8/30-9/7] Burning Man

[8/16-12/16] The World of Tim Burton at Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR

Houston, Texas
[6/20-6/21] Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Parts 1 & 2 at Alamo Drafthouse

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

Lake Ladoga, California
[6/29-7/5] Camp Tipsy, all ages [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!

[Until 9/27] Secret Cinema Presents Star Wars [Tickets]

Los Angeles

[Dates in June] Uncle Impossible’s Funtime Variety & Ice Cream Social, 18+[6/11] John Hodgman “Secret Society” at the Largo [Sold out][6/12] Making Cool Sh*t: The Music Videos of OK Go at Regal Cinemas L.A. [Tickets]

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

[6/27] Caveman Picnic Returns! at La Brea Tar Pits, 1 PM

[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
[6/13] 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, Escape from the Time Travel Lab, in Brooklyn!  [Tickets]

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


[6/12 & 6/13] Calling All Choir season finale concert at Kehilla Community Synagogue, 8 PM [Tickets]
[6/13-6/15] HellaCon 2015, A new pop culture convention for the Bay Area [Tickets]



[6/20] Burning Man PRECOMPRESSION at American Steel

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

[6/20] Hushfest: Oakland @ Jack London Square, an all-ages silent disco, $15 [Tickets]

[6/20] The Real Numbers at Starry Plough

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

[6/26] LABYRINTH at the New Parkway

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

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


[Until 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 Diego
[8/13-8/16] Tiki Oasis (SPACE-THEMED!)

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

[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

[6/19] SF City Hall Centennial Celebration: 100 Years of SF Music, 6 PM [Info]

[6/19] The Kinda Late Show with Broke-Ass Stuart, Doc’s Lab $15 

[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]

[6/28] SF Pride Parade

[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] PATTI SMITH & HER BAND perform Horses in its entirety this New Year’s Eve at The Fillmore! [Tickets]

Santa Fe, New Mexico
[9/4] Zozobra

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

[6/20] Seattle Art Car Blowout

[6/26] Homeless to CEO: A Journey Through Fear, Momentum, Mentorship & Creativity by Kyle Kesterson [Tickets]

[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!
~~ [10/9-10/11] Kinky Salon. DEEP HEDONISM. Secret location


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