The “Fernweh” Edition :: Issue #043


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #043 :: The “Fernweh” Edition :: 07:29:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #043 :: The “Fernweh” Edition :: 07:29:2015


I’m baaaaack…

Italy was fantastic. HUGE GIANT CRAZY GRAZIE to my jetsetting friend Carolyn Anhalt for gifting me miles to take an amazing, life-changing momcation to Tuscany (and beyond) with her. I finally got to stay at her home in Tuscany, which…oh…is part of an 11th century church.

When you step out of her front door, this is what you see. I kid you not. A frickin’ 11th c. church TOWER.

No really, here’s the front door. I was standing there when I took the shot of the tower.

And this is behind the building. Yes, that is a cat (that’s “la gatta,” for you locals) and a VINEYARD. Because, Italy.

Pieve di Cerreto, arrivederci for now. I will see you again.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Chilling with Snoop Dogg in Lucca #humblebrag

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Sunflower field in Italy :: photo by Rusty Blazenhoff
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As seen on the Internets


Tim Burton (holding snakes) with Pee-wee Herman on the set of Pee-wee's Big Adventure

For the 30th anniversary of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Pee-wee Herman shared, for the first time to the public, this behind-the-scenes photo of Tim Burton (holding snakes) on the film’s set. See Pee-wee’s site for more photos! 
:: Finding Your Roots, a PBS series Thx, Allison B.!



:: “Strange Product Mascots from Old Advertisements”


:: Artists can apply to get steel from the old SF-Oakland Bay Bridge


:: Exploding pickle candy


:: Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings sing “Mr. Tambourine Man” at Newport Folk Festival


:: “Lost in the wonderful world of Mr. Product”

Adventures in Online Dating: Hey Princess

“What I take deep delight in are the oddballs. The guys who can’t be serious but put it out there, hard and weird, to see what might happen. Like this message I got one day: ‘I am drunk, alone, and at walking distance from you….. why not having some in-and-out playful time…. kumbaya kumbaya..’


Or…three women I know got this message:

Hey Princess,
I’m inviting you to a sensuous 5-way pot-and-mushroom fueled orgy! Bring friends,

The three of us all chose separately to respond, found out on facebook about the others, and compared notes. The person who first posted responded with generosity, like a sane and caring person, explaining that this isn’t the best way to treat or approach women. And got back the answer I hate with a passion: it’s a numbers game, this works 1 out of 10 times (REALLY? Those numbers have to be wrong) and he’s going to keep right on trucking. I despise the cold call, all for that sweet moment when they find that special someone who enjoys impersonal sex with weirdos. I originally wrote someone “with low self-esteem,” but fuck that. No slut shaming here!

The second respondent went with the ice-cold-shower deepdish snark of, ‘I’m allergic to pot.’

(Imagine the words drawn out and accompanied by a glare of pure contempt).

And me? ‘I suckerpunch dudes who call me princess.’ And what do you know? No answer.”

Cherry Terror

Cherry “Terror” Zonkowski is a local writer and storyteller; she has performed all over the Bay Area at Bawdy Storytelling, the Marsh, Fireside and more. Check out her tweet stream @cherryterror and her blargh for a slightly longer version of this piece at

Have a question about online dating you’d like Cherry to answer? Send her an email:

Real things you can actually buy: no way!

Giant wine glass

Artist-in-residence: July 2015


Milkfed Press' Victoria Heifner

This has been a really fun month, and I’m really grateful to have been able to participate.


I’m currently working on a series of prints inspired by side-of-the-road fruit stands. Here’s a sketch, with letterpress prints coming out before the holidays.
I do love to collaborate, and have a few prints left of my special project with famed “Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary: cartoonist, musician, sign painter and all ’round charmer, Justin Green. He and I shared our love and concern for Bees, and came up with this.


His art, my letterpress skills. If you can’t live without it, you can buy one here:

Thanks again for following along and feel free to find me on the internets @milkfedpress.

xo Victoria of Milkfed Press

[Thank YOU, Victoria! Love your work and was thrilled to have you as A-i-R this month. –Rusty.]

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Events of note


Parco di Pinocchio, Collodi, Italia :: photo by Rusty Blazenhoff

United States
[August] Everyhere Logistics’ roadtrip

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

Fairfield, California
[9/26-9/27] Candypalooza at Jelly Belly Factory

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

Henderson, North Carolina
[8/27-8/30] Camp Grounded, “Where Grownups Go to Unplug, Get Away, and Be Kids Again.”

Hyannis, Massachusetts
[8/15] The Psychedelic Furs & The Church at the Cape Cod Melody Tent

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]

[July 2016] EVA London 2016

Los Angeles

[TBD August] ALONE | Refraction[8/16] Janeane Garofalo at Largo [Tickets]

[8/22] Pee-wee’s Big Adventure showing at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 7:15 PM door [Tickets]
Rumor has it that Paul Reubens will be there!

[TBD September] ALONE | Reflection

[TBD October] ALONE | Absorbtion

Lucca, Italy
[10/29-11/1] Lucca Comics & Games 2015

New York City
[Until 8/16] Penn & Teller on Broadway [Tickets]


[8/4] Oakland A’s Jewish Heritage Night[8/14] Fairyland For Grownups at Children’s Fairyland

[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

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

[Until 8/8] After Life, an exhibition that “probes the possibility of life after death through the work of Fernando Orellana and Al Honig” :: Opening reception 7/10, 6 PM to 9 PM

[7/29] Fireside Storytelling: Confessions, 8 PM, Chez Poulet, $15

[8/2] Undercover Stratego, 3 – 6 PM

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

[8/14-8/16]  ForteFemme

[8/22] The Real Numbers at International Pop Overthrow Festival, Hotel Utah

[8/22] Charles Phoenix “Retro Disneyland slideshow” at the Walt Disney Family Museum

[8/26] The Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things at Verdi Club, 8 PM
Use the code word “dreams” for 20% off your ticket purchase

[9/9] Fireside Storytelling: Storyteller’s Choice, 8 PM, Chez Poulet, $15

[9/16] Bawdy Storytelling: “Sapiosexual” [Save the date]

[9/27] Folsom Street Fair

[10/7] Fireside Storytelling: Saved the Day, 8 PM, Chez Poulet, $15

[10/29] TEDxSanFrancisco at Pier 70

[11/4] Fireside Storytelling: Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, 8 PM, Chez Poulet, $15

[12/3] Fireside Storytelling: Mind. Blown., 8 PM, Chez Poulet, $15

[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

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

West Barnstable, Massachusetts
[8/15] W. Barnstable Village Festival 9 AM to 3:30 PM

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


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