The “Coulrophobia” Edition :: Issue #044


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #044 :: The “Coulrophobia” Edition :: 08:05:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff 

Issue #044 :: The “Coulrophobia” Edition :: 08:05:2015

Coulrophobia…Dear Readers,In 2010, I started studying my ancestry in earnest…and hit a wall. There simply wasn’t enough info online to get very far.


Since I got back from Italy, I have been able to trace my roots back to my 6th great grandparents. We’re talking my ancestors born in the early 1700’s, all hailing from the rural mountain town of San Giovanni Incarico, Italy. The same rural mountain town I visited a couple of weeks ago and met one of my “Italian cousins,” Giuseppe.

I don’t know how we are related…yet.

But, here we are. It’s a great story. Ask me in person next time you see me.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. I am looking someone to translate written Italian for me. Is that you?

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As seen on the Internets

A human hamster wheel made of 36 iMac boxes!
A human hamster wheel made of 36 iMac boxes: watch it in motion!

:: Book recommendation: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari Thx, Carolyn!::

:: Dave Rawlings Machine’s 2nd album, Nashville Obsolete, due out 9/18


:: 1K Italian rockers play Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly”


:: Because We Can in Oakland are looking for a Fabricator


:: Musicless “Hello” by Lionel Richie Thx, BB!


Real things you can actually buy: no way!

Milkfed Press' Victoria Heifner

Artist-in-residence: August 2015

Run D.M.C. Escher by Mark Blackwell

Adventures in Online Dating: Foot Pr0n Star

Soapy Soles Foot Scrubber

Part one…Here’s the thing: if something seems reasonably safe, I will do any batshit thing that offers. I do it for the story. So when I got an OKCupid message from a guy offering to pay me to do foot pr0n, my response was, well, hey now. There’s something I’ve never done.

What do I have to do? Oh, step on someone’s face? No problem. A foot job? Mmmmm, no promises.

I’ve done crazier things but I have to be inspired. Get tickled? Blerhg.

“Oh you’re ticklish?”


“That’s soooo hot.”

“Is it? Weird.”

But! how can I do this safely? I ask my friend Matt to come along, because he’s the kind of guy who would think this is a terrific idea. I texted: “Hey Matt, will you help me do something bizarre and kinda sketchy?” “Absolutely.”  Everyone should have a friend like Matt.

But Joe the foot dude says his studio is too small for a bodyguard. He gives me references, I check them, and I meet him in public to check him out. We meet at Starbucks, the hip joint where foot pr0n professionals meet and mingle. I have a latte. Joe is in his twenties, tall, Asian, and unsmiling. He doesn’t seem dangerous but I am doing this as a lark–and Joe is as much fun as a barrel of sand fleas. But what am I going to do back down? NOT do foot pr0n? I don’t think so!

NEXT WEEK: Foot pR0n part 2, in a 3 part series.

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.

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Events of note

"Coulrophobia Snowflake" by Kit Cameo

United States[August] Everyhere Logistics’ roadtrip

Alameda, California

[8/22] Wine, Women, and Song at Rhythmix

Austin, Texas

[8/6] Bedpost Confessions: (Un)Spoken at Spider House Ballroom, 8 PM

Black Rock City, Nevada

[8/30-9/7] Burning Man

Chatham, Massachusetts

[8/25] Jazz Festival – Sarah Swain

Edinburgh, UK

[8/7-8/31] Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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

Lake Iseo, Italy

[6/18/16 to 7/3/16] Christo’s Floating Piers (Who wants to go?!)

Las Vegas

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

[8/6-8/9] DEF CON 23 Hacking Conference


[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

Marrakech, Morocco

[9/11-9/13] Oasis

New York City

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


[8/8] Mac Sabbath at Leo’s Music Club [Tickets][8/14] Fairyland For Grownups at Children’s Fairyland

[9/26] Grace Jones at Fox Theater [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

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+

[8/11] The Dirty Talk Game Show, 21+ [Tickets]

[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

[10/2-10/4] Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2015

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

[10/29] TEDxSanFrancisco at Pier 70

[11/2015] Flying Robot international Film Festival (submissions taken until 9/15)

[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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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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