The “My own personal Black Rock” Edition :: Issue #047


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #047 :: The “No, I’m not going to Burning Man” Edition :: 08:26:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #047 :: The “My own personal Black Rock” Edition :: 08:26:2015

My own personal Black Rock..

I have been going back and forth on whether I’d go to Burning Man this year. I mean, it IS the 20th anniversary of my first “desert camping trip” after all. Well, this morning I decided once and for all that I will not be going to the playa this year. No drama, I’ve just spent the majority of my summer traveling and I need some time to really absorb all the AWESOME I’ve experienced.

See, since early summer, I’ve been digging into genealogy. You may remember that I traveled to Italy in July and “dropped in” on some Italian cousins. Well, now I am here on Cape Cod –where I was born and raised– and have discovered some family history I didn’t know before. It’s FASCINATING, kind of like reading the best book you’ve ever read, because it’s all about YOU. There are twists and turns and the stories get better as you go along.

And, through DNA research, I have also discovered many “cousins” all over the globe.

Let’s just say, the world is >this< small, and we are not all that different.

Burning Man will be there for me when I need it again. Right now, I have my own personal Black Rock to explore.

Rusty Blazenhoff

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Paul Reubens at Cinespia’s 30th anniversary screening of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
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Events of note



At Banksy’s Dismaland, photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossal
United States
[August] Everyhere Logistics’ roadtrip

United Kingdom

[Until 9/27] Dismaland: Bemusement Park: a festival of art, amusements
and entry-level anarchism by Banksy (Somerset)

Austin, Texas
[10/9-10/12] Camp Grounded

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

Edinburgh, UK
[Until 8/31] Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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

[Until 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.”

Lake Iseo, Italy
[6/18/16 to 7/3/16] Christo’s Floating Piers

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 September] ALONE | Reflection

[TBD October] ALONE | Absorbtion

[9/12] Fight Club at Hollywood Forever Cemetery [Tickets]

[9/23] Mortified

[9/26] Back to the Future 1 and 2 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery [Tickets]

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

Marrakech, Morocco
[9/11-9/13] Oasis

New York City
[9/26-9/27] World Maker Faire New York [Tickets]

Nacogdoches, Texas
[10/3] Freethought Convention 2015 [TicketsThx, Allison!


[9/4] THEY LIVE at the New Parkway Theater, 10:30 PM

[9/25] Drawn Together at Children’s Fairyland, 6 to 9 PM, 21+ [Tickets]

[9/26] Grace Jones at Fox Theater [Tickets]

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


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

Pasadena, California
[10/10-10/11] NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Annual Open House

[11/21-11/22] Designercon

Portland, Oregon
[9/3-9/4] Mortified

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

[5/20-5/22/16] Beyond Brookledge at Mission Inn

San Francisco
[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]

[9/19] San Francisco Comedy Competition

[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]

[2/11/16] Monica Lewinsky at JCCSF

Santa Fe, New Mexico
[9/4] Zozobra

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

[7/4-7/10/16] Nowhere

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