The “Back to school” Edition :: Issue #048


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #048 :: The “Back to school” Edition :: 09:02:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #048 :: The “Back to school” Edition :: 09:02:2015

Back to school…

I know everyone’s at Burning Man, but I showed up for work anyway. This zine isn’t going to write itself, you naked desert-loving hippies! Besides, you all seem to have a good cell connection out there. I made this issue extra long with lots of links, so you’ll have something to do in the middle of the hotter-than-Hades day.

A quick shout out to Gregory and Charles of the Edward Gorey House museum in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts for making our visit spectacular!

Well, no sooner did we get off the plane from our trip to Cape Cod, when I had to get up early and walk SJ to school. Yep, it’s that time of year again.

Congrats to my young friends, Isabella and Hunter, who have started COLLEGE! And to Jade for starting HIGH SCHOOL and to Lilliana for starting KINDERGARTEN! But, especially for my dear daughter, Scarlett, for starting FIFTH FREAKING GRADE!*

In other news… Take note, dear readers, September is my birthday month (the big four five!!). I have a fun task for you, if you’re up for it, which I’ll announce in a future issue.

Rusty Blazenhoff

*p.s. As they say: “The days are long, but the years are short.”

“One of the most inspiring, weird and off-kilter collections of curated kitschy ephemera for the big-brained.”

Mighty on Product Hunt

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SJ on the first day of fifth grade
This space intentionally left WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?!

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As seen on the Internets


Squeeze's new album, Cradle to the Grave

:: Squeeze has released their first album since 1998! “Happy Days” is its 1st single

:: “It turns out it was just advertising. There was no higher calling.”

:: PEZ as an alternative to smoking cigarettes, who knew?

:: Vogue takes on Burning Man fashion…ha!

:: Give it to me now: Life-size David Bowie pillow Thx, Dangerous Minds!

:: Periodic table Battleship Thanks, Lexie!

:: Quick! Before summer is over…How to skin a watermelon

:: Oops, summer IS over…and so are SJ’s “little kid” years

:: Burning Man 2015 livestream

Real things you can actually buy: no way!

These are EARRINGS

Knitting in Biology 101 PDF pattern

Fuck this shit pencils

Artist-in-residence: September 2015


R.E.M.brandt by Mark Blackwell

Rick James Whistler by Mark Blackwell (Yep, Mark is a two month A-i-R because he has a lot of material AND because I didn’t have a new A-i-R lined up!)

As seen on social media

KALW’s Ashleyanne Krigbaum recommends the podcast, The Specialist:

“Thoughtful, funny, surprising, short, and made by journalists — ‘The Specialist’ is a podcast that should be on the top of your queues. Meet the sound police! Hear strategies from an old skool matchmaker! Find out what a baby’s butt has to do with the quality of ice in a rink!”


Spotted in the Pixar parking lot, by Galexina

On Instagram, galexina shared this photo with the caption, “Spotted in the Pixar parking lot.”

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Events of note


Phyllis Diller Day art show and vintage clothing sale at the Alameda Museum

United Kingdom

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

[8/11-8/16/2016] BoomTown Fair, a “choose your own adventure” festival

Alameda, California
[9/27] The Alameda Legacy Home Tour, a self-guided tour featuring five period homes and a church. $30

[11/7] Phyllis Diller Day art show and vintage clothing sale at Alameda Museum, hosted by Dames aux Gateaux

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

Black Rock City, Nevada
[Until 9/7] Burning Man

Brooklyn, New York
[9/3] Play “Kick the Can” with SCRAP Thanks, Albert!

[9/14] Real Future Fair: The Future of Deceit [Tickets]

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

Lake Iseo, Italy
[6/18 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

Pop culture trifecta: Allee Willis, Angelyne, and me (!)

Los Angeles

[9/6] Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Hollywood Forever Cemetery [Tickets]

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

[9/18-9/20] ALONE | Reflection

[9/19] Opening party for Angelyne’s art show at the Museum of Digital Art in Hollywood (with complimentary pink champagne and cake),  win a ride in her PINK Corvette, 7 PM- 11 PM [Facebook event page]

[9/23] Mortified

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

[TBD October] ALONE | Absorbtion

Lowell, Massachusetts
[9/1-10/16] E is for Elephants – The Etchings of Edward Gorey Thanks, junkculture!

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!

New Orleans
[10/2-10/3] Ponderosa Stomp [Tickets]

Oakdale, California
[9/17-20] Symbiosis Gathering


[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

Provincetown, Massachusetts
[8/13-8/19/2016] Carnival 2016: Back to the 80’s

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

Sacramento, California
[9/25-9/27] Broken Strings Music Festival, folk-punk fest and campout

San Francisco
[until 10/31] Camille Seaman: The Big Cloud at SFO Museum, Terminal 3

[9/5] Barbary Coast Burlesque

[9/6] SF Zine Fest

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

[9/16] Bawdy Storytelling: “Sapiosexual” at Verdi Club [Tickets]

[9/19] San Francisco Comedy Competition

[9/20] 35th Annual Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park, FREE

[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

[10/11-10/12] 16th Annual Burning Man San Francisco DECOMPRESSION, 12 PM to 12 AM

[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

[12/15 – 12/16] X at The Independent

[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

San Leandro, California
[9/27] The debut of Abi Fantastic’s mural at the Unicorn Estate

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

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

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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