The “Put the needle on the record” Edition :: Issue #049


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #049 :: The “Put the needle on the record” Edition :: 09:09:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #049 :: The “Put the needle on the record” Edition :: 09:09:2015

Put the needle on the record…

Welcome back, Burning Man friends. While you were hiding in cover from dust storms, hanging out with friends, and checking out AMAZING art, I was settling in at home… kicking sugar out of my system. Whee.

Speaking of the east coast, in ancestry news, I’ve just learned that my 11th great-grandfather Gov. Thomas Mayhew was kind of a big deal on Martha’s Vineyard back in the ye olde days. I would like to think that he was like the “Emperor Norton of the east”…though I don’t really have proof. Still, neato.

Last week I mentioned that September is my birthday month and that I’d be announcing a game. Well, below you will find the game. I hope you will play along!

Finally, a while back I picked up some brand new, green “Participant” award ribbons at a thrift store. At some point, the majority of them ended up in the hands of my Texas friend, Epiphany, who then proceeded to award them to people. Waitresses, friends, etc. Big hit! I had already been giving a great deal of thought about digital “likes” and what a “real-life” like would look like. Next thing I knew I had a box of special blue award ribbons in my possession. Then I started handing them out, in real life, to people I like in real life. Then, people wanted to buy them to give out to their friends, in real life.

Now they’re on EtsySpread the Like.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. A photo of the ribbons is included below.

“…Pure Inbox Sunshine.” —Josh Cagan, actor and writer (The Duff, Bandslam)

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As seen on the Internets


The last known photos of Jim Morrison

:: Googly-eyed ass puppets, yes, ASS puppets
:: An AUTOMAT of SORTS has opened in San Francisco!!!
:: (Who wants to get lunch with me soon?!)

:: “Wicked Good Flip-Flops”

:: Funemployed, the card game

:: Obviously: Songwriter Allee Willis is unhappy about Donald Trump’s campaign tune

:: “Without a network, a creative does not endure”

:: LA moving company will move you out of an abusive situation for free Thanks, Lexie!

:: This is super cool UX design. When you click to the site, hit “Go!”

:: I love this woman.

:: “Never walk home alone again.”

Real things you can actually buy: yes way!

Validation is WICKED easy now!!

Mark Pahlow of Archie McPhee on IRL awards

Artist-in-residence: September 2015


David Lee Rothko by Mark Blackwell

David Lee Rothko by Mark Blackwell 

And now, a special message

Happy 45th birthday to me
You guys, my 45th birthday is coming up in a few weeks!

Years ago, a friend of mine had a “33 1/3” birthday party where she spun vinyl LPs. I thought that was a cool idea and imagined doing that for my 45th, but with everyone sharing their favorite 45 RPM singles.

So, here we are. It’s September 2015 and my birthday quickly approaches.

Instead of having a big bash, I have a SPECIAL REQUEST to ask of all of you. I want to take a musical trip down memory lane, because –seriously– where would we be without music??

Here’s what you can do:

  1. SHARE the name and artist of your all-time favorite vintage single from the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s.
  2. TELL me about it: like…why you love it, what it means to you, etc.
  3. SEND a photo or video too.

EMAIL ME at before Monday, September 21st, 2015 with all the info.

TUNE IN: I’ll share selected picks and stories (including mine) in the September 23rd* issue.



*My actual birthday!

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Tell the Others.

It’s not a cult. YET.

Events of note


Alameda, California

[9/12] The Sweet By And By at Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 11 AM

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

[9/27] Forbidden Island 10th Annual Parking Lot Sale

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

Austin, Texas
[3/11-3/15/2016] SXSW Interactive

Brooklyn, New York
[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 7/3/2016] 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

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

[9/13] Bawdy Storytelling: “Sapiosexual” at Verdi Club [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, 7-11 PM [Facebook event page]

[9/20] The Broad contemporary art museums opens! Don’t miss Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room. [Tickets]

[9/21] Clifton’s Cafeteria Official Re-opening, $125 [Tickets]

[9/23] Mortified

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

[TBD October] ALONE | Absorbtion

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

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

Marble Falls, Texas
[10/9-10/12] Camp Grounded
Marrakech, Morocco
[9/11-9/13] Oasis

Middletown, California
[10/9-10/11] Kinky Salon. DEEP HEDONISM

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


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

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

[10/15] Beetlejuice at the New Parkway, 9:30 PM [Tickets]

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

[10/29] George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at New Parish [Tickets]

[10/30 -10/31] Kinky Salon: THE NEW HAUNT at Mission Control Oakland [Tickets]


[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

Petaluma, California
[9/19] Electronic Ranch & Dental Liquidation Sale, 10 AM to 1 PM
Note: You might remember recently that my friend Justin passed away unexpectedly. His widow is hosting this sale of the eclectic stuff from his business. Please take a look…really cool items.

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

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

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

[9/18] Library Fridays at Prelinger Library, hosted by Elsewhere Philatelic Society, 1 to 8 PM

[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

[10/9] RARE West Coast appearance! Bread and Puppet Theater: Fire, at Internet Archive [Tickets]

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

[10/15] Robert Henke’s Lumière II, Two shows at Gray Area Art & Technology Theater [Tickets at the door, $15-$35]

[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

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

[9/25] Bawdy Storytelling: “Sapiosexual” at Verdi Club [Tickets]

Sun Valley, Idaho
[3/20-3/23/2016] DENT

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


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

If YOU would like to co-curate an issue of Rusty’s Electric Dreams, I’d love to hear your idea! Please email me: about a cool event? Share it. I’ll do my best to include it in the next issue.

Apply to the DENT conference scholarship program.

“Put the needle on the record, When the song beats go like this…” —Pump up the Volume

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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