The “F YES” Edition :: Issue #051


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #051 :: The “F YES” Edition :: 09:23:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #051 :: The “F YES” Edition :: 09:23:2015


Today is my birthday!  It’s also the beginning of decorative gourd season!

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Thanks to everyone who sent in their vintage 45 picks! Your selections can be found further down.

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

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Rusty Blazenhoff, 40 Years Ago
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As seen on the Internets


No Tech Zone

:: Sign of the times: “No Tech-Zone” sign shows up in San Francisco’s Alamo Square

:: “A Glimpse of Tomorrow”  Thanks, David!

:: Empathy gigolos: Men for hire come wipe away your tears 

:: “How I Spent Burning Man 2015…(and what came before that)” by Danger Ranger

:: Seth Godin on ad blocking

:: Zip ties as a fashion statement

:: Rodeo tailor Nudie Cohn’s granddaughter opens “Nudie’s Custom Java”

:: RUN FOR YOUR LIVES Thanks, Xian!

:: Merry Jane, Snoop Dogg’s marijuana lifestyle brand

Real things you can actually buy: yes way!

It's decorative gourd season, motherfuckers by Subversive Cross Stitch

Artist-in-residence: September 2015


MichelangELO by Mark Blackwell

MichelangELO by Mark Blackwell 


Raphaelvis: St. Elvis and the Dragon by Mark Blackwell

Phone book sculpture by Jonathan Callan
via Hi-Fructose

And now for something special


Happy Birthday to me!

A few weeks ago I put out a special request

I asked all of YOU –for my 45th birthday– to share your all-time favorite single from the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s and why you like it. I got so many great responses that I had to add each selection and story to my blog, Blazenfluff. There was TOO MANY to fit in this issue of the zine.

Here’s the list. To read everyone’s story, simply click on the link:

Song year :: Who picked it :: Song name and artist

19XX :: Mark: No 45s, only albums
19XX :: Kent: “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter)” by Nat King Cole
196X :: Axel: “My Home Town” by Huntsville Alabama
1961 :: Ashleyanne: “I’m Gonna Stay” by Mary Wells
1965 :: Jenny: “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones
1965 :: Frank: “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” by The Rolling Stones
1969 :: Lane: “Everybody’s Talkin'” by Harry Nilsson
1969 :: Veek: “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies
1971 :: Steve: “Don’t Pull Your Love (Out)” by Hamilton, Joe Frank And Reynolds
1973 :: Elliotte: “Rock On” by David Essex
1975 :: Rusty:  “Hurricane” by Bob Dylan
1979 :: Victoria: “Pop Muzik” by M**
1979 :: Victoria: “Breakfast in America” by Supertramp
1979 :: Michael: “Rubber Biscuit” by Blues Brothers
1980 :: Karen: “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors
1982 :: Lori: “I Melt With You” by Modern English
1983 :: Joel: “Major Tom (Coming Home)” in German by Peter Schilling
1984 :: Carl: “Talking Loud And Clear” by OMD

THANK YOU ALL who played!! I loved reading your stories and hearing your songs! We need this as a playlist 🙂

**This is my second choice!

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Events of note


The Complete Films of John Waters


Alameda, California

[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

Berkeley, California
[10/11] 1st Annual 924 Gilman Reunion and Block Party, 12-4 PM

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]

[9/22-10/6] The Complete Films of John Waters (Every Goddam One of Them …) at BFI Southbank

[July 2016] EVA London 2016

Los Angeles

[9/23] Mortified

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

[9/27] UnCabaret with Allee Willis, Kelly Mantle, Jackie Kashian, Sam Morrow and more!

[TBD October] ALONE | Absorbtion

[10/7 and 10/14] How to Hate Yourself with Laura House at Acme Comedy [Tickets] DIscount code: FRIEND

[10/24] Donnie Darko at the Palace Theatre [Tickets]

[10/31] Rocky Horror Picture Show at Hollywood Forever Cemetery [Tickets]

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

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

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

[11/4] Screening of Art of the Prank, a film based on ‘media trickster’ Joey Skaggs’ work, 7 PM, SVA Theatre, 333 w.23rd Street [trailer], FREE

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


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

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

[10/14] Drag Me to Bingo, a bingo night with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence [Tickets]

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

[10/16-10/17] Oakland Autumn Lights Festival 2015 [Tickets]

[10/18] East Bay Mini Maker Faire 10 AM to 5 PM

[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]

[11/12] Drag Me to Bingo, a bingo night with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence [Tickets]

[11/14] ODDVILLE! A Festival of the Awesomely Strange at American Steel Studios, 7 PM, $20 cash only at the door, 21+

[12/10] Drag Me to Bingo, a bingo night with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence [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

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

Riverside, California
[5/20-5/22/2016] Beyond Brookledge at Mission Inn

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

[11/13-11/14] Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show, Parts 1 & 2 at Colonial Theatre

San Francisco
[9/23] Tonga Room’s 70th Anniversary “Tiki Chic” Party

[9/27] Folsom Street Fair

[9/29] Odd Salon: Anomaly [Tickets]

[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]

[10/17] Litquake’s Chaos, Cacophony, “Bob†and Sublime Stupidity, 7:15 PM at The Chapel, 777 Valencia

[10/29] TEDxSanFrancisco at Pier 70

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

[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

[11/21] Burning Man Arts Presents The Ninth Annual Artumnal Gathering at Bently Reserve [Tickets]

[11/25] Gogol Bordello, the Gypsy Punk Tour at the Warfield [Tickets] [Other dates/cities]

[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

[10/2017] 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

San Jose, California
[Oct/Nov] Winchester Mystery House Flashlight Tours

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]

South Bay (California)
[10/16] Day 1: South SF Bay Area Home Tiki Bar Crawl 2015
[10/17] Day 2: South SF Bay Area Home Tiki Bar Crawl 2015
[10/18] Day 3: South SF Bay Area Home Tiki Bar Crawl 2015

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 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.

Mark Pahlow of Archie McPhee on IRL awards

“I got this.” —Rusty Blazenhoff, on an epic #Momcation

“Don’t work. Too hard.” –Rusty Blazenhoff, today

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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