The “Aw, look who’s turning ONE” Edition :: Issue #052


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #052 :: The “Aw, look who’s turning ONE” Edition :: 09:30:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #052 :: The “Aw, look who’s turning ONE” Edition :: 09:30:2015

Aw, looks who’s turning one…

Folks, big news, my baby is turning one tomorrow! No no, not SJ, my OTHER baby, this inbox zine.

This time last year I had an idea to create an e-newsletter that wasn’t about marketing some product, but would find and feed the brains of the weird and wonderful people around the globe.

Instead of overthinking it, I just dug in. I didn’t even have a name for it.

On October 1st of last year, I published the first Newsletter Thingamabob, the e-newsletter which would soon morph into Rusty’s Electric Dreams (RED). By the end of that same October, I had worked out a bunch of kinks and re-skinned it to give it a retro look. I also stopped calling it an “e-newsletter” and coined it an “inbox zine,” a callback to the paper zines I made in the mid-1990s.

In November of 2014, I welcomed the zine’s first Artist-in-Residence, pinata artist Meaghan Kennedy.

A week later, another artist, Michael Wertz, began sending out his own “inbox zine, inspired by RED.

Soon, I started archiving the issues online.

By Thanksgiving, there were so many events to list, I started to organize them by city. In December, I was featured in both Oakland Magazine and Alameda Magazine.

In January, Pee-wee Herman himself gave the zine a big ol’ stamp of approval (!), which made subscriptions JUMP. And, by the end of that month, I legally became “Rusty Blazenhoff,” a name I’ve been going by for 20 years.

In May, RED had its first co-curator, Lucas Mast, who shared his obsession with sneakers with us. 

The kind words kept rolling in, proving that I had created something remarkable…and, still, I continue to tweak and refine all of it. SO MUCH has happened this year for me personally, and all through it, I kept producing the zine, each and every week. I pinky promised myself that I wouldn’t give up, no matter how bad things got.

So, thank you, dear readers for sticking around, for opening up this email each week, and watching me raise this baby. Every parent knows that year one is really challenging. Now that I’ve got that behind me, I think things are about to get a whole lot more interesting. I have some BIG plans, folks.

Can you help? WHY, YES, YOU CAN.

Tell your friends about Rusty’s Electric Dreams. Spread the word. YOU are the innovators and early adopters. YOU have a say in my future success, for reals. In fact, if you’re an artist, you can influence YOUR future success by helping me. The bigger reach I have, the projects I showcase will be seen by more eyes. It’s pretty simple, and I don’t want to get too “Sally Struthers” on you, but I need help getting the word out. Get your friends to subscribe.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Thank you, thank you! I love you all!!

“…Your emails are by far the most looked forward to, and I hope your day is as wild, weird, and satisfying as each and every newsletter you send out!” Kyle KestersonFreak’n Genius

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As seen on the Internets


French-Canadian Fluff

:: French-Canadian Fluff exists! Thanks, Sophie!

:: “Across the USA by Train for Just $213” Thanks, David! 

:: ‘The Warriors’ Recreate Their Last Subway Ride Home

:: “In Undertale, you can choose to kill monsters — or understand them”

:: Things to keep in mind about a highly creative person

:: The most spectacular cultural photoset I’ve seen in a good long while

:: The debut of Abi Fantastic’s art mural at The Unicorn Estate

:: Slap It: Butt-shaped lamps via Incredible Things

:: SquirrelWarz, a cute strategy game for your phone

Real things you can actually buy: yes way!

Dismaland Bemusement Park t-shirt

Thanks, Michael Wertz


PETT plants

The artists behind the mind-blowing BioTron, Erick Dunn, Claudia Meglin and their team, have just made their uber-cool PETT Plants available to the public. Described as “sound responsive interactive light sculptures,” PETTs are a perfect blend of low- and high-tech. They are created directly from nature, molded by hand, not a machine.

Each one has “interactive movable stems that allow you to endlessly pose and repose them in any position you desire. The color of each stem is tuned to respond to a specific sound frequency along the spectrum, and will modulate its color from red to violet according to the volume on that frequency.” Like I wrote, uber cool!

I got the chance to personally play with a PETT plant at the artists’ home in May and absolutely fell in love. They are gorgeous, fun, and mesmerizing. I’m thrilled they are making them available for “adoption”!

In May, I also got to experience their trance-inducing BioTron (see photo below), an amazing womb-like space. Am pleased as punch to announce it is now available to rent for events. If you’re looking for something experiential to impress event attendees with, THIS is it. (Rumor has it that Sergey Brin himself has experienced it…)

photo by Skipper Kim Corbin

Artist-in-residence: September 2015


MichelangELO by Mark Blackwell

The Edgedvard Munch by Mark Blackwell 

VOTE for these awesome GLITCH SOCKS at Betabrand! They are designed by Doctor Popular, who you might remember formerly held the Artist-in-Residence spot here at Rusty’s Electric Dreams.

Dying for the Houndstoof ones! VOTE.

Events of note


MahaloWeen at Trader Sam's Disneyland Hotel

[10/8] National Fluffernutter Day (I KNOW!)[12/18]  Star Wars: Episode VII opens

Alameda, California

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

[10/27] Nerd Nite on Alcatraz: Escape to the Island

Anaheim, California
[10/12-10/13] MahaloWeen at Trad’r Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar, Disneyland, $150/pp

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

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

[Until 10/11] Avenue Q, a puppet show about adulthood

[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!

Lisbon, Portugal
[11/7/2016-11/10/2016] Web Summit 2016

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

[July 2016] EVA London 2016

Los Angeles

[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
[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!


[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]

[10/17] SOME WAGS – Screenprints by MICHAEL WERTZ – Artist Reception at Glama-Rama Salon
[10/14-11/29] SOME WAGS – Screenprints by MICHAEL WERTZ exhibit at Glama-Rama Salon

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

San Francisco
[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]

[1/29] Dan Deacon at The Fillmore

[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

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

[10/8] The Big Fake Wedding Seattle

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

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.

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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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