The “I can’t not believe it’s not not butter” Edition :: Issue #055


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #055 :: The “I can’t not not believe it’s not butter” Edition :: 10:21:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #055 :: The “I can’t not not believe it’s not butter” Edition :: 10:21:2015

I can’t not not believe it’s not butter…

Folks, as you’ll see, I went a little crazy with the links this week. If you’re short on time, choose this one first. No, no, this one first.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Raise your hand if you have a great suggestion for an awesome Artist-in-Residence for November!

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As seen on the Internets


Monster House


:: Canned laughter, ahoy! The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976) Thanks, Shana!
:: ICYMI: The business of Nonchalance, the deck via
:: “The Unfair Truth About How Creative People Really Succeed”

:: Tandem Activity Book: a Creativity Vehicle Built for Two
:: Buy:

:: “Di­a de los Muertos is NOT Mexican Halloween” Thanks, Bunny!

:: First St. Germain album in 15 years Thanks, Timmmii!

:: “Secrets in Plain Sight” Thanks, Carolee!

:: Who wants to buy a ski resort in Idaho? Only $149K.

:: Make Your Own Willow Casket, a workshop Thanks, Kevin!

:: What TV painting teacher Bob Ross’ hair looked like before his iconic perm

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Pad of Butter Notepad
via Pee-wee Herman

Butter Patch

Buttered Popcorn crocheted arm warmers by Twinkie Chan

Butter Churners, ye olde


Thanksgiving versus Christmas

Thanksgiving versus Christmas, a musical show by gravy-lovin’, ukulele-playin’, Internet sweetheart Molly Lewis. Thanks for the heads up, Josh A. Cagan, aka the inbox-zine-readin’ dude who co-wrote it! 

Available now.

Events of note


For the Love of Diller

[11/7] For the Love of Dillerart show and vintage clothing sale at Alameda Museum, hosted by Dames aux Gateaux [Facebook event page]

Patti Smith is on her book tour for M Train

[12/18]  Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens
–>> See it at the new Mission Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco! [Details]

Alameda, California

[10/31] Halloween Black Light Art Show at Studio 23

[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

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

Copenhagen, Denmark
[Until 1/24/2016] Yayoi Kusama
: In Infinity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Denver, Colorado
[11/13. 11/14, 11/15] Art of the Prank screenings at the Denver Film Festival

[Until 12/16] The World of Tim Burton at Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR

Grass Valley, California
[11/17] David Sedaris

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

[July 2016] EVA London 2016

Los Angeles

[Until 11/1] ALONE | Absorption [Tickets]

[10/21-10/25] We’re Going Back 2015 – The 30th Anniversary Fan Celebration of Back to the Future [Tickets]

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

[10/24-10/25] Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s Halloween Spooktacular with Mr. Show‘s John Ennis [Tickets]

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

[11/28] THE KRAMPUS: Lecture with Costumes at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
[12/5] THE KRAMPUS BALL at Highland Park
[12/10] LA KRAMPUSLAUF: the Krampus LA troupe will be joined by over a dozen members of the Moorpass Maishofen from Austria!
[12/13] KRAMPUS Mummers Play and Movie

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

Miami Beach, Florida
[12/3-12/6] Art Basel

[12/14] A John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier at Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts [Tickets]
New York City
[Until 11/11] Some Place Like Home, an exhibit featuring Olek, Swoon, Olivia Steele, Boxhead, Moral Turgeman, Michelle P. Dodson

[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

[12/10-1/23/2016] Dodecahedron, an exhibit by Mark Ryden at Paul Kasmin Gallery


[Until 11/29] SOME WAGS – Screenprints by MICHAEL WERTZ exhibit at Glama-Rama Salon

[10/23] Twirl and Dip Grand Opening Party, 4 to 6 PM, at 1717 17th Street

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

[10/24] Bikes to Books Annual Autumn bicycle tour

[10/25] Letterpress 101 by Material Print Machine at Omni Commons, 6-9:30 PM

[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]

[10/30] Extra Action Marching Band at the Oakland Metro [Tickets]

[11/7] Bay Bridge Span Demolition, 9 AM

[11/7] Bird Taxidermy 101 by Gold Coast Artifacts, $225, 10 AM to 4 PM, RSVP at

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

[11/13] ODDVILLE! A Festival of the Awesomely Strange at American Steel Studios, 7 PM, $20 cash only at the door, 21+

[11/14] SGRAFF-E-MART, one day handmade marketplace featuring 15+ East Bay artist vendors

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

Olympia, Washington
[11/6 and 11/8] Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show, Parts 1 & 2

Palm Springs, California
[7/8-7/11/2016] Yes and Yes Yes (YxYY) at the Ace Hotel, a “summer retreat for anyone who considers themselves a thinker, maker, creator, nerd, or weirdo.”

Pasadena, California

[10/25] 2nd Annual Running of the Clowns!

[11/21-11/22] Designercon

[1/1/2016] 12th Annual Rose Parade

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
[12/11] A John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier at The Carnegie Music Hall [Tickets]

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
[Until 1/10/2016] Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition at de Young Museum

[10/22] Push // Pull // Suspend: Endurance Shibari, a performance by Mirabelle Jones

[10/23]  90s video sing-a-long at the Roxie

[10/24] Bikes to Books Annual Autumn bicycle tour

[10/24] 2015 Northern California Synth Meet at Robotspeak

[10/24]  Sassy Camp: An Epic Camp for Awesome Girls & Boys [Tickets]

[10/26] Whitechapel, a gin bar by Martin Cate opens [They’re hiring]

[10/29] TEDxSanFrancisco at Pier 70

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

[10/31] Journey to the End of the Night, An “epic, moonlit chase through the dreamy streets of San Francisco” [Pre-register]

[11/4] Fireside Storytelling: Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, 8 PM, Chez Poulet, $15

[11/4] Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things [Tickets]

[11/12] ‘Punks Git Cut’ book release party with Jay Howell

[11/19] Flying Robot international Film Festival at the Roxie Theater [Tickets]

[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]

[11/28-11/29] SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium at Pier 35, Free admission

[11/29] A John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier [Tickets]

[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

[11/19-11/20] Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show, Parts 1 & 2 at Northwest Film Forum

[12/2] A John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier at The Neptune Theatre [Tickets]

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.

Here’s the rundown on 20 new foods to look for at the 2015 Arizona State Fair:

  • Deep-fried peanut butter and jelly cheesecake on a stick with bubble gum frosting: A crispy cheesecake treat topped with light blue frosting and red, white and blue gumballs (Sweet Cheeks)
  • Deep-fried wood-fired pastrami pizza (Cardinali’s Pizza)
  • Award-winning spaghetti ice cream (Cardinali’s Pizza)
  • World’s Hottest Ice Cream (Cardinali’s Pizza)
  • World’s Most Sour Ice Cream (Cardinali’s Pizza)
  • Specialty poutine: French, Mexican, Greek, shepherd’s pie (Fhat Dawgs and La Poutinerie)
  • Specialty Dawgs: Japanese dog, Mexican dog, Chicago dog (Fhat Dawgs)
  • Brownie caramel funnel cake: Tastes like a sweet crunchy brownie with caramel on top (J & L Concessions)
  • Raspberry frybread topped with powdered sugar (J & L Concessions)
  • Chocolate-covered chicharrónes (Bacon A-Fair)
  • Beer-battered bacon (Bacon A-Fair)
  • Bacon-wrapped pork belly: Premium pork belly rubbed with sage and rosemary and wrapped with two feet of thick-cut honey-smoked bacon on a stick. (Biggys 1 & 2)
  • Frosted Flake fried chicken (Get Pickled O Petes)
  • The Koolicle: Kool-Aid-infused pickle (Get Pickled O Petes)
  • Deep-fried nachos: Nacho cheese inside of hot orbs of crispy nacho goodness; Can be topped with guacamole, sour cream, jalapeños, and cheese. (Tater Twister)
  • The Tajin Candy Apple (Sweeties and Sweet Dreams)
  • Deep-fried Nutella (Fried A-Fair & Fried A Fair 2)
  • Affogato ice cream sundae: Sundae with a double shot of fresh brewed espresso in a test tube placed upside down into the ice-cream (Fried A Fair 2)
  • Fireball doughnut: Giant raised doughnut topped with a warm caramel glaze infused with Cinnamon Fireball Whisky, banana slices, and whipped cream (Brander Enterprises)
  • Coconut Samoa Doughnut: Giant raised donut topped with a warm toasted coconut caramel glaze with chocolate drizzle (Brander Enterprises)

Unbelievable This is Not Butter!

“I like to use ‘I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter’ on my toast in the morning, because sometimes when I eat breakfast, I like to be incredulous. How was breakfast? Unbelievable.” —Demetri Martin

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“). Some of us, but not all, identify as “black sheep.”

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