The “Treats, not tricks” Edition :: Issue #056


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #056 :: The “Treats, not tricks” Edition :: 10:28:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #056 :: The “Treats, not tricks” Edition :: 10:28:2015

Treats, not tricks…

Oh, dang you, Halloween, you snuck up on me again. Raise your hand if you’re going as a jar of Fluff for Halloween!!*

So, my comedian friend** Laura House appears to have coined a term to describe the beauty industry, “Big Ugly.” (You know, like “Big Pharma.”) My response, “Diet Industry=Big Fattie.” It all made me think of this quote from Naomi Wolf, “A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience.”

Apparently, I’m not into obedience.

The good news? Wolf also wrote, “Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.”

Raise your hand if you want to be threatening with me***!

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Sneak peek: November’s Artist-in-Residence has been settled. Eee.

*I’m not, but hope someone else will. Perhaps, YOU!
**Yes, I only have one comedian friend.
***Does anyone know Susan Sarandon personally?

Scarlett in 2008, afraid of pumpkin guts
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As seen on the Internets


William S. Burroughs with pumpkin Photo by Philip Heying

William S. Burroughs with a Jack-O-Lantern he carved with a hatchet, Halloween 1996
photo by Philip Heying Thanks, Red Cell!

:: The Staropramen TapWriter: the first type-controlled draught ever
:: Thanks, Richard (of Typewriter Revolution)!

:: People of all ages offer words of wisdom to their younger counterparts: “Stay Weird”
:: Thanks, Shanna!

:: Has David Sedaris ever autographed a book for you, like this?

:: Passion Planner Thanks, Dixie!

:: How digital natives prank their teachers

:: Princestagram

:: “Pineberries Are White Strawberries That Taste Like Pineapples”

:: BUS NUT #busnut

:: Weighted blankets

:: What really matters at the end of life, a TED talk by BJ Miller of Zen Hospice

:: The Go Game is hiring a full-time game producer

:: Found & Lost, a gorgeous short film made by the son of a friend and his pals

Real things you can actually buy: yes way!

Lindsay Lowe eyeglasses

Count Morbida's Dynamite Puzzle Book


The Order of the Snail by Doc Pop

In 24 consecutive hours, Doctor Popular whipped up a new comic book. It’s called The Order Of The Snail, a comic book about secret societiesHe created after the sudden collapse of The Latitude Society, that “real secret club/art project.”  Doc writes, “The book follows a kid named Mason Waters who has created his very own secret society. A society of one. One day Mason invites Tim, an estranged older friend, to join The Order. Things change quickly and soon Mason feels like an outsider in his own club.”

The Order Of The Snail is available now for preorder.

Events of note


For the Love of Diller

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

Patti Smith is on her book tour for M Train

[10/30] PBS: Live from Lincoln Center: Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton​

[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]

Austin, Texas
[11/27-12/24] Blue Genie Art Bazaar

[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

[Ongoing] Makers Mess

[Until 11/1] ALONE | Absorption [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

[10/29] 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]

[10/30] Ask Dr. Hal ~ Halloween Edition at XOXO, 9:45 pm

[11/7] Bay Bridge Span Demolition, 9 AM [See it from a boat]

[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
[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

[10/29] 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]

[11/5] Josh Kornbluth, A Benefit for at PianoFight

[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

[12/4] The Real Numbers EP Release Party with The Corner Laughers & The Y Axes at Hotel Utah

[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

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“She wins who calls herself beautiful and challenges the world to change to truly see her.”
Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

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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