The “On this day in 2004” Edition :: Issue #057


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #057 :: The “On this day in 2004” Edition :: 11:04:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #057 :: The “On this day in 2004” Edition :: 11:04:2015

On this day in 2004…

I woke up thinking I had died. After an epidural didn’t “take,” I was knocked out cold for an emergency C-section. When I woke up, I was a) drugged beyond belief and b) in a big room of empty hospital beds. No baby, no nurse, and the only thing I could hear was the white noise of the inflatable blanket on top of me. I wasn’t scared, but it surprised me that death was so…familiar.

As the drugs started to wear off, I began to wonder if I was still pregnant. Many questions ran through my head, like, “Maybe they don’t have an operation room open?”

Quite a while later, a nurse came over to me. “How are you doing?” I asked when I’d be going in for surgery.

“Oh, honey, has no one brought you your baby yet?” That option hadn’t occurred to me.

Next thing I knew, Scarlett Jane was by my side. She still is. I’m a lucky lady.

Happy 11th, baby girl!

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. This month’s Artist-in-Residence, Adam Davis, is kicking things off with a scavenger hunt to find his ART! CLUE BELOW.

p.s.s. Raise your hand if you like coloring!


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Scarlett as a baby, photo booth
This space intentionally left babied.

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As seen on the Internets


Pink Lobsters!

:: “Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us” Thanks, Jean!
:: (an oldie but a goodie)

:: The American Bystander Humor Magazine Thanks, Mimi! 

:: “You only live once. Enjoy the color.” –Halcyon’s Grandpa Caleb
:: (an oldie but a goodie)

:: Kids covering Kraftwerk in the most awesome way ever! via Electronic Sound

:: I thought this was fake when I first saw it, but it appears to be real

:: A guide to happy Thanks, Epiphany!

:: Mesmerizing: A simulation of the upcoming (former) Bay Bridge demolition

:: On Halloween, Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, and Paul Reubens sang “Kidnap the Sandy Claws” from “Nightmare Before Christmas” live at Hollywood Bowl

:: Tara Hunt was fired, and then…

:: Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Program

:: Sir David Attenborough narrates the video for Adele’s new song “Hello”

:: TV Guidance Counselor podcast with Ken Reid


November’s Artist-in-Residence: Adam Davis


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Adam Davis

Real things you can actually buy: no way!

An action figure of Michelangelo's David

Albino bowler oil painting by Archie McPhee

Events of note


For the Love of Diller

Patti Smith is on her book tour for M Train

[11/8] National Take A Juggalo To Red Lobster Day 2015

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

Alameda, California

[11/6] Veronika Layne’s Launch Party at Alameda Museum

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

[11/13] Holiday Faire handmade gifts by local artisans at Redux Studios & Gallery, 5 PM to 9 PM

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

[3/11-3/15/2016] SXSW Interactive

Burbank, California
[11/25] Laura House & Friends at Flappers Comedy

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

[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

[12/12] Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday Slide Show at Modernica Props, 8 PM

[12/18] Lightsaber Battle, 8 PM to 11 PM, Downtown LA [RSVP]

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

[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

[11/8] 20th Anniversary Dia de los Muertos Festival at Fruitvale Village

[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

[12/5] Mark Growden Quintet with Alex Kelly at Awaken Cafe, 7 PM

[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
[12/18] Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday Slide Show, 6:30 PM

[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]

Portland, Oregon
[12/12] Crafty Wonderland at Oregon Convention Center, [Tickets]

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

Riverside, California
[11/29] Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday Slide Show at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, 7 PM

[5/20-5/22/2016] Beyond Brookledge at the Galleria at the Mission Inn

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

San Diego
[12/18] Lightsaber Battle, 9 PM to 11 PM, Downtown San Diego [RSVP]

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

[11/10] Odd Salon: Grift  at DNA Lounge, 7 PM

[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] Krampus himself is making a personal appearance at Last Gasp’s pop-up at the Grand Newsstand, 11am – Noon,  San Francisco’s Embarcadero district, just a block away from the waterfront off of Market Street

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

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

[11/15] The Return of The Bay Lights: Arts & Innovation Brunch, Village Impacts

[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

[12/18] Lightsaber Battle, 8 PM to 11 PM, Embarcadero [RSVP]

[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

Torrance, California
[11/14-11/15] Hello Kitty warehouse sale at 2740 California Street

Whittier, California
[12/3] Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday Slide Show, 7 PM

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