The “There’s no theme like this no theme” Edition :: Issue #059


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #059 :: The “There’s no theme like this no theme” Edition :: 11:18:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #059 :: The “There’s no theme like this no theme” Edition :: 11:18:2015

There’s no theme like this no theme…

Folks, I held the coolest event over the weekend…COCKTAILS and COLORING BOOKS for GROWNUPS! It was so fun!

To note: some of the coloring books <cough –from Last Gasp— cough> were REALLY NSFW…

Not everyone could join us for the fun, so I’m raffling off a  ‘Cocktails and Coloring Books for Grownups’ prize package this week. ENTER HERE.

Also this week, our Artist-in-Residence is not holding a scavenger hunt…instead, he’s GIVING AWAY FREE ART TO STRANGERS. See details below.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Send me an email if you’d like to be invited to the next event!

“One of the most inspiring, weird and off-kilter collections of curated kitschy ephemera for the big-brained.”

A request from my friend Elliotte: “A group of badass ladies I’m part of are putting together bags to hand out to homeless folks during Santa Con. We want to make it more than just a huge raging pub crawl, and help people in need. We want to provide toiletries, clean socks, a non perishable snack, pads, tampons etc. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated. If you have anything you would like to contribute, please let me know. We’re putting them together on Dec 10. Thanks!!!!!”
Want to help? Contact Elliotte at:
UPDATE: Now there’s a Facebook page and spreadsheet!

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As seen on the Internets


Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule by Neko Case 8 LP vinyl set

:: Emotion Recognition via Neatorama

:: After recovering from leukemia, Amit Gupta couldn’t resume his previous life

:: AdReplacer, ads become human-curated news via Product Hunt

:: The Total Perspective Vortex Thanks, Cardhouse!

:: Iris: a documentary of the fabulously eccentric icon, Iris Apfel Thanks, Jewelz!

:: Turning your loved one’s ashes into blown glass art

:: Now I Know‘s Dan Lewis did a reddit AMA

:: “The automat was so much more than just a machine that served you food.”

:: Mysterious Package

:: Because, yum: “Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest” I forgot who to thank!

:: “Mold-A-Rama-rama! The secrets behind Chicago’s plastic souvenir empire” Thanks, Janelle!

:: How to Start and Grow Your Subscription Box: an e-book by Bemmu Sepponen, the guy behind Candy Japan


:: 3D Jelly Cake 
:: (watch to the end!)


Carl Collins' Odyssey in 2012


Sometimes I hear about something and I can barely wait to tell you all about it. THIS is one of these things. I do try to keep my ears open to hear about wonderful art and experiences, but sometimes it takes a little while to reach my ear.* Get THIS, the art group called Odyssey Works creates “massive, immersive performances for one-person audiences.” One person.

“An Odyssey can involve a trip to a mountain in Mexico to listen to a symphony in a canyon, being tied to a stake like Joan of Arc, a bus ride with your mother, making maps of emotion, a feast in the middle of a river, reading a forged Italo Calvino novel, or being buried alive.”

“We believe that each person in this world deserves to be moved, to have a moment where they are brought to their knees by beauty…” — Ayden LeRoux of the art group, Odyssey Works


DON’T MISS THIS: The wonderful Lydia Laurenson is hosting a workshop to create a personal odyssey on Sunday, November 29th at 1 PM in San Francisco. It’s killing me that I can’t make it, but YOU should go. Yes, YOU!

“An Odyssey Works production doesn’t scream ‘art’ so much as whisper it into the subconscious retroactively.”

ALSO, THIS: There will be an Odyssey Works book, so they can take what they do to more audiences. It will be titled Odyssey Works: Six Proposals for a More Beautiful World and you can pre-order it on Kickstarter now (like I did). If I had 10 grand, I would totally be buying one of their day-long experiences for myself.

*By the way, if YOU know about something delightful, please share it with me so I can tell the Others.

November Artist-in-Residence: Adam Davis



“Robot Graveyard”
Here are the rules:
1) You must be a stranger to me, Adam T. Davis. No one I know.
2) Send me an email ( with a one word subject and your mailing address.
3) I will mail you a drawing based on that one word (or whatever I feel like drawing) along with some stickers and other goodies. All I ask in return is that you post the art on social media when you receive it (you can find me at @xadamdx on twitter & instagram), along with my website (
4) Put your art in a frame and look lovingly at it on a regular basis while sipping coffee, tea, etc.

Adam T. Davis lives and works as an Illustrator in Alameda, California. He makes artwork for album covers, t-shirts, coloring books, concert posters, and the walls of children’s rooms.

His site:
His scavenger hunt site: www.secretseverywhere.comtober. 

Real things you can actually buy: yes way!

Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule by Neko Case 8 LP vinyl set

Netflix and Chill holiday sweatshirt by Beloved

Roscoe's Chicken and FROZEN waffles
image via Nicole Campos

Events of note


Pee-wee Herman and Andy Warhol on Andy Warhol T.V.

Pee-wee Herman AND Andy Warhol on “Andy Warhol T.V.” (1983)
Patti Smith is on her book tour for M Train

PiL is on tour

[12/18]  Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens

Alameda, California

[12/12] Mid-Century Supper Club Holiday Potluck at Alameda Eagles, 6 PM to 11 PM [Tickets]

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

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

Berkeley, California
[11/27-11/29] Mummenschanz, the famous Swiss mime troupe, at Zellerbach Hall

[12/6] Krampus Lauf on 4th St. at Castle in the Air, 3:30 PM

[12/12] East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest at Berkeley City College, 10 AM – 5 PM [Facebook]

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

Galiano Island – Manzanita Ville, BC
[11/21] Pinata Workshop for KIDS! with Meaghan Kennedy, 10 AM to 1 PM
Pinata Workshop for Grown-ups! with Meaghan Kennedy, 11 AM to 3 PM

[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

[July 2016] EVA London 2016

Los Angeles

[Ongoing] Makers Mess

[Open now] The Shag Store, 8433 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood

[11/20] Opening of Crazy4Cult9 at Gallery1988 (West), 7 PM to 10 PM

[Until 11/29] The Tiki Farm 15th Anniversary Show at La Luz de Jesus

[11/28] THE KRAMPUS: Lecture with Costumes at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
6 PM [Tickets] 8 PM [Tickets]

[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

[12/12-12/13] The Los Angeles Punk Museum Presents the 2nd annual Xmas Art Show at KGB Gallery

[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 1/10/2016] Jim Shaw: The End is Here at New Museum

[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

[12/4] Top Secret Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Extravaganza for the Department of Make Believe, 5 PM to 9 PM

[12/5] 5th ave marina’s End of the Road block party Holiday sale, 11 AM [Info]

[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]

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]

[8/11-8/15/2016] World Domination Summit [Tickets]

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

Richmond, California
[12/5] Holiday Arts Festival at Richmond Arts Center, 11 AM to 3 PM

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

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

[11/18] Bawdy Storytelling: Living the Dream at Verdi Club, 7 PM doors [Tickets]

[11/18] dorkbot sf with Mark Krawczuk and Tess Aquarium of Everyhere Logistics at Monument

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

[11/20] The Mark Growden Quartet @ The Lost Church, private parlor show, 8 PM [Tickets]

[11/20] Rock Your Body: Justin Timberlake Sing-A-Long Show, hosted by Lulu Cachoo, 9:30 PM

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

[11/24] Karen Finlay tells a story at The Moth! 6 PM doors, stories 7:30 PM 21+

[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 at GAMH, 7 PM [Tickets]

[12/2]  Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things at Verdi Club [Tickets]

[12/3] Fireside Storytelling: Mind. Blown., 8 PM, Chez Poulet, $15

[12/4] Opening reception for Man Candy, an art show by Jason Mecier at Magnet, 8 PM to 10 PM
[until 12/31] Man Candy, an art show by Jason Mecier at Magnet

[12/4] The Real Numbers EP Release Party at Hotel Utah, 8 PM

[12/5] Krampus Night with Alternative Tentacles Records featuring Jello Biafra [Tickets]

[12/9] THIS has sold out: LOST LANDSCAPES OF SAN FRANCISCO 10 at Castro Theatre, 7:30 PM [Tickets]

[12/9] Advanced Style with Ari Seth Cohen at JCCSF

[12/10] The Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 10: A Benefit for the Internet Archive, 6:30 PM [Tickets]

[12/12] SantaCon, Noon at Union Square

[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, 1/30] Pancakes & Booze Art Show – FREE Pancakes at 111 Minna Gallery [Details]

[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

Santa Rosa, California
[12/12-12/13] The Emerald Cup at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds [Tickets]

San Rafael, California
[11/27] The San Rafael Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland

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]

[12/5] Santa’s Surf Spectacular! with Aloha Screwdriver at Darrell’s Tavern

Sherman Oaks, Caifornia
[11/21] Collecting Disneyland, an exhibition and auction at Van Eaton Galleries

Sun Valley, Idaho
[3/20-3/23/2016] DENT

[7/4-7/10/16] Nowhere

Vallejo, California
[12/5] Krampus at the Mad Hatter Christmas Parade in Vallejo

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

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