The “‘Twas the night before KRAMPUS” Edition :: Issue #061


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #061 :: The “’twas the night before KRAMPUS” Edition :: 12:02:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #061 :: The “twas the night before KRAMPUS” Edition :: 12:02:2015

’twas the night before KRAMPUS..

Gentle readers,

Sooooo…I went on an epic road trip to Los Angeles with my awesome, kitsch-tastic friend, Jessica Lindsey of Kooky Kitsch. I was so honored to join her, as it was her 50th birthday trip. 😀

The highlights:

Stopped in Santa Nella for our Thanksgiving pea soup meal. The only turkey was the inflatable kind.

The new contemporary museum in town, The Broad, is DEFINITELY worth checking out.

We visited with our friend Allee Willis at her “Willis Wonderland” home and scoped out her fancy-gold sneakers which she’ll be wearing to the Broadway premiere of The Color Purple (she co-authored it!).

The illustrious Mark Blackwell met up with us at the newly-renovated Clifton’s for drinks. It’s fantastic, he’s fantastic. You have to see this place to believe it! (I mean, listen, there’s a neon sign underneath the floor and a giant Redwood in the middle of it all.)

Parked in front of Wacko was L.A.’s pink-pop icon, Angelyne. This sighting was moments before I thrifted real good, scoring a pair of brand-spankin’-new John Fluevogs for just $8!

Is there a German word for when your child fits into adorable vintage clothes (like everything Gunne Sax!) and shopping for vintage clothes becomes a thrill again? Because, that.

We met up with Susan Olsen* and friends at another L.A. darling, home of the chubby-checkered dude in overalls, Bob’s Big Boy.

Here’s an unsolicited tip: If you’re in L.A., go to the Krampus L.A. events this month!! And, the Broad! And, Clifton’s! And definitely, Velveteria!

Wuht? You’ve never heard of Velveteria? WELL, it is an amazing MUSEUM of VELVET PAINTINGS. I kid you not! BLACK VELVET for DAYS.

You should go visit it…fast.

We spoke with Caren, one of the owners of the museum, and she alerted us that it will only be open for 10 more months. WTF. By this time next year, the Velveteria will be no more. It’s worth a visit, I swear. Cross my heart and hope to… 711 New High St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Also, please welcome Janelle Hessig as December’s artist-in-residence! 

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Enter to win a Krampus prize package!

* TV’s Cindy Brady! I KNOW!

“A vote for Rusty is a vote for you.”
–Victoria Heifner of Milkfed Press

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!

St. Nicolas and Krampus
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As seen on the Internets


Krampus Nativity Scene


December Artist-in-Residence: Janelle Hessig

Men are from Mars...Women Need to Stay Off That Space Dick
Men are from Mars...Women Need to Stay Off That Space Dick
Men Are From Mars, Women Need To Stay Off That Space Dick is a mini-comic celebration of vulnerability and a portrait of enduring optimism in the face of adversity. In other words, it’s about dates.

It also serves as a sneak preview of my upcoming comic collection ‘Rotten Philosophies’, due out in 2017.

— Janelle 

p.s. Special Offer for Rusty’s Electric Dreams readers! $1 off your purchase from the Gimme Action table at the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest on December 12th when you drop the top-secret code word: “FLUFF”.

Janelle Hessig was born on a dark and stormy night in Contra Costa County. It was Groundhog’s Day but she did not see her shadow on the way out. She remained in the Bay Area to become a comic artist, writer, musician, filmmaker, and townie. Having discovered the secret of life early on: stinklines + flies = superior art, she went on to apply this fantastic knowledge in the creation of numerous fanzines, comics, and other publications, beginning with Tales Of Blarg in 1991. In 2014, she founded the publishing company Gimme Action.

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Krampus Kandy Kanes

Krampus Candle

Resin Krampus

Don't Cuddle the Krampus

Events of note



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

[12/7] Annual Holiday “Tiki Mug Swap” at Forbidden Island, 6 PM to 9 PM

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

Austin, Texas
[Until 12/24] Blue Genie Art Bazaar

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

Berkeley, California
[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

[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

[December] Free museum days in December

[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

[12/5-12/6] Comic Arts LA at Think Tank Gallery, Free

[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]

[12/19, 12/20] Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears (Does This Tree Make Me Look Fat?)  at Largo

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


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

[12/4] Festival of Lights parade at Children’s Fairyland, other Fairyland holiday events

[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]

[12/10] BAD SANTA at the New Parkway, 9:30 PM [Tickets]

[12/12] Something For Everyone at Lost & Foundry Studios, 5 PM to 7 PM

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
[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
[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

[12/2] Joy Hacking: The Future of Happiness, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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

[12/3] Wunderfaire 2015 at IDEO Pier 28 Annex The Embarcadero, 4:30 PM to 8 PM

[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]

[12/5] Barbary Coast Burlesque at Doc’s Lab

[12/9] Fireside Storytelling: Mind. Blown., 8 PM, Chez Poulet, $15

[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

[12/13] Holiday Art Celebration, Sale, & Fundraiser (by artists Carolyn Matteson and Ellen Leanse)

[12/15 -12/16] X at The Independent

[12/16] Going Deeper: Freedom, Liberation & Mindfulness with Michael Taft, 10 AM  – 4 PM

[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]

[1/23] The Groundlings’ Children’s Show at JCCSF, 1 PM


[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

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

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

[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

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

If YOU would like to co-curate an issue of Rusty’s Electric Dreams, I’d love to hear your idea! Please email me: about a cool event? Share it. I’ll do my best to include it in the next issue.

“Long before the circulation of any postcards standardizing the image, the isolating Alpine terrain of Krampus’ native habitat encouraged strong regional variations. And without any grounding source text to nail down his appearance, the original Krampus would have been a shapeless bogeyman defined only by oral tradition, a freeform figure variously described by parents and other storytellers. Like the Tooth Fairy, he had a definitive function, but no definitive form.”
— Al Ridenour, The Truth About Krampus

Zack Milan, Susan Olsen, and Bill D. Morgan at Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank, California
photo by Rusty Blazenhoff

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