The “‘Stars look very different today” Edition :: Issue #067


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #067 :: The “‘Stars look very different today” Edition :: 01:13:2016

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #067 :: The “Stars look very different today” Edition :: 01:13:2016

The stars look very different today…

It’s already been a long heartbreaking week, folks, and it’s only Tuesday night.

At first I thought it was another celebrity death hoax was making the rounds, though the notice had been posted on his official Facebook page and Twitter feed. There was rumor his pages had been hacked. I really wanted to believe that.

Then, the Hollywood Reporter reported it. Horrors. It really happened. Our thin white duke was mortal after all.

I was 16 in the Summer of 1987 and really wanted to see his “Never Let Me Down” tour, but I hadn’t learn to drive yet. At the movie theatre where I worked, there was a community college student who agreed to take me. Well, she agreed to take me as long as I understood that “Never Let Me Down” was a shit album and she was ONLY going in the hopes of hearing his good stuff.

When I boasted I was also familiar with “Let’s Dance” too, she scoffed, “Oh god, you’re such a baby, darling.”

As time went on, I got more familiar with his discography and understood what she meant, even if her delivery was condescending. I now understand that even at his “worst,” Bowie was able to hook me in. He, at the risk of sounding corny…never let me down. His body of work pried open a Pandora’s box of counterculture and subversion for me. 

Mr. Bowie, you cannot possibly imagine what your life’s work has meant to me.

Good night, sweet freak elder. 

Rusty Blazenhoff

“@Blazenhoff reminds you there is weird doofy geeky magic happening everywhere. It is, to me, fulfillment on the original promise of the web…”
Josh A. Cagan, actor and writer

Never let me down
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:: Pee-wee Herman’s new movie will premiere at SXSW in March

:: “Why So Many Artists Are Highly Sensitive People”

:: David Bowie’s latest, Lazarus Thanks, Steve!

:: David Bowie interviewed about the future of the Internet (2000)

:: Pin-hole gourd lamps Thanks, Annie!

:: Turning the Place Over” by Richard Wilson

:: Call for Bay Area Makers

:: Lemmy’s Bay Area viking funeral

:: Gareth Branwyn on Cool Tools

:: “Ten Things We’ve Learned About Immersive Design” — Foma Labs

:: Bernie Sanders’ 404 page Thanks, Eric Harvey Brown!

:: “Sodium” by Randi Sullivan

:: “Little fat man who sold his soul, Little fat man who sold his dream”
:: Thanks, Steve!

January’s Artist-in-Residence: Wolrabbit


Wolrabbit leaves a trail of street art reminders as he wears a groove in the sidewalks of San Francisco, California. Likes to play checkers. Loves to play dumb. 

Real things you can actually buy: yes way!

Events of note


Blackstar Memorial Tattoo Week


[1/11-1/17] Blackstar Memorial Tattoo Week

Opening across the USA
Only Yesterday

Alameda, California
[1/24] Pinball and Pints at Pacific Pinball Museum, 3 PM to 8 PM [Tickets]

Austin, Texas
[3/18] Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion

[3/11-3/15] SXSW Interactive

Berkeley, California
[1/23] The Calling All Choir’s 2016 Winter Finale at the Crowden School [Tickets]
Join the Spring 2016 Calling All Choir here.

Burbank, California
[1/13] Comedian Laura House and Friends at Flapper’s, 7:30 PM [Tickets]

(North) Berkeley/Kensington, California
[1/24] Cozy January Cuddle Party, 3 to 6 PM [Tickets]

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

Denver, Colorado
[2/3-2/5] Women Grow Summit

Houston, Texas
[4/9] The 29th Annual Houston Art Car Parade

Lake Iseo, Italy
[6/18 to 7/3] 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
[11/7-11/10] Web Summit 2016

[July 2016] EVA London 2016

Los Angeles

[January] Mourning David Bowie events in Los Angeles

[1/18] Crispin Hellion Glover Live! Los Angeles 10th anniversary at The Egyptian/ American Cinematheque

[1/21] I Know You Are But What Am I? The Artists Behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse, 7 PM

[2/4] A Skate Night for David Bowie at Moonlight Rollerway, Glendale

[2/27] The Edwardian Ball

[3/19] Crispin Glover Live! 10th anniversary Part 1 and Part 2 of IT trilogy

[4/1-4/3] Roaring Twenties Weekend 2016 [Tickets]

Melbourne, Australia
beinArt Gallery opens in early 2016

[2/20] White Night Melbourne

Napa Valley, California
[5/27-5/29] BottleRock [Tickets]

New York City
Brooklyn: “From Bumper Cars to Torah Taxidermy: A Guide to 25 of Brooklyn’s Most Unusual Museums”

[Ongoing] Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel

[Ongoing] The Ferry Play on the Staten Island Ferry, $1.99

[1/14-1/16] Walter Dundervill: ARENA, an installation dance piece, Brooklyn [Tickets]

[Until 1/23] Dodecahedron, an exhibit by Mark Ryden at Paul Kasmin Gallery

[Dates in January] Broken Bone Bathtub, Siobhan O’Loughlin’s immersive theater experience, various bathtubs in NYC

[Dates through March] 8Players, an immersive roleplaying experience, Secret locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, 21+ [Tickets]

[1/30- ] The Grand Paradise by Third Rail Projects, 383 Troutman Street, Brooklyn [Tickets]

[2/5-2/7] Versailles 2016 at a secret location in Hastings on Hudson, by En Garde Arts [Tickets]

[2/19-2/23] Insignificance by Terry Johnson, Langham Place Hotel, Manhattan [Tickets]

[Until 3/27] Then She Fell, An immersive theater experience combining a hospital ward, the writings of Lewis Carroll, and only 15 audience members per show [Tickets]


[1/17] Cartooning with Paul Sharky, free classes for kids

[1/31] Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Preview Sale, $15 [pdf for Tickets]

[2/4-2/6] Oakland Fair: Play at Frank Ogawa Plaza

[2/7] Pie Day at Humanist Hall

[2/12 and 2/13] Hot Couture: Alchemy & Ardor at The Crucible, [Tickets]

[3/5 and 3/6] Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale, Free

[July] Burger Boogaloo, Mosswood Park

Palm Springs, California
[2/13] Charles Phoenix Space Age Slide Show at Palm Springs Art Museum, 10 AM [Tickets]

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

Pescadero, California
[1/30 and 1/31] Elephant Seal Adventure tours at Ano Nuevo [Tickets]

Portland, Oregon
[8/11-8/15] World Domination Summit [Tickets]

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

Riverside, California
[5/20-5/22] Beyond Brookledge at the Galleria at the Mission Inn

San Francisco
[Dates in January] Noir City, the 14th annual San Francisco Film Noir festival

[Dates in January] SF Sketchfest, the 15th annual San Francisco comedy festival

[Until 1/18/2016] Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Part Motet, an immersive sound installation at Fort Mason Center, Free with RSVP

[Until 2/10] San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2016 [Tickets]

[1/13] Bawdy Storytelling’s “Slave to Love” at Verdi Club [Tickets]

[1/13] Phonographic Memory January 2016 Session, The main library downtown {Tickets]

[1/14] Dolores Park Grand Opening, 4 PM to 7 PM

[1/14] In Memoriam: David Bowie the Class of ’84 at Cat Club SF

[1/15] Friends of Single People, “part roast, part game-show, part social experiment” at PianoFight, 9 PM [Tickets]

[1/16] Going Deeper: Freedom, Liberation & Mindfulness at Against the Stream’s San Francisco Center

[1/16] Appetite Obscure: Dating, a potluck event for surrealist dating, 7 PM to 10 PM

[1/19] Dr Sketchy’s SF presents Maid of Might at SFIOP, 7 PM to 10 PM, $12 [Tickets]

[1/20-2/26] Ellingson & Wertz at Mule Gallery, Opening reception on 2/5 from 6 pm to 9 pm

[1/20] Nerd Nite SF #68: Politics, Stem Cells, and TBA! [Tickets]

[1/20] Bawdy Storytelling at SketchFest! at Eureka Theatre, 8 PM [Tickets]

[1/21] Kava Lounge to open at 901 Divisadero

[1/21-1/24] Internet Cat Video Festival [Tickets]

[1/22] The Edwardian Ball World’s Faire, 8 PM [Tickets]

[1/23] The Edwardian Ball [Tickets]

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


[1/24] Cultivated Wit’s Comedy Hack Day 10 at Alamo Drafthouse, 7 PM, $25 [Tickets]

[1/27] Design workshop with Foma Labs‘ Uriah Findley and Anthony Rocco at The Rathskeller Club (The Mission)

[1/29-1/31] Last Minute Light Art, A show of LIght Art and Illuminated Art at 5 Months Gallery

[1/29, 1/30] Pancakes & Booze Art Show – FREE Pancakes at 111 Minna Gallery [Details]

[1/29] Dan Deacon at The Fillmore

[1/30] The Bay Lights return, with fireworks, at 7:25 PM

[1/30] The Calling All Choir’s 2016 Winter Finale at Mission Dolores Basilica, 8 PM [Tickets]
Join the Spring 2016 Calling All Choir here.

[2/3] An Evening with Cheryl Strayed at Herbst Theatre, 7 PM [Tickets]

[2/5] IN THE RED, a gallery party and silent auction at SOMArts, San Francisco, to help fund the Flaming Lotus Girls’ next big project

[2/10] Pussy Riot at the Warfield [Tickets]

[2/10-2/13] Fog City Magic Fest at EXIT Theatre

[2/11] Playful Get-To-Know-You Experiences: Tangible Possibility (Lea Redmond) & Appetite Obscure, 6:30 PM

[2/11] Monica Lewinsky at JCCSF

[2/11-3/5] Miss Behave’s Game Show at Greek Star Theatre [Tickets]

[3/4] Dead Kennedys at the Fillmore [Tickets]

[3/19 and 3/20] San Francisco Pop-up Ball pit Bar at the Romper Room

[4/16] SFMOMA to reopen

[7/10] Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge at DNA Lounge [Tickets]

[7/23] The Murray Invitational. A Bill Murray Art Exhibition and Golf Party at Public Works

[10/2017] 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

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

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

[7/4-7/10] Nowhere

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R.I.P. David Bowie, each and every one

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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