The “’23 and moi” Edition :: Issue #068


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #068 :: The “’23 and moi” Edition :: 01:20:2016

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #068 :: The “23 and moi” Edition :: 01:20:2016

23 and moi…

Thanks to a mention by my friend Dan Lewis, in his e-newsletter titled Now I Know, Rusty’s Electric Dreams (RED) is sporting over 600 new subscribers! If you are one of them, THANK YOU for giving this thing a go.

Wait, what IS this thing?

I call it an “inbox zine” which is a shout-out to my early paper zine days. It’s my rudimentary attempt to show you a slice of where my brain is focused on every week. And, not just *my* brain, as I source my amazing, and quite progressive, community too. I do my darndest to pay attention to what is important to them, to what art they are creating, to where they spend their money and time. They inspire me.

RED is a mouthpiece for them (…you?).

If YOU know of something that needs a spotlight, please let me know. I will put it under consideration it for a future issue. Start here, don’t be shy:

Ok, ok, now that I got that out of my system, I want to share something with you. Folks, I had dinner with Dr. James Fadiman (and friends, thank you friends)! You know, the researcher who studies the effects on people who are microdosing psychedelics. I can’t say much about our meeting except to say it was wonderful, a total honor, and that the good doctor is now here reading RED along with you all.

Check out his book, it’s called The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide.

LASTLY, and this has TOTALLY been a longer-than-average intro, January 23rd marks my one year anniversary officially being Rusty Blazenhoff. If you’re just tuning in, LONG story. Tl;dr: it’s a good thing.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Sometimes these emails get cut short, hit [View entire message] down at the bottom, to see everything. Ok, here we go…

“Rusty knows what’s cool. Not only that, but she’s an amazing writer who can communicate complicated and obscure topics to a mainstream audience. She knows who to talk to and what questions to ask. Her knowledge of pop culture is unmatched. When I want to know if something is going to be popular, I ask Rusty…”
David Wahl, Director of Awesome of Archie McPhee

"Squeeze me," I'm natural and realistic
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As seen on the Internets


We screwed with every kid's mind.

:: “Inside Sid & Marty Krofft’s Trippy World: ‘We Screwed With Every Kid’s Mind'”
:: Oh boy: “The Freelancer’s Life — Is it worth it?” Thanks, Piph!
:: Belgians give David Bowie his own lightning bolt-shaped constellation

:: Apply for a $1K grant from the Awesome Foundation 


:: Tim Ferriss is raising funds to support psilocybin research on major depression


:: Dr. Fadiman on Tim Ferriss’ podcast (last March)


:: People in the 1970s posing with their “sweet rides”


:: “Bang bang, my baby shot me down” via DIWT


:: Seattle is looking for a writer or poet to live in one of its bridges for a year


:: ICYMI: Powerful photos of the SF-Bay Bridge Shutdown on MLK Day


:: Spectacular: “To create new art, Brian Dettmer trashes old books.”


:: This: “How You’ll Survive (or: How Change Will Change You)”


:: “Hire Confident Oddballs”


:: Last, but definitely not least: The first clip of Pee-wee’s Big Holiday is live!

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!

The Customer is Always Wrong mug by Mimi Pond

Sutro Bath Sea Horse Bicycle

Events of note


Joshua Ellingson and Michael Wertz opening reception

Opening across the USA
Only YesterdayVarious cities in the USA
[Until 4/23] Lily Tomlin[Soon] Neko Case is on tour
Alameda, California
[1/22] Aloha Screwdriver at Fireside Lounge, 8 PM[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.

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

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

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

East Park Reservoir in Colusa County, California
[5/20-5/26] Camp Tipsy

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

[1/21] 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

[2/14] The Los Angeles International Pen Show Thanks, Michael!

[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

[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]

[1/30-3/31] 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]


[1/23] #MarchForBernie-Oakland, 11 AM to 2 PM (other cities listed too)

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

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

[2/5] Before the Fire: Art Murmur at American Steel Studios

[2/7] Community event: Pie Day at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, 1 PM to 6 PM

[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

[6/25-6/26] Burger Boogaloo, Mosswood Park [Tickets]

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.”

Paris, France
Editor’s note:
Last January I had the good fortune to spend the night in an artist’s yurt. My photos from that visit will be included in this show…in PARIS!
[4/13-8/29] Habiter le Campement, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine au Palais de Chaillot

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

[Until 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] Leo Villareal “Spacetime” at fusedspace, 6 PM to 8 PM

[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

[2/13] Bawdy Storytelling’s NINTH Anniversary Shows! Congrats, Dixie!
Bawdy Storytelling: Unforgettable, early show 7 PM at Verdi Club [Tickets]
Bawdy Storytelling: The Best of, late show 10 PM at Verdi Club [Tickets]

[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

Santa Fe, New Mexico
[1/23] BERNIE SANDERS fundraiser and voter registration drive with Amanda Palmer at Jean Cocteau Cinema

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

Victoria, Australia
[2/5] DADA lives! 1916-2016
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.

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”

Giant rusty pine cones made from shovel blades, created by Floyd Elzinga via Neatorama

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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