The “Don’t believe everything you think” Edition :: Issue #069


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #069 :: The “‘Don’t believe everything you think” Edition :: 01:27:2016

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #069 :: The “Don’t believe everything you think” Edition :: 01:27:2016

Don’t believe everything you think…

Dear readers,

In celebration of the first anniversary of legally changing my name, I have given myself a new title: “Professional Free Spirit.”

That is all.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Happy birthday to LoBo!! Hope all the lotions are put in the basket for you on your special day!

“Thank you for providing the BEST email I get each week. I’m always inspired to click links, buy tickets, invite artists to visit! Your signal and celebration of the weird & wonderful is mighty. Thank you!”
–Elliotte Bowerman,
founder of The Unicorn Estate and Project Unihorn

Free Spirit
This space intentionally left spirited

As seen on the Internets


Set of the Addams Family

The Addams Family set was…pink!
:: An oldie but goodie: “Take the f**king donut.”


:: “Improv lessons that can lead to a happier life”


:: “Eat That Question,” a new documentary about Frank Zappa


:: “Coffee Virgin” by the Perez Bros


:: “How to Become a Luckier Person Overnight” Thanks, Andie!


:: “The Unkillable Arts Underground”


:: “Shadow Societies: Exploring Underground San Francisco, Past and Present”


:: “Alice Isn’t Dead,” by the creators of “Welcome to Night Vale”


:: “Dark Net” via


:: Loch Ness monster clothing


:: Joey the animatronic horse


:: Spend the night in the gypsy vardo trailer featured in Big Top Pee-wee
:: Thanks, Rebecca!

January’s Artist-in-Residence: Wolrabbit


Deathmagic by Wolrabbit

This is Wolrabbit’s final week as Artist-in-Residence (Thank you, WR!), so, I interviewed him so we can all get to know him a little better… Enjoy! –Rusty

RBWhere did the name “Wolrabbit” come from?

WRI work under the surname Wolrab sometimes, which many people like to point out is Barlow backwards. I am also really fond of rabbits. So it is either pronounced WOLrabbit or wolrabBIT.

RBWho/what is your spirit animal?

WR: Rabbit. Always has been. That is my role. Predators love me.

RBBest <x> in an <SF neighborhood>, go:

WR: Anywhere in Fisherman’s Wharf! You know why? People are always happy and smiling.

RBDescribe something –so beautiful– that it inspired your own work:
WR: Huh, I’m one of those people who sees the pretty stuff in sad things. Unfortunately when I process those feelings into pictures they come out cute and funny. I can safely say that I’ve spent far more time pondering the rusty fender of a truck on Shotwell St. than I have spent in museums looking at art. 
RBHow old is your inner child?
WR: My inner child is bout 103 years old and uses one of those electric Rascal scooters. He’s always early for the earlybird special at We Be Sushi on Valencia Street.
RB: Write your own question…

WRWrite myself a question? 

If I may quote Ross Perot’s Running Mate in 1992  Admiral James Bond Stockdale, “Who am I? Why am I here?”
I have no idea, but  if I ever find out you will be the second person to know.

WR: My question for you, Rusty Blazenhoff, is who is your favorite Beatle and why? 

RB: Keith Richards, j/k. John Lennon.

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 places where you can actually apply!


Adobe's Creative Residency

:: Call for Participation: The Long Now Foundation Summer Teacher Institute


:: Camp Reel Stories is hiring Thanks, Andie!

Events of note


The Bay Lights

[3/18] Pee-wee’s Big Holiday premieresOnline and IRL
[3/21] Patience, a new graphic novel by Daniel Clowes


Various cities in the USA

[Until 4/23] Lily Tomlin

[Soon] Neko Case is on tour

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

[3/11-3/15] SXSW Interactive

Berkeley, California
[3/2] Lost Landscapes of Oakland, California with Rick Prelinger, 3:10 PM

[3/26] Heather Gold’s “Everything Is Subject to Change” – One Night Only

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

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

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

[2/18-2/20] Pez Con Thanks, Jovino!

[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
“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

[Dates in January] Broken Bone Bathtub, Siobhan O’oughlin’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]


[1/31] 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]

[2/14] Romance in the Redwoods at Redwood Regional Park at Canyon Meadow Staging Area, 2 PM to 5 PM, drop-in program

[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

[1/27] 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

[1/29] The Racket at the Rathskeller, a classic murder mystery, 7:30 PM

[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] Super Bowl Protest: Tackle Homelessness, hosted by Broke-Ass Stuart

[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

[2/9] Odd Salon: TIME at DNA Lounge, 7 PM [Tickets]

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

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

[2/11] Digital Detox’s Analog Dating Night, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Soma Street Food Park  [Tickets]

[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]

[2/13-2/14] International Cannabis Business Conference, discounted tix available at BASA, 1326 Grove

[2/24] A Tribute to Aunt Charlie’s “Beautiful by Night”, 6:30 PM

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

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

[4/14-4/15] The Chocolate and Art Show at SOMarts

[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

[10/13] Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary, 8 PM [Tickets]

[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

Victoria, Australia
[2/5] DADA lives! 1916-2016
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Thich Nhat Hanh

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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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