The “Flawsome” Edition :: Issue #072


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #072 :: The “Flawsome” Edition :: 02:17:2016

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by professional free spirit Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #072 :: The “Flawsome” Edition :: 02:17:2016


I spent all of last weekend at my first cannabis conference. I wanted to ask every single person I met, “Are you HIGH?!”

But, I didn’t.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. soooOOOO tempting though.

“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

Don't do it!
This space intentionally left flawed

As seen on the Internets


Photos of Making The Cover for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, ca. 1967

:: Photos of Making The Cover for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

:: Yes, please: An outdoor day bed made of real grass

:: NASA’s posters show the “beautiful future of space tourism” Thanks, Allison!

:: “Pee-wee’s big comeback” 

:: Sneak peek photos of Pee-wee’s Big Holiday

:: “The Full-Length Trailer of ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ is Here!!!”

:: “A Romantic Day at the ‘Shit Tits'”

:: My friend Mark Blackwell met my 10th cousin 1x removed & got a photo of his boots

:: Then he went to see my 20th cousin twice removed 🙂

:: “Alternative Scouting for Girls and Boys Merit Badges”

Artist-in-Residence: Benjamin Wachs


Rusty Blazenhoff at Forbidden Island

Do you have a secret identity? Our artist-in-residence this month, Benjamin Wachs, does: he is really Burning Man blogger/philosopher Caveat Magister. A fact that was a carefully guarded secret until about two years ago. So well guarded, in fact, that when Burning Man’s Director of Communications Andie Grace was working with him as “Caveat,” and her husband Tom Price was working on an unrelated project with him as “Benjamin,” it took them over a year to figure out they were talking about the same person.
His secret was outed, however, by Larry Harvey, the Chair of Burning Man’s board, who quoted him by both names during a keynote address at Burning Man’s 2013 Global Leadership Conference.

“I’d like to quote Benjamin Wachs, who many of you may know better as Caveat Magister,” Larry told the crowd, on video. “Is he here?  Is he?  Oh, there he is!  Stand up!”

And so a secret identity carefully nurtured for five years came crashing down in an instant. ( later re-outed him when his collection A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City was published in 2014. Buy it now! It’s amazing!.) Now he just admits to it when people ask.

You can read a selection of Caveat’s writing about Burning Man at his website:, and you can read all of his Burning Man writing (if that’s something you really want to do) at the Burning Man Journal.

Some of the most fun highlights, however, might be his series of mock Public Service Announcements about Burning Man, explaining the concept of theme camps, telling people where the orgy is, and how to get Wi-Fi.

He’s also produced fake news videos for Burning Man called “The Burning Man Minute.”  One announces that Burners and Juggalos share DNA, while another explains that scientists have finally weaponized bacon.

His favorite piece of all, however, is called “It’s Okay to Be Miserable at Burning Man,” and is a hilarious story of how admitting that you’re depressed at the biggest party on earth can be the first step to having an amazing experience out of the wreckage.

As always, you can follow his new work – both as Benjamin and as Caveat – on Twitter.

Rusty Blazenhoff
“A collection of provocative, brain-teasing and magical short stories,” “sassy, brainy, soul-searching, sexy, longing, yearning — and risk-taking.”
Leslie Katz, San Francisco Examiner
“Benjamin Wachs reveals a distinctive and highly personal flair for storytelling that will engage the reader’s total and rapt attention throughout.  As thoughtful and thought-provoking as they are solidly entertaining, the short stories comprising “A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City” are highly recommended and rewarding reading.”
— Midwest Book Review

Events of note

Cake Maze
[Until 3/13] Break Bread, a 30 day art installation by Scott Hove and Baker’s Son at Think Tank Gallery in L.A. (with a 7,500 sq. ft. Cake Maze!) [Free Tickets] [Hi-Fructose coverage]
[3/18] Pee-wee’s Big Holiday premieres on Netflix

Online and IRL
[3/21] Patience, a new graphic novel by Daniel Clowes

Various cities in the USA
[Opens 2/18] Rolling Papers, a documentary film on the cannabis industry

[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

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!

Desert beyond Las Vegas
[4/29 to 5/1] Further Future Festival: Music Technology Speakers Wellness Art Gastronomy & Community [Tickets]

Lisbon, Portugal
[11/7-11/10] Web Summit 2016

[July 2016] EVA London 2016

Los Angeles

Cool Places to Buy Weird Shit in Los Angeles

[Dates in Feb.] Year of the Monkey at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre

[2/18] FREE ADVICE, at the Ace Hotel Downtown L.A. rooftop, 12 PM to 6 PM

[2/18-2/20] Pez Con Thanks, Jovino!

[2/19-2/21] The Antigone Project

[2/20-3/4] BeinArt Surreal Art Show 2016

[2/27] The Edwardian Ball

[2/29] Bob Baker Day [Tickets]

[2/29-3/1] A L O N E i n c . A C H E L A N D, undisclosed location in LA [Tickets]

[Until 3/13] Break Bread, a 30 day art installation by Scott Hove and Baker’s Son at Think Tank Gallery (with a 7,500 sq. ft. Cake Maze!) [Free Tickets]

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

[3/24] Cat Art Show LA 2: The Sequel at Think Tank Gallery

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

Marble Falls, Texas
[10/7-10/10] Camp Grounded

Melbourne, Australia
beinArt Gallery opens in early 2016

[2/20] White Night Melbourne

New York City
Quirky NYC by Oriana Leckert:
“From Bumper Cars to Torah Taxidermy: A Guide to 25 of Brooklyn’s Most Unusual Museums”
“From Elevators to Outsider Art: A Guide to 16 Under-the-Radar Museums in Queens”

[Ongoing] Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel

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

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


[2/20] Mark Growden Quintet at The Octopus Literary Salon

[2/20] 3 O’ Clock Rock’s METAL INJECTION, in honor of Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead at Abura Ya Japanese Fried Chicken, teen show
[2/21] 3 O’ Clock Rock’s METAL INJECTION, in honor of Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead at The Octopus Literary Saloon, pre-teen show

[2/27] Snap Judgment LIVE at the Paramount, 7 PM to 10 PM

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

[3/9] Hook Line and Sinker: Musicians Telling Stories presents “CRUSHED”

[4/17] MAPS 30th Anniversary Banquet & Celebration at Scottish Rite Center

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

Palm Springs, California
[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

Portland, Oregon
[Until 4/3] Kenny Scharf: Cosmic Cavern Thanks, Michael! Great one!

[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
[Ongoing] Elsewhere Philatelic Society

[Until 2/26] Ellingson & Wertz at Mule Gallery

[Until 2/25] SF Indie Fest, various events around the city

[2/17] Nerd Nite #69: Sutro Baths, Psychedelic Data Science, and Blowing Up Bridges! at Rickshaw Stop, 7 PM [Tickets]

[2/23] Odd Salon: Fate at DNA Lounge, $15, 21+ [Tickets]

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

[2/24] Phonographic Memory: February Session, 7 PM – 8 PM

[2/26] DeepDream: The art of neural networks at Gray Area, 6 PM – 11 PM [Tickets]

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

[3/5] Mark Growden Quintet at The Red Poppy

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

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

[3/24] Comedian Maria Bamford at Nourse Theater

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

[4/16] SFMOMA to reopen

[4/21-4/24] The Gray Area Festival, a conference, performances, workshops, and an exhibition surveying culture through the lens of art and technology

[6/11-10/2] Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life at The Broad [pdf]

[6/12-6/13] Season finale of Calling All Choir at Mission Dolores Basilica

[6/24-6/26] New Games with John Law

[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

[8/5-8/7] Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park

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

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

San Mateo, California
[5/20-5/22] The 11th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area [Tickets]

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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“The world doesn’t need any of us to think smaller –the world needs us all to dream bigger, to be bolder, and to figure out what makes us come alive.”

“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I’m concerned, it’s their choice, but I CHOOSE to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That, to me, is my duty. And at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when everyday is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved. Young people, black and white, know this. That’s why they’re so involved in politics. We will shape and mold this country or it will not be molded and shaped at all anymore. So I don’t think you have a choice. How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.”

Thanks, Meredith!

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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