The “Something looks different around here” Edition :: Issue #074


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #074 :: The “Something looks different around here” Edition :: 03:02:2016

Rusty's Electric Dreams xSubversive Cross Stitch

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by professional free spirit Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #074 :: The “Something looks different around here” Edition :: 03:02:2016

Something looks different around here…

This month I’m pleased as punch to introduce Julie Jackson as March’s Artist-in-Residence. She’s the creative genius behind two of my favorite things… Subversive Cross Stitch AND Kitty Wigs!

Now, if you weren’t aware, when I ask people if they’d like to be the Electric Dreams’ Artist-in-Residence, I let them know that it is an opportunity to “really push the boundaries of what an e-newsletter can do.”

Ms. Jackson took the challenge in her own unique way. She got out her embroidery floss and cross-stitched the zine’s logo in multi-colored thread! So cool!

She also hand-picked many of the “As Seen on the Internets” links.

I’m so glad she’s here and I’m so glad you’re here.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. I’m in Denver! My first time! Yes, I went to Casa Bonita 😀

Look! She likes me too! #MutualAdmirationSociety

“I am totally blown away by Rusty’s newsletter. It’s like having a really cool friend who knows what’s going on. I am terrible at keeping up with people and especially websites, so this will be my weekly fun!! I need to work less and enjoy more and this is just perfect!”

–Julie Jackson, Subversive Cross Stitch and Kitty Wigs

Blazenfluff in Martha's Vineyard
This space intentionally left Blazenfluff’d.

As seen on the Internets



photo by Gareth Branwyn

:: Still LOL’ing thinking about this: “Sad girls don’t deserve pillows.”
:: Thanks, Hugh!

:: “The Vintage Radio Repairman” Thanks, Tex!

:: Heartbreaking: “Challenger Shuttle Engineer Shed 30 Years Of Guilt”

:: Custom secret doors for your home!

:: “Ikea to use packaging made from mushrooms that will decompose in a garden”

:: Meet Paul Reubens at his new film’s premiere in Austin on 3/17

The links below were hand-picked by Julie Jackson, this month’s Artist-in-Residence!

:: “Mack Stevens: collector of rare rockabilly albums with a larger-than-life personality, I find this super-entertaining and happy-making.”

:: “James Victore – I love his newsletter.”

:: “All time fave: Erin Carr sings Panda Dog”

:: “Sunshine Ruby: Too Young To Tango”

:: “Any of the Dog Malfunction videos always cheer me up”

:: “Scopitone fave: quando quando for when you need to feel more fabulous (gets good about 30 seconds in)”

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Vulturess - Egyptian Vulture Necklace

Egyptian Goddess

Palm Springs home

Palm Springs home
via Alix Tyler

Real things you can actually buy: no way!

Trump Pinatas
photo by Rusty Blazenhoff…Hey, that’s me!

Artist-in-Residence: Julie Jackson


Subversive Cross Stitch: 50 F*cking Clever Designs for Your Sassy Side

As I mentioned, this month’s Artist-in-Residence is Julie Jackson, a rad lady who’s been freelancing online since 1996 (!). I’ve just learned that she’s recently incorporated under the name “Fashion Catfish.” Can’t wait to hear what THAT’S all about! 🙂

Here’s Julie’s more “formal” bio:

In 2003, Julie Jackson created Subversive Cross Stitch, a bedrock of the modern craft movement that pairs old-fashioned samplers with snarky sentiments. She has authored two cross stitch books:

Subversive Cross Stitch: 50 F*cking Clever Designs For Your Sassy Side (powerHouse Books, 2015) and Subversive Cross Stitch: 33 Designs for Your Surly Side (Chronicle Books, 2006), which was reprinted in a Dutch version in 2009. Her kits, cards, and other gift items bearing Subversive designs can be found online and in retail stores around the world. Kits, supplies, advice, and hundreds of PDF patterns can be found on her site,

Julie also created Kitty Wigs, an early contender in the online world of cat memes. Kitty Wigs has been featured in fashion layouts for Harper’s Bazaar Japan and CosmoGirl; and on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and BBC’s Graham Norton. Her book Glamourpuss: The Enchanting World of Kitty Wigs, has been seen in People magazine, on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, and even in the National Enquirer. The book is available in several languages and as a digital version.

Julie is a former columnist for Craft magazine, and a long-time copywriter/brainstormer for the kooky folks at Blue Q.

New cross stitch book has been the #1 Best Seller in its category on Amazon since its release in March 2015.

Um, WOW!


Events of note


Peter Max scarf

[3/5-3/6] Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale, Free, Oakland, California
[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
[Bring to a theater near you] Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2

[Opens 2/18] Rolling Papers, a documentary film about the Denver Post’s pot editor

[Until 3/5] Neko Case is on tour

[Until 4/23] Lily Tomlin

Austin, Texas
[3/17] Pee-wee’s Big Holiday premieres at SXSW

[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

[3/15] Daniel Clowes presents “Patience” at Pegasus Books, 7:30 PM – 9 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]

Eugene, Oregon
[3/6] Jason Webley at Sam Bond’s Garage, 8 PM

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

[Until 3/4] BeinArt Surreal Art Show 2016

[2/27] The Edwardian Ball

[2/29] Bob Baker Day [Tickets]

[3/4-3/5] Robyn Hitchcock at the Largo

[3/5] Cut the Drama/Trauma Free Acting with actress Susan Olsen (Brady Bunch), 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

[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]

[3/18-3/19] Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show, Parts 1 & 2 at the Egyptian Theatre

[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

New Orleans
[2/28/2017] Mardi Gras
[2/13/2018] Mardi Gras
[3/5/2019] Mardi Gras
[2/25/20] Mardi Gras

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]

[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]

[Ongoing] More NYC events


[2/28] Prince playing two last-minute solo shows at the Paramount Theatre [Tickets: 7 PM and 10 PM]

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

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

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

[3/12] Mortified, a night of adults telling stories about their lives by sharing their most mortifying childhood artifacts… in front of total strangers, 7:30 PM, 21+ [Info]

[3/26] ResurrEGGtion! This Easter, EGGS BAR Returns at DeathTRAP, 8 PM – 2 AM [Tickets]

[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
“Best storytelling events in the Bay Area”

[Ongoing] Elsewhere Philatelic Society

[Until end of March] Hanaa Zeid paintings at Chez Poulet

[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]

[3/8] Dinner and a show with Jason Webley at Chez Poulet, 7 PM to 10 PM

[3/9] Fireside Storytelling: “I’m With The Band” at Chez Poulet, 7:30 PM Doors, $15

[3/11] Mortified, a night of adults telling stories about their lives by sharing their most mortifying childhood artifacts… in front of total strangers, 7:30 PM, 21+

[Until 3/12] Hair, Victoria Theatre [Tickets] Thanks, Sari!

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

[3/23] Daniel Clowes presents “Patience” at Green Apple Books on the Park, 7:30 PM

[3/24] Comedian Maria Bamford at Nourse Theater

[3/24] Bawdy Storytelling: True Stories of Sexual Adventure at JCCSF [Tickets]

[4/13] Fireside Storytelling: “Achilles Heel” at Chez Poulet, 7:30 PM Doors, $15

[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

[5/11] Fireside Storytelling: “Gotta Bail” at Chez Poulet, 7:30 PM Doors, $15

[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

[Ongoing] More SF events

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

Washington, D.C.
[Until 3/6] Light Yards: Two-Week-Long Installation Melding Light, Sculpture and Music to Create Wonder
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Pee-wee's Big Holiday premieres March 18th on Netflix

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“Dear, I have no objection to anything.”
Mrs. Madrigal

Ain’t it a shame
That all the world can’t enjoy your mad traditions
Ain’t it a shame that all the world
Don’t got keys to their own ignitions
Life is the longest death in California
Rufus Wainwright, “California”

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