The “Changing Blindness” Edition :: Issue #075


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #075 :: The “Changing Blindess” Edition :: 03:09:2016

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Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by professional free spirit Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #075 :: The “Changing Blindness” Edition :: 03:09:2016

Changing Blindness…


Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Also, THIS!

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As seen on the Internets


"Elsie Schrotthaufen’s Book of Wonders never fails to make me LOL"

Elsie Schrotthaufen’s Book of Wonders never fails to make me LOL.” — Julie Jackson

:: This: “Things Highly Creative People Sacrifice For Their Art”

:: Welllll: I’m a “single guy younger than 32 who makes less than $52,000/year”

:: “Before Braille Was King, It Had to Win the War of the Dots”

:: That led me to these: Braille business cards

:: “My Year in San Francisco’s $2 Million Secret Society Startup” by Lydia Laurenson

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

:: Real kittens attending Internet Cat Video Festival

:: “My awesome 91 year old mom at an impromptu photo shoot”

:: “A night in the dog house” (1952)

:: “Drew (of toothpaste for dinner) irrigating his nasal passages with bourbon”

Real things you can actually buy: yay!


I posted these on Facebook and then this happened:

Recommended by YOU

Epiphany in Austin, Texas recommends: Every Anxious Wave, a novel by her friend Mo Daviau.

She says, “I just finished reading it and I’m guessing that many of your readers would enjoy it. It’s a time travel book where the wormhole is mostly used to transport people back to 90s indie rock concerts, and it features a badass female physicist as the love interest. :)”

Have something to recommend to RED readers? Shoot me an email with the recommendation and why you think it should be in a future issue!

Artist-in-Residence: Julie Jackson



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.

Events of note


Puddles Pity Party

[Until 4/25] Puddles Pity Party, various US cities
[3/18] Pee-wee’s Big Holiday premieres on NetflixOnline and IRL
[3/21] Patience, a new graphic novel by Daniel Clowes

Various cities in the USA
[3/18] 18th Annual Brides of March

[Bring to a theater near you] Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2

[Until 4/23] Lily Tomlin

[Until 4/25] Puddles Pity Party

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
[3/15] 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
[4/29-5/1] Further Future Festival [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

[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


[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]

[3/13] The Hunger, with Q & A (Bechdel Test Movie Night) at New Parkway, 5 PM [Tickets] Thanks, Devon!

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

[3/31] Ask me.

[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 3/31] Hanaa Zeid paintings at Chez Poulet

[Until 3/31] Sophocles’ Unidentified Fragment (S.116) at the Wave Organ

[3/9] Bawdy Storytelling: “If You See Something, Say Something,” 8 PM at Verdi Club [Tickets]

[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]

[3/24] Broke Ass Stuart’s Crazy Fucking Purim Costume Party at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 21+ [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

[5/5] Jason Mecier’s “Celebrity Trash” at 111 Minna

[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

[6/12] Mac Sabbath at Slim’s, 8 PM, all ages [Tickets]

[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]

San Rafael, California
[5/7] David Sedaris at Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 8 PM [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

Tacoma, Washington
[4/11] Internet Cat Video Festival at the Grand Cinema [Tickets]
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.

Pee-wee's Big Holiday premieres March 18th on Netflix


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