The “Made a Dent” Edition :: Issue #077


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #077 :: The “Made a Dent” Edition :: 03:23:2016

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Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by professional free spirit Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #077 :: The “Made a Dent” Edition :: 03:23:2016

Made a Dent…

Hello from Sun Valley, Idaho…

I’m at an amazing conference (retreat? community?) here called Dent, which is now in its fourth year.

This is my second year here, my first was in 2014 when I was in a much different headspace. This year, my mind feels clear. I feel confident and Dent is really rocking my world. As with most things, you get out of it what you put into it. Dent is no exception. I’m investing a lot into it and, in return, I’m being rewarded with amazing conversations with amazing people.

Overall, I feel like things are starting to look up after a long, confusing period in my life. It’s also fun. I’m allowing joy into my life again, which feels GREAT. I have great friends, I really do.

Last week, I was in Texas where I had the honor of attending the world premiere of Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, the brand new Pee-wee Herman movie, with two of my besties… Epiphany and Brian! I also got to meet the amazing Amy Miranda IRL for the first time. Serious good times! 🙂

Apologies for the late delivery of this week’s zine. I’ve been having so much fun, that I had forgotten what day it was!

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s.  Have you’ve seen the movie? It’s really awesome, right?!

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As seen on the Internets


Secret Trash Collection

:: “Fascinating Photos from the Secret Trash Collection in a New York Sanitation Garage”

:: “The Harvard Library That Protects The World’s Rarest Colors”

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

:: “Ernie Kovacs Musical Office from 1961″

:: “Endless combinations of cats and music loops, I could do this all day.”

:: “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL – truly awesome art project that spreads a sweet message.”

Artist-in-Residence: Julie Jackson


Because Fuck You That's Why


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

Events of note


Pee-wee's Big Holiday

[NOW] Watch Pee-wee Herman’s NEW movie, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, on Netflix!!
Various cities in the USA
[Until 4/23] Lily Tomlin

[Until 4/25] Puddles Pity Party

Global Psychedelic Dinners [Find a table]

Alameda, California
[4/1] “Burning Stupid” opening reception at Rhythmix, 5 PM – 8 PM

[3/2017] Spannabis

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

[3/26] The Real Numbers, Love Axe, and Annie Bacon at the Starry Plough

East Park Reservoir in Colusa County, California
[5/20-5/26] Camp Tipsy, an “annual rotten boat building contest and camp-out”

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

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

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

[4/2-5/12] Hooray for L.A.A full Marionette Musical Variety Hour at Bob Baker Marionette Theater [Tickets]

[12/5-12/8] Henry Rollins at Largo

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]

[4/1] 31st Annual April Fools’ Day Parade, starts at Noon at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street

[Ongoing] More NYC events


[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

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

[3/23, 3/25, 3/26] E.T. with live score by the San Francisco Symphony, 7:30 PM [Tickets]

[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]

[3/30] dorkbotSF #84, 7 PM at Monument

[4/1] St. Stupid’s Day Parade, meet at Embarcadero Plaza, “Bring socks for the sock exchange, pennies for the banker’s heart, dead lottery tickets for the Federal Reserve, noise/music makers for the exorcism and a well dressed sense of absurdity”

[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

[4/15] Bawdy Storytelling: “Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll” at 7 PM [Tickets]
“Nerdgasm” at 10:30 PM [Tickets], both at the Verdi Club

[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

[5/16] SFMOMA to reopen

[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

SF Bay Area
[Ongoing] Best swimming holes in the SF Bay Area

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

[7/4-7/10] Nowhere

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