The “Something Good” Edition :: Issue #078


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #078 :: The “Something Good” Edition :: 03:30:2016

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Issue #078 :: The “Something Good” Edition :: 03:30:2016

Something good…

A lot has happened in my world this month. I feel like I’ve lived many lives and thought many new, strange thoughts. I sense more changes are on the way for me, and I’m not sure what that means exactly. But I feel it in the air, and my radar is pretty attuned to such things.

Or maybe it was the flu talking.

In any event, I want to know what’s new with you. Have you started a new project? Drop me a line. Tell me something good.

Speaking of projects

Last month’s artist-in-residence, Benjamin Wachs, successfully funded his Kickstarter campaign! Congratulations, Caveat! I love when a good plan (and community) comes together.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s.  Professional Weirdo, the wonderful Spy Emerson, wants you to live vicariously through herCheck it out.

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As seen on the Internets


Cross Stitch Bombing in Spain


:: An Honest Liar: a documentary about the world-famous magician who exposed swindlers of all kinds
:: Thanks, Colleen!

:: Oh, Japan: Salad “cakes”

:: A PSA by me to you: Dodge this bullet, if you can.

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

:: Cross Stitch “Bombing” in Spain

:: Gazillion Bubble Hurricane Machine

:: Trumpet Kazoo

Real Things You Can Actually Buy: No Way!

Fist Faces by Remco Your first becomes a real face

Dune Buggy Wheelies Van

Pinky Lee Toy Medicine Chest

Artist-in-Residence: Julie Jackson


Trophy Wife

This is Julie Jackson’s final week as Artist-in-Residence here… As I’m known to ask, where DOES the time go?!
I love asking questions. Here are the ones I asked of Julie:
RB: Tell us a little about that awesome “taxidermy” photo!

JJ: That was taken by my friend Ben Britt, who also took the photos for my last cross stitch book. He does some wild stuff over at Devil’s Web tees, including some very offbeat onesies. He also took the photo of my mom in space that’s in the back of my book. He’s a very old friend with a wicked sense of humor and an eye for the odd.

RBDo you get hate mail?

JJ: Very rarely, which is amazing to me. Sometimes a hater who doesn’t understand what the word “subversive” means will wander into my waters and start complaining, but I don’t sweat it. It’s meant to be in good fun and people who don’t understand that, well, bless their hearts.

RBHow old is your inner child?

JJ: About four, I think. I remember being really carefree and creative at that age and I’d really like to have that carefree part back right about now.

RB. Best dive bar in Dallas, and why:

JJ: Lee Harvey’s. It’s just THE place to go when you don’t want to change clothes or get dolled up. Come as you are and bring your dog, too. Very relaxed and casual.

RBWhat are you currently working on?

JJ: We’re putting together an adult coloring book, presented by Kitty Wigs, of formal cat portraits from late 1800s Versailles. It is going to be AMAZING. The illustrator, Paul Labadie, is exceeding all expectations. Plus, we’re going to publish through Amazon so we can get it out there within a month or so. I’ll let you know when it’s ready!

RB: Do you have a parting gift for my readers? (To note: I asked her to make up her own question for this one!)

JJ: Sure! How about 15% off everything on my site through April 4, 2016? Promo code RUSTY.

Thank you, Julie! Maybe one of these days I’ll get to meet you IRL!

Events of note

Nemo Gould's Megalodon
[4/16-5/14] Nemo Gould’s “Megalodon” at Heron Arts
Various cities in the USA
[Until 4/23] Lily Tomlin[Until 4/25] Puddles Pity PartyWorldwide
Global Psychedelic Dinners [Find a table]

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

[3/2017] Spannabis

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

[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]

[8/14] BrunchCon LA at The Reef, 9 AM to 3 PM Thanks, Josh!

[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

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

[Ongoing] More NYC events


[3/31] Ask me.

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

[4/20] The Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things at Fratellanza Club [Emeryville], 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM [Tickets]

[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.” [Tickets]

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] Sophocles’ Unidentified Fragment (S.116) at the Wave Organ

[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”

[4/1] Last Gasp Anniversary ShowA Group Exhibition Celebrating 46 Years of Publishing, 5 PM to Late, on display through April 30th

[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

[4/16] Perpetual Motion Grand Opening (inc. Nemo Gould’s â€œMegalodon”) at Heron Arts (exhibits through 5/14)

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

[4/29-5/1] stARTup Art Fair at Hotel del Sol

[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]
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.

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