The “High Holiday” Edition :: Issue #081


Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff :: Issue #081 :: The “High Holiday” Edition :: 04:20:2016

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #081 :: The “High Holiday” Edition :: 04:20:2016

High Holiday…

It’s 4/20, folks. You know what that means…

If you live in a marijuana-legal state, especially California, and leave the house, prepare yourself to smell some dank weed (as the kids — probably never — call it). Heck, maybe you don’t even need to leave the house. I sure don’t. My “glaucoma” has been acting up. <wink>

However, I am leaving the house and heading over to Oakland today to be in the thick of it. My friends at Green Rush Consulting and I are going to check out the new OMCA exhibit, Altered State: Marijuana in California. The museum is only charging $4.20 admission on 4/20. Sold.

Then, we’re headed off to Lake Merritt to take in the festivities, whatever that might entail. Don’t worry, I’m bringing my camera.

Actually, what IS “4/20”?

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s.  What’s your favorite slang term for Cannabis? Let me know. I think mine is “grass.”

“Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.”

Snoop Dogg made of weed by Jason Mecier
This space intentionally left stoned

As seen on the Internets


Vintage Drug Identification Kit

:: Vintage Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Identification Kits

:: “The Battle Over the Sea Monkey Fortune”

:: Cannabis seder plate Thanks, Sari!

:: Pineapple leather

:: Stoner food: Charles Phoenix’s Macaroni and Cheez Whiz cake

:: Cure “Internet brain” by writing stuff down Thanks, Sean!

:: Jimmy Kimmel’s team asked people on the street IF they have a medical marijuana card and WHY they have it:

:: LSD cologne, as spotted in Willis Wonderland (Allee’s home)

Real Things You Can Actually Buy: Dude!

Cannabis Cowboy Shirts by Rockmount

Put Drug Money Here

"Pot" holder by Gamago

Highlights from the Big Apple

Hey, I just visited New York City!

Here are my trip’s highlights:

Walking off the plane and, within an hour, stepping onto the stage for the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, with Allee Willis… who frickin’ co-authored it! If you aren’t familiar with her name, perhaps you know “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire or the Friends theme… because she wrote those too.

Then, on the following night, seeing the show with her and going backstage to meet the cast.


Was crossing through (the loud and very-crowded spectacle that is) Times Square and a Hasidic Jew holding a giant box of Matzo approached me. He asked quite sincerely, “Are you Jewish?”

Me. Possibly the goyest goy of all the goys. Am I Jewish?! Only in spirit, Matzo vendor dude, only in spirit. #TalesoftheShiksa‬

I had a $90 promotional credit for “incidentals” to use during my hotel stay. My plan was to use it to splurge on a nice dinner at the onsite restaurant, but alas, it was closed for a two-day “gas test.” So, that meant I had ninety bucks to blow on the overpriced selections in my room’s minibar. (Before you ask, there were no “adult movies” to purchase on the TV.)

Well, I’m not much of a drinker, so the personal-sized bottle of Champagne for $55 was not a consideration. Neither were any of the $10 nip bottles of liquor.

What does $90 of New York City hotel minibar get you?

This: 1 bag of peanut M&M’s ($5), 1 Large Fred water ($9), 1 Small Fred water ($6), 1 can of Club Soda ($5), 2 cans of San Pellegrino lemonades ($12), giant Snickers bar ($5), Kit Kat ($5), Reese’s ($5), Kind bar ($5), tiny can of Pringles ($6), peanut M&M’s ($8), bag of salted cashews ($8), and a bag of dark chocolate-covered fruit ($8). Not included: sales tax and self respect.

I consumed the beverages and the peanut M&M’s and packed the rest, because I couldn’t leave money on the table. I mean, how could I leave $90 worth of junk food in the little tiny store in my room?

It got me thinking though, if *I* had a hotel, I’d really have little tiny stores in all the rooms. You could buy fun Blazenhoff-branded socks, lipstick, toothpaste, condoms, temporary tattoos, yo-yos, glowsticks, phone-charging cords, Fluff (duh), and anything else you’d need at 3 AM.

Mark my words, dear readers, the future Blazenhotel is gonna be badass.

What else? Disco fries! Jamaican dude wearing a pot leaf costume trying to get me to get him California weed!?! Visiting with sand artist Joe Mangrum in Washington Square! Attending an “experimental variety show” at an amazing fringe venue called House of Yes with Brooklyn culture maven (and RED reader) Oriana Leckert! Enjoying Thai food, cheesecake (from the 100% Amish-less Amish Market) and conversation with my more-miles-than-you jetsetting friend, Carolyn Anhalt, and her daughter, Bella!


Artist-in-Residence: Carollyne Yardley


Chief Rande Cook Squirrel

Chief Rande Cook Squirrel, 36 x 48, Oil on wood Panel, 2014

This is an oil painting I did for a two person show titled Ravenous with Chief Rande Cook (Kaalapa). I was very honoured and privileged to have been invited by Rande to be apart of this exciting show. And the squirrels were downright ecstatic.

Ravenous brought together two unique artists who share a passion for celebrating new ideas, works, and concepts about art.

In this exciting exhibit, Rande Cook and I used personal identities, humour and storytelling to engage and remind viewers that art is alive, influenced, and constantly changing.

Carollyne Yardley

About Ravenous

Rande Cook uses the story of trickster Raven, a shape-changer who inadvertently releases the light to the world, to the benefit of all of humanity, while Carollyne Yardley’s squirrel mask is a trick for the mind, creating a cognitive dissonance about the characters portrayed and the secrets they keep. Both use allegory and metaphor in a visual dialogue that connects the artist’s own unique stories, especially those that emerge from self-identity in a culture, to the contemporary art world.

Elements of humour in the artworks will be either obvious or obscured. Simultaneously inclusive and exclusive, humour reminds us that identity is alive. If you get the joke, you are included in the secret society.

If you do not immediately see the layers and references then you may feel excluded – but this exclusion can serve as the spark for active engagement and revelations about the interconnectedness of world culture.

In Ravenous, the fusion of works from these two different storytellers will aim to set those sparks in wide audience’” by opening the doors of traditional cultural iconography and challenging the sacred parameters that define any artistic movement today.

More artwork from the show Ravenous:

Carollyne Yardley‘s exquisite oil painting technique lends a certain authority to the absurd, allowing the serious and the silly to hover together on the same plane of existence. The “mask” has become a symbol describing misfits, hiding behind animated personas, odd and beautifully unusual. She is currently exploring character development through the repetition of imagery, brand development, identity, memes, pop culture, and absurdity.

Events of note


Altered State

[Until 9/25] Altered State: Marijuana in California at OMCA, Oakland, California
Various cities in the USA
[Until 4/23] Lily Tomlin

[Until 4/25] Puddles Pity Party

Alameda, California
[4/30] Whimsy Fest, 1 PM – 6 PM at Alameda Point

[3/2017] Spannabis

[6/4-6/5] Chicago Redhead Days, 11 AM to 5 PM, City Hall Park

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

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

[Dates through 4/30] Mojo Maps, Interactive Theatre and Urban Adventure created by a former Disney Imagineer

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

[5/29] E.T., the Extra Terrestrial screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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

[10/1] Dolly Parton at Hollywood Bowl [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”

[4/30] BEAVER: an exhibition, performance, and discussion event Thanks, Mirabelle!

[Until 5/26] Then She Fell, a “fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which only 15 audience members per performance explore a dreamscape where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into a lushly designed world”

[Ongoing] Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel
[Ongoing] Jungle-Ized by Sound Collective, Free
[Ongoing] The Ferry Play on the Staten Island Ferry, $1.99
[Ongoing] More NYC events


[Until 9/25] Altered State: Marijuana in California at OMCA

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

[4/23] 2016 Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair, 10 AM to 6 PM

[5/6-5/8] DadaConf 0.1 at Nimby [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!
[Until 8/29] Habiter le Campement, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine au Palais de Chaillot

Portland, Oregon
[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”
Upscale vs. Frugal SF
[Ongoing] Elsewhere Philatelic Society
[Ongoing] More SF events

[Until 4/23] INTRUDE, a large-scale public artwork by Tasmanian artist Amanda Parer, Civic Center Plaza

[4/20] Screening of “Blueberry Soup” at Chez Poulet [Tickets]

[4/20] dorkbot SF #86 at Codeword

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

[4/27] Mermaid Swim San Francisco

[4/29] Pretty Witches: A Ladies Only No Alcohol Dance Party, 8 PM to 12 AM [Tickets]

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

[4/30] Mark Growden’s Quintet At The Mission San Francisco de Asís, 8 PM [Tickets]

[4/30] Less Than Three <3 Film Festival at Stage Werx Theater, 6:30 PM to 10:15 PM [Submissions]

[5/1] How Weird 2016: The Cosmic Stew, [Tickets]

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

[5/6] Retrograde: Art by Winston Smith at Mule Gallery, reception 6 PM to 9 PM

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

[5/16] SFMOMA to reopen

[6/5] Space Age slide show with Charles Phoenix at Grand Star Theater, 3 PM [Tickets]

[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

[9/21-9/22] Dent: Space

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

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

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

San Diego, California
[8/18-8/21] Tiki Oasis: “Monster Island”

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]

Santa Fe, New Mexico
[Ongoing] Meow Wolf [Read this] [Tickets]

The Obscure, the Charming and the Odd: Mark Pahlow’s Guide to Seattle

[7/4-7/10] Nowhere

Sun Valley, Idaho
[4/19-4/22] Dent 2017 (highly recommended)

If YOU would like to co-curate an issue of Rusty’s Electric Dreams, I’d love to hear your idea! Please email me:

Know about a cool event? I can’t be everywhere or know about everything, so share it with me! I’ll do my best to include it in the next issue.


Foma Labs, Immersive Experiences

The Houndstooth Glitch by Doc Pop for Betabrand

“When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”

Beware! The Killer Drug: Marihuana!!
1930s Anti-Marijuana advertising via

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So dang shrewd.