Category Archives: ART

J. Otis Powell‽’s Health Transition Fundraiser


My friend J. Otis is recuperating from a serious illness and this campaign to raise money to help pay for some of his expenses is over the half-way point to meeting its goal. Please contribute and help out one of the Twin Cities’ greatest talents. Thank you very much.

THIS JUST IN: To my peeps in the Twin Cities – there is a fundraiser being held at Intermedia Arts, here is the info:

Members from the community are coming together to produce a benefit show honor and celebrate local treasure J. Otis Powell on Wed July 15th at Intermedia Arts (7pm). We would love to have you there to witness & contribute to the wall poetry/word/image mural that will hang in J. Otis’s recovery room. Come commune, jam and celebrate with us. 

Purchase your ticket here:

I’m Off!


To help orchestrate KFAI’s co-sponsorship of THROWATHON, a 48HR Pottery Spinning Charity for Empty Bowls Polka Dance Party at the PNA Hall with Kids’ Art DJs spinnin live broadcast Sugar Shop Learning for Leadership kids deejaying then Jazzed Up & Bonkers Polish kielbasa Harriet Brewing Beer for sale but there’s free snowcones and popcorn on Saturday all as a part of ART-A-WHIRL WEEKEND which happens annually here in Minneapolis and is a true harbinger of spring although it is still in the 50s and windy and feels more like March but that’s how we whirl here in Minnesota.

Thunderboldt Pagoda


So here’s a show I am missing this evening – they’re probably playing as I write this. I WILL catch a set of theirs soon. At some point. TP are:

Erik Wivinus – Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Vocals, Electric Sitar – Erik’s been in groups Gentle Tasaday, Salamander, and Skye Klad (and possibly other bands I’m missing.) He’s one of the owners of super cool antique store findfurnish.
Ralph Karsten – Mellotron, Analogue Synthesizers – Ralph owns Atma-Sphere Music Systems, a business which builds high-end, one-of-a-kind tube amps.  Ralph is better known as for his solo pursuit; Salubrious Invertebrae: experimental synth to the nth degree.
Matt Entsminger – Drums – Matt is an old buddy of mine and I love that he’s playing with TP. He’s an amazing drummer and held down the beats for Janitor Joe and Gnomes Of Zurich.
Gerard-Jean Boissy – Bass – I’ve gotten to know Gerard very well over this past year – we sat next to each other in school for nine months and Facebook texted sarcastic barbs back and forth during classes about some of our ridiculous classmates. Gerard is best known for his guitar-playing role in the legendary – oh, what’s that band’s name again? Oh, yeah, Rifle Sport! He is of the finest French Canadian pedigree and has the best girlfriend in the world.

tboldtpagodaT’Pagoda’s new record is available here: – check it out if you love space rock. I do.