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Do you enjoy art, fashion, film, music, and mayhem?
If the answer is no, you probably aren't human. But if the answer is yes, you should go buy tix for Miami New Times' Artopia 2012, "an event," according to the official Facebook page, "that promotes art for people."
There's gonna be an interactive installation by the TM Sisters, couture creations by Luis Valenzuela, "complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres," not to mention totally rad tuneage from Boise Bob and his Backyard Band, Pocket of Lollipops, and Otto von Schirach.
Boise Bob and His Backyard Band. Equal parts "traditional country," "rootsabilly," and "comedy," this kooky quintet is a swampland junk band starring Boise Bob on hollers and guitar, Tex Merlot on the electrified washboard, Owen Cash on washtub bass and mouth organ, Darnell Hotdog on banjo, and Rufus Bacongrease on fiddle. Get drunk till the "Well Runs Dry." Sing along to "Swamp Song." And gobble up that "Possum Meat," y'all.
Pocket of Lollipops. With songs called "Posh Punk Birthday," "Angry Kittens," and "Cute Chaos," this husband-and-wife tag team (writer-slash-filmmaker Tony Kapel on drums and visual artist Maite Urrechaga on guitar) is an adorably angst-y indie rock kinda thing. Just imagine if predivorce, Kim and Thurston of Sonic Youth took a couple's retreat to Japan, got real deep into Tokyo cat cafe culture, and decided to record a concept album in the hotel bathroom.
Otto von Schirach. If you hail from the 305 and aren't already one of Otto's most rabid fans, we at New Times would really like to know: Where the fuck you been? Trapped under a two-ton red rock on Mars? Lost inside the underwater wreckage of an oil tanker somewhere near the center of the Bermuda Triangle? This intergalactic bass warrior is Miami's Best Solo Musician.