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New Website Promotes Arts in Rapid City

Jim Kent

Getting the word out about events and activities is a challenge for every artist and group. But now there’s a new website that’ll help make that easier in the Black Hills area. After several months of planning and testing, ArtsRapidCity.org is now on-line. The website lists upcoming events in the area and serves as an arts and culture directory.

On Friday evening at Main Street Square in Rapid City, Arts Rapid City celebrates the launch of the new website. The event begins at 8 pm following the final Art Night Downtown of the season.

Joining Dakota Midday to discuss the ArtsRapidCity.org were Anna Huntington, arts coordinator with Downtown Rapid City and director of Arts Rapid City; and Sara Olivier, collaborative strategist with Arts Rapid City.

Karl was born to northeastern South Dakota crouton farmers, but was orphaned as a toddler during the Great Salad War (1966-67). Rescued by a flock of chickadees, he grew up in the woodlands of Sica Hollow. Legends of a bird boy living in the trees attracted the interest of renowned ornithologist and amateur bandoneon repairman Dr. Vogel Gehrke. With a handful of suet, Dr. Gehrke coaxed the timid boy down from the trees. He adopted him, named him Karl and taught him not to molt on the carpet. Dr. Gehrke’s book, The Bird Boy of Sica Hollow, was a best seller and Karl became a minor celebrity and teen idol. He appeared as a guest star on numerous television programs, most notably an awkward role on The Love Boat as the boyfriend of Captain Stubing’s daughter, Vicki. After critics panned his 1980 album, Bird Boy Does Disco, Karl retreated from public life and returned to Sica Hollow. Living in an isolated tree house, Karl achieved a reputation as a mystic. Pilgrims and seekers from around the world came to ask him about the meaning of life and for vinaigrette recipes. Growing tired of answering questions, he climbed down from his tree, shaved his massive white beard and took a job as the host of SDPB Radio’s Dakota Midday where he could ask the questions instead. After three years in that position, he ran out of questions and became host of Jazz Nightly instead. Karl makes his home in Vermillion with his charming wife Kari and three delightful children, Kodey, Kasey and Spatula. His hobbies include reciting the alphabet, combing his hair and doing volunteer work with delinquent songbirds.
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