Please help: Son of Paul Shambroom, Joan Rothfuss hospitalized after fire


On July 15, Leon Shambroom — the son of photographer Paul Shambroom and independent curator and writer Joan Rothfuss (formerly of the Walker Art Center) — was trapped in a house fire in South Minneapolis and was overcome by smoke inhalation. Rescuers found him alive but unconscious, and he remains in a coma today, likely with severe brain damage.

With costly long-term care expected, his friends are working to raise funds to help his family cover medical expenses. Acknowledging Leon’s twin jobs as a DJ (Schlomo Sapien) and a delivery driver in Minneapolis, two events are being planned: “Pizzas for Leon” next Tuesday, and a concert this Friday night in Northeast Minneapolis. (Out-of-towners: Scroll down for news on ways you can help.)

Benefit concert: A fundraising concert for Leon will be held this Friday night from 8 ’til 2 a.m. with 100 percent of proceeds going to the family:

Club Underground/Spring Street
355 Monroe Street Northeast, Minneapolis
$8 (suggested donation)

8 pm – 2am
18+ until 10:30 pm
21+ only after 10:30 pm
8-9 Skroller – psychedelic breaks invocation & circle blessing
9-10 AARGH! (Neil vs. Nestor) – hardstyle
10-11 PMT vs. Serious B – happy hardcore
11-12 SQUIGGLES – happy hardcore
12-1 Pistoff Christoff – psytrance
1-2 Hardkornate – psycore

Pizzas for Leon: When you order a pizza from any of these Pizza Hut locations between 5 and 10 pm on Tuesday, Aug. 10, and tell the dispatcher you want to help Leon, a portion of sales will go directly to his medical care:

Uptown Pizza Hut (612) 374-4000
2313 Hennepin Ave S Minneapolis, MN

Broadway Pizza Hut (612) 522-1778
1300 West Broadway Ave S Minneapolis, MN

Dinkytown Pizza Hut (612) 623-0775
1402 5th St SE Minneapolis, MN

Chicago Ave Pizza Hut (612) 825-9820
4800 Chicago Ave S Minneapolis, MN

Nokomis Pizza Hut (612) 721-4191
5004 34th Ave S Minneapolis, MN

Columbia Heights Pizza Hut (763) 781-4000
3854 Central Avenue NE Minneapolis, MN

Robert Street Pizza Hut (651) 457-1855
1730 South Robert Street St. Paul, MN

Portland Ave Pizza Hut (952) 884-2822
7844 Portland Avenue S Minneapolis, MN

Grand Ave Pizza Hut (651) 221-1000
975 Grand Avenue Saint Paul, MN

Cliff Road Pizza Hut (651) 289-3672
2135 Cliff Road Eagan, MN

For those outside the Twin Cities or not fond of pizza: The family has set up The Leon Shambroom Fund and a PayPal account to go with it. I’ll post a link when I receive it.

I’ve never met Leon, but as a longtime colleague of Joan’s at the Walker and the guy often pestering Paul for quotes or permission to reprint his photos, I’ve always been fond of the family. I hope you’ll help out however you can with this sad situation.