Found Magazine… a whole different approach to recycling!

OK… this week is not about design.  No gorgeous, "green" bed linens.  No stunning recycled glass vases.  No organic cotton arm chairs that make you want to sell your 1st born in order to afford.  This week my inspiration comes from the Rothbart brothers of Found Magazine – who's L.A. show a couple of nights ago with the gorgeous & talented Watson Twins (also attended by Seth Rogan, Fiona Apple, Mirand July…) opened me up to an approach to recycling I'd never before considered.  If you're not familiar with Found, it's what creator Davy Rothbart calls (I forget his exact wording, but you'll get the gist) "a massive community art project".  In a nutshell, the concept is to find, share and cherish love letters, interesting receipts (I swear… they actually have discussion-worthy receipts), hilarious hand-written contracts, etc… all that have been discarded or lost by their original owners and found by people all over the world – and then sent in to & published by Found Magazine.  Out of context, these scraps of paper are almost always hilarious, sometimes touching and every once & awhile a bit nasty.

A recent find
 Well, the Rothbart Brothers are on the final leg of a break-neck, cross-country "Denim and Diamonds" tour and if you or anyone you know will be in one of the cities listed below… I strongly suggest you check out the show.  Davy (also of This American Life) reads and disects a well-edited selection of his favorite finds with a wonderfully comedic delivery, while his brother Peter sings sometimes laugh-out-loud, sometimes tear-provoking original songs inspired by the very pieces of paper that make up their magazine.
Peter (L) & Davy (R)  Cute too… right, Ladies?

June 26, 2009
Tucson, AZ »
Hotel Congress, 8 pm, 311 E. Congress, 520-622-8848
[ With The Watson Twins; tickets are $6 at the door ]

June 27, 2009
Albuquerque, NM »
Guild Cinema, 8 pm, 3405 Central Ave. NE, 505-255-1848
[ Tickets are $8 ]

June 28, 2009
Denver, CO »
Curious Theatre, 8 pm, 1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524
[ Sponsored by
The Onion and Decider; tickets are $8 ]

June 30, 2009
Salt Lake City, UT »
Brewvies, 8 pm, 677 South 200 West, 801-355-5500
[ Tickets are $5 ]

July 01, 2009
Boise, ID »
Visual Arts Collective, 8:30 pm, 3638 Osage St., 208-424-8297
[ Tickets are $5 ]

  If you can't make one of their shows, pick up a Found Magazine or two… you'll never look at a scrap of paper blowing down the street the same again!

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