Twelve years ago, Davy Rothbart found a note stuck to his car windshield on a blustery winter night in Chicago. The note read: "Mario, I fucking hate you. You said you had to work then whys your car HERE at HER place?? You're a fucking LIAR. I hate you. I fucking hate you. Amber. P.S. Page me later."
The note was obviously meant for someone else, but it amused Rothbart and his brother Peter so much that they decided to start collecting other found scraps--love letters, birthday cards, doodles, to-do lists, "anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life."
That project turned into the wildly successful Found Magazine, which is now celebrating its 10th anniversary with a nationwide tour.
The tour will swing into the Visual Arts Collective Saturday, Oct. 27, with Davy showcasing new treasures that have landed in Found's mailbox and Peter singing original songs based on the notes. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and the show starts at 8 p.m.
And speaking of unique original performances, Boise-based movie director Michael Hoffman will transfer his talents to the stage, when he directs a short play for Boise Contemporary Theater's Season-Opening Party Saturday, Sept. 8. The play will be Oh, the Humanity by recent PEN Literary Award recipient Will Eno. According to BCT, the play involves a man (Matthew Cameron Clark) and a woman (Tracy Sunderland) who are seeking "to find meaning and direction in life." Hoffman previously directed The Cherry Orchard (2002) and Waiting for Godot (2003) for BCT.
The evening will also feature new work from students involved in BCT's Theater Lab, along with live music from Travis and Ali Ward of Hillfolk Noir. After the performances, a banquet of local food, wine and beer will be served outdoors under strings of lights. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online or by calling 208-331-9224, ext. 205.
And speaking of BCT, the company was one of three Idaho recipients of recent Arts and Culture grants from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. BCT received a $20,000 grant to support its world-premiere play, A Nighttime Survival Guide. The Cabin received $60,000 to benefit its annual Readings and Conversations series for the next three seasons. The Cabin's 2012-2013 speakers include Abraham Verghese on Monday, Nov. 5, Anthony Doerr on Feb. 12, 2013, Firoozeh Dumas on March 13, 2013 and Andrew Ross Sorkin on April 16, 2013. The third Idaho recipient of Paul G. Allen funds was Company of Fools in Hailey, which received $15,000.