Found Magazines There Goes the Neighborhood Tour is in support of Found #5: The Crime Issue. Were not being too exclusive, says Peter Rothbart. Were giving a broad interpretation of crime, for example, crimes of the heart or just general mischief. Peter Rothbarts brother Davy Rothbart started Found, a magazine dedicated to lost lists, photos, letters and more.
For this tour, the brothers will play songs inspired by finds in the new issue. One letter found in Oregon City, Oregon makes for perfect fodder. In the letter, a boy confesses his love to a girl hes known for a decade. Whats inspired him to tell her finally how he feels about her is that hes had this awakening sort of realized his lifes ambition, which is to build and race the fastest Nissans in the Northwest, says Peter. Hes not overreaching. Baddest Nissans in the country or in North America that would be way too much, maybe someday.
The boys hopes, however small, inspired Peter to create a tune. I took a lot of the original words and phrases from it, and I mixed it together with some of my own material and came up with the song, which I call The Baddest Nissans in the Northwest.
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Davy Rothbart will explain other finds, including a large box of files about a former FBI agent. As youre reading you come to see hes a particularly inept FBI agent, Peter says. Theres letters between him and J. Edgar Hoover about why he keeps losing his gun. Even more curious then how this agent kept his job, is where his files finally wound up. Whats most amazing about it is: Where did this come from? Why did these guys life files end up in a dumpster in Indiana? Offer up your own ideas and get the lowdown on other finds at 8 p.m. Aurora Picture Show, 800 Aurora. For information, call 713-868-2101 or visit www.aurorapictureshow.org. $6.
Fri., Dec. 7, 8-10 p.m., 2007