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Davy Rothbart’s First Person Festival Picks!

Davy Rothbart, the founder of Found Magazine, is a First Person Arts favorite who has brought his treasure trove of oddball found objects to two First Person Arts events, including an appearance at our 2008 Festival. He's coming back to town on November 6th for the Found vs. Found Tour, a battle royale between Found Magazine and the Found Footage Festival for who has the cooler stuff, with $1 of every ticket benefiting First Person Arts programming. We asked Davy for more info on Found vs. Found, why he wants you to support First Person Arts, and for his First Person Festival picks.

How did you first become involved with First Person Arts?
I was invited to perform at the First Person Arts festival a few years ago and had an amazing time! I shared my favorite Found notes and some personal essays I'd written for the radio show This American Life. I really loved both the festival's premise and its varied and wonderful programming.

Tell us about the Found vs. Found Tour.
We've been collecting Found notes and letters and sharing them in our live shows on tour for almost 10 years, and only this year did we get to meet Nick and Joe from the Found Footage Festival, who for years have been collecting and sharing found footage from old VHS tapes. Their finds are ridiculous and they have a tone of respectfulness and hilarity that I really admire. We thought it would be a lot of fun to hit the road together for a series of mashup shows, share some new and all-time favorite finds, and raise some money for local organizations we really love and believe in.

Why did you choose to make it a fundraiser for FPA?<

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First Person Arts puts on amazing programming through its festival and year-round. We thought it would be nice to raise some money to lend support to all the fine work FPA does, and also to help build local awareness for First Person Arts, especially with the FPA Festival coming up the following week!

Sadly, you can't attend the First Person Festival this year. What are your top Festival picks that you would go see if you could and why?
PYPM — I always love seeing kids perform and marvel at their skill, energy, and creativity. To glimpse our future writers, thinkers and leaders sharing what's on their mind is a real thrill.

Post-It Note Diaries — Starlee Kine is one of my favorite radio personalities; her This American Life stories are charming, funny, thoughtful, and affecting. And Arthur Jones is an extremely talented artist and brings a hilarious presence to his live events. This is sure to be the highlight of this year's Festival, not to be missed!

Stripped Stories — I love hearing people's secrets. What could be better than a few honest souls baring it all?

What's next for Found Magazine?
We have a new issue coming out around Valentine's Day, and then next year we'll be hitting the road for months on Found's 10th Anniversary Tour. We've also got a lot of other exciting special projects planned. Stay tuned to our website and our Facebook page for more updates!

Get tickets to Found vs. Found in Philly, November 6th, at Johnny Brenda's here.

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