If you value your privacy, don't drop a love letter anywhere near Davy Rothbart. The founder of FOUND magazine has been scooping up people's discarded letters, journals and postcards for years and publishing them in the magazine or posting them on his Web site, www.foundmagazine.com. And it's not just written finds that Rothbart shares with the world. "One of my favorite finds is this cassette tape we found on the ground in Mississippi," says Rothbart. "The tape had 'Booty Mix' written on it, and it was all homemade raps this kid had done, and it was all the same thing over and over, like, 'The booty never stops, the booty never stops.'"
One of the "Booty Mix" gems will find its way to Phoenix on Monday, November 7, when Rothbart and his brother Peter perform at Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt. While Davy reads selections from FOUND and his new book, The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas, Peter will perform "wacky" music selections based on some of the found items, including a cover of one of the "Booty Mix" tunes.
"We do kind of a rowdy music and reading show," says Davy. "I'm just trying to read these found things with the same emotion the writer must have felt."
Get FOUND at 7 p.m. Admission costs $5. Call 602-462-5516. -- Niki D'Andrea
He paints skulls and pulsing hearts, explores death, and plays with his baby and two cuddly cats in his spare time. Everything about Scott Saw is a contradiction, from the futuristic killer robots in his oil paintings to the dainty birds that perch in each vibrant landscape. "This work is heavily influenced by major changes in my life," Saw says of his surreal images, "including the death of a loved one and the birth of my first child." The 34-year-old artist makes his Arizona debut with the exhibition "Entangled Threads," opening with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, November 4, at Perihelion Arts, 1500 Grand Avenue. Admission is free. Call 602-462-9120. -- Wynter Holden
Improv Your Outlook
We need a setting
Most of us wouldn't be able to make a room full of people laugh if we came armed with a cabal of comedy writers and laughing gas -- which makes the improvisational and comedic talents of Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood all the more amazing. Freakishly good at the art of improv, Mochrie and Sherwood bring the road version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? -- the Comedy Central show on which they regularly hone their chops -- to the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street, on Saturday, November 5. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35 to $55. Call 602-267-1600 or visit www.celebritytheatre.com. -- Craig Wallach
Best of the Mod, Mod West
Territory folk should all be pals
This time of year, cowboy art is everywhere; there's just no escaping the gravitational pull of the studly stuff, what with the annual Cowboy Artists of America exhibition and related goings-on. However, there is an alternative in the "Best of the West" Non-Cowboy Art Exhibition, a co-production of Ashland Arts and Icon Studio that includes wild and decidedly non-woolly works by 15 very cool artists with no inclination to paint buff cowpokes snarfing beans around a fire. "We're trying to make the distinction between the all-man [CAA exhibition] and ours, which features works by numerous women," says David Cook, an exhibit organizer and contributing artist. The ladies Ashland/Icon lassoed include California's Tess Sinclair, Montana's Celon Valimar, New Mexico's Elisa Schmid, and Arizona's Roseanne Debrinin. Other local artists displaying works include Richard Rozinski, Len Harris, and Don Fodness. The exhibition opens with a reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, November 4, and continues through November 30 at Icon, 1205 West Pierce. The show will also be open for viewing on Third Friday and by appointment. Call 602-253-8884. -- Clay McNear
The blues is a musical style that expresses sorrow about anything from lost love to social injustice, but it's also a loud, rhythmic dance music that helps people overcome their pain. So stop drowning your anguish in a gallon of Chunky Monkey and head down to the Arizona Blues Society's 2005 Arizona Blues Showdown, which features fine Arizona acts like last year's Showdown winner, Sistah Blue. The preliminaries are on Sunday, November 6, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School; the finals are scheduled for November 13. Call 602-265-4842 or visit www.rhythmroom.com for showtimes and admission prices. -- Rebecca Zumoff