Rothbart Bros. Celebrate Found Magazine’s 10th Anniversary at UCBeast

Author Davy Rothbart (right), creator of FOUND Magazine, and his brother, singer-songwriter Peter Rothbart are on a 79-city tour during fall 2012.

For storyteller Davy Rothbart, New York is, perhaps, the very epicenter of curiosity and that’s good for business. Last week, Rothbart, 37, and his brother Peter, 32, visited UCBeast to celebrate Found Magazine’s 10th anniversary. They are on a tour that will span 37 states and 75 cities in 99 days. Found Magazine, Rothbart’s brainchild, showcases found stuff—tangible, often emotional glimpses into complete strangers’ lives by way of love letters, to-do lists, drawings, ticket stubs, etc. “My Mom says it’s ‘people watching on paper,’” he tells me, “It’s a curiosity about the people we share the world with.”

Dance and Comedy at SummerStage in East River Park This Weekend

The Niles Ford Urban Dance Collective is one of four dance companies performing this weekend in the East River Park Bandshell.

As we noted Monday, the massive free arts festival SummerStage is moving into the neighborhood, bringing a truly eclectic mix of performers to the East River Park Bandshell over the next two weeks. As part of the new, annual SummerStage Downtown series, the Bandshell will host acts as distant in genre as hip-hop producer-savant ARAABMUZIK and salsa crooner Jose Alberto (nick-name: “El Canario”) on consecutive evenings.

Tomorrow is opening night, dance is the focus, and the spirit is inclusive.

SummerStage Downtown Series Opens Friday

Photo: Whitness Relocation, courtesy of SummerStage

This Friday, New York’s largest free performing arts festival is setting up shop in the East River Park Bandshell for the start of its annual two-week SummerStage Downtown Series. With a mix of hip-hop, R&B, world music, dance, theater, comedy and family programming, there’s something for everyone.

Highlights include a concert by master salsa singer José Alberto “El Canario,” a battle between legendary hip-hop DJs Pete Rock and Premier, and an evening of live music, performance art, poetry, aerialists and food in celebration of Two Boots 25th Anniversary.