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‘Lost, tossed and forgotten’ in Sweden

An American magazine dedicated to salvaging “the best lost, tossed and forgotten items from around the world” is about to bring its acclaimed live show to Sweden, writes Jennifer Heape.

'Lost, tossed and forgotten' in Sweden

Found Magazine, the brainchild of Davy Rothbart and his brother Peter, is a truly dangerous thing.

Many hours of a perfectly innocent working day can be lost to their intriguing and utterly addictive website, which is dedicated to collecting anything that is, well, found.

This autumn, Found has decided to bring its highly acclaimed live show across the pond to Europe and at the end of October the tour is debuting in Sweden. As Davy explains:

“We have had many finds over the years from Sweden, but we would like more. The point of the tour is to introduce Found to people who might not know about it.”

Indeed, the project hinges on the involvement of the public: “Our readership is very important,” says Davy.

“I think of Found as a gigantic collaborative artwork. We need people to participate in order for it to work.”

The 90 minute show will be hitting venues in Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm and promises to be a very original spectacle.

“Found is a collection of notes, photos, letters, to-do lists, love letters – any scrap of something that shows a glimpse of someone else’s life,” says Davy.

“The items are found everywhere; the street, alleys, prison yards, bowling alleys, even in the ocean.”

In speaking to Davy, it is clear that he holds a real delight in compiling the collection.

“It’s such a treat to find things, it’s great to go out to our mail box every day,” he gushes.

Davy helps to explain why the found objects make such compelling reading.

“You can relate to the items found, you can see yourself in them.”

Furthermore the pieces sent in are “universal, a fragment of a much wider story. They are riddles, puzzles, mysteries – it’s up to the reader to try and interpret them.”

Many of the objects are just plain funny, but there are also items that are touching and often very personal. So is Found just intrusive voyeurism?

“Yes, I guess it could be seen as voyeuristic, but I think a certain amount of voyeurism is healthy,” says Davy.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I go around peering into people’s windows or anything like that! We are surrounded by strangers all the time; it’s natural to be curious. We want to see other people’s experiences of being human.”

Some of the finds are deeply touching, as Davy remarks when explaining one of the most memorable items for him that has been sent in over the years:

“It was a letter someone wrote to their Mom, explaining how they have finally found love and are happy. You get the impression that maybe this person’s Mom is either away or not here anymore.

“It was found attached to a balloon which had got caught on a tree in a cemetery. It was just so beautiful and profound I literally started crying over this note.”

The Found team, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has 100 to 200 items sent in to them every week, and while some items do arrive from Europe, the majority are American.

At the shows, Davy gets up on stage with a stack of his favourite Found notes and letters and gives them an energetic reading. His brother plays songs that he has written based on Found notes.

As Davy confesses, while reading out the finds, he “tends to get a little rowdy and carried away”.

The Found show also features 19-year-old, sword swallowing, fire-breathing extravaganza, Brett Loudermilk.

“We found him in this back-water type little town in West Virginia and we just thought he was amazing. So he’s with us on the tour too,” says Davy.

The Found Magazine European Tour will be in Sweden on the following dates:

Malmö: October 29th

På Besök, Nobelvägen 73,

Tel: 040-85700

[email protected]

Gothenburg: October 30th

8pm @ Cafe Publik, Andralånggatan 20.

Tel: 031-146520

Stockholm: November 1st (NB: This is the correct date, not October 31st as previously announced)

8pm @ Dramalabbet, Östgötagatan 2.

Tel: 08-309122

www.dramalabbet.com

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Lenny Kravitz lets it rip on stage in Sweden

US artist Lenny Kravitz made headlines when he rocked his pants off at a rip-roaring gig in Stockholm last night – literally.

Kravitz performed to an audience of thousands of cheering fans at Stockholm's biggest theme park – Gröna Lund – on Monday night.

And the rock legend, who is not known for pulling any punches on stage, went all in to offer his Swedish audience the whole package. Yes, the whole package.

For as Kravitz crouched down in a laws-of-physics-defying way right at the start of the energetic performance, he managed to split his leather outfit at crotch level – leaving the artist with a gaping hole in his trousers.

And if there was one thing we did not know about the 51-year-old artist before that we know now – it is that he does not wear underwear. Let's just say the audience went nuts.

The Local is unable to publish picture proof of the revealing incident, but curious readers may click on the tweet below. Warning: contains nudity. Do not click if you are at work.

After leaving the stage for several minutes, the rocker reappeared in a new pair of trousers. And that's how you crack into the history books, folks.

“The producer stepped up and said that they had 'some problems on stage'. A bit later Kravitz came out wearing other trousers. He said 'sorry, I ripped my trousers',” a member of the audience, named only as Sara, told the Expressen tabloid after the show.

“It was insane, I killed myself laughing. And then I called my mum who was there at the show as well. Her reaction was the same and she almost killed herself laughing too,” she added.

Behind hits such as 'It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over', 'American Woman' and aptly titled 'Fly Away', Kravitz has sold almost 40 million albums worldwide and holds the record of most Grammy Awards in the category Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

He commented on the incident in Stockholm late on Tuesday by tweeting a screen shot of a text message from fellow rock star Steven Tyler, of Aerosmith fame:

It is not the first time a world artist has a mishap on stage in Sweden this summer. But while Kravitz suffered only an awkward wardrobe malfunction, rocker Dave Grohl broke his leg in concert in Gothenburg in June.

The 46-year-old Foo Fighters frontman made headlines around Europe when he spectacularly returned after being briefly rushed to hospital to complete the show in a cast.