3 Things: Bruce Springsteen, Michelle Buteau, and Irv Teibel / by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. Feel free to spread the word and share these emails with friends. If you're checking this out for the first time, you can see the archive and sign up to get these emails here.

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Thursday, March 9th at 7 p.m. at Vassar College. You're the Expert comes to Vassar with Josh Sharp, Gary Richardson, and Obehi Janice trying to guess what a leading professor does all day. Free with registration. Link

Saturday, March 11th at 9:30 p.m. at The PIT. I'm one of the comedian judges for Dancify That! It's a hilarious show where dancers choreograph a performance to viral videos. Last time I was there, a live peacock came onstage. I'm very excited to see what happens this time. Link 

Tuesday, March 21th at 7:30 p.m. at 7 Stages. You're the Expert returns to the Atlanta Science Festival with Josh Sharp, Shalewa Sharpe, and Chuck Bryant (from Stuff You Should Know). Link

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 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

No one puts on a better show than Bruce Springsteen. I was only lukewarm on his music until I saw him live and now I'm obsessed. I will never understand how a 67-year-old man can have that much energy. A regular concert by The Boss is amazing, but nothing is better than when he pulls this teenager up on stage with him to play guitar. This video is an instant anti-depressant. Bruce Springsteen Invites Teenager On Stage Who Steals the Show

(Side note: I love the whole genre of videos where an audience member turns out to be incredible. I would call it a guilty pleasure, but I don't feel guilty. BeyonceMichael Buble,Kristin Chenoweth, etc.) 

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Michelle Buteau makes me laugh so hard. Her jokes are amazing, but she's also just one of those people where everything she says is hilarious. Watching her perform, my favorite moments are when she just notices something in the room or audience and goes off on it. If you get a chance to see her live ever, do it. She's also got a Comedy Central special you can find online. But here's an interview with her where you can see her off-the-cuff brilliance. Michelle Buteau on WNYC's Live Wire Radio  

1 Interesting Thing:

Where do relaxing sounds come from? It turns out that one man, Irv Teibel, singlehandedly invented the market for nature sounds. If you've ever taken two minutes to relax and calmly listen to sounds of the ocean, you've got Irv to thank. (If you're feeling stressed or need to refocus, try this related website that Matt Porter recommended to me: donothingfor2minutes.com) Pitchfork brings the surprisingly complex story of recording some simple sounds. And like all of their longform articles, it's beautifully laid out and designed. More websites should be following their example. How a New Age Hustler Sold the Sound of the World

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend,