Before attending the “This American Life” live show at a local Tucson theatre, I downloaded the mystery app to go along with it. Turned out, these triangles and squares (app screen pictured above) allowed me to contribute to a live musical performance. Everyone in the theatre had their part to play and we were directed by the lead singer of OK Go. Left arrow, circle and right arrow ran down the screen and we were instructed to hit the corresponding key when the shape hit a white line at the bottom of the screen (a la video game Guitar Hero). And it totally worked, the theatre became one big band.
The app wasn’t the only cool part of the program. This American Life storytellers David Sedaris, David Rakoff, Glynn Washington and Tig Notaro totally delivered. And a short film by Mike Birbiglia (featuring a bank robbing Terry Gross!) and a dance performance by Monica Bill Barnes & Co. (bizarre but totally enthralling). My very favorite part of the night was the story of street photographer Vivian Maier’s, who wasn’t discovered until this young guy bought a box of her photos (after her death) for about 400 bucks. You have to see her photos.