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To start off the month of March, I thought we might begin with a celebration (or two)! Two of music’s great influences are soon to be 70 years old – Phil Lesh, bassist with the Grateful Dead, and Herbie Hancock, who needs no introduction.

Hancock’s birthday bash has been given the title ‘Herbie Hancock, Seven Decades: The Birthday Celebration.’ Even though the star will be turning 70 on April 12, the concert will run on September 1 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. The Associated Press says that Hancock will be joined by comedian Bill Cosby, saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Hancock’s bandmate in Miles Davis’ famed 1960s quintet.

Of course, that isn’t the full line-up just yet. More acts will be announced as the date gets closer. And the best part about all this is that all the money made from the concert will benefit The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Gotta love a good cause.

Our second 70th birthday boy is Phil Lesh, who will also be having a special concert to celebrate. Lesh’s birthday bash is a bit sooner, kicking off on March 12 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Fransisco, CA. Lesh’s new band, Furthur, will play, along with some of the musicians from his other band, Phil Lesh & Friends.

Like Hancock’s bash, this celebration will benefit a good cause. It will help support the Unbroken Chain Foundation, which is a huge part of the Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Charityfolks.com is having a bidding auction for a VIP ticket to the show, a t-shirt for the event, a signed poster, and a meet and greet with Phil. If you win the auction, you get to help him build a float and then ride on it with him! (Oh, the things rich people will do with their money.)

Nonetheless, I’d like to wish these two birthday boys a good one! It’s great that they use their birthdays to support good causes.

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Remember Tucker Max, author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell? His book, releasing a few months ago, was a major hit among young college students. It detailed the degrading sexual endeavours of a sarcastic, arrogant twenty-something-year-old with no sensitivity or tact. It was even so controversial and ridiculous that it was followed by a movie, which did fairly well in the box office.

Well, Tucker Max, meet your match: Ms. Chelsea Handler.

Handler is certainly the female equivalent to Max. I just finished reading her book My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands. I laughed so hard I nearly fell off my seat. Handler has sure had her fair share of hilarious sexual encounters. All I can hope (for her sake) is…wow, I hope she doesn’t have an std.

Back to a more positive note, here’s a quick look at some of the stories you will find in her book…sex with a midget. Sex with a Las Vegas stripper. Attempts at having sex with a male gynecologist, only to find out he’s gay. Stories about small penises. Stories about lying to get someone in bed. Stories about waking up in someone else’s apartment and remembering you crapped your pants the night before. I think you get the idea.

This book is a quick read. It’s doesn’t demand much from the reader, but sometimes we all need books like that. Either way, you won’t be disappointed in Handler’s work if you’re a twenty something, in college, and have a sense of humor. To anyone who doesn’t fit in that category — make sure you prepare yourself for crude funnies.

Chelsea Handler is a comedian who has had numerous television appearances. She had her own show, has done comedy routines on Comedy Central, and has also done interviews on late night tv talk shows. She has also written a second book called Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. That book also made me laugh so hard I wanted to pee.

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