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March 22

Help me identify an actor!

I'm thinking of a comedic actor who may still be active but came up in his 20s in the 1980s or maybe 1990s and who primarily acted in screwball comedies. But I can't think of the name! [more inside]
posted by mikel at 3:03 PM - 80 answers

Retirement gift for a hobbyist composer?

What would be a good retirement gift for a work colleague who will soon have significantly more time to compose music and enjoy his acreage in the mountains? [more inside]
posted by jillithd at 12:44 PM - 9 answers

art song for mezzo-soprano or alto?

I’m in my second year of voice lessons, and I need to find an art song in the mezzo-soprano or alto range for the final exam. Classical singers of MeFi, can you give me some suggestions? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 10:38 AM - 11 answers

What are your favorite YouTube performances (by the original band)?

It is a unique joy when I encounter a particularly cool live (usually-but-not-necessarily acoustic) performance of a song that I love on YouTube. A bunch of examples are in the "more inside," but I particularly like tight harmonies, and stripped-down, and clean in a way that makes you hear the song in a new way. I want to fill a playlist with these. What are your favorites? All genres are welcome. (Note: I know there are probably a zillion pretty covers, but I am looking for the original artist playing their own song.) [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 9:18 AM - 33 answers

Deciphering writing in an old paperback from Slovenia

I need help deciphering some writing in an old book I bought in Slovenia. [more inside]
posted by mushhushshu at 7:46 AM - 4 answers

March 21

Movie recs with this particular sort of ending:

I'm interested in watching movies, from any era, where the egregiously bad bad guys are hunted down and picked off one by one. Bonus points if the movie is available on Netflix. Thanks all. it will help my mental health right now
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah at 9:25 AM - 51 answers

Short story where silences are represented with unicode symbols?

Discussing silences in text with somebody, I was reminded of a story I read where the (probably Jewish) author sought to write the different kinds of silences that came up when talking to his family by using little symbols - an arrow, a interrobang, a star. [more inside]
posted by solarion at 4:29 AM - 4 answers

March 20

What's Masha Reading?

Theater folk and Chekhov lovers, what book do you think Masha is reading in Three Sisters? [more inside]
posted by minervous at 5:11 PM - 5 answers

Rogue One, et al.

A question has been nagging at me since I saw Rogue One. It’s about how the movie might be similar to other movies or works of literature. If you haven’t seen Rogue One yet, stop here to avoid a massive spoiler. [more inside]
posted by bryon at 5:07 AM - 29 answers

March 18

Who was the audience for Ator?

The recent article that ranked all MST3K episodes (posted to MeFi) prompted me to revisit some of my favorite MST3K episodes. As I watched, I realized - I have no idea how a lot of these movies got made. I just don't understand the economics. Can someone explain? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 9:18 AM - 18 answers

March 17

Sweden is my drug. Give me Sweden-origin English language artists, bands

I can't quite put my finger on why, but a sizable portion of the artists and groups that make music that I really enjoy have origins in Sweden. Little Dragon, Icona Pop, Jose Gonzalez, Iamamiwhoami, The Knife (& Fever Ray), Robyn, and now I've recently stumbled onto another Swedish artist named Demen who has a song called niorum. What other artists have similarly great music and originate in Sweden to go with these?
posted by cashman at 10:24 PM - 36 answers

Name that movie!

I'm looking for a movie I saw (OnDemand on Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles) within the past 15 years. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 7:58 PM - 2 answers

Please help me figure out this late 70's YA horror story collection

My memory is fading but I really want to find it again. It was a horror short story collection probably targeted to 8-12 year olds. I've been trying for a while to figure out the name of this collection that I read as a youngster. I've reviewed some of the Scary Stories series but none of them seem to be the book I recall. The horror in this one was particularly suffocating (literally, at times) and I really would like to find it again and see if it still chills my bones. [more inside]
posted by maldrin at 7:53 PM - 5 answers

Help me find an old Daily Show segment

I'm looking for an old Daily Show segment that included a clip from some movie/TV show. It lampooned the Democrats' appeasement of Republicans. The clip involved mean kids driving a car and pretending to let another kid in the car, only to drive a few feet away whenever the kid would reach for the door handle. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 3:01 PM - 4 answers

Giving a watercolor "set" (all the things!)

I’d like to give a gift of everything one would need to rekindle a love of watercolor painting. Bonus points for recommendations that will allow the recipient to stop and start painting sessions easily with minimal fuss. Need not be an actual pre-bundled "set." [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 4:26 AM - 17 answers

March 16

Fiction that changes (daily) lives?

What are some fiction books you've read that changed your outlook on daily life after you finished them? I'm thinking of books that have the potential to make daily life seem more interesting and adventurous, or to give a new perspective on the seemingly mundane. Maybe they cause you to adopt a new persona, or envision yourself as a character involved in some sort of intrigue. Non-fiction will be considered, but I'm not looking for self-help books so much as inspiration to see things in a more exciting light.
posted by iamisaid at 3:54 PM - 47 answers

March 14

MFA acceptance help

I just got accepted to Columbia's Nonfiction MFA program. What now? [more inside]
posted by R.F.Simpson at 3:19 PM - 21 answers

Is this graffiti some kind of code (drifter/hobo/etc?)

I saw this graffiti on a wall along a hiking/mountain bike trail near where I work. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 12:18 PM - 9 answers

If Spirographs and Kaleidescopes Made Sound

I'm particularly moved by pieces of music that feel like they're blooming. It's that feeling of exuberance, exhortation, and exhilaration; it's a blossoming, a groundswell, an unpacking of meaning: it's an full-circled evolution on an earnestly beautiful theme. They'll have lots of harmonic interplay, elements of overlap and repetition, and will vamp and grow in layers, typically culminating in a grand fulfillment. Would you happen to know any like these? [more inside]
posted by a good beginning at 11:26 AM - 28 answers

enjoyable reads that won't rot my brain

I've been enjoying fun fantasy books but slowly have been feeling my brain become fluff. Anything I've been finding as critically acclaimed/recommended for excellent writing just seem to be full of drama, betrayals, and sadness. Any recommendations for an excellently written and enjoyable book? [more inside]
posted by inevitability at 9:35 AM - 35 answers

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