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June 28

A good short theatrical play to read aloud

Theater Filter: What's a good theatrical play for one person to read/present to a group? As a Toastmasters assignment in interpretive reading, I need to find a play or a self-contained scene that can be done in twelve to fifteen minutes. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 5:19 PM - 4 answers

June 27

Like the D'Aulaires, but for grownups

What is the best retelling of Greek myths aimed at adults? I'm looking for something that covers a large number of stories about both gods and heroes, sticks fairly close to the original source texts, and is a little more story-shaped and entertaining to read than the work of Edith Hamilton or Robert Graves. [more inside]
posted by darchildre at 6:23 PM - 7 answers

That one picture of giants in the Louvre

About two years ago I was visiting the Louvre. I was in a room/wing devoted to naturalism (I believe) and came across a massive canvas depicting giants walking among dismembered humans. One of them may have been dragging a human head. Can anyone identify the painting that I saw? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 6:02 PM - 7 answers

Help this news consumer be ware: evaluating news media trustworthiness

All this news media distrust going around is starting to rub off on me, and it's unsettling to say the least. I figure the best thing I could do is to kind of start from scratch, and evaluate as many of the most known sources of news (newspapers, magazines, radio programs, online news sites, etc.) as I can, in the most objective way that I can. The hope is to ultimately feel confident in ignoring the less trustworthy sources and trusting the most reliable sources. So please give me ideas and resources for evaluating those sources for trustworthiness/reliability. Some fine print below. [more inside]
posted by Mechitar at 11:08 AM - 20 answers

Which movie? Animated, stop-motion tiger + bear in a cave eating cabbage

This was an animated short, released between 1999 and 2006, potentially from Korea, about the Korean Dangun/Tangun myth. This myth involves a tiger and a bear camping out in a cave and eating vegetables. The film was probably made digitally, but looked as if everything was cut from paper and stop-motion animated. [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 10:04 AM - 1 answers

June 26

Non-fiction(-ish) stories of living (and dying) as an alcoholic?

I want to read something to help me connect with what my sister went through in her last years. She was an alcoholic who died in her early 40s. She struggled most of her life with depression, and I knew she had a substance abuse problem, but I didn't even nearly understand the depth of it until she was gone. Nonfiction accounts are preferred. I am not sure what I want, other than just a look at what life might have been for her (physiologically, emotionally, financially, socially, etc.)
posted by AgentRocket at 3:39 PM - 31 answers

It's two ... two ... two songs in one!

I would like more examples of rock songs that have a significant shift partway through and which could be considered two separate songs. [more inside]
posted by komara at 12:07 PM - 86 answers

Looking for science fiction book recommendations

My son, 15, is difficult to find books for. Despite the saying, he tends to judge them by the cover. He'll be away for a few weeks, with limited access to computers, so I'm looking to find some science fiction books for him. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 7:31 AM - 51 answers

June 25

What should I read, watch, or listen to about magic/illusion?

I love any and all non-fiction about magic, and would like to find more of it. [more inside]
posted by frizzle at 9:09 PM - 13 answers

Harry Potter fan fiction

What are your recommendations for the best Potterverse fan fiction set in the USA? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:06 PM - 8 answers

How do public radio interviews in remote studios work?

As a public radio junkie, I hear radio hosts interview guests located in remote studios several times a week. I've always wondered what goes on behind the scenes. [more inside]
posted by eotvos at 6:55 PM - 7 answers

Recording challenge: band rehearsal with only two mics

I'm recording a band rehearsal tomorrow, but am limited to two channels for sound (and to two mics): what is the best approach to mic position etc? [more inside]
posted by johnsohl at 1:13 PM - 4 answers

What presentation software should I use for video and sound?

I'm need some sort of (Mac) multimedia "slide show" tool for a live theatre performance. This will be for showing photographs and playing sound cues. I could almost use Powerpoint, but I need two or three layers of audio playing simultaneously. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 12:38 PM - 11 answers

London theatre in July

I'll be in London for a couple weeks in July, with most evenings free. What is some great theatre I should check out? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 12:53 AM - 9 answers

June 24

Ceramic/China repair in Austin?

Looking for someone to repair a plate in Austin, TX. [more inside]
posted by theRussian at 1:39 PM - 4 answers

Online acting/singing lessons for novice thespian?

I have been halfway talked into auditioning for my local community theater in the fall. [more inside]
posted by Archipelago at 9:41 AM - 2 answers

Irish/Gaelic mythology literature

I’ve recently watched a few movies drawing on Irish/Gaelic (not sure of the difference) mythology: The Secret of Kells, The Secret of Roan Inish, and Song of the Sea. I'd like to go to the source of the myths. What books can you recommend?
posted by falsedmitri at 7:44 AM - 6 answers

June 23

The First Broadcast of the CBC

Did Monty Python create a short film satirizing the CBC that aired in the 1970's? [more inside]
posted by In The Annex at 4:56 PM - 0 answers

Captain Sunshine with Synth Steel Drums?

I heard Neil Diamond's Captain Sunshine while at a pub this afternoon in northern B.C. Or was it a cover? It had a synth streel drum solo. Help me find the Captain Sunshine with Steel Drums. [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 3:28 PM - 3 answers

excuse me i would like MORE magic dustpans

Fantasy where people who do housekeeping/domestic/child rearing activity are awesome because of it, and not in spite? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 7:59 AM - 23 answers

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