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March 5

What are some modern plays that have been made into great movies?

I really liked Glengarry Glen Ross and Carnage, looking for suggestions along the same lines.
posted by jtothes at 10:15 AM - 32 answers

What is the name of the gospel song performed by Mary Mary

Hi Mary Mary performed on Good Morning America today and sang a medley. The second song that was sung had these lyrics in them..........so I'm singing alleluiah, I'm not what I used to be........ I looked online and cannot find the name of this gospel song. Thank you. Lynn
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 8:01 AM - 6 answers

French song translation help

Lately I've been enjoying Grenadine's eponymous album. But my French is non-existent, and I can't find lyrics anywhere. What are these songs about, anyway? [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 6:35 AM - 4 answers

Who's building the giant robots?

Help me find all organizations and groups that are building giant robots or animatronic figures of whimsy and fun. [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 2:55 AM - 12 answers

March 4

Can I buy a Beuys coyote photo?

I'd like to obtain a print of one of (any of) the photos taken during Joseph Beuys' 1974 performance "I like America and America likes me." Is this even remotely possible without engaging an art dealer and spending 10s (100s?) of thousands of dollars? Is it even possible with that?
posted by mr_roboto at 11:33 PM - 3 answers

Help me find a certain style of wedding photographer.

I really like the "Luciana Flower Comb" and "Augustina Flower Vine" photos on this site. They're a bit "Laura Nyro in New York in the late sixties." The lighting contrast and the dark background and the small hit of color from the lipstick are very appealing to me. I'm getting married and would like to hire a photographer who can produce shots like this in his/her sleep, but I don't know what to search for -- what terminology, etc. "Goth" is not what I want, and "vintage" is too broad. Would "chiaroscuro" get me anywhere? [more inside]
posted by mirepoix at 10:02 PM - 4 answers

Ancient cassette tape is finally broken, lost the track list ages ago.

Deutsche Grammophon classical recording. Acquired it circa 1983. Title: Serenades and Romances, The World's Loveliest Music for Strings. I think the catalog or serial number is 413 655-4 but I can't find the track list online. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 8:08 PM - 4 answers

So many novels labelled as "a novel"

These days it seems every second novel has a title that is suffixed with the phrase "A Novel". What was the first novel to start this, why has it become so widespread, and does anybody have stats on how prevalent it is?
posted by jedro at 6:22 PM - 3 answers

Where to find a history of the Purim Spiel?

I know that the Purim Spiel (or "shpiel") dates back to late medieval times, but I haven't been able to find any English-language theater or other histories that describe its origins and evolution, nor have I found any early texts in any language. I assume that there are books on this form in the same way that there are books on miracle plays, but JSTOR and archive.org did not reveal any. Are there any out there?
posted by the sobsister at 5:53 PM - 4 answers

How can I find a link to a YouTube Ad?

I opened this (NSFW) YouTube video yesterday and before it played there was an ad made by Android that goes on for about 7 minutes basically imploring you to hit 'Skip Ad', it's hilarious and I would love to find the actual link to the video. [more inside]
posted by doublenelson at 10:17 AM - 5 answers

Watercolor Artists Whose Work is Not Representational

I love to look at and create watercolor paintings. However, most of the watercolor art I find isn’t to my taste because it’s so representational. Boats, still lifes, nature, and portraits do nothing for me. I do like the watercolors I’ve seen by Gerhard Richter and Zao Wou-Ki. Who are some other artists who are doing or have done interesting things with nonrepresentational / abstract watercolor?
posted by mermaidcafe at 7:34 AM - 7 answers

March 3

What songs have interchangeable accompaniments?

Let's say you want to request one song while doing karaoke. Once you get up there, you surprise and delight your friends by belting out a different tune, yet the chords behind it still match. Which songs work that way?
posted by umbú at 8:06 PM - 26 answers

I Am Taggart: A Memoir by Jason Nesmith

Lots of genre TV stars have written memoirs, but do any of them go into detail about life on the convention circuit? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet at 7:39 PM - 5 answers

I'm tired of listening to angry men, I want to listen to angry women

I'm in a musical rut and I'd like to listen to more female-fronted "angry" music. Like Sleater-Kinney, but angrier. Like Hole, but still around. Is there a lesbian version of Trent Reznor? Bonus points for LGBTQ bands and bands that are still performing together. [more inside]
posted by blueskiesinside at 5:45 PM - 65 answers

Name this book about different cultures

A few years ago, I saw a book in a second-hand bookshop that described life in different societies/cultures, with an entry per society. It was a paperback that was probably published in the '70s or '80s. I think the name was something like 'Mankind/man/people on earth', but it wasn't the National Geographic Book of Peoples of the World. I think it was also recommended in response to a previous question here on Ask MeFi, but I can't find it by searching.
posted by James Scott-Brown at 3:12 PM - 6 answers

March 2

I've been framed!

I have a very large (6'x6') piece of amateur art that is made of many large paper cut-outs layered on top of one another with spray adhesive. This art has no actual $ value. I really like it and want to hang it on a wall but I am afraid the layers will quickly peel/curl/wrinkle/rip/fade if I mount the piece on foam core or similar. Framing it with glass or plexi would be (a) expensive and (b) heavy! Any other ideas how I can display this work?
posted by nkknkk at 6:28 PM - 5 answers

Shadows Slowly Stretching Over Empty Rooms

I have been reading creepy things, and listening to creepy stuff while I read those creepy things, and have arrived unprepared at the horrifying realization that I do not have as much weird, unsettling, mysterious music as I should. Help me fix that--before it's too late. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 12:47 PM - 23 answers

Masculinity Building Workshops and Techniques

Hi Brilliant People! I'm researching organizations and leaders in communities of people who are anti-feminist and working to preserve male supremacy, masculinity building for men who may be viewed as weak and techniques used to promote these ways of thinking. Actual people and organizations doing this would be helpful. Also any depictions in film, tv, literature, etc. would be great. Also, any new stories you know of men who have been traumatized by this kind of treatment. Thanks so much!!!
posted by sunnyblues48 at 12:24 PM - 16 answers

Keeping up to date

Where online do you get news or stay in touch with what's happening in your field? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright at 9:58 AM - 8 answers

Stories about escorting prisoners, etc.

Recommend me some fun(-ish) fiction in which characters forcibly escort other characters from Point A to Point B, all the while developing some kind of relationship. Maybe it's a cop escorting an arrestee, maybe it's a US Marshal escorting a reluctant federal witness, maybe it's a bounty hunter escorting a bail jumper, maybe it's a truant officer scooping up a truant, or maybe it's something less official entirely. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 2:59 AM - 28 answers

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