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April 20

Dr. King to listen to

I'm part of a small group of people reading Dr. King's Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? One of the men in the group has low vision and he will need an audio file. There is none to be had. [more inside]
posted by nohattip at 3:25 PM - 5 answers

Short story about an alien boy?

I have vague memories of a sci-fi short story that I would have read some time in the mid-to-late 70s, involving a kid, un-athletic and not capable of doing much physically, who discovers in the end that his physiology is perfectly suited for (if memory serves) Mars. Help me find this story? [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 1:48 PM - 8 answers

light reading suggestions

i've been spending an inordinate amount of time in medical waiting/exams rooms lately because reasons. in many places cell phone use is disallowed. please recommend some lighthearted reading selections that will help the boredom and also take my mind off the situation. short story collections would be especially welcome.
posted by lescour at 1:00 PM - 23 answers

Where was this picture taken?

We have this picture on the wall in our office: https://imgur.com/a/L3mta Can anyone identify the location? we're pretty sure it's somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area.
posted by morninj at 12:05 PM - 3 answers

Graphic Novels for The Expanse fan.

I'm looking for graphic novels, comics, or anything similar to fill the void in my life left by The Expanse between seasons. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 10:01 AM - 8 answers

Need my celebrity fixes.

How does the paparazzi work, exactly? There are many, many celebrities who are photographed almost 24/7. Where do those photos go? [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 8:25 AM - 6 answers

What are the Muppets?

By which I mean, in the Jim Henson Universe, are there any hints/explanations about how Muppets occur? [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo at 7:30 AM - 63 answers

What instrument is being played in this Rogue One soundtrack piece?

What instrument is being played over the drums/percussion in the "Jedha Suite" from the Rogue One soundtrack? The instrument in question comes in at 0:15.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:29 AM - 14 answers

April 19

"Deep club" music as seen on SNL?

(Asking for a friend.) On a recent episode of SNL, there was a skit with a funeral where two friends sing "deep club" music supposedly written by the deceased. These songs have been haunting my dreams. Where can I listen to more of this music? [more inside]
posted by cider at 6:11 PM - 6 answers

Wedding-safe '70s and '80s cheesiness.

We're getting married in a pinball arcade whose decor features wall-sized, airbrushed paintings of skeleton-wizards and is generally very '80s (and AD&D). What safe-for-all-ages, high-energy songs would you put on the wedding playlist that would work well with the venue's natural goofiness/oddness? (We have ABBA and Queen. Good lord do we have ABBA and Queen. And more inside!) [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:50 PM - 43 answers

Why did Set Adrift On Memory Bliss disappear from the album on iTunes?

P.M. Dawn's 1991 hit Set Adrift On Memory Bliss was song 9 on their album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience. This song is missing from the album on iTunes - it skips from song 8 to song 10. Anyone know why?
posted by Dragonness at 3:31 PM - 11 answers

Looking for a series of performances?

Sometime between 2009 and 2014 there was a series of performances by emerging artists including Grimes, Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men. It was shot in what looked like an abandoned factory and was shown on MTV and VH1. Occasionally it was titled "ahead of the curve" sessions and sometimes it had a different name. over time mistakes in the performances were edited to be more "correct." I'd love to be able to purchase a collection of all the performances, but all of my searches have come up nothing. Help?
posted by evilmonk at 1:09 PM - 0 answers

April 18

Visiting the Louvre and looking for good reading material

I will soon be visiting the Louvre and would love suggestions of some engaging books - nonfiction or fiction - about artists whose work is at the Louvre, particular works of art, artistic movements, the Louvre itself - anything, really. My goal is to make my experience more memorable and engaging. I like all types of books so all recommendations are welcome!
posted by Shebear at 6:43 AM - 7 answers

April 17

A short SF story about ideal alternate universes and spit bubbles?

Please help me identify a short SF story about an agency that matched clients with an alternate universe that perfectly matched their abilities and talents. The man wanting to be matched was great at making spit bubbles. [more inside]
posted by Brody's chum at 9:00 PM - 4 answers

Tracking complex relationships and exporting a fancy chart

I'm struck by the cool charts made by the late Mark Lombardi. According to his biographer, he would use his skills as a reference librarian to collect boxes of index cards, then manually convert them to these conceptual charts that showed relationships. Although lots of chart/mindmap software exists, is there anything that allows you to input relationships into a database, and then spit the chart out when you're done? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 3:35 PM - 3 answers

Come Thou Fount of Every Beaning

I've been asked to play "Come Thou Fount" on the piano in a wedding and I'm having trouble finding an arrangement that fits what the couple wants. Essentially, they want this but the author hasn't published any sheet music. I can play the melody and chords and mess around with the left hand, but I'm hoping I can find sheet music that spells out some intricate and flowing flourishes for me to practice. Has anyone played or seen a good arrangement lately? No key signature preference.
posted by michaelh at 11:25 AM - 4 answers

Help with a concert poster...

My wife bought me this concert poster for The Mountain Goats. I love them, and have a pretty good grip on their back catalog, but I also know that there's big chunks of it I've never heard. Does this poster reference any single song or album? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 11:14 AM - 7 answers

Gift for a music director

I want to make a gift for the music director of my church. She leads 3 choirs (brass, vocal, bells) and works with many solists. Probably 45-50 people total. I am a decent amateur artist, and I'd like to make something that incorporates the signatures of all the people she works with, in mixed media (paper, paint, collage, etc.). The only problem is -- I have no idea what to make. What would you suggest?
posted by OrangeDisk at 7:09 AM - 6 answers

When did microphones first appear in the US entertainment industry?

When did the gramophone horns used to capture sound in 1910s/1920s US recording studios give way to something we'd recognise as an early microphone? And when did microphones first start to be used on stage at live gigs? Finally, when did microphones become routine in both these settings? [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade at 2:58 AM - 7 answers

April 16

What’s new in grassroots publicity?

I was a reporter on a weekly newspaper in the late 1990s, before e-mail was widespread. I have recently become a political activist. Building on both those roles, I will soon give a talk on “How to Work with the Media.” Can you help me bridge the gap of the last umpteen years? [more inside]
posted by maurreen at 7:09 PM - 2 answers

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