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August 24

Highbrow at the Drive-In

What foreign or classic film would you like to watch at a drive-in? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka at 4:26 AM - 48 answers

August 23

Coming straight from the underground

What hip hop artists are making music about current US racial/political issues? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 7:28 PM - 19 answers

What’s the ending music in the NHK World Documentary *The Plant Hunter*?

Last night I watched the hour-long, puff documentary The Plant Hunter (trailer) on NHK World. I really liked the dreamy Japanese rock that played under the credits, but have no idea what it is. Has anyone else on Ask seen the film? Do you know what that credits music is or where to find it? Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine at 5:09 PM - 1 answers

August 22

Seeking heartwarming, non-upsetting books

I'm pregnant, and with the hormones, I am in the mood for warm-and-fuzzy books. I can't handle my normal murder mysteries. I'm especially drawn to books about families, people settling in to new communities and coming to feel at home, people creating a home for others, and that sort of thing. Books and audiobooks would be great. [more inside]
posted by slidell at 10:49 PM - 58 answers

Screen Printing In The Big Apple

I'm an amateur screen printer and I've just moved to NYC. I've just pulled my first print since moving but I can't get the screen reclaimed with just my shower's pressure. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by cheap paper at 8:16 PM - 6 answers

Where is this footage from?

I was watching this music video and am curious about the original source of the footage. Some kind of promotional film? Any ideas where it's from or what search terms to use would be most appreciated!
posted by edeezy at 11:06 AM - 5 answers

August 21

ID this historic movie/TV show with a stabbing at a party

My wife has a very clear recollection of the following scene from a movie or TV show, but we can't figure out where it's from. The scene takes place at a 18th- or 19th-century fancy-dress party. A fop approaches a lady at the party and harasses (assaults? molests?) her. In response, the lady stabs the fop in the leg with something; my wife remembers the weapon as a small flag, but admits it might have been something else. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:15 PM - 2 answers

Anyone know a book about a boy in an isolation unit?

What's that novel filter: teen girl in hospital falls for a boy isolated behind glass. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 5:21 PM - 1 answers

Why is this article on the BBC?

I noticed this "news" article on the BBC, which isn't newsworthy, and reads like an advert. It's not even introducing a new category of product. Why is it on there? Is this a paid placement?
posted by gorcha at 1:28 AM - 22 answers

August 20

Best fundraising site for multiple design shirts?

I'm doing a fundraiser for a friend's medical expenses and we are lucky enough to have an ACES graphic designer working with us. He has multiple designs that I want people to be able to chose from, but every print on demand + also you can donate extra cash type site I'm finding will only let me use one design per campaign. Any suggestions?
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk at 4:48 PM - 2 answers

And when I know precisely what is meant by "plating of the beans"

What does "no danger lowr's" mean in the lyrics to Poor Wandering One from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion at 2:55 PM - 6 answers

Exactly WHEN did the butler do it?

After hearing Peter Wimsey say, in the TV adaptation of The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (he did not say it in the 1928 book), that in mystery novels the butler always did it, it struck me that I have never read a mystery novel where this was true. And I have read a lot of mystery novels. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 5:13 AM - 11 answers

August 19

Architects love ????

I'm looking for suggestions for a nice gift that could be given to clients of a large building company- most of the clients are architects. So architects of Mefi- have you ever received something really cool that was perfect for your tastes and relevant to your trade? [more inside]
posted by catrae at 8:45 AM - 12 answers

Looking for more recent love songs.

What are your favorite love songs from the last five-ten years? [more inside]
posted by qldaddy at 6:05 AM - 42 answers

August 18

Calling all playlists! ISO popular songs w/consent lyrics/theme

I will have some college students in a talk that discusses consent , along with some older folks, and I'm out of touch with recent popular music that has even a whiff of healthy consent and is sex-positive/relationship-positive (MJ's Let's Wait a While also fits the criteria, but has been around for a decade) Oh, and for a bonus the brainstormer said - how about a fitness class with these themed songs that I'm drawing a blank on...flailing thoughts below the fold.... [more inside]
posted by childofTethys at 6:51 PM - 19 answers

How to turn phone pics into art?

I want to go beyond just printing photo stock on my inkjet printer. What are your ideas or experiences for taking a picture off your phone or point-and-shoot and making a really nice art piece for your home? [more inside]
posted by Right On Red at 6:46 PM - 7 answers

novel about spacefaring octopus

Help me find this: a novel where they use an octopus to pilot a spaceship because something about how it can navigate in 3d space under the water. Some chapters are told from the point of view of the octopus, I think.
posted by signal at 6:42 PM - 6 answers

Books and websites to tackle the "is it art?" question

My dad and I were recently talking about aesthetics of new and popular music. He was telling me his reasons that he believes 4'33" isn't music. I disagree with him wholeheartedly, but it led to an interesting discussion. I think he'd enjoy reading about it more so I'm looking for some book and/or websites that we could both read and then talk about. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 3:40 PM - 11 answers

Give me the magic words...for an artsy artsy song

I am a composer with a commission to write a song or song set for solo soprano. I had a text in mind, but it turns out the author won't give me permission to use it. I am now looking for other poems or short stories that would work well set to some rather complex music. [more inside]
posted by daisystomper at 3:24 PM - 5 answers

Public domain songs

What are the best songs published before 1923? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 10:28 AM - 11 answers

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