I am a sight-reading singer trying to relearn the piano. I used to take lessons and still remember how to play the piano, but have not practiced in quite some time. I am not looking to become concert-quality, but just so that I can maybe play along with myself when trying to learn a song or play something relatively simple for my own enjoyment. Is there a book or something I can get or something I can do to help me relearn the piano? Thanks!
Where can I find examples of successful applications for grants, fellowships and scholarships related to writing and/or international research, along the lines of Fulbright, NEA, etc? [more inside]
What's the simplest way to create a series of paint-by-number patterns from digital photos? I have access to Photoshop and Illustrator. My Photoshop skills are a bit rusty (it's been a few years) and my Illustrator/vector understanding is pretty lame. [more inside]
I need intelligent hiphop/rap with good beats. Any recommendations? [more inside]
Graduate student: Looking for a summer internship anywhere in the US or Canada to enrich MS in Arts Management degree. Do you have any suggestions of favorite museums (large or small), galleries, or even independent grass-roots arts organizations? [more inside]
Artistic MeFites: I'm looking for some advice. For any of you pursuing (or already established within) some time of artistic career, whether it be music, film, writing, theatre, dance, sculpture or whatever, how do you keep yourself happy and productive in your field? And most of all, how do you get there in the first place? [more inside]
Where can I find an Australian migration agent who's good with the creative industries, or otherwise unusual career paths? [more inside]
Many years ago I remember reading a book that included a section on people's creative output, and there were graphs that indicated how old people were (composers, playwrights, etc.) when they produced their major works. The conclusion was something like, there is a limited volume of creative works a person can produce in one lifetime, regardless of when in their life the works were produced. Does this ring any bells?
Cultural diversity, youth, and the arts/creative industries - where do I start looking for resources? [more inside]
What is the best entry level martial arts program for a quiet, kinda serious, very strong and flexible (can almost do the splits both ways) 6 year old boy? He LOVES anything that has to do with martial arts and Asia (movies, toys, cartoons etc) but I'm confused about the various schools and their strength and weaknesses. I don't want something like "Rex Kwon Do" but I also don't want something that is so watered down that it's just tumbling in a karate uniform. He has a couple of friends who are in Taekwondo but I'm not sold on those programs for him. HELP... Thanks!
Preparing for a technical/artistic interview? [more inside]
I've been hanging out with my wife and her booth partner at a handmade goods market they sell at each week. It's pretty typical stuff, jewelry, crafts of various kinds. They also go to art festivals on occasion to sell their wares. We've been discussing sales techniques that could help them out. I'm wondering if there is such an animal: sales techniques for the artisan seller? [more inside]
I'm looking for alternative arts and culture listings in Chicago, Seattle, and Boston, similar to Nonsene NYC. [more inside]
I have an idea for a community art organization. Help me figure out where to look to fund it! [more inside]
What are some of the best examples of epic storytelling that have taken place? [more inside]
Can you help me become familiar with what and who is up-and-coming in martial arts movies? Am interested in recent movies that are less reliant on wires and CG, and in younger actors who didn't just learn martial arts to make a movie, but are truly gifted in the area. I don't mind subtitles! [more inside]
I'm seeking some insight as to possible reasons a company with a potential dream job available would be unresponsive and seemingly uninterested in me.
Please help me determine the best way to ask for feedback from a company that I'm very interested in, but doesn't seem to be interested in me. [more inside]
Help me name my new business venture. I'm looking for a creative/non-cliche name for a bed & breakfast that will cater to crafters, with an emphasis on scrapbookers. Basically it will be a three day/two night girls weekend. The B&B has a large craft area. We'll also offer massage, manicure and pedicure. Any ideas?
Dear performing Mefites - how do you do that thing you do? [more inside]
I want my not for profit organization to maximize its presence on line, in particular by increasing fundraising efforts. [more inside]
If I was a teenager in the 70s, what style of martial art would have seemed the most badass to me? And why?
How is the meaning of art and artefacts being altered by the methods we use to: Experience, Define and Preserve them... In other words, in what ways have technologies been used to experience, re-define and/or preserve art and artifacts? [more inside]
Recommendations for a financial advisor/accountant for a young couple in NYC? [more inside]
I would like to make or buy a detailed map of my neighborhood in Manhattan. I want it to be poster sized and nice enough looking to hang on the wall. I also want to be able to make notes on it, put push pins in it and post it on my wall. [more inside]
Looking for examples of diplomats who were/are also involved in the performing arts. [more inside]
What's the best way to photograph a kid's judo tournament and have pictures ready for the parents right after awards are presented? [more inside]
I've got a friend with an adopted son. The kid has some adjustment problems from his early treatment and adjustment here. She's looking at using meds to change his behavior. I think that's not a great idea and she should look to enrolling him in martial arts classes. They are in San Diego. Can anyone recommend a program in that area? [more inside]
What are some activities in Los Angeles that I could sign up for and take part in on a regular basis with a group of other people? Some kind of weekly thing, maybe. The best example I can think of is something like a knitting club... but not specifically a knitting club because knitting just ain't my thing. I am thinking of something creative/arts-related, though. I just don't know of anything in particular that I could check out. Anyone in LA involved in or know of something like this that they can recommend? [more inside]
Working artists together. Do you know of any online community or email list where artists from all disciplines discuss practical working issues? Issues like negotiating commissions and contracts, our experiences with residencies and artist colonies, etc.? [more inside]
Where are the best places/sites/calendars/listings/oracles to find out about art shows in San Francisco? [more inside]
Direct me towards great video podcasts please. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any martial arts learning opportunities (camps, workshops, lessons, etc) in Asia that an 18 year old would enjoy? My nephew in the US is a karate brown belt and he would like to travel to Asia when he graduates from high school this year. I am trying to help him find some interesting travel opportunities which relate to karate. He loves karate and has been searching for something to do in Japan or India for Summer 2008 but we haven't found anything yet. Thanks for any tips.
Help with maximizing our critical exposure at a Chicago documentary film premier. [more inside]
I have become very interested in letterpress recently and was wondering about opportunities in the Chicago area to learn more. [more inside]
Best art supplies for a four-year-old? [more inside]
What are the best arts/culture newsletters for Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Timbuktu...? [more inside]
I love podcasts, but it very difficult to find new, quality programs. I am looking for broadcasted material on a range of topics - including philosophy, the mind, avantgarde arts and lectures by creative, original thinkers (see my list of current podcasts for detail)... Can you help? [more inside]
Know any performing arts-related youth mentorship programs, where artists can teach kids & teens, in the NYC area? [more inside]
Does anyone know the name of an educational toy/kit for learning reading skills (English language) which involved a big box/case containing a number of small books with pages of heavy white cardboard, each page bearing a letter combination or a simple word. I think they were comb or spiral bound. [more inside]
Central Asia trip late May - early June. Suggestions? [more inside]
Ideas for seeking corporate donations of tech equipment and air travel? I'm one of the co-founders of a free arts/tech workshop happening for the first time this August in Serbia. We've already had some modest success getting funding for this through traditional channels, but I also want to approach hardware companies and airlines to see if they can help us. [more inside]
Where can I find stickers that look like thought bubbles or speech bubbles? This is a good example of the shapes. The size needs to be big enough to allow one to write inside the bubble with a pen or a sharpie, and the stickiness must hold it to a large photo poster.
Is there work in NYC for someone who is excellent at programming Dataton Watchout? If so, where?
Anyone know of an ongoing Tai Chi class in the East Bay? [more inside]
Martial Arts Filter: To make this short and easy, do any of the MeFites in their collective wisdom have any good suggestions on where a 27 year old with no martial arts experience should look to begin learning such in the D.C. area? I not quite that interested in jujitsu, but all other forms I'm wide open to. Any advice you all might have, I certainly appreciate. [more inside]
I work as an Editor Producer in cable news. I've been thinking about moving on so I can have more time with my family, holidays, etc... I'm interested in teaching fine arts at a university level. I have over a decade spent in television but I don't have a masters. I am willing to earn one. Has anyone out there made this transition?
I'd like to do a body cast, but I don't want to "break" the bank. Is there really a difference between regular old plaster of paris and cheesecloth and medical plaster strips?
What are some good web design schools in the United States? [more inside]
When/how did 'blurry porn' photography of food become the norm? [more inside]
Help me find some smallish cheap square tiles in a variety of colors. Please. [more inside]