This coming week begins the revisiting of my intro to rock music course syllabus. I will need your help. One key topic is considering transgender issues in rock music, from~1940s to present. What songs and artists are essential to discuss here? [I'm] not quite asking for a list of trans artists, but for songs, themes, and personas that open up to questions of queerness. [more inside]
Which organizations working with arts, culture, activism, and/or social justice are based in Central Asia (especially Uzbekistan) and would take international volunteers? [more inside]
Please introduce me to the institutions, places, publications, and other tips, tricks, and shibboleths that will help me to hit the ground running when I relocate to Boston. [more inside]
I have developed an unavoidable crush on Sweden. I want to hear from Mefi locals about the best your country has to offer, things you love about living there, music, culture, all of it - help me crush out on Sweden! [more inside]
I'm at home ill at the moment, watching lots of films and reading a lot (this week I've watched 14 films and read 2 books). I'd like to find sites (or podcasts/lectures/etc) that intelligently examine media and/or popular culture. I regularly read articles on Popmatters and sometimes the A.V. Club (but not so much). What are your favourite film/media crit resources? Podcasts? Lectures? Thank you in advance for any help!
What are your favourite interesting, informative or unusual FB Groups or Pages? [more inside]
Can anyone think of cultural references that have replaced what they are referring to? [more inside]
Londoners, I want to know about events listings websites, promoter and venue Facebook pages, curated blogs, web forums, and whatever else is out there to find out what's going on in this town in music/arts/culture in general. [more inside]
What are good (off-beat) online resources for news and culture in Singapore? [more inside]
Best events/arts/concerts listings website for Vancouver? Best way to keep myself informed about local events? [more inside]
What are good (preferably online) sources for finding out what's on in Sydney? From time to time I find myself there for a weekend, but haven't yet discovered the best way of locating events. I'm particularly interested in theatre, arthouse/vintage/unusual cinema, talks and public lectures, and food, arts or literary events. [more inside]
Somebody please give me a great idea for a charming date in Toronto! (Bonus points for something happening this weekend) [more inside]
Cultural diversity, youth, and the arts/creative industries - where do I start looking for resources? [more inside]
I'm looking for alternative arts and culture listings in Chicago, Seattle, and Boston, similar to Nonsene NYC. [more inside]
What are the best arts/culture newsletters for Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Timbuktu...? [more inside]
Central Asia trip late May - early June. Suggestions? [more inside]
I'm looking for some really hip websites, magazines or podcasts that comment and report on arts, entertainment, culture and a little (just a little!) on politics. I already read Salon.com, Slate Magazine and Rolling Stone, but I need more. Any ideas?
My wife likes reading biographies and memoires, particularly of women in culture and the arts. Think "Reading Lolita in Tehran" rather than, say, "Mornings on Horseback." Any recommendations for a birthday present?