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February 21

IU School of Music Vocal Faculty in 1990

I am struggling to find this and hoped maybe someone out there can help. I need to know the roster of Vocal Music faculty from 1990 for the Indiana University School of Music. (Not notable alumni or "star" teachers from yore, but who was actually on staff at that time, teaching voice.) Thanks so much!
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 3:20 PM - 3 answers

Movies or TV heavily featuring magazines / newspapers / digital media?

I've always enjoyed movies, TV shows, documentaries, etc. where the day to day of the news-oriented publishing business are involved. For example, Ugly Betty, The Devil Wears Prada, The Intern, or the BBC's series about how Vogue UK operates. Got any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 12:18 PM - 20 answers

February 20

Please recommend books with lots of exploding spaceships

One of my favorite kinds of science fiction is “naval warfare in space”. I love strategy, huge fleets of ships, and long, slow setups to big explosions. I think “The Hand Of God” and “Resurrection Ship” were among the best episodes of Battlestar Galactica, but get bored with all the bits that aren’t talking tactics. If a book has a picture of battleships on the cover, I’m likely to at least pick it up. Please recommend your favorite “space combat” science fiction! [more inside]
posted by a device for making your enemy change his mind at 11:35 AM - 49 answers

Books, long articles, documentaries about subcultures and communities

There's a particular type of nonfiction I find absolutely irresistible- the deep-dive into a community. Like Paris is Burning, Can't Stop Won't Stop, Kamikaze Biker, Frederick Wiseman documentaries, even this recent FPP post on the Warren Ellis Forum. What all these works share in common is that rather than focus on just one person and their experience, as most works about a community tend to do, they examine their communities at a more macro level. Help me find more like them?
posted by perplexion at 11:06 AM - 17 answers

"You can't make toast with a pair of loafers."

I'm looking for a TV commercial that aired in Boston around 1982-'83. I don't remember the product, but the ad ended with a man in a suit and tie returning home with a shopping bag, opening the bag, and throwing two pieces of bread at a pair of men's shoes still in the box. A male voiceover closed the ad with "you can't make toast with a pair of loafers." [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 10:41 AM - 2 answers

February 19

Ear plugs for a Metal Concert?

How do i protect my hearing for a Metal concert while preserving the quality? I would normally wear Etymotic ER20 earplugs to a concert, but metal is going to be that much louder i assume - I haven't been to a metal show before - and would like something with more hearing protection. [more inside]
posted by TheAdamist at 3:50 PM - 7 answers

Manga recommendations, please!

I want to become more familiar with manga. Where do I start? There is so much out there and it’s overwhelming (but in a good way!). What are the must-reads to give me a good overview of this genre? Assume that I am starting from square one with no previous exposure/knowledge.
posted by bookmammal at 7:13 AM - 16 answers

amazing music suggestions?

We splurged in a spectacular sound system and have been rediscovering music. What are some mind-blowing tracks? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 5:59 AM - 79 answers

February 18

Screenplay formatting of Subject, Action and Angle

I have Syd Field's "Screenplay" book, the bible of screenplays, but the formatting section is a little unclear to me. My confusion is about how to introduce the subject and angle of a shot (or when to specify the angle) and when to capitalize the name or subject (although this is more obvious to me when I understand the first part) [more inside]
posted by GospelofWesleyWillis at 10:36 PM - 7 answers

How to get the best sound with consumer equipment into a PA?

We are providing a Spotify/iPod disco for a party at a hired venue, and I want it to sound as best as it can given that there is no budget for proper gear. Which parts of the chain, from initial audio through to connection to the PA, will benefit most from a bit of love? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 5:07 AM - 3 answers

February 17

Fantasy novel with female protagonist, British university setting?

Themes of alchemy, time travel by body-hopping, eventually going all the way to the beginning of time, the paperback had black edges, which was what made me buy it in the airport bookshop... but I don't remember the title or the author, can you help? Bought in the last 10 years or so.
posted by holist at 10:16 PM - 8 answers

Philanthropic Organizations To Target For Sponsorship of TED-like Event

We are in the process of looking for financial sponsorship for upcoming (and awesome) Buckminster Fuller themed event. The event will emphasize Fuller's ongoing influence in science, architectural design, engineering and art. What general philanthropic organizations/businesses can we target for financial sponsorship. To all Los Angeles Me-fites, specific possibilities would be appreciated
posted by goalyeehah at 4:51 PM - 1 answers

February 16

I need an enamel pin hero

I need to find someone with experience designing enamel pins and I need to do it fast and I have absolutely no idea how. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 11:03 AM - 18 answers

February 15

Arabic Alphabet Chart?

Hello, I'm looking for the Arabic equivalent for something like "A is for Apple, B is for Ball..." etc. while i have seen things like this image, it would help to see the names of these creatures in transliterated english as well
posted by beshtya at 12:16 PM - 2 answers

Help me ship (semi-) fine art!

I'm about to start selling watercolors and pen-and-ink art on Etsy. But I realized that I don't know the best way to ship the stuff. Do you have any experience, advice, or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by the phlegmatic king at 8:46 AM - 8 answers

February 14

Jack of all writing site?

I want to know about any websites that help with creative writing, blogging, community feedback, and delving into paid freelance work. In other words, a Swiss army knife of writing. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 8:18 PM - 5 answers

eat an apple every day / go to bed by three

I'm looking for songs about taking care of yourself. [more inside]
posted by iximox at 9:56 AM - 29 answers

Looking to buy a print magazine in the GTA

I feel deeply stupid asking this question, but here we go. [more inside]
posted by janepanic at 3:17 AM - 12 answers

February 13

Tongue in cheek songs about historical topics

Yesterday, clavicle recommended this song - The Mesopotamians by TMBG. It‘s my new favourite song (thanks clavicle!). I love songs that poke fun at historical topics and then squeeze relevant words/dates etc. into the lyrics. I also love the Monty Python song „Oliver Cromwell“. Do you have other recommendations? Thanks!
posted by Omnomnom at 11:21 PM - 47 answers

"Then the man he steps right up to the microphone..."

Hi MeFites! This may be a no-brainer question, but can anyone help me identify songs about fictional bands/singers in the vein of:
  • "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" - The Beatles
  • "Sultans of Swing" - Dire Straits
  • "Benny and the Jets" - Elton John
Looking forward to the suggestions; I plan on making a playlist for an upcoming trip. Thank you!
posted by theseventhstranger at 11:53 AM - 79 answers

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