Get your calendars, iPhones, moleskins, blackberries, blueberries, pies....(mmmm food).... Date books out: our next Trivia Night will by May 25 7-9pm.
And for those who couldn't make it - see how you might have done below
1. The German/Jewish occupational surname Schneider referred to what sort of Tradesman?
2. The ‘Whirlo-Way’ or ‘Pluto Platter’ were the names thrown about in the 1940s and 1950’s for what ultimately became this generic/brand name?
3. Which is the only bird that can fly backwards?
4. Which country with a land mass of 9.6 million square kilometers has just one official time zone?
5. Which month of the year derives its name from the Latin “to open”?
6. Gamophobia is the fear of what?
7. In the 3rd Edition of Dungeons & Dragons, each of these made an appearance as the philosophical ‘Cleric Domains’. When taken together, Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Justice, Temperance, and Prudence are more commonly known as what?
8. Who composed the music to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”?
9. What connects the words Parliament, Murder, Exaltation, and Unkindness?
10. Why is the area between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn referred to as the Bean Belt?
ROUND TWO: Six Degrees of Separation
(The strange connections between celebrities, writers, and, of course, some questions on Kevin Bacon).
1. This film, released in 2000 and based on a Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name, received a mix reception of praise and scorn by critics--and was also protested by many feminist groups, including the National Organization for Women. In an ironic twist, Gloria Steinem, one of the organization's leaders at the time the film was released, was the stepmother of the film's star. (Name the film for one point, and the leading actor for a second point)
2. The actor Jared Leto--who has a minor role in the film referenced in the previous question--had a supporting role in the 1999 film "Fight Club," which also starred Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. "Fight Club" is based on a novel of the same name by what American author?
3. The author of “Fight Club” lives in Oregon and Washington state, where he is in a writing group with, among others, Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir "Wild" was selected as the first pick of Oprah's Book Club 2.0. The only other book thus far selected for Oprah's rebooted book club is a debut novel about the matriarch of a black family of the Great Migration and her children and grandchildren. (Name the book for one point; and the author for a second point).
4. Cheryl Strayed received an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University. One of Strayed’s mentors at Syracuse is a novelist and short story writer known for her way of matter-of-factly including many "taboo" subjects such as prostitution, addiction, and sado-masochism as major themes in her work, which include the novels "Two Girls, Fat and Thin" and "Veronica." The author says that she herself had worked as a stripper and call girl. Name the author.
5. The author referenced in the previous question also wrote the short story collection "Bad Behavior." A story from this collection was the inspiration for the 2002 film "Secretary", a black comedy that explores the relationship between a sexually dominant man and his submissive secretary, and stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as the secretary.
For one point, spell Maggie's last name correctly.
6. Maggie Gyllenhaal is the older sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal co-starred in "Brokeback Mountain" with this Australian actor, who died in 2008 at the age of 28 from a prescription drug overdose, and who was posthusmouly awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film "The Dark Knight."
7. The inspiration for "Brokeback Mountain"'s film poster was this 1997 film, also about star-crossed lovers, directed by James Cameron and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
8. Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in several films based on literature, including "Romeo + Juliet," "Revolutionary Road," and this 2003 film based on a novel by mystery writer Dennis Lehane, that also stars--who else?--Kevin Bacon. Name the 2003 film.
9. The Bacon Index is a measurement of every actor's "Bacon Number," or the degree of separation an actor has to Kevin Bacon. Good news! You know longer have to figure out an actor's Bacon Number on your own, because this popular search engine will do it for you. Just type the actor's name followed by the words "Bacon Number." What is the search engine?
10. Politics & Prose's Bacon Number is 3, thanks to two different but equally major celebrities. The first one--a comedian, political satirist, and author--was born in Washington, DC but moved to South Carolina at an early age, where his sister is currently running for office. The second, a British stage actress, singer, and director, can tell you exactly how to make the medicine go down. Both stars have signed their books at Politics & Prose. Name BOTH celebrities for ONE point.
ROUND 3: VISUAL ROUND: Name the Title and Author
ROUND 4: MUSIC
1. Birdhouse in Your Soul – They Might Be Giants
2. Shake Your Tail Feather – The Five Du-Tones
3. Flight of the Bumblebee – Rachmaninov
4. I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson
5. When Doves Cry – Prince
6. Turn! Turn! Turn! – The Byrds
7. Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
8. King of Carrot Flowers – Neutral Milk Hotel
9. I’ll Fly Away – Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss
10. Like a Virgin – Madonna
ROUND 1 - 10 POSSIBLE POINTS
1. TAILOR (old German sniden means to cut)
2. FRISBEE (named in 1957 after coincidental similar use by youngsters of pie tin lids of the Frisbie Pie Company in Newport, Connecticut)
4. CHINA (5 time zones were first set up and made official in 1912, but were abolished after the Chinese Civil War. In 1949, the People’s Republic of China established a single time zone for the entirety of its claimed territories).
5. APRIL (Derived from the Latin name Aprilis, from the verb ‘to open’ in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to open)
6. MARRIAGE, COMMITMENT
7. THE SEVEN HEAVENLY VIRTUES
8. MOZART (The lyrics are from an early 19th-century English poem, "The Star" by Jane Taylor, first published in 1806, and set to Mozart’s Variations thought to be originally composed in 1778)
9. BIRDS (collective terms for groups of birds - Owls, Crows, Larks, and Ravens respectively)
10. THE LATITUDE WHERE ALL COFFEE PLANTS ARE GROWN.
ROUND TWO - 12 POSSIBLE POINTS
1. AMERICAN PYSCHO, CHRISTIAN BALE (1 point each)
2. CHUCK PALAHNIUK
3. TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE, AYANA MATHIS (1 point each)
4. MARY GAITSKILL
6. HEATH LEDGER
8. MYSTIC RIVER
10. STEPHEN COLBERT AND JULIE ANDREWS (1 point total--must name both correctly)
ROUND THREE- VISUAL ROUND - 20 POSSIBLE POINTS
1. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
2. The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkein
3. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L’Engle
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest - Ken Kesey
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
6. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
7. Cat’s Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
8. Moby-Dick - Herman Melville
9. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kudera
10. Interview With the Vampire - Anne Rice