Dog Star / A Creative Arts Guide






Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

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In New York we let so many teens walk around the periphery, mildly shell-shocked by life, while the information that they need to make sense of their world sits in the center of the room. DogStarNYC welcomes them into the middle of the room; the blog tells them how to walk there. ” - Stacy L.


DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!

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Monday, February 28, 2011

DOGS STAR SAYS WATCH THIS VIDEO! Live Performance By PS22 Chorus - Somewhere Over The Rainbow

HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET? Global Africa Project Features Over 100 Artists at MAD MUSEUM (59th Street Columbus Circle) Bring your friends!

DOG STAR is excited to spread the news of this wonderful exhibit!  Too often people see African solely through the news media and do not see the country for its ethnic, cultural and creative diversity.  Global Africa Project, on view until May 15, is a unique opportunity to see a wide range of art and design and the hybrid influences on the people of this incredible continent.  Bring your friends!  Bring your family on Thursday nights at 6pm and each person pays $1 (it's pay-what-you-wish so we suggest $1 each, really!)  ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
An unprecedented exhibition exploring the broad spectrum of contemporary African art, design, and craft worldwide, The Global Africa Project premieres at the Museum of Arts and Design this November. Featuring the work over 100 artists working in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean, The Global Africa Project surveys the rich pool of new talent emerging from the African continent and its influence on artists around the world. Through ceramics, basketry, textiles, jewelry, furniture, and fashion, as well as selective examples of architecture, photography, painting, and sculpture, the exhibition actively challenges conventional notions of a singular African aesthetic or identity, and reflects the integration of African art and design without making the usual distinctions between "professional" and "artisan."

GO SEE IT THIS WEEK! Grab two friends and go to NYU's Grey Art Gallery for Esetban Vicente's Fantastic Collage & Paintings

DOG STAR thinks our devoted readers, especially artists, will enjoy this show of collage, paintings and sculpture by Esteban Vicente.  Concrete Improvisations is the first major American museum exhibition to pair collages and sculptures by the noted abstract painter Esteban Vicente. A distinguished member of the first group of New York School Abstract Expressionists, Vicente (1903–2001) was, like Willem de Kooning, born in Europe, in his case, Spain. Unlike his Dutch contemporary, however, he has not received the large-scale recognition he deserves.  On view only until MARCH 26 so go this week or you may forget!

ADDRESS: Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, NYC 10003HOURS:
Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
OPEN LATE Wednesdays: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays.

SUGGESTED ADMISSION: $3.00, Free to NYU students (You can pay $1.00!)DIRECTIONS: The Grey Art Gallery is located within the NYU Silver Center at 100 Washington Square East. Situated at the meeting point of SoHo and the East and West Villages, the Grey Art Gallery is easily reached by public transportation. SUBWAY: A, B, C, D, E, F, N, or V to West 4th Street; R or W local to 8th Street; 6 local to Astor Place; 1 local to Christopher Street. BUS: M1, M2, M3, M5, and M6 to 8th Street.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Have you seen the Houdini show yet? Discover Houdini: Art & Magic at The Jewish Museum - Find out about the amazing life and times of an American legend! (Make it a field trip with younger family members!)

Houdini:  Art and Magic until March 27, 2011
DOG STAR likes this show because we discovered Houdini's world and learned a bit of magic, too!

Through impossibly daring feats Harry Houdini (1874-1926) captivated audiences worldwide and his legendary escapes still cause amazement to the day.  This is the first exhibition on the master magician and features magic instruments, such as his straitjacket, handcuffs, milk cans, posters, photographs and period films to tell the story of an American legend.  Here for more on Harry Houdini

Admission is FREE on Saturdays open 11:00am-5:45pm or $7.50 for students on other days (Closed on Wednesdays)

The Jewish Museum IS EASY TO REACH at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street - Take the 4,5, or 6 train to 86th Street & Lexington Avenue.  Walk west on 86th Street, turn right at 5th Avenue and walk north to 92nd Street.  Here for Jewish Museum

Wow! Discover Alberto Seveso's incredible Ink & Water Photos!

DOG STAR thinks these are incredible!  Italian illustrator/graphic designer, Alberto Seveso has created this amazing series of Ink & Water snap shots. Through the combination of two relatively inert and similar components, Seveso introduces us to a new perspective on visual aesthetics.

Alberto also created a photo for the December issue of Playboy magazine (no, not that kind of photo spread!) and you can see it at his site here!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dre's New Video Shows Everything Wrong with His Money & Power!

DOG STAR has a few thoughtful words on the new Dr. Dre video.  (1) The track is fantastic.  Fresh.  Engaging and roaring with Skylar's vocal hook.  (2)  Big budget doesn't guarantee a fresh "look" - almost every Kanye West video shows you can spend lots and lots of money and get ho-hum videos.  This one is no exception.  The production design is lazy:  car crash for metaphor on how one needs to shake off old, nostalgic feelings and wake up to living life forward and not backward (thinking of the past).  It's old and tired.  Exterior shot of the putty-colored building is Frank Lloyd Wright's last building the Marin County Civic Center near San Francisco.  Also seen to better effect in the '90s movie "Gattaca."  Also old and tired to pick this building to suggest the hospital where Dre recovers.  Interior with Frankestein's lab set-up.  Tiresome.  Not fresh at all.  Water tank to show he's "suspended" and healing / making progress.  Really?  That's what he came up with for the video?  Tiresome.  (3)  "Artsy" holographic dancer in gauzy sheets writhing around in "mid air" - guardian angel?  Dre's sub-conscience?  Member of an amateur dance company?  All of the above!  (4)  Shameless plug for HP computers is just gross.  Doesn't he make enough guap, already?  (5)  For all of Dre's legendary status in "the rap game," he has the humility to let Em deliver his flow FIRST since Dre ends up sounding like he's all worn out after one of those intense workouts.  He is NOT a rapper.  At least not anymore.

Now, you decide!

One Picture-at-a-Time Project: Elizabeth Murray’s “Do the Dance” at the Museum of Modern Art

One Picture-at-a-Time Project:  On December 31, The New York Times ran a story in which they asked their art critics to select favorite paintings hanging in New York City museums.  We will occasionally post ONE picture - and the writer's comments about it - as a new project for the new year.  We will also include our own picks to offer a wider range of visual art on view in our great art city.  We think this is a great way to learn about and enjoy great art in small bites!
Roberta Smith selects:

‘DO THE DANCE,’ BY ELIZABETH MURRAY, MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Elizabeth Murray’s “Do the Dance” is a late painting, made in 2005 after she had received the diagnosis of the brain cancer that would kill her two years hence, at 66. Made of five separate shaped canvases that create the illusion of scores of individual smaller canvases percolating momentarily into a rectangular cluster, it is obliquely autobiographical, as all convincing art probably must be to some extent. Most of Murray’s paintings can be read as tallies of both the private emotions and events of her life and of the visual sources that fed her art throughout her career. Her vocabulary was built on elements from the work of Braque, Picasso, Miró and Malevich, as well as Jim Nutt and R. Crumb.
Like my other choices here “Do the Dance” operates in the lavishly appointed gap between the actual and the abstract. In its lower-left corner we see a character familiar from earlier Murrays — a rubbery Gumby figure whose limbs stretch into ribbonlike extensions. This figure is now apparently the patient, attached to a light-green IV, lying on white and yellow sheets whose red-flecked patterns discreetly evoke blood. Near its head a small four-pronged shape resembles a rubber glove, yet its cartoony, splatlike silhouette is one that recurs throughout Murray’s art, as spilled coffee, for example. (The hospital, like everywhere else, seems to have brimmed with expressive potential for her.)
Just above the brown figure a series of white round canvases connected by a blue laddered line that might be a spinal column or a sutured incision implies another figure. This one’s head is crisscrossed with red lines and attached to an oxygen tube. On the right half of the painting two baggy, biomorphic shapes — one yellow, one lavender — occupy their own irregular canvases; they form a couple struggling to stay connected while closely resembling examples of Murray’s earlier work. So does an undulant cloud of purple-brown, punctuated by a white dotted line. Other irregular, bulbous lines snake and coil among and around these larger shapes, suggesting tubes, wiring or cords of synaptic nodes.
At the bottom of it all, in the form of a long blue squiggle, lie the waters of Manhattan. “Do the Dance,” Murray tells us, when the end is near. The dance is life. And life, for her, was painting.

Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to U2's cover of Cole Porter's 1932 classic "Night & Day" - This longing for you follows wherever I go

Friday, February 25, 2011

Met Museum Announces New Contest to "Get Closer" to Details in the Met's Collection

Looking at art—really looking—can be a powerful thing. But it takes time. And patience. And even a bit of practice. The rewards, however, are well worth the effort. Looking often reveals details not registered by the viewer at first glance, elements that can bring a work of art to life.

We've just launched the third iteration of our "It's Time We Met" promotional campaign. Called "Get Closer," this phase highlights details from works of art throughout the Museum: an exquisite pair of bejeweled hands, a tense pile of sculpted feet, the golden swirl of a French horn's looping center, a horse's tail that looks like a sweeping brushstroke cast in bronze. These are but a few of the images that you will now see on kiosks in front of the Met, on buses and subways platforms around New York, and in online and print ads.

But we also want to hear from you. What's your favorite detail from the Met's collection? What have you seen that perhaps the visitor next to you missed? We're opening a free photography contest, encouraging everyone to share—in photographs and words—the details from the Met's collection that have intrigued or inspired them.

We're accepting submissions through Friday, April 8 (all of the guidelines on how to enter are here). The top five photos and descriptions will be published on the Met's website this spring, and the winners will each receive a free Individual Membership to the Met for a year.

So come visit, get closer, and share with us what you see.

Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to Jennifer Hudson's "Where You At" (But, really J. Hud? Ebonics for the title? What's wrong with "Where Are You?")

FREE! Saturday Night at BAM! Nu Voices Orchestra, Conducted by Kid Lucky

DOG STAR knows this is going to be a lot of fun!  As if it weren’t enough of a challenge generating persuasive hip-hop beats from the neck up, beatboxer extraordinaire Kid Lucky throws freestyle rapping into the mix, giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “getting a word in edgewise.” For BAMcafé Live, he works his one-man-band magic from the podium, leading a spectacular team of beatboxers in collective free improvisations and ensemble pieces. Here for more information
Brooklyn Academy of Music - any train to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street
Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 9pm

Florida Mom Is Making Her Son Wear a Sign with His Terrible GPA on It


DOG STAR says this is pretty crazy!  A Florida mother is disgusted by her son't failing grades and tries to get him to change his habits!
Ronda Holder is so disappointed with her son's poor academic performance that she's resorted to shaming the 15-year-old on the streets of their Tampa Bay, Florida, neighborhood. Holder said the last straw was when her son, James Mond III, failed even his P.E. class. That's when she made a sign detailing Mond's abysmal grade point average—1.22—and forced the boy to walk up and down a busy street corner for hours on end.
Neither Holder nor her husband graduated high school, but she says she wants better education for her son, who she says seems to have no interest in academic achievement. "You take the phone. You take things from them—it don't work," she said. "So embarrassing is the best thing. He don't like to get embarrassed." 
Local psychologist Stacey Scheckner told Tampa Bay's Fox 13 that Holder's embarrassing punishment isn't healthy for Mond, but Holder says her son is going to have to walk the streets wearing the sign every day until his grades improve. The end result, she hopes, will be a son who won't ever have to walk the streets again: "I don't want any of my kids to stand by the side of the road asking for change."

Sharpton Gets Anti-Abortion Billboard Pulled After Controversial Message

Rev. Al Sharpton says he's convinced an outdoor advertising company to pull the controversial anti-abortion billboard that went up in Soho earlier this week. Sharpton: "The billboard was offensive, especially during Black History Month, and I had intended to hold a press conference Friday in front of the billboard to protest the message of racial profiling and against a woman's right to choose."

UPDATE: Gothamist notes that the woman whose child posed for the stock photo used on the billboard is not very happy either. "I would never endorse something like that. Especially with my child's image. It's bad enough you're saying this about African Americans, but then you put a child with an innocent face. I just want the image off of it. Use another image—just not hers."

Have you met Houston-area You Tube Sensation LUAN LEGACY? He recounts his adventurous life and sprinkles in much-needed advice and wisdom!

Discover Richard Linklater's Animated Philosophical Film called WAKING LIFE in this Examination by New York Times Film Critic A.O. Scott

DOG STAR knows many, many devoted readers have had moments where we ask, "Why?  Why am I here?"  It is a normal human function to meditate in this age-old question of existence and meaning in our lives.  Richard Linklater created a film, set in Austin, TX, in which a variety of people explore this question and others in a long conversation.  It's not a film for everyone but fans of introspection, reflection and philosophy will enjoy the film's meditation on the questions and the thoughtfulness and absurdity of some of the answers.  MORE ON THE FILM HERE

Dog Star Selects: Imposing Aztec Serpent Office Building in France

DOG STAR thinks this is a wild, new office building!  What an incredible sight to turn a corner and see this building prowling in the asphalt!
Aztec Serpent Office Building was designed by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture and is located close to the main train station in Saint-Etienne, France. The architecture of this building is daring and original, not to mention highly contemporary. According to French studio Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, the project is like a large ‘Aztec serpent’ rising on the lot. Its body has three identical outer faces, and an underside that is different: a skin of silvery transparent scales, and a bright yellow ‘throat,’ shiny and opaque. As reported by My Modern Met, a courtyard plays the central element of the structure, as the building loops around it. Parts of the imposing architecture project are cantilevered, which gives it a bold, spectacular appearance. The contrast between the rectangular windows and the yellow walls is of great visual effect. (Photo credit: Philippe Ruault)

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gay Black History Month on NO MORE DOWN LOW TV

Can't Get Enough Guitars? Stop by these amazing guitar-themed events across the city!

New York City's National September 11 Memorial & Museum Creates 9/11 Timeline

DOG STAR is posting yesterday's story released by the Associated Press (an international news agency which provides stories for news outlets) on the new Timeline of 9/11.  Above:  This is a web image from the "September 11 Attacks Timeline," of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, in New York, Tuesday Feb. 22, 2011. AP Photo/National September 11 Memorial & Museum. 

WARNING:  The Timeline has very disturbing audio and video of the attacks!

NEW YORK, NY (AP).- Flight attendant Betty Ong couldn't tell exactly what was happening in the cockpit of American Airlines Flight 11, but it was clear to her that there was trouble. 

"I don't know, but I think we're getting hijacked," she said in a phone call to an American Airlines reservation desk at 8:19 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. 

The audio recording of that call — her relaying that two other employees had been stabbed, that they couldn't get into the cockpit and didn't know who was in there, that someone had sprayed something into the air, the long stretches of silence on the other end of the phone as her listeners seemingly struggled to fully absorb what they were being told — is part of an online timeline that attempts to give a sense of order to that most chaotic of days. 

The timeline, put together by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and launched Wednesday, incorporates audio recordings from phone calls on that day, oral histories from survivors and eyewitnesses and graphic photographs and video snippets arranged in chronological order. Viewers can use social media including Facebook and Twitter as well as e-mail to share links to the site and to particular photos and videos. 

The timeline starts at 5:45 a.m., with photographs of hijackers Mohammed Atta and Abdulaziz al-Omari passing through airport security in Maine for a flight to Boston, where they would board Flight 11. It ends at 8:30 p.m., with President George W. Bush addressing the nation. 

Along the way, it outlines the departures of all four fatal flights and shows images of their passenger manifests, video and photos of the World Trade Center's north and south towers after they were hit and heart-breaking moments such as when United Airlines Flight 175 passenger Brian Sweeney left a voicemail for his wife, Julie Sweeney. 

"Jules, it's Brian. Listen, I'm on an airplane that's been hijacked. If things don't go well, it's not looking good, I just want you to know I absolutely love you," he said. 

The timeline doesn't shy away from the starkest images of the day. In one video of the collapse of the south tower, an onlooker can be heard saying, "Oh, my God!" repeatedly as the tower falls. A video of the fall of the north tower carries a warning of mature language, as people can be heard screaming and cursing, including a man saying, "That's a (expletive) bomb!" 

The president of the museum, Joe Daniels, said the project's organizers were sensitive to the nature of what they were presenting and took steps such as leaving it up to viewers as to whether they wanted to take closer looks at specific photographs and videos or listen to particular bits of audio. 

"We are the institution that needs to preserve the history of what happened," he said. "That means taking on some of the difficult material. That means reminding people of some of the difficult stuff." 

Charles G. Wolf, who lost his wife, Katherine Wolf, at the World Trade Center, said it was a good thing that the museum was putting this material out there. 

"We don't want it to be sugarcoated," he said. "We want people to understand what it was like." 

The images may be difficult for some Sept. 11 family members and others to look at, but they can choose not to, Wolf said. He contrasted that to what he expects the atmosphere will be like closer to the 10th anniversary in September, when it's likely images from the event will be more prevalent on television and elsewhere and will be more difficult for people disturbed by them to avoid. 

"Unless you choose not to turn the television on, you're going to be hit by this stuff later this year," he said. 

The destruction at the Pentagon, the evacuation of lower Manhattan and the few extrications of people trapped in the debris are all in the timeline, as are images of items including the dusty and dirty shoes that were worn by people as they left the stricken towers and political candidates' notices for the primary election New York City was expecting to hold that day. 

Compiled from the museum's collection, the timeline is an effort to help people get a sense of how that life-altering day unfolded, Daniels said. 

"It takes an incredibly chaotic day that changed the world and organizes it in a way that is accessible to large numbers of people," he said, pointing out, "No matter where you were, it was confusing." 

The timeline's use of social media allows viewers to share it in a personal way, said Mike Lucaccini and Danny Riddell, founders of Archetype International, the San Francisco-area company that designed and developed it. If there's a particular moment of the day that someone wants to share, he or she can do that. 

"It's such a personal experience for everyone," Lucaccini said. "A specific moment in time may mean something to someone in particular." 

Alice Hoagland, who lost her son Mark Bingham on United Airlines Flight 93, is thrilled to be part of the timeline. It includes a voicemail message she left for her son, telling him that terrorists would probably be trying to use the plane to hit a site on the ground and to do what he could to prevent it. 

"I would say go ahead and do everything you can to overpower them because they're hell-bent," she said in the message. 

Reached Tuesday in Los Gatos, Calif., Hoagland told The Associated Press that she hadn't seen the timeline yet but that "it's a tremendously good teaching tool for people who want to understand the events of that day." 

While the general content of the timeline is similar to material about Sept. 11 that has been seen before, the project organizers focused on trying to use specific items that haven't been in the public eye previously, said Jan Ramirez, chief curator at the museum. 

"What we wanted to do was try to avoid the more iconic . material that has been out on the Web and in films," she said, in favor of "evidence that was documented by the everyday people who were entangled in this event." 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. 

Central Park in Winter (A small album by Dog Star Photographer C.M. Tarallo)

HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET? The Lod Mosaic: The Discovery of an Ancient Roman Mosaic (Now on view at the Metropolitan Museum until April!)

DOG STAR could barely believe the beauty and design of the 1,700 year-old mosaic floor found in a  town in Israel when the dug up the area to widen the street.  What a discovery!  Bring friends and family to the back of the Greek & roman Galleries and see it for yourself! Here for the Met Museum

First discovered in 1996 during construction on the Jerusalem–Tel Aviv highway in Lod (formerly Lydda), Israel, this large and impressive mosaic floor has only recently been uncovered and was displayed briefly in situ to the public in Israel during the summer of 2009. Believed to belong to a large house owned by a wealthy Roman in about A.D. 300, the mosaic comprises a large square panel with a central medallion depicting various exotic animals and two rectangular end panels, one of which represents a marine scene of fish and ships. The floor, which adorned a richly appointed audience room, is extremely well preserved and highly colorful. It has now been removed from the ground and is being first exhibited to the general public here at the Metropolitan Museum. The Lod Mosaic is on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center.

This four-minute video produced by the Metropolitan Museum from footage provided by the Israel Antiquities Authority documents the initial discovery of the Lod mosaic in 1996 and its lifting and conservation in 2009. The work in 2009 produced some dramatic results that shed light on the way the mosaic was laid some seventeen hundred years ago.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

COMING SOON! Dominican Film festival to Debut in the Heights in March

DOG STAR knows a few devoted readers will follow-up and go see some of the films offered at the FIRST Dominican Film Festival (here) in New York City.  This long-overdue event will draw thousands of Dominican and non-Dominican film fans to the Coliseum Cinemas for premier screenings and celebrations of Dominican film industry and culture.  The opening night film is called HERMAFRODITA, which looks quite interesting from the trailer!

WHAT A HORROR SHOW! A-Morir x Supreme Hoody for Lady Gaga

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Here for very mixed reviews in comments section on Hypebeast

Last Night on Letterman: ADELE Performs "Rolling in the Deep" from the new album "21"

Changing New York: Discover Lost City in this Old Photo of Lower Manhattan

DOG STAR says you will want to CLICK ON THIS PICTURE TO SEE IT LARGER!  We will give you a guided tour of this 1941 photo and you will be amazed at how much has changed in this scene!

Start at the top left corner where you will spot a circular paved area in City Hall Park.  Use your finger to trace this path:

Come down on the left along the street to the small domed building, that's at Park Row.  The low black shed roof is where Pace University now stands.  This roof covers the old elevated subway tracks of City Hall Station that went ACROSS THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE!

Next, locate the roof and tracks just to the right and it brings you down the lower center behind the tall Municipal Building.  This is the old elevated Bowery line and it will come to Chatham Station (no longer exists) slightly out of view off the picture.

Now, everything in that triangle between the two track lines (in the lower left of the photo) has been demolished to make way for what stands there today:  One Police Plaza, Murry Bergtraum High School, Verizon tower and Chatham Green co-operative apartment - none of these newer buildings are shown in the photo since these were built after all the buildings shown in the picture were destroyed!  You will also notice that traffic seems to be coming through the roadway directly beneath the Municipal Building - this is also no longer an active street since it now empties onto the plaza for police headquarters.

Finally, move to the lower right corner:  See that pentagon-shaped building?  That's the former city jail called "The Tombs" it was also torn down and replaced by another version (still standing today) in 1951.

Quite a time travel through changing New York City!

Georgia High School Student Says, "My Life Is No Place for Hate"

High 5 Offers $5 Tickets for New Show SPY GARBO with Incredible Special Effects to Make History Live & Murderers Come to Life!

DOG STAR knows history fans and theater fans will rush to see this show and High 5 offers tickets for selected dates in March.  Fascist Francisco Franco, Communist Kim Philby, and Hitler's Wilhelm Canaris are trapped together in history's limbo -- an infinite library of scenes from their past's archival newsreels, noir thrillers and Nazi home movies. The men argue, re-construct and re-live their personal exploits, challenge accepted history, rationalize and lie -- all to one-up Garbo, the master secret agent -- and win the staggering role in history's definitive WWII spy-adventure movie 

Spy Garbo explores the narrative possibilities created by digital technology, trespassing the borders that separate stage, cinema, historical documentary, spy thrillers and political commentary. With a 130-foot curved HD screen and a full stage holographic video projection system, Spy Garbo takes the audience from history's limbo into the winding trenches of World War I, to the Spanish Civil War, along the Nazi hall of triumph, down the vast sewers of Vienna, and through WWII -- to decide what makes an iconic figure a hero or a villain. Visit for more!