Oct 262015

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

Be a part of The Secret City’s new season and spread the joy of this beloved artistic tent revival.

IT’S OUR MOST EXCITING SEASON YET! Hard to believe we’re launching our 9th season. Incredible. It’s been an amazing year: we dedicated ourselves to building infrastructure: hiring 2 staff members, increasing our annual budget by $20,000 and paying more of our artists. And the impact has been HUGE! Not only is the organization running a lot more smoothly but our events are more powerful and more packed than ever. (Funny how that works…)

This coming season, we’ve got even more fantastic stuff coming up: we’re going to begin making podcasts of our live events so that folks all over the world can get in on the fun. (Right?) We’re holding our first evening service for the winter solstice in NYC. And, fingers crossed, we’ll be having our first gathering of The Secret City Brooklyn! On top of all that, we’ll be presenting more performance, visual art, food, live music, games, community interaction, storytelling and all of the other juicy stuff that folks have come to expect from our events.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? This campaign accounts for $20% of our annual budget. But how does that break down, exactly? We’ll tell you.

  • $25 — pays for gas and partial tolls for Chris and Bobby to drive into NY city for each monthly service–one way!
  • $50 –covers childcare for one service.
  • $100 — pays for a stage manager for one service.
  • $150 — pays for two featured performers or one session of rehearsal space.
  • $200 — covers the costs of one coffee hour.
  • $500 — covers our rent for one service at Dixon Place or at the Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock.
  • $1000 — covers musicians and artists for one month. Or, pays for airfare and rental cal for Chris and Bobby to get to LA.
  • $2500 — covers half the cost of one service.

THE IMPACT. The Secret City continues to grow in the most amazing ways. Thousands of people have taken part in our events in NYC, LA and Woodstock. We’ve done so much with the participation of our amazing donors and friends. With your continued support, we’ll continue to present the most exciting mix of artists and performers and to make the events that only The Secret City can make, providing community interaction, artistic engagement and our own special brand of spiritual haven to artists and art lovers.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS TO THIS CAMPAIGN SUCCEEDING? You may be thinking, “Hey, The Secret City is  a non-profit corporation now with a growing annual budget, why do they still need me?” The truth is, yes, we’ve been growing steadily since we started, but we still depend on this annual crowd-fund. Our organization was born at the dawn of social media and the foundation of our donor base comes via crowdfunding. So, please know how crucial it is for us to make this goal.

THE BIG FINISH! Ok, all you art lovers, you know how this part goes: please give as generously as you can and then share this campaign with your friends, family, co-workers and community at large. And, you can share our fantastic pitch video anywhere you like–cuz it’s funny and short and cute.

THANKS! We’re gonna go BIG this season and we’re are so excited to have you continue the amazing, joyful, colorful ride with us. THANK YOU for being such a vital part of our program, our growth, our exciting new season: thank you for being OUR COMMUNITY.

With love.

Chris Wells
Founding Artistic Director

Please donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/art-community-joy-give-to-the-secret-city#/story

Jul 302015

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

Original post @ A Place Called Space 

Text and Photos by Eirene

Exarheia is one of my favourite areas in Athens. It’s portrayed as a hotbed of anarchist radicalism by the media, as an area that should be avoided at all costs. It’s true that an awful lot of students live here as it’s very close to the University the Polytechnic and a large majority of them are anti-establishment and very radicalised – just looking at the posters around the area is testimony to that. A lot of the resistance that Athens has witnessed in the last years has started here. It’s here that the school boy Alexis Gregoropoulos was murdered by the police, and this sparked off large demonstrations in the streets of Athens.

Large parts of the area are very run-down, but there are also an awful lot of quiet, residential streets. There is a real sense of community here, of people using the area and living in it – a real medley of people: grungy youth, trendies, old ladies wearing twin-sets and pearls carrying their shopping, older men, newspaper under the arm, walking to their favourite cafeteria for a coffee and a read.

There is a palpable energy, a real buzz, with a mix of people who peacefully co-exist. We like it a lot.

Lots of street art all around that tells the story of this city.

The period of the crisis is over... No more lies. Freedom or Death (Freedom or Death was the rallying cry of the Greek war of Independence against the Turks)

The period of the crisis is over… No more lies. Freedom or Death (Freedom or Death was the rallying cry of the Greek war of Independence against the Turks)


Your system is wrong

Your system is wrong

As a noun, lathos means mistake. As an adjective it means wrong. Except it’s misspelt: it should be an omicron rather than omega.

‘Lathos’ is everywhere, usually just the word, and I have taken it to mean wrong epoch/wrong times. This time, it’s a phrase: your system is wrong.





No to subjugation

No to subjugation



This is a recurring image throughout the city. And no wonder. In a country where the State launches chemical warfare against its own people, gas masks become a necessary protection in any demonstration.


We (mistakenly, naively?) thought that there would be no more chemical warfare under the new ‘left’ government. I cannot describe the shock we all felt last week when the Syriza government used tear gas against people who were demonstrating against the new and third bailout programme that has just been accepted.




OXI posters, left overs from before the referendum - lots still around

OXI posters, left overs from before the referendum – lots still around


NO to bailout programmes and post-third bailout agreement, someone has added: What do we do now?

NO to bailout programmes and post-third bailout agreement, someone has added: What do we do now?






Some compare the present Greek predicament and the imposition of continuous austerity to the labours of Sisyphys who was punished by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, repeating this action forever.





Does this refer to the burning of books, or to the fact that books lighten up our lives?


Wake up by INO

Wake up by INO





A pity about the red van that was parked in front of this mural that takes up the whole of the ground floor of this house



looking closer, the dedication









On the steps leading to Lykabettus Hill, Asteras 1928, referring to the sports club of Exarheia, founded in 1928. The club has three active sports sections: Men’s baskeball, men’s football and Women’s basketball. The latter team compete in the top division the A1 Ethniki.



The market on the day we visited the area was extremely quiet: very few shoppers, a sign of the times. Our local market is the same – just a fraction of the usual number of people shopping.



This street art that refers to the market.






Jul 202015

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

The Art of Haiti Cover

The influence of history, religion, and politics on the emergence of a dynamic art movement in Haiti is the subject of this 28 minute award-winning documentary film.

The Art of Haiti juxtaposes images from everyday life with the radiant works of twelve prominent painters and includes interviews with renowned artists Philome Obin and Rigaud Benoit. In addition to delving into historical and political influences, the uneasy co-existence of Christian and Vodoun beliefs is explored through detailed retrospectives of artists influenced by the Vodoun religion, Hector Hyppolite and Andre Pierre.

The Smithsonian Institution contributed to the high quality digitizing of the original 16mm negative so that the DVD could be used as a reference during their restoration of several murals from the destroyed Cathedrale Sainte-Trinite in Port-au-Prince. The film serves as a permanent record of these beautiful murals, filmed years before the Cathedrale was destroyed during the earthquake of 2010.


“I very much enjoyed seeing [The Art of Haiti].”    – Alan Lomax, American Folklorist.

“The film would be excellent for classes in Black History and Culture, Latin American studies, Art and Art History and Social Studies. A wonderful way to present the history and daily culture of Haiti to your students.”    – Northeast  Conference on the Teaching of Languages.

“A skillfully edited work which makes effective use of color and music. The Art of Haiti can be highly recommended to those interested in art and in Black and Caribbean culture.”                 – Library Journal.

“The African diaspora as far as art is concerned, is made vivid in Mamalakis’ film, The Art of Haiti.”    – Ramon Price, former Chief Curator, DuSable Museum of African American History,  Chicago.

Produced and directed by Mark Mamalakis



Chicago International Film Festival – 3 awards

French Cultural Services Award

Silver Plaque award, Documentary: Arts/Humanities

Illinois Award



Anthropology Film Festival, Field Museum, Chicago.

Museum of Modern Art, NY

Festival International Du Film Des Metiers & D’Art, Aubusson, France

International Festival of Films on Art, Asolo, Italy.

Film Center, The Art Institute of Chicago.



mrkfilms.com, info@mrkfilms.com, Tel. 312/315-2181

Institutional pricing includes PPR $125.00

K-12 Schools $65.00

Home video pricing $29.95

28:35 Minutes

16mm to DVD


Completed 1982 and updated in 2014.


Dec 122013

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

Shorty Rogers(arr,con)
Conte Candoli,Johnny Audino,Ray Triscari,Harold Land(tp)
Harry Betts,Frank Rosolieno,Kenneth Shroyer,George Roberts(tb)
Art Pepper,Bill Holman,Richie Kamuca,Bud Shank,Bill Perkins,Chuck Gentry(Sax)
Lou Levy,Pete Jofly(p) Joe Mondragon(b) Frank Capp,Mal Lewis(ds)

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0MocC5CxfM

Dec 032013

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

Source: BBC

Sundance award-winning documentary which tells the compelling story of how a group of young, feminist punk rockers known as Pussy Riot captured the world’s attention by protesting against Putin’s Russia. Through first-hand interviews with band members, their families and the defence team, and exclusive footage of the trial, it highlights the forces that transformed these women from playful political activists to modern-day icons.

In early 2012, members of the collective donned their colourful trademark balaclavas and participated in a 40-second ‘punk prayer protest’ on the altar of Moscow’s cathedral. Once arrested, Nadia, Masha and Katia were accused of religious hatred in a trial that triggered protests and arrests in Russia and caused uproar around the world. The film reveals the personal motives and courage of the women behind the balaclavas and exposes the state of Russian justice through the court’s final verdict.

VIDEO @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLmVwfuMEHY#t=103

Aug 152013

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

One of the most popular celebrations in Barcelona is the Festa Major de Gracia from August 15 until August 21 when the Gracia district is transformed into a wonderland of decorated streets, fireworks, music and parties.

During the day, events are held in Gracia’s brightly decorated streets and squares. Two more great features of the festival are the correfocs (performers dressed up as devils depicting Catalan folklore) and the Catalan castells (amazing human towers).

At night, the Festa Major de Gracia is filled with live music, dancing, fireworks and partying outdoors all night long.

Carrer de Progres:

Jurassic Progres Entrance

Jurassic Progres Entrance



Dinosaur hatchlings

Dinosaur hatchlings

Phoebe's new friend :)

Phoebe’s new friend :)







Jul 022013

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

Source: VICE

Every two years since 1895, Venice has hosted the most important contemporary art exhibition in the world. Over a period of six months, the Biennale welcomes over 375,000 visitors and raises millions of Euros in sponsorships. In 2013, 88 nations were represented.

But while everyone was talking about the art at the Biennale, we went to Venice few months before the official opening to meet artists, curators, and producers, and to understand how such a massive art event is made, as well as its impact on the city and its citizens.

Check out the Best of VICE here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Best-Of

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT-F6pArqMo&feature=em-subs_digest

Jun 182013

Videography by Elias Theodoropoulos, 99GetSmart

ΕΡΤ διαδήλωση,συναυλία,μουσική,πολιτισμός

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM6UYbPiALM&feature=em-uploademail

May 112013

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

The poster for the event

The poster for the event


The audience

The audience















VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DW3J5nQrUc&feature=youtu.be