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Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles 

When: Thu., July 23, 7 p.m. 2015

RESURRECT DEAD: THE MYSTERY OF THE TOYNBEE TILES

THURSDAY, JULY 23­ DURHAM,

NASHER MUSEUM OF ART—"Toynbee idea in Kubrick's 2001 resurrect dead on planet Jupiter." Since the 1980s, obsessive variations on this puzzling message have been found on hundreds of linoleum tiles embedded in asphalt throughout the U.S. and South America. No one is sure who is making them or exactly what they mean, though plentiful theories have been offered in serious publications and Internet conspiracy circles alike. David Mamet claims they're inspired by his play 4 A.M., where a talk-radio caller invokes Kubrick, Toynbee and life on Jupiter, though some researchers say there's evidence that the tiles predate the play. This urban legend, all the more spooky for being absolutely real, is the subject of Jon Foy's 2011 documentary, Resurrect Dead, which won a Sundance Directing Award. Foy's team combs through the existing evidence and theories to make a compelling case for a new suspect. The film screens in the Nasher's "Dinner and a Movie" series, where the two-course dinner will cost you (for reservations, visit www.nasher.duke.edu/café) but the 7 p.m. screening is free on a first-come, first-served basis. 59 p.m., free (screening), 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, 919-684-5135, www.nasher.duke.edu. —Brian Howe

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