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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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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Sunday, May 31, 2009

CBS posts interactive on world religions


imgEye on Religion

Find out more about the beliefs, practices and history of some of the world's major religions.

CBS runs story on "sexting"

GMA Announces FREE Summer Concerts

Good Morning America - the morning show on ABC - has announced the lineup for their summer concert series.  Shows will be in the Rumsey Playfield in central park.  Gates open at 6am and shows begin at 8:30.  Why the early entry time?  Admittance is free but it is on a first come, first admitted basis; get there early if you want a good place in the crowd and popular shows will mean more people show up than they will admit to the concert area!

Spider-Man Coming to Broadway!

The creator of Disney's Broadway show "Lion King," Julie Taymor has collaborated with Bono and The Edge of the rock band U2 to bring a stage musical version of Spider-Man to the Broadway stage in January 2010.

"Spider-Man:  Turn Off the Dark" has not yet been cast but is expected to be true to the comics.  Tickets go on sale in December.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hip Hop Generation Next

From the South Bronx to South Korea

June 13 – August 9, 2009
Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx

We will kick off our 25th Anniversary Season with an expanded Hip Hop Generation Next, our signature series that explores the global evolution of hip hop dance. The 2009 series will feature artists from New York City, Chicago, Sierra Leone, and Seoul, South Korea. It will begin on June 13, 2009 with the annual Block Party in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and continue in July and August with performances, ciphers (freestyle dance), dance battles, and forums in libraries and parks in Queens and the Bronx, in Manhattan, and in cyberspace.

Red Hook block party with hip hop dancing is usually in Coffey Park!

Here for link to website!

Street Art & Antiques in New Show - See it now!

The French call it le graf or le tag: the style of urban artwork that was born nearly four decades ago on New York City subways and brick walls, influencing a generation of artists, self-taught and otherwise, across the world.



The latest on the arts, coverage of live events, critical reviews, multimedia extravaganzas and much more. Join the discussion.

David Goldman for The New York Times

The curator Chantal Helenbeck, left, and the antiques dealer Jean Gismondi in an installation. “Whole in the Wall” was previously shown in Paris and will move to other European cities. More Photos »

Now twin sisters, gallery owners in France, have organized an exhibition to celebrate the international stamp and cultural heft of what they prefer to call le street art, a genre that may have more establishment appeal abroad than it does in the United States. The show, “Whole in the Wall,” is billed as the largest exhibition of American and European street art from 1970 to today, and includes paintings, sculpture and photography.

Click here to link to rest of NY Times story.

Click here for link to gallery directions!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

From the South Bronx to the Supreme Court

President Obama has announced his nomination for the Supreme Court:  Appeals Court judge Sonia Sotomayor.  If her nomination is approved by the Senate, she will be the first Hispanic to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

Artist's Work Appears on Magazine Cover Using Sketch from His iPhone (Not a joke!)

Jorge Colombo uses an iPhone app called "Brushes" to create these painterly sketches on the spot. No paint, no water, no spill, no set-up, no clean-up - all with the program and his fingers!  Of course, it helps they he draws well, since the app is a tool and it's not going to give you skill - will it replace old fashioned painting and drawing?  Only time will tell...but look at what email has done to the lost art of letter writing!  Who writes letters anymore?  Is it possible that teenagers today have NEVER even written a letter and sent it through the mail?

Free Summer Acting Workshop (Stella Adler)

Stella Adler Studio of Acting has announced their free summer acting program for teens only. Deadline is June 4 and you must call ASAP to schedule an interview (Call Carlos Caldart at 212.689.0087 and mention you are calling for the Summer Outreach program.)

Click here for the link!

Monday, May 25, 2009

In The Heights - Chasing Broadway Dreams

Making it in New York City is tough. Few get the chance to live out their dreams, and the cast and crew of In the Heights know this all too well. This young, diverse group of relatively unknown artists and performers have dreamed of making it on Broadway, but are well aware that a new original musical set outside a bodega in the Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights is a highly risky proposition. It took eight years in all, but they succeeded beyond their wildest expectations, winning four Tony Awards along the way, including Best Musical and Best Score for a Musical. In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams chronicles the personal stories of composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of In the Heights in the months leading up to opening night.

The program premieres Wednesday, May 27 at 8 p.m. (ET) on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances (channel 13).

Click here for the link for more information!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Poetry from the Rooftops!

American Academy of Poets (here) have announced a FREE summer reading series. On Thursdays at 6:30 join poets and poetry lovers on the roof of the Arsenal building on the edge of Central Park next to the zoo.

The Arsenal Building (shown at right from the back side closest to the zoo) at Central Park is located at 64th Street at 5th Avenue in New York City, next to the Zoo.

Click here for the reading schedule, directions and information.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Skateboarding Photographer Mike Blabac

Mike Blabac is one of the preeminent skateboard photographers of his generation. His career has been built on a strong work ethic, a small dose of good fortune, and an undying love for riding on a small board with four wheels. His parents gave him his first camera at age 13, but he didn’t grasp the full power of photography until he started looking at skateboard magazines. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Check out new visual arts feature online

Discover new worlds and fresh images in a new feature on the New York Times website about photography, video and visual journalism.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Save the date! Tuesday, June 9 for MUSEUM MILE FESTIVAL

Every year Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic and nine museums open their doors for free admission.

Called "Museum Mile Festival," families and friends gather at one end or the other (82nd Street to 105th Street) and "duck" in and out of the galleries and museums to see as much or as little as you want to see that day.
It's fun to go with a group and share laughs, refreshments and free art while getting to ealk on a pedestrian-only, traffic-free Fifth Avenue for a few hours.

Map above shows museums located on Fifth Avenue and their distance from each other.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mad Hot Ballroom!

Did you ever see the documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom"?  The one about the teams from several public schools around NYC who practice all year for the June show down at The World Financial Center?  See the real thing - LIVE!  This year's competition will be on Saturday, June 20 at 1pm & 4pm (8th graders at 4pm).

Friday, May 15, 2009

Star Architect Gets Big Show!

Guggenheim Museum opens their tribute to the designer of their building - Frank Lloyd Wright - the 5oth anniversary of the museum.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Free Summer Concerts in City Parks

City Parks Foundation has just announced their summer concert series - mor egreat, FREE music for us to enjoy in the city this summer! See you at the shows!

Click here and find the park near you!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Amor Latino on Sunday, May 24!

Random Photo of Maximus (left) and Achilles

What's Ahead this Week May 11-15

On May 15 the Guggenheim Museum opens their new summer exhibit called "Frank Lloyd Wright:  From Within Outward" - a giant show on the famous American architect.

He also designed and built the Guggenheim Museum itself so this is a very special show.  See more here.

The photo in this post is a house called "Fallingwater" in western Pennsylvania designed and built by Wright for Edgar Kaufman.

It is one of the most famous houses ever built on a spectacular site surrounded by a forest and as you can see a NATURAL waterfall beneath the house.  Click here for more photos and information about the house.

I am planning to bring my Pace University students to the museum during our summer course called "Seeing & Writing" - I will update this blog regularly during the summer to let you know when we go so that you may join us!

Be sure to check this blog for summer updates of things to do!

A reminder on cheap tickets for teens:  See the High 5 link at left in the toolbar called "NYC Culture & the Arts."  Or click here!

Our schedule for this week:

Monday - May 11
Drafting the Personal Statement

Tuesday - May 12
Peer Review of the Personal Statement
The DNA Age begins - at least have read the Research articles for today.

Wednesday - May 13
Group activity on The DNA Age

Thursday - May 14
Brigitte Dion from Lincoln Center visits for post-show workshop on JOE TURNER'S COME & GONE

Friday - May 15

Group activity on The DNA Age

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bergtraum Grad to Star in New Show

Save the dates!

Bushwick Arts Festival (here)

Ernesto Neto at Park Avenue Amory (pictured left, and here) - this Brazilian artist will install a 180 foot "soft sculpture" labyrinth to walk through!

FREE for high school students - opens May 14

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sign up for The Daily Beast!

The Daily Beast is many things: news digest, entertainment news, current events, hot topics and links to bloggers and other media sites.

A quick email registration allows them to send you daily updates to keep you informed!

This is great for those teenagers who tend to go into "news blackout" mode: no TV, radio or online news sites, especially on weekends; often means you don't know what's going on in the world!

Stay current! Click here for link to The Daily Beast!

(This is NOT an endorsement for the website; check it out for yourself!)

Watch Documentaries Online - Free!

Snag Films offers a wide-range of full-length documentaries - watch online for free!


Free Summer Concerts in Brooklyn

Celebrate Brooklyn has announced the lineup for their summer concert series. Prospect Park is easy to get to for these concerts: F train to 7th Avenue (9th Street) - walk up the hill on 9th street to the park and the concert area is right inside.


Summer Journalism Programs: NYC & D.C.

Readers Digest Association has announced their Young leaders program for sophomores and juniors. I will identify two 10th graders to apply and I encourage anyone in the class to apply, too!


Friday, May 1, 2009

After 341 Years, British Poet Laureate Is a Woman

Carol Ann Duffy has been named the new Poet Laureate of Great Britain. In the 341 years such a position has been in existence, she is the first woman to be appointed to the position.




FREE Documentary on Global Hip Hop

Harlem Stage on Screen - FREE!

Tues May 5 at 7pm – Estilo Hip Hop
Join us for this sneak preview before its June air date on PBS. The film chronicles the lives of three hip hop enthusiasts from Brazil, Chile, and Cuba who firmly believe that hip hop can change the world. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with filmmakers Loira Limbal, Vee Bravo, and one of the film’s featured characters, Eli Efi, a hip hop artist/producer born and raised in São Paulo, Brasil. The film will also be broadcast on PBS in June.

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
By Subway:
Harlem Stage is at 150 Convent Ave, at West 135th Street across from Aaron Davis Hall.

1 Train to 137th Street at Broadway. Walk south to 135th Street and walk east two blocks to Convent Ave. and 135th Street. Entrance of both the Gatehouse and Aaron Davis Hall is located on Convent Ave.

A, B, C, D to 125th Street at St. Nicholas Avenue. Walk east one block to Morningside Drive. and 125th Street. Walk north to 135th Street and Convent Ave (Morningside Drive. turns into Convent Ave. past 127th Street). Entrance of both the Gatehouse and Aaron Davis Hall is located on Convent Ave.