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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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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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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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

FREE! THIS WEEKEND! Outdoor Street Festival on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn!



DOG STAR knows a few crafters who will be selling their earrings, necklaces, handbags and wallets and quite a few food vendors.

This is NOT the same-old Manhattan street fair (no bonsai trees, no overstock sheets and towels, no tube socks) and it features live bands on several stages, activities for children and many local Brooklyn artists and businesses.

Go with your family!  Go with friends!  Bring your camera!

Atlantic Avenue from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue (10 blocks long!).  Not from Brooklyn or don't know the area?  Still go!



Choose your line to Atlantic Avenue

B LineD LineM Line N Line Q Line Q diamond line R Line
2 Line 3 Line 4 Line 5 Line




Monday, September 28, 2009

Gratuitous Pic of Achilles (front), Maximus (tan) and Moses (right)



QUOTE OF THE DAY



Is there anything in life so disenchanting as attainment?

FREE! Angels & Accordions in Performance at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery



DOG STAR pushes our devoted readers to seek out what is fresh, live and, especially, free!  Now, visits to a cemetery are not unusual for DOG STAR: growing up on a farm in upstate New York meant that ANYTHING was an adventure as soon as you left the house and long driveway out of the woods.


Cemeteries offer opportunities to learn about history, architecture and how people choose to remember their loved ones after they've died.  New York City has famous plots and one of the most famous is Green-Wood in Brooklyn's Sunset Park.


This sprawling garden of rolling hills features many, many fascinating sites and is the eternal resting place of New Yorkers Leonard Bernstein (composer), Jean-Michel Basquiat (painter) and Susan Smith (New York's first black doctor). 



If you needed more of a reason to visit, then, perhaps here it is:  As part of the Open House NYC program Green-Wood will present a performance called "Angels & Accordions."

“Angels and Accordions” takes the shape of a guided tour as it wends through the historic cemetery, with a guide leading visitors to sites where dancers and singers play angels in tableau vivant style (they get into position for the scene and freeze), backed by an original score performed by the Famous Accordion Orchestra.
In addition to the music, visitors get an exclusive look at the historic graveyard, including a rare chance to enter several tombs and catacombs.
“Angels and Accordions” at the Green-Wood Cemetery [Fifth Avenue and 25th Street in Greenwood Heights (718) 768-7300], Oct. 10, noon to 3:30 pm. Rain date is Oct. 11. Tickets are free

Sunday, September 27, 2009

FREE! FREE! FREE! Meet Powerful & Inspiring Writer Cornel West this Weds. at B & N!



DOG STAR knows and respects Cornel West for his enlightened, clear and articulate views on race, civilization and life in general.  Among those with "West" for a last name, it is Cornell who should get your attention most.  Kanye has much to learn from Cornel, too, humility chief among them and having a values-centered philosophy of life is another.

This Mr. West, Mr. West, Mr. West (a reference to a lyric on Kanye's "College Dropout") has tackled issues of hip hop's place in our culture, has rapped a few songs of his own and is a a professor at Princeton University.

Now, he shares his memoirs in a new book "Living & Loving Out Loud: A Memoir."  And he will read from the book and be available for signings and conversation this Wednesday, September 30 at Union Square Barnes & Noble.

If you are starving for something richer than the usual playlist of your life, consider heading over to B & N by 6:30pm to get a seat.  Mr. West is very funny, very accessible - he talks plainly and truthfully - and you will surely become a fan of his too.  When you do become a fan there is a treasure of previous books to dive into DOG STAR recommends "Democracy Matter" for the chapter on hip hop culture.  It will open your eyes and, no, he does not bash it, he sees it in a different light.

Will you give yourself the chance to see life in a different light, too?

Here for the Barnes & Noble event website for details


Here to read excerpts from "Living & Loving Out Loud: A Memoir" 

Here for Cornel West on the web (including audio and video) 

Here for Cornel West on Wikipedia 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Hip Hop Theater Festival Begins This Week!



DOG STAR saw one of our all-time favorite shows at this festival a few years back:  A hip hop adaptation of Oedipus called "Seven Against Thebes" by Will Power. We saw it with Buttas (Sunset Park Puerto Rican, holla!) and we agreed that what it lacked in solid writing it made up for in talent, creativity and sheer guts to push the boundaries and re-imagine the Greek tragedy with a hip hop staging.

Now, the festival returns to the Ohio Theater on Wooster Street in SoHo.

Festival highlights include a performance piece by Beatnuts and Young, Gifted & Hyped starring talented teens from around the U.S. in spoken word and rap performances.  Will somebody please get the word to Isaac that these are shows he must see!

Here for event website! 

Saturday, September 26, 2009

QUOTE OF THE DAY

    It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

FREE! This Sunday! Broadway Show Flea Market & Street Fair


DOG STAR scored a signed poster from John Leguizamo at this fun and free event with Broadway actors and memorabilia.

Held annually in Schubert Alley from 10am to 7pm, you'll get the chance to meet stars of the Broadway shows, buy items at their flea market and a chance to bid on special items, too.

Schubert Alley is easily accessed from West 44th Street between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue.

Here for the event website! 

Friday, September 25, 2009

Colors in Motion: Georgia O'Keeffe at Whitney Museum



Look at this painting by Georgia O'Keeffe.  Is it a highway cutting through the night landscape with a burning horizon off in the distance?  Is it a beating heart, aching for love?

It is both of these things and neither of these things.  Magically, the power and the beauty of this painting - and many, many more like it - is in the way it can grip your sight, first, and hold on to your other senses, too.  And then the imagination generates wildly different responses - all bursting with half-explanation because the mind wants to sort it out and make sense of it.

Don't let it.  Enjoy the superb technique (the smooth lines, the very clean shapes, the expertly applied paint) and enjoy the incredible color crawling through the paintings.

DOG STAR urges teens to run, don't walk, to the O'Keeffe show at the Whitney Museum at 75th Street and Madison Avenue.  We're not even going to suggest it only if you like this one.  Just go.

The Whitney is ALWAYS free for everyone under 18 years old.


Here for the Whitney Museum link to this exhibit (with a super short video intro) 

FREE! - El Museo del Barrio Reading to Celebrate 40th Birthday!



In celebration of El Museo del Barrio’s 40th anniversary and to highlight the ever-growing influence on culture and literature by Latinos, The New York Times Community Affairs Department and El Museo del Barrio Present

A Conversation with Oscar Hijuelos and Esmeralda Santiago


Tuesday
October 20, 2009

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

El Teatro, El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, New York City

Don’t miss a conversación with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos (“Dark Dude,” “Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love”) and award-winning writer Esmeralda Santiago (“When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir,” “Almost a Woman”). Join us as they discuss their inspirations and influences and what encouraged them to find their voice on paper.

Moderated by Mireya Navarro, New York Times reporter and author of "Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-friendly Celebration."

FREE ADMISSION

RSVP required, please e-mail your contact information and number of people attending with you to communityaffairs@nytimes.com or call (212) 556-4500.

TOMORROW - Outdoor street festival in SoHo

Outdoor Street Fair with a Twist: no tube socks or bonsai trees - Housing Works offers chance to buy $1 records, CDs and cheap clothing to support AIDS-related services

BOOKSTORE CAFÉ EVENTS

The Housing Works Open Air Street Fair!


Saturday, September 26 at 10:00am at Bookstore Cafe
Our most-beloved event returns! We close Crosby Street and fill it with thousands of $1 books, movies, and music, tons of clothes, housewares, and accessories, plus beer, barbecue, and live music by Kristin Andreassen, The Woes, Silvertone and more!
A great opportunity to hang on Saturday, take pictures, have a snack, grab some cool record covers!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

FREE! See modern dance performances to honor the life of Merce Cunningham at Park Avenue Armory
















Events in honor of Merce: 
Wednesday, Oct. 28
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Join us for a celebration of Merce's life and work on Wednesday, October 28at the Park Avenue Armory from 4-9 pm.The event will feature performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at 4:30 and 7:30 pm, as well as former company members and artists who shared in Merce's adventure. The event is free and open to the public, no reservations required. A complete schedule of events will be made available October 21.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gizmodo Gallery Opens Today for Limited Time: Tech Heads and the Merely Curious Go See - FREE!



DOG STAR knows the gadget blog Gizmodo (here) and just found out they have opened a gadget gallery of wild, unique and inventive gadgets of all kinds.  These are not products for sale but advanced technologies turned into fun, interesting and creative "toys."

Easy to get to Gizmodo Gallery:  267 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan between Prince and West Houston.  Elizabeth Street is two blocks east of Broadway off Houston

From today through Sunday, September 27

Extended Family: New show on theme of "family" opens at Brooklyn Museum - FREE next Saturday, October 3!

Nina Chanel Abney: Forbidden Fruit
Nina Chanel Abney (American, b. 1982). Forbidden Fruit, 2009.

DOG STAR saw this exhibit last weekend and wants to spread the word:  wildly different takes on the theme of "extended family" make this one of the most dynamic and rich shows this year!

Artists of various talents and ages are included so there is a great mix of painting, sculpture and installations.  A photo series of flowers is beautiful and moving partly because it is expressed as a portrait of a slain family member.  A dangling, spiral and very silvery couple seem to reach out for a connection with each other up near the ceiling (a piece by one of our favorite sculptors Louise Bourgeois).  Kehinde Wiley paintings take center stage on several walls, including the ceiling.  (Although it isn't clear if it's in the same show - it's proximity in the next room suggests it can be).

Brooklyn Museum has a FREE First Saturday coming up on October 3.  DOG STAR promotes this event regularly to encourage more teens to go:  a DJ will spin for a dance party on a massive dance floor, hundreds of people will be there and it is all free after 5pm.

From the Brooklyn Museum website on "Extended Family":

In the face of the social upheaval of the past few decades, the family has remained territory that is routinely explored in art. The intergenerational selection of work on view in this installation demonstrates that familial relationships continue to provide a rich source of artistic material, while the concept of the family has also been extended beyond blood ties to embrace larger groups or communities united by shared values, identities, lifestyles, or emotional needs. The artists express fluid definitions of the family and domesticity, drawing on experiences that are private and public, individual and communal. As members of a community that is both homegrown and globetrotting, many of the artists in this installation also transcend national boundaries, representing a new twenty-first-century breed that travels to create work in cities around the world.  More here...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Genius Awards Announced and Brooklyn Writer Edwidge Danticat Wins Big!


One of the joys of blogging like this is to be able to share with you what's going on in the world.  Yesterday, the MacArthur Foundation announced this year's winners of their very special award.  Each winner is nominated by a panel and selected by the foundation for their contributions to human arts and sciences or their potential to contribute to life on earth in some significant way.  Nobody can apply for this ward, you can only be nominated by the panel.  Each winner receives $100,000 a year for the next FIVE years with no strings attached to the money (meaning you are free to use the money any way you want).

Above is a picture of one of the winners Brooklyn writer Edwidge Danticat.  She is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who was raised in Haiti and Brooklyn.  She is the author of the recent memoir "Brother, I'm Dying" about her father's and uncle's different paths - her father chose to leave Haiti and come to Brooklyn, her uncle stayed in Haiti.  Perhaps you will use this opportunity to find out more about Ms. Danticat; perhaps you will find one of her fine books to read!

Journalists are among the winners and the photojournalist Lynsey Addario - also a woman - is the only photographer among the 24 winners.







QUOTE OF THE DAY

Bore: A person who talks when you wish him to listen.



Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Monday, September 21, 2009

FREE! FREE! FREE! Check out incredible new art installation at Hispanic Society



Photo at top from the art installation by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: chronotopes & dioramas
Photo bottom - view of Hispanic Society on Audubon Terrace on Upper West Side, Manhattan


DOG STAR pushes and pushes:  will you go somewhere new this weekend?


Will you have a fresh idea for that date with you-know-who?  Or will you lean on the same old spot?  Hispanic Society on Audubon Terrace on the Upper West Side is truly one of New York's best kept secrets.  Now, DIA Art has joined them to present a special art installation by the French artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.  She takes the idea of a library filled with books and "plants" books inside special dioramas or displays to offer interesting ways of looking at books in new "landscapes."


Sounds weird?  It is weird - and fascinating, too!  Already know what it is going to be like?  Already been there?  If you answer "No" to either question - honestly - then you have a good reason to get on the train to visit this FREE gallery and library.  The architecture is cool too!


Here for recent New York Times story in the artist and her exhibit at Hispanic Society 


Here for link to Hispanic Society 


Here for link to DIA Art 



Sunday, September 20, 2009

Orientals" are carpets, not people: Ban on usage becomes NY Sate law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 9, 2009

GOVERNOR PATERSON SIGNS LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE THE USE OF “ORIENTAL” IN STATE DOCUMENTS 

Law Ends Use of Disparaging Term in State Forms and Preprinted Documents


Governor David A. Paterson today signed legislation that will eliminate the use of the term “oriental” in reference to persons of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage in forms or preprinted documents used by State government, public authorities or municipalities. The law directs that existing forms be amended no later than January 1, 2010.

“The words we use matter. We in government recognize that what we print in official documents or forms sets an example of what is acceptable. With this legislation, we take action against derogatory speech and set a new standard,” Governor Paterson said. “The word ‘oriental’ does not describe ethnic origin, background or even race; in fact, it has deep and demeaning historical roots. I am pleased to sign this legislation and remove the phrase from preprinted forms and documents. I congratulate the work of Senator Johnson, Assemblywoman Meng and the community leaders who worked to bring this important bill to my desk.”

Senator Craig Johnson said: “Allowing derogatory and hateful language to linger in public discourse and gain legitimacy through its inclusion in official State documents is improper and inexcusable. I am proud to have partnered with Governor Paterson and Assemblywoman Meng to ensure that decency prevailed when this legislation became law.”

Assemblywoman Grace Meng said: “Thank you to all my colleagues for their support and to Governor Paterson for his vision and leadership on this historic legislation. I am especially proud that this bill was able to pass unanimously in the Assembly and the Senate. Derogatory and insensitive language, like that Senator Johnson and I are addressing with our legislation, should not be allowed to linger in official State forms. This bill will hopefully serve as an important vehicle to eliminate any future derogatory classifications of people from all ethnic backgrounds. We are all Americans regardless of our ethnic backgrounds and as such should not have to suffer being referred to in an offensive manner.”

The term “oriental” is widely considered a disparaging term, but has been used in some forms and preprinted documents issued by State government, public authorities and municipalities. 

New York Anime Festival Begins TODAY!



We posted about the New York Anime Festival with an "early head's up" alert last month!  Look in the archives or search "anime" to see original post with details and links!

Life in Flatbush, circa 1690

An exhibition showcasing Duch New York (circa 1690s) called “Dutch New York between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick,” will be on view through Jan. 3 at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan at 18 West 86th Street.

From yesterdays New York Times:
Scholars are not sure what Margrieta van Varick looked like, or even how she spelled her name, even though she ran a successful furnishings import business in Dutch New York. In her meager surviving paperwork from the 1690s the name variants include Margrita, Grietje and Magret. What is known is exactly how many ebony-framed mirrors, silver-headed walking sticks, muslin curtains and porcelain cups she wanted her four young children to inherit as she lay dying at her Flatbush home in 1695, age 46.
[..] Margrieta, an Amsterdam native, moved to a Dutch colony in Malaysia around 1670 and married a Dutch Reformed Church missionary named Rudolphus van Varick. He took a Brooklyn post in 1686 and officiated there until his death in 1694. (A Reformed Church still operates at the site, 890 Flatbush Avenue; its motto is “Doin’ Good in the Hood Since 1654.”)
The van Varicks lived somewhere nearby, and Margrieta probably ran her store out of the house. [..]
The exhibition research “has been maddeningly elusive,” said Deborah L. Krohn, a curator of the show. “But it’s been very seductive to speculate about what Margrieta thought about her things, and how she and her things occupied the same space only briefly, and why she was so careful to spell out which child should take what.”

KLONE street artist in Tel Aviv, Israel and the PREDATOR SERIES





DOG STAR received a dispatch from our Tel Aviv office - the agent's name is STROMULATA - and she is excited to report on one of her favorite street artists:  KLONE.

KLONE travels outside Israel, too, and his work can be seen on walls in Barcelona and other cities.  Stromulata says, "His creatures are sad but they warm my heart."

A survey on the web shows melancholy creatures - some are part-fox, part-goose, part-inventive animal shapes of all kinds - single or in identical groupings (We are all different!) to express a tension in the urban environment.  Find the image of a rat-dog with a fat belly slouching the torso forward but raising up his arms on two sides to hold orb-like shapes.

The shapes are nothing more than two giant holes in the side of a concrete way; ducts and other piping can be seen through the holes.  The effect is a creative vision (Klone saw these two holes in this empty space and knew they needed to be held up by one of his creatures!), artful creation on a blank wall but also a comment, a little, about how we ALL need to be held up - even when we APPEAR to be in the middle of the concrete and supported by its stiffness and solidity.  (Metaphorically speaking, maybe that's when we need the support the most, not the least, since we may actually be STUCK and not merely HELD IN PLACE!)

The tender touch of a neighbor, the kind word from a stranger, the passing glance from a child inside a moving bus.

The photos above were pulled off flickr and show two pieces from Klone's PREDATOR in the city series.  Let us know what you think!  Tell KLONE what you think!

Spend time looking at more with the links below!

Here for Google Map to show location of Tel Aviv, Israel 


Here for Flickr page with images of street art by the artist KLONE 


Here for blog on Tel Aviv street art 

Saturday, September 19, 2009

See Great One-Man Show with Spoken Word Artist Lemon Anderson



DOG STAR saw Lemon Anderson's "County of Kings" last year when it was part of Under the Radar at the Public Theater.  Spike Lee is in the lead producer now for its return to the Public for a limited time.

Several teens saw it too and agreed Lemon is a talented and charismatic performer.  You may know him from Def Poetry Jam (here for a YouTube video ).

In this one-man show he shares his life story growing up in Brooklyn and overcoming obstacles.

A special $25 ticket is available now while the show is in previews.



Friday, September 18, 2009

Art Under the Bridge Next Weekend



FREE!   FREE!   FREE!

Take the F train to York Street and walk around the neighbrohood next weekend!

Artists will present interactive work and have open studio tours.

Grab your camera, your friends and do something next weekend!

The Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) is proud to announce the FREE 13th annual D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival® from Sept. 25th to Sept. 27th, 2009
The three-day multi-site neighborhood-wide event is a one-of-a-kind art happening: where serendipity meets the haphazard and where the unpredictable, spontaneous and downright weird thrive. The now teenage D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival® presents touchable, accessible, and interactive art, on a scale that makes it the nation's largest urban forum for experimental art.

Here for more...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

StoryScape Journal Publishes Poems & Stories Online

Once Upon a Time There Was a Story. Everyone has a story.  Maybe everything is a story.  Maybe stories are everywhere.  People recount the events of their lives in snippets to one another on the phone, in emails, in text-messages, in letters, and occasionally, in person.  People publish formal stories in books and then we read them.  People tell moving stories and we watch them onscreen.  Yet others freeze stories into captured visuals with paint on canvas, with charcoal on paper, with film in print.  Inanimate objects often suggest stories: a shirt left on the train tracks, mud splashed across the kitchen tiling.  Stories help us make sense of ourselves and others:  Who are we?  Where did we come from?  Where might we head next? 



Storyscape breaks it down to:
Truth
Untruth
We Don't Know and They Won't Tell Us
Who decides what story goes where? The writer self-identifies. And what qualifies as the truth? Is fiction the truth, or is non-fiction? Isn't there something inbetween fact and invention? And what about your poem? What about the songs your sister sings in the shower? What about visual stories: can it be a story if there are no words? We create new problems even as we solve them, and Storyscape is fine with that.
Storyscape aims to collect stories of all kinds:  ones that adhere to form and ones that don’t, ones that really happened and ones someone invented, ones steeped in tradition and those that are a-traditional, ones that make you cry and ones that make you wet your pants, ones a writer labored over for days using a dictionary, a computer, and an MFA to craft, and those someone overhead at the bus stop. You may call it a poem, but we call it words with spaces.  You call it a book review, but we call it a story about another story. You may swear every word really happened, but we still call it a story. 


Here for the link...

Brooklyn Utopias Exhibit Shows Artist Visions of Brooklyn's Realities



Beginning October 1, The Brooklyn Historical Society presents Brooklyn Utopias an exhibit that will undoubtedly get folks in Brooklyn Heights talking.
It features the work above showing a tower of fire spitting out from a brownstone along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The artist, Grace Graupe-Pillard, describes the work entitled  Brooklyn Homes/Fire:
My photographs involve the subversion of the idea of an imaginary, psychological Brooklyn Utopian place by making visually evident an extreme opposite. I portray a place of chaos and political terrorism resulting from the coercion of the populous into a Utopian totalitarian state.
More from the BHS press release:
The Brooklyn Utopias? project invited both professional artists and emerging teen artists to indentify and respond to the often-conflicting visions of the most livable and sustainable Brooklyn, and/or imagine their own Brooklyn “utopias.”  The resulting work of over 30 artists and Brooklyn teens will now be on display in a series of three Brooklyn Utopias? exhibits: at BHS, Brooklyn’s Old Stone House, and the nonprofit youth art center Starting Artists, Inc. in Fall 2009. The participating artists at the Brooklyn Historical Society exhibit bring diverse approaches to the Utopias theme. Artists include Triada Samaras with photos of her “Democracy Wall,”—an interactive mural protesting large-scale development in Carroll Gardens. A second category of artworks include Jess Levey’s guerrilla photo projections on condos and Tracy Collins’ photographs of Atlantic Yards construction.
Alongside the contemporary artists’ work, the BHS exhibit will also look at the historic role of artists in envisioning a more ideal Brooklyn, connecting past and present. The exhibit opening is free and open to the public. For more information on this project, please visit www.brooklynutopias.com.
WHEN: Opening, Thursday, October 1, 2009. 5:30-7:30pm. Exhibit dates: October 2 – January 3, 2010.
WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society; 128 Pierrepont St. (at Clinton St.); Brooklyn, NY 11201

PAVEMENT to play Central Park Summerstage Sept. 21


After years of speculation, the most important American band of the Nineties is returning to the stage with the lineup of Mark Ibold, Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West reuniting for dates around the world in 2010. Please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion.
Described in their own Wikipedia entry as having experienced “moderate commercial success,” Pavement’s catalog for the Matador, Domino, Drag City and Treble Kicker imprints has come to define in the eyes of many the blueprint for independent rock over the past generation.  An evidentiary compilation release is planned to coincide with the touring sometime in 2010.

The first show announced is a New York performance on September 21, 2010 at Central Park SummerStage.  A pre-sale begins at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 18, 2009.  The password for the pre-sale is ZOWEE click here to  The general on-sale is slated for 10:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 25, 2009.  Please note that tickets will be available without surcharges from the Nokia Theatre box office in Times Square and from Earwax at 218 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg.
Please visit www.crookedrain.com   for details on this on-sale as well as all Pavement news as it develops. Please visit www.SummerStage.org for more information regarding the 2010 festival. 
Pavement’s September 21, 2010 show is a benefit show to support the FREE programs of Central Park SummerStage.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

NYU Series for Readers & Writers to Hear Good Stories and Poetry Live and FREE



Events page here 

Recession Buster for Back-to-School Shopping: Kid Robot Warehouse Sale

FREE Fashion Show in Williamsburg THIS WEEKEND!

DOG STAR knows the universe is partly run on fuel called "fashion" and "trends."  Although DOG STAR staff try to avoid looking like we keep up with the latest, we do like to keep our finger on the pulse of what's happening.

Young fashonistas, designers and the just plain curious who live near or are willing to travel to Williamsburg (don't hesitate, it's easy!) can enjoy a free fashion show by some of Williamsburg's favorite, active designers. 

It is a little like what SoHo was like before Chanel and Coach moved in many years ago.
Organizers want you to RSVP if you plan to attend - so do not hesitate to contact them if you think you might go.  If you are a teen into fashion, is there something better going on this weekend?  For free? 

Here for the website

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New film on fashion "Rage" stars Jude Law in drag!


John Lequizamo, Jude Law (above!) and many others make cameo appearances in the new film by Sally Potter about the fashion world set during a fashion show.

Circus nerves, double-dealing, lies, roiling emotions, risible politics and backstage murder are all in a fashion day’s work. (Well, maybe not the murder part.) And part of the appeal of “Rage,” a new film by the British director Sally Potter, best known for the 1992 film “Orlando,” is the way it manages to convey the tense minimalist theater of a fashion show without ever depicting one.


Here for the New York Times story 

Open House New York



Is there a building in your borough that you have always been curious about but it is never open?
Have you wondered what's behind those tall iron gates?
Ever wish you could just walk right in?

DOG STAR posted earlier in the summer about Open House NY, especially since Tom Otterness is scheduled to open his Brooklyn studio for tours.

Locations all over the city will be open - FREE - for tours on the weekend before Columbus Day, October 10 and 11.

Here for website 

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Edge of New York: Waterfront Photography at Museum of the City of NY




The Edge of New York: Waterfront Photographs
Diane Cook, Little Red Lighthouse, Fort Washington Park, Manhattan, 2002
Courtesy of the photographer




The Edge of New York: Waterfront Photographs
Len Jenshel, Pepsi Cola Sign, Queens West Development, Long Island City, Queens, 2005
Courtesy of the photographer




New York City would not be the great city it is today without its waterfront.  A simple fact.  One of three deep water natural ports in the United States (you can do some research to find out the others) with major river connections all made wide and diverse trade possible early in New York's history (1620s).
Museum of the City of New York - Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street - presents a contemporary photography show on New York's waterfront.  DOG STAR tells the truth:  these are spectacular photos by talented artists.  The waterfront is presented in new and interesting ways that offer us ways of seeing out waterways from fresh perspectives.
The museum WILL BE OPEN on two Mondays (normally close don Mondays):  Columbus Day and Veteran's Day.  We'll be off from school - so why not check out MCNY?
More here... 

Sunday, September 13, 2009

FREE Outdoor Concert at Brooklyn Public Library

Saturday, September 26, 3:30PM
Central Library
Outdoor Concert: Harry and the Potters

Imagine if Harry Potter quit the quidditch team and started a punk rock band. Take that one step further and imagine that he stole a time-turner and decided to start that band with himself from a different point in time. Imagine that he needs you to rock out with him in order to save Ginny Weasley. In case of rain, this event will take place on September 27. This concert will last approximately 90 minutes.

Gang Colors Not School Problem Everywhere; Denver Schools Ban Sex Colors

High school students in New York City know all about the ban on anything that can be identified as "gang colors":  scarfs, beads t-shirts and hats have all been banned in NYC schools if they are suspected of being affiliated with a gang.  One season saw the wholesale ban on most BROWN apparel items.  Why brown?  When blood dries it turns brown.  After the overt display of the color red for gang domination and its ban, it was thought (by school authorities and law enforcement) that crafty teens had now turned to the more covert color brown.  The color wars continue.

In Denver, Colorado it isn't gang color affiliations that cause their school-wide disruptions:  the ubiquitous rubber bracelets have taken on new meaning.  The color of the bracelet corresponds with a sexual act the student has either done or is willing to do.  While the color wars in Denver would seem to want to prevent sexual promiscuity it looks positively quaint compared to the gun violence we experience in NYC when a naive teen wears the wrong color hoodie and is shot down at a subway station.

Here for the New York Times story

FREE Dream Car Show Opens Today at World Financial Center


DOG STAR enjoys the car shows, too!  While we wait for the really big one next April at the Javits Center
(here ), why not go down to the World Financial Center for a smaller, free DREAM car show?

Motor Expo opens today for its second show and will go on all week in the Winter Garden.  Do you know this indoor plaza?  Palm trees shoot up to the ceiling with a glass-roofed atrium and stunning marble on floors and stairways!




World Financial Center, New York
Sunday, 11am - 5pm
Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm

From Sunday September 13 – Friday
September 18 2009 the Motorexpo will
return to New York; transforming the
World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan
with a free for the public to visit display
of the very latest vehicles from many
of the world’s leading motor manufacturers.

Once again the World Financial Center
New York Motorexpo has been chosen
as the platform for a number of
headline grabbing debuts, with cars
including the all-new Bentley Mulsanne,
Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport,
Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz E-Class
to name just a few all on show for the
first time on the East Coast.


Here for more on Motor Expo...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sneakerheads: AF1 Collector Profiled in Village Voice

The Mayor of Sneakerdom

A cautionary tale laced with obsession

By Elizabeth Dwoskin


Mark Farese is a man with two feet and 1,400 pairs of sneakers. In his New Jersey basement, plastic shoeboxes line the floor in rows and stack up in six-foot-high walls. The boxes, custom-made for him in Japan, bear his nickname: "The Mayor."


More here... 


And do not miss this comment at the end of the story:


py on Thu Aug 27, 2009, 11:25:17, says:
Great. A celebration of rampant consumerism. Farese is a real hero – to Nike. Voice, why not look a bit deeper into the extremely sophisticated marketing tactics by large companies that use street culture to convince potential buyers that purchasing their products will make them cool? Or better yet, how about NOT doing a story celebrating Farese, and others who have swallowed the marketing of these companies hook, line, and sinker? The most insidious part of this whole scheme is that Farese probably doesn’t even realize he’s being manipulated. And he in turn, by acting as an “influencer”, is passing on this acceptance of consumption to others, especially young minority males. Now that’s good marketing! Buying sneakers for $800 and perpetuating this obsession doesn’t make you cool, but it does make you a pawn to a multi-national company. I’m sure Nike is down wit’ dat.