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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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

“Thank you for DogStarNYC, in general. The site speaks to so many kinds of interests; it discerns which qualities will appeal to many different tastes in a tremendous number of activities. I love how it encourages young people to pay attention to the unusual.

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, January 31, 2010

Sunday Funnies

Urban Word workshop starts this week in Brooklyn!

DOG STAR knows there are many spoken word poets who are looking for this kind of opportunity!

Urban Word sponsors a Winter Intensive for teens at St. John's Recreation Center, 1251 Prospect Place in Brooklyn starting Tuesday, February 2 through March 30 from 4-6pm.

Here for Urban Word

FREE! Upcoming readings at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO

John Wray: Lowboy Paperback Launch Party
Thursday, February 4, 7–9PM
One of 
Granta’s Best Young American Novelists reads from and signs Lowboy, his acclaimed tale of a schizophrenic subway rider, to celebrate its paperback publication.
It’s Not You, It’s Me: The Poetry of Break Up
Thursday, February 11, 7–9PM
Jonathan Ames emcees a round-robin reading of humorous, wise, bitter, and uplifting breakup-inspired poetry from this new anthology. Jerry Williams, an award-winning poet and contributing poets: Jerry Williams, Bob Hicok, Donna Masini, and Mark Halliday will be on hand to read and discuss their love lives and their work at our Anti-Valentine’s Day Party!
Colum McCann: Let the Great World Spin
Friday, February 26, 7–9PM
Colum McCann, the winner of the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction will read, sign, and discuss his winning novel 
Let the Great World Spin. Don’t miss his only free reading in NYC.

There is a light that never goes out: Classic 80s song by The Smiths

DOG STAR remembers this song very well.  At a night time sweet sixteen party, someone put on this record and we all started dancing in a backyard strung with paper lanterns and then...well, that would just be sharing too much information, right?

You wouldn't want to hear a DOG STAR teen story, anyway!

Discover great "old" music from the 80s with this song from the British group The Smiths.  They have long broken up now but their frontman, Morrissey, still makes records and tours.

We have included the lyrics to read BEFORE watching the video of Morrissey performing the song at a concert.  We have also included a recent cover of the song by indie New York singer Daniel Cartier.

Take me out tonight
where there's music and there's people
who are young and alive
driving in your car 
I never never want to go home
because I haven't got one anymore

Take me out tonight
because I want to see people
and I want to see life
driving in your car 
oh please don't drop me home
because it's not my home, it's their home
and I'm welcome no more

And if a double-decker bus 
crashes in to us 
to die by your side
is such a heavenly way to die 
and if a ten ton truck 
kills the both of us
to die by your side
well the pleasure, the privilege is mine

Take me out tonight
take me anywhere, I don't care
I don't care, I don't care
and in the darkened underpass
I thought Oh God, my chance has come at last 
but then a strange fear gripped me
and I just couldn't ask

Take me out tonight
oh take me anywhere, I don't care
I don't care, I don't care
driving in your car 
I never never want to go home
because I haven't got one
no, I haven't got one

And if a double-decker bus 
crashes in to us 
to die by your side
is such a heavenly way to die 
and if a ten ton truck 
kills the both of us
to die by your side
well the pleasure, the privilege is mine

There is a light that never goes out
There is a light that never goes out
There is a light that never goes out
There is a light that never goes out

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cheap! DOG STAR THEATER PICK! Park Slope's Gallery Players to Offer "Caroline, or Change" A Musical

DOG STAR is excited about this revival of the Tony Kushner musical "Caroline, Or Change."  We saw it first at The Public Theater and then on Broadway.  In those productions, Tonya Pinkins was a magical performer.

We're pretty sure Tonya Pinkins will not be in this production, but it will be worth seeing anyway.  It's about a Jewish boy and his black maid in Louisiana during Civil Rights era and their unlikely friendship.  It has great songs and a great story line to keep you engaged the whole time!

The show will ONLY be on from January 30 to February 21, 2010, Tickets are $18.00.  Do not miss this DOG STAR THEATER PICK!

Here for Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn 

Here Tony Kushner - playwright 

Here for synopsis of "Caroline, or Change" 

Gallery Players is EASY TO REACH

We are located on 14th Street between 4th & 5th Avenues in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood.  We’re just 4 blocks south of the F Train 4th Avenue stop, and the R Train 9th Street stop.  You also can reach us by car, Long Island Railroad, or bus.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

FREE! See Yumi Roth's fresh take on "F.O.B." at Essex Street Market's Cuchifritos Gallery

DOG STAR enjoys Yumi Janairo Roth's art work:  she makes smart, meaningful and thought-provoking projects that aim to get us thinking about consumerism, participation in public space and challenges how we think of our relations with strangers.

In the photo above, she was interested in making designer logos using the most democratic process possible.  So, she made stamps of the Louis Vuitton, Prada and Dolce & Gabanna logos from potatoes.  DOG STAR thinks this is very funny:  if the logos - supposedly so chic and exclusive - can be reproduced like this on anything, what does it say about our love affair with brands?  Perhaps a bit silly, huh?

She has done many projects around the world.  One of her favorites - and in different versions- is to make maps that didn't exist before she arrived.  In the Phillipines, she made "route maps" for Jeepneys - like the dollar vans in Flatbush, Brooklyn - and these were printed, distributed and kept inside vans for customers.

Now, Yumi opens a new project at Cuchifritos and you have just ONE MONTH to check it out!

Her new project is called "F.O.B." - this can mean "Freight on Board" and "Fresh Off the Boat" and often refers to recent immigrants.

Here for Yumi Roth's website with great history (pics and info) of her projects 

Cuchifritos is inside the Essex Street Market and is EASY TO REACH:
Inside the Essex Street Market, at the south end nearest Delancey Street, J, M, Z & F trains to Essex/Delancey, Open Monday through Saturday, 12-6pm, FREE and handicapped accessible

Here for Cuchifritos Gallery 

Here for Essex Street Market 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

FREE! THIS FRIDAY! Screening of "Titicut Follies" by Frederick Wiseman

DOG STAR enjoys, more than any other kind of film, the documentary that sets a cold, hard lens on social problems in America.

Nobody has done this better than the living filmmaker Fred Wiseman who has made more than 40 films since ending his career as a lawyer and taking up documentary film.

Museum of Modern Art offers a chance to see many of Fred's films in a year-long film festival.  ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

If you see just one of Fred's films, try to see "Titicut Follies" (1967):  The Inhumane Treatment of the Mentally Ill on January 29 at 7pm.  This is one of Fred's first films and one of the most famous in which he visits a hospital and shows the poor treatment of those who have been forgotten and left behind by families and communities.

If you can't make it to the screening, check out MoMA's website or find Fred's films on DVD.  Most are available for rental and purchase.

From Fred's website:

Fred Wiseman is probably one of today’s greatest living documentary filmmakers.

For close to thirty years, thanks to the Public Broadcast Service (PBS), he has created an exceptional body of work consisting of thirty full length films devoted primarily to exploring American institutions.

Over time these films have become a record of the western world, since now more than ever as we approach the century’s close, nothing North American is really foreign to us.

The institutions that Wiseman examined early in his career – a hospital, a high school, army basic training, a welfare center, a police precinct – have “problems” that the filmmaker uncovers.

His approach reveals the profound acknowledged and unacknowledged conformity and inequality of American society. Wiseman’s films are also a reflection on democracy. What do his films portray, the “American dream” or the “air conditioned nightmare”? Both, but also a questioning of the world and of existence.

Here for Museum of Modern Art schedule of Wiseman's films 

Here for more on Fred Wiseman on Wikipedia 

Here for Fred Wiseman's website 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

FREE! Damien Hirst Opens at Gagosian on Madison Avenue (Jay Z has already seen it!)

DOG STAR knows you were wondering about some of the imagery on the Jay Z video for the track "On to the Next One."  Here in the DOG STAR offices we decided to explain the easily identifiable stuff.

Here is the video:

That diamond encrusted skull - at one point oil or blood drips over the top of it, can't tell since it is in black/white - is clearly the Damien Hirst art world scandal "For the Love of God."  British artist Damien Hirst created a platinum human skull covered in 8,601 diamonds and offered it for close to $100 million.  A group of investors - including Hirst himself - have purchased this "work of art."

Here for NY Times article on the diamond skull "For the Love of God" 

Here for NY Times article on how the making of the diamond skull affected the diamond market 

Jay-Z hired British television director Sam Brown to make something new, fresh and edgy.  Brown, interviewed on Vibe's website (here), explains that he came up with the imagery and deliberately wanted to make an un-hip-hop video (avoiding cribs, girls, but certainly not money!).

Now, Jay-Z and other Damien Hirst fans have a chance to see the artist's newest work on view this Saturday at Gagosian Gallery.  The exhibit called "End of an Era" is FREE, open to the public and runs from January 30 to March 6.

The exhibition takes its title from a sculpture in the show, a severed bull's head with golden horns and crowned with a solid gold disc.  Also included is "Judgement Day," a thirty-foot long gold cabinet filled with close to 30,000 manufactured diamonds.  Now, that's a lot of bling - even for a big star like Jay Z!

Here for Damien Hirst at Gagosian Gallery

Monday, January 25, 2010

Buzz-a-Rama Still Fun Place for Brooklyn Kids

Photo above by FlatbushNelson - Here for his flickr page! 

DOG STAR knows there will be DOG STAR readers who will go to this secret Brooklyn spot.  Some, like Alberto, will take pictures AND bring his little brother, and others will bring their little brothers and sisters for this weekend car race.

Buzz-A-Rama is the kind of place that was very popular before hand-held devices and gaming consoles dominated home entertainment.  In the pre-digital age, families actually went OUT and DID things together and this was the kind of place people would go.

Our local Brooklyn blog has covered this place and we un-covered a great and informative New York Times article from a year ago.

We're glad to share it with you here and look forward to hearing your reports on a visit to this place!

Here for the New York Times story

Here for a slideshow on a Brooklyn blog

Sunday, January 24, 2010

FREE! Self-defense classes for teens at Center for Anti-Violence Education in Park Slope, Brooklyn

DOG STAR likes to be of some use beyond a tip or two about a Chelsea gallery, right?  Who doesn't want to feel useful?  This public service announcement is worth it:  Center for Anti-Violence Education offers a winter schedule of self-defense classes for children, teen girls and transyouth (and other people, too!)

Here's a sample:

PACT (Power Action Change for Teens)
For Teen Women & Transyouth
Ages 14-19
Thursdays, 4:30-6:00pm
This class follows the school calendar. Ongoing enrollment.
See the flyer here.

FREE Week Teen Self-Defense -Special one-time class for teen women & transyouth ages 14-19.
Saturday, January 23

See the flyer here.

FREE Pre-Teen Self-Defense - for girls ages 11-13. Call for next start dates.

PS 22 Chorus: Not a DOG STAR Discovery but have you seen / heard these kids?

DOG STAR can claim maybe discovering one or two things before everyone else.  The PS 22 chorus in Staten Island is definitely not OUR discovery.  Seems like a whole lot of people - over a million hits on You Tube for one video - saw them first!

You'll want to read these lyrics first from The Cure's PICTURES OF YOU

I've been looking so long at my pictures of
you that I almost believe that they're real
I've been living so long with my pictures of you that
I almost believe that the pictures are all I can

Remembering you standing quiet in the rain as
I ran to your heart to be near
And we kissed as the sky fell in holding you close

how I always held close in your fear
Remembering you running soft through the night
You were bigger and brighter and whiter than snow
Screamed at the make-believe screamed at the sky
And you finally found all your courage to let it all go

We'd like to share a few of their videos with you:

PS 22's end-of-year cover of The Cure's PICTURES OF YOU


PS 22's cover of Lady Gaga's JUST DANCE

PS 22's own website has great videos and press! 

And you'll discover more on your own!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

FREE! Online videos from group called TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

DOG STAR knows there is much on the internet that can inspire and motivate us to be... better artists?  better human beings?  Perhaps.  If we can pull ourselves away for just one moment from that website that keeps us watching and surfing and try something else, then, well, maybe we become a  little better, right?

Try TED:  Ideas Worth Spreading.  We've been passing around these links at DOG STAR but when you go to the site yourself you'll find your own themes, topics and videos.

We first browsed topics and then looked at the lists of speakers.  Bookmark the page and that way you'll be able to check out the videos over time.

Spread the news!

Here for Ken Robinson on how schools kill creativity 

Here for author Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity 

Here for Apple founder Steve Jobs on how to live before you die 

Here for writer Chris Abani on humanity 

Here for Gever Tully on 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do 

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bruce Weber short film "Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing" for Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter Ad Campaign

DOG STAR knows Bruce Weber and this short film in black & white has all his trademarks:  good looking models, a casual - hanging out vibe and a smart sensibility that ties it all together.  He puts the models in Yves Saint Laurent's clothing and plays a Marvin Gaye soundtrack to tell a story about fashion and an early photographer named Bunny Yeager.

Some nudity but it is brief and very tasteful.

New bloggers add their talented teen voices to the blogosphere!

DOG STAR knows you can't get enough of the personal views, attitudes and opinion of smart, creative and talented teens.  Today we introduce the debut of new blogs from our friends at a high school in lower Manhattan.  Sign up as a follower when you visit the blogs!  Let's help these talented teens get traffic to their evolving blogs!

Francesca's blog on hair and other fashion views

Tathiana's blog on the chemistry between humans

Sophia's blog on everything you crave and desire

Sequenza's blog on lifestyle and "life on edge"

FREE! NEXT TUESDAY! Meet authors and artists at Greenlight Books for "Piecebook Reloaded"

DOG STAR knows graffiti artists and they do love their piecebooks.

Now, we have a chance to meet some legendary graffiti artists at Greenlight Bookstore in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, January 26, 3:00 PM
Piecebook Reloaded: Rare Graffiti Drawings, 1985-2005
Slide show and conversation with authors Sacha Jenkins and David Villorente and contributing artists TBA 

Piecebook ReloadedPiecebook Reloaded is a tribute to the work of New York City's graffiti community in its most private form: the sketches and drawings that fill hundreds of "piecebooks" circulated among some of the greatest artists in the community. Unlike the more controversial forms of graffiti, which are also acts of vandalism, the art of the piecebook breaks no laws and puts no one in harm's way.

Sacha and David, longtime Brooklynites who are deeply connected to local street art culture, will host a talk with some of the artists, which will include a sideshow presentation of many of the pieces and the chance to get books signed by graffiti impresarios.

Continuing the story which began with the groundbreaking Piecebook: The Secret Drawings of Graffiti Writers, Sacha Jenkins and David Villorente bring us never-before-published blackbook drawings from the years 1985 to 2005.

Like its critically celebrated predecessor, 'Piecebook Reloaded' mimics the actual sketchbooks graffiti artists have drawn in and passed around for years.

Featuring more than fifty renowned artists, including Reas, Doc TC5, Veefer, Revolt, Pure, Abby, Ces, Part, Ket, Cope 2, and more, 'Piecebook Reloaded' tells the tale of graffiti's evolution, from adrenalin-fueled street game to acceptance into the gallery world and corporate appropriation. 

From the mid-1980s through the first decade of the new century, distinctive styles pioneered by generations past took different shapes as new kids stepped up with spray cans in hand, taking what their forebombers" created to heights never imagined.

With paper stock identical to that of actual sketchbooks, as well as blank pages for readers to add their own masterpieces to the mix, 'Piecebook Reloaded' delivers the same creative intimacy and honesty that fans of the art found in the first Piecebook's pages.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

FREE! Meet Ron English, creator of Obama Lincoln image, at Studio Museum in Harlem this Sunday

DOG STAR first saw the Obama Lincoln image on storefront walls in Brooklyn.  Someone even tried to tear the faces off the wall.  Strange stuff.

Photo above shows Ron English in his studio making one of the Obama Lincoln images.

This Sunday, January 24, Studio Museum in Harlem hosts a panel discussion called "The Obama Image Economy" from 3-5pm in their theater at 144 West 125th Street.

Here for Ron English website 

Here for Studio Museum 

FREE! Take a photo journey through the life of jazz legend John Coltrane

Ascension: The Journey of John Coltrane

Thursday, January 14, 2010 through Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) and its Visual Arts Department presents Hank Paper’s Ascension: The Journey of John Coltrane, Thursday, January 14, 2010 through Tuesday, March 2, 2010.
The opening reception takes place Thursday, January 21st from 6pm-8pm in the HSA Gathering Space (G-Space).

More than thirty years after Coltrane’s death, Mr. Paper began the task of tracking the musician’s life from birth in North Carolina, through the beginnings of his career in Philadelphia, to his success in New York City. Ascension takes the viewer on a “photographic jazz evocation of a life.”

During Black History Month, Mr. Paper will also host a Saturdays at Noon discussion about his travels documenting Mr. Coltrane’s life and the subsequent exhibition on February 6th.

Here for more on Hank Paper 

Here for more on John Coltrane 

Here for more on Harlem School of the Arts 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New blog to check out!

Patrick has created a blog and invites you to be a follower!

He maintains a blog on one of his guilty pleasures: reality TV!

Here for Patrick's blog!

FREE! See incredible photos of Iraq & Afghanistan in tiny toy versions by photographer David Levinthal

DOG STAR finds these photos by David Levinthal to be both provocative and creepy.  As a viewer these photos manage to make the experience of war both an intimate (small scale toys, closeness of the action, color saturation) and an incredible detached one (toys, again and the failure to be able to identify any reliable marking or signal to place oneself in the photo - Where is this action taking place?  Who are these soldiers?).

We first saw David's work in the Chanel Contemporary Mobile Art exhibit - he showed large Polaroid prints in sepia tones with S & M masks and fine, expensive jewelry coming out of the mouths of the subjects.  Strange stuff, indeed.  These war pictures are very, very different.

I.E.D.: War in Afghanistan and Iraq features eighteen color photographs by renowned photographer, David Levinthal, which seek to examine the way in which our society looks at war.

The idea for this series was conceived when Levinthal recognized a flood of figurines and models available to the American consumer, depicting the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Through the use of these miniature soldiers, civilians and armored vehicles, Levinthal constructs extremely realistic dioramas that recreate the horrors of contemporary warfare. However, these photographs do not simply recreate scenes from a foreign war. Instead they bring a new perspective to the discourse about war, how it is broadcast in real time and how it relates to American society as a whole. Without interjecting his own prejudgments, David Levinthal asks the viewer to reconsider their own perceptions of reality.

A book of the photos is available from PowerHouse Books (here)

Here for David Levinthal's website 

Here for Stellan Holm Gallery 

Stellan Holm Gallery is EASY TO REACH

FREE!  524 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011, 212.627.7444, Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am-6pm

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Parody of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance"

DOG STAR knows a good joke when we see one and we have to share this one with you.  Those of you who are familiar with the original Lady Gaga video for this song will recognize the parody hits all the right marks for key scenes and actions.

FREE! THIS THURSDAY! Meet Kwame Dawes and Vampire Weekend at Barnes & Noble

DOG STAR knows this is an odd pairing of two terrific performers:  poet and writer Kwame Dawes and pop music band Vampire Weekend.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 at 7pm - Barnes & Noble at Union Square, Manhattan

Arrive early to get a seat - this event will be packed with Vampire Weekend fans and poetry hounds looking to hear one of their favorites, Kwame Dawes!

Somebody at Barnes & Nobel thinks this will work - and, you know what?  It just might be a fun time - hey, you never know!

Kwame Dawes is a spirited and engaging reader in person - he writes poetry, memoir and fiction and has published several books.

Vampire Weekend came on the music scene as four friends at Columbia University who wanted to make the music they wanted to hear for their friends.  They were signed to a lable and have been actively touring to promote their album.

Here for event details at Barnes & Noble 

Here for Kwame Dawes website 

Here for Vampire Weekend  

Monday, January 18, 2010

21Quest Wows the Crowd at Semi Finals; Does Not Advance to Finals

Tonight we saw terrific teen talent tumble from tall stacks!  Isaac a.k.a. 21Quest performed "Truly Are" very well for the crowd but did not advance to the finals for the Urban Word / Knicks Poetry Slam.

Berto and Steven were in the house (that was a shout out!)  Steven wanted to get up on stage during the "Single Ladies" Dance-Off but had to give it up to poet Prophet who tore it up!

Congrats to all the poets!

Here for Knicks Poetry Slam website to see finalists and to vote for the digital poets! 

Happy Birthday! Pause for a moment to remember the great American Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

DOG STAR knows King is one of our greatest Americans.  Many of us know so little about him beyond the video of the "I Have a Dream" speech.  King's philosophy is rooted in Gandhian non-violence and his contribution to non-violent resistance in this country cannot be overstated.

Brooklyn Academy of Music has a FREE program this morning hosted by actor Danny Glover with a few musical guests and speakers.  It is one of the largest and most elegant gatherings to celebrate King.  More info here... 

Here for more on Mahatma Gandhi 

Here for more on Dr. King in general 

Ambitious DOG STAR readers may want to check out Taylor Branch's giant three-volume biography of King that places his life in the context of American culture and history.  The books are pretty cheap in paperback new ($1.00) and even cheaper (free) at your local library.  More on Amazon here 

More on King's speeches can be found with photos, video and text at this centralized site - More here 

Before Dr. King's assassination at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, he gave his last speech "I've been to the mountain top"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

SAVE THE DATE! Reminder for tomorrow night! Isaac a.k.a. 21Quest performs in semi-finals for Urban Word Poetry Slam at Nuryorican Cafe

Get there by 5pm for a seat!  If 21Quest advances - if he wins tomorrow night - he will go on to the finals and a chance to win big money!

Here for Nuyorican Poets Cafe 

FREE! THIS THURSDAY! Meet artist Joe Sacco and hear about his life and career as a graphic/comic artist

DOG STAR knows Joe Sacco's earlier books "Palestine" and "The Fixer."  Now, we're excited to meet him in person and hear him talk about his latest graphic text - a mix of reporting and comic artistry.

Anybody interested in graphic  / comic artists and their work will be sure to attend this event!

Thursday, January 21, 7:00pm

Join us at the main library of the Brooklyn Public Library and it is EASY TO REACH:

2/3 train to Grand Army Plaza and across the street is the library building.

The new Dweck Center - where this event will be held - is a terrific new theater where we saw Junot Diaz last year!

More here at Flavorpill 

Here for Dweck Center calendar of events 

Here for more on Joe Sacco on Wikipedia 

Thursday, January 21, 7:00PM
Central Library, Dweck Center
The Art of Nonfiction: Joe Sacco

Sacco, a cartoonist-reporter, discusses Footnotes in Gaza, a sweeping investigation of a forgotten crime in the most vexed of places -- Rafah, a town at the tip of the Gaza Strip. Spanning fifty years, moving between one war and the next, the book is alive with the voices of fugitives and schoolchildren, widows and sheikhs.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

ALL AGES! Emergency Relief Benefit Haiti Matters to Brooklyn (Minimum donation $10!) Teens invited to attend!


DOG STAR knows there is an urgent need for relief to Haiti.  Castle Braid, a local club, is presenting an emergency relief benefit open to ALL AGES (this means teens, too!).  Many local bands of all kinds will perform and this is a greta way for teens to make a contribution to the relief efforts.

Raffles and prizes will also be announced at 5pm and 9pm.

Here to see the lineup 

When: Sunday, January 17th, Noon til 9pm
Where: CastleBraid 114 Troutman Street (between Central and Evergreen) Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY J/M/Z to Myrtle-Bwy or L to Morgan Ave.
$10 min. suggested donation at the door

Have you seen the Os Gemeos mural on Houston Street?

DOG STAR walked past this mural last night and wondered:  "Have Dog Star readers seen this mural yet?"

We are re-posting the original from the summer to remind everyone what a wonderful piece of public art we have right in the East Village!

Roberta Smith writes: "With their first public artwork in Manhattan, which went up at the northwest corner of Houston Street and the Bowery on July 17, the Brazilian brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, who call themselves Os Gêmeos, bring graffiti art to its Rococo phase."

Where a mural by Keith Haring once stood, at the corner of the Bowery & Houston Street, a Brazillian duo known as Os Gemeos has painted a quirky and highly stylized landscape for their first New York City piece. Check it out - DOG STAR always enjoys a free streetscape, right?  The Times piece has a thoughtful and very detailed description of the mural.

The Os Gemeos mural will be on view through March 2010.

Friday, January 15, 2010

FREE! Meet Rock Singer/Poet Patti Smith at Barnes & Noble this Tuesday!

DOG STAR knows Patti Smith and has seen her perform live in the East Village.  She was also instrumental in organizing the Robert Mapplethrope photography show that paired the photos with sculptures of Michaelangelo this past summer in Florence.  (Look up the post in the archive at left.)

Now, DOG STAR readers get to meet her in person when she makes a rare appearance at Barnes & Noble in Union Square to read from her newly published memoir "Just Kids."

Tuesday, January 19 - 7pm

Get there early - it will be standing room only!

She is pictured on the cover with her good friend Robert Mapplethorpe.

If you do not know anything about her and want to get to know more about rock music and an influential singer/poet who continues to perform today, then be sure not to miss this fantastic opportunity to see Patti Smith.

Patti Smith is a writer, artist, and performer. Her seminal album Horses was followed by nine releases, including Radio EthiopiaEasterDream of LifeGone Again; andTrampin'.

Her artwork was first exhibited at Gotham Book Mart in 1973, and she has been associated with the Robert Miller Gallery since 1978.

Strange Messenger, a retrospective of three hundred works, made its debut at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and has been exhibited worldwide.

On March 28, 2008, a retrospective of her visual work opened at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris. Her books include WittBabelWoolgatheringThe Coral Sea; and Complete Lyrics. On July 10, 2005, she received the Commandeur dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest grade awarded by the French republic to eminent artists and writers.

On March 12, 2007, Patti Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Smith resides in New York City and is the mother of two, Jackson and Jesse.