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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pulitzer-Winner Junot Díaz Describes His Biggest Pop-Culture Influences

DOG STAR is a big fan of Junot Diaz and we look forward to the film of  "Oscar Wao" coming out in 2012!

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao author lists the movies that influenced him after his emigration from the Dominican Republic in 1973.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jay-Z featuring Lil’ Wayne – Summer In Brooklyn (Quincy Jones x Cookin Soul Remix)

DOG STAR knows this is mad late since it came out in early summer.  The good folks at Cookin’ Soul have stirred up a stellar blend of Quincy Jones’ “Summer In The City” and Jay-Z’s “Hello Brooklyn”. Check it out.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

NEXT WEEKEND! PLAN NOW! Cheap fun! Park Avenue Armory Transforms into Carnival for Whole Family or A Place to Hang for You & Your Friends!

DOG STAR says get ready for a great party in a great space - the largest indoor arts space in New York City!  The Park Avenue Armory opens it doors next weekend to a giant CARNIVAL and admission in just $5.00 and free for 13 and under! Seriously!  Skip the movies!

Fri, Oct 8 - Mon, Oct 11, 2010
Park Avenue Armory presents an extraordinary four-day, indoor Carnival that’s fun for the entire family—a whimsical and theatrical event combining the classic and the contemporary, featuring breathtaking performances and authentic carnival rides and games. With a massive fifty-foot Ferris wheel as its centerpiece, the Wade Thompson Drill Hall is transformed into a fantastical Carnival featuring an array of performances in a specially-designed theater, magicians from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, and performances by stilt-walkers, jugglers, and contortionists. The Carnival will also feature picnic areas, a range of traditional carnival concessions, and educational workshops in the circus arts—including balloon sculpture, juggling, and pantomime.
Following in the tradition of the Armory’s original 1879 Fair that raised funds for famed artists to decorate the interiors of its regimental rooms, the Carnival kicks-off the Armory’s first full season of artistic programming and the proceeds will support the mission to revitalize one of America’s historic treasures as a dynamic alternative arts space.
Friday, October 8: 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, October 9: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, October 10: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Monday, October 11: 11:00am – 7:00pm

All tickets available at the door.
General Admission
$5 Adults (14 and up)
FREE: Children (13 and under)

Rides and Games
$1.25 per ticket (each ride or game requires 3-5 tickets)
$20 Unlimited ride wristband

-      Rides: Ferris Wheel, Fun Slide, Flying Elephants, Trabant
-      Games: Duck Pond, Water Pistols, Balloon Darts
-      Performers: Stilt-walkers, Jugglers, Hula Hoopers, Magicians
-      Educational Workshops in Circus Arts: Balloon Twisting, Juggling, Circus Skills

All performances and educational workshops are free with admission.

From the Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to classic Michael Jackson (as part of The Jackson Five): "Rockin' Robin"

FREE! This Friday! Museum Programs Open House for Teens 15-18 (If you haven't been to the Met lately, here's a great way to start your weekend!)

DOG STAR knows you're busy and may even be making plans for the weekend (even though it's only Tuesday).  Well, plan on going to the Met on Friday after school.  It's one of the LARGEST art museums on the planet and we have it right here in New York City.

Don't miss this first-ever Museum Programs Open House, where you'll get the chance to learn about teen programs from NYC's finest museums and cultural organizations, including High 5! 

That's the Met in the picture below.  The Teen Open House is at the Education Entrance.  You can't see it in this pic but it's just to the LEFT of the staircase at ground level.  You walk in, security checks your bag and you enter the lobby and join the activities.

Why should you go?  College-bound teens know it's real important to OPEN your eyes to new experiences and be willing to try new things.  And...museums from around the city will be there to show you what they offer...And...maybe you'll meet teens from other schools (always a good thing!)

Starts at 5pm and museum stays open until 9pm!

Participating museums include:
  • Museum of Arts and Design (proud partner of High 5's TRaC program)
  • Eyebeam
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
  • International Center of Photography
  • The Jewish Museum
  • The Frick Collection
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Museum of African Art
  • MoMA
  • The Noguchi Museum
  • New Museum
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • And many more!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A Conversation with Museum Staff—A Teen Open House (Ages 15–18)

Friday, October 1, 2010
5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Uris Center for Education, Ground floor, Carson Family Hall
(Entrance on Fifth Avenue at 81st Street)
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028

Admission is free!
Our friends at the Met are hosting the event and there'll be snacks and soda, a raffle and panel discussion with museum professionals that will give you the chance to learn about the behind-the-scenes workings of a museum. If you've ever wondered what an exhibition designer or curator does at an art museum, this is a panel you can't miss! And plus, after the Open House, you'll be able explore the Met until it closes at 9! 

The Open House is 
FREE, but you must RSVP to Laura Quackenbush at to attend! 

RSVP means send Laura your name, school name and tell her you'll be coming!

Discover The Drawing Center in SoHo: Unique gallery shows exclusively feature drawings and works on paper

DOG STAR likes discovering new places to see art and culture.  This spot is close to Canal Street so you'll find it easily and enjoy the art inside.  We really like this drawing by Sara Sun (above).  But go now to see Gerhard Richter, one of the greatest living artists working today.

Always free admission!

Gallery Hours: Wednesday 12–6pm, Thursday 12–8pm, Friday-Sunday 12-6pm (closed Monday & Tuesday).

Here for Sara Sun's website

Here for The Drawing Center website

Here for a map of Drawing Center location

Monday, September 27, 2010

FREE! Become a Teen Reviewer and Enjoy FREE Theater, Dance & Music in NYC (and have a great experience to add to your college applications!)

Teen Reviewers and Critics Program

Ever dream of being a critic for The Village VoiceRolling StoneThe Source or The New York Times? The Teen Reviewers & Critics (TRaC) program is where you’ll get your start!

Think about it. 10 weeks of FREE access to NYC's world class art, music, theater and dance, eleven new friends from all backgrounds and boroughs, lively debate, visits from professional artists and critics, subway adventures, writing workshops, publishing opportunities, pizza parties, mini frisbees.... 

All you have to do is APPLY
Choose from the following Fall TRaC Workshops: 
Theater TRaC - Wednesdays, Oct 13–Dec 15
in partnership with The Public Theater
taught by Instructor Eisa Davis

Music TRaC - Thursdays, Oct 14–Dec 16
in partnership with Carnegie Hall
taught by Instructor Andrey Henkin
*NOTE: This is a change in the schedule!*

Visual Arts TRaC - Thursdays, Oct 14–Dec 16
in partnership with the MAD Museum
taught by Instructor Sarah Valdez

Multi TRaC - Thursdays, Oct 14–Dec 16
taught by Instructor Brian McCormick

Dance TRaC - Fridays, Oct 15–Dec 17
in partnership with Dance Theater Workshop
taught by Instructor Brian McCormick

All TRaC classes meet weekly in Manhattan locations from4:30 – 6:30 pm and every other week for one additional weekday/weekend outing. That’s 8 workshops and a minimum 5 shows and exhibitions! Enthusiastic and adventurous sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible.(Strong freshman applicants will also be considered.) No previous review writing experience or prior knowledge about any of the art forms necessary. The only requirement is an open mind. There is LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE and applicants will be accepted first come, first served, so email your application ASAP!
Apply Today!
Application Deadline September 30th.

Discover photographer Wayne Levin's incredible images of marine life

DOG STAR is  a big fan of underwater photography and we know you'll like Wayne Levin, too!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

STARTS TODAY! Hip Hop Theater Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary with special events and performances

DOG STAR knows you'll want to check out the Hip Hop Theater Festival!

Danny Hoch once said, "Defining hip hop by rap music is like defining Mexico by tacos, it's so one-dimensional."

Here for event website

Friday, September 24, 2010

Look what we shot today! Discover the World through War Photography from Mexico & Cuba in New Photo Shows at ICP

The Mexican Suitcase

September 24, 2010–January 9, 2011
The Mexican Suitcase will for the first time give the public an opportunity to experience images drawn from this famous collection of recovered negatives. In December 2007, three boxes filled with rolls of film, containing 4,500 35mm negatives of the Spanish Civil War by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and Chim (David Seymour)—which had been considered lost since 1939—arrived at the International Center of Photography. These three photographers, who lived in Paris, worked in Spain, and published internationally, laid the foundation for modern war photography. Their work has long been considered some of the most innovative and passionate coverage of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939). Many of the contact sheets made from the negatives will be on view as part of the exhibition, which will look closely at some of the major stories by Capa, Taro, and Chim as interpreted through the individual frames. These images will be seen alongside the magazines of the period in which they were published and with the photographers' own contact notebooks.

Cuba in Revolution

September 24, 2010–January 9, 2011
The Cuban Revolution of 1959 was one of the most spectacular political events of the twentieth century. A dramatic chapter in the Cold War, the improbable overthrow of the dictator Fulgenico Batista by a ragtag band of young Communist guerillas and intellectuals occurred just ninety miles from the United States. Tracing the movement from the triumphal entry of the rebels into Havana on January 1, 1959, to the abortive Bay of Pigs invasion in 1960 and the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1961, this exhibition shows the tremendous influence of photography in recording and encouraging the revolutionary movement in Cuba. Among the most outstanding works in this exhibition of rare vintage prints are Alberto Korda's famous portrait of Che Guevara titled "Heroic Guerrilla" and never-before-seen images of Che's death in Bolivia in 1967. The show features work from over thirty photographers, including important images of pre-Revolutionary Cuba in the 1950s by Constantino Arias as well as classic images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Raúl Corrales, and Burt Glinn, among others. Cuba in Revolution explores everyday life in Cuba before and after the Revolution and considers the ways in which both Cuban and foreign photojournalists helped construct the image of the revolution abroad. The exhibition is organized by ICP chief curator Brian Wallis and independent curator Mark Sanders.
Andrew Saint-George, Che Guevara relaxing in his room at La Cabaña fortress drinking Mate (a traditional South American drink made from Yerba Mate), 1959
Here for ICP website

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Baby sloths. Better than LOST. Better than any reality TV show. Seriously.

DOG STAR will only say this:  makes everyone around here at the Dog Star office all happy and weepy inside.

Meet the sloths from Amphibian Avenger on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Get Closer to East Asia! Rubin Museum of Art Looking for Teens for After-School Program


RMA Teens is a FREE after-school program for high school students with a strong interest in art or careers in the arts. Participants get a behind the scenes look at how a museum operates, explore career paths in the arts, gain valuable public speaking and leadership skills, and gain access to one of the best collections of Himalayan art in the world. Students are invited to make the museum a place of their own while having exciting opportunities to:
  • Explore the art and culture of Tibet, India, Nepal, China, and beyond
  • Be creative with art-making workshops that explore silk-screening, Himalayan painting, and more
  • Create a zine for teens that will be distributed at the museum
  • Get career guidance from top level museum curators, artists, and arts professionals
  • Visit museums throughout New York City
RMA Teens meet on Thursday afternoons during the school year from 4-6:00 p.m. Students who participate in RMA Teens for one year are eligible to give tours of the museum to visitors and get paid doing it!
RMA Teens kicks off on Sept. 30, so apply online today! 

Watch these Hilarious TV Ads for Egyptian Cheese Brand Panda - Don't mess with the panda! LMAO!

LAUGH SO HARD: Sometimes it just doesn't turn out to be such a good idea after all - Look at some of the products featured on Regretsy!

DOG STAR finds this both funny and sad.  Someone spends a lot of time (and a bit of money) making a craft to sell but it turns out like crap.  Thankfully the website REGRETSY shares some of these craft craps so we can have a good laugh!

Take the Noah's Arc quilt above as one example:  something you MIGHT hang in a child's bedroom is revealed to include images of Barry Gibb, elephants having sex, coffee beans and a large intestine.  Not sure how much is accidental or how much is intentional but it adds up to a big mess!

Here for Regresty website

Here for the ETSY website


DOG STAR knows the history fans among our readers will want to explore this unusual show on now at the Museum of the City of New York.


Samurai in New York invites visitors to return to the New York of 150 years ago and to share the city’s excitement over the visit of a delegation of more than 70 samurai from Japan—the first Japanese to leave the closed island nation in over 200 years.

The brash young city seized the opportunity to promote itself as the “Edo (modern day Tokyo) of the West” with a two-week whirlwind of parades and balls and moment-to-moment newspaper coverage of the delegation’s visit.

Extremely rare 19th-century photographs and newspaper engravings document the festivities, and a unique group of objects, lent by Japanese institutions, both record and recall the experience from the Japanese viewpoint.

Other photographs, works of art, decorative and costume items reveal the cross-cultural influences that the visit inspired.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Creative Writing for Teens at the Guggenheim Museum (FREE if you qualify for financial assistance! Just ask!) It's a great way to meet new people, too!

DOG STAR says if creative writing is your thing then consider applying to this Fall program at the Guggenheim (located at 90th Street & Fifth Avenue).

Here for the application

FREE! Discover the DUMBO Arts Festival this Weekend: Readings, performances, art tours and special events - and it's all FREE!

DOG STAR knows our devoted readers are always looking for something fresh to see and do and this annual Fall festival is a must!

Located just under the Manhattan Bridge (easy to reach with F train to York Street) this festival includes street performers, indoor gallery shows and many other activities.

Grab a few friends and head to DUMBO this weekend and don't forget your cameras!

Here for official event website

Monday, September 20, 2010

Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin to a 20-year old classic from George Michael - "Freedom"

DOG STAR remembers these supermodels from the '90s:  Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford.  We see Cindy doing furniture promotion on television for Raymour & Flanagan.

Song includes these lyrics:  "Feels like the road to heaven / But it looks like the road to hell."  Here at the Dog Star offices we're debating what this means.  Hmmm...  Feels good but looks like a bad situation?  Isn't that what teen love is all about?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

OPEN NOW! Discover Neuva York at new exhibit at Museo El Barrio

DOG STAR knows our devoted readers will race to this new gallery exhibition at Museo El Barrio on Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street.

Nueva York is  a major special exhibition that will offer for the first time a dramatic exploration of the vital role that Latinos and Spanish-speaking countries have played from 1624 through World War II in making New York the most culturally vibrant city in the world.

Conceptualized by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Mike Wallace and modeled on the Historical Society’s acclaimed two-year initiative on slavery in New York, the project will tell the little-known story of how the Spanish-speaking world has played a key role in the City’s culture and prosperity.

The project will also advance understanding of New York City’s ongoing Latinization, from having a tiny Hispanic community after the Revolution to the growth of a community that today makes up one-third of the city’s population.

Using documents, paintings, prints, decorative arts, printed books, and artifacts from the collections of the New-York Historical Society—and augmented by loans from other distinguished institutions and archives—the exhibition will draw upon new research of the last three decades conducted here and abroad to uncover the previously hidden history of New York’s Spanish-speaking peoples.

Here for Museo El Barrio

Saturday, September 18, 2010

NOW OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 9 at CLIC GALLERY ON BROOME STREET! Surf/Skate has moved one block to 424 Broome Street - just east of Broadway, just north of Canal Street - Go see Dog Star fan Alberto Vargas in his debut show!

FREE! Broadway show FELA in a free concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Monday, October 4

DOG STAR will be at Brooklyn Bridge Park well before 6:30 since this will fill quickly and we want good seats.  Don't think people won't show up!  This free event will draw thousands trying to get into the park and security will bar people once it gets filled to capacity.

This free FELA concert will attract anyone who has seen the show on Broadway (we saw it twice already, once with Gail and then with Marie from Chicago!), anyone who has wanted to see the show but hasn't yet, anyone who is a fan of Fela Kuti and anyone who is a fan of African music.  Beyond that you'll see plenty of people who go to anything free in the city.

Concert location is directly beneath the Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn side!

St. Ann's Warehouse presents

Here for link to event website

Here for Google directions from 2/3 Clark Street subway station

Lady Gaga Makes a Video Message to the U.S. Senate Appealing for Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Anti-Gay Law Barring Gays in the Military

Ever hear of "The Charleston"? It's a dance craze from the 1920s and the group Swingjammerz came to NYC this past summer to show how it's done!

Dog Star Flick Picks: ANIMAL KINGDOM is still playing at Landmark Sunshine on East Houston Street in Manhattan and you better not miss it!

DOG STAR knows someone will get dragged, kicking and screaming, to see EAT PRAY LOVE when what he really wants to see is an action movie.

This very intense independent film from Australia features an evil mother and her band of bank robber sons.  The film isn't so bloody but it does have emotionally charged and psychologically scary scenes - like the one when the brothers decide to teach the police a lesson and ambush officers on a dark and empty street.

A teenage grandson of the matriarch is at the center of the film because he gets caught up in their insanity after he moves in with them.  You have never seen anything like this film and it would be too bad if you picked a Hollywood blockBUSTer over this one.

Animal Kingdom
Here for Animal Kingdom official website
Here for interview with the director
Here for theater showing Animal Kingdom in Manhattan

FREE! JUST SIX WEEKS LEFT! Discover Starn Twins and "Big Bambu" - A sculpture you can climb on the roof of the Met Museum until Halloween!

DOG STAR knows many readers will run to this exciting new show at the Metropolitan Museum.  Why?  This is a unique experience on the Met's roof to climb 40-50 feet into the sky over Central Park on bamboo walkways.

How often do you get to do that?  Uh, never!

Scroll to the bottom of this post for details on HOW TO GET TICKETS!

Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bambú
April 27, 2010–October 31, 2010 (weather permitting)
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum
82nd Street & 5th Avenue


American artists Mike and Doug Starn (born 1961) have been invited by The Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a site–specific installation for The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, opening to the public on April 27.

The identical twin brothers will present Big Bambú, a monumental bamboo structure ultimately measuring 100 feet long by 50 feet wide by 50 feet high in the form of a cresting wave that will bridge realms of sculpture, architecture, and performance.

Visitors are meant to witness the creation and evolving incarnations of Big Bambú as it is constructed throughout the spring, summer, and fall by the artists and a team of rock climbers.

Set against Central Park and its urban backdrop, Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bambú will suggest the complexity and energy of an ever–changing living organism.

Care to Climb?
All visitors will be allowed on the main level of the roof, but walking the elevated pathways of “Big Bambú” is more complicated. For that you will need to know about:
TIMED TICKETS One per person, available only first come first served, with museum admission, in the Uris Center for Education, at the 81st Street entrance. Morning tour tickets are released at 9:30 a.m.; afternoon tours at noon. On Fridays and Saturdays, evening tours are available, and tickets will be released at 3:30 p.m. Bring a photo ID and be prepared to sign a waiver.
THE WEATHER Because the bamboo can be slippery, the installation may be closed because of rain (or even rain the night before). Call (212) 396-5300 on the day you plan to attend to check.
THE RULES Visitors have to wear closed, rubber-soled shoes and be able to walk unassisted. (No wheelchairs, walkers or canes, unless the canes have a wrist strap and are used to aid the visually impaired.) Children must be at least 10 and over four feet tall; adults must accompany those younger than 13. Also, no personal items (including handbags, cellphones and cameras) will be allowed; lockers will be provided.