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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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.
“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!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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!
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!)
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!
- Museum of Arts and Design (proud partner of High 5's TRaC program)
- 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
- The Noguchi Museum
- New Museum
- Rubin Museum of Art
- And many more!
The Open House is FREE, but you must RSVP to Laura Quackenbush at quackenbushL@artsconnection.org 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!)
Sunday, September 26, 2010
From the Dog Star Vault: Discover "I Got You Babe" in 1970s Re-Make with David Bowie and Original 1965 Version with Sonny & Cher
Lady Gaga has "borrowed" the costumes worn by Marianne Faithful and, especially, David Bowie's bright red number with the feather bustier.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
STARTS TODAY! Hip Hop Theater Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary with special events and performances
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
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!
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
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!
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 the ETSY website
SAMURAI IN NEW YORK: THE FIRST JAPANESE DELEGATION, 1860 through Nov 7
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!
Here for the application
FREE! Discover the DUMBO Arts Festival this Weekend: Readings, performances, art tours and special events - and it's all FREE!
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
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.
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!
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
FELA! - A FREE CONCERT IN BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
THE MUSIC OF FELA KUTI
SAHR NGAUJAH AND THE BAND FROM FELA! ON BROADWAY
Here for link to event website
Here for Google directions from 2/3 Clark Street subway station
Dog Star Flick Picks: ANIMAL KINGDOM is still playing at Landmark Sunshine on East Houston Street in Manhattan and you better not miss it!
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.
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!
April 27, 2010–October 31, 2010 (weather permitting)
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum
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.
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.