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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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

This Holiday Season Resist the Temptation to Buy a Cute Little Puppy at the Pet Store! So Many Homeless Dogs & Cats Need a Home (Contact your local ASPCA for pet adoption!)

Discover Creative Artist Oneil Vargas-Estevez and His Music Videos!

DOG STAR knows the filmmaker and we like his work editing and directing this music video (shoutout to Junior and is that DJ Tank we see in the background in the pink t shirt?).

Check out Oneil Vargas-Estevez's blog here!

FREE! THIS SATURDAY! LADIES NIGHT THEME! First Saturdays Party at Brooklyn Museum Features Live Bands, Special Guests, Hands-on Art Activities - Go with a group of friends and make it a great Saturday night!

DOG STAR readers enjoy a free party and this monthly event never disappoints. Brooklyn Museum is free after 5pm and all kinds of activities are planned for early evening folks with families (small children) to late evening dance party with a DJ on the upper floor.

The theme of December's giant party is LADIES NIGHT!

The photo is a scene of the dance floor - it is packed with teenagers and twenty-somethings!

Easy to reach: 2/3 train to Eastern Parkway - museum is right upstairs when you exit the station.

Saturday, December 4 from 5pm-11pm - FREE

Monday, November 29, 2010

The view tonight from Dog Star's Brooklyn kitchen window: Click on larger to see those wacky, inky comic bubble clouds and that wild pink lipstick streak across the bottom at the rooftops (sometimes the best things in life really are free!)


‎"One who goes away from home will come to see many unfamiliar things, and to take note of them; but it does not follow that he will swear by all the strange gods whom he meets along the road."

Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to Florence & The Machine "Dog Days Are Over" - Happiness hit her like a train on a track / Coming towards her stuck still no turning back / She hid around corners and she hid under beds

THIS FRIDAY! Teen Movie Night at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - Go for free pizza, free movies and free friends at MoMA! (Enter on West 54th Street, not main entrance on West 53rd - avoid the crowds!)

DOG STAR knows many teens - Alberto, Evalise, Awesome Sauce, Ray, Ish - who have taken art classes at MoMA and they liked it a lot!  

This Friday night program of pizza and a movie is a great and free alternative to hanging out in Union Square (it's too cold anyway) or sneaking in and out of Times Square screen.

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street New York, NY 10019-5497 (212) 708-9400 

Drop by for free movies, artist workshops, pizza, and more.

  • Make art with your friends
  • Talk with other teens about modern and contemporary art
  • There’s no need to sign up; everyone is welcome.
When: Every Friday night during the school year, 4:00–8:00 p.m. Pizza is served at 4:00 p.m. Films and events start at 4:45 p.m.
Where: The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building at 4 West Fifty-fourth Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
First come, first served. The number of participants is limited to 120 for films and 60 for artist talks.
Find out more on our MoMA Teens Facebook page. E-mail us at or call (212) 708-9828.

Beyond the Camera

Visual artists and filmmakers push image-making to the limits, harnessing the camera lens to tell stories, deconstruct reality, look into the future, and more. Sometimes the camera does more than just record the drama—it creates it, too.

Free Teen Nights: The Man with the Movie Camera

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010, 4:00 P.M.–8:00 P.M.
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Free Teen Nights: Artist Workshop: Xaviera Simmons

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010, 4:00 P.M.–8:00 P.M.
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Free Teen Nights: Exhibition Opening: In the Making

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010, 5:30 P.M.
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Free Teen Nights: Cinema Paradiso

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011, 4:00 P.M.–8:00 P.M.
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Free Teen Nights: Artist Exploration: Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2011, 4:00 P.M.–8:00 P.M.
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Free Teen Nights: Be Kind Rewind

FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2011, 4:00 P.M.–8:00 P.M.
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DOG STAR TIME MACHINE: Discover objects and events from the past - Dr. Mudd's Portable Medical Bag!

Dr. Samuel Mudd’s Medical Kit

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JOHN WILKES BOOTH AND THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION: This medical kit, beyond its historical link to the assassination, also serves as an excellent example of what a mid-nineteenth century country doctor had with him when he made his house calls.

EMBOSSED LABEL READS: “F. Arnold & Sons, Manufacturers of Surgical Instruments, 15 S. Sharp St., Baltimore.”

DESCRIPTION OF THIS PHOTOGRAPH: Dr. Mudd’s kit is displayed open, unclasped, so the medical instruments are displayed inserted into the sewn leather loops, each designed to hold a specific instrument in the most efficient manner. Efficiency was important because in 1865 country doctors rode horseback to treat patients. These surgical instruments had to handle as many potential surgical situations as possible and still be carried on horseback in the doctor’s famous “little black bags”. In addition to a variety of scissors, scalpels, tweezers and probes, you can see at the top a rounded suture needle—pinned to a piece of paper with the number 5 on it. Next to the needle is a flat roll of suture thread with the words “Surgeon’s Pure Silk, Warranted No. 7”. On the far right flap, the name of the manufacturer is embossed and slightly to the right of it is a clasp that would have attached to the back of the opposing flap once the entire kit was folded.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: After shooting Lincolnat Ford’s Theater, Booth leapt from the President’s box to the stage, and the spur that he was wearing on his boot caught on a flag decorating the Presidential box. Booth fell to the stage and broke his leg. He then escaped on his horse, undoubtedly beginning to feel immense pain. Still, he was able to make his way to the Maryland residence of Dr Samuel Mudd, either a casual friend or co-conspirator in the assassination, depending on which side of the historical debate you are on. Dr. Mudd claimed Booth told him that he had broken his leg when his horse fell on him.

Dr. Mudd at first claimed that he did not recognize Booth and proceeded to treat him as he would any patient. The left leg had swollen badly and the Doctor cut the boot from the leg, set it and sent him on the way some 12-15 hours later. As military forces, pursuing Booth, searched the area they came upon Dr. Mudd’s house and, when questioned, he denied seeing or knowing Booth. A few days later, the military returned and arrested Mudd. Mudd was jailed and stood trial before a military tribunal. Sentenced to life imprisonment, he was released and pardoned after replacing a prison doctor who had died during a yellow fever outbreak. Many have come to doubt Dr. Mudd’s role in the conspiracy and many have tried to exonerate him.

This surgical kit was taken during the arrest of Dr. Samuel Mudd as a co-conspirator in Booth’s ill-fated scheme. Dr. Mudd received a life sentence—escaping the death penalty by just one vote.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Carol M. Highsmith. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Jay Z's EMPIRE STATE OF MIND Lifts Drum Track from Isaac Hayes' 1978 "Breakthrough" - We like 'em both!

Cute Short Video of Confused Puppy Who Hears Whistling

Turkey Sings "I Will Survive" - Very funny!

Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to Adele's new song "Someone Like You" - Yesterday was the time of our lives (Her new album comes out in January. She's only 22!)

LAST WEEK BEFORE IT CLOSES! Discover Lyle Owerko's photos of old-school boombox in this FREE show at Clic Gallery

DOG STAR knows hip hop and street art fans will run to this new show at Clic Gallery.  Boombox fans will also want to see these incredible, very large format photos of pure lifestyle in the age before iPods and MP3 players.  Carrying a boombox meant you had a certain control over your own music that others did not have so they followed you around.  Now, of course, everybody has control over their own playlists but "back in the day" it was the boombox that reigned supreme!

Clic Gallery is proud to present the world debut of photoseries THE BOOMBOX by LYLE OWERKO. The exhibit will run until December 5, 2010.

While in Tokyo in 2001, photographer Lyle Owerko found a mint late-seventies Victor JVC at an outdoor market. Having already been a collector, his hunt began for more rare and obscure models. Beloved by rappers, b-boys, dancers, political protestors, and punks, a siren call to gather and dance, the boombox reminds us of when music was a collective experience and the street was a club. 

Owerko spent years collecting and photographing a remarkable set of vintage boomboxes, resulting in an arresting, unexpected photoseries of these cult objects.

Friday, November 26, 2010

FREE! World AIDS Day Events for December 1 Use the Day to Raise Awareness of HIV Prevention Among Your Friends

DOG STAR encourages everyone to check out upcoming events and The Body (here) for more information about World AIDS Day.

This annual event seeks to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and education, to remember those who have died from HIV/AIDS, and to continue to support research for treatment.

Many teens have formed AIDS awareness groups in their schools and have promoted Safe Sex campaigns among their peers.

In New York City, Housing Works sponsors an annual "Reading of the Names" Vigil at City Hall Park.

Out of the Darkness
December 1, 6-9pm
Candlelight Vigil, Time of Reflection and Reading of Names of Those We Have Lost to AIDS, World AIDS Day Gathering.

Dog Star's Favorite Poet Featured on "Mad Men" Don Draper Reads from O'Hara Poem

DOG STAR is a big fan of poet Frank O'Hara who worked at the Museum of Modern Art before he was killed on the beach (hit by a car!). The popular television show "Mad Men" featured one of the main character Don Draper reading "Having a Coke With You, one of O'Hara's most famous poems.

Here is link to Don Draper on the TV show!

From the poem:

Now I am quietly waiting for the castastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern. The country is grey and brown and white in trees, snows and skies of laughter always diminishing, less funny not just darker, not just grey. It may be the coldest day of the year, what does he think of that? I mean, what do I? And if I do, perhaps I am myself again.

"Having a Coke With You"

FREE! Go See Barney's Department Store Wacky Holiday Windows Featuring Food Network Stars (61st Street & Madison Avenue)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Very Funny Stuff! NUTTY by Paul Rudnick (Mr. Peanuts Speaks Out About His Troubled Past & His Glorious Present)

    Mr. Peanut has a new sidekick, much like the Jolly Green Giant has Little Green Sprout. Mr. Peanut’s buddy is named Benson, and to make sure that snackers understand the pecking order between them, Benson is shorter than Mr. Peanut—one nut in his shell rather than two. 
    “Benson is quite enamored of Mr. Peanut,” Mr. Levine said, but they are, as the saying goes, just good friends. 
                        —The Times

I am Mr. Peanut, and I can be silent no longer. While I have only the greatest respect for Mr. Levine, who is the senior director for marketing at Planters, I cannot live a lie. I’m a gay nut, and Benson and I are in love.

After watching Portia de Rossi promoting her new memoir about her anorexia, her struggle to come out as a lesbian, and her eventual happy marriage to Ellen DeGeneres, I feel emboldened. (Although I regret that, because I am a carbohydrate, Portia may fear me.) 

And after seeing Ricky Martin discuss his new memoir, about his coming out and his joy in becoming the father of beautiful twin sons, I think it’s time to tell the world that Benson and I will soon be adopting a jumbo cashew and a pair of Jordan almonds; some people will call it bridge mix, but for Benson and me it’s our family.


HAPPY THANKSGIVING (A poem by Emily Dickinson)

One day is there of the series
by Emily Dickinson 

One day is there of the series
Termed "Thanksgiving Day"
Celebrated part at table
Part in memory -
Neither Ancestor nor Urchin
I review the Play -
Seems it to my Hooded thinking
Reflex Holiday
Had There been no sharp subtraction
From the early Sum -
Not an acre or a Caption
Where was once a Room
Not a mention whose small Pebble
Wrinkled any Sea,
Unto such, were such Assembly,
'Twere "Thanksgiving day" -

(Some Of) New York's Greatest Skateparks (Google map shows sites around the NYC - great for photos, skating and hanging out)


DOG STAR knows skaters and many of them have been saddened
by the loss of Brooklyn Banks (beneath the Brooklyn Bridge)
it's been all gated up and off-limits and will be for another year,
at least.  Urban skate spots is a culture marked by regeneration
and resourcefulness, and again, nowhere is this clearer than in New
York City: skateboarders have been more active than ever in
developing the next generation’s stomping grounds. A great map
of sites around the city - see GRIDSKIPPER