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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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, March 31, 2011
Watch New Katy Perry Video with Kanye West in His Usual Role as Cornball and Albino Model Shaun Ross (Did we mention the alien creatures, copulating animals and apocalyptic landscape?)
Katy:...And then I'll change into a satyr the mythological creature...
Floria (director): And you will save the future of the earth!
Kanye: And I will float around like they do in any video that's supposed to be in space. That shit'll look real!
Katy: and have aliens and-
Floria: old National Geographic-type video clips
Kanye: and I get to float around, right? 'Cuz that's my thing. Thats' what I want to do in this video!
More laughable is this description posted by Katy Perry's team to "explain" the video on the Vevo site:
At the beginning of the video we can see the post-apocalyptic Earth. Katy is an alien traveling trought the galaxies looking for life and love. When she’s near to Earth, she starts to store all the history of our world, all the animals and plants that lived in here. Suddenly, Katy arrives on Earth and see a little light coming from somewhere. And at the end, you can see that Katy is a satyr, a mythological animal that was “created” to save the nature.
Really? All that happens in this video? How would we know that? So much money, so little meaning IN THE ACTUAL VIDEO! And, finally, Dog Star finds it a bit strange and unsettling to have Shaun Ross (here) as the alien form to emerge from the robotic whatever. We think it perpetuates stereotypes that albino people are "alien freaks" who are otherworldly. Albinos are routinely murdered in Burundi (here) so in a sense we're glad to see a positive portrayal of albinos. Happily, the "alien creature" is kissed and embraced by Perry who walks off into the sunset (Really? Did we just type that? So corny! It's in the video, though!)
FREE! THIS SATURDAY! First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum for Giant DJ Dance Party and Free Admission to All Exhibits & Events
FREE! THIS SATURDAY! New York City Pillow Fight 2010 in Union Square park (Flash mobs get creative with a charity benefit new this year!) Seriously, bring lots of your friends!
DOG STAR says if the weather's nice it's gonna be a great day for a pillow fight! A massive pillow fight in New York City! Pillows fly and teddies soar as we converge on Union Square for a massive urban pillow fight! Swing and whack as you evade pillow-wielding assailants. Bring a non-feather pillow to Union Square and wait for the signal. This year's pillow fight is timed to coincide with pillow fights in cities all over the world. Leftover pillows to be donated to two no-kill animal shelters in a charity drive called PILLOWS FOR PUPPIES! Find out more here! (Thanks to devoted Dog Star reader Claudio for the reminder!)
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
ANOTHER MOVIE? Take a date to Brooklyn Museum - Open until 10pm every Thursday & Friday (Pay just $1 for admission and enjoy great art!)
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
A Criminal Mind: French Street Artist Zevs Takes on Corporate Logos and Other Maladies in Solo Debut at Gallery De Buck in Chelsea (Bring your friends!)
DOG STAR IS a big fan and we know our devoted readers will like this show, too! Influenced by the global export of graffiti and hip-hop in the early '80s, French youth have made Paris one of the hotbeds of contemporary street art. Invader and other gratuitously hyped figures like Mr. Brainwash (see: "Exit throught Gift Shop" documentary) have even become famous, but this month the smartest and most subversive of the lot, ZEVS, will be hitting New York with a solo show at De Buck Gallery until April 7.
DE BUCK GALLERY is EASY TO REACH at 511 W 25TH STREET, SUITE 502
T. 212-255-5735 / INFO@GALLERYDEBUCK.COM / HOURS: Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 11-6
DOG STAR PICKS CHEAP THEATER TICKETS! Just $5 to See WINKIE on East 59th Street! (Bring your friends!)
When a mild-mannered teddy bear finds himself on the wrong side of America's War on Terror, he becomes trapped inside the jaws of a society rabid with fear and paranoia. Is Winkie the evil mastermind behind dozens of terrorist attacks? Or is he an innocent scapegoat for zealots on both sides of the terror wars?
Clifford Chase's scathingly funny novel Winkie is brought to life by the Drama Desk Award-winning Godlight Theatre Company (who brought you the High 5 hit last season, In the Heat of the Night ). This world-premiere adaptation is an emotionally gripping and intellectually compelling exploration of the absurdities of our post-9/11 age.
HERE FOR LINK TO SHOW AT HIGH 5 FOR $5 TICKETS
Dog Star Selects NYC's Subway: 25 Years Ago in Newly-Released Film Footage (Great fun to see how much the city has changed!)
Bronx Zoo Snake Still Missing! Alligator Spotted Coming Out of NYC Sewer! (Really just a TV promo and nobody stopped to look at it!)
To market season 2 of the series Swamp People, [The] History [Channel] is putting alligators in New York City sewers. Playing off the urban legend, the network’s marketing team is placing very realistic looking model alligators crawling out of the city’s manholes in various locations.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Dog Star Selects Robert Beck's Incredible Basketball Photo for Sport Illustrated (Courtesy of James Danziger!)
Photograph by Robert Beck/SI
DOG STAR thinks this documentary should be seen by all! Women Are Heroes is a new film from multifaceted French creative JR – hands down one of the most prominent street artists of the past decade. Following his usual social undertones, the film takes us into the harshest of conditions abroad to learn about the power of women.
Coming in April! ¡Sí Cuba! Festival of Cuban Art & Culture at Multiple Sites in NYC! Many events and exhibits are FREE!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
OPEN NOW! Home Base: Memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field at Brooklyn Historical Society
SAVE THE DATE! PEN World Voices Sponsors a Program for Teens (Just send Stacy an email to let her know you're coming!)
Futura x 12ozProphet Feature from ALSO KNOWN AS on Vimeo.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Eight Million Stories In The Naked City (Census Data Says Some Interesting Things About New York City!)
Immigration activists point out that many of the undocumented didn't want to be counted and may have purposely evaded census workers. Some other interesting NYC demographic tidbits revealed by the census:
- The Asian population now exceeds one million, a 34% increase over ten years to 13% of the population. The biggest increase was seen in Brooklyn, which in 2010 had 41% more Asians than in 2000.
- For the first time since the Civil War, the city's black population declined during the census period. Non-Hispanic blacks presently make up 23% of the city.
- Hispanics now comprise 29% of the city's population.
- Since 2000 the Bronx lost 22% of its white residents, who now make up just over 10% of the borough.
- 42% of all state residents live within the five boroughs.
- If the boroughs' populations were ranked nationally as stand-alone cities, Brooklyn and Queens would be the third and fourth largest behind Los Angeles and Chicago. Manhattan would be sixth largest, behind Houston. The Bronx would be ninth, after Phoenix.
FREE! Upcoming Events at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo (Just off Houston near the F train stop!) Bring your friends!
Friday, March 25, 2011
SUBWAY CRAZIES! Bloody Loco Says RECOGNIZE THAT! Guy in Blue Sweater Bumps Loco's Leg and He Goes Off for Train Ride and Can't Let it Go!
Drake Imitator Big Sean Enlists Chrisquo for Happy-Go-Lucky Single MY LAST (Silly rap game nonsense from Detroit-native Big Sean - And, when will rappers come on the scene with names that don't have BIG or LIL in front of their names?)
Need any good reasons to stay in school? Waka Flocka Responds to Questions about Education & Voting (Hope he's smart enough to hire an accountant!)
Hip Hop Reaches New Low with Director's Cut of Waka Flocka Video for SNAKES IN THE GRASS (Not a major contribution to African-American culture!)
Five things wrong with this video:
1. Glorified gun violence including a bullet belt on the female "rapper" and simulated shootings. Black-on-black crime in New York City is at an all-time high right now and gun violence plays a major role. Music videos like this one endorse this negative conduct.
2. Complete and total disdain for education, again, from an African-American male who says STAY WITH THE STREETS OR YOU AIN'T SHIT: I got nigga knowledge yo girlfriend pussy got hella mileage / I’m a street nigga so middle finger to a college.
3. Women are contemptible and shown, first, as thieves who steal from Waka Flocka while he's sleeping and, second, as untrustworthy. Women are nothing at all except gold diggers: They say snakes in the grass so I’ma cut this shit / All these girls want is cash so I can't trust the bitch.
4. Contempt for African-American history with incoherent nonsense passing as rap lyrics: Forty nights forty days no Noah's ark / If we was living in water I'd be a shark / Im in the front, you in the back, like Rosa Parks / Got hoes like Rosa Parks, aye, where the fuck to start
5. Endorses and encourages violence against women (Waka Flocka smashes the thief's head through the car window as punishment for being a "snake in the grass.") with alarming misogyny that targets women as sexually promiscuous, dishonest and deserving of disrespect.
German ad campaign "Life's too short for the wrong job" (Go to link for better pics in the campaign!)
Here for more pics from this German ad campaign