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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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

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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, June 30, 2011

FREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS! Just announced for Brooklyn!

Dog Star knows somebody loves a free concert (Prospect Park, morning news shows have them, Central Park hosts many and parks all over the city have little ones that pop up) and now one of our favorites has been announced: the Brooklyn Concert Series in two locations:  Coney Island or Crown Heights.  Click on the site names highlighted below for links to the lineups!

As Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz continues to host the concerts that have entertained hundreds of thousands of residents over the years and remain the largest free Concert Series in the New York Metropolitan area.

The Seaside Summer Concert Series, now in its 33rd year, is the largest free outdoor music series in New York, and is in a NEW VENUE at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island--next to the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Throughout the years, the Thursday-night series has attracted top-name classic rock, pop, oldies, contemporary and Latin performers.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series is celebrating its spectacular 29th season with a star-studded line-up of gospel, classic soul, contemporary, Caribbean and R&B artists. The free concerts are Monday nights at Wingate Field, entrances on Brooklyn Avenue (Rutland Road and Winthrop Street).  We're definitely going to see Queen Latifah on August 15.

NO cameras, NO alcohol, NO pets, NO bottles, NO smoking. All persons and packages are subject to search prior to entry.

New Summer Hours for MoMA - Open 7 Days a Week! (Bring your friends!)

DOG STAR reminds devoted readers that Museum of Modern Art on West 53rd Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues) is ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!  Go see Van Gogh's wonderful "The Starry Night"!

Summer Hours: Throughout July and August MoMA will be open 7 days a week, with special later hours 3 nights a week.

The Museum will be open every Tuesday in July and August, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The Museum will be open until 8:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 7–September 3 (except Saturday, July 9).
Sunday10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Monday10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
(Open every Tuesday in July and August, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Wednesday10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Open until 8:30 p.m. every Thursday in July and August
Friday10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
(Open until 8:30 p.m. every Friday in July and August)
Saturday10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
(Open until 8:30 p.m. every Saturday in July and August, excluding July 9)

How Much Does It Cost To Make A Hit Song?

NPR does an interesting piece on the predicted costs of making Rihanna's new album.  While "Man Down" is a big hit for her, it also cost a lot of money to make it before she even laid down the vocals. More here.

OPEN NOW! Go See "Pretty on the Inside" Art Show at Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea (Bring your friends!)

DOG STAR knows this will be a popular show with many of our devoted readers:  new work by KAWS (shown above), who organized this great group show with his friend Erik Parker.  The show also includes work from fellow American artists Todd James (bottom image), Tony Matelli, Joyce Pensato, Peter Saul, and Karl Wirsum.  Intense colors and visually interesting images mean there's a lot to enjoy in this show and with seven artists there is a lot of variety.  Each artist has a distinct "voice" (although the color schemes seem to be fairly consistent, lol) as far as content - we especially like Todd's "resistance" fighters with turbans and Starburst landscapes.  Paul Kasmin Gallery (here) is EASY TO REACH at Tenth Avenue & 27th Street (two gallery spaces are open for this show) Address: 293 Tenth Avenue, Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6, On view until August 19.  While you are in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by the new section of the elevated rail tracks (now a wildly serene and popular park open to the public) called The High Line (more here).

FREE! OPENS TODAY! Go See Lyonel Feininger at the Whitney Museum for His Wild Way of Seeing the World (Bring your friends!)

DOG STAR knows there's so much art out there to explore, so we're glad the Whitney Museum (here) is introducing Lyonel Feininger to a whole new generation of art and culture fans.  Lyonel had an unusual life - at age 16 he MOVED TO GERMANY to study art music (one assumes this is unusual since 19th century travel was more likely to be FROM GERMANY to NYC) and his life would never be the same.  He essentially grew into his adult years as a German and was deeply influenced by the trends and culture around him.  There's a nice presentation of his artwork with several samples of paintings at the Mid-Centuria Blog (here).  Born and raised in New York, Lyonel (1871–1956) moved to Germany where he became one of the leading practitioners of German Expressionism and the Bauhaus. In the late 1930s, when the Nazi campaign against modern art forced him to flee back to New York after an absence of fifty years, his marriage of abstraction and recognizable imagery made him a beloved artist in the United States. Long acknowledged as a major figure of the Bauhaus, Feininger is renowned for his romantic, crystalline paintings of architecture and seascapes. Less well known are the whimsical aspects of his work: his pioneering comic strips; his figurative, Expressionist compositions; his photographs; and his miniature hand-carved wooden figures and buildings, known as "City at the Edge of the World." This retrospective is the first in Feininger’s native country in more than forty-five years, and the first ever to include the full breadth of his art.  WHITNEY MUSEUM is ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!  EASY TO REACH at 75th Street & Madison Avenue, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.  This exhibit is on view until October 16.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

War Horse Trailer (Our school had a field trip to see the live show at Lincoln Center in May)

Summer Festivals NYC

While New York is a great place to get cultured in any season, the summertime heat brings art to a rolling boil. Performers, both from around the world and around the block, take to city stages indoors and out. Whether you want to take in a dance spectacular, a jazz jam session or a Shakespeare performance—to name just a few options—this guide will help you find hot culture spots.
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech 2011
BrooklynThurs, June 2, 2011 – Thurs, Aug 4, 2011
Click here for the full R&B Festival schedule.
This free outdoor summer concert series features an eclectic roster of legendary trailblazers and emerging musical visionaries of R&B and world music. More
SummerStage 2011
ManhattanTues, June 7, 2011 – Fri, Sept 2, 2011
Click here for the full SummerStage 2011 schedule.
SummerStage presents an eclectic mix of the finest musicians, dancers and spoken word artists from around the world in an exciting series of both free and benefit performances. More
Citywide SummerStage 2011
ManhattanTues, June 7, 2011 – Fri, Sept 2, 2011
Click here for the full Citywide SummerStage Festival schedule.
SummerStage presents an eclectic mix of the finest musicians, dancers and spoken word artists from around the world in an exciting series of both free and benefit performances. Concerts take place in parks in the Bronx, Red Hook in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and some parts of Manhattan.  More
Celebrate Brooklyn! 2011
BrooklynFri, June 10, 2011 – Sat, Aug 6, 2011
Click here for the full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule.
This summer's free performances at the Prospect Park Bandshell span not only numerous Brooklyn artists and groups, but approximately 50 artists from across the United States, plus artists from across Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and other parts of the world. More
River to River Festival 2011
ManhattanSun, June 19, 2011 – Sat, July 16, 2011
Click here for the full River to River Festival schedule.
The River to River Festival is Lower Manhattan’s largest free summer arts festival featuring music, film, dance, theater, art and play elements in a variety of public venues that canvases the backdrop of Downtown New York. More
Ice Factory Festival at 3LD
ManhattanWed, June 22, 2011 – Sat, July 30, 2011
Click here for the full Ice Factory Festival schedule.
Soho Think Tank's Ice Factory is an annual festival that presents plays by emerging and established downtown companies, as well as national and international groups. More
Madison Square Music: Oval Lawn Series
ManhattanWed, June 22, 2011 – Wed, Aug 10, 2011
Click here for the full Oval Lawn Series schedule.
Madison Square Park hosts this ninth-annual free music series, which presents performers in an eclectic range of genres, including folk, country, bluegrass and jazz. Concerts take place rain or shine at 6 pm (for double bills) or 7 pm (for single acts) each Wednesday from June 22 to August 10. More
Midsummer Night Swing
ManhattanMon, June 27, 2011 – Sat, July 16, 2011
Click here for the full Midsummer Night Swing schedule.
Every summer, dance bands turn Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park into New York’s outdoor ballroom for pros and newcomers alike, with the electrifying sounds of swing, salsa, samba, tango and more. More
Warm Up at MoMA PS1
QueensSat, July 2, 2011 – Sat, Sept 3, 2011
Click here for the full Warm Up schedule.
This weekly outdoor series celebrates its 12th year with 10 consecutive summer Saturdays of experimental music and live bands, performances and DJs. More
Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
ManhattanMon, July 11, 2011 – Thurs, July 28, 2011
Click here for the full Summer Recital Series schedule.
The Met's Summer Recital Series, first presented in 2009, returns with six performances in the parks of all five boroughs. The series kicks off with a concert at Central Park SummerStage on July 11. More
RiverRocks 2011
ManhattanThurs, July 14, 2011 – Thurs, Aug 11, 2011
Click here for the full RiverRocks performance schedule.
RiverRocks is Hudson River Park's signature, free concert series staged on the Pier 54 waterfront adjacent to New York City's Meatpacking District (at 14th Street). The three performances this summer feature tUnE-yArDs performing with Austra, Metronomy with Class Actress, and Deer Tick with Dom. More

High 5 Offers $5 Tix to Brick Theater's GAME PLAY (Bring your friends!)

All John DeVore really needed to know about life he learned by unlocking the unlimited ammo cheat in the classic game Goldeneye 007. In Son of Pong, DeVore tells stories about growing up with a video game junkie father. Competing with his adopted brother Pac-man for attention, earning respect by mastering Tetris or silently watching his father attempt to defeat both cancer and The Legend of Zelda at the same time, DeVore makes a hilarious and poignant case for how video games have made us all more human. John DeVore is a blogger, playwright, and “notorious roué” according to Time Out New York. 

Now in its 3rd year, Game Play, the video game performance festival, continues in what Seth Schiesel of the New York Times called “the most ambitious effort I know of to fuse the techniques and live presentation of theater with the themes, structures and technology of interactive electronic entertainment.” See the media of stage and game collide in the most unexpected and surprising ways. You will need a debit or credit card to buy discount tickets through High 5's website.

Visit for more! 

Click the dates to purchase tix! 

Summer Film Festivals

Outdoors or indoors, for free or for a fee: Summer film screenings come in all stripes. NYC ARTS brings you a list of some of our favorite summer cinema spots, many of which are indeed free-of-charge.
Coney Island Film Society: Rock & Roll Summer
BrooklynSat, May 14, 2011 – Sat, Sept 17, 2011
Click here to view the Rock & Roll Summer film schedule. Free screenings of rock and roll films take place at the Coney Island Museum all summer from May 14–September 17, 2011. All tickets are $6. Doors open at 8 pm with pre-show entertainment, featuring classic drive-in trailers, short films, old commercials and more, begins at 8:15 pm. The feature begins at 8:30 pm.  More
Intrepid Summer Movie Series 2011
ManhattanFri, May 27, 2011 – Fri, Aug 19, 2011
Click here to view the Intrepid Summer Movie Series schedule. The USS Intrepid celebrates heroes from the movies with its third annual, free Intrepid Summer Movie Series on the flight deck. After the May 27 kick-off, dates are June 24 to August 19. More
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
ManhattanMon, June 20, 2011 – Mon, Aug 22, 2011
Click here to view the Bryant Park film schedule. For the 19th year, Bryant Park hosts outdoor film screenings at sunset on Monday evenings. Snacks, meals and refreshments are available at Bryant Park food kiosks and restaurants. The lawn opens at 5 pm. More Alliance for the Arts, Summer 2011, summer film festivals
EPIX Movie Free-For-All
ManhattanThurs, June 30, 2011 – Thurs, Sept 1, 2011
Click here to view the Tompkins Square Park film schedule. This free movie series in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, running on Thursdays from June 30 to September 1, is sponsored by EPIX. More
Outdoor Cinema 2011
QueensWed, July 6, 2011 – Wed, Aug 17, 2011
Click here to view the Outdoor Cinema 2011 film schedule. These free, Wednesday film screenings offer ample grass on which to stake out a claim with a blanket or a chair, performances by local musicians and dancers (at 7 pm) and international films on a large-format screen—all set against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. More
ManhattanWed, July 6, 2011 – Wed, Aug 17, 2011
Click here to view the RiverFlicks film schedule. RiverFlicks for Grown-Ups returns for another summer. This year, the free outdoor film series is screening blockbuster films from 2010, giving everyone a chance to see last year's hits that they may have missed, or maybe just want to watch again.  More
EPIX Movie Free-For-All
BrooklynWed, July 6, 2011 – Wed, Aug 10, 2011
Click here to view the McCarren Park film schedule. This free movie series in McCarren Park, running on Wednesdays from July 6 to August 10, shows classic hits from the 1990s with two outliers, Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and Ghost World (2001), thrown in for good measure. More
Syfy Movies with a View
BrooklynThurs, July 7, 2011 – Thurs, Sept 1, 2011
Click here to view the Movies with a View schedule. The 12th season of Brooklyn Bridge Park's movie series takes place this summer on Thursdays at Pier 1's Harbor View lawn. Each screening consists of a New York-themed movie, a short film curated by BAMcinématek, DJs from Brooklyn Radio to kick off the evening and bike valet parking provided by Transportation Alternatives.  More
Movies Under the Stars: Terrorible! Terror Through the Decades
ManhattanWed, July 13, 2011 – Wed, Aug 17, 2011
Click here to view the Movies Under the Stars schedule. Riverside Park's Pier 1 at 70th Street plays host to a chronological (and free) series of horror films spanning the 1930s-90s. Movie goers can bring a picnic, if desired. The outdoor screenings begin at sunset. More