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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11, The Center for Ethical Thinking at Pace University's department of Philosophy and Religious Studies will be hosting a symposium of New York City thinkers and scholars to share philosophical and ethical reflections on the significance of the terror attack that took place steps away from Pace.
With "The Other 9/11," we hope to provide a different perspective on this event, grounded in philosophical and theoretical thought, invested in ethical consideration, and aiming at an understanding of the wider meaning of this traumatic event.
The speakers at the symposium, local New Yorkers who live and teach here at universities such as New York University, The New School, and Pace, will be exploring a variety of issues that range from personal response to the philosophical significance of an event that was local and immediate, yet instantly turned international, mediated, and represented. Our task as thinkers is to explore both the immediate experience and its subsequent representations. A local event with a global resonance, 9/11 has affected not only the lives of our immediate community but also a variety of communities abroad. The 10th anniversary of this event provides an apt opportunity to think further about these effects and to share these thoughts with the New Yorkers who live here, where it happened.
Drucilla Cornell, Professor of Political Science, Comparative Literature, and Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University
Simon Critchley, Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at The New School
Ruth Johnston, Professor and Director of Film and Screen Studies at Pace University
Avital Ronell, Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and German at New York University; co-director of the NYU Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies Center
Aseel Sawalha, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University
Dr. Ilan Safit, Director of the Center for Ethical Thinking and Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Pace University, will moderate the panel.
The Center for Ethical Thinking
The Center for Ethical Thinking at Pace University is dedicated to posing and employing ethics as a worldview, a prism through which we view the world and hence construct our reality and our position within it. Through regular symposia, lectures, and discussion, the center seeks to engage Pace's academic community, and also the community at large, in political, cultural, and social questions from an ethical point of view. Previous symposia focused on questions such as education, the environment, and religion.
About the Artist
Born in North Carolina on September 2, 1911, Bearden spent much of his youth in New York City, where his parents knew the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance, including the poet Langston Hughes, the musician Duke Ellington, the artist Aaron Douglas, and the social reformer W.E.B. Du Bois. In the 1930s, Bearden himself became active in several artists' groups in Harlem, and by the 1960s he was a central figure in the cultural life of the community, with a growing national reputation. He helped found the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Spiral group (artists supporting the civil-rights movement), and the Cinqué Gallery, a venue for emerging artists. Respected as an artist, orator, author, and social activist, Bearden also mentored many young people seeking opportunities in the arts. MET MUSEUM IS ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The Haimish Line
By DAVID BROOKS
Recently I did a little reporting from Kenya and Tanzania before taking a safari with my family. We stayed in seven camps. Some were relatively simple, without electricity or running water. Some were relatively luxurious, with regular showers and even pools.
The simple camps were friendly, warm and familial. We got to know the other guests at big, communal dinner tables. At one camp we got to play soccer with the staff on a vast field in the Serengeti before an audience of wildebeests. At another camp, we had impromptu spear-throwing and archery competitions with the kitchen staff. Two of the Maasai guides led my youngest son and me on spontaneous mock hunts — stalking our “prey” on foot through ravines and across streams. I can tell you that this is the definition of heaven for a 12-year-old boy, and for someone with the emotional maturity of one.
The more elegant camps felt colder. At one, each family had its own dinner table, so we didn’t get to know the other guests. The tents were spread farther apart. We also didn’t get to know the staff, who served us mostly as waiters, the way they would at a nice hotel.
I know only one word to describe what the simpler camps had and the more luxurious camps lacked: haimish. It’s a Yiddish word that suggests warmth, domesticity and unpretentious conviviality.
It occurred to me that when we moved from a simple camp to a more luxurious camp, we crossed an invisible Haimish Line. The simpler camps had it, the more comfortable ones did not.
This is a generalized phenomenon, which applies to other aspects of life. Often, as we spend more on something, what we gain in privacy and elegance we lose in spontaneous sociability.
I once visited a university that had a large, lavishly financed Hillel House to serve as a Jewish center on campus. But the students told me they preferred the Chabad House nearby, which was run by the orthodox Lubavitchers. At the Chabad house, the sofas were tattered and the rooms cramped, but, the students said, it was more haimish.
Restaurants and bars can exist on either side of the Haimish Line. At some diners and family restaurants, people are more comfortable leaning back, laughing loud, interrupting more and sweeping one another up in a collective euphoria. They talk more to the servers, and even across tables. At nicer restaurants, the food is better, the atmosphere is more refined, but there is a tighter code about what is permissible.
Hotels can exist on either side of the Haimish Line. You’ll find multiple generations at a Comfort Inn breakfast area, and people are likely to exchange pleasantries over the waffle machine. At a four-star hotel’s breakfast dining room, people are quietly answering e-mail on their phones.
Whole neighborhoods can exist on either side of the Haimish Line. Alan Ehrenhalt once wrote a great book called “The Lost City,” about the old densely packed Chicago neighborhoods where kids ran from home to home, where people hung out on their stoops. When the people in those neighborhoods made more money, they moved out to more thinly spaced suburbs with bigger homes where they were much less likely to know their neighbors.
In the 1990s, millions of Americans moved outward so they could have bigger houses and bigger lots, even if it meant long commutes. Research by Robert Frank of Cornell suggests this is usually a bad trade-off.
People are often bad at knowing how to spend their money — I’ve been at least as bad as everybody else in this regard. Lottery winners, for example, barely benefit from their new fortunes. When we get some extra income, we spend it on privacy, space and refinement. This has some obvious benefits: let’s not forget the nights at the Comfort Inn when we were trying to fall asleep while lacrosse teams partied in the hallways and the rooms next door. But suddenly we look around and we’re on the wrong side of the Haimish Line.
We also live in a highly individualistic culture. When we’re shopping for a vacation we’re primarily thinking about Where. The travel companies offer brochures showing private beaches and phenomenal sights. But when you come back from vacation, you primarily treasure the memories of Who — the people you met from faraway places, and the lives you came in contact with.
I can’t resist concluding this column with some kernels of consumption advice accumulated by the prominent scholars Elizabeth W. Dunn, Daniel T. Gilbert and Timothy D. Wilson. Surveying the vast literature of happiness research, they suggest: Buy experiences instead of things; buy many small pleasures instead of a few big ones; pay now for things you can look forward to and enjoy later.
To which I’d only add: Sometimes it's best to spend carefully so you can stay south of the Haimish Line.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
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Saturday, August 27, 2011
On the Beach at Night Alone
by Walt Whitman
On the beach at night alone,
As the old mother sways her to and fro, singing her husky song,
As I watch the bright stars shining, I think a thought of the clef of the universes, and of the future.
A vast similitude interlocks all,
All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns, moons, planets
All distances of place however wide,
All distances of time, all inanimate forms,
All souls, all living bodies, though they be ever so different, or in different worlds,
All gaseous, watery, vegetable, mineral processes, the fishes, the brutes,
All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, languages,
All identities that have existed, or may exist, on this globe, or any globe,
All lives and deaths, all of the past, present, future,
This vast similitude spans them, and always has spann'd,
And shall forever span them and compactly hold and enclose them.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
August 30, 2011–January 22, 2012
The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt was designed by Faith Ringgold and constructed in collaboration with New York City students ages eight through nineteen. The quilt poignantly conveys the importance of communication across cultures and religions to achieve the goal of peace. Comprised of three panels, each with twelve squares on the theme of peace, the quilt will be displayed alongside several original works of art that inspired its content. Faith Ringgold is well known for her story quilts: art that combines painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling. Her work has been exhibited in major museums around the world and can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, among others. In addition to writing and illustrating eleven children's books, she has been the recipient of more than seventy-five awards, fellowships, citations, and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and seventeen honorary doctorates. The quilt was commissioned by InterRelations Collaborative Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding through art among the increasingly diverse student populations in New York City and the tri-state area.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
- BrooklynSat, May 14, 2011 – Sat, Sept 17, 2011Click 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
- ManhattanFri, May 27, 2011 – Fri, Aug 19, 2011Click 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
- ManhattanMon, June 20, 2011 – Mon, Aug 22, 2011Click 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
- ManhattanThurs, June 30, 2011 – Thurs, Sept 1, 2011Click 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
- QueensWed, July 6, 2011 – Wed, Aug 17, 2011Click 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, 2011Click 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
- BrooklynWed, July 6, 2011 – Wed, Aug 10, 2011Click 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
- BrooklynThurs, July 7, 2011 – Thurs, Sept 1, 2011Click 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
- ManhattanWed, July 13, 2011 – Wed, Aug 17, 2011Click 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
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
On a first-come, first-serve basis, all members of the public can enjoy the intimate spaces from 8 AM to Midnight today through September 16, located at 46th St. and Broadway.