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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; Why the early bird gets the ... worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers, for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility and by his son Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers:
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
Dog Star Selects Katy Perry's "E.T." for Proof that Big Budget Dollars Can Still Mean the Video Sucks (Albino model Shaun Ross and Kanye West don't help the video at all!
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!)
Thursday, September 29, 2011
LOCATION: The Carousel is located in the DUMBO section of The Brooklyn Bridge Park, on the East River, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The Carousel is easily accessed from Park entrances at Dock Street or Main Street.
HOURS SUMMER – FALL 2011: Open 6 days 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM (closed Tuesdays)
FALL – WINTER 2011 – 2012 November 6 – April 5: Thursday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00PM
DIRECTIONS BY SUBWAY: F Train to York Street - Make a right when exiting the train station. Walk 1 block down Jay Street to Front Street. Turn left, walk 3 blocks to Main Street. Turn right and walk 2 blocks to the park entrance at the river. The Carousel will be visible from the Park entrance. Here is a related story in Brooklyn Paper.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
When? October 15th and November 19th
What time? 4pm-6pm
How much does it cost? Free
How old do I have to be? For ages 13-19
How can I learn more? More here or contact: Mairelys Alberto, Outreach Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
El Museo del Barrio is EASY TO REACH at 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th St.), Manhattan. 6 to 103rd St.; 2 or 3 110th St. & Lenox Avenue
Mind the Gap runs from Oct. 17 through Dec. 12, every Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at New York Theatre Workshop, 83 E. 4th St., Manhattan. Final presentations for the work will be held on Dec. 5th and 6th. There are only seven slots open to teens and to apply, please download and complete the application.
Participants will be selected through an interview process and if you have any questions, please contact Katie Palmer at 212-780-9037, x. 9549 or email@example.com. The deadline for applications is October 3rd. More here!
HAVE YOU SIGNED UP FOR ANYTHING AFTER SCHOOL? Brooklyn Museum Offers PAID Internships - Deadline soon!
Museum Apprentice Program
The Museum Apprentice programs teaches teens how to teach from artworks in an art museum setting to younger audiences. It runs Fridays, October- August and 1-2 weekends during the school year; Wed., Thurs. and Fri. during the summer from 5:00-7:00 pm. No cost, it's a paid program, teens are paid hourly. Open to all High School Students
When is the Application Deadline? October 14, 2011
How can I learn more?
Visit www.brooklynmuseum.org; contact Cheri at firstname.lastname@example.org; (718)-501-6588
or find Brooklyn Museum Teens on Facebook!
Teen Night Events Planning Committee
The Teen Night Events Planning Committee plans, promotes, and produces Teen Nights; thematic events held one Friday a month for teens in the museum setting.
When? November through May
What time? Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm; Select Fridays
How much does it cost? No cost, it's a paid program, teens are paid hourly.
How old do I have to be? Open to all High School Students
When is the Application Deadline? November 4, 2011
How can I learn more?
Visit www.brooklynmuseum.org; contact Cheri at email@example.com; (718)-501-6588; or fine Brooklyn Museum Teens on Facebook
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011
12:00PM TO 6:00PM RAIN OR SHINE
ATLANTIC AVENUE: HICKS STREET TO FOURTH AVENUE
THE 37TH ANNUAL ATLANTIC ANTIC (more here) is an event not to be missed! On this beautiful autumn day in Brooklyn, the Atlantic Antic will bring together one million people to Atlantic Avenue to celebrate the longstanding tradition of food, festivities, and fun!
The Atlantic Antic is a Brooklyn institution, embracing the myriad of heritages that coexist in the Borough. Spanning four Brooklyn neighborhoods from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, the Antic is the largest street festival in New York City! From start to finish, Atlantic Avenue is transformed into a sea of entertainment offering something for everyone.
Comprised of local and national vendors intertwined with trendy restaurants and boutiques, the Atlantic Antic features live music stages that showcase free performances from various cultural genres. Families enjoy pony rides, storytelling, and face painting on an entire block dedicated solely to kid-friendly activities. Best known for its eclectic delicacies, the Antic highlights an array of food from around the world including street fair favorites like funnel cake, sausage sandwiches, and roasted corn!
by Edwin Torres
I am the guest of a prince. I stay at his palace and share my room with two other talents. The three of us are unique and in demand. We are each 10 stories tall. We do what we do and what no one else does. Our limbs are a hike, folding path over glory. I wake up one morning and look out the window. An ocean has appeared. Its surface, 10 stories above me, the sun just arriving. A reef reaching towards me through clear blue water crystallized by morning's shimmer. A surface broken by shadows, underneath what appear to be cliffs. The ocean bottom, as deep as I am from the surface, 10 stories below. I am 10 stories above. 10 is where we meet. I look down. A horse is swimming into view. Its mane whipped by morning wind-water. The horse is alone for an instant. Free for a few kicks. Then a rider appears on its back. Instantly not free. The rider is a tourist on an underwater swimming tour, where the horse does all the swimming. I turn my head and see more enter the frame. 10 more. 10 signifying more than height, horse or story. Against the blue-green water, the ocean bottom is visible. Horse and rider float. 10 stories above me. In slow-motion, sounds like. But that's because storyteller remains in the story. They swim away. The water clears as if almost to disappear. My eyes adjust and see 10 surfer punks relaxing at the bottom of the ocean. They wear cut-off jeans and shorts. Some have t-shirts some don't. They are relaxing in chaise lounges on the bottom of the floor, getting sun tans through the crystal clear water. Every few seconds, one of them swims up to the surface for a gulp of air and swims back down. The scene is a constant yo-yoing of bodies going up and down. Swimming with hands to sides, long hair flowing behind, air bubbles tracing their destination. Up and down. Up and down. A hypnosis of breath and water. A reward at bottom and at top. A kind of water that lets this happen. A kind of animal doing what nothing else can.
Monday, September 26, 2011
By Ben Gabriel in The New Inquiry Magazine
The past decade has seen the meteoric rise of a new subject position in the hip-hop world: the swaggerer. Whether with underground lights like Lil B or more mainstream artists like Kanye West, you may have noticed a strange insistence on the authenticity of the artists’ swagger. The stock has reached such a point that Jay-Z’s opening line for the first single off the highly anticipated Watch the Throne collaboration with Kanye is simply: “I invented swag.”
Swagger is not new to hip-hop but has always been exterior to it. It recalls ’70s rockers, ’20s gangsters, pirates and Shakespearean vagabonds. The connotations are all, one might say, very white. But it is a very particular kind of whiteness — one which is very aware of itself and makes an explicit performance of its own economic or legal disenfranchisement. The particularity of swagger’s performance lies in its combination of material signifiers of wealth, particularly designer-brand clothing or jewelry, with bodily gestures or attitudes of defiance, as in the strut or the sneer. The coincidence of this performative particularity and historical connotation differentiates swagger from other, similar concepts (militancy, for instance, or hedonistic consumerism) and allows for its redeployment in new contexts.
Hip-hop’s appropriation of swagger, however, is fraught. If one of hip-hop’s most important myths — that its bootstraps/entrepreneurial possibilities — requires a believable performance of economic insufficiency to be convincing, then swagger gives the hip-hop lexicon an incredibly desirable tool. But because swagger’s whiteness must be incorporated into a black cultural form, it’s loaded with the potential for sabotage.
Kanye’s unparalleled success in instrumentalizing swagger has come precisely through his alertness to this danger. His aesthetic and public personae so successfully court and deny whiteness that the potential issues with swagger become negligible. By finally unlocking the potential of swagger, he has put himself in a position to fundamentally alter the genre’s episteme, ushering in a generation of rappers who (perhaps unconsciously) recognize the structural deficit in hip-hop he has articulated and attempt (also probably unconsciously) to rectify it. This is post-Kanye hip-hop.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Brooklyn Specialist Mummifies Pets & Loved Ones for Clients (She's holding two mummified kitty cats in her hands!)
The Glass House: Day to Night from The Philip Johnson Glass House on Vimeo.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
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
RMA Teens meet Thursday afternoons during the school year from 4-6 pm starting October 6. Students who participate in RMA Teens for one year are eligible to give tours of the museum to visitors and get paid doing it through the Teen Guide Council Program! Participants also receive an official museum id permitting free admittance to any NYC museum! Application deadline 10/1.
Teen Art Labs
Mixed Mythology Teen Art Lab: Mondays from 4 – 6:30 October 17 – December 19, 2011
Every work of art at the Rubin Museum has a story to tell. Inspired by the Once Upon Many Times exhibition, participants hear tales fit for the gods and play out their own epic scenes to make powerful art while having the opportunity to explore Himalayan art and culture, acquire digital photography skills using DSLR cameras, work closely with professional artists and take trips. Application deadline 10/1.
Interested students can apply here for RMA Teens and Teen Art Labs.
Friday, September 23, 2011
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
You're standing at the grocery store checkout line, pondering tomorrow's to-do list. The cashier greets you with a grin. Out of politeness, you force yourself to chitchat - and feel curiously happy afterwards. There's a big smile on your face as you leave the store.
Are Introverts more active in social media than Extroverts? (HERE)
Dog Star Selects 1980s News Clip of Keith Haring (Reporter calls Haring the "Rembrandt of Rapid Transit")
Monday, September 19, 2011
Still undecided about applying?
Concerned you don't have the time for TRaC?
Wondering what being in TRaC is really like?
Come to High 5 and Get Some Answers!
Join us for the Fall Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Informational Open House on Wednesday, September 21st, from 4:45 - 5:45, and we'll answer all your questions. You'll meet former TRaC participants and instructors, hear about their experiences in TRaC, get a preview of the Fall TRaC programs and learn how to apply. As a bonus, every teen who attends will receive TWO FREE TICKETS to any NYC theater, dance or music performance High 5 has available! Interested students, parents, teachers and TRaC alumni - all are welcome. Of course, light refreshments will be served.
To learn more about TRaC before the Open House, CLICK HERE!
You can also download an a FALL TRaC FLYER (to print and distribute to friends and teachers) and a TRaC APPLICATION FORM, which must be dropped off or postmarked by September 28th. Remember, TRaC is first come, first served!
Don't let this opportunity to pass you by!
RSVP today and find out if TRaC is right for you!
THE FALL TRaC OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, September 21st, 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
at ArtsConnection/High 5 Headquarters
520 Eighth Ave at 36th Street, 3rd Floor
RSVP to Eric Ost at 212-453-9485 or firstname.lastname@example.org