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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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, May 31, 2012
Dog Star knows that many teens will try to get a Summer job and will most likely be working during the day. Each Thursday in the Summer, though, will feature a noon concert at Metrotech's wide open lawn between the office buildings. It's one of the nicest outdoor festivals each year and even better that it's not in crowded Manhattan. BAM's R & B Festival (more here) will feature Afro Latin Jazz and Aloe Blacc - he's terrific and he will definitely win over some new fans on August 9!
ManhattanWed, May 16, 2012 – Tues, Aug 21, 2012Word for Word is a free outdoor reading series that features bestselling authors, celebrity writers and expert-panelists sharing anecdotes, answering questions from the audience and signing copies of their latest books. More
ManhattanPlease check full listing for event date and timesOn June 6, 13 and 20, learn and how to swing dance and salsa before Midsummer Night Swing starts on June 26 by taking part in three "Dancing 101" sessions at the David Rubenstein Atrium. More
ManhattanTues, June 5, 2012 – Sat, June 30, 2012As You Like It has everything we adore about Shakespearean comedy: mistaken identity, cross-dressing, madness, mayhem, rage, lust, laughter, and of course, plenty of romance—both heartbreaking and joyous. More
ManhattanMon, July 23, 2012 – Sat, Aug 25, 2012A Tony Award-winning masterpiece by musical theater giants Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into the Woods is a witty and irreverent reimagining of beloved classic fairytales: Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Cinderella. More
ManhattanSun, June 17, 2012 – Sun, July 15, 2012River To River Festival, Lower Manhattan’s free annual summer arts festival, takes place seven days a week from June 17 through July 15 for a densely-packed month of music, dance, film, theater, visual art, ideas, experiences and family programs at locations throughout Downtown New York. More
National Geographic Channel’s “American Colony: Meet the Hutterites,” a 10-episode docu-series premiering this Tuesday (10 p.m.), goes inside King Colony, a 59-person Hutterite community in Montana that’s let cameras into its world for the first time.
But if you’re expecting the insular, suspicious-of-outsiders milieu chronicled in shows about the Amish, Mennonite and Gypsy communities, think again: the Hutterites dress differently, and speak with a German inflection (they’re of German descent and pray in German), but they’re friendly, polite and welcoming to strangers — and they totally embrace modern technology (including cell phones, Facebook and high-tech machinery).
“They’re a walking contradiction,” says “American Colony” executive producer Jeff Collins (whose company, Collins Avenue, produced the series). “The big distinction between them and other groups is that they’re Anabaptists — they don’t believe anyone should be baptized until they’re old enough to know what they’re committing to.
“And they don’t brainwash their community members,” he says. “The Hutterites can leave any time they want and there’s no arranged marriage. In fact, they don’t get married too young ... so it’s counter-intuitive to what you might think.”
The community, named after founder Jakob Hutter, traces its roots back to the 16th Century and is settled mostly in Montana and the Dakotas. (The community “elders” live over the border in Canada — which is the furthest most Hutterites have ever traveled.)
But just because they embrace the modern world (or the “English,” in their parlance) doesn’t mean the Hutterites dismiss their heritage. It’s just the opposite; they expect community members to hew closely to Hutterite customs and traditions — evident in the drama that develops over the series’ arc between rebellious, 19-year-old Claudia and her battles with her mother, Bertha.
Collins’ crew were able to gain access to the normally closed community through co-executive producer Trever James, who grew up alongside the King Colony (in Great Falls) and whose father hunted with the Hutterite men. “He’s known people in King Colony all his life and traded on that relationship,” Collins says. “Trever told me they drink, have fun, are friendly and aren’t cold toward the ‘English’ like the Amish and Mennonites ... that they’re totally non-judgmental.”
Collins says the fact that Nat Geo is airing the series went over big with the Hutterites, since National Geographic magazine featured a cover story on them years ago.
“It was like, ‘This is legit,’ ” he says. “These are the most fascinating, complicated people you’ll ever meet.”
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Authors Alan Fleisher and Paul Iovino present Classic Hits: New York's Pioneering Subway Graffiti Writers
Signing by original subway writers Ale 1, Blade 1, and others
Governors Island opens this weekend. Visitors who hop the free ferry there on Sunday can pig out at 5 Boro PicNYC, a craft beer, food and music festival. There are competitive cooking events to watch, as well: sausage and grilled cheese cook-offs and a taco challenge (May 27, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 5boropicnyc.com; $25). Once you’re full, check out “Amelia,” a site-specific Civil War drama staged at Fort Jay (May 26 and 27, then Thursdays through Sundays through June 17, 3 p.m., ameliatheplay.com; free)
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Go See "Question Bridge: Black Males" Smash Stereotypes @ Brooklyn Museum - Bring your friends! Tell your teachers!
Question Bridge: Black Males - Project Trailer from Question Bridge on Vimeo.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Devoted Dog Star and 85th fans will already be familiar with their club anthem "Satisfied" but it's infectious hook and snappy lyrics make it just one gem among a number of fine tracks. The 85th team shines with their founding producer Ken-I and several guests including Ghryzly Atoms ("Thug Life") and Benson Graves ("Rolling Stone"). Eleagle channels fresh vibes and a fiery flow on "Phone Check" - he has never sounded so viscerally engaged and impassioned as he does on this track. Male crooners of another era (Harold Melvin, Teddy Pendergrast, Donny Hathaway) surface in the doo-wop inflected "Gina from MySpace" - it's not only funny but it effectively updates the saccharine romanticism for the Fakebook generation. Other standouts include "Silence," "Hip Hop For That" and "Pimp By Love" - which features a throbbing bass line muscling its way over a repeating piano solo. "Pimp" slides into Tyga / Wacka Flocka / French Montana territory in its explicit descriptions of girl craziness - happily it's more eloquent than any of those three will ever be, even if it does include lines like "Rodney King-an bitches and puttin' the pipe down."
85th performs an all-ages show on Thursday, May 24 at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory (go here) - longtime fans and new followers can count on performances from "Delivering Wackness." This self-effacing hip hop powerhouse is definitely NOT delivering wackness.