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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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

“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!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Have a Personality

I'll say it again for the shallows in the back: 
No amount of working out, body grooming, clothes shopping, fashion labels, muscles or good looks will ever give you a PERSONALITY.
The only genuine way to have "something to offer" is to read a book, see a play, visit an art museum or attend live performances. More than once. Binge watching online shows doesn't count either.
Have a PERSONALITY or you're gonna be boring AF.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Hands (A Parable)

A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked,'

"Have you received a scholarship for school?" The boy replied, "No".
'It was your father who paid for your studies? '' Yes.' He replied.
'Where does your father work? ' 'My father is a Blacksmith'

The Director asked the young man to show him his hands.
The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.
'Have you ever helped your parents at their job? '
'Never, my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me.

The director said:
'I have got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.'

The young man felt his chance to get the job was high.

When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash his hands.

His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed his hands to his son. The young man washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time that he noticed his father's hands were wrinkled and they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them.

This was the first time that the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his studies. The bruises on the hands were the price that his father payed for his education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his father's hands the young man stood in silence and began to tidy and clean up the workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time.

The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director.
The Director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young man when He asked him,

'Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?'
The boy replied: 'I washed my father's hands and when I finished I stayed and cleaned his workshop.'

'Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my parents, I would not be who I am today. By helping my father I now realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping my family.

The director said, "This is what I look for in my people. I want to hire someone who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the hardship others go through to accomplish things, and a person who realizes that money is not his only goal in life".

'You are hired'.

A child that has been coddled, protected and given everything he or she wants, develops a mentality of "I have the right" and will always put himself or herself first, ignoring the efforts of parents, family and friends. If we are this type of protective parent are we really showing love or are we helping to destroy our children?

You can give your child their own room in a big house, good food, a computer, tablet, cell phone, and a big screen TV, but when you're washing the floor or painting a wall, children need to experience that too.

After eating, have them wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters, let them fold laundry or cook with you, pull weeds or mow the lawn. You are not doing this because you are poor and can't afford help. You are doing this because you love them and want them to understand certain things about life.

Children need to learn to appreciate the amount of effort it takes to do a job right. They need to experience the difficulties in life that people must overcome to be successful and they must learn about failure to be able to succeed.

Children must also learn how to work and play with others and that they will not always win, but they can always work harder to reach their goals. If they've done their best, then they can take pride in all the effort they put forth.

Life is about giving and serving and these qualities are taught in our homes.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Roman Farmer’s Calendar

Roman Farmer’s calendar. Rome, Museo della Civiltà Romana, inv. M.C.R. n. 3485 Each side bears the names of three months of the year. For each month we can see, starting from the top: the number of days in it; the day on which the Nones (the day of the Moon’s first quarter) falls; the duration of the day and night expressed in hours; the sign of the zodiac; the protecting divinity; work to be attended to in the fields; and the most important festivities.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Two Teenagers Charged in Hate Crime Attack Against Muslim Man in the Bronx

Two teenage boys were arrested on Friday and charged with assaulting a Muslim man in the Bronx last week while shouting “Isis! Isis!,” the police said. The boys, 14 and 15, face a variety of charges, including assault as a hate crime, harassment as a hate crime and acting in a manner injurious to a child, the police said. At the time the victim was assaulted, his 9-year-old niece was with him.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Three Heads

1. Man Ray: Noire et blanche (1926)
2. Constantin Brancusi: The Sleeping Muse (1910)
3. Suzanne Opton: Soldier Birkholz in Irak (2008)

Monday, February 8, 2016

James Schuyler's FEBRUARY

james schuyler


a chimney, breathing a little smoke.
the sun, i can’t see
making a bit of pink
i can’t quite see in the blue.
the pink of five tulips
at five p.m. on the day before march first.
the green of the tulip stems and leaves
like something i can’t remember,
finding a jack-in-the-pulpit
a long time ago and far away.
why it was december then
and the sun was on the sea
by the temples we’d gone to see.
one green wave moved in the violet sea
like the un building on big evenings,
green and wet
while the sky turns violet.
a few almond trees
had a few flowers, like a few snowflakes
out of the blue looking pink in the light.
a gray hush
in which the boxy trucks roll up second avenue
into the sky. they’re just 
going over the hill.
the green leaves of the tulips on my desk
like grass light on flesh,
and a green-copper steeple
and streaks of cloud beginning to glow.
i can’t get over
how it all works in together
like a woman who just came to her window
and stands there filling it
jogging her baby in her arms.
she’s so far off. is it the light
that makes the baby pink?
i can see the little fists
and the rocking-horse motion of her breasts.
it’s getting grayer and gold and chilly.
two dog-size lions face each other
at the corners of a roof.
it’s the yellow dust inside the tulips.
it’s the shape of a tulip.
it’s the water in the drinking glass the tulips are in.
it’s a day like any other.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Secret of Immigrant Genius

Scan the roster of history’s intellectual and artistic giants, and you quickly notice something remarkable: Many were immigrants or refugees, from Victor Hugo, W.H. Auden and Vladimir Nabokov to Nikolas Tesla, Marie Curie and Sigmund Freud. 

At the top of this pantheon sits the genius’s genius: Einstein. His “miracle year” of 1905, when he published no fewer than four groundbreaking scientific papers, occurred after he had emigrated from Germany to Switzerland. 

 Lost in today’s immigration debate is this unavoidable fact: An awful lot of brilliant minds blossomed in alien soil. That is especially true of the U.S., a nation defined by the creative zeal of the newcomer. 

Today, foreign-born residents account for only 13% of the U.S. population but hold nearly a third of all patents and a quarter of all Nobel Prizes awarded to Americans.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Women of the World Poetry Slam (Coming in March)

The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) is a four day poetry festival, in which 96 of the best women poets in slam will compete against each other in order to crown the Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. In this event, poets compete in preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) over two nights. The poets with the top twelve scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

FREE! In two weeks - BROWN RICE FAMILY @ LaGuardia Community College

Neighborhood Concert: Brown Rice Family

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

Brooklyn-based world roots band Brown Rice Family is a high-energy, eight-member ensemble that combines an eclectic mix of musical influences encompassing reggae, hip-hop, Brazilian, Afrobeat, jazz, rock, Latin, and funk. With members hailing from all over the world, the Brown Rice Family draws on its diverse backgrounds to create a colorful, rhythm-driven, and highly danceable sound. This concert will also feature new works inspired by the song “Somewhere” from West Side Story and written by young people in the Queens community in collaboration with Brown Rice Family as part of The Somewhere Project, a citywide creative learning project that honors Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary.