What to bring to Warhol’s Birthday Party

We know you’re coming to Playthink Studio’s Silver Factory Celebration of Andy Warhol’s 8oth birthday.

We also know you might not know what to bring. Here are some ideas to add to our list of 80 ways to Celebrate Andy on 8.08.08.

#57 Bring “the wife” with you.

Biographer Jean Wainright describes Warhol’s obsession with the tape recorder.

He referred to the tape recorder as his ‘wife’ and quipped that ‘when I say “we” I mean my tape recorder and me’. He declared that his tape recorder finished whatever emotional life he had; an interesting problem ‘was an interesting tape’.

So grab a cassette tape recorder and record the party. The tape will be fascinating!

# 58 Later, you can transcribe the recordings into a novel, and a play, and a memoir.

#59 Bring your Polaroid and take some portraits. Here are a few of Warhol’s Polaroids.

Now that I think back on it, I guess it was all the mechanical action that was the big thing for me at the Factory at the end of the sixties. . . . Everyone, absolutely everyone, was tape-recording everyone else. Machinery had already taken over people's sex lives -- dildos and all kinds of vibrators -- and now it was taking over their social lives too, with tape recorders and Polaroids.

#60 Bring along your lofty thoughts so that you can write your philosophy of life. Warhol called his “From A to B and Back Again.”

#61 Bring the paparazzi. Don’t know any? Then be the paparazzi.

#62 Bring your friends to the party. Bring the wild ones, the creative ones, the beautiful, and the eccentric. Bring them all. (By the way, if you think your friends are weird, learn more than you ever wanted to know about Warhol’s friends at http://www.warholstars.org/

#63 Bring the bling. Warhol’s 80th birthday party is not an occasion for modesty. Warhol said, “It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger.

#64 Bring your movie camera. (And don’t worry too much about fancy editing. A film doesn’t have to be watchable to be brilliant.)


#65 And don’t forget to bring your own constellation of stars. In the spirit of Warhol, we challenge you to make lots and lots of movies.

Learning from Warhol, 8 more ways to celebrate

Here at Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory Birthday Party Headquarters at Playthink Learning Studio, we’re busy working up 80 ways for you to celebrate Andy Warhol on 8.8.08 at 8. We’re over halfway there…

#49 Wanna Celebrate Andy?  Celebrate yourself–Warhol style–by celebrating others. Andy’s life shows us that personal self expression is nothing without community. Especially when that community is as hip as Andy’s.


#50 Shamelessly wallow in local gossip. Andy loved the New York Post, published his own gossip magazine, and seemed to enjoy being the subject of sensationalist tittle tattle. (And if you’re interesting enough, we might even gossip about you!)

#51 Play hard, but work hard, too. Warhol’s party headquarters wasn’t called The Factory by accident. At Warhol’s birthday party at Playthink Learning Studio, we’ll play hard, and we may even put you to work. Youl’ll get the chance to create lovely works of art while rubbing elbows with Dayton’s most glamorous hipsters.

#52 Look, but please don’t touch. For all the sexy parties and walks on the wild side, Andy was reportedly (and notoriously) celibate. Andy said, “Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets.”

#53 Live your life as a work of art. They’re going to talk about you anyway, so you might as well give them something to talk–and to write–about. On your way to the party, check out these books and films about Andy at the library.

#54 Live your life as a fabrication of the media.


Warhol said, “Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there – I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television.”

#55 While you’re busy living your life, take time out to make plans to visit the Wexner.

Exclusive U.S. Presentation of Andy Warhol,Other Voices, Other Rooms, Sat, Sep 13, 2008 – Sun, Feb 15, 2009, Wexner Center Galleries.

#56 Make your own “15 seconds of fame” commercial. Make an add, preview it at the party, and then enter it in the Wexner’s 15 seconds of fame contest.

What to wear at Andy Warhol’s birthday party

#41 Dress like Andy. Never mind that the party is August 8 and that you’ll be dancing up a storm at Playthink Studio’s Silver Factory birthday party. You’ll never go wrong dressed in leather and turtleneck. (scarf optional)

#42 Wear sunglasses.

Shades give you that all-important spirit of aloof detachment. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, in fact 8:00 at night is just the right time. (Just ask international scencester, Joey London. Any time’s the right time to look good.)

43. Impersonate Andy. Here’s some inspiration:

Jared Harris

Guy Pearce

David Bowie

#44 You don’t have to copy Andy. There are plenty other factory people to emulate. (some wearing much less than others)

#45 Have I mentioned the wig?

#46 Realize, of course, that compared with the Silver Factory Superstars,

your scene sucks.

#47 Feel free to dress any way you want, as anyone you want, in your boots of shiny, shiny leather.

#48 And if your wardrobe is lacking, don’t let that keep you from the party. Come ready to dress up. Costumes will be available.


Celebrate Andy Warhol: Love, Love, Love, and more Love

#33 Love your mother. Andy loved his.

Show Mom some love. Bring her with you to Andy Warhol’s 80th birthday party on 8.08.08 at 8 at Playthink Studio in Dayton, Ohio.

#34 Love other artists.

Keith Haring
Keith Haring
Jimmy Carter (not the rev cool)
Jimmy Carter (not the rev cool)
Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali


Jean-Michel Basquiat

Do like Andy. Love an artist. Bring him to the party on 8/08/08 at 8 at Playthink Learning Studio.

#35 Love your band. (here’s the book that inspired the band name)

Come to the party…and bring your band to Andy Warhol’s 80th birhday party on 8.08.08 at 8 at Playthink Studio in Dayton, Ohio.

The band we’re bringing is Dayton’s own glam band, The Wrong Brothers, featuring Hot Geek singer/songwriter TG McGuire and his Brothers.

More to come about this new musical sensation in posts to come!

#36 Love your city.

What would New York be with out Andy? What would Andy be without New York?

What would Dayton be without Playthink Learning Studio and what would Playthink Learning studio be without YOU? Who cares about civic pride? Show some civic LOVE and come on down to the party.

#37 Love your country. Dare to challenge her leaders.


#38 Love a poet. We’re inviting all our friendly poets (including you) to bring your poetry and read for us at Andy’s 80th birhday party on 8.08.08 at 8 at Playthink Studio in Dayton, Ohio.

gotta love those looks like howard glasses
gotta love those looks like howard glasses

#39 Love commercial media. Invite a journalist to the party. Or better yet, just go for the commercial.

#40 Whatever it is you love, bring it to the party and Flaunt it.

Hooray! We’re halfway to 80 ways to Celebrate Andy’s 80th Birthday!

Celebrate Andy Warhol: Get Real by Being (inevitably) Plastic

For some of us, the best way to transform ourselves as authentic human beings is to recreate ourselves as something we’re not. Does this make us fake? Could be. And so what if it does? If nothing else, Warholian wisdom teaches us this:

Fake is the new real.

At Andy Warhol’s Birthday Celebration at Playthink Studio on 8.08.08 at 8, we invite you to come steep in the paradox of deep superficiality, superficial depth, false authenticity, and authentic falseness.

And now for your oxymoronic pleasure, I present eight more ways to celebrate the birth of Andy Warhol.

#25. Create a Warholian Portrait. And while you’re at it fake it up. Andy was sought after by celebrities as a portrait artist not only because he was so famous, but also because his graphic style (using highly contrasted, washed-out silkscreen prints) made everyone look really good. No wrinkles. No age spots. Try this nifty gadjet, and do it yourself digitally! See what I mean?

#26. Create a message for your own tombstone. Andy said, “I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say ‘figment.’” What would your tombstone say?

#27. Play with plastic.Our participatory arts extravaganza will provide the plastic, you supply the imagination. At Playthink’s Silver factory on 8/08/08 you’re invited to use plastic to create yourself.“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.” We challenge you to create yourself as a plastic icon. Recreate yourself. Reinvent yourself again and again and again. And, on this night of Andy’s birthday, you can be as fake as you wanna be.

#28. Change your name. Andrew Warhola not only changed his name, but he hung out with other name changers as well. Christa Päffgen became Nico. Truman Streckfus Persons became Truman Capote. Billy Linich became Billy Name. Ultra Violet was once Isabelle Collin. Candy Darling was born James Lawrence Slattery. Who will will you be?

#29. Confess your sins and admit how fake you are. “I am a deeply superficial person,” said Warhol. If Warhol can admit to the depth of his shallowness, we can, too. (Playthink Learning Studio is equipped with its own confessional booth for your reconciliatory indulgences.)

#30. Now that you’ve confessed, go to mass. Andy may have celebrated the fake, but he also seemed to have a deeply authentic religious side as well. According to James Romain in Transubstatiating the Culture,

With family roots in Byzantine-Slavic Catholicism, Warhol kept a homemade altar with a crucifix and well-worn prayer book beside his bed. He frequently visited Saint Vincent Ferrer’s Church on Lexington Avenue. The pastor of Saint Vincent’s confirmed that Warhol visited the church almost daily. He would come in mid-afternoon, light a candle, and pray for fifteen minutes, sometimes making use of the intimacy of the private chapels. The pastor described Warhol as intensely shy and private, especially regarding his religion. Warhol’s brother has characterized him as “really religious, but he didn’t want people to know about that because [it was] private.” For someone so bent on self-protection, Warhol’s efforts to keep his religious life a secret may indicate just how important his faith was to him.

#31. I don’t mean to nag, but have you bought your wig yet?

#32. And while you’re at it, don’t forget your brows. Andy said, “I had a lot of dates but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows.” You can dye your brows (here’s how), but don’t stay home on August 8. Come out and show them off!