thank you andy warhol

for being our mirror

for spreading people-connecting energy

for helping us to see the fabulousness in everybody and everything, no matter how ordinary

for creating over-the-top outrageousness out of the seemingly simple

for pushing us to take our ideas multiple steps further, and then further again

Check out Astrea’s movie of your party we held for you right here in the center of the cosmos, Dayton, Ohio.


We love you, Andy.

image by Joey London

all tomorrows’ parties will suck

After today’s party at Playthink Studio 411 E. Fifth Street in Dayton, Ohio, all other parties will pale in comparison.

Come on down to Playthink Studio in the Oregon District today (8/08/08 at 8’oclock for 8 dollars) and check out our Silver Factory. Dance. Make movies. Be glamorous.

Check out Dayton’s hippest hipsters.

Free admission if you’re 80 years old!

And now for the final of our 80 ways to celebrate Andy Warhol at our Silver Factory Birthday Party!

#74 Take a crash course in all that’s Warholian and Velvet and Silver Fartoryesque at guest of a guest.

#75 If you bring your dog, you must hold her very close to your face and make smooching noises as you pass through the crowd.

#76 Audition. At Playthink Studio’s Warhol Party, we’re guessing you’ve got tons of potential. Prove us right.

#77 Hold your own audition.  (Tip: You don’t really need to make a film. Auditions are an effective excuse for surrounding yourself with the most beautiful people.)


#78 We’ll be your mirror. There’s so much shiny shiny leather and silver down here at the Playthink Silver Factory, you can keep your compact at home.

#79 Reproduce! Reproduce! Reproduce!   (Images, that is.)

#80 You can act all shy and aloof and cool and detached, but bring all your friends to our Party , ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS, that is. They’ll thank you for it!

Celebrating DAYTON, OHIO and Andy Warhol at Playthink Studio

Wait till you see what we’ve done to the studio! I hope you like silver.  Thanks to the encouragement of local arts instigator, Donavan, and other fine friends Toni and Renee, we’ve gone over the top in  Playthink Studio in silver! Teetering on the ladder, laden in silver, I could feel Andy smiling down on us.  Today we inflate the balloons, set up the video, the movies, the projectors, the couch and the camera.

So what else is there for you to do? Come down to the Party at Playthink Studio, 411 E. Fifth Street in Dayton’s Oregon District.  By tomorrow evening at 8 o’clock we’ll have 80 ways for you to celebrate Warhol’s 80th Birthday.  So here are a few more ways to help us celebrate.

#66 Celebrate DAYTON, OHIO as #1 among America’s 10 MOST EXCITING and VIBRANT, RISING AMERICAN CITIES for the world’s Grooviest Hipster to  CELEBRATE DECADENCE, GLAMOUR, COMMERCIALISM, POP CULTURE AND ANARCHY (as reported in the latest issue of SHAGGY SHAG Magazine).

#67 Dance in our inevitably plastic light show! (Or just show off your beautiful legs!)

#68 Listen to some great music! We’ll have a great combination of live music and plenty of Velvets (and Nico) to go around.

#69 Succumb to the chaos. As John Cale of the Velvet Underground said, “We were just anarchists, but we were anarchists with heart.”

#70 Find your reddest lipstick ever. Find someone delicious. Kiss. Repeat. (Kind of like printing graphic art, only yummier.)

71. Look through your old lps. While you’re flipping through your albums, you’re likely to come across a Warhol.

72.  Stop by your local cosmetics counter and stock up on the eye ware.  The heavier, the cakier, the darker,  the better!

#73 Talk to someone more famous than you on our gold telephone! (We hope the spray paint will be dry in time.)

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.

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!