Tag: Andy Warhol

Thursday, April 16, 8:58 PM written by About Face Theatre

Play the “Art is Forever” Raffle – now through April 30th!

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Still got that Wonka fever? Weren’t able to come and join in on the fun this year? No worries!

We’ve got one more big prize to give away!

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Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 1.20.55 PMPlay the “Art is Forever” raffle online between now and April 30th for your chance to win an Exclusive Warhol prize package filled with art books, Warhol-inspired art and 2 bottles of limited edition Absolut Warhol. Tickets are just $10 each or buy 3 chances to win for $25. Purchase as many tickets as you like! We’ll randomly select a winner* on May 1st.

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*Winner must be available to pick up their prize at our Edgewater offices, 5252 N Broadway Ave, Chicago, IL.

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Thursday, April 9, 4:42 PM written by About Face Theatre

The Man Behind the Superstars: Andy Warhol

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame on April 10th at Wonka Ball: WARHOL!  Don’t miss you chance to party like one of Warhol’s Superstars!

Wonka Ball: WARHOL is TOMORROW! Get your silver wig on and go!

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Andy Warhol

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The man himself.

Andy Warhol was arguably one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His unique view on the world and what constitutes art, celebrity and fame has influenced artists across all genres from painting and sculpture to performance art, music, fashion and more. Warhol embodied what it looks like to be an artist in contemporary times. His iconic soup cans, Brillo boxes and Marilyns are some of the most recognizable artworks worldwide, yet they hardly encompass everything he created in his prolific career. In addition to his art-making, Warhol was an important impresario in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, helping to discover, elevate and make mainstream artists like The Velvet Underground, Edie Sedgwick, Jean Michel Basquiat and countless more in his stable of Superstars.

While Warhol’s influence on fashion is undeniable, his own style was often understated save for his penchant for silver wigs. Recreating his look is surprisingly easy, perhaps because the pieces he’s best known for wearing are American classics…never out of style.

Come to Wonka Ball as…

Andy Warhol in 4 easy steps!

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1. White Wig 

One of the most recognizable elements of Warhol’s style, a white or silver wig is a must to recreate this look! Order one online or head to a party shop – but don’t forget to grab some glue or hairspray to get those iconic spikes.

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 2. Sunglasses 

Yes the event is indoors…at night…Andy fails to see your point.

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2. Pants

Simple and understated…a pair of slightly ill-fitting black trousers are all you need on the bottom.

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 3. Stripped Shirt

And finally a striped tee on top…or if you are feeling more misunderstood, a black turtleneck will also do the trick.

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Wednesday, April 1, 7:28 PM written by About Face Theatre

Warhol Superstar: Joe Dallesandro

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame on April 10th at Wonka Ball: WARHOL!  Don’t miss you chance to party like one of Warhol’s Superstars!

Wonka Ball: WARHOL is just 9 days away and we know you are busy thinking about what to wear! In anticipation of this fabulously wild night, we’ll be sharing info here on our blog about some of Warhol’s most famous Superstars along with ideas for how to get your impersonation on with one of them at the party!

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Warhol Superstar: Joe Dallesandro

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Actor, Joe Dallessandro (or “Little Joe” as he was more commonly known) was one of the biggest sex symbols of the 60’s and 70’s. Little Joe got his start in film after being discovered by Warhol who added him to his list of Superstars. During his time at the Factory, Dallesandro starred in the Warhol/Morrissey film trilogy FleshTrash, and Heat, as well as Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein and Lonesome Cowboys. His roles in these underground films broke barriers around previous notions of male sexuality, turning him into a gay sex symbol and a pioneering figure in the sexual revolution.

Dallessandro was popular for showing a lot of “Flesh,” and rocking his birthday-suit, but with or without clothes he had a style that is hard to recreate. It’s the style of a rebel, a badass, a symbol of youth and street culture, a waking dream of sexy.

Come to Wonka Ball as…

Joe Dallesandro in 3 easy steps!

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1. Classic Bandana

Dallesandro wore his bandana with long and short hair. It’s the sexy badass street look of rebellious youth. Get yours at Topman.

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2. Jean Jacket

Throw a sweet jean jacket over a black shirt. It’s an effortless way to raise your hot points!

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 3. Jeans

The famous bulge on The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album cover is of course Dellassandro. Fill in your own pair of faded jeans for the same iconic look.

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Thursday, March 26, 10:31 AM written by About Face Theatre

Warhol Superstar: Candy Darling

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame on April 10th at Wonka Ball: WARHOL!  Don’t miss you chance to party like one of Warhol’s Superstars!

Wonka Ball: WARHOL is just 2 weeks away and we know you are busy thinking about what to wear already! In anticipation of this fabulously wild night, we’ll be sharing info here on our blog about some of Warhol’s most famous Superstars along with ideas for how to get your impersonation on with one of them at the party!

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Warhol Superstar: Candy Darling

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Candy Darling was an actress and one of the first trans women to integrate drag into pop culture. When she met Andy Warhol in 1967,  he immediately made her one of his “Superstars.” Candy starred in Warhol’s film “Flesh” and most famously in the Paul Morrissey/Warhol feminist spoof, “Women in Revolt,” where Candy shows her natural talent for satirical comedy. She was a muse for The Velvet Underground and the Rolling stones and was sought after by celebrities and socialites.  Her fame transcended into the mainstream and she ruled the NY downtown scene.

The glam queen of New York, Candy Darling’s style flouted the conventional ideas about fashion at the time. Candy Darling loved fun shapes, bright colors, and chic prints. Her amazing self possession is what made her style so magnetic and inspiring.

Come to Wonka Ball as…

Candy Darling in 4 easy steps!

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1. Lipstick

Make sure your make up is spot on. Candy Darling used stylish glam coral lipstick that could make any New York cab stop.

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2. Round Sunglasses

All the genius lies behind the big sunglasses. You are too cool for school and you know it!

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3. Boa

No better way to demand attention than with a bright boa. Make heads turn at Wonka Ball!

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 4. Jumper

Not your ordinary dull jumper, this piece is patterned with fantastic shapes for a faux multilayered look.

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Wednesday, March 25, 8:28 PM written by AFT Theatre

Wonka Ball: WARHOL – Meet the Artists!

benWe couldn’t throw a Warhol-themed party without amazing art now could we?! We are flipping our silver wigs over here about the amazing artists we have lined up to create art LIVE at the event and will be sharing images and info about them here on our blog each week.

Stay tuned and make sure to grab your tickets so you can come see them do their thing in-person!

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Edgewater Workbench

Edgewater Workbench is a community workshop/makerspace located on the northside of Chicago that offers affordable work space to support local artists and artisans. While they support all things handmade (selling locally made goods and offering classes in their space) one of their most unique specialties is 3D printing and laser cutting. Given his penchant for replicating everyday objects, we are sure that is Andy Warhol were alive today, he’d be all over the 3D printing trend!

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Still a relatively new concept, 3D printing is one of those things that feels like it’s from the future…and if you are coming to Wonka Ball, you’ll get to see it happen in-person and even have the chance to walk away with an adorable, Warhol-inspired, 3D printed banana and/or soup can necklace like the ones pictures below! Read on to get to know the artists behind Edgewater Workbench.

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Ally Brisbin, Business Development & Marketing

Ally Brisbin is a community activist and small business advocate who has lived in Edgewater since moving to Chicago in 2008. Ally started and co-owned Kitchen Sink, a specialty coffee and sandwich shop in Edgewater, for four years. During her time as a business owner, she was accepted to and graduated from the competitive Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She was also one of 50 semi-finalists in the 2013 Scion Motivate contest for young entrepreneurs. In 2012, Ally co-founded Community Glue Workshop, a community repair collective focused on repairing, rather than replacing, broken and worn out possessions. Ally currently works at the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce as the Marketing and Events Coordinator.

Stuart Marsh, Operations & Design

Stuart Marsh is an artist and craftsperson. He grew up in a family of artists, spending much of his youth learning trades skills, including painting, carpentry, metalwork, and glassblowing.

After high school he moved to Chicago to pursue a career in animation. Stuart and his brother started a decorative finishes and painting company that allowed him to pay his way through Columbia College. After graduating with a degree in film and animation, he went on to an array of freelance jobs ranging from timelapse photography for the Discovery Channel to being the Director of Animation for an Independent Film Channel (IFC) pilot. His animation work can be found in the Rice Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Field Museum’s Restoring Earth exhibit, and in D’agastino’s Pizza ads at Wrigley Field.

More recently, Stuart has delved into 3D printing. He has been a guest speaker in classes on the subject of design for 3D printing and its application to film at Columbia College and DePaul University. Stuart’s plans for a community 3D print center won ABSOLUT vodka’s “Transform Today” challenge, and Edgewater Workbench received funding from ABSOLUT for 3D printers, as well as business consultation from Wired Magazine and Makerbot Industries.

Visit Edgewater Workbench’s website to learn more.

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Wednesday, March 18, 8:57 PM written by About Face Theatre

Warhol Superstar: Nico

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame on April 10th at Wonka Ball: WARHOL!  Don’t miss you chance to party like one of Warhol’s Superstars!

Wonka Ball: WARHOL is just 3 weeks away and we know you are busy thinking about what to wear already! In anticipation of this fabulously wild night, we’ll be sharing info here on our blog about some of Warhol’s most famous Superstars along with ideas for how to get your impersonation on with one of them at the party!

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Warhol Superstar: Nico

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1960’s pop culture femme fatale, Nico, was introduced to Andy Warhol by Bob Dylan and soon became part of his clique of “Superstars,” working with him on experimental films like Chelsea Girls, The Closet and Sunset. It was in 1967 when Warhol managed the The Velvet Underground that Nico was to join the band as their “chanteuse” at Andy’s request. Nico’s unique Teutonic voice was used as the lead vocal on “Femme Fatale“, “All Tomorrow’s Parties“, “I’ll Be Your Mirror” and backing vocal on “Sunday Morning“, on their debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico.   The album would go on to become one of the most influential rock albums of our time even though it was it was overlooked when it was first released.

Before moving to New York to pursue singing and acting Nico was a high fashion model in Europe, gracing the covers of Elle, Esquire and Vogue.  Her signature long heavy fringe, bleach blond hair and long lashes became the “Modern” look of New York and Europe. On the back cover of the first Velvet’s LP, Nico wears a white trouser suit typical of her calm, cool and chic style.

Come to Wonka Ball as…

Nico in 4 easy steps!

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1. Bleach Blond Wig

The hair inspiration for Heidi Klum and so many other celebrities, it’s the go-to hair style for a vogue look. Don’t have long blond hair, this wig will do the trick.

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2. Trouser Suit

Her many masculine-fit suits are a lesson in keeping it simple and chic. Get a jacket and trousers and bring the 60’s back.

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3. Blouse

Floral blouses have recently made a comeback!  Find your own at any local vintage clothing store like Underground Vintage in Wicker Park or buy it from H&M.

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 4. Lashes

Keep the rest of the face natural and opt for some heavy, long lashes to capture Nico’s makeup style.

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