Artisphere Turns 3 with 1,000 Andy Warhols

Screen Shot 2013-10-12 at 3.18.10 PM.pngTonight is the night to don a black turtleneck and silver wig and head over to Arlington’s Artisphere for its “Night of 1,000 Andys Dance Party.”

Held in conjunction with the installation of Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds, the party will culminate in a Warhol look-alike contest, but also feature performances by genre-busting costumed musical spectacle MarchFourth Marching Band, electro/disco/funk duo Javelin, punk/hip-hop group Ingleside Collective, tunes spun by DJs Baby Alcatraz and Ian Svenonius, and comedy by Andrew Bucket, plus creative pop-art play stations, including a pop art photo booth — and all topped by the Artisphere Dome lit up for the occasion. And yes, you can play throughout the Warhol inflatables all night long too.

It’s actually just part of a weekend-long celebration of the venue’s third birthday, which kicked off last night with Dance Exchange performing a commissioned dance work amongst the Silver Clouds. Tomorrow, Oct. 13, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Artisphere offers the “Free Pop Art Family Day” with the Albus Cavus art collective, magician David London and a party led by Baby Loves Disco.

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Silver Clouds ends next Sunday, Oct. 20, when Artisphere will offer a Pay-What-You-Can screening at 2 p.m. of Julian Schnabel’s 1996 documentary Basquiat, starring Jeffrey Wright as the late youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Bowie as the man who was discovered him: Andy Warhol. 

Night of 1,000 Andys is Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m., throughout Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $18, or $25 for Lounge Level with private bar. Call 703-875-1100 or visit artisphere.com.

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Doug Rule is a theater critic and contributing editor for Metro Weekly.

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