Dec 17, 2013

The Bowie Ball at Chicago's famous BERLIN!!

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014


Heaven Malone & Stardust Present
BOWIE BALL

It's time yet again for Chicago's Bowie Ball, where we celebrate the legend, the chameleon, and the man... David BowieLast year's Bowie Ball, held on Bowie's Birthday, coincided with the surprise announcement that after 10 years of silence, a brand new album titled "The Next Day" was being released. This year we have more exciting news. In September 2014, the exhibit David Bowie Is begins its exclusive U.S. run at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. So get into the spirit with us – glam it up, dress like a dandy and let’s love the alien with some glitter on top.

Featuring live performances by Chris Connelly & Robert Byrne as they play David Bowie. Bowiesque DJ sets by Bowie Ball Chicago founder, Heaven Malone with Juketastrophe & X[P]. Wander among the androgynous Bowie fashion LQQKS by Mister Wallace, Jojo Baby, Sissy Spastik & SpyderDupre. And get yourself glittered & glammed up byMedusa's Makeup glitter and glam makeover booth. Sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art.




Featuring live musical performances by
CHRIS CONNELLY & ROBERT BYRNE PLAY DAVID BOWIE ( http://chrisconnelly.com/sonsofthesilentage )


Bowiesque DJ Sets by
HEAVEN MALONE ( http://heavenmalone.com )
JUKETASTROPHE 
X[P]


Androgynous Bowie LQQKS by
Mister Wallace
Jojo Baby
Sissy Spastik
SpyderDupre


Glitter & Glam Makeover Booth by
MEDUSA'S MAKEUP


Win tickets to see David Bowie Is

Instagram and Tweet your photos of the night using #BowieBall @mcachicago for a chance to win David Bowie Is prizes. Heaven Malone will select the most creative photo for the grand prize, two tickets to see David Bowie Isat the MCA in September, 2014.

Sponsored by
The Museum of Contemporary Art http://www2.mcachicago.org/david-bowie-is )



BERLIN NIGHTCLUB
954 W. Belmont Ave.
10pm - 4am
$2 PBR / $3 Berlin Bombs







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+ + CHRIS CONNELLY & ROBERT BYRNE of SONS OF THE SILENT AGE + +

CHRIS CONNELLY is a 30+ year veteran of the music business, having moved from his native Scotland in the 80's to pursue a career in gratuitous volume and outrage with technorednecks THE REVOLTING COCKS and MINISTRY.

Matt Walker of Morrissey and Chris were working together on one of Matt's songs when the seed was sewn to start a band dedicated to the music of DAVID BOWIE, the pair always having had a strong connection and affinity with his career, his changing, challenging sound and his aesthetic. A stellar band was assembled, all veterans in their own right with excellent pedigrees, and almost immediately rehearsals were well underway with songs from Bowie's canon that were being selected, played and played with. SONS OF THE SILENT AGE was a living, vital entity. It was decided to make the inaugural gig a benefit for a charity close to their hearts: PABLOVE, an organization that provides relief for pediatric cancer patients and their families. And so it came to be, on January 11th of 2013, SONS played their first show to a sold out crowd at METRO in Chicago.

The benefit was so successful that it went without saying they should keep the band moving and playing, exploring Bowie's music, and exploring his aesthetic, treating it the way perhaps he would himself, evolving, changing sonically and visually, with the aim of both thoroughly entertaining an audience, and challenging it at the same time.

SONS OF THE SILENT AGE boasts nine members culled from the absolute elite of Chicago musicians - diehard and dedicated souls who love the material and know it intimately, pouring their collective talents over Bowie's 40+ years and 30 albums of dazzling music, music that irrefutably changed the face of rock and an aesthetic so strong it will continue to spread ripples through our culture for ever. For more information: http://chrisconnelly.com/sonsofthesilentage



+ + HEAVEN MALONE + + 

From throwing Marilyn Manson’s absinthe fueled Mardi Gras party to having Justice spin a secret New Year’s Eve warehouse party, Heaven Malone has been influential in the Chicago underground music scene. Moving to Chicago from New Orleans in 2003, Heaven Malone quickly became immersed in Chicago’s industrial scene, producing events with classic acts such as Ministry, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and more. In 2005, as the electro scene started taking over the underground, Malone joined Kill Hannah’s Mat Devine in organizing the fashion & social collective known as Chicago Suicide Club. CSC’s notorious events soon became a reason people were moving to Chicago. CSC’s first event featured Peaches, followed over the years by Ladytron, Shiny Toy Guns, Jared Leto’s 30 Seconds to Mars, Marilyn Manson & culminating on New Year’s Eve 2009 with French electro pioneers Justice. 

In 2009, Heaven Malone founded the influential weekly indie-electro party "Disappear Here" at Angels & Kings. This notoriously decadent Bret Easton Ellis inspired party featured up and coming DJs & producers such as Le Castle Vania, Lucky Date & Midnight Conspiracy, along with the occasional celebrity up for sacrifice. Following Disappear Here in 2010, Malone maintained a monthly residency at Beauty Bar Chicago called Die Tonight, which featured The xx, Kids at the Bar, The Hood Internet & Ladytron. With every month acting as Halloween, Die Tonight had seen it’s fair share of zombies and beach babes, meat cleavers and swimming pools, superheroes and sleepovers with professional movie makeup artists to cover them with gore and blood. In 2011, Malone managed and DJed the exclusive VIP lounge hidden deep inside The House of Blues for Girls & Boys Chicago, the first spinoff of the famous party at Webster Hall in New York City. Switch of Major Lazer, Felix Da Housecat, Passion Pit & Chromeo were just a few to grace the stage.

Heaven has DJed in New York City at Girls & Boys NYC and the notorious TRASH! party at Webster Hall, Los Angeles at A-list celebrity poolside hangout, Nightswim at The Hollywood Roosevelt, the high energy electro parties Lose Control 3 & Lose Control 4 at SXSW in Austin, TX, Mardi Gras & Halloween in New Orleans, the indie dance party Tigerbeats and legendary electro party Hands and Knees at The Barbary in Philadelphia, the decade long running indie party Lipgloss in Denver, Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theater, New Year’s Eve at the W Hotel, & The "It’s So Miami" Lollapalooza Artist VIP Lounge at The Hard Rock Hotel for Lollapalooza 2013. For more information: http://heavenmalone.com



+ + MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO and "David Bowie Is" + + 
 
DAVID BOWIE IS, September 2014 - January 2015
This September, the MCA presents David Bowie is, the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie -- one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. More than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades are brought together from the David Bowie Archive for the first time. The exhibition demonstrates how Bowie’s work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, theater, and contemporary culture and focuses on his creative processes, shifting style, and collaborative work with diverse designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, and film. The exhibition’s multimedia design introduces advanced sound technology by Sennheiser, original animations, and video installations to create an immersive journey through Bowie’s artistic life. This exhibition was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.




+ + LQQKS Performers + + 

Mister Wallace: My body is my canvas. Collaborating and referencing other(s) art I allow myself to be a vessel for ideas and my speciality is the performance of those ideas. My goal isn't to innovate the new. My goal is to re-member the past into a better present and in turn future. Art is my activism and my activism is my Art

Sissy Spastik is Chicago's high-fashion, androg, avant-garde queen. A self-taught makeup artist, Sissy's passions are drag, makeup and the art of transformation. Sissy can be seen at various Chicago venues hosting and performing at parties such as: Boom Boom Room, Twirl & Lqqks at Berlin Nightclub, DangerZone at Neo Nightclub and Neverland.

JoJo Baby is Chicago's own favorite nightlife entertainer. JoJo is inspired by many diverse pop icons: from Leigh Bowery to Jim Henson & Clive Barker. He is an expert hair stylist, makeup artist, doll maker, and costume maker. He has made numerous tv and film appearances and was featured in the Clive Barker documentary titled JoJo Baby.

Spyder Dupre the resident rebel-rouser: a androgynous performance artist who specializes in the fire arts, make-up design and sideshow performance.



+ + MEDUSA'S MAKEUP + + 

Medusa's Make-Up is a Chicago based cosmetics company specializing in cruelty free highly pigmented makeup. Lora Chasteen and Pier Novikov a husband and wife team launched the progressive makeup line in 2006. Offering mineral pigments, glitters, lip sticks and glosses, the line is about glitz and glamour without animal testing. Available online 
and in boutiques around the world it has also been available seasonally in such chains as Urban Outfitters and Hot Topic. For more information go to www.medusasmakeup.com



+ + STARDUST + + 

Stardust is a weekly gala taking place every Thursday at Berlin Nightclub. Curated by a who’s who of Chicago creatives, the night features a bevy of multimedia, music and fashion forward artists. Named Chicago Reader’s “Best LGBT Dance Party” in Best of Chicago 2012 & 2013, it caters to the community that supports it through collaboration and technique powered by art and purpose.  Stardust is the home of parties such as Twirl! (2nd Thursdays) and Total Therapy (last Thursday). Stardust beckons the inner Gothic night owl, Disco Metal Couture, Indie dancing queen, Italo Raving, Crunk Queer, Emo punk-rocking freak that you are. Curator Scott Cramer named “Best Party Promoter” in Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago 2011, 2012 & 2013.  Photos by ASL http://asl-media.com



+ + BERLIN NIGHTCLUB + + 

Berlin Nightclub is a historic venue founded in 1983 as a place that celebrates diversity and has maintained its reputation as one of the most unique institutions in Chicago nightlife for over 30 years.  In it's early years, Berlin successfully mixed tattoos and transvestites, pinafores and platforms, dada and go-go, and everyone in-between. That spirit remains alive at today, as Berlin 2013 celebrates artistic expression and music on the fringe of club culture. Berlin was named ‘Best Nongay Gay Bar’, ‘Best Gay Bar’, ‘Best Anything Goes Club’, and ‘Runner up Best Lesbian Bar’ in the Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago 2012 & 2013.  Thursday Night’s Stardust was named ‘Best LGBT Dance Party’ in Chicago Reader’s Best of 2012 & 2013, and host Scott Cramer was named ‘Best Party Promoter’ 2011, 2012 & 2013. Berlin’s dance parties are legendary and critically acclaimed - Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Metromix, & many others have given Berlin and it’s events "Best Of Chicago" or Top 10 status during the past decade. Colorful bar staff, innovative DJs, outrageous hosts, & a magnificent mix of patrons make Berlin what it is today: a historic venue with a rich history. It has a bit of whimsy with a cutting edge... and it's consistently the most exciting late-night dance destination in the Windy City. Berlin Nightclub 954 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL. 60657-4438 (773) 348-4975 www.BerlinChicago.com