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Pop Filter Hot Pick: will you be naughty or nice at The Warhol holiday bash?


Move over Candy Darling and Ultra Violet, there's a new Factory superstar in town.

Forget those stale office holiday parties and awkward white elephant gift exchanges--it's time for your 15 minutes of (festive) fame. Holidays no longer have to be a drag, thanks to The Andy Warhol Museum, which has the perfect upper for those holiday duldrums.

This Saturday, December 1st, the Northside museum hosts its signature holiday bash with a host of local Factory-worthy entertainers, including drag queen Sharon Needles and hip hop producers Tracksploitation.

The Queen of Drag meets the King of Pop
Taking the festivities up a notch, the Naughty-or-Nice Holiday Bash will be hosted by none other than drag queen Sharon Needles, who this year, easily surpassed a guy named Ben, as Pittsburgh's most famous figure. The Queen of Drag will meet the King of Pop during the holiday happening, which will also feature music and film, hands-on activities, tasty hors d’oeuvres and libations, and of course, plenty of world-class art.

After performing in Pittsburgh with the art drag troupe Haus of Haunt, and becoming something of an underground celebrity within Pittsburgh's nightlife scene, the self-described "queen of shock" rocketed to fame as a contestant on the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Needles was an instant fan favorite and media darling, and was subsequently crowned "America's Next Drag Superstar" in April of 2012, with some two million people watching.

Equal parts punk rocker and starlet of the silver screen, Needles' blend of the macabre and the mundane will make for the perfect personality to work the room with her biting wit amidst Warhol's legendary artwork. So if you missed all of the hoopla on June 12th--declared "Sharon Needles Day" via a Pittsburgh City Council proclamation--now's your chance to catch the global drag diva in the flesh before she heads off to perform at national venues around the US, including Washington, DC and Las Vegas.

Pop go the holidays!
The holiday happening will take place simultaneously throughout the museum's facilities, on the first and fifth floors, and in the underground studio.

Holiday goers will be drawn to the dance floor with tunes spun by Pittsburgh-based hip hop producers Tracksploitation. Dubbed "DJ masters of time and space," the sound makers will serve up the tunes donning gingerbread men costumes.

Don't miss the chance to mingle with Sharon, confess your sins to Santa, spread holiday cheer with a very naughty band of elves and reindeer, and view Warhol films in the museum's cozy theater.

Think you have what it takes to create a Warhol-worthy work? Swing by the museum’s Factory art studio, to create your own Warhol-inspired silkscreen and Naughty or Nice themed keepsakes.

More than 500 revelers are expected to attend the holiday soiree, which is slated to be annual fundraiser for the museum.

Polairod presents
Be sure to visit The Warhol's latest exhibition, Jeremy Kost: Friends with Benefits on view on the museum’s floor. A chronicler of gender, sexuality, identity, and nightlife, Kosts regularly travels the globe to capture images of everyone from male models in the Californian desert to drag queens strutting through Pittsburgh.

Kost embraces one of Warhol’s favorite image-making tools–the Polaroid camera—to create his complex silkscreen paintings and multilayered photo-collages. Friends with Benefits, Kost’s first solo museum exhibition, turns the artist's lens to an intimate family of renowned Pittsburgh-based drag performers. It features new work produced especially for the exhibition, including a monumental photo-collage executed on the site of Andy Warhol’s grave at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Bethel Park.

Kost, who will be a special guest at the party, was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and now lives and works in New York City.

Proceeds from the Naughty-or-Nice Holiday Bash benefit The Warhol Museum. Don't delay getting your tickets, as more than 325 have been sold so far. Will you be naughty or nice?

Purchase tickets now.

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