Make us your home page

Channel your inner David Bowie for Bowie Fest at ARTPool Gallery

Are you ready to dance under the serious moonlight? Do you have a collection of gleaming golden bicycle shorts and nowhere to wear them? Check out Bowie Fest, the art, fashion and glam rock 1980s party Saturday at ARTPool Gallery in St. Petersburg. The event will celebrate all things Bowie and feature musically themed work from local artists. Come dressed as your favorite David Bowie character, or for those of you with silver moon shoes and an unusually long tongue, any other glam rock icon you like. Your preferred Bowie look is a deeply personal decision. We've broken down some of his most iconic characters to help you decide. Choose wisely, put on your red shoes and dance the blues.

Stephanie Hayes can be reached at or (727) 893-8857.


Here's your obvious choice. You just need a surplus of pink and blue face paint, some gold lipstick and a healthy dose of confidence. It helps to suck in your cheeks and really sink into your mullet like you mean it. Also, let's not be shy about the Spandex. Commit or get out.


Think of all the jovial prancing you can do as Jareth the Goblin King from Jim Henson's 1986 masterpiece, Labyrinth. This look requires a Jem and the Holograms wig, a knowing smirk and inappropriate flirting with teenagers. Extra points for strapping a stolen baby to your side.


Who says your Bowie impression has to entail cross-dressing? Channel his 1976 Thin White Duke character with a double-breasted vest, snazzy cuff links, a pair of pressed trousers and a cigarette dangling haplessly from your lips. You might just get a date looking so dapper.


For this look, it helps to have a couple of "band members" who fade unnoticed into the background while you swallow the spotlight. Sartorially, try some ruffles, a sharp suit, wind-tunnel hair and a general look of artistic regret.


No, we haven't switched parties. Blow everyone's mind when you show up dressed as Andy Warhol and remind them that Bowie played the legendary pop artist in the 1996 film Basquiat. You'll need a leather jacket, a black turtleneck, some specs and an unconvincing platinum wig.


He may be 64, but he's still got style. Channel modern-day Bowie with scarves, deconstructed leather goods, snug T-shirts and a carefully highlighted shag haircut. It helps to have a loyal model for a wife as well.

Bowie Fest

It runs from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at ARTPool Gallery, 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Admission is $15

in advance and $20

at the door, and includes a buffet and one drink. Call (727) 324-3878 or visit

Channel your inner David Bowie for Bowie Fest at ARTPool Gallery 09/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours