Au revoir, Little Luna.

Last session was probably Little Luna’s last session ever at Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore. In a few short weeks she’ll be on her way to New Orleans to become some sort of vigilante crimefighter-slash-shrimp boat captain. Why is she leaving us? Do we not have enough criminal shrimping operations for her to go all Batman on?

I don’t know.

She *will* make one last appearance at the Gilded Lily Presents: Bye Bye Luna  show at the Windup Space on March 21st. Make a note.

By the way, the Baltimore Sun covered this session too—their piece should be in Monday’s edition. When it comes out, I’ll add a short blog with a link.

Anyways, Little Luna finished in style. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started.

Here are the 1- and 2-minute poses.

 

 

David Wright

Tim Kelly

Fred Zeleny

Cecilia Strakna

David Wright

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

David Wright

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

Jennifer A. Stark

 

Craig Hankin

Cecilia Strakna

Jennifer A. Stark

Hannah LeVasseur

After the 1- and 2-minte poses, we took a quick break, and then it was time for the 5-minute poses, the first of which was the non-dominate hand contest. If you’re right-handed you draw with your left, if you’re left-handed you draw with your right, and if you’re ambidextrous we feed one hand to the shark.

The two winners received mystery concoctions from Russell. What were they? Capri-Suns? Gasoline infused vodka shots? I have no idea. We maintain plausible deniability for a reason.

Craig Hankin

Fred Zeleny

Cecilia Strakna

David Wright

Tim Kelly

Varvara LaVoom

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Kerry Brady

After that, it was time for a recess so folks could sneak a smoke, refill a Harvey Wallbanger, push someone off the jungle gym—whatever.  Then it was time for the 10-minute poses . . . . . . and FISH CHAOS.

I managed to turn off my fancy video camera when I thought I was turning it on at EXACTLY the worst moment—which triggered a truly epic cursing fit several hours later.  Luckily, Alexis and I don’t take SHIT from technology; she was filming backup with her phone.  It’s not the greatest video, but it gives you an idea.

I’ll leave the rest to the video.

Why was there a shark attack?

Really folks, there are no thought processes going on. It’s all white noise up top. I can tell you, you better run for your lives if I ever get a hold of a giant robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex.

They’re expensive (I’ve checked), so you’re probably safe…

…unless someone reading this has one I could borrow/have. Call me. [thumb up, pinky extended, hand to ear]

What were talking about? Dinosaurs?

The 10-minute poses. –Alexis

Oh. Right.

The second 10-minute pose was our second contest of the evening, ye’ old random noun contest.  The crowd picked “oil spill” this time around.  The winner received a pair of back seamed stockings from What Katie Did.

Tim Kelly

Fred Zeleny

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Another break for folks to top off drinks and fend off fish and it was time for the 20-minute poses. The first was a another contest, the goal being the best homage to Edward Gorey, since it was his birthday the week before.  The winner received The Strange Case of Edward Gorey by Alexander Theroux from Atomic Books, which is in Hampden on the corner of Falls Rd and the Avenue.  It’s easily the best bookstore in Baltimore.

Craig Hankin

Hannah LeVasseur

Jennifer A. Stark

Tim Kelly

Fred Zeleny

David Wright

Kerry Brady

The last pose of the evening was also the last contest, the goal being the best incorporation of polar bears since it was International Polar Bear Day.  The winner received Oompa!, Sabrina Chap’s CD.  If you missed her session in January, check out her stuff, and if you’re feeling patrony, support the making of her next CD.

Jennifer A. Stark

Fred Zeleny

Tim Kelly

Hannah LeVasseur

A quick aside about the fish . . . a lot of folks did some pretty amazing things so that all worked out.

First, lots of thanks to Brian and Missy for letting us buy a helium tank off of them, they ROCK.  Second, it turns out the tank was only enough to fill one and a half fish. Two hours before the session I ended up having to make an emergency run to Flowers By Chris, who I’m sure thought I was crazy over the phone. They finished filling up the shark for me, though, no charge. The night wouldn’t have happened without them. Next time you’re in Mt. Vernon and need flowers, maybe shoot them some business.

Third, I don’t know if you remembered, but that Monday was a FUCKING WINDSTORM. If I’d tried to walk those two fish to the Windup from Mt. Vernon, I would have been screwed. Luckily, Missy was a superhero AGAIN and gave me a ride to Windup.

Unfortunately, at that point we couldn’t get into Windup because Russell was held up in traffic, so then we owe thanks to Victor who runs the check-cashing shop next door, who gave us shelter till Russell arrived.

So, next time you need, umm, a check cashed or payday loan, go to Victor.

Oh Baltimore, I love you.

Then, THEN, the light-rail delayed Luna, luckily, Valeria Voxx, a past model, happened to be on hand and volunteered to go get her.

THANK GOD. Otherwise y’all would have spent the night drawing fish.

ANYWAY, super thanks to Little Luna who did an amazing job (while having a cold!)—we’ll miss you—if you get murdered in New Orleans, we’ll make fun of you since you’re from Baltimore and better fucking represent; thanks to our sponsors Atomic Books, Flying Dog Brewery, What Katie Did, and Baby Tattoo Books for the great beer specials and amazing prizes; thanks to Russell for slinging drinks and booze; thanks to Jeff for the nifty photos above; thanks to Alexis for holding the ship on course, sharks-be-damned; and thank you to all of you for making Little Luna’s last night at Sketchy’s such a great night.

Who’s posing next?

Photo by Sarah Kimble, flyer by Aaron Bush

GiGi Holliday – “The chocolate that melts your heart!” – of Sticky Buns Burlesque is posing for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, Monday, March 12th!

If you’ve been spending nights out on the town wisely, you’ve seen GiGi perform with Sticky Buns or other folks over the last year or so, either at the Windup Space, Illusions, or other assorted high-class entertainment venues.

Since Dr. Sketchy’s patrons are known for their hard partying, I understand those boozy nights might be a little hazy, so I’ll help you out – GiGi was the awesome part of your night. You know, the part before the bartender cut up your credit card, your significant other left with the fire marshal, Paco Fish drop-kicked you with a pair of stilts because you rushed the stage, and the BPD forced a rabies shot on you as a condition of your release.

GiGi was that beautiful siren on stage, that luminous beauty who made you feel so special, so lucky to be alive, that you were SURE no one would mind if you did three more pickle shots and set fire to Russell’s beard.

It’s okay, it happens.

Well, guess what? You’ll get to draw the entrancing GiGi, and if you feel inspired to set fire to Russell, NO ONE WILL JUDGE YOU. GiGi Holliday makes people do crazy things. We understand. GiGi understands. Russell doesn’t, but, well, who cares?

GiGi describes herself as “the nerdy girl in the corner playing dress up.” Lord knows Dr. Sketchy’s has gotten lost on more than one geek tangent . . . you’ll love her. Trust us.

There’ll be drink specials from Flying Dog Brewery, bitchin’ prizes from Atomic Books and Baby Tattoo Books, and we can guarantee you we have resolved the whole inflatable shark infestation issue.

Doors at 6, start at 7. Come early to get a good seat, and like our page for the latest updates: http://www.facebook.com/DrSketchysBaltimore

18+ to draw, 21+ to drink.

Reverend Valentine rocks out with her (pea)cock out.

So, at the end of the last session with Reverend Valentine, three different people proclaimed, “THIS WAS THE BEST SESSION EVER OF DR. SKETCHY’S BALTMORE!”  That’s paraphrased by the way—-not all of them screamed it, as the all-caps imply (though one did).  I don’t think anyone said “Baltimore” either since, you know, the context made it pretty clear they weren’t including sessions in the Philippines or Waco, Texas or whatnot.

Suffice it to say, Reverend Valentine was good.  Real good.

We’d love to take credit for the session be amazing, but in the end, all we did was see her perform a couple times and think, “Wow, she’d make a great model for Dr. Sketchy’s.”

We were right.

I’m sure having one of the funniest burlesque routines we’ve ever seen didn’t hurt either.

Shawn Adomanis

Shawn Adomanis


Shawn Adomanis

Tom Symonds

El Stabo

There was a short break for folks to aquire cocktails and dispose of the previous, and then it was time for the 5-minute poses, the first of which was AN ATTACK BY A GIANT DINOSAUR!!!!

Okay, it wasn’t.  It was the non-dominant hand contest where [deep breath] if you’re right-handed you draw with your left, if you’re left-handed you draw with your right, and if you’re ambidextrous you cheat and make everyone else look like a bunch of drunken whatsits.

Shawn Adomanis

El Stabo

Shawn Adomanis

Want to know a secret?  There was a wee bit of confusion here that shows just how awesome Reverend Valentine is.  We accidentally gave her the impression that she was going to do her routine before the 5-minute poses, not after.  So she held all four poses while hiding the true nature of her costume.  That’s downright amazing, and as far as I know, no one noticed.

True nature, you ask?

Well, everything is not quite what it seems in the above photos because the Reverend is mere moment from performing one of the best routines of all time.  I’ve never in three years heard the crowd of Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore laugh so hard.  People were starting to hyperventilate and shit.

Here’s an itty-bitty video clip to give you an idea.

Quick aside—the quality of this video sucks.  Why?  Because 1) the tripod dumped the camera on the floor ten seconds beforehand because, well, frankly, I didn’t understand what one of the levers did.  Luckily, Jeff fixed the thing using his mad camera skills, so hopefully that will never happen again, and 2) the lights were probably a tad too low for shooting.

Anyway, enough hemming and hawing.

We then dived into the 10-minutes.  Rev didn’t even take a break, though we offered!  How damn amazing is she?

El Stabo

Shawn Adomanis

The second ten-minute pose was the random noun contest, in which your hosts forget to think  of a contest and so turn to the audience for help, in the form of suggestions of whatever person, place, or thing comes to the minds of the artists. “Armadillo” won out, so everyone was asked to incorporate this creature into their drawings. The prize? It was either a mini-Munny, or a copy of  Sparrow, vol. 4: Shane Glines—time and alcohol have made our memories hazy. Either way, these prizes were donated by the always awesome and generous Atomic Books of Hampden.


Craig Hankin

Adam J. Tolman

Shawn Adomanis

El Stabo

After another break, it was time for the first 20-minute pose which was also a contest.  This time, we asked the audience for a random verb, and thus came about the Best Incorporation of “Sparkle” contest, for the remaining Atomic Book prize.

Craig Hankin

Angela Hogarty

Shawn Adomanis

Carolyn Gilde

Adam J. Tolman

Harmony Farner

Tom Symonds

El Stabo

There was one last 20-minute pose of the evening, along with one last contest, which was a tribute to the B-movie director, Ed Wood, whose birthday was that day. The winner got to take home a copy of Karen Hsiao’s Rubber Duck, generously donated by Baby Tattoo Books, who also runs the Los Angeles branch of Dr. Sketchy’s.

Shawn Adomanis

Adam J. Tolman

El Stabo

Thanks to Reverend Valentine inspiring everyone’s sketches with her sheer awesomeness; thanks to our wonderful sponsors Atomic Books, Flying Dog Brewery, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging drinks and tunes; thanks to Jeff for the photos you see above and learning me on proper tripod use; thanks to Styger for manning the door and setup; thanks to Fred for lending a hand; and thanks to Alexis for her slick microphone wrangling.

So, what’s next?

It’s our special Day of the Dead themed session with Nona Narcisse of Slow Burn Burlesque in New Orleans in honor of Halloween!

We’ve been looking forward to this session for MONTHS.  It’s going to be a doozy and I’m not just blowing up hot air up your thingamajob.  Check the Facebook event—a LOT of people have been waiting impatiently for her to pose for awhile now.  People are coming from OTHER STATES to draw her.

Want to know more?  Read the blog post below this one.  Who knows when, or if, Nona will ever make it to Baltimore again.  You’re really only going to one chance at this.

Next Monday, Day of the Dead with Nona Narcisse!

Photo of Nona Narcisse ©2010 by Joseph Crachiola – www.crachiola.com.

Hide your children and lock your windows, folks, it’s the “Day of the Dead” themed session of Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore with New Orleans native Nona Narcisse!

Is it even possible to top last year’s Halloween session? You bet your ass it is. I will bet the life of Jeff’s first born that you have NEVER gotten the opportunity to draw anything like this. Ever. And if you lie and say you have, I swear to God Alexis will smack the sass right out of you. RIGHT. OUT. You’ll have to catch the Circulator to Mt. Vernon to find it.

Alexis and I have traveled all over the country, and sometimes out of it, over the last three years catching every burlesque performance we could. I say this without the slightest bit of exaggeration or hyperbole – Nona Narcisse is one of the best performers we’ve ever seen. She very well may have my favorite routine of all time too, period. When you see her Day of the Dead routine & costume, you are going to collectively lose your beautiful, artistic minds. To be honest, I’m kind of scared. You may not be able handle this much sexy, this much gorgeousness, this much bone-chilling terror.

The next day you’ll be telling your half-cousin in Boise, “Yeah, it was the best Dr. Sketchy’s ever! Nona was the best model I’ve ever drawn! It was amazing! Well – right until those idiot Dr. Sketchy folks meddled with forces they didn’t understand and accidentally summoned the Aztec goddess Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of the Dead, onto the stage and she bit off Russell’s head! Dude, it was awesome! Shame about the Windup Space going out like that though.”

If you ever pay attention to anything I ever write, heed this: 1) bring your “A” game, Nona is one of a kind, 2) if you’re on heart medication, for God’s sake take it beforehand, 3) don’t tell your loved ones where you’re going. If we accidentally open a gate to Hell in Russell’s bar, it’s better for them to think you were the victim of some random serial killer instead of being devoured alive by some Aztec god.

There will be delicious Flying Dog beer, delicious Flying Dog beer prizes(!), a pretty rocking prize you can win from Atomic Books, and a book from Baby Tattoo too!

Doors will be at 6, goddamn awesome drawing at 7! This very well might be the best session we ever do – don’t be late! Show up early and stake a claim on your seat.

Obligatory Disclaimers : Neither Dr. Sketchy’s nor its affiliates are any shape or form responsible if your drawings come alive at some later date and eat your children.

$8 at the door, and you must be 18+ to attend, and 21+ to drink. No photography or messy paints (watercolors are fine).

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