Peep this: Our night of nerd-dom with Ivory Twinkler!

Ivory Twinkler of Gilded Lily Burlesque has the best pasties ever.  You level-up just LOOKING at them.  That’s a whole new reason to remember up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, b, a, start.

Okay, that’s probably too much geek.  Probably five people know what I’m talking about at this point.

[thinks about it for a second]  Actually, knowing our crowd, 99% of you know exactly what I’m talking about, right?

Regardless, Ivory Twinkler brought enough science/geek-hotness cred to melt the heart of the even the crankiest engineering major.  And if one of you who wasn’t there says, “Naaa, no one’s that sexy, that’s ‘shopped.  I can tell ’cause of the pixels and ’cause I’ve seen a lot of ‘shops in my time,” I swear on all that’s sacred the back of my hand is coming for your face.

On to more photos, which were taken by our trusty photographer, Jeff Schock. We started with the 1- and 2-minute poses.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Then we had a short break to refresh drinks and it was time for the 5-minute poses and the opposite-hand drawing contest, where if you’re right-handed you draw with your left, if you’re left-handed you draw with your right, and you’re ambidextrous you should really just keep that fact to yourself.  The two winners each snagged an upside-down pineapple cake shot from Russell at the bar.

Three more 5-minute poses where the audience used whichever hand they felt was necessary.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

With that, it was time for an intermission and one of the reasons we love Ivory Twinkler so much. I’m telling you folks, if you haven’t been to a Gilded Lily Burlesque show yet, you really, really should.  Here’s an itty-bity taste.  First hit’s free—the second, though . . .

Then it was time for the 10-minute poses, the second of which was the good ol’ standby ‘random noun’ contest where folks in the crowd yell out random nouns until Alexis hears something amusing.

Marshmellow peeps won out, amusing Alexis more than the mere fact that it was the day after Easter could possibly explain.

The winners, which there were a bunch of this time around, got 1 of 4 sketchpads from Artist & Craftsman Supply just across the street on the corner of North and Howard.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan
Kerry Brady

Huh, not sure why Kerry drew an entire box of peeps in her stomach, I mean, no one eats an entire box of peeps.  That would be craaazyy. The only thing that would be crazier would be to eat two entire boxes after a night of double-fisting birthday drinks, and we certainly don’t know anyone that insane.

Kaitlin Reid

The first 20-minute pose was another contest, this time for the best incorporation of Batman’s 72nd birthday, with the prize being a copy of the badass illustrated faux-history book Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel from Atomic Books on the corner of Falls Rd and the Avenue in Hampden.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Kaitlin Reid

The last 20-minute pose of the evening and last contest was in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday with the prize being Karen Hsiao’s Rubber Duck from Baby Tattoo Books.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Many thanks to Ivory Twinkler of Gilded Lily Burlesque who was absolutely amazing; thanks as well to our sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks also to Russell for slinging drinks and song; Jeff for the heart-palpitating photos above; and last but not least, to Alexis for hosting this rodeo.

Next Dr. Sketchy’s is tomorrow, May 9th, with Paige Pumphrey!

If you don’t know anything about Paigey, read the blog post below this one—in any case, doors are at 6, start at 7! Drinks are a dollar off before 7, too, so don’t be late!

Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore tonight with Ivory Twinkler!

Photo by Cheryl Fair

I can’t tell you how long Alexis and I have been look forward to this session!  You’ve not had a chance to draw Ivory Twinkler yet, and hell, many of you may not have even seen her perform since she only joined Gilded Lily Burlesque in the last year – but this is going to be a treat.  Trust us.  She’s smart as hell, got serious music chops, and can pretty much out-geek anyone.  Oh, and she’s hot.

Honestly, we don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a crush on her.

It’s going to be pretty damn neat.

Doors at 6, start at 7, drink tickets for a $1 off if you get in the door before 7.  $8 dollar cover, yadda yadda, you know the drill.

I’m telling you folks, she’s going to be your new favorite.

Until next session anyway.

Seriously though, I’m not kidding.

Lauren Marleaux slams the door on 2010!

Oh, it’s been way, way, way too long since the last Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore session.  I’m not sure if having the beautiful Lauren Marleaux of Gilded Lily Burlesque as our last model of the year has made the break any easier to bear, or if it just makes it worse, reminding us of the glories and wonders we once had before this abominable season of runny noses, obligatory office parties, and 3000 “Merry Christmas!” texts from people you never talk to.

Well, buck up, grab what’s left of the eggnog and we’re going to look at some purty pictures and tell tales of events long past.

Before we started the session, Alexis had a pop quiz on the identity of our last three models, with the winners each getting a copy of Bachelor Pad Magazine, which featured an absolutely gorgeous photo spread of Maria Bella, founder of Gilded Lily Burlesque.

For the one- and two-minute poses, Lauren went all steampunky on us, an aesthetic near and dear to my jager-soaked heart.

Caitlin Rose

Everyone took a break, got some whiskey or cocktail or whatever, snuck a smoke, and came back for the five-minute poses.  The first was the opposite hand contest, where 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 are meant for a life in the circus and shouldn’t waste time hanging with us.  The two winners received a mystery shot from Russell at the bar.  There ain’t much point in asking what’s in ’em; his memory has been failing for years and that sort of thing seeps right out a couple minutes after the glass hits the bar.  (On reflection, I seem to recall he said they were two Cookies For Santa, so do with that info what you will.)

As always, all contests are optional.

More five-minute poses . . .

Another quick break, and it was time for the ten-minute poses.

The second contest of the evening was the best incorporation of “What will Denise Whiting of Cafe Hon trademark next?” with one winner receiving an acrylic paint set and a second winner a watercolor paint set from our generous sponsor Artist & Craftsman Supply, just across the street on the corner of Howard and North Avenue.  They’re open till 8, so if you’re in a hurry to get to Sketchy’s and forget a pad, for God’s sake, get one from over there—they’re good folks.

Ben Karnovski

Caitlin Rose

Ben Karnovski

Next up was the first 20-minute pose with the contest being the best incorporation of the Twelve Days of Christmas, Baltimore-style—resulting in many a Natty Boh reference.  The prize was a $15 gift card from Atomic Books, our oldest sponsor (as in, they’ve been with us since the beginning, not, um, that they’re really old).  If you like Dr. Sketchy’s (or even if you don’t and you’re reading this for some weird reason, but you love indy comics & books), you’ll love them.

Ben Karnovski

Liz Beetem

A quick break and onto the next 20-minute pose and the random noun contest—somebody shouted out “Gandalf”—with the prize being the Chiodos Bros.’ Alien Xmas from Baby Tattoo Books.

Liz Beetem

At this point, things get a little hazy, honestly.  For some reason, Russell was making me and Bill do shots of whiskey with pickle-juice chasers while Alexis, Viola Van Wilde, and Dahlia Derriere ooohed and aaaahed over naughty pin-up magazines.  You’d think the guys would be all about that, but no, apparently we were drinking pickle juice for some reason.

Thanks to Lauren Marleaux of Gilded Lily Burlesque for braving the frigid weather to pose for our drawing pleasure. (BTW, a little piece of B’more Sketchy’s trivia: Lauren was not only our last model of 2010; she was our first model of the year, too. Take note, kids—it might come handy in another pop quiz later this year.) Thanks as well to Russell for slinging drink and song and letting us use his amazing space and to our generous sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books for providing us prizes to doll out—not to mention big ol’ thanks to Maria Bella for getting a hold of a couple copies of Bachelor Pad Magazine (and signing them!) for us to give out too!  Thanks to Bill for filming for our documentary and helping with cleanup, thanks too to my parents for getting me a bad-ass video camera for Christmas to help with that documentary. (Yeah, I just thanked my parents in a Dr. Sketchy’s recap, so what?  Are sure you don’t need to call yours and thank ’em for something?  Don’t get all high and mighty with me—you think I won’t come over there, but I will.)

…thanks to Jeff for the stunning pictures you see above, and to Alexis for MC’ing this big ol’ bobsled of crazy. And last, but definitely not least: thanks to everyone who modeled for us in 2010, and to everyone who attended our sessions in the past year.

Well, it’s almost time for the next Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, folks.  It’s been a long cold winter, but I can’t think of a better way to come back than Nicolette le Faye on Monday, January 24th, one week from now.

The multi-talented Nicolette—she’s an actress, trapeze artist, burlesque performer, dancer, musician, and costume designer—was a huge hit when she last modeled for us over a year ago, and you can see for yourself why by checking out the photos from that session.

And, if that’s not enough reason to get yourself to The Windup Space on the 24th, then you should know that we’ll be on yet another break until February 28, thanks to a certain Hallmark holiday falling on the second Monday of next month. Hey, don’t get mad at us—the calendar gods have not been on our side as of late, so take it up with them. Or, at least, be sure not to miss our January session.