G40: The Summit with Sugar Ann Spice and L’il Dutch

On March 12, fresh from our session with Nori Zay, we rolled down to G40:The Summit, Art Whino‘s gigantic art show to bring a special session Dr. Sketchy’s session to Crystal City, just a stone’s throw from the capital.

G40: The Summit was a dynamic contemporary art exhibition featuring curated works from artists around the world on display for the entire month of March, featuring musical and visual performances, lectures, live painting and, well, a lot more.  (BTW, I cribbed some of that sentence from their promotional material. Don’t tell.)  It was pretty amazing, and honestly, we had to go back the next weekend just to finish seeing all of it.

Here’s a little bit more of their promotional material, just so you can see the scope…

The mission of G40: The Summit is to bring the leaders of the New Brow genre together in Crystal City, VA in an effort to explore, discuss and grow this movement. G-40: The Summit will be a culmination of ideas and processes, brought together and highlighted by region and style, creating, for the first time, a full cross examination of this genre.


1 – Show information / performance area / mixed use
5 – New York metro area artists
6 – All Encompassing
7 – California artists
8 – Washington DC metro area artists

Pretty amazing stuff.

In any case, we all got off work a little early, loaded Bill’s car up with sketchpads and lights, and set off for DC.

And then sat in Baltimore-DC traffic for three hours.

Having originally planned to get there two hours before showtime, we arrived with a scant 45 minutes to prepare.  Thankfully, Art Whino’s Shane and Rob helped us sort out the seating and lights, and the lovely Sugar Ann Spice and L’il Dutch were ready to go.

There were a couple awesome DJs spinning tunes over the course of the night; DJ Chris Instrument covered the first hour, with Nappy Riddem, featuring Rex Riddem and Mustabar, covering the last two, and putting on a pretty kick-ass performance afterward—impressive enough that we, Sugar, and L’il Dutch all bought copies of their CDs.

hand pecked debb

hand pecked debb

Our first contest was the opposite hand contest, where [takes a 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 should be off juggling somewhere or something and have no business drawing.  The two freakishly-talented artists who won this contest were sent to the bar for free drinks that we hoped would help level the playing field for the rest of the night.

Being that the title of the exhibition was somewhat a play on the heavily-protested G20 summit, the second contest was the best incorporation of whatever sort of protestors might show up for G40.  The prize was a ticket for two to the Dutch Oven Burlesque’s second anniversary show at the Palace of Wonders the very next weekend, courtesy of L’il Dutch herself.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

The third contest was the best incorporation of a political scandal, with the prize being Miss Mindy’s Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza from Baby Tattoo Books. BTW, check out Sugar Ann Spice’s awesome strawberry luchador mask:

Brian Dugan

hand pecked debb

Alexis presenting Aniekan Udofia‘s Marion Barry-inspired entry.

Elstabo (the winner)

Special thanks to Sugar Ann Spice and L’il Dutch for being amazing and honestly inspiring some of the best drawings we’ve ever seen; thanks as well to Shane Pomajambo who put together such an amazing exhibition and who was kind enough to invite us down; thanks to Rob for climbing precariously on makeshift ladders to fix the lights; to DJ Chris Instrument and Nappy Riddem for the great music, thanks to Bill for driving us down and back, Jeff for the great photography you see above, and last but not least all the amazing people who showed up, most of whom had never before been to a Dr. Sketchy’s in their lives.

Our next Dr. Sketchy’s will be April 12 at the Windup Space with Viola Van Wilde of Gilded Lily Burlesque, in a special Twin Peaks themed session to coincide with the Windup Space’s Lynchfest on April 10!

Friday, March 12th, at Art Whino G40: The Summit!

Our next Dr. Sketchy’s is tomorrow, March 12th with Sugar Ann Spice and L’il Dutch at Art Whino G40: The Summit, an art exhibition at 223 23rd St. Arlington, VA 22202.

WAIT, WHAT?  Yeah, that’s right.  Two Dr. Sketchy’s in one week?  SUGAR ANN SPICE *AND* L’IL DUTCH???


G40: The Summit

5 Floors
500+ Artists
75,000 sqft
Curated Visual and Performance Art



A dynamic contemporary art exhibition featuring curated works from artists around the world on display for a full month, featuring musical and visual performances, lectures, live painting and much more!

It’s going to be the biggest shindig Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore has ever been part of.

Whatever your plans were for Friday, I GUARANTEE they are not as cool as this.

Checkout the Art Whino website; there are so many jaw-dropping artists there I don’t even know where to start — folks like Molly Crabapple (the lovely founder of Dr. Sketchy’s), Scott G. Brooks, Caia Koopman, Aaron Martin, Sylvia Ortiz, etc.

You’ll never get another chance to see all these artists in one place with Sugar and L’il Dutch posing for your drawing pleasure, AND get to have your Friday night tipple.  Anyone who misses this is going to get a personal visit from me, cause I’m going to drive to each of your houses and slap the dickens out of you.  Like, you’re going to have to shake a copy of Great Expectations out of your pants leg you were hit so hard.

Just go look at their website.

Tomorow, 8 to 11.  The best art exhibit you’ve seen in years plus Sugar Ann Spice and L’il Dutch.

(And special thanks to Carlo and Elise of Stereo Vision Photography  for letting us use their photos of our stunning models for the flyer!  They have a show and reception tonight (Thursday, March 11th), at the Palace of Wonders with a free burlesque show hosted by L’il Dutch.)

Sabrina Chap and the Dirtiest Song Ever

Best.  Dr.  Sketchy’s.  Ever.

Before we get into everything, I’m going to tell you a Sabrina Chap-related story for no other reason than your entertainment.  Sabrina performed at the Palace of Wonders the Friday and Saturday night before our session, so Sunday afternoon she took the train up to Baltimore (in the same car as Ron Jeremy, no less) to give a talk at Red Emma’s and pose for Dr. Sketchy’s.  After meeting her at Penn Station and depositing her keyboard in our apartment, we followed her to Red Emma’s where she, being the talented woman of many hats that she is, gave a talk about a collection of essays she edited on self-destruction among creative women, Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction, with contributors from Bell Hooks to Annie Sprinkle to Hothead Paisan author Diane Dimassa.

Afterward, as is often the case, we thought a beer was called for (though I think Alexis had something with an umbrella in it) and headed down the street to the Hippo.  Upon entering, we drew the attention of probably the creepiest fellow I’ve ever seen.  The guy was obviously 3,482 sheets to the wind, had a scraggly beard that stuck out in all directions, unblinking googily eyes, a stare that could knock a nun out cold with its intent, and a lack of personal-space consciousness that honestly brought to mind too many marathons of Law & Order : SVU.

In other words, he got way up in our Kool-Aid.  I swear, if I find a photo of this fellow, I’m posting it and libel be damned.  Anyway, without a word, he plants himself within biting distance of Alexis and Sabrina.  I unfortunately failed in my boyfriend duties and noticed nothing, being distracted by a drunk friend-of-a-friend who had similar personal space issues involving my ass.  Sabrina was on top of it though and told the scraggly beard guy to buzz off.

He didn’t.  Stronger words were used, and after some confusion, I became aware of what was going on and we physically shoved him away from us, in theory resolving the issue.  He never said a word the entire time, but he did add some creepy finger-sucking toward the end, and settled onto a bar stool several seats behind Sabrina.

So, crisis averted, we relaxed with our beer and started our conversation of (this is paraphrased, mind you), “So, this is Baltimore!  At the moment, we’re in Mount Vernon, which is pretty much the center of —”

At this moment, chaos erupted as crazy-creepy-bearded guy whipped out his YOUKNOWWHAT, and attempted to hose everything and everyone in sight with pee.

Yes, I know Sabrina was a kick-ass model.  Yes, I know Sabrina was a kick-ass singer.  But what you didn’t know was that she’s apparently part ninja.  Little did I know, she’d been keeping a wary eye on crazy-creepy-bearded guy in the mirror and, with the reflexes of only someone about to be peed upon, dived out of the flight-path of  crazy-creepy-bearded-peeing guy’s water pistol.

Thankfully, two tight-shirted muscled bouncers grabbed the fellow and dragged him backward out the front door, still spraying like a burst fire hydrant.

Now, here’s the point of all this.  Baltimore has a bad reputation.  We all know it. When Viola Vixen of Brisbane, Australia posed for us, she told us her father had seen The Wire and was worried about her coming here.  We’re one of the car-theft capitals for the entire country.  Heroin, crack, and AIDS are more prevalent on our streets than newspaper boxes.


BUT, for the love of God, can we have an out-of-town guest to our fair city, the city that BELIEVES, without someone TRYING TO PEE ON THEM AS SOON AS THEY GET HERE?

[clears throat]  Okay, that’s off my chest now.  Sabrina Chap, writer, performer, part-ninja, was amazing.

Our first contest of the evening was, as always, 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’re “that guy who ruins it for everyone”.  The two winners won a mystery concoction from Russell—they seem to be getting bigger, scarier, and tastier with each session.

For the second contest, we asked our artists to illustrate Sabrina’s songs as she played for them. Sabrina played three, two of which were from her album (which a lot of folks ended up purchasing).  The third song, which had only been written 2 weeks previous, had to be The.  Dirtiest.  Song.  Ever.

Take a listen.

Honestly, listen to it.  Anyways, I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in years.  All discipline broke down in the room and all drawing pretty much stopped as we all probably collectively lost ten years off our lives from loss of oxygen to their brains due to wheezed laughter.

John Brewer

Bryce Homick

The winner got a Mini-Rooz Munny (third from the left) from our generous sponsor Atomic Books, which is at 3620 Falls Rd., just right off the Avenue.

Bryce Homick

Since we were in the gutter anyway, we figured we might as well stay there, so the next contest was best depiction of Ron Jeremy in an Amtrak commercial (as a nod to Sabrina’s fellow Amtrak passenger), with the winner getting a watercolor pad from Artist & Craftsman Supply, which is on the corner of North & Howard, just down the block from the Windup.

Brian Dugan

Our last contest of the evening was the tried-and-true “random noun” contest where people in the crowd call out random nouns until we find something sufficiently disturbing on which to base a contest. The noun for this session was ostrich.

Brian Dugan

The winner received Symptomatica by Ragnar from Baby Tattoo Books, who also run the L.A. branch of Dr. Sketchy’s, if you didn’t know.

Here’s a couple more drawings from the night . . .

John Brewer

Bryce Homick

Mike Hasson

Special thanks to Sabrina Chap for modeling and performing for us (and apologies for almost getting you peed on).  Thanks also go to our wonderful sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books for helping make this happen, and thanks as well to Bill for filming the Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore documentary and guarding the door against the menacing pillow lady who wants all our beer, Jeff for providing the stunning photos you see above, Russell for tending bar and letting us use his amazing space, and to everyone who showed up to draw on Monday—we’re pretty sure you could take any other branch’s crowd in a fist fight any day of the week.

Our next Dr. Sketchy’s is March 8th with the lovely alternative fashion model, Nori Zay.

Photo by Sean Baker

Then, after that, we’ll have a special session of Dr. Sketchy’s on March 12th with Sugar Ann Spice and L’il Dutch at the G40: The Summit, an art exhibition at 223 23rd St., Arlington, VA 22202.

WAIT, two Dr. Sketchy’s in one week?  Yep, check out Art Whino website and we’ll give you some more info in a little bit.