Nona Narcisse on the wing.

Photo by Jeff Schock

This was Nona Narcisse’s second time posing for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore.  As Alexis likes to put it, Nona is like a bird – she spends her winters in New Orleans and migrates up to Baltimore and other places here and there for the summer.  If we get lucky, maybe we’ll get a chance to see her again next summer.

Atomic Books, up on the corner of the Avenue and Falls Rd in Hampden, provided a fancy-pancy Betty Paige hip flask for one lucky contest winner and Baby Tattoo Books provided a copy of Atrum Secretum by Gris Grimly for another.

Thank you to John Schloman, Kimberly Keyes Stark, Hannah LeVasseur, and Tim Kelly for sending in their artwork which we’ve included below.

Thanks to Nona Narcisse of Slow Burn Burlesque for being our muse for the evening; thanks to our sponsors Atomic Books and Baby Tattoo Books for providing prizes for the contests; thanks to Russell for slinging booze and music; thanks to Jeff for some of the photos you see below; thanks to Valeria Voxx for helping set up the stage and hold down the fort at the door; and thanks to Alexis for emceeing the whole affair.

Mourna Handful milks it for all it’s worth.

Photo by Jeff Schock

Mourna Handful of Black Tassel Boolesque was a show stopper – not only did she bring awesome poses and awesome costumes, she delivered a doozy of a performance.  I don’t say this often, but I think her performance ranks as one of the best Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore has ever seen.

It was certainly the first one in which the front row of the audience got hosed GWAR-style – we warned them ahead of time.  We try to be nice like that.

A friend of ours was in attendance, and had only seen one burlesque performance before in her life.  What she’d seen before could best be characterized as classic-y burlesque – slow reveals, glove peals, jazz songs, all that.   Up to that point, she hadn’t known seen anything of a more humorous nature.  Suffice it to say, when the Mourna’s act ended, our friend was left with her mouth hanging open and a complete lack of words.

If that isn’t a win, I don’t know what is. 🙂

Anyways, I’ll have the video for that session done in a few days.  Till then, take a gander at the photos below from Jeff and Alexis.

Thank you to Caroline Jones, John Schloman, Kat Parker, Kimberly Keyes Stark, Nanette Hatzes, and Tim Kelly for sending in their artwork which we’ve included below.

Special super-duper thanks to Mourna Handful for gifting us with one of the prettiest and funniest sessions we’ve ever seen; thanks to our sponsors Atomic Books and Baby Tattoo Books for providing prizes for the contests; thanks to Russell for slinging booze and music; thanks to Jeff for some of the photos you see below; thanks to Valeria Voxx for helping set up the stage and hold down the fort at the door; and thanks to Alexis for emceeing the whole affair.

Artscape with Valeria Voxx!

Fantastic poses, great props, and amazing hair?  What better escape from a rainy afternoon of Artscape could you ask for than drawing the stunning Valeria Voxx of Black Tassel Boolesque?

This was the first Dr. Sketchy’s during Artscape we’ve ever done—and though we were fully prepared to spend the afternoon drinking at the Windup bar with Valeria, a few crickets, and one heat-exhausted tourist in a motorized wheelchair, that apparently wasn’t in the cards.  We didn’t know if it’d be a ghost town or if it’d be slammed.  Not only was it successful (honestly, who doesn’t want to draw Valeria?), but we got to see all sorts of folks we haven’t seen at Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore in a long time because of conflicting Monday night class schedules, Charm City Roller Girl practices, and  underwater basket-weaving tournaments.

Now we’re toying with the idea of switching to a “one Monday and one Saturday” a month schedule?  Is that something you’d be interested in?  If so, you should pipe up in  the comments below.  We’re definitely thinking about it.

This session was also our very last session with Styger, our helper door person—who, because of some asshats playing games with other people’s money and destroying a perfectly nice game company, is moving on to the brighter shores of San Francisco.  She better come visit.

If there’s any silver lining in that whole clusterfuck, it’s Valeria Voxx herself, who will be taking the torch from Styger to help keep the Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore boat afloat.  Hot.  Damn.

We don’t have as many photos this time around, our regular photographer Jeff wasn’t able to make this particular session (he robs banks on Saturdays), but Alexis was able to get a few pics snapped in between running on and off the stage.  Check them out below.

For this special Artscape session the good folks at Atomic Books provided us with the latest issues of Bachelor Pad and Juxtapoz AND a $20 gift card to give away as prizes to the various drawing contests.  (The contests were the best incorporation of crash test dummies and the best incorporation of a Super Mario villain.)  If you’ve not been to Atomic Books before, you should—it’s the best damn independent book store / comic book shop in the country.

Thank you to Valeria Voxx for doing an absolutely amazing job posing for our Artscape session; thanks to Atomic Books, our wonderful sponsor; thanks to Holly for slinging drinks; thanks to Russell for letting us use the Windup Space; and HUMONGOUS thanks to Styger for helping me push around furniture and man the door not just this time, but for the last year and change—San Francisco is a lucky city to get her; and finally, thanks to Alexis for emceeing the circus.

Thanks as well to Kat Parker, Clarice Jones, Fred Oakes, Katrina Schmidt, and Sheila England.

Next session is Monday, August 13th with Mourna Handful of Black Tassel Boolesque!  Doors at 6, start at 7!  If you’re coming, let us know on the Facebook page.  Advance tickets are on sale till midnight of the 12th for $8—$10 at the door.

(Thanks to Cheryl Fair for the gorgeous photo of Mourna Handful above; if you’re ever wanting some stunning photos of your own, you should definitely contact Cheryl and schedule a shoot!)