Five Years of Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore!

Photo by Alexis de la Rosa
Photo by Alexis de la Rosa

We took off the month of May since our Dr. Sketchy’s date fell on Memorial Day, and though everyone swears the opposite, we learned a long time ago no one shows up on Memorial Day. 🙂  Our June session, though, was the fifth anniversary of Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore and GiGi Holliday of Gilded Lily Burlesque helped us ring it in.

The video below is a little different than the normal ones—in the early days, years before we started making these videos, first Bill (our first door guy), and then I, filmed a lot of the sessions, but when we tried to assemble the footage into something watchable, it just plain didn’t work.

I mean, let’s be honest here.  No matter how gorgeous or talented the model is, they’re just sitting or standing still for twenty minutes.  How do you make that into something interesting?  It took a long time to figure out, but eventually we did.  Sadly, that left mountains of footage from Dr. Sketchy’s early days that never got used.

So, for the anniversary, I cobbled together a bunch of clips from any older sessions that never got to be assembled into a video and made a little opening reel for the fifth anniversary session video.

Five years, technology-wise, is a pretty long span as well, so some of it’s a little rough.  Still, the sprint down memory lane is pretty neat.  Take a look.

Most Dr. Sketchy’s sessions go off with only minor hitches.  You might not know this, but for whatever damn reason, our past few anniversary sessions have been cursed.  Last year, the City of Baltimore towed my Zipcar with the stage and all the stage props 45 minutes before start time—it cost $300 to get it back.

This year?  Freaking tornados over the Inner Harbor.

I mean, REALLY?

Not only that, but the battery in the video camera failed (permanently), which almost stopped there being a video record of it at all.

[sigh]

Hopefully the curse doesn’t apply to our 100th session in a few months.  Oh, did you know that?  In February, we’ll have our 100th session.

You might want to go to that one.

Back to the fifth anniversary—GiGi can get anyone out of a bad mood.  Watch that video again—I swear, she’s laughing and hamming it up in every clip.  The clip at the end cracks me up every time.  She put on a hell of a performance, too.

We had drawing contests of course, too, where brave souls in the audience won weird concoctions from Russell behind the bar and the truly blessed won books from our generous sponsor Baby Tattoo Books, who happens to run the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s besides being an awesome art book publisher.

Humongous thanks to GiGi Holliday for being a hell of a model and a hell of a performer (not only that, she put on our wedding after-party just a few months later); thanks to our generous sponsor Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell of the Windup Space for slinging booze, tunes, and drunks; thanks to Maeve for doing door and helping do all those behind-the-scenes things that make everything work; thanks to Hot Todd Lincoln for helping me get the second half of the striped stage to the Windup with his car (we ended up not using it this session but, Lord, did it come in handy at the Comic-Con session a few months later); and thanks, of course to, Alexis for emceeing.

Lots and lots and lots of thanks as well to all the folks who sent their drawings in, which you can see in video above.

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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.