Marla Meringue and 3 years of boozy drawing bedlam!

Best.  Session.  Ever.  Normally, I’ll shy away from saying things like that, even when I know it was, just cause I really don’t need a stiletto to the back of the head one late night out behind the Ottobar or wherever.  If you were there, though, you know it was, I know it was—so why lie at this point?

Why was it the best session ever?

First, it was our 3 year anniversary, which is pretty amazing in of itself.  Hell, I’m pretty sure next session is our 60th session in fact.  (It’s not, it’s the 59th. – Alexis) That’s a LOT of sessions.  Second, Marla Meringue of Sticky Buns Burlesque must have been sore for days afterward cause her poses were downright Herculean—I can’t imagine even attempting one or two of them, much less three hours of them.  Third, Flying Dog Brewery had an amazing special on its Raging Bitch IPA—that, uh, definitely warmed the crowd’s cackles (more on that later). Fourth, Jeff Abell of Fox45 News stopped by and filmed an amazing segment for the 10 o’clock news.

If you didn’t click that link, go back and click it, this page will still be here when you’re done.

Yes, they accidentally forgot to mention the name “Dr. Sketchy’s”, but there’s some amazing shots and interviews in there.  We are eternally grateful to Fred Zeleny, Kerry Brady, Charlotte Bunting Floyd, and Craig Hankin for talking to them—ESPECIALLY for not saying something like, “Did you know I once saw Alexis dropkick a baby through a plate glass window?” or “I’m pretty sure this whole thing is a cover for a counterfeit cigarette operation.  Did you see the bartender’s beard?  That’s obviously shady. I bet he hides knives in that thing.”

Let’s get to the pictures, cause I know y’all aren’t reading this shit for the articles.

Elstabo

Elstabo

Brian Dugan

Shawn Adomanis

Elstabo

We took a quick break after the 1-minute and 2-minute poses so Marla could change and folks could refill on beer—which reminds me, don’t know if you noticed, but our friend Eliza helped out at the door.  Eliza actually helped out at the very, very first Dr. Sketchy’s way back in the day at Dionysus where we had only 9 people show up, 4 of who were friends.  We were a little nervous having her this session just in case we triggered some sort of cosmic symmetry a la “I was there for the first one….and I was there for the LAST.”  Luckily, at least of this writing [knockonwood], that seems to not have happened.

While Alexis and I were talking to Jeff Abell, I overheard the following interaction from the door,

Eliza – That’ll be 8 dollars.  By the way, Flying Dog is one of our sponsors tonight and you get a Raging Bitch, the first pint for $4 and all the subsquent ones for $2…”

Someone I didn’t see – What?  What’d you say?

Eliza – Umm, Flying Dog has a beer special tonight on their Raging Bitch beer . . .?

Someone – Oh, whew, I thought you called me a Raging Bitch.  Thought I was going to have to whoop ya.

That’s paraphrased by the way.  Like, a lot.  But it was something like that.  Pretty sure I saw some brass knuckles flashed too, but it’s a little hazy now.

Anyway, the first 5-minute pose was the opposite-hand contest where if you’re right-handed you draw with your left and if you’re left-handed you draw with your right.  If you’re ambidextrous, you can go home cause no one likes you.  The two winners got mystery drinks from Russell behind the bar, who by the way, was kind enough to show up an hour early that day to let us set up all this crap.

Elstabo

Brian Dugan

Craig Hankin

Shawn Adomanis

Elstabo

Brian Dugan

Shawn Adomanis

BTW, this was the point where the pint glasses started to hit the floor.  Two managed to escape from their table-tops in under five minutes.  I didn’t pay it any mind at the time—shit happens, especially when you’re maneuvering in a mine field of art boxes, book bags, sketch boards, beer, and other artists.  Little did I know this was the canary in the coal mine, the first pebbles of snow bouncing past your nose right before you turn and look up the hillside and say, “Oh shit!”

Jeff Abell and his camera man (who was apparently quite popular with the ladies, whether he knew it or not—“I’ll let the camera guy mic me any day.”) filmed an interview or two while everyone stocked up on pint glasses (ominously in retrospect) and it was time for Marla’s performance, bits of which you can see in the Fox 45 news segment linked above.  Jeff (our Jeff) got some pretty good photos as well, which are honestly amazing for the facial expressions alone (something you don’t often get during static drawing poses), so I’ll toss a few of those in here too.

The 10-minute poses . . .

Elstabo

Brian Dugan

Craig Hankin

Shawn Adomanis

Lisa Doll

The second 10-minute pose was our second contest of the evening, which was the best incorporation of Marla in Las Vegas.  The prizes were an issue of Retro Lovely and Jim Silke’s Pinup: The Illegitimate Art from the bad-ass Atomic Books, which is in Hampden on the corner of the Avenue and Falls Road.  (You can see Marla perusing Silke’s book while Alexis explained the contest.)

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Brian Dugan

Craig Hankin

Another break and it was 20-minute pose time, with the first being a random noun contest, which, uh, someone called out the adjective “edible” for.  Don’t judge, we were approaching pint-glass armageddon.  The two winners received a giant stack of art supplies from Artist & Craftsman Supply right across the street on the corner of North & Howard.  There were paints, pads, pencils – a whole mess of stuff.

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Brian Dugan

Shawn Adomanis

. . . and we broke for the last break of the evening, which unleashed a storm of pint glasses upon the Windup’s floor, the like of which I’ve never seen.  I’ve done door at the Blarneystone in Fells Point during Fells Point festival and I’ve never seen so many spilled drinks in my life.  Everyone was having fun, Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch was flowing like a river (with eddies around our feet, apparently), and, well, it’s the most fun I’ve had at a Dr. Sketchy’s (or while mopping).

The last contest of the evening was another random noun contest, which ended up being “twins” or “Gemini”—I *think* because Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore would have been a Gemini if it were a person and the anniversary was its birthday.  Or something like that.  The prizes were John Watkiss’s Sparrow #11 and Visions from Within Mechanism: The Industrial Surrealism of Jeffrey Scott from Baby Tattoo Books, who runs the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s as well.

Craig Hankin

Shawn Adomanis

Tons of thanks to Marla Meringue of Sticky Buns Burlesque for being the star of our anniversary session; thanks to our wonderful sponsors Flying Dog Brewery, Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging drinks and tunes; thanks to Jeff for the amazing photos; thanks to Paco Fish and Maria Bella for being on hand to answer any questions about burlesque for Fox 45; thanks to Jeff Abell and Fox 45 for the great segment they did on burlesque in Baltimore and your humble Dr. Sketchy’s branch; thanks to Eliza for being our menacing head of security and door guardian; thanks to Alexis for what has to be one of the best hosting jobs she’s ever done.

When’s the next Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore?  Oh shit, it’s tomorrow, Monday, June 27th!  And it’s with Maria Bella of Gilded Lily Burlesque!  Maria posed for our anniversary session last year – which means this year, it’s like getting two anniversary sessions in a row!

Doors at 6, start at 7, AWESOMENESS at 7:05.  Dollar off your alcohol-esque drinks between 6 and 7!

Roma Mafia, the Rapture, Butterflies, and Labyrinth.

Wow, the camera really likes Roma Mafia of Sticky Buns Burlesque.  Like, a lot.  The photos always look great, but this batch looks especially amazing.  Our photographer Jeff was in some sort of photographic zen-like zone and Roma was a CLEAR violation of Russell’s “don’t set fire to my stage” rule that he gets so strangely upset over.  (As a side note, Roma kicked ass Saturday night too along with Sticky Buns Burlesque and Gilded Lily Burlesque at the Planned Parenthood Benefit at Area 405.  Hope you went; you pretty much couldn’t throw a rock without hitting someone who’s modeled for Dr. Sketchy’s before.  Don’t throw rocks though.)

Here’s the 1 & 2-minute poses.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

A quick break to so everyone could powder their noses and top off drinks and it was time for the 5-minute poses, the first of which was ye ol’ opposite hand contest, where if you’re right-handed you draw with your left and if you’re left-handed you draw with your right and if you’re ambidextrous, well, you’re disqualified and probably shouldn’t be here anyway and should be at a ninja academy or something.  The two winners got mystery drinks from Russell behind the bar.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Another break and it was time for the 10-minute poses, the first of which was a contest for best incorporation of the Rapture, since that whole “End of the World” nonsense was going on around then in the news.  The winners got to choose between a Strathmore Charcoal Pad and a pocket-sized leather-bound sketchbook from Artist & Craftsman Supply down the street on the corner of Howard and North.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

The first 20-minute contest was best incorporation of the butterfly effect or Chaos Theory since it was Edward Lorenz’s birthday, the fellow who coined the term.  The prize was Rubber Duck by Karen Hsiau from Baby Tattoo Books.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

The last pose of the night was best incorporation of the movie Labyrinth.  (The previous weekend Alexis and I had visited the Raleigh, NC branch of Dr. Sketchy’s, which hosted a special session at a Labyrinth-themed burlesque show.  It was pretty damn neat.)  The winners got their choice of either the latest issue of Retro Lovely or Hi Fructose and Bachelor Pad from Atomic Books on the corner of the Avenue and Falls in Hampden.

Brian Dugan

Thank you to Roma Mafia for a stunning session; thanks to our sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging drinks and tunes and letting us use the Windup Space; thanks to Jeff for working his camera magic; thanks to my beard for not harming any small children, and thanks of course to Alexis for MCing.

So, when’s the next Dr. Sketchy’s?

Oh, it’s tomorrow.  Monday, June 13th.

Anything special about it?  Not really, no big deal or nuthin’, it’s just

OUR FUCKING 3 YR ANNIVERSARY!

Marla “So Cute it Hurts” Meringue of Sticky Buns Burlesque will be modeling!  Boom!  [John Stewart fist-pump]  And what’s that new logo up there?  Flying Dog Brewery?  There’ll be Raging Bitch on tap, $4 for the first pint and $2 for every pint after that – which is like, INSANE, and not only that, they’ll be giving other stuff away too!  Atomic Books, who’s been with us almost the entire 3 years has a bunch of cool stuff, Artist & Craftsman Supply loaded us up with art supplies, and Baby Tattoo Books stuff too!  And the stage is getting a makeover!  Boom!

If you think you’re coming, for God’s sake confirm on the Facebook event – doors will open at 6 with the start at 7.  Don’t be late, this really, really is the big one.

The simply scrumptious Marla Meringue

If you missed Marla Meringue last session after a month break to catch up on your chores, re-evaluate your life goals, watch football, or restock your art supplies—well, you obviously didn’t re-evaluate your life goals in a very sane manner. And if you missed her to watch the Ravens, we bet you’ll be kicking yourself after seeing these photos for choosing to watch a bunch of guys running around in spandex over this cutie.

As always, we started with one and two minute poses.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Five minute poses were up next, with the first being the opposite hand contest—we didn’t get any drawings sent in this time for that one, so we’ll  just move on to more pretty pictures of Marla. (The two winners got mystery shots from Russell of the Windup Space, btw.)

The second contest of the evening was ye old random noun contest and someone shouted out Mark Twain, so that’s what we went with.

Brian Dugan

By coincidence, it happened to be the birthday of Molly Crabapple, our illustrious founder. Marla Meringue and our own Alexis also had their birthdays recently, so we had a birthday-themed contest. Each winner (there were two) won a giant sketch pad from Artist & Craftsman Supply which is just across the street on the corner of Howard & North.

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(Brian didn’t know what Molly Crabapple looks like, so just in case this ever comes up again, here’s a picture of her. 🙂 )

Ben Karnow

Since it was the anniversary of Super Mario Brothers, the third contest was the best incorporation of Mario and his crew.  The prize was So Good for Little Bunnies by Brandie Milne from Baby Tattoo Books.

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John Brewer

Mike Hasson

Thanks to Marla Meringue for an amazing night! If you want to see more Marla, she’s performing October 7 at Gallery 788.  Not only that, but she and the rest of Sticky Buns Burlesque (including Paco Fish, Roma Mafia, and Nicolette Le Faye) will be performing at the Windup Space for All Sinners Night on October 30, with Gunwife Gone, The Bellevederes, Voodoo Pharmacology, & Duck Force. Thanks also to our generous sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books for donating prizes for everyone to win, Russell of the Windup Space for slinging booze and songs (did you know he won Citypaper’s Best Bartender and Windup won best Multipurpose Player?), Jeff for all the amazing photos you see above, and of course Alexis for being our gracious host.

The next Dr. Sketchy’s is Monday, September 27 (TOMORROW!), 7 o’clock, at the Windup Space with Zna.Queene of LAZERBITCH!

And here’s that awesome LAZERBITCH video again, in case you’re asking, “Who’s that?”

Doors at 6, start at 7.  If you want a good seat, you better show up earlier rather than later.