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.

Mourna Handful, Marie Antoinette, and the Predator?

I have a sneaky suspicion that no one in Baltimore owns a hat that damn cool.  Mourna Handful of Black Tassels Boolesque easily had to have some of the best outfits we’ve ever seen at Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, if not the best.  We were all excited about her Marie Antoinette costume (especially since it was two days before Bastille Day) and didn’t even know she had this one.

Alexis did a quick trivia question for a drink at the beginning of the night, something to do with Marty McFly’s travel date I think, and then we were off into the one and two minute poses, which there were ten and five of respectively.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

The first five minute pose was the optional 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 probably think you’re something special to begin with, so you don’t need any fancy-pancy prize anyway because you probably already look in the mirror every morning and go, “Hey, I’m AWESOME” and that should be enough for you.  The two winners got a mysterious drink from Russell at the bar.  Usually we have no idea what’s in these drinks but since the bleach is stored a full 50 feet away in another room, we’re pretty sure they’re safe.

After four five minute poses it was time for Mourna to change into her Marie Antoinette costume, which is obviously somewhat of an involved process, so our gracious Alexis kept the crowd occupied and did a quick five minute pose.  The, ummm, finger showed up when someone asked for “more attitude”.

Brian Dugan

And with that Mourna was ready, and it was well worth the wait.  Our second contest of the evening was the best incorporation of “other decapitated historical figures besides Marie Antoinette”.  The prize was a a pack of fancy grey-toned drawing markers from Artist & Craftsman Supply, who’s just across the street at the corner of Howard & North.  They’re open till 8 on Monday folks, so if you ever forget your art supplies on the way to Dr. Sketchy’s, or just need a new pad, for God’s sake head over there.

Brian Dugan

A few days before, a new dinosaur had been discovered, which, because the involved scientists were drunk in a bar when brainstorming up names, was named Mojoceratops.  Apparently this had something to do with it using its unique bone structure to attract “the ladies”.  For the best incorporation of Mojoceratops, the winner received a $15 gift card from Atomic Books, which is up in Hampden on the corner of Falls Rd. and the Avenue.  If you’ve never been, and you’ve read this far down into the blog, trust me, you’ll like the place.

Brian Dugan

Mike Hasson

The last contest of the evening was the random noun contest where the crowd shouts out random nouns and we, in an incredibly fair and non-partial process, pick one of these words—this time around it was “predator”.  The winner won a copy of Miss Mindy’s Sassy Doll Bonanza by Miss Mindy from Baby Tattoo Books, who, if you’re ever out in LA, runs the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s.

Brian Dugan

Mike Hasson

Fred Zeleny (winner)

And that was a wrap.  As always, we’d like to thank Mourna Handful of Black Tassels Boolesque for an amazing evening and some of the coolest costumes we’ve ever seen.  We’d also like to thank our generous sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo books; Russell and the Windup Space for slinging drinks and songs; Jeff who took all the snazzy photos above; and last but not least, Alexis for maintaining calm and discipline so things didn’t get out of hand and end up on the 11 o’clock news.  This time, anyway.

Our next session is tomorrow, July 26th, with Dahlia Derriere!  Doors at 6, start at 7, come early if you want your choice pick of seats.