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


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.


Well, we’re back from our road trip to the Asheville Burlesque and Sideshow Festival with Maria Bella and Little Luna of Gilded Lily Burlesque and Mourna Handful – which was absolutely amazing by the way and why we’ve been relatively quiet for a week – and it’s time to catch up on all things Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore.

First off, here’s a blog post by Sagittarius Dolly about her second trip to Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore (last session with Roma Mafia).  Here’s a link to her first trip – I meant to link to her blog a week ago but got caught up with traveling nonsense.  They’re pretty neat, and if you want an impression of a Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore session not written by us, you should check ’em out.

Well, that’s it….nothing else really going on…..

OH WAIT.  Monday is our


Holy #$%^!

Photo by Anna Charlie

Folks…FOLKS, *this* is the big one.  We’re finally leaving the Terrible Two’s and dive head first into the Tantrum Three’s.  This is where we finally stop saying “no” and start saying “ye….” – hmm, actually, after flipping through Dr. Spock, this is apparently where we start biting. 

We’ve got prizes galore from Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman, Baby Tattoo . . . AND Flying Dog beer, our brand new sponsor!  Oh hell yeah!  Here’s the Facebook event by the way – if you’re coming, let us know, it lets us know how many shots to do before we open the doors at six.

Marla “So Cute It Hurts” Meringue of Sticky Buns Burlesque, who you can see above, will be modeling for this no-holds-barred, shenanigan-infused, bring-bail-money, pinch-yourself-cause-you-got-to-be-dreaming Dr. Sketchy’s – and, well, holy bejesus, if you don’t want to draw Marla in all her glory then you need to stick corks in your ears ’cause your brain is messing up that shirt your momma bought you.

I’m telling ya, you’re not going to be able to swing a cat without smacking a good time in the face on Monday (not to mention knocking over a bunch of pencil jars, beers, and seriously irritating the cat).

Can’t wait?  Well, here’s two things that might help in the interim – Sticky Buns Burlesque is performing tonight, Wednesday, at Cazbar at 8:30, not only that, they’re performing Saturday, as is Gilded Lily Burlesque, and, well, just about everybody else at Sex. Art. Rock N Roll at Area 405 at 6 pm.  You can see Marla at both, along with tons of other folks who’ve modeled for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore over the last 3 years.


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.

Brian Dugan

(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.

Brian Dugan

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.