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Get the doodle bug with Dr Sketchy’s

And it’s bombs away for July’s Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham with a bevy of Beauties of the Blitz. With a World War II theme, our Field Marshall for the evening, Liberty Pink lead us into battle with a rousing rendition of Bless ’em All. The Americans joined the fight early on with the return appearance of Mysti Vine dancing to You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile from the musical Annie (with the aid of a set of Billy-bob false gnashers, in case you’re wondering about my sketch below). Official USO burlesque star Kitten von Mew, in RAF uniform, then entertained the troops with a round of songs including Vera Lynn‘s If I Only Had Wings and We’ll Meet Again, Why Don’t You Do Right (famously recorded by Peggy Lee, but you may remember a version by Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and Glenn Miller‘s Peggy the Pin-up Girl. (more…)

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Lions and Tigers and Dr Sketchy, oh my!

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School has returned once more to Birmingham when, back in May (oops, another slightly late post) the Carnival of Animals arrived at the Victoria. Opened by new comperé Liberty Pink with the song Les Poissons (from Disney’s The Little Mermaid), proceedings continued apace with Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham regular Cherryfox performing Puttin’ on the Ritz as Alice in Wonderland‘s March Hare. (more…)

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Willkommen, beinvenue, welcome to Dr Sketchy’s Berlin

“Life is a cabaret ol’ chum so come to the Cabaret”. So sang Liza Minelli in the movie Caberet, but she could easily be referring to the recent Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School in Birmingham (previously) back in March. Titled Berlin, this time around the burlesque life-drawing class took it’s lead from the Weimar Republic-set musical and movie – a movie incidentally that I’ve never seen, although I have read Christopher Isherwood’s semi-autobiographical novel, Goodbye to Berlin upon on which it is based. (more…)

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We are amused… Dr. Sketchy’s does Victoriana

Back in January (ahem, better late than never) we stepped back in time to the nineteenth century for a taste of Victoriana at Dr Sketchy’s latest outing in Birmingham. Held, appropriately enough, at the Victoria pub, we were treated to an evening of music hall burlesque. My notes for this one were a bit patchy, unfortunately, so if I’ve missed anything out, I do apologise. Cherryfox opened the show with a performance of Wouldn’t It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady (duetting with, in what I believe will be his last appearance as compère, the Decadent Gent), and was followed by Amelie de Soleil performing a ballet-inspired routine (to the tune of a classical piece that I’m afraid I don’t know the name of). In the spirit of the music-hall tradition, our next act was Fanny Divine, sporting a rather impressive handlebar moustache and goatee and appearing as the Bearded Lady (complete with a meerschaum pipe). (more…)

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Happy Birthday, Dr Sketchy

Cherry FoxIt’s time to don party hats, as Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham is celebrating it’s 1st birthday! As regular readers of this blog will know by now, Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is a movement that combines burlesque cabaret and life-drawing that started in New York by comic artist Molly Crabapple in 2005. (more…)

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Dr Sketchy’s V: The Final Frontier

Meg La Mania

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, or last Saturday to be precise, the anti-art burlesque life-drawing class known as Dr Sketchy’s beamed back down to Birmingham. And boldly going where no life-drawing class has gone before, the theme this time was X-Files. Hosted, as ever, by the Decadent Gent, this time regenerated into the form of the Fourth Doctor, we were treated to a selection of broadly Sci-Fi related routines, starting with Rouge Rum the Murderous Mare, featuring Crazy Horses by the Osmonds, a persuing policeman and, er, a horse’s head. (more…)

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In the deep end with Dr Sketchy’s

Well, following on from my thoughts on the last Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School about overcrowding, it seems that they were listening, and set a limit on the number of tickets available for May’s class. This made for a more pleasant atmosphere for the theme this time round – Water World. And, as you’d expect, there was an aquatic or maritime feel to the burlesque performances, starting with performance by host the Decandent Gent of The First Lord’s Song from HMS Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan getting things off to a roaring start. The Gent was himself then treated to a surprise dance by Mysti Vine (of whom more later) to celebrate his birthday (in front of his mum, nan and gran, no less). (more…)

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Dr Sketchys Strikes Back

parmaviolet4Third time out, and I was back again at Dr Sketchy’s in Birmingham on the 21st. It’s clearly getting even more popular round these parts, as was demonstrated by the significantly more cramped conditions this time. The stuffy, full-to-capacity upstairs bar at the Victoria didn’t leave me with much elbow room or space for drawing equipment (or indeed my pint glass – that most vital of drawing equipment), not to mention the view – it was almost impossible to get a good vantage point at times, and I was reduced to leaning this way and that craning to get a good view (or not at all, for one pose). Nevertheless, it was a good afternoon’s drawing, and the girls didn’t dissapoint. (more…)

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Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

Crimson Skye (Fox in woodland), digital tablet

Phew! I’ve just got back from school… kinda. This afternoon I attended Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School (warning – MySpace page) in an upstairs room at the Victoria pub here in Brum (as blogged by Graphiquillan). For those not in the know, Dr. Sketchy’s is a burlesque life-drawing class, originally founded in New York in 2005 as an attempt to take life-drawing out of the classroom and make it, well, sexy. So for three hours, with a pint of cider in one hand and drawing implements in the other we drew scantily clad ladies in corsets, suspenders and tassles. Each model started out with a burlesque performance, followed by a couple of short poses or so. Prizes were awarded to the best drawings on the night (as judged by the model herself). The theme for the evening was Dr Doodle-a-little, and all the models wore animal-themed costumes – first up was Crimson Skye (fox), followed by Cherry Fox (pink leopard) and Emerald Ace (octopus), and for each we were given a theme (woodland, jungle and under the sea respectively). This was followed by a second set from Crimson Skye (with a wolf theme…) and finally Cherry Fox and Emerald Ace posing together. All in all, a fun evening’s entertainment. (more…)

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