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Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and the sideshow scallywag..

I remember when I turned 8, there were balloons, pin the tail on the donkey and jelly-filled orange wedges. I wondered how I could top something as awesome as that birthday party for Dr Sketchy’s 8th birthday..

I think we did! A giant blackboard, blindfolding and spinning people till they fell over (sorry Harrison Chua!), cupcakes and cocktail giveaways, and a gorgeous guest of honor, Tanzer who serenaded and posed for us all afternoon.
Thank you to all who came to party, continue to share your sketches here and over at Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Melbourne

And now! We get ready to announce our next session on SUNDAY JULY 27th!

Be prepared to wiggle and squirm as Little Laa Laa the tap-dancing clown and side-show scallywag brings her curious talents to the Dr Sketchy stage.

Little Laa Laa is a red-headed ragamuffin who serves up a perplexing platter indeed. Blending acts of absurdity with feats of death-defying lunacy,  mind-boggling buffoonery and a wee little splash of salacious scalwaggery. You will squeal and squirm as this mischievous little mime
and her delightfully dark, vaudevillian antics play out in front of your very eyes.

Little Laa Laa is tap-dancing clown and side-show scallywag, Gemma Lark.  Born the bastard son of an alchemist and spent the first 10 years of her life surviving on a diet of split peas and cigarettes.  At the age of 14 she was married to a travelling salesman who kept her in the glove box of his 1967 Ford Falcon, though when she failed to produce him with an heir he sold her to a troupe of wandering minstrels for the price of four bags of oats and an arthritic goat. She considered this to be a reasonable exchange.By the age of 16 Lark had developed a nervous twitch, a whiskey dependency and an impressive collection of facial scars. By 20 she had lost touch with reality entirely and by 25 she was shamelessly lying in her biographies.


Harxest Mag describes the event as “a room full of friendly people, an appreciation for art, beautiful models, unreal costumes and a truck load of fun times”.

Don’t forget your sketch pad and pencils!

WHEN Sunday 27 July
Doors open 3.30pm Session 4-6pm
WHERE The Toff in Town 5/252 Swanston St (Curtain House)
TICKETS $18.00 http://www.thetoffintown.con and on the door

MORE:
W: drsketchymelbourne.com
E: hello@drsketchymelbourne.com
F: http://www.facebook.com/groups/7707942862/
I: @DrSketchyMelbourne

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Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School celebrates 8 years in Melbourne with Music Maker/Heart Break, TANZER.

We are turning 8!!!

8 years art monkeys!    Every.damn.month. for 8 years!


Plus all the glorious festivals and pop-ups like that time Sylvia Ji came out and we invaded Outre Gallery Dios de le muerte style, or the time we took over Rites of Passage Tattoo festival, and of course when Kevin Jackson and Vivienne Wong from The Australian Ballet joined us for Midsumma..

Mel went to New York after a big crowd funding campaign got her a ticket to speak at the 2nd International SketchyCon and year after year we return to The Famous Spiegeltent.

How on earth do we say Happy Birthday to ourselves?

On Sunday 29 June we have a party.  Need one helluva model to bring the partay.  I think we’ve done it too.  Our objet d’art is Music Maker/Heart Breaker, TANZER .

“If I created a new depravity I would be a priestess, while my imitators would founder, after my reign, in abominable filth…”


Crackling melodrama, cinematic love stories and big ass beats – Tanzer is a pop diva translating film noir nostalgia into bombastic modern love anthems. Blinged-out like a female Frank N’ Furter with the haughty glare and big hair of a 60s film siren, this commanding chanteuse spins tales of OTT love affairs and fabulous heartbreak to a swelling, thumping soundscape. It’s the soundtrack to your most devastating and delicious passion.


TICKETS AT http://tickets.thetoffintown.com/event/view/tg7fjk5pw

See you all SUNDAY 29 JUNE at The Toff in Town.  Doors open 3.30pm. Session 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Below is a little love story on how we came to be.

Part art, part cabaret, all fun.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is the little Brooklyn event that became a movement.

Founded in 2005 by New York illustrator Molly Crabapple, Dr. Sketchy’s went viral after local tattooist and illustrator Melanie Knight made plans with Molly from her apartment in New York to bring Dr. Sketchy’s to Melbourne becoming the world’s premier alternative drawing movement.

There are now over 150 branches in cities around the globe.

Melbourne is now the longest running session in the world, celebrating 8 years this June, appearing on the last Sunday of every month at The Toff in Town located in the vertical laneway that is Curtain House.

Recent years has seen a formidable array of performers hit the Dr. Sketchy stage. In keeping with our ethos of providing an eclectic and exiting display of the country’s most unique and inspiring performers we greeted Tim Rogers of You am I, dancers of The Australian Ballet, a now traditional run of summer sessions in The Famous Spiegeltent hosting the talents of Opera star Ali McGregor with globetrotting burlesque star Gypsy Wood, cabaret chantuese Simoncee Page Jones and star of BRIEFS – all male vaudeville, The King of Boylesque Mark “Captain Kidd’ Winmill.

Dr Sketchy’s has been a boon to the art scene since its inception, promoting creativity and community in every city that runs one. Providing a space for people of all abilities to draw the flourishing alternative scenes that might otherwise be inaccessible to the lone artist.
Harxest Mag describes the event as “a room full of friendly people, an appreciation for art, beautiful models, unreal costumes and a truck load of fun times”.

MORE:
W: drsketchymelbourne.com
E: hello@drsketchymelbourne.com
I: @DrSketchyMelbourne

Photos by Carbie Warbie – The Famous Spiegeltent 2012
www.tonedeaf.com.au/photos/galleries/129777/dr-sketch.htm#1
Outre Gallery vs Dr Sketchy’s (Sylvia Ji launch) – http://youtu.be/-EXSJ3sD-Gs
Feature on FringeLane TV – http://youtu.be/TyX0crvSkL0

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The Wives of Henry VIII with reigning Queen of Burlesque, Strawberry Siren

Part art, part cabaret, all fun.  Melbourne’s original burlesque life drawing event.

This month we lay out the red carpet and sound the trumpets for Australia’s reigning Queen of burlesque, The Strawberry Siren. The Strawberry Siren has been dazzling Burlesque audiences worldwide for the last 6 years drawing on her 18 year background in Circus, Theatre and Dance to provide a fresh and fancy take on Burlesque that she’s dubbed Cirlesque.

Not only a Burlesque Queen Downunder, Strawberry has recently been setting the northern hemisphere on fire, sizzling and scorching her way through the London BurlesqueFest, Los Angeles, Kansas, Vancouver and New Orleans Burlesque Festivals!

“The Strawberry Siren is the Tarantino of Burlesque…. Sexy and dangerous!”

King Henry the Eighth,
to six wives he was wedded.
One died, one survived,
two divorced, two beheaded.

Queen Strawberry will be paying homage to the Wives of King VIII with the most spectauclar of tudor inspired outfits.  Join us as we kill off these woman with our mighty pencils!

Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art Schools has been a boon to the art scene since its inception, promoting creativity and
community in every city that runs one. Providing a space for people to draw the flourishing alternative scenes that might otherwise be inaccessible to the lone artist, presenting hilarious and exciting performers as your unique muses.

Dr. Sketchy’s is for everyone, no previous artistic ability required. The world’s premier alternative drawing movement. 

Harzest Mag describes the event as “a room full of friendly people, an appreciation for art, beautiful models, unreal costumes and a truck load of fun times”.

Please bring your own sketchpad and art materials

Join us on Facebook
Instagram: @DrSketchyMelbourne

Tickets: $18.00 +BF / $18.00 on the door
Time: 4.00am-6.00pm (Doors 3.30pm)
When: Sunday 27 October 2013
Where: The Toff in Town, 2/252 Swanston St Melbourne VIC 3000, Melbourne

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Anything Goes! with Evie Red’s (BIG) Ruby Lips

Evie Red returns to Dr Sketchy’s this month with a session dripping with salacious intent,

bawdy burlesque and  lascivious desire.

Evie’s last session in January 2012 was a sell-out,

this time she brings us her tribute to the Queen of the double entendre, Mae West.

Joining Evie will be Dali’s iconic Red Lips.  Yes,  A BIG SET OF LIPS. 

Sounds sexy AND arty huh?

Well that’s just what Dr Sketchy’s is.

Look back on photos of Evie from her session in the Golden bath tub…. here

SUNDAY 28 APRIL
Time:
 4.00am-6.00pm (Doors 3.30pm)
Bookings: at MOSHTIX

Please bring your own sketchpad and art materials

More: www.drsketchymelbourne.com

www.facebook.com/groups/7707942862

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Pregnant Virgins, Rock Stars, Acrobats and Mirror Tents..

Have you seen all the wonderful sessions and Sketchy action that’s been happening in 2013?

If you’ve been with us you’ll know how jam packed we’ve been with a variety of exceptional personalities and performers across 2 very special locations.

2 sessions down at The Famous Spiegeltent with Polish based acrobat duo The Caesar Twins, and just last week a moving, warm fuzzy session with half of the incredible quartet of acrobats that is CASUS.

Follow the links to see albums of both events

CASUS at The Famous Spiegeltent credit Anna Palmer

CASUS at The Famous Spiegeltent credit Tim Chuma

We launched our 2013 season at our home THE TOFF IN TOWN with YOU AM I frontman, Tim Rogers.  For those that missed it… you’re loss.  A session that will never be matched – intimate, raw, visceral, private.
If you were then it’s a memory to keep and hopefully your renderings of Tim captured the man whilst he waxed poetic on the life of a rock star.

Anna Palmer’s photos of TIM ROGERS

Stay tuned for the next performer announcement for our session Sunday March 31t at The Toff in Town

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Jiggle it with Fat Burlesque, Va Va Boombah!

 

Burlesqueteer and girl about town Harlotte Brontë is a founding member of Va Va Boombah – Melbourne’s first fat burlesque troupe and half of jiggletastic dance duo Fatty-A-Go-Go.

With a craving for humour and an appetite for seduction, Harlotte Brontë is a saucy minx that will have you drooling for more.  Get your pencils ready and be sure to bring your extra large sketch pad.

Check out the wonderful Va Va Boombah ladies at;
www.vavaboombah.com
www.facebook.com/VaVaBoombah
www.facebook.com/HarlotteBronte

DJ The Knave spins the tunes to keep things funky throughout the evening and of course, The Toff has one of Melbourne best stocked bars to keep your creative spirits well lubricated!

When: Sunday September 2nd (no session on Sunday August 26th)
Doors open 4.00pm Session runs 4.30 to 6.30pm

Where: The Toff in Town
Curtain House 2/252 Swanston St Melbourne
www.thetoffintown.com/shows

Bookings: $18 at the door, or pre book at Moshtix phone 1300 GET TIX (438 849) online www.moshtix.com.au or Moshtix outlets including Polyester (Fitzroy & City)
(Please bring your own sketchpad and art materials)

Contact: hello@drsketchymelbourne.com

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Meow…. More like Roar! with Glamour Puss L’amour

Dr Sketchy’s brings you the purrrfect sex kitten for your sketching pleasures this month.

A tantalising blend of old time glamour puss with 60’s sex kitten please welcome the pelvis thrusting, hip shaking, bump and grind of traditional tease, Melbourne’s Lady Provocateur, L’amour!

L’amour brings a wealth of experience and variety to the stage.  A seasoned performance artist spanning vaudeville and contortaion through to the most risqué of pole routines and all that shimmers and shimmeys in between.  A natural talent for blending the naughty with nice, this femme fatale will trap you with her feline charms.

After a recent hiatus L’amour has exploded back onto the East Coast scene performing most recently at the Australian Burlesque festival.

Be prepared for a lot of glitter, a lot of hair, and a lot of skin.  Get ready for L’amour…

DJ The Knave spins the tunes to keep things funky throughout the evening and of course, The Toff has one of Melbourne best stocked bars to keep your creative spirits well lubricated!

When: Sunday June 24
Doors open 4.00pm Session runs 4.30 to 6.30pm

Where: The Toff in Town
Curtain House 2/252 Swanston St Melbourne
www.thetoffintown.com/shows

Bookings: $18 at the door, or pre book at Moshtix phone 1300 GET TIX (438 849) online www.moshtix.com.au or Moshtix outlets including Polyester (Fitzroy & City)
(Please bring your own sketchpad and art materials)

Contact: hello@drsketchymelbourne.com
http://www.drsketchymelbourne.com

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