Last weekend I went to a special Speakeasy Dollhouse Dr. Sketchy at the beautiful Slipper Room in NYC. Speakeasy Dollhouse is an immersive play written by Cynthia Von Buhler. The models were Kat Mon Dieu and Katelan Foisy, who are both actresses in the show. Silent James, Esther Westwood and Scott Southard, also actors from the show, were in the audience drawing. I loved the jazz music that played throughout the session.
This is another example of a Dr. Sketchy where I wish I could have taken pictures because their costumes were amazing and they posed so well together. If you get a chance try to catch a performance of Speakeasy Dollhouse because it is a truly unique experience.
Kat Mon Deui
I was very fortunate to see the immersive play “Speakeasy Dollhouse” by Cynthia Von Buhler twice in the last two months. My first time was in February for a Monday night performance for which I had won tickets through Facebook. The second time was on a Saturday night in March. I was really excited about seeing the show because it featured a lot of burlesque performers who I had drawn at Dr. Sketchy’s. Even though the show was basically the same both nights it was a totally different experience each time because you could follow around different performers and see different parts of some of the murder mystery from different perspectives. Here is a short description from the Speakeasy Dollhouse website:
“This is an immersive event. Each guest will be assigned a name and role. We encourage you to explore. Unlocked doors (or revolving bookshelves) should be entered. Ignore the advice your parents gave you as children, be nosy and talk to strangers. Time is warped here; it is between 1933 (prohibition-era) – 1935.”
The theatergoers are encouraged to wear clothes from that era and it was sometimes hard to distinguish the actors from the audience. The drinks were served in coffee cups and live jazz was played through out the night. Burlesque stars (and some of my favorite Dr. Sketchy models) Delysia La Chatte, Lillet St. Sunday and Kat Mon Dieu performed during the show. The bar and adjoining rooms are beautifully decorated with large paintings and comfortable couches. There is also a secret room hidden by a trick bookcase where some of the more intimate scenes are played out.
This was truly a unique event, and I am so glad that I was able to experience it. In addition to the Play, Cynthia Von Buhler has written an accompanying book and has created an actual dollhouse depicting the story. This Sunday I will be going to a special Speakyeasy dollhouse Dr. Sketchy session featuring Kat Mon Deui and Katelan Foisy.
Katelan Foisy and Kat Mon Dieu
Kat Mon Dieu
Last weekend I went to Dr. Sketchy’s Pulp Fiction session featuring Amber Ray and male burlesque performer GoGo Harder. Their poses were reminiscent of dime store novels of the 1950’s. It was one of those sessions where I wish I could have taken pictures because the costumes were gorgeous and the two performers struck such wonderful poses together! This is the fifth time I’ve drawn Amber Ray and each time she transforms herself into such different characters.
Here are some short five minute drawings from the session:
Dr. Sketchy’s is now at the beautiful Slipper Room in NYC. There is a lot more room than at the last venue and there are small tables to work on. There is also a balcony where you can draw from and get a different view of the models.
I spent the day in NYC Saturday enjoying all the Christmas decorations. They never fail to amaze me!
We always make a trip into New York to see the lights and decorations before Christmas. I was really looking forward to taking some Hipstamatic photos that day but because of the update the app was crashing without opening for a couple days. I decided to try out Instagram since I have been seeing so many people using it and posting pictures. I am not really using it to share photos yet because I already use Flickr for that. I have been trying out the filters and the blurring effect. It creates square photos like Hipstmatic but I kind of miss the element of surprise that you have with Hipstamatic, especially with the Random Shake.
The good new is that after about a week Hipstamatic released an update that fixed the bugs, but it makes me wonder what pictures I might have taken if it was working. Which photo app do you prefer, Instagram or Hipstamatic?
Over the weekend I stopped by the Faile Mural at Houston and Bowery in New York. Faile is an art collective working out of Brooklyn. I took some pictures before and after the Godzilla themed Dr. Sketchy session at the Bowery Poetry Club, just down the street from the mural. I really love the imagery that they used and the way it looks like ripped and torn away signs. I think this mural will only be up for a short while, so check it out while you can.