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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dr. Sketchy's East Bay, Burlesque n' Brass, and Le Boy events in Oakland today, Saturday, May 14

We're back, and Blogger seems to have returned with not too much damage from their outage that ended yesterday. The last post was restored, and some odd symbols have been inserted into the tags. But all seems well, otherwise. Now on to the burlesque!

Today, Red Hots Burlesque bring Dr. Sketchy to Oakland. It's time for their second session at the Layover Lounge, which is located at 1517 Franklin Street (map). The session is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. But get there early for a good spot to draw! And remember, Dr. Sketchy's East Bay happens every second Saturday of the month.

What is Dr. Sketchy's? It's an opportunity to draw using live figure models, usually burlesque performers, derby girls, drag queens, or fetish models. It's all done in a fun atmosphere with music, drinks from the bar, and contests! If you've been to Dr. Sketchy's in San Francisco, you know how fun and popular those events are. Now they're starting out in Oakland, where there are actually seats available... for now. Be one of the first to discover the fun live figure drawing with Dr. Sketchy's in Oakland!

Here's a video from last month's event. There's also another good video and article at OaklandNorth. Check 'em out!

This month's model will be Oakland's own burlesque dearie, Honey Lawless! Here is the information for this month's event.

Dr. Sketchy's East Bay flier, April 9, 2011

Red Hots Burlesque Presents
Dr.Sketchy's East Bay
Every 2nd Sat of the month 5-8pm| Layover Lounge 1517 Franklin St Oakland, CA |
21+ (valid i.d. required)
$12 at the door and $10 presale/students/teachers

Burlesque Life Drawing Comes to Oakland!
When many artists think "life drawing," they think of sterile rooms, bad lighting, and bored, silent, models with nary a hint of personality. Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School is here to change all that.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School is the little New York art event that became a movement. Started in 2005 by artist Molly Crabapple, the concept is simple. Artist's draw glamorous burlesque dancers, compete in contests, and win wacky prizes. From it's humble Brooklyn beginnings, Dr. Sketchy's now has nearly 70 branches around the globe, including Hollywood, London, Rome, Tokyo, and Melbourne.

Now, Red Hots Burlesque are bringing Dr. Sketchy's to Oakland. The monthly sessions will feature burlesque babes, roller derby girls , drag queens and fetish models, along with contests, prizes and drinks galore.

Since it's inception in '05, Dr. Sketchy's has received coverage from the likes of The LA Times, The Washington Post, BBC Radio, NPR, The Village Voice, WNBC, Time Out London, Time Out New York, and The New Yorker.

About our May Model- HONEY LAWLESS

Honey Lawless is best known as the burlesque darling of her hometown of Oakland. Bringing to the stage striptease with a comedic flair,Ms. Lawless never ceases to surprise her audience with her sense of satire and memorable characters like Cookie Monster, the Easter Bunny and even Pinocchio, no treasured childhood memory is left unscathed.

Ms. Lawless was bit by the dancing bug at the tender age of 4.
Classically trained in ballet, Ms. Lawless found herself being enticed by other forms of dance including jazz, tap and modern. Ms. Lawless is a known master of disguises with expertise using a bull-whip and two-bladed sai and the ability to charm with dance and comedy. The Oakland Tribune describes her as "something of a cabaret version of Marvel Comics character "Elektra" with a striptease described as "elaborate, graceful and enticing." Ms. Lawless was a finalist in 2009 for Best Performer by the East Bay Express Best of the East Bay, stating that “her burlesque performances are like no other! Perfect and utter madness.” And in 2010, Ms. Lawless was nominated for the Oakland Soul Award for co-founding and producing the only community burlesque show in the country, First Friday Follies.

Ms. Lawless can be seen monthly on-stage at the Hubba Hubba Revue monthly variety show at DNA Lounge in San Francisco as well as on stages with Red Hots Burlesque, sASSy’s Seaside, Little Minsky’s and other burlesque variety shows. For booking inquiries contact her at and if you want to “check her out,” you can find her on facebook at

Web Link: (Founding branch) (East Bay branch)
Contact Information
(FOUNDER) Molly Crabapple Email:
(EAST BAY ORGANIZER) Dottie Lux/ Red Hots Burlesque Phone: 201-615-9245 Email:
Photo of Honey Lawless by Jeff Spirer Model May 14th

And since you'll be in the area, why not stop by Cafe Van Kleef afterwards to unwind by watching the Hot Pink Feathers perform? The doors open at their show, Burlesque n' Brass, at 8:30 p.m., and the show starts at 9:30. Admission is $10.00. Le Boy also will be happening at the White Horse Inn tonight, with a show starting at 8:30. So if you'd like to see some gender-bending boylesque, that will be the show for you! Admission there will also be $10.00. For show details, please see the calendar above (or click here if you're not on the blog).
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