Saturday, May 29, 2010

3rd Annual All-Star Session at The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 6/5/10

The 3rd Annual All-Star session of Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School at The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend will be held Saturday June 5th from 1-4pm at Firefly inside The Plaza Hotel and Casino. The Plaza is located at 1 South Main Street Las Vegas, NV. The Firefly is located on the 2nd floor of The Plaza.


Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School is a life/figure drawing session with a twist. Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School is the little New York art event that has become an international movement. Started in 2005 by artist and Burlesque Performer Molly Crabapple, the concept is simple... Artists draw glamorous burlesque dancers and performance artists, compete in contests, and win wacky prizes. Oh yeah, there's booze too. From its humble beginnings in Brooklyn, Dr. Sketchy's now has over 110 branches from Hollywood to Helsinki, including London, Rome, Tokyo, Berlin, Melbourne, and now Las Vegas! Dr. Sketchy's will cure you of every boring art class you've ever been to. The common view on life-drawing classes involves a silent room, a bored model, and no liquor in sight. At Dr. Sketchy's it's different.


Admission is FREE! But please tip. There will be no reserve seating, so please come early to catch a good seat and a table. We will be allowing a few photographers, but you need to contact Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy's ahead of time to reserve a spot. Please no flash photography! There will be contests and prizes! Prizes provided by Dr. Sketchy's Las Vegas and Baby Tattoo Books. E-mail lasvegasdrsketchys@yahoo.com for more information.


Models for this session are:
Fleur Mystique
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Fleur began as a belly dancer in 2004, but her love of all things sparkly carried her over to the wonderful world of Burlesque in 2008. She performs mostly in her hometown of Fresno, Ca., but she also performs in L.A. and will be expanding her travels. She is also currently studying ballroom dance.


Vi Vacious
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Vi is a Burlesque performer here in Las Vegas. Known as "The Cat's Pajamas", she moved from Boston a little over 3 years ago. Vi got her start in the Las Vegas Burlesque scene as the second runner-up in the Babes in Sin "Miss All Tease No Sleaze" Pageant. Vi has been performing as a solo Burlesque performer all around the city working with variety shows, live bands, and other Burlesque performers. She is "the kind of girl Russ Meyer would put in one of his films".


Lady Monster
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Straight outta the mouth of hell, comes A Queen of the Fire Tassels and Satans Angel’s Own Protégé: Lady Monster! She's been hitting the stage from an early age, taking chances and never looking back. Lady Monster was unearthed from the basement of an art gallery, reading her personal erotica in Columbus, Ohio in 1992. Moving to San Francisco she has become a tour de force artiste. Stripping at the speed of seduction - Lady Monster will rock your world. Always on the prowl, showing a sexy good time. Revealing her ample talents in a burlesque tease, showing you how hot a big girl can be. Sex is her passion and she will enchant you with her fire.


Hosts for this session are:
Cha Cha Velour
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Cha Cha is "The Burlesque Beauty, Tattooed Cutie". An award winning and international Burlesque performer based out of Las Vegas. Cha Cha has been a member of Las Vegas' only vintage inspired troupe, Babes in Sin Burlesque since 2006. As of lately she has been exploring her solo career. She is the "mother hen" of the Las Vegas Burlesque scene, heading up a movement to expand the scene and encourage new performers to start, as well as hosting and welcoming visiting performers with open arms. Cha Cha is also the principal of Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy' Anti-Art School.


Cherry Typhoon
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Cherry has been a drama director in Tokyo, Japan since 1999. In 2003 she formed Murasaki Babydolls with Violet Eva. They performed at Tease-O-Rama 2005, Miss Exotic World 2006(winning Best Troupe). In 2007 Cherry started solo-performing. In 2008, she performed at Montreal Fringe Festival and several other Burlesque and Theatrical stages in Japan and North America. In 2009 Cherry Typhoon was awarded the "Rosita Royse Award" at Montreal Burlesque Festival.


Baby Le'Strange
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Baby grew up in the dirty steel town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Named after a song from glitter rock icons T. Rex, Baby was destined to take to the stage. At an early age her mother enrolled her in dance lessons, but it quickly became clear that Baby would much rather dance wild and free than follow the rigid rules set by her instructor. With such a reputation to live up to, Baby set her sights on rock ‘n roll. She longed to perform on stage like all the rock stars she envied. In 2007 Baby had an amazing realization - she could
take her rock ‘n roll dreams to the burlesque stage! Baby’s style is inspired of three of her favorite things: classic burlesque, glam rock and female superheros. Baby has been seen all over Oregon and Washington. She has also appeared on the Tease O Rama 2008 Road Show and the Texas Burlesque Fest.
Festival 2010.

Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy's in the View News


Anti-Art School




By AMANDA LLEWELLYN

VIEW STAFF WRITER






F. ANDREW
TAYLOR/VIEWContortionist Stephanie Castellone poses for artists during
the April Dr. Sketchy?s Anti-Art School life drawing session. The
sessions are offered the third Tuesday of each month at Dino?s Lounge.










F. ANDREW
TAYLOR/VIEWDr. Sketchy?s Anti-Art School Las Vegas coordinator Cha Cha
Velour announces competition categories during the April session.










F. ANDREW
TAYLOR/VIEWContortionist and circus performer Stephanie Castellone
poses in repose during the April Dr. Sketchy?s Anti-Art School life
drawing session at Dino?s Lounge.








Burlesque
performer Cha Cha Velour considers herself an ambassador of all things
pleasureful and debaucherous. Tightly clutching an all-tease, no-sleaze
attitude as though it were a shiny, new designer handbag, the longtime
Las Vegas resident said her goal is to herald the promise and splendor
of artistic expression to the masses while gaining some notoriety as a
performer.
It was the quest for
that notoriety that led Velour to pursue rights to host the infamous
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, which began in New York in 2005 and is
now known internationally.
The life-drawing
class features games, prizes and a burlesque or performance art model,
who performs and then poses for photographers, artists and barflies
during a three-hour drawing session.
A registered
cardiology nurse by day and renegade tattooed striptease artist by
night, Velour said she understands the plight of Clark Kent, Superman's
alter ego.
"All the mystery adds to the notoriety and mystique of what I do, though," she said.
The Las Vegas Dr.
Sketchy's, which meets from 7 to 10 p.m. the third Tuesday of each
month, has been going for nearly two years but recently gained a new
home in the form of the trendy, downtown karaoke hotspot Dino's Lounge,
1516 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
"We were at The
Aruba for the longest time, but late last year this opportunity
presented itself and I had to jump at it," Velour said. "Dino's is a
great place, and I think it has just the right ambience for what we're
trying to accomplish with these events."
Admission is free. Velour said participants don't need to be professional artists, but they do need to be 21 or older.
Velour said Dr.
Sketchy's events are so well-known in burlesque communities around the
world that running the Las Vegas incarnation earns her instant
recognition among fellow striptease artists.
"I introduce myself
and tell people that I run the event here, and they immediately know
what I'm talking about," she said. "Then they know that I'm the real
deal."
Velour said her motivation for hosting the event is not purely for self-promotion.
"I think we need
more events like this in Las Vegas," she said. "It exposes people to
something new. It gives performers a venue to show their stuff, and it
promotes the arts. It's all good."
Contortionist and
circus performer Stephanie Castellone said the April event was the
first time she'd had an opportunity to pose for the class but that she
would love to do it again.
"It was a really great gig," she said.
Castellone said she
has been friends with Velour for a long time and was thrilled when the
burlesque beauty opted to plug her into the model spot for the month.
"It's the kind of
event that caters to artists and photographers," she said. "They get to
practice their skills. Even the amateurs get excited, and there's a
great vibe. I plan to pose again towards the end of the year."
Velour said models are not nude, and at the very least they wear pasties and a G-string.
"Usually, there's a
performance and then a posing session in one costume, a break, and then
the model comes back in another costume," she said.
Velour said she has yet to see anyone bring paints or sculpting tools to the event, but such mediums would be welcome.
"There's drinking, drawing, games and debauchery," she said. "That's kind of our motto."
For more information
about Dr. Sketchy's nationally, visit www.drsketchy.com. For details
about the local Dr. Sketchy's, visit lasvegasdrsketchys.blogspot. com,
twitter.com/lvdrsketchys or
www.facebook.com/pages/las-vegas-dr-sketchys-anti-art-school/457245525211.

Contact North Las Vegas and Downtown View reporter Amanda Llewellyn at allewellyn@viewnews.com or 380-4535.


Monday, May 17, 2010

May session with model: Emma - Dr. Sketchy's Las Vegas's MySpace Blog |

The May session of Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy's will take place on Tuesday the 18th from 7pm-10pm. Our location is Dino's Lounge located at 1516 Las Vegas Blvd S. Las Vegas, NV 89104




Our Model for this session is Emma.

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Emma is an artist, drummer, Vegas native, and nude model. She has been a nude model since 18 years of age. As an artist she loves to embellish set design...as you can see in her photo.



Your host for this session will be Cha Cha Velour. www.chachavelour.com


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Cha Cha is known as the Burlesque Beauty, Tattooed Cutie. She is award winning and international Burlesque performer. Cha Cha is also the principal of Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School.



Admission is FREE! But please tip. There will be no reserve seating, so please come early to catch a good seat and a table. We will be allowing a few photographers, but you need to contact Las Vegas Dr. Sketchy's ahead of time to reserve a spot. There will be contests and prizes! Prizes provided by Dr. Sketchy's Las Vegas and Baby Tattoo Books. Drink specials from your bartender, Trish and sandwich specials from Naked City Sandwich shop located next door to Dino's. E-mail lasvegasdrsketchys@yahoo.com for more information.