Putting the "ass" in art class at Dr. Sketchy PDX

Mirage at Dr. Sketchy Portland

By Nathalie Weinstein

It's 11 o'clock on a Thursday evening and I am sitting in the lounge of the Hawthorne Theater watching a man in a unicorn suit croon Fiona Apple's “Criminal” while playing the accordion. Once he has finished his tune, a sassy brunette with Betty Paige bangs and vinyl red leggings mounts the stage, and begins engaging in some rather unconventional poses with the unicorn. This is not an acid test. This is Dr. Sketchy PDX, a new brand of burlesque entertainment in Portland.

Part art class, part cabaret performance, Dr. Sketchy allows artists and voyeurs to sketch a lineup of pin-up models, who are more than happy to sneer and pout at the drooling crowd for ten minutes at a time. In between poses, the bevy of beauties (who have names like Baby Le'Strange, Green Orchid, and Hai Fleisch) perform raffles, judge impromptou art contests and make naughty balloon animals. Towards the end of the night, I feared I wouldn't get to see a nipple tassel. But my fears were quelled, when a lithe, porcelaine skinned beauty took to the stage in a very sexy praying mantis costume (that you'd have to see to believe), complete with the severed head of her lover, and began a slow, taunting strip tease that left me wondering if I might have a bit of an artist in me after all.

The next Dr. Sketchy PDX will be held at the Stumptown Comic Fest on April 18. For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/drsketchiesportland.


Nathalie lives in Northeast Portland with a redhead and two fat cats. An intern for Back Fence PDX, she also collaborates with Nicole Schulman on a blog about asshole babies at www.yourbabyisanasshole.com. You can also follow her on twitter @storymakerupper.

* Every 1st Sunday (Starting in April) @ the Hawthorne Theatre Lounge  21+
* Every 3rd Sunday (Starting in March @ Cosmic Monkey Comics All Ages

*image of Mirage


7 Responses to Putting the "ass" in art class at Dr. Sketchy PDX

  1. Julian Chadwick February 17, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    Welcome to the Pipeline! I don’t know how one Pipeline will be able to contain all the awesomeness of you and Meagan.

  2. Nathalie February 17, 2009 at 12:22 pm #

    Thanks buddy.

  3. MeaganK February 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    I think you just brought a whole new level of class to The Pipeline! <3

  4. Evan February 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    Too bad this isn’t being held at Dante’s regularly anymore. That was actually pretty fun to do on a regular basis.

  5. Dr Sketchy PDX February 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    Having the Pipeline Crew at our event was Marvelous!
    Thank you for the love, because we love you!

    But, I must mention that Dr Sketchy will be occurring in
    Portland… -enter epic music-

    * Every 1st Sunday (Starting in April) @ the Hawthorne Theatre Lounge 21+
    * Every 3rd Sunday (Starting in March @ Cosmic Monkey Comics All Ages

    Check our Blog @ our Myspace Page for the details
    regarding these events!


  6. Miss Frankie Tease February 17, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    Congrats on getting the word out about an awesome event with new snappy gals Zoe & Baby le Strange managing Dr. Sketchy’s who could go wrong?

    Miss Frankie Tease

  7. Baby Le'Strange February 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    Thanks Nathalie for coming out!! We look forward to many more incredible events in the future!!

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