"making the world smaller" since 1994-ish

Hi Folks,

Ok! lots and lots of news!

My dad turns 75yo on February 9. Wow.

My birthday is the next day and I'm 48. WooHoo. I don't know what I'm expecting for this year coming up, this asshole presidential crap, it's kind of overwhelming, and I haven't thought that much about it.

Partly, because I'm taking all these "classes" for my speech therapy stuff. Monday 10:32 - 11:45 at BU, Toastmasters. Tuesday 1-2:30 Emerson, Strokes of a Pen. And then 2:30 - 3:30 one-on-one. Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 MGH-IHP one-on-one. Then there is, M-W-F, 1-2pm, MGH "professional" one-on-one speech therapist, where I'm doing a lot of work called APT III (if you want to know about it check out this... ) Really boring!!! But I hope it's stretching my brain a lot!!! (This one is almost done for the year... Thank you state paying health care...)

So, then on the 12th of February we've got Dr. Sketchy's: Anti-Art School is celebrating its 10 year of doing this crazy shit!!! We've got _Zombie Romance modeling for us and there might be other stuff... Like... well I don't know... I have to work out my scheduling. But come draw, or come by and say hello to me!

here is one FB

and here is another one

On my birthday in 2006, I put on an amazing show, DURING A SNOW STORM! this is what happened that night:

Sunday February 12, 2006
"Lester's Lounge"
Milky Way Lounge and Lanes

my dad was born february 9th, i was born february 10th, my maternal aunt and grandfather were born the 12th. my maternal grandfather, Lester Smith (rip), used to own the bowling alley that is now the Milky Way (along with a few others around boston). all hail the aquarians, we are a creative and tireless bunch! in honor of all of the aquarians in my life, and myself, i've gathered some friends to play and to show their work. in honor of my grouchy but sweet, departed grandfather, i've name it *Lester's Lounge*.

sara cooper (ex-moves, current troubadour)
thalia zedek and Heather Kapplow (music with visuals)
mark robinson (Flin Flon, ex-Unrest)
hilken mancini (ex-Count Me Outs/Fuzzy)


oh! there are photos: HERE!

At the end of the show, I gave Mark Robinson a ride home in Cambridge. Driving on the Mass. Avenue, at MIT, I saw an owl. The next day I learned that Lisa King had died. The following is what I had written the next year:

last year on the 12th of February 2006, during a blizzard, many of us were gathered at the Milky Way in JP for a show I put together for my birthday. Thalia and Heather played and a bunch of others performed also. I drove a couple of people home and was passing MIT on Mass Ave, thinking about how blessed I was that i got to hang out with such talented and brilliant people and that they'd come out in a snow storm for me. The moon was out, the street was all white with huge snow banks and everything was strangely bright when an owl came flying down the street at me and then landed in a tree next to Building 1. I was so blown away I pulled my car over, got out and walked to the tree to find out what was up. I'd never seen an owl in flight before and wasn't sure I wasn't having a late night "vision". (here's where I admit that I often talk to animals out loud...some coeds thought I was nuts until I pointed the owl out in the tree.) I thought this must be some indication of something for my year to come, or the year passed, so when I got home I researched what owls represent and found that they are thought to be the bringers of knowledge, carriers of the spirit, messengers of death... The next day, the 13th, I learned that Lisa had died. I love that her owl lives next to MIT. The nest is still there.

more info about Lisa King


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TWO Dr. Sketchy's: Anti-Art School A MONTH !!!

2nd Sunday : 2:30-5:30 : Great Scott 1222 Commonwealth Ave. Allston, Massachusetts 02134. Right at the intersection of Harvard Ave and Commonwealth Ave. And the T. 18+; $8 to draw, $10 to hang. All skill levels welcome! (bring paper and pens/marchers/etc)

4th Monday : 7:00-9:00 : ONCE Somerville 156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143 $8 to draw, $10 to hang. All skill levels welcome! (bring paper and pens/marchers/etc)

Dr. Sketchy's: Anti-Art School is the life drawing session you dreamed of in your deviously creative art school head. Hot models with crazy costumes, sometimes genderbending antics, poses that keep your interest for hours, nice folks around you, drinks, and it's cheap. The models talk and keep you entertained, there's good music, you could win prizes for good and bad art! You don't have to be a good artist, or someone who draws everyday. Dr. Sketchy's is a great place to start back up with your practice, or to try to pick up a new creative outlet.

We start with short poses to get you warmed up and then move on to longer and longer poses, but that's about where the traditional life drawing session stops...

Check out the photos section for images of past Sketchy's Sessions.
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Check out the Dr. Sketchy's Tumblr Group Blog where you can upload drawings! HERE!

Sunday February 12, 2017: Kristi Lyn
Monday February 27, 2017: Gi Gi Marx
Sunday March 12, 2017: Jolie LaVie
Monday March 27, 2017: T Lawrence-Simon
Sunday April 9, 2017:
Monday April 24, 2017
Sunday May 14, 2017
Monday May 22, 2017
Sunday June 11, 2017
Monday June 26, 2017
Sunday July 9, 2017
Monday July 24, 2017
Sunday August 13, 2017
Monday August 28, 2017
Sunday September 10, 2017
Monday September 25, 2017
Sunday October 8, 2017
Monday October 23, 2017
Sunday November 12, 2017
Monday November 27, 2017
Sunday December 10, 2017 (we did that last year, maybe we'll do it again)
Monday December 25, 2017 not this year!

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