Thursday, August 23, 2012

An Interview with Dr. Sketchy's Special Guest Ruby Solitaire (NYC)

For our next two sessions, Boston's branch of Dr. Sketchy's is honored to be hosting two different out-of-town performers (see our previous post for more on September's guest...). Our first guest will be Ruby Solitaire from NYC!  We got a few words... well really, a few very well-crafted sentences... out of her about who she is and what she loves about burlesque. So come check out the fabulous Miss Ruby after you read this!

Tuesday August 28, 2012
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Club Café
209 Columbus Ave, Boston
$8 if you're drawing
$10 if you're just ogling

Who are you, what's your thing, how long have you been doing burlesque - tell me the basics about you and what you do.

I'm just a girl who really, really loved "Gypsy" when she first saw the Bette Midler version on TV - it was just fated to happen after that, though it took running away from a marriage and moving in with a psychobilly band to get me to where I am now. I've been doing burlesque since 2009, when I took a class with Trixie Little. I was lucky and sort of fell into a lot of shows right away. When I started I did a lot of rockabilly numbers, but since then I've moved pretty confidently into nerdlesque - I'm a huge geek, and love that nerd culture is having a super sexy renaissance. I'm really proud to be a part of that

Describe the first act you ever performed. What are you proud of about it?

I was lucky in that Trixie is an amazing teacher. I've heard wonderful things about NYSB, and taken some classes there that really blew me away, but Trixie gave me a great foundation that I still fall back on, and she really helped me with my first couple acts. My first night performing was to a packed theater in Northampton, MA and I did both a group number to St. James Infirmary and a solo act to the original version of Tainted Love. With both I was proud that I learned the choreography as well as I did - I can be a klutz and a space cadet - but it was also a huge boost to my self esteem. Anyone who gets up on stage and does this should be proud of that very first night, because you have no idea what to expect, and it really does change your life. What I'm most proud of is that Tainted Love is an act that I have continued refining and growing and still can pull out and perform today. I mean, who doesn't love an act that starts out with a girl running onstage with a pistol? 

Do you have any backstage rituals for getting ready for a show?

I really don't - there's never enough space or time for that sort of thing! I suppose my ritual happens before I get to an event - I listen to the music for my numbers over and over for hours before the show, usually while I'm driving there (I travel all over the place). I walk through the routines in my head . . . though sometimes I get a bit carried away and start doing arm movements in the car. I get strange looks from other drivers. 

What do you love or hate about the burlesque scene?

I love that the burlesque scene really is one of the few places where anyone of any look, color, body type, gender - whatever - can get up on stage and be the sexiest thing you've ever seen. It legitimately is. There's very little tolerance for anyone who tries to change that. Unfortunately, there is definitely stratification, and there are promoters who - despite the ethos we try very hard to maintain as a community - still only work with girls who look a certain way. This is unfortunate, and I wish it wasn't a thing. Still, these promoters are the exceptions that prove the rule. Generally - if you know who you are and own it, that's sexy and that will get you a place on stage. I love that. 

Do you travel much? If so, where, and what's it like for you to perform in different cities? 

I travel all the time. This summer I'll have performed in a half dozen states and twice that many cities. I probably spend 20 hours a week on the road at a minimum. The crowds do have distinct characters in different cities, and you get to know what works best in what places. Even within cities the crowds vary - what happens at R-Bar is totally different than Parkside Lounge, and they're both in Manhattan. No matter where you are though, people are supportive and there to have a good time, which gives every night a really positive vibe. 

What do you like about doing Dr. Sketchy's?

 I think they really serve everyone in the artistic community - everyone knows it helps graphic artists practice, but it's also great for performers. We have to think about how our body moves and looks, it develops a lot of body awareness that you might take for granted. It's also great to make art social, rather than hiding away in a room, sketching eggs and soda cans.

Any upcoming shows or classes to promote?

Friday 9/7: Doctor Sketchy's Northampton (MA) - Alice In Wonderland Theme
Saturday 9/8: Hypergender Burlesque, NYC - X-Rated CartoonZ Show
Tuesday 9/18: Hotsy Totsy Burlesqe, NYC - Doctor Who Show
More can be found on my website,, or my facebook under Ruby Solitaire Burlesque

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dr. Sketchy's Boston presents... Deanna Deadly!

On Sunday September 9, the Boston branch of Dr. Sketchy's (run by Truth Serum Productions) will be hosting Chicago's own Deanna Deadly, a fetish model and burlesque performer who has toured the nation extensively.  

Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School Burlesque Life Drawing Class is the class you always wished they had offered in school. Beer, prizes, hot models that strip off layers between poses, tips (bring your $ingle$!) and a general laid back atmosphere with no pressure to draw well... Sounds like paradise, yes? Founded in NYC in 2005 by Molly Crabapple, the Dr. Sketchy's Empire has branches in over 100 cities worldwide.

photo by James Alexander, latex by Cathouse
Sunday September 9, 2012
2:30 - 5:30 pm
Great Scott
1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 if you're drawing
$10 if you're just ogling

In honor of her quick stopover here in The Hub, Deanna graciously granted us a mini-interview.
Who are you? What's your thang?

My name is Deanna Deadly. I’ve been a full time model for five years, a DJ for two and also doing burlesque for two. I travel pretty much full time doing modeling and burlesque and DJing with a group of girls in Chicago. We call ourselves Psychobitches Outta Chicago. We play Punk, Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Gothabilly and all the other good stuff in between.

Tell us about the first act you ever performed. What are you proud of about it?

The first time I EVER performed was with Emily Marilyn at the D.C. Fetish Ball in 2010. I was her slave/sub for the headlining act of the weekend. I didn’t have to do too much but I LOVED it. After doing runway numerous time for designers since 2008 I had been wanting to do Fetish/Burlesque performances so I was really excited to be able to start out with something fairly easy. My first solo performance was in NJ at Hell’s Kitchen for the Thursday night burlesque show they do every week. I performed to Robert Gordon's "Red Hot."  I was extremely nervous but I think I did allright for my first time.

photo by James Alexander, latex by Cathouse
Do you have any backstage rituals for getting ready for a show?

I try not to worry too much and just go over my act a few times. If you're going to mess up then it’s going to happen and you just have to catch yourself and roll with it.

Most embarrassing moment onstage?

I have been extremely lucky to not really have anything bad happen to me, though I try to be graceful if I slip or mess up and pretend like its part of the act! Funnily enough the only any bit embarrassing moment I can think of was when I was performing at Late Bar in Chicago for my birthday a few weeks ago and one of my brother’s (drunk) friends threw his coat on the stage, but I didn’t trip or slip up or anything ;)

What do you love or hate about the burlesque scene?

I LOVE being able to have the free will to choose my own songs the majority of the time, and my outfits and just really let my creative imagination run wild. I perform at a place in Chicago called the 1901 Gallery often and they have some really fun and unique themes every month. It’s really fun to go outside the box and come up with new acts that I wouldn’t normally come up with if there weren’t a theme. I unfortunately do see some catty insecure girls that try to be extremely competitive to the point of hurting other girls’ feelings in this scene. I try my best to stay out of all of that as a performer and model.

Do you travel much? If so, where, and what's it like for you to perform in different cities?

I travel CONSTANTLY. I generally do a roadtrip at least every other month. I’m heading to Detroit, Toronto, Montreal and upstate NY before heading to Boston in September. I’ll also be driving down to Texas and hitting New Orleans and Memphis, TN on the way home in November.
What do you like about doing Dr. Sketchy's?

I actually have yet to do a Dr. Sketchy's but have always wanted to! I have done a few life drawing classes but I have a feeling this is going to be my favorite ;)


What do you have coming up?

Well, besides Dr. Sketchy’s on Sep 9th (which I’m super excited about!) I’ll be doing runway at the Montreal Fetish Weekend for Vengeance Designs on Aug 31, and I’ll also be doing a group act at Montreal Fet Weekend on Sep 1st and performing with Julie Simone on Sep 2nd. I’ll also be performing with Hot and Heavy Burlesque in Chicago for the Queen Show September 29th (Venue TBA). No t confirmed yet but I may be performing in Dallas in November as well!

How can people find you?

My fanpage is and for anyone who wants to book me for Burlesque, DJing or for a photoshoot in any city they can contact me at

 Stay tuned for the Facebook event to go live - see you at Great Scott!