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I went back to Baltimore earlier this month so I could check out the latest session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at The Windup Space. Once I arrived at the Station North Arts District, I still had some time to kill so I decided to play around with my Canon camera (which I purchased used off of eBay for only half the price of the same brand-new camera in a store). These days the days are shorter while the nights are longer, which means that the sun starts to set around 5 p.m. or so. I decided to put my camera on the low-light setting and I took a few night photos of the area near The Windup Space.

I eventually went inside The Windup Space where I continued to take pictures inside the place using the same low light settings on my camera. This is also the section of my post where some of the images are definitely NSFW. The next photo shows the stage where the model poses while we all draw.

Here’s a photo of my drink, which I only shot because I liked that line drawing of the ram that was on my drinking glass.

Here is a photo of some of the really cool looking beer taps at the bar. (And, yes, they are really functioning beer taps.)

I took a few photos of the current exhibit that’s on display at The Windup Space (as of this writing). Many of the photos on display are definitely NSFW.

This box is another indication that Christmas is coming next month. (No, I didn’t take up the offer of snagging myself a free Xmas hat. I already have an old Santa Claus hat with Mickey Mouse ears that I purchased at a Disney Store years ago and that’s good enough for me.)

Here is some graffiti I found inside of one of the stalls in the women’s restroom.

The last two photos are two different promotional flyers advertising the latest Dr. Sketchy’s event.

The rest of this post features only my drawings because there’s generally a ban on photographing the model. The model for this Dr. Sketchy’s session was a burlesque performer named Ruby Spruce and some of these drawings are definitely NSFW.

At one point Ruby Spruce did this performance that totally flipped me out for reasons that had nothing to do with Ruby or Dr. Sketchy’s or even Baltimore. Two weeks earlier I ran into a friend at my church’s annual Halloween/Samhain service (which also included a Trunk or Treat event and a party) who was dressed in this costume as Carol Burnett doing her Gone With the Wind parody. I recognized the reference because my family used to watch Carol Burnett’s TV show when I was growing up. (If you want to see Carol Burnett in that costume, you can watch a poor quality video of a short excerpt from that comedy sketch right here and/or you can watch a better quality video of Carol Burnett reflecting on that comedy sketch.) Very few people in my congregation recognized that reference. I think it’s because my congregation is a mix of older people who rarely watched television—even when they were younger in the 1970s (which was The Carol Burnett Show‘s heyday) they didn’t watch TV very much—and people who were either too young to remember that show or weren’t even born then.

So here I was at Dr. Sketchy’s and Ruby Spruce decided to do her burlesque performance midway through that evening and she appeared in that same curtain rod dress that my friend wore two weeks earlier while the theme song from The Carol Burnett Show was playing while she gradually stripped down to pasties and g-string. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to photograph the model so I couldn’t show my friend any pictures of Ruby wearing that same costume she wore at church.

Instead, I’ll just post the photo of my friend wearing that curtain rod costume at church two weeks before Dr. Sketchy’s chatting with another church member.

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After Ruby’s performance, I drew her with that hoop structure she wore underneath her curtain rod costume.

The one contest I took part in that evening was about the then-upcoming Black Friday. The owner of The Windup Space, Russell, was working behind the bar that night so the emcees had this idea of somehow incorporating Russell and Ruby Spruce with a Black Friday sale. I came up with the idea of Russell grabbing Ruby and taking her away from the store before Donald Trump could. I had an orange-skinned Donald Trump shake his tiny hands and yelling “You Son of a Bitch! I had first dibs on her! I’m the President! COME BACK!” Then I had Russell say “President Trump still has Melania and Ivanka. He doesn’t need Ruby as well.” I’ll admit that this drawing was the culmination of my pent-up frustration with Trump and his crazy antics both in the White House and on Twitter. (Of course I also derived inspiration from The Daily Show‘s classic two-part series Don’t Forget: Donald Trump Wants to Bang His Daughter and Again, Don’t Forget: Donald Trump Wants to Bang His Daughter.)

My drawing made it among the finalists but I didn’t win. After that contest, I did one more drawing of Ruby Spruce before the event ended for the evening.

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I basically spent the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania by attending another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School in Baltimore.

I arrived a little bit early so I could walk around the Station North Arts District taking pictures with my recently acquired Canon PowerShot ELPH 190IS camera. Thanks to that camera I was finally able to shoot something that I had long wanted to shoot.

RE Harrington & Sons is a repair company that does plumbing, heating, and other utilities. The one thing I noticed about their building is that it has miniature replicas of the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell on the rooftop. In the past I tried taking pictures with my Droid Ultra but I had never been able to get a decent shot mainly because the two items are so far away and the smartphone camera gets increasingly grainy the more I use the closeup. I used the Canon camera and the results have been terrific, as you can see below.

I took some more photos around the area while focusing on things that I hadn’t photographed on previous trips.

There was one place I had photographed before but I took a new picture. It’s a building at the corner of Charles Street and West North Avenue. When I first started taking pictures of that building, it was one of those long-abandoned buildings. But someone painted this really cool mural on the building which I always personally liked. Here is the building I photographed in 2015.

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Here is the same building I photographed in 2016, when it was being demolished (along with that nice mural).

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A new building was built in its place and it is now opened as the Parkway Theatre.

According to its website, The Parkway Theatre is a part of the annual Maryland Film Festival except that it shows movies all year long. It’s similar in nature to the AFI movie theater in Silver Spring in that it shows the kind of movies that one wouldn’t necessarily find at a typical suburban multiplex.

I took a few more photos of some colorful attractions in the Station North Arts District.

The next two photos show the “No Shoot Zone” graffiti that has become prominent all over the city. This graffiti project is the brainchild of rapper Tyree Colion and it’s his protest over Baltimore’s appallingly high homicide rate.

The last photo shows the ad for the latest Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at The Wind-Up Space.

Most of the drawings posted from this point forward are definitely NSFW. Burlesque performer Ruby Rockafella was the model for this session. I’ve previously drawn her in 2013 and 2015 but what’s different is that she is currently seven months pregnant. (She said that her baby is due in November.)

I have to admit that drawing a pregnant woman was more of a challenge than I expected mainly because I was trying to draw a convincing baby bump. I found that to be harder than I thought because if I drew it too perfectly round it looked like she was carrying a beach ball inside of her yet if I drew it too loosely it looked like she was simply fat and not carrying anything other than fat. Well, anyway, here are my attempts at drawing a pregnant woman.

I took part in two of the contests that were held that evening. One was where we had to somehow incorporate a gift for Ruby and her unborn child. I began to think about the increasingly screwed up country that kid was going to be born into and I began to imagine a post-Trump era for the baby. I incorporated Donald Trump in a straightjacket with his legs in leg irons attached to a ball and chain. For added measure I placed duct tape over his mouth with an “Ex-President” sign hanging around his neck, made his skin orange, and added that red ball cap that has his “Make America Great Again” catchphrase. Yeah, I know it’s wishful thinking but given all the crazy drama that has happened over the past seven months along with those persistent accusations of Russia somehow having a hand in getting him elected, the possibility of him being removed from office gets more plausible with each passing day. My drawing made it among the finalists but it didn’t win.

I took part in the other contest when we had to guess what Ruby’s baby will be when it grows up. We were told that Ruby currently doesn’t know her baby’s sex so we were free to draw whatever we want. I envisioned her having a daughter who would be the polar opposite of her. (I was thinking about the relationship of freewheeling self-indulgent New Age hippie mother Edina and her more conservative daughter Saffy from Absolutely Fabulous.) I had the daughter wear a full Victorian dress with her hair tied up in a tight bun while acting very repressed. This drawing made it among the finalists but it didn’t win.

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There’s a one-time movie theater known as The Centre, which is located just a few doors down from The Wind-Up Space whose art deco architecture is eye-catching. Recently that old theater has been renovated into an arts center. The Center really looks nice when it’s lit up at night.

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I walked into The Wind-Up Space where I noticed that, even though the Christmas holiday season ended a few days ago, that place still had a Christmas tree up. I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of that tree because it’s mostly loaded with Krampus ornaments (with the exception of a VHS version of Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory that was hung on the tree).

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The model for this event was a burlesque performer named KiKi Allure and some of the drawings I did in this post are definitely NSFW.

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I took part in two of the contests that were held that evening. One of them was where we had to come up with some graffiti. I couldn’t resist invoking that infamous recording of Donald Trump where he bragged about how he grabs women by the pussy. (And that’s not to mention that he was still elected President of the United States despite all that.) By the way that phone number I wrote is real—it’s for the White House switchboard. That drawing was among the finalists but I didn’t win.

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The other contest I took part in was where we had to somehow incorporate both Elvis Presley and David Bowie because their birthdays are in January. (Of course this month is the one-year anniversary of David Bowie’s death and it was also the same day that I went to another Baltimore Dr. Sketchy’s event.) I decided to have the two men do a dance-off in a battle for KiKi Allure. I modeled Elvis after his role in the film Jailhouse Rock while I modeled Bowie after his androgynous glamour rock phase back in the early 1970’s. This drawing also made the finals but I didn’t win.

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I did one last drawing of KiKi Allure before the event ended and I headed home.

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One day I was feeling a bit antsy about things so I decided to just go to one of the many local parks in my area and just chill. I decided to head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park just a couple of hours before it closed for the day.

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American history buffs would know that this peaceful park was once the site of the Battle of Bladensburg, which was one of the big battles of the War of 1812. There are plenty of reminders of that incident throughout the park.

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As for me I was more interested in the nature, which included lots of fall foliage as it reflected off the Anacostia River.

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There’s an interesting mushroom graffiti that someone drew along the bridge that formed the outer perimeter of the park.

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A walkathon was schedule in the park for the following day where the proceeds would benefit groups that were fighting hunger and homelessness. The walking path was full of chalk writings that mentioned some distressing facts about being poor in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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At one point I hiked outside the park where I walked past the historic yet controversial Peace Cross.

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Here’s the start of the evening rush hour traffic along Route 450 outside the gates of Bladenburg Waterfront Park.

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Here’s the memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. There are a few benches available for quiet mediation and reflection as the cars go whizzing past by on Route 450.

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I managed to get back inside the park so I could retrieve my car just before the park closed for the day. I saw a group of rowers packing up their long rowboats.

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The fading sunlight provides a nice glow to these feathery plants.

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I’ll end this post with a couple of sunset photos.

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Yesterday I decided to check out a new hotel that has Donald Trump’s name on it the day before Election Day. I’ll admit that I was curious as to what it looked like. I’ve been to the Trump Tower building in New York City and I remember it was incredibly over the top. The lobby had this large waterfall that was cascading down a tall wall of pink marble. Plus there were these huge chandeliers and gold fixtures. I’ve always thought that it was tacky.

The new hotel is located in the historic Old Post Office Building. I used to go there a lot back in the day when the historic building was originally converted to a shopping mall and food court known as the Old Post Office Pavilion. I would go there a few times a year. I remember the stores were a bit pricey but I could usually find something affordable to eat in the food court. I remember there was a stand that had nothing but wind-up toys and there were always kids trying out those toys. I also remember a store that sold Russian matryoshka nesting dolls. Plus there were clothing stores selling expensive upscale clothes. Most of all I remember the lovely architecture and it was such a treat to take it all in while sipping a soda in the food court.

The Old Post Office Building had a tower, which was run by the National Park Service, that you could go up to the top in an elevator. I took the elevator up to the top once and I was treated to a lovely bird’s eye view of Washington, DC. Many guidebooks mention that this tower is one that tourists frequently overlook because they tend to crowd into the more popular Washington Monument in order to see the city from up high.

I remember I last went inside that building in 2001. The only reason why I remember the year is because the following year I had gone to the annual Sakura Matsuri street festival that was held outside the Old Post Office Building. It was a few months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I wanted to get something to drink but all of the food stands were crowded. I initially decided to go to the food court in the Old Post Office Building only to encounter this newly-erected airport-style security system where you not only had to go through metal detectors but also have to put your bags through a conveyor belt that went through an x-ray machine. I found it totally off-putting to say the least. I just wasn’t into putting up with this much security just so I could go into what had been a glorified shopping mall and getting a soda. I ended up going to the nearby CVS and buying a bottle of soda there instead.

I wasn’t the only one who never returned to the Old Post Office again. The shopping mall eventually failed and all the stores closed. The GSA decided to turn the Old Post Office into a luxury hotel and they awarded the contract to Donald Trump, a decision that has created controversy. I remember these pictures I took at the Justice For All March back in December, 2014.

Justice For All March in Washington, DC

Justice For All March in Washington, DC

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Justice For All March in Washington, DC

A brief moment after I took that last photo, this guy jumped in front of me (and next to the Anonymous guy) wanting his picture taken. So I obliged him.

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Then his friend also jumped in and I took a picture of both of them as well.

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After I took that last picture, they were noticing that they were getting attention from people along with the Anonymous man. I mentioned that they were underneath that giant Trump sign. They looked up and said “Donald Trump? Fuck him too!” I got a laugh out of that.

That march took place six months before Donald Trump formally announced his presidential campaign.

Lately I’ve been hearing that not too many people have chosen to book at that hotel since it opened. I’m not surprised. In the past year-and-a-half since he announced that he was running he has insulted nearly everyone except for white Christian heterosexual men with no disabilities who have never been POWs during wartime. If I had extra money and I was in the mood to treat myself to a weekend stay at a luxury hotel in downtown DC, I could choose to stay at the Trump International Hotel while overlooking the fact that Donald Trump has denigrated women like me as people whom he feels entitled to forcibly kiss while boasting that he has to “grab them by the pussy.” Or I could choose to stay at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, located just a few blocks away from the Trump International Hotel, whose building is not only just as historic as the Old Post Office but it’s notable for the fact that Julia Ward Howe wrote the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” while staying at the hotel in 1861 and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in his hotel room at the Willard just days before the 1963 March on Washington. On top of it, the people currently running the Willard haven’t been publicly saying outrageously offensive stuff and they have pretty much focused on running the hotel.

Well, DUH! The Willard InterContinental Hotel would get my business. I’m willing to bet that other people would choose the same.

I have a feeling that the new Trump International Hotel will eventually end up going the way of the Trump Taj Mahal, the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, the Trump Plaza, the Trump Castle, Trump Hollywood, Trump Ocean Resort Baja Mexico, Trump Tower Tampa, the Trump Shuttle airline, Trump Mortgage, Trump Vodka, Trump Steaks, and Trump University—bankrupt. Yesterday, the day before Election Day, I decided to check out the hotel and take a few pictures for posterity.

I took the Metro to Federal Triangle (the closest stop to the Trump International Hotel). I initially went out the exit that led to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, where I took these pictures.

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Next to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building, which houses the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Post Office. As you can guess, this building is named for ex-President Bill Clinton, who is also the husband of one of the candidates running against Donald Trump. It’s also pretty ironic that the building is named for Bill Clinton when you consider that it’s located next to…the Trump International Hotel

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A statue of Benjamin Franklin still stands outside the Old Post Office Building. (Among his many accomplishments, he was the first Postmaster General.) Although I seriously doubt that he would’ve wanted his statue to have any kind of connection with Donald Trump no matter how slight or tenuous.

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I noticed that there’s a Starbucks at this new hotel, which is ironic because I remember when Trump called for a boycott against Starbucks last year over that idiotic hoopla that broke out over the design of Starbucks’ coffee cup for the winter holidays.

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I had thought about going up the clock tower again just for old times’ sake. I was looking forward to taking pictures of the amazing vistas of the city with my smartphone. But I discovered that, unlike the old days when you can enter the Old Post Office Building then go to the tower from the inside, the clock tower can now only be accessed from a door in the back. Worse, that entrance is currently closed, which is a bummer. I have no idea if it’s a temporary thing and it will be reopened in the future or if the clock tower is no longer opened to the general public.

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The only consolation is that I peeked through the windows and saw this amazing marble floor.

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In the old days one could enter the Old Post Office Building using any of the doors in the front, back, and sides. After the 9/11 attacks people were allowed to enter only from the back where they had to stand in line and put up with the airport-style security. Even though the Trump name is over all of the entrances, there is only one way to enter that building and it’s definitely not through any of the side entrances.

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I thought that the front entrance would be the way to get inside the hotel but no. There are signs with a map posted of the fact that one can only enter this hotel using the 11th Street entrance on the side.

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Next to the front entrance is a side door leading to something called the Trump Townhouse. I rolled my eyes at that sign thinking, “God, there are no limits to that man’s ego!”

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I finally made my way to the 11th Street entrance.

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I’ll admit that I was bracing myself for something totally gaudy and tacky a la the Trump Tower in New York City. But when I went in I was pleasantly surprised. The lobby of the hotel was tastefully decorated.

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Most of the couches and chairs are royal blue and all of them are very elegant looking.

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The skylight provides a lot of natural light during the daytime.

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The carpeting is nice looking and it is incredibly comfortable to walk on.

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The food carts are made from wood.

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This hotel has the tallest bar I’ve ever seen complete with rows of shelves full of various bottles of alcohol and four large screens that are each tuned to a different channel.

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I had to use the bathroom and I saw that even the bathroom is tastefully elegant.

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I saw only one store during my time there. It is called Brioni and it specializes in men’s suits.

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Everything about this building had an air of being very tastefully elegant, which is a welcome contrast to the more overblown Trump Tower in New York City.

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This next picture shows the skylight with a view of the now-closed clock tower.

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I have to admit that this hotel is quite lovely. Yes, it’s obvious that it’s a luxury hotel but the interior design is understated yet elegant. I later read that Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, was the one who worked most closely with the DC hotel and she was in charge of the hotel’s design. It’s pretty obvious that she doesn’t share her father’s garish tastes in making everything gold (such as his penthouse at the Trump Tower in New York City).

If it weren’t for the now-poisonous Trump name, I’m sure people with deep pockets would be staying there because it is a nice looking hotel. But, thanks to The Donald’s antics, that hotel has been the target of protests and vandalism. At one point an employee asked me if there was anything he could help me with. I mentioned that I was just checking out the hotel because I used to go to the Old Post Office Building back when it still had the shopping mall there. The employee smiled and said, “Oh, yeah. That’s where they had the food court.” He let me go on my merry way. Even though he was probably expected to offer help to anyone in the hotel, I have a feeling that he was also probably told to be on the lookout for any protesters or vandals who are trying to attack the hotel from the inside while offering help to people.

I brought along my Talking Donald Trump Action Figure (which I gave to my then-husband as a gag gift a few years earlier sometime during either the first or second seasons of The Apprentice and it was among the many items he left behind when he left me) and posed him next to one of the Trump International Hotel signs.

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Near the hotel is this little piece of sidewalk graffiti courtesy of Anonymous.

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After my jaunt around the Trump International Hotel, I walked around a bit. I ended up at Ford’s Theatre, which is a centuries-old theater that’s still thriving despite its historical notoriety. The next photo shows its modern-day facade.

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Next to the modern building is the older building. That’s the same building where Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary, decided to check out a local production at Ford’s Theatre when John Wilkes Booth assassinated the president in front of his wife.

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There is a museum inside the old section but I would’ve had to purchase a ticket and I’m still dealing with money crunch issues so I really didn’t feel that I could splurge on something like this. I managed to visit the gift shop, which is loaded with all kinds of Lincoln books and other souvenir items.

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After John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln, Booth managed to escape by jumping from the balcony where the Lincolns sat directly to the stage in the middle of a performance. Booth broke his leg but he managed to hobble off the stage and escape. Meanwhile people brought Lincoln’s dying body over to a townhouse located across the street from the theater. Lincoln died in that house soon afterwards. Today that townhouse, known as the House Where Lincoln Died, is also a tourist attraction. I didn’t go in because it also required a ticket that one had to get at Ford’s Theatre.

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This particular area of DC has long taken a notoriously tragic event like the Lincoln assassination and used it as a tourist attraction while local businesses have also tried to hype that notoriety as well, such as this building featuring Honest Abe’s Souvenirs and the Lincoln House Restaurant. Yeah, I know it’s tacky to use a sad event to attract tourists but it could’ve been worse. I’ve been to Salem, Massachusetts—site of the notorious Salem Witch Trials—and there are literally witch motifs everywhere from the sides of police cars to the Salem Witch Museum (with its tag line “Stop by for a spell”) to local stores carrying various witch products to even seeing a witch on the logo of the YMCA.

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I found this campaign sign where someone named Russell Hirshon is running for President of the United States. I’ve never heard of the guy, although I have to admit that I like his “Make America Sane Again” slogan.

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I took this picture of some people setting up one of the windows at the H&M store.

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This shared entrance to the Forever 21 store and the Metro Center station has this really interesting colored trim that I liked.

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A few weeks ago I checked out this event that is being co-sponsored by ReCreative Spaces (along with other local organizations) known as Art in the Park(ing Lot). The event kicked off on August 7 with a painting party where a variety of artists spray-painted the now-boarded up Brentwood Village Shopping Center (located along Route 1 in the Northeastern section of Washington, DC). I took some photos of the party itself.

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Painting Party, August 7, 2016

I returned to the site a few days later so I could photograph the completed art site.

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Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Adventure Dental & Vision is the one business that’s still opened in that shopping center but not for much longer. One of its signs mentioned that this business will be relocating in a different shopping center by the end of this month.

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

Art in the Park(ing Lot) Murals

The art will remain up until October, when the shopping center is scheduled to be demolished. There will be a variety of events that will take place in that area between now and October. For up-to-date events schedule, check out this page on ReCreative Sites’ website.

I saw this graffiti on a telephone pole while I was walking around in my neighborhood one day.

Interesting Graffiti

Ramadan

Before I headed over to The Wind-Up Space where I attended another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, I took advantage of the increasingly longer days to walk around the Station North Arts District. I haven’t been to that area in a few months (mainly because I got involved with a book discussion group that met on Mondays) so I’m noticing the changes that the area has undergone. There are all kinds of new businesses and art murals popping up in that area, which is pretty cool. It’s quite a contrast to when I attended my first Dr. Sketchy’s event way back in 2011 and the area was still pretty marginal and run-down at the time.

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There are also tributes to Freddie Gray, whose senseless murder at the hands of the Baltimore police and the riots that followed that incident has just passed its first anniversary.

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There is also this really cool mural that no longer exists because the building it was painted on was torn down. Here is what the mural once looked like when I took these pictures on previous visits.

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Here is what the building site looked like on May 9, 2016.

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There is also a Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center, which, judging from the signs in the windows, are definitely involved with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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It’s located directly over what looks like a sex shop known as Pervfect Playground Boutique. (Both places were closed when I was there.)

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The last time I was in the area was during my ill-fated attempt to catch up with a Bernie Sanders march that was happening in Baltimore. I checked out the BAMF Cafe, which had opened last year, but I didn’t order anything at the time because I was short on money and I had brought my own lunch (which I ended up eating in Penn Station). I did plenty of gawking at the geek-themed decor. On this trip I not only returned to the BAMF Cafe but I actually ordered a sandwich and iced tea (both of which were pretty tasty) and I took advantage of its free wi-fi. I also took a few more pictures of items that I somehow missed on my last visit.

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After dinner I headed over to The Wind-Up Space where I switched to my pencils. The model for this Dr. Sketchy’s session was a burlesque performer known as Tempete La Coeur. At this point is where the NSFW drawings begin.

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I took part in two contests that were held that evening. One contest was based on the fact that May 9 was the birthday of J.M. Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan so we had to somehow incorporate Peter Pan into our drawings. I made this effort where I portrayed Tempete La Coeur as Tinker Bell but it didn’t make it among the finalists.

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The next contest was one whose theme the organizers were stumped on and they asked the audience for suggestions. One guy called for justice. I decided on something even better. Lately I’ve been reading the newer issues of the Howard the Duck comic book series and I’ve been doing the Throwback Thursday series devoted to the original 1970’s comic book series. So I called out “Howard the Duck” and they decided to do a combination where people could incorporate justice or Howard the Duck or both. For added measure, they even played the theme song from that notorious bomb 1980’s Howard the Duck movie. I made this effort but it didn’t make it among the finalists.

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I drew one last picture before I headed home for the evening.

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