The Story of Boozer Doodle, Part 2

February 5, 2010  |  Classes, Events, Figure Drawing, Joe's Work, Musings

April 3rd, 2007- The first ever Boozer Doodle!


(Continued from previous post- click on “Events” to the right and scroll down to find Part One)… I called my friend Ashley Zeltzer, who had been doing promotional material for the Dames Aflame burlesque group. Ashley is crazy talented,

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and had been creating the graphics and photography for the groups shows which were held at the Laughing Skull Lounge, in the back of the Vortex restaurant in Midtown atlanta. She was into it immediately, and introduced me to the owners Michael and Kristen Benoit.

Talented artists themselves, they also liked to the idea and wanted to use the event to draw more attention to the Dames Aflame show, which was already the best burlesque show in town. To that end, they arranged a meeting with performer Mike Geier and his wife Shannon, who manages the  Dames.

We batted around some ideas and finally Mike decreed that the event be named something like “Zeltzer Fantastico’s Shots and Hotties Boozer Doodle and Tater Tot Bonanza, Featuring the Legendary Dames Aflame in the Laughing Skull Lounge”, which would include the delicious free tater tots we would serve at the event, as well as the  smokin’ hot Dames. Paring it down to the bare essentials (drankin’ and drawin’), it became known simply as “Boozer Doodle”:

Ashley created the poster and went about the hard work of organizing the event. I already had a lot on my plate- organizing a weekly figure drawing class and working with ASIFA Atlanta, a local animation group, as well as working my (then) full time job at Turner Studios as a Senior Animation Director, so Ashley agreed to take on the heavy lifting for this event. My participation would be to help promote it and make sure plenty of people showed up, and working with the performers to let them know what the artists would need from them.

Here’s the sold-out first show. Our first performer/model was one of the Dames best- Luna Luxx!!

She did a great opening performance as Marie Antoinette, preparing a disastrous recipe with delicious results. There I am on the front row! The folks at the Laughing Skull Lounge do everything full-on, and this event had it all: from a full stage show to free tater tots and plenty of prizes for the artists, including art supplies and shots!

Above is Kat Hagan, winning the first drawing contest.

One of my favorite contests is the “Round Robin”, where four artists collaborate on a drawing. Every five minutes you move over one seat to the next artists drawing and take over, so you end up working on four different pieces. It’s a great way to loosen up and enjoy the other artists approach. Then, you can win a shot!! Above are winners Steve Sweney, Joyce and John Ryan (not sure who that is next to John?). Ashley and Luna help celebrate! For the rest of the pictures, check out the Vortex’s flickr site.


Future Boozer Doodle host Lucky Yates trying his hand. Lucky is one of the many talented and cool people I’ve gotten to know through these events. I’m constantly amazed and inspired by the way this whole thing has unfolded.

But- it hasn’t all been so pretty…

Next post: SCANDAL!




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