"making the world smaller" since 1994-ish

Hey Folks,

Does it matter that it's going to be 7 years, on the 25th, when I was hospitalized for the stroke I was having?

It takes me so long to write. To get it... (See there!!! Have to erase and start again...) What's going on in my brain is super fast speed communications, and then when I want to get it to write it down, it gets fucked up. I hate it. And/but I'm learning. I hope.

I've got a lot going on in my life/brain, that I can't put down. I suppose that most people are like this, you've got a lot going on in your brain and you communicate a couple of things to your friends. I get that. And/but I find it so difficult for me.

I always say it takes me three times the time, to understand things, to be able to speak... It took me an hour and a half this morning hearing about the folks in Thailand and the caves that they were stuck in. It's 12 o'clock and I've got other shit to do, should I have learned about the folks in Thailand? Or should I have finished my letters to Berlin, to Montréal, text people, on and on and on... Or written this note? It's huge and it's nothing.

Here is the two things I learned about this weekend. THIS WEEKEND! And they are so important!

I used to run into Bob Diesel, like every two or three weeks. At a dance party, or I'd run into him in Central Square, I'd hear his housemusic on the radio and I'd call or text (my favorite dance music!). Random but regular. I haven't been running into him recently, and then, I saw him yesterday in JP for JP Porchfest and “LUV & UNITY” at Germania St. (Sam Adams Brewery). Typical Bob, "When's your next Dr. Sketchy's?" He asks me. I told him it's been on hold since December. "When did you lose your foot?" I asked him. "It was April..." WTF. I can't get everything out of my head to describe everything I want to tell you about Bob. But he's a dear person, such a positive vibe! Please, if you have any amount of anything... Please help!

The second thing is about ONCE. I had been hosting Dr. Sketchy's at ONCE for a year and a half, or so... (longer of course, at Great Scott...) I was there last night for Shepherdess + Screaming Females and heard a bunch of there news. That space is incredible. Downstairs and upstairs... It has hosted many of the things that I love... Music, drawing, flea markets... JJ Gonson and Sean O'Brien (and all the others) need your help. Go to the space until the end of July and spend time, money, energy... Because in August (possibly longer) they are going to take a break. A space, started by a woman, in Boston (anywhere, really), is an incredible mountain. Help them climb.

read about them
and Scout Magazine

signing out with love, hope and gratefulness!
XA Aliza

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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 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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