• Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School is a more awesome, much cheaper version of the life-drawing classes taught at, say, a junior college. The models are burlesque performers, and sessions are accompanied by music and booze. Artists bring their gear to render the women; others can drink and enjoy the party. Dr. Sketchy's Kansas City franchise operates out of the Loft at 1331 Union when the weather accommodates — there's no climate control, and the summer months are too withering for sexy poses. Before sessions begin again, you can see the best drawings from Dr. Sketchy's last season at Czar Bar (1531 Grand, 816-221-2244). From 6 to 11 p.m., Dr. Sketchy's Group Show Extravaganza
highlights the work of area creators. Pop trio Minstrel Periods perform, and the evening includes drawing sessions with burlesque and pinup models. The cover is $5.• There's something of Jeff Koons' crazy chrome, inflatable rabbit sculpture in Kansas City Art Institute graduate Reilly Hoffman's surprisingly delicate and shiny metalwork. Hoffman evokes lightness with steel in his sculptures of feathers and his gossamer fired-metal abstractions. The Slap and Tickle Gallery (504 East 18th Street, 816-716-5940) presents Omni Ferro Pyrogenesis
, an exhibition of his new work. Gallery owner Apryl McAnerney says, "Reilly did one of my first shows here. I like how organic the work is — there's a softness to these pieces made from heavy materials." The opening is from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, see letyourfreakflagfly.com
.• The paintings of Odessa, Missouri, resident Russell Shoemaker
are like phosphene retinal burns: sharp-edged, bright and hallucinatory. The abstract images sometimes come close to resolving into something representational but never quite become wholly recognizable. The Kansas City Art Institute graduate opens an exhibit of his latest high-contrast, vividly realized work at the Late Show Gallery (1600 Cherry, 816-474-1300), beginning at 6 p.m. The show runs through September.
Fri., Sept. 3, 2010