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Lappy Hour

First Thursday of every month
@ Eastland Café 97 Chapel Ave. (map)
Nashville Five Points/ Shelby Bottoms
The great ideas are the simple ones: an Internet search engine, a pop music reality show, an all-sports cable channel, and now, a happy hour where you can bring your dog. On the first Thursday of every month, Eastland Café hosts “Lappy Hour,” an ingenuous event where you can enjoy $5 cocktails and appetizers while your mutt ambles about and fetches you a companion. For your dog, there’s plenty of water and gourmet treats, which you can dole out if your little Rover proves to be a better come-on than any of your tired one-liners. Now you don’t have to feel guilty downing shots while your canine bangs up against her crate. Instead, the mutt can witness you make a fool of yourself—while it may undo years of obedience training, what kind of best friend has never seen you buzzed?

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

Third Sunday of every month, 6-9 p.m.
@ The 5 Spot 1006 Forrest Ave. (map)
Nashville Five Points/ Shelby Bottoms
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Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School
On the third Sunday of every month, folks gather at East Nashville’s The 5 Spot and with dry media (no paint, please) sketch images of beautiful young women donning equally eye-catching costumes. The models — both hot and not so much — include a panoply of pop tarts. You’ll see roller derby girls, burlesque babes, body builders, drag performers, magician’s assistants, contortionists and ballerinas. (What, no beauty pageant contestants?) Founded in Brooklyn in 2005 by the comely Molly Crabapple — who on her website notes, “I draw saucy Victoriana for magazines” — Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School now offers branches in approximately 58 U.S. cities and in various international locales. A few interesting tidbits: Dr. Sketchy’s pays its models; the lovely lasses are often scantily clad (but never nude); it’s best to bring your own sketchpad and drawing instruments. The D-Sketch motto is simple: “Dr. Sketchy’s is what happens when cabaret meets art school.” With that introduction completed, it’s time to sketch a tightrope temptress. $5 at the door; $10 to draw

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