The models themselves are essentially regular people, models who work in various industries and volunteer their services for a good cause. For the most part, one model is featured each evening, a male on some nights, and a female on others. The models are free to augment their modeling with props or whatever artistic enhancements they choose; they assume their position in the middle of the club, which has been cleared to make way for a large modeling platform. Ever so often, they change positions so that artists can have a fresh perspective to work with. I noticed that typically, with every switch, an item (or items) of clothing is removed. But in general, it depends upon the model and how he (or she) wishes to present himself. The nudity is presented in a very tasteful fashion, with models taking on benign expressions as they switch from one various position to the next. It was actually quite refreshing to see a group of men flanking the models’ stage with camera, pencils, and paper instead of lewd grins and dollar bills.
The Event – What really helps to propel this event into what I like to call a “meditative” experience is the rotation of live DJs who have signed up to entertain and relax patrons as they dive into their artistic journeys. The DJs rotate and spin their own eclectic mixes of audible goodies. It is not entirely odd to float on a sumptuous mix of Metallica, followed up with some old-school hip-hop, blending meticulously into a jazz-laced remix of some obscure Top 40 hit from 1983. In essence, the musical atmosphere created by this solid rotation of DJs is also what helps artists submerge themselves in their own worlds. On several occasions, as I attempted to recreate on paper, the image of an attractive female model, I found myself engaging in some pretty energetic “chair dancing.” In fact, as I sipped my $6 RothschildChardonnay, I realized that for the better part of the evening, I had almost forgotten that there were other people in the room; the environment is just that relaxing. Non-artists need not feel left out during this event. The act of simply observing the happenings (which is what I did on my first visit) is engaging enough that those relegated to drawing stick-figures will still feel comfortable. Apache Café offers a full menu of delectables that extend well past most clubs’ typical fare of chicken fingers and fries. Peruse the menu, and you’ll find items such as tilapia with black bean relish, shrimp or tofu skewers, and a host of tasty coffees, martinis, and other treats. The next time you’re looking for something to do shake off your annoying case of the “Mondays”, it would behoove you to consider taking in dinner and a live art show.
Doors and Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Figure Drawing at 7:30 p.m.
Live Experimental Music Set at 9:45 p.m.
Cost: $5 for photographers and sketch artist.
This event is free and open to others before 8:30pm, $5 after, 18+
Visit www.apachecafe.info to learn more.
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