Monday, October 30, 2017

Escape Costume Party at Back Booth.

Angel Jones invited Pam Schwartz and I to the Escape Costume Party at Back Booth (37 West Pine Street, Orlando FL 32801). We arrived at 10:30 PM but that was early for this crowd. People slowly arrived as I sketched. Blue balloons glowed in a booth that was soon occupied. A Japanese porn film looped on the TV screen. The film repeated itself enough times, so that I could sketch a scene on the screen. There was another booth that was hidden by a curtain so the films in there must have been XXX rated.

The costumes ranged from sexy tight anime school girl outfits to a giant rabbit and glowing gas masked dancer in a hood. A Parisian in a stripped shirt hung out with a can-can girl. On stage a performer spun a hula hoop to the beat of the music. The hoop has a rainbow of colored diodes inside creating a constant streak of vibrant color.

On stage there was a game show where a contestant was surrounded on three sides by a cardboard wall resembling a bathroom stall with holes cut in it. Two people would insert hot dogs in the hole and the contestant who could devour the most hot dogs from the glory holes would win. The problem was that the people putting hot dogs in the holes couldn't keep up. The packaging would slow them down so they became an impediment to any truly talented glory hole expert. Another game involved eating food off another person while blind folded.

There was a screening of a home made film starring Angel as one of the characters. The lip sync was purposefully off, giving the film a comic twist. Overall this was a fun night. It is amazing what goes on behind closed doors in some clubs downtown. These Escape Parties by Mike Stone Promotions, happen once a month and have a different theme each time. They are definitely great sketch opportunities.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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