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A Steamy Start to Your Date Night? How About Sketching Nude Models in Long Island City

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Whether or not you’re artistic, you've probably had the urge to explore your creative side. What better way to do it than with your person at an easy, breezy event open to all. At Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City, you can sketch a nude model, have a free drink, and sharpen your skills—however far along they might be—in a relaxed atmosphere. Arrive after 6:30 m. (drawing begins at 7p.m.) and participate in any of the shorter-timed renditions that help you draw without judgment. (Options include 25 minutes of 1-minute, 2-minute, and 5, 10, working up to 20-minute long poses.) You will create dozens of drawings, so make sure you bring enough supplies. Admission is $10 ($5 for LIC-A members) and includes free beer, wine, and popcorn.

After you’ve worked on your drawing skills, you'll likely have worked up an appetite. Head to Dominie’s Hoek, a neighborhood barroom in Long Island City named after a Dutch term, used back in the 1600s, to describe the hook of land east of Manhattan. Outside, the blue door and gold façade speak to Dutch heritage. Inside, from the skull and antlers hanging on the brick façade behind the bar to the sexy red walls and mood lighting, this bar is the epitome of casual cool. Grab brunch on the chill back patio if you want more of an airy, open ambiance, or sit inside for a cocktail or two and some small bites including your favorite bar foods (nachos, mozzarella sticks, tots, hot dogs, and wings). Happy hour is Monday to Friday from 4 to 8 m.—$5 for all beers, well drinks, and sangria.

Thursday Nights: Figure Drawing

The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Avenue, Queens

Dominie’s Hoek

The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Avenue, Queens

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