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The Continental Pasty at Paul Petro

Kitty Neptune is wearing nothing but sequined pasties. Opening night for "The Continental Pasty", a new exhibit at Paul Petro Multiples and Small Works, has reached its climax. Different coloured pasties with varying tassel lengths line the wall. Their maker, Sasha Von Bon Bon, beams while her burlesque partner gives a demonstration in the front window of the gallery.

Am I overdressed? Wearing a parka, hat, scarf and mittens, I ask Sasha, Eye Weekly sex columnist and local burlesque performer, about wearing sequins on your nipples. "I love Jethro Tull. All these pasties are seventies inspired", she says. Sasha started making pasties years ago for her work with The Scandelles, a burlesque performance group she founded with Kitty. However, you don't have to be a performer to enjoy retro nipple fashions. Each pair of pasties being exhibited is for sale.

That said, there are a few things you should know before you pick up a pair. Despite being conical on the inside, they're going to chafe - sometimes for weeks. Put a little cream on afterwards... not before, or they won't stay on. Sasha says, to keep'em on Ben Nye spirit gum - available at Malabar - is the best. The Continental Pasty will run at 962 Queens St. West until February the 15. You can also catch Sasha, Kitty and the rest of the Scandelles, performing at Lee's Palace on February 10.


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