by Mika Belle
There were plenty of sweet treats at the Red Room on Jan. 20 during the burlesque-themed Pastries and Pasties Variety Show.
Several dozen people crowded lounge seating on the dance floor to view the cabaret, which featured striptease, singing, dancing and comedy. Performers included Christine Crumb, Lady Bomb Deluxe, Minerva Jayne and others.
The event was promoted by Let Them Eat Cake, a Boise organization that strives to promote a positive body image for every woman, regardless of how big, small, young or old she is. Miss Miranda Alane started the group after becoming frustrated when trying to break into pinup modeling a few years ago. [*Clarification: BW misunderstood Alane. In an email from her, she clarified: "... pin up modeling was the only genre that accepted me, it was when I tried to break into other genres outside of pin up modeling that I was rejected, being called too short and too fat. Pin up modeling has always embraced me ..." We regret the error.]
Event organizers requested donations-only at the door, to help the organization's outreach efforts. The evening also included wine tasting by Totally Random Wines, a raffle, a pastry booth and a merchandise table with various hats, shirts and art for the fundraiser.
"I've never been to a burlesque before; a friend talked me into coming," said Catherine Pellizzari of Boise.
"I like it. They seem to have so much confidence and really enjoy what they're doing."
You can view a slideshow of the event here.