Show Me Your Pasties

With spangles and sequins galore, "The Velvet Hammer" recalled the old days of burlesque, where luscious ladies told stories as they disrobed, and seduced with every shake of a finger or an ass. An interview in the program with burlesque queen Liz Renay demonstrated the producers' knowledge of and reverence for the historical roots of this lost art form. With porn mags and peep shows sometimes reminding me of an up close and personal gynecological exam, the sexiness of not showing it all—the allure of leaving something to the imagination—is refreshing. "The Velvet Hammer" brought back the striptease of the old days, where a wink and a wiggle was all it took to bring an audience to its knees. I certainly got down on mine by the end of the night.

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