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A Dyke About Town: Music and matrimony
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A Dyke About Town: Music and matrimony

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Storm versus Liberty
Mercy thought she might have her dyke credentials reclaimed, since she hardly ever went to a Storm game before she met her girlfriend. Cuteness negotiated that for every dance class she goes to with Mercy, Mercy goes bird watching, to an art museum, or to a Storm game with Cuteness. Mercy has started to enjoy the games. Cuteness' daughter, Equality, joined them for the Liberty game and pointed out there is no rule against shouting.

Cuteness and Equality are fans of Anne Donovan, who used to coach the Storm and now has that role with the Liberty. They were particularly impressed with the fact that Donovan went to speak to Equality's girl scout troop years ago. Mercy liked watching Donovan's lanky confidence, too.

The Storm's 70-69 victory ended a run of them going into overtime and losing, so the win was particularly exciting. In the course of the game, Mercy and Equality discovered that they like different kinds of French fries. Now, Mercy gets all the crisp ones and Equality gets all the soft ones.

Masters of Tap and Lindy Hop
Mercy and Cuteness were impressed that Hallie Kuperman, owner of the Century Ballroom, has been named a Hometown Hero. The work she put into organizing the Masters of Tap and Lindy Hop show is a good example of why she deserves that.

Mercy and Cuteness delighted in the music of the Douglas Solomon Swingtet and were blown away by the talent and showpersonship the masters demonstrated. Chester Whitmore did the duties of MC smoothly and warmed us up tapping to "Rock Me Mama." Cat Tree, a younger tap dancer, did a nice routine to "Sweet Georgia Brown." Jeni Legon and Barbara Billups shook their way through a Charleston that made Mercy drop her jaw. Skip Cunningham gave us a fresh take on "I Could Have Danced All Night." His tapping was confident and right on.

Dawn Hampton had even the band in tears with "Mary Crazy Mary." All the tappers competed with each other to "Great Big Life." Norma Miller had everyone laughing with "A Nun's Life" and touched the crowd with a song she had written as a memorial to Frankie Manning, to whom the show was dedicated.

Ahmad Jamal
Mercy and Cuteness were in awe of the giant jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal. The legend took the stage at Jazz Alley with exquisite fingers and a lot of depth. Jamal's combo of Manolo Badrena on percussion, James Cammack on bass and Kenny Washington on drums was tight. The audience could see the respect Jamal had for his players. They opened with a lush song, "Somewhere Along the Nile," from their new CD, It's Magic. Indeed it is.

Jamal played "The Sunny Side of the Street" and "Not for Me" in a way that satisfied Mercy. She liked the way Jamal takes the long way home. "Wild is the Wind" and "Sing" were also high points. Jamal teased the keys playfully in "There Will Never Be Another You," and then attacked them in "It's Magic." Jamal's range and confident, satisfied smile made Mercy and Cuteness clap their hands off.

Wedding
Mercy and Cuteness' wedding was quite a delight. Cuteness put an insane numbers of hours into the fine decorations. Mercy found a bargain on a white tux coat. The combination of friends and family from both sides was fun. Some of Cuteness' longtime buddies say they want do-overs on their own vows after hearing those of Mercy and Cuteness. Mercy included letting Equality have her soft French fries from that day forward.

Equality, in her turn, offered a toast that everyone was amazed by. The music playlist was perfect, including the fact that the 13-year-olds took over the iPod and started doing karaoke. The air of celebration was intense.

Coming Up
Mercy wants you to know about a night of women and music at the Laughing Ladies Café, Friday August 21: Sirens' Wild Ride, featuring Athena Reich (from New York City!), Eva Moon and Paula Maya.

Five-time Grammy winning Dr. John is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. He is playing at Jazz Alley (www.jazzalley.com).

Also at Jazz Alley is Terence Blanchard, also a Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer touring in support of his new release, Choices

Mercy and Cuteness are also looking forward to the RING cycle at Seattle Opera.

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