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Seattle Storm, Choices, and OutDancing at Century Ballroom
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Seattle Storm, Choices, and OutDancing at Century Ballroom

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Storm vs. Dream
Mercy joined Cuteness for the Storm game with the Atlanta Dream. Equality was sitting with her other mother, so Mercy and Cuteness got to sit together. Cuteness said she thought the Dream was an odd name for a basketball team. Mercy asked whether the Storm was any better. Cuteness texted with Equality about the fact that one of their favorite ex-Storm members, the Brazilian Iziane Castro Marques, was playing for the Dream. Izzy was presented with flowers and honored for being part of the Storm's all decade team. The applause brought her to tears. She loves the Storm fans. They love her, too.

The two teams were well matched, so the action went back and forth quickly. The Storm missed Lauren Jackson, who was out with two back stress injuries, a lot. The team showed fortitude in LJ's absence. Cuteness pointed out that the team lost a lot of points to fouls, including one technical one on the coach. Sue Bird made baskets that took them into overtime twice. The Seattle team dominated the second overtime and won a thrilling 91-84 victory.

Tanisha Wright was named the most valuable player of the game. Cuteness felt it should have been Sue Bird, who scored only one point less than Wright, because without her plays to get them into overtime, the Storm would have lost the game. Mercy is finding herself addicted to the game.

During the course of the game, the TV cameras showed Sheryl Swopes, who had played for the Storm in the past. She received a long standing ovation. Swopes has been on the gold medal Olympic team and in the WNBA championships many times. The Storm waived her last spring, supposedly because of a back injury. Cuteness felt the issue might have been the fact that Swopes had come out as a Lesbian. Swopes is a spokeswoman for Olivia Cruises.

Terence Blanchard
Mercy and Cuteness were awed by Terence Blanchard's performance at Jazz Alley. The sextet is celebrating their new CD, Choices. They started the show with the trio of Fabian Almazan on piano, Derrick Hodge on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. Their first number, "New Note," included spoken word by Cornel West that impressed Mercy a lot: "The age of Obama/In the face of greed, what do we want?/We got to talk about fairness/In the face of indifference, what do we want?/We got to talk about compassion/In the face of fear, what do we want?/We got to talk about hope/The age of Obama begins on a new note."

Derrick Hodge, by the way, worked with Blanchard on composing the score for the film When the Levees Broke. Fabian Almazan is an amazingly skilled Cuban pianist and composer and is only 25 years old.

When they expanded to the sextet, Walter Smith III's saxophone was hot. The guitar work of Lionel Loueke sparkled. Terence Blanchard's trumpet was assured. His face expressed how seriously he takes the composers and musicians he works with. He explained the title of the CD was inspired by something Herbie Hancock said about there being no bad choices.

They continued with "D's Choice" which also included Cornel West's poetry: "All imitation is suicide/All of us emulate/But those who love us/Like Monk loved Coltrane/Don't have to imitate." The next song, a Kendrick Scott composition "Touched by an Angel," was aptly titled. Walter Scott composed the next piece, "Him or Me." The group continued with the title track, which knocked Mercy out.

Blanchard explained the last piece they were going to play was inspired by the New Orleans tradition of celebrating the passage to a new existence, when a person dies. Derrick Hodge had written the piece but gave Blanchard the compliment of letting him name it. Blanchard said he did a lot of research in the process, but wound up stealing something he had seen his young daughter had written on a sheaf of papers, "Created Inside the World of Imagination." (He says, "Yes, I know, DNA testing is in process. I sure wasn't thinking anything like that when I was that age.") He just added the words, "New World," at the beginning of the title. Cuteness said, "That song is my Wagner. It has passion and complexity that draws you in."

Mercy was impressed with the range of the sextet from tender to intense. They worked well together. Cuteness likes how Blanchard is maturing so well.

Wicked Ticket Lottery
Cuteness wants you to know about a day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats that will be held daily for Wicked, which will be performed from September 2 through October 4 at the Paramount Theatre.

Each day, two and one-half hours prior to show time, people who present themselves at the Paramount Theatre box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum and 30 minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person.

Century Ballroom
Mercy and Cuteness checked out OutDancing at the Century Ballroom. The turnout was light because of summer distractions. Their friend Mischief Bossanova told them owner Hallie Kuperman has been alternating evenings of country and western music with more diverse music. The previous week had been C&W and had been better attended. Mercy liked getting Cuteness out on the dance floor for some slow blues dancing. Catching up with their friends was also good.

Coming Up
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to "Sweet Dreams," a show of Patsy Cline songs at the Triple Door. Mercy is planning to help out with the new Puddletown Squares dance class (www.iagsdc.org/puddletown).

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