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A Dyke About Town: Music, dance, opera and politics
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A Dyke About Town: Music, dance, opera and politics

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Dar Williams
Reality Greenwizard joined Mercy for Dar Williams' concert at the Triple Door. Williams' voice was outstanding, her songs sublime. Reality said she knocked his socks off. The performer introduced her song "The Babysitter's Here," saying she sees the same love she experienced as a child for the young and beautiful in her son's eyes as he looks at his second-grade teacher. Mercy liked the lines: "She's the best one that we've ever had/She sits on her hair and she's tall as my dad/and she tie-dyed my shirt and she pierced her own ear/And it's peace, man, cool, yeah, the babysitter's here."

Williams talked about how the song "Iowa" allowed her to come out as a heterosexual, since a lot of people assumed she was a Lesbian because anti-homophobia fits with her other crusades. The lyrics knocked Mercy out. "I've never had a way with women, but the hills of Iowa make me wish that I could/And I've never found a way to say I love you, but if the chance came by, oh I would."

Mercy found "Are You Out There" and "The One Who Knows" memorable. The song "The Mercy of the Fallen" spoke well of another member of Mercy's family.

Paul Taylor
Mercy loved the Paul Taylor Dance Company at University of Washington. The tour was in honor of Taylor's 50 years of choreography. His piece "Public Domain," set to a variety of music and sounds, had a nice sense of humor. "Beloved Renegade," featuring the lithe Michael Trusnovec, was a nice setting for Walt Whitman's line, "I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world." Taylor's choreography spoke eloquently of the senselessness of war. "Esplanade," set to Bach's "Violin Concerto in E Major" and "Double Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor (Largo and Allegro)," created a nice visual rondo. The dancers' movements were beautiful. They were very well-tuned as a troupe.

Met Broadcast of Tosca
Mercy and Cuteness loved the Met's HD broadcast of Tosca. Pacific Place Cinema decided to add a second theater, so there is less risk of the operas selling out. The manager who announced this said the projection in the smaller second theater will be lighter, because it has a smaller screen. Mercy and Cuteness still don't understand why some operas come out lighter, and some theaters have less trouble with this problem. They will do some more research.

There was some controversy about this production under the direction of Luc Bondy, who eliminated some stage directions from Puccini's score. He also added some bare-chested prostitutes. Mercy didn't object to the additions. Cuteness pointed out that the close camera showed those breasts "nipples and all."

Karita Mattila's Tosca made us agree with her description of herself in the interview as singing from her pubic bone. Her portrayal was very honest. Marcelo Alvarez as Caravadossi sang beautifully and had good chemistry with Mattilia. George Gagnidze's Scarpia was chillingly right.

Referendum 71
Don't forget to vote to approve Referendum 71 on your ballot so we can keep our "significant otter" rights. This is also a good time to talk to friends and neighbors - especially those in the more conservative parts of the state - and seek their support.

Hubbard Street Dance Company
Cuteness and Mercy are looking forward to seeing Hubbard Dance Company at the Paramount Theatre on October 23. Cuteness had seen the group before and was impressed with the way they combined politics and dance effectively - for example, with a piece about homelessness. She also liked their athleticism. The company, based in Chicago, has been a force there for 30 years.

Coming Up
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to Brandi Carlile at the Paramount Theatre October 24 (www.stgpresents.org), and the Met HD broadcast of Aida the morning of October 24 (www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/broadcast/hd_events_current.aspx).

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