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posted Friday, November 13, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 46

A Dyke About Town: Met broadcast and Sweet Cruise
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Measure for Pleasure
Mercy and Cuteness really enjoyed David Grimm's play Measure for Pleasure. They are particularly impressed with ArtsWest Theater for bringing another new play. They also like that it is an 18th-century costume romp around a love affair between two Gay men, one of whom is a transvestite. Zach Adair was strong as Will Blount, as was Alex Garnett as Molly Tawdry. The script whipped along, with lots of fun satire. The production values under director Christopher Zinovitch were high. Mercy and Cuteness also liked that ArtsWest offered a pay-what-you-can evening.

The play was used as a way to organize for Referendum 71. Mercy and Cuteness are very happy that Referendum 71 passed. Now their "significant otterhood" will have legal standing.

Metropolitan Opera Broadcast of Aida at Pacific Place Cinema
Mercy, Cuteness and Deliberation continue to enjoy the HD broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. Deliberation joked that the movie theater was going to bring in an elephant to celebrate showing Aida. They were excited that Pacific Place now has a second theater so people don't have to show up as early on a Saturday morning to find seats together, since the opera viewers tend to be grumpy about people saving seats for their friends. Unfortunately, there were technical difficulties with the projector, so watchers who had settled into the second theater had to shift into the first one just as the movie was starting. Mercy and Cuteness would have liked it if the movie theater management had explained what was happening to people in the first theater and left the lights on so the second audience could find seats. Also frustrating were interruptions in the broadcast.

Violeta Urmana was solid-voiced as Aida. Dolora Zajic shone as Amneris. Johan Botha was passionate as Radames. Cuteness wasn't too impressed with emcee Renée Fleming's (who Mercy likes to call Peggy Fleming) Nancy Reagan red suit. Mercy likes to remember how her friend Jocosity Libretto, who had sung in the chorus of Aida at Seattle Opera, summarized the choral music: "Kill the wabbit! Kill the wabbit!"

Sweet Cruise
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed their first days on the Sweet inaugural Caribbean cruise, including the jambalaya launch. There did seem to be quite a bit more drinking and noise than they found on their straight Alaska cruise. They were happy to find there were alcohol-free tables at dinner and AA meetings on board.

Suzanne Westenhoefer, in her welcome, included both groups, saying, "drink if you want to; don't drink if you don't want to." She also joked about the fact that there is going to be a grief group for those people who mourn not having their cell phones for the week.

Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed the sweet voice of Edie Carey, and are happy to hear she plans a concert in Seattle, December 12. They will pass along details when they have them. One drawback to the attempt to accommodate both loud and quiet partiers was that Edie's performance was a bit drowned-out by an adjoining deck. Mercy will report on the trip in more detail when she gets back.

Mose Allison
Mercy and Cuteness are really looking forward to seeing Mose Allison at Jazz Alley. He will be there November 17 to 19. They love the twice Grammy-nominated Mose Allison's unique musical style - a profoundly personal, frequently humor-laced fusion of swing, bop, blues and classical elements.

As a singer, pianist and songwriter, Allison's influence on others has been wide-ranging; among those who have been deeply affected by his music are John Mayall, Van Morrison and Randy Newman. His compositions have also been recorded by The Who and Bonnie Raitt, among others.

His most recent Grammy nomination was for Mose Chronicles, Live in London, Vol. I. BBC did a documentary on Mose entitled Mose Allison; Ever Since I Stole the Blues. His music has often been used in movies, and he can be seen performing in 2001's movie The Score, starring Robert DeNiro and Marlon Brando.



photo: Mose Allison
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