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A Dyke About Town: Kate Clinton, Rain Festival and the Oscars
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A Dyke About Town: Kate Clinton, Rain Festival and the Oscars

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Kate Clinton
Mercy, Cuteness, and the gang were pleased with the service at the Triple Door during Kate Clinton's performance. The stand-up comedian also acknowledged the waiters and waitrons.

Clinton kept the crowd laughing with her uproarious jokes. Cuteness' favorite was one about Kate and her partner, as aging women, having to accommodate pain in one's right elbow and in the other one's left hip. She said it took five minutes for them to figure out how to spoon. This made Mercy think the comic had been spying on her and Cuteness' bed.

One of Mercy's favorite gags was Kate asking, "Couldn't someone in the Republican party have helped them find a better name than 'tea baggers' for their tax protestors?"

Her other was the idea that George Bush is working on his presidential "lie-bary"

Cuteness liked the fact that Kate's comedy appealed to a broader community than just Lesbians. Clinton has been performing for 29 years. Mercy liked the fact that some members of the audience have been following her that long.

Oscars
Mercy and Cuteness and Equality tuned into the Oscars with interest. At one point, Mercy pointed out that silvery dresses seemed to be the theme. The next category was film editing, so Mercy pointed out that Chris Innis, one of the winners, wore a black dress. Cuteness said, "I meant the ones who have handlers and designers." Sure enough, we had looks at Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren, both dressed in the range Cuteness was talking about, as were Sandra Bullock, Barbra Streisand and Kathryn Bigelow. Cuteness wasn't too impressed with Quentin Tarantino's loose tie, especially compared to Pedro Almodovar's flawless tux.

Mercy and Equality like Sandra Bullock's acting, while they had to agree with Cuteness that she gets stuck in that romantic comedy area. It dawned on Mercy that, since Bullock has been producing her own movies, she could choose more challenging material. Cuteness pointed out there are financial risks to doing that.

The family had heard the buzz that Bullock was probably going to win, even though Streep and Mirren's performances had much more depth. They liked the fact that she acknowledged the other actresses. Sandra's reference to kissing Meryl puzzled them, until Mercy Googled it and found Bullock had lip locked Streep at the Critics' Choice Awards when she heard the two were going to share their best actress award. She would have liked to have kissed Streep. Cuteness would have rather kissed Helen Mirren. Equality would have liked to have kissed Taylor Lautner.

Mercy and Cuteness realized they haven't seen nearly as many of the Oscar-nominated movies as Equality has. They need to catch up with the 13-year-old.

Puddletown Rain Festival
Puddletown Square Dancers had their annual Rain Festival last weekend, March 5-7, which brought in a crowd of out-of-towners. Calling by Anne Uebelaker and Mike DeSisto maintained high energy and good humor. Forbidden Island was the theme, and the tiki ball had wild costumes. A high point was the graduation of the new Mainstream dance class.

Coming Up
You will have a chance to try out square dancing with Puddletown. They have a tradition of combining a taste of square dancing with Shift Recovery and GayCity Health Project to provide a clean and sober St. Patrick's Day event. Organizers promise: "Faeries of mirrorball light dance on the ceiling. Techno Irish music thumps from the sound system. Kick up your heels in boots or green high-tops! The only thing 'old-fashioned' is the fun!" Check out Shiftkickin 2 with caller Gaylen Su, Wednesday, March 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Polish Hall (1714 18th Ave, just off Madison). There is an ADA Hearing Assistance System available. Casual dress. No experience necessary. Prizes for best green attire. Gender-neutral square dancing from any position you choose.

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