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posted Friday, May 7, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 19
A Dyke About Town: Armida, Rainbow City Auction, and Righteous Mothers
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A Dyke About Town: Armida, Rainbow City Auction, and Righteous Mothers

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Armida

The usual crowd gathered for the Met broadcast of Armida. Cuteness thought Renée Fleming's voice and coloratura in the title role was luscious. Mercy remembered with pride that Lawrence Brownlee, who sang everyone's socks off as Rinaldo, had been discovered in the Met auditions in Seattle. Loyalty was sad to see John Osborn as Goffredo die. "You hate to see any tenors get the sword in the belly. You like to believe you are going to see all of them at curtain call."

Maybe Loyalty takes this particularly personally because he is a tenor - that is, he was until he started practicing for the Seattle Men's Chorus Bernstein and Sondheim concert with the Women's Chorus. Now he is a bass, since the women's higher voices took over his usual role. He says this is a stretch both in terms of how low he can go, and because he is used to having the melody, which is easier to learn. Now Mercy understands why Loyalty has been intimidated by learning that material.

Mercy and Cuteness had to leave after the first act because they were volunteering for the Rainbow City Band auction. Justice tried to block their exit, saying, "You can't leave in the middle of great art." But they did, because they had responsibilities.

Rainbow City Auction

They regretted missing the rest of the opera, but the auction was more fun. They brought Equality and talked with some of the band members, as they were filling helium balloons, about the fact that she used to play drums until she had to choose between art and music. Everyone agreed the schools have come to a sorry place, if that is true.

Equality noticed one painting was upside-down. That reminded everyone of a time their friend, Lightness Learninggroups, recognized that a friend's art was in the wrong direction, because her subject matter was all breasts and they were hanging sideways.

Cuteness put together a basket from thrift store materials, which she donated. It did well. Since she was a friend of Lucidity's, the flutes got credit for the procurement. There was a stiff competition among the sections.

The dinner was delicious. The dance music by the Purple Passion Swing Band was upbeat and fun. Komo's Brian Carlvert kept people laughing and bidding. The turnout broke the previous record for this event.

Band director Michael Sharp said, "Our finance director is still crunching the numbers, but the preliminaries look like it was a record year for us. And the most exciting news - we ended up making enough to finish our endowment to the Pride Foundation to create a new Rainbow City Band Pride scholarship! We are all so excited about that we could burst."

Rita Dove at Seattle Arts and Lectures

Rita Dove will be appearing at Seattle Arts and Lectures on May 13. This former poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner's latest collection of verse is Sonata Mulattica.

You can get tickets at www.lectures.org.

Righteous Mothers

Mercy has also been a longtime fan of the Righteous Mothers, though Cuteness doesn't agree. Mercy will be seeing them at the Triple Door on May 15. The Righteous Mothers are four funny, philosophical female folk-rock musicians who have been one of the Northwest's foremost musical performing groups for the past 26 years. They whip their audience into a frenzy with zany original music, witty theatrics, and mind-boggling, intricate vocal harmonies. The Righteous Mothers grab hearts and funny bones with songs about ice cream, labor pains, annoying dreams, and Supreme Court decisions. They surprise and delight young and old, Gay and straight, male and female with their quirky humor and open hearts.

If you agree with Mercy, you can get tickets at www.thetripledoor.net.

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