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posted Friday, May 21, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 21

A Dyke About Town: Great poetry and fun political music
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Rita Dove
Mercy was knocked out by Rita Dove's presentation at Seattle Arts and Lectures. She was reading from "Sonata Mulattica," the story of George Augustus Polgreen Bridgewater, a mulatto musical prodigy, who Beethoven dedicated a sonata to, then changed his mind. Bridgewater all but disappeared from history. Dove reconstructs his life and story in his words, as well as those of Beethoven and Haydn, who also met him.

She speculates the difficulty between Bridgewater, who was handsome, and Beethoven, who wasn't, had to do with a woman. Mercy liked the poem, "Rain," which dealt with Beethoven's loss of hearing:

"Because we're wading through wreckage, we're/not even listening to all the crash and clatter/chords wrenched from their moorings, smashed/etudes, arpeggios glistening as they heave and sink."

Mercy also likes that Dove is a ballroom dancer. In the question and answer period, the poet talked about how dance works as a metaphor: Once you learn the steps, you can move anywhere.

Dan Hicks
Mercy and Cuteness really enjoyed Dan Hicks' concert at the Triple Door. Hicks' voice was luscious. The band, the Hot Licks - which included Sid Page on violin, Kevin Smith on upright bass, Gregg Bissonette on drums, and Jessica Harper and Karla De Vito on background vocals - rocked out.

Hicks joked that people sometimes ask if he gets paid by the song or by the minute. He said, "The minute, so I can stand up here all night and talk." Later, he said, pointedly, that anyone who has been conversing through the music could voluntarily hand him $20.

He opened with a luscious instrumental of "Avalon," featuring Sid Page playing violin with a big smile. His backup singers let their big voices loose in a duet on "Waitress in a Donut Shop." Other high points were "Four or Five Times," "She Left me on My Payday," and "Canned Music."

Righteous Mothers
Mercy's friend Karma, who is also a longtime fan, joined her for the Righteous Mothers concert. Liquidity Resource was seeing the group for the first time. Her partner Resourcefulness Schoolday had taught one of the group members, Wendy Crocker, the guitar player, high school English. Resourcefulness said Wendy was an outstanding student, positive, and hard-working." Mercy saw the same qualities in her guitar work.

Resourcefulness wasn't out at the time. In fact, she was featured several years later as "Teacher X" in an article entitled "Teacher is Gay" for the Bellevue Journal American.

They opened with "The Lawyers," on the theme that you might hate lawyers until you need one. Lisa Brodoff, who teaches law, said the song was dedicated to lawyers and people who love them. Mercy liked that, because Cuteness is a lawyer. That song and some others had nice violin solos by Paul Elliot.

"Boring Meeting" was sung by Marla Beth Elliot, who dramatized a struggle with tight underwear hilariously. Karma said, "Marla has talent for melodrama," which she also showed in "I'd Like to Get Kinky with You." Introducing that song, she said the group has been together for 29 years, while some of them have been with their partners as long. So, they know the truth of "Staying Together Is Not for Sissies."

Clare Meeker sang the homophobia tango with spooky accuracy. Her piano work throughout was elegant. Other high points were "Missing Molly Ivins," "Big, Fat, Naked Women for Peace," and "Pesky Angels."

Liquidity liked the fact that the group's tight harmonies reflect how long they have played together. Karma liked their wittiness. She said, "They are clearly getting older with the rest of us. The spirit is there."

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Benefit at Storm Game
Cuteness found the information about this and is excited because the NCLR has done so much good. The combination of benefiting them and seeing a Storm Game and meeting one of the players sounds intriguing.

NCLR Benefit Event takes place at Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury on June 6 at 5:30 p.m., with NCLR's Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.

What could be better? NCLR + WNBA = A perfect evening! We've reserved the South Suite Club at KeyArena for our exclusive use - we'll have food and beverages, a raffle, and quite possibly an appearance by one of the players. During halftime, Kate Kendell will also give a brief update on what NCLR has been working on lately.

Space is very limited, so if you are interested in attending and purchasing tickets, please let us know right away. There are only 90 tickets available, and they are first-come, first-served.

Tickets are $100 each ($50 for entry, food, and beverages, and $50 charitable donation to NCLR). If you have any questions or are interested in reserving seats, please contact Kris Hermanns at khermanns@nclrights.org (include "NCLR in Seattle" in the subject line) or call 415.365.1302. Or use this web invitation: www.nclrights.org/seattle2010.

Free Show at Jazz Alley
Mercy wants you to know about Jose James and Jeff Neve performing free at Jazz Alley, Monday, June 7. The cost is complimentary, reservations required.

Since his arrival on the international scene in 2008 vocalist, composer and lyricist José James has consistently dazzled critics and audiences alike with his deft combination of soul, hip-hop and jazz. Using his musical mentors John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye, and Billie Holiday as compasses, he continues to successfully blur the lines between musical genres through his love of connecting to audiences worldwide and in the sheer joy of creation.

Signed to the legendary Impulse! Label, his first release For All We Know was recorded with accompaniment by Belgian pianist Jef Neve, who will be appearing at Jazz Alley along with James.

The Storm Opens Season
Mercy and Cuteness were excited about the Storm's first game against the LA Sparks. Betty Lennox, who used to play for the Storm, now plays for L.A. The Storm fans welcomed her warmly. The game was evenly matched with the lead going back and forth all night. Fortunately, the Storm managed to dominate the last six minutes, ending with a 81-67 win.

The gang was very happy to see Lauren Jackson back. Sue Bird's biorhythms seemed to be off, so she missed shots she usually wouldn't miss, and even fell down once.



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