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posted Friday, August 13, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 33
A Dyke About Town: Zoo Tunes rocks, Storm sets records
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A Dyke About Town: Zoo Tunes rocks, Storm sets records

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Shawn Colvin and
Mary Chapin Carpenter
at Zoo Tunes


Mercy has long been a fan of Mary Chapin Carpenter. She hadn't heard of Carpenter's warm up-act, Shawn Colvin, but Cuteness had, since she is more in the know. Colvin has a nice voice and guitar work. High points of her original set were 'Another Long One Tonight,' 'Let's Blame it on the Sun,' and 'Sonny Came Home.'

Between sets, Cuteness overheard a child asking if the tiger was real or a costume, and a teenager say, 'When I see music, I don't really care to see the person'

Carpenter has a very nice band: John Jennings on electric guitar, Jim Henry on acoustical and electric guitar, Vinnie Santori on drums, Don Yun on bass, and John Carroll on piano.

They work well with her big voice. She talked about her life being interrupted. Cuteness did some research and found out the crisis had been a pulmonary embolism. Mercy admired Carpenter's resilience.

The songs of Mary's that stood out for Mercy were, "Last Night I Put my Ring Back On," "I Take My Chances," and "Come on Down to the Twist and Shout."

Storm vs. Sun
A friend of Mercy's asked her how close the press seats she sits in are. She grinned and said they were close enough to see the players' muscles ripple. Cuteness and Destiny were up in their pretty good seats, chatting and not paying attention to the game between the Storm and the Connecticut Sun, because they expected it to be an easy game for the home team. As predicted, we went into halftime at 45-37. During the fourth quarter, the Suns pulled ahead 62-66. As Cuteness said, "Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson's shooting was a bit off, while Renee Montgomery of the Suns kept going to her favorite spot and making three-pointers."

The score was one point apart, at the end, when two free throws by Tanisha Wright gave the Storm the 83-82 victory. Swin Cash was named player of the game with her 21 points. Meanwhile, Destiny's nickname for Svettlana Abromisova is Bossa Nova, for her dance-like moves. Cuteness' is Casanova, because she likes her.

Cuteness points out that the Storm has the best chance in a long time for taking the championship with wonderful players like Swin Cash, Camille Little, and LeCoe Willingham on their bench.

Storm vs. Shock
Mercy and Cuteness got to the Storm vs. Shock game early so Cuteness could get a Lauren Jackson bobblehead for Equality. The supply at the season ticket entrance ran out just ahead of them, so they had to circle to general admission. Cuteness thinks they should have rewarded the people who support the team by buying subscriptions by having a bigger supply. She was willing to impersonate a one-night stand person if it got her a bobblehead, which it did.

The game against the Tulsa Shock was pretty one-sided at halftime (60-27). Mercy said to Cuteness she would like it a bit closer, for interest, as long as it wasn't as close as the previous game. Cuteness said she liked it to be a blowout. She got her wish. The final score of 111-65 was the biggest lead in WNBA history, and tied for the highest score ever. Frequent turnovers in the Storm's favor were responsible for the big win.

Lauren Jackson was named player of the game, but only made 12 of those 111 points. What was exciting about the game was how evenly the points were spread. Svetlana "Bossa Nova" made 20, Swin Cash 18. Rookie Jana Vesela made 11. Camille Little, Tanisha Wright, and Ashley Robinson made 10 each. This is a team where every player can score. It looks good for the championship.

Coming Up
Mercy wants you to know you can see a FREE transmission of the opera Aida from La Scala on Wednesday, August 18, at 4 or 7 at Rainier Cultural Center, as the premier of a new series of European Opera production. For directions, visit www.columbiacitycinema.com.

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