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posted Friday, April 15, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 15
A Dyke About Town: Cris Williamson knocks 'em dead
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A Dyke About Town: Cris Williamson knocks 'em dead

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Cris Williamson
Mercy took her friend Oodles to see Cris Williamson on April 10 at the Triple Door, because Cuteness was home with Equality. Oodles pointed out that the enthusiastic crowd was 99% Lesbians, 'unless my Gaydar is off.' The evening was mostly originals, and the ballads had the audience pounding on the tables with delight.

Cris opened with 'Songbird,' and her distinctive voice was powerful. She explained that Roxanna Ward, who was supposed to be part of the show, had to cancel because of her mother's death. Williamson thanked Barbara Higbie for agreeing to substitute on very short notice. Mercy recognized her own name as the title of the next song. Higbie's fiddle was smart and her harmonies were luscious.

Mercy loves the fact that Cris is focusing her beautiful voice on standards. 'These Foolish Things' had a satisfying interpretation with Nancy Rumble's delicious clarinet. Williamson followed with a song she wrote about an Irish woman immigrating to Canada and an arranged marriage. That song was Oodles' favorite. Mel Watson's guitar was knowing and Jen Todd's ocarina was fun.

'Gift Horse,' the title song from Cris' new CD, followed nicely. Lisa Koch joined Cris on that one, her own voice strong. Though Koch is a wonderful comic, she can also sing straight very well. 'Cry, Cry, Cry' was touching. 'Waterfall' is Mercy's favorite of Cris' songs. Fortunately, the singer invited people to sing along, since that one is hard for Mercy to resist.

Jen and Mel came back for 'Fringe' with their tight harmonies. Cris told a funny radio blooper she had read about where an announcer spoke of a song having music by George Gershwin and lyrics by his lovely wife, Ira. 'S Wonderful' was another fine standard, with Barbara Higbie's piano rocking out.

'Blue Moon' and 'Tumbleweed' were also Cris' originals. The singer took 'Someone to Watch Over Me' incredibly slowly and lovingly. She brought everyone out for the first song she learned in the '50s, 'Come and Go With Me.' 'Teach Me Tonight' was a lovely encore.

Maceo Parker
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to seeing Maceo Parker at Jazz Alley. Band members are Dennis Rollins (trombone), Ron Tooley (trumpet), Will Boulware (keys), Bruno Speight (guitar), Rodney 'Skeet' Curtis (bass), Marcus Parker (drums), Corey Parker (vocals), and Martha High (vocals). He is going to play on April 21 through April 24. Parker is an American funk and soul jazz saxophonist, best known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s, as well as Parliament-Funkadelic in the 1970s. Parker was a prominent soloist on many of Brown's hit recordings, and a key part of his band, playing alto, tenor, and baritone sax. He is now just as well-known for his own shows, as he has toured continuously under his own name since the early 1990s and has built up a strong fan base.

You can get your tickets at jazzalley.com

The Happy Ones
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed The Happy Ones at Seattle Public Theater. The script by Julie Marie Myatt was an intriguing one about a Vietnamese immigrant who kills a man's family in a car accident, then tries to make it up to him any way he can. David Hsieh and K. Brian Neel were involving as Bao and Walter. Shawn Law and Macall Gordon were convincing as Walter's best friend and friend's new girlfriend. The '70s setting was well evoked.

HD Met Broadcast of Le Comte Ory
Mercy and Cuteness were delighted with the Met HD broadcast of Le Comte Ory. The singing and acting was all excellent, with Juan Diego Flores and Diana Damrau in the leads. Joyce DiDonato had a pants role that added fun Lesbian energy. Cuteness liked seeing Catherine Zuber's spectacular costumes close up on the big screen. Bartlett Sher's staging, set in a theater in Rossini's era, was effective.

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