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posted Friday, October 7, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 40
A Dyke About Town: John Patrick Lowrie's reading entertaining
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A Dyke About Town: John Patrick Lowrie's reading entertaining

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

John Patrick Lowrie reading
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed John Patrick Lowrie's reading of his new novel, Dancing with Eternity, September 26 at University Book Store. Fantasy Book Critic named it one of the top 10 novels of the year. Lowrie says the book asks the question: What happens if no one dies any more?

John is also an actor, which made for a lively reading. His wife, Ellen McLain, also an actress and singer, read as well, since Lowrie said the voice of the main female character was inspired by hers. Mercy is happy the two hope to create an audio version. At the reading, fans of McLain for her portrayal of GLaDOS in the Portal video games were in evidence. Cuteness liked the fact that John was frank about a period of depression after the death of a colleague that slowed down his progress writing the novel.

Here is an excerpt from the beginning:

'Ignorance covers humanity like a thick wool blanket, with tiny pinpricks of knowledge peeking through here and there. Whenever we manage to connect a few to form a picture we think we're pretty hot stuff, and I guess we are. I mean we've never met anyone who can do it better, but I can't decide if that means we're good at it - or if it's just a very slow track.

'I've been around a long time; you'd think I would have learned something. I don't know. A man starts acting funny when he's run out of options. Thinking becomes a strangely bloated yet pointless exercise. I hadn't worked in 10 months. I hadn't paid my rent in two. The woman I'd been shacked with up had gotten tired of my scales before I did and by the time I was tired of them, I was too broke to have my genome reworked.

'Actually, the scales were probably the start of this current decline. I'd tried to deduct them as a professional expense. I'm an actor, among other things, and I figured, if full body scales didn't constitute a costume, what does? The SRS has disagreed and popped me for four thousand DCU, blocked my net access when I didn't pay, and told Shaughnessy that if she tried to lift with me aboard they'd impound her ship and arrest her for cultural pollution.

'I guess they didn't like the show.'

Rainbow City Band
Mercy and Cuteness found watching the Rainbow City Band rehearse fun. They are preparing for a mass band of 253 performers as part of the Lesbian Gay Band Association conference on Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. at McCaw Hall (a new big venue). Mercy found watching the music come together delicious. Cuteness appreciated director Michael Clark's sense of humor and the vivid way he expressed what he wanted from the band.

The concert is titled Lights, Camera, Action, and consists of music from movies. Clark said Ben Hur is one of the most epic scores ever written. It is a blend of Roman, Egyptian, and Christian influences. Michael suggested band members read the book Celluloid Closet and then watch Ben Hur for the Gay subtext, like gladiators making eyes at each other.

Clark said On the Waterfront was the only film score Leonard Bernstein ever wrote. They will also be performing a suite from The Lord of the Rings, a collection from Jurassic Park, a medley from the composer Danny Elfman called Music for a Darkened Theatre, and even an LGBT-themed black and white silent movie called A Belch Can Ruin a Wedding.

They will have an ensemble comprised of conference members that will be performing movie-theme music, include Dizzy Gillespie's 'Manteca,' Glenn Miller's 'Little Brown Jug,' The Brubeck Quartet's 'Take Five,' and a piece Clark thinks is going to be one of the highlights of the program: the theme from Shaft.

Cuteness said, 'They should play with the Seattle Men's or Women's Chorus.'

You can get your tickets at rainbowcityband.com.

Manhattan Transfer
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to seeing Manhattan Transfer at Jazz Alley. They will be there October 13 to 16. Band members include Tim Hauser (vocals), Janis Siegel (vocals), Alan Paul (vocals), Cheryl Bentyne (vocals), Yaron Gershovsky (musical director/piano), Adam Hawley (guitar), Gary Wicks (bass), and Steve Hass (drums).

This is the group's 40th anniversary tour. They have gotten very tight in those four decades. Their 1985 album Vocalese received 12 Grammy nominations. The group won in two categories: Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group; and Best Arrangement for Voices.

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