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posted Friday, December 16, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 50
A Dyke About Town: Cris Williamson glows
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A Dyke About Town: Cris Williamson glows

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Ham for the Holidays: A Lard Day's Night
Mercy and Reality saw Ham for the Holidays: A Lard Day's Night together December 9 at Theatre Off Jackson because Cuteness had a conflict. Reality pointed out the initial image was a good imitation of The Beatles' album Hard Day's Night. He liked the fun '60s TV shows projected throughout the night.

Mercy liked the amazing number of roles the cast of Lisa Koch, Peggy Platt, DJ Gommels, and Michael Oaks played, complete with costume and wig changes. The script by Koch and Platt was smart and fast.

In the opening, Lisa and Peggy had the audience laughing as the Polka Dots entertained the Washington state conference of funeral directors. Next, they played 'Who's Your Deity?' a game show with questions about religion, hosted by Koch as Sister Mary Agnes Labia.

Mercy's favorites of Koch's creative satirical lyrics came from SQUEEL, the Sequim Gay and Lesbian chorus. She had rewritten 'Moonshadow' as '(I'm Being Followed by a) Rain Shadow' and 'Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover' as '(There Must be) Fifty Gays Who Live in Poulsbo.'

Reality's favorite was 'Bachman Xmas Overdrive,' complete with Nancy Reagan and Wayne Newton. 'The Spudds: Double-Wide Indemnity' took off on the movie hilariously. The show continues through December 24.

Cris Williamson
Cuteness wound up not being able to see Cris Williamson at the Triple Door on December 11 because she wasn't feeling well. Mercy squeezed in with Mischief, for the generous long set of Christmas-themed music. Mischief was happy to see Barbara Higbie there because she is an incredibly versatile musician. Mercy agreed Higbie's fiddle, mandolin, and piano were phenomenal.

Comedian Georgia Ragsdale opened with the joke, 'I didn't come out; my parents came in.' Williamson started her part of the concert with one of her originals, 'Winter Heart,' on the piano with members of the Seattle Women's Chorus. For the traditional song 'Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,' she switched to guitar and was joined by Higbie on fiddle and Nancy Rumbel on ocarina. Rumbel's ocarina and later oboe and clarinet were incredibly sweet.

Cris switched to piano for another of her songs, 'Snowbound.' Mel Watson played a fine mandolin and she and Jen Watson on vocals added tight harmonies. Another Williamson song, 'The Land of Abraham,' featured Cris on guitar and more of Mel and Jen on mandolin and backup vocals.

Mandolin and fiddle solos were the focus of 'Jubilee Day,' another original ballad. 'Rock of Ages,' a Hanukkah song, featured Barbara on mandolin and Nancy on oboe.

Cris said, 'Barbara is a magnificent piano player.' Mercy agreed and enjoyed the original 'Baby Buddha,' inspired by watching Higbie's 5-year-old niece after eating chocolate. A new Williamson song, 'Sleeping Tigers,' featured Cris on guitar and Barbara on mandolin.

'Om Shalom,' another original that included the phrases for Kwanza, featured Barbara on piano and Jen and Mel on vocals. The members of the Seattle Women's Chorus joined Cris on piano for another of her songs, 'The Moonlight Cabin.'

A clarinet solo was the focus of a Jackson Browne song, 'Rebel Jesus.' Higbie took to the piano for a sassy vocal duet with Williamson of Mischief's favorite standard, 'Baby It's Cold Outside.' The Harold Darke setting of Christina Rosetti's 'In The Bleak Midwinter' provided contrast with a nice clarinet solo.

Barbara turned to guitar and vocal backup for a sing-along, 'The Weepies.' 'There is Peace on Earth Tonight' followed. A Jane Siberry tune closed the concert with 'Calling All Angels,' featuring Higbie on piano, Watson on guitar and vocals, Todd on vocals, and Rumbel on clarinet. As an encore, Barbara took to the piano for another nice duet, with Cris, 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.'

Mischief said the thing she liked about this evening is that it reminds us of our youth inspired by Williamson and how we are all aging together.

Tingstad and Rumbel
Mercy and Cuteness are really looking forward to seeing Tingstad and Rumbel at Jazz Alley. Band members are Eric Tingstad (guitar), Nancy Rumbel (oboe, English horn, and ocarinas), and Garey Shelton (bass). They will be there December 22 and 23.

The Grammy-award-winning local duo has performed together since 1985. Their album American Acoustic was honored as 'Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year' in 1998. Acoustic Garden received the Award for Best New Age Album.

You can get your tickets at jazzalley.com.

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