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posted Friday, February 17, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 07
A Dyke About Town: Tower of Power fabulous
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A Dyke About Town: Tower of Power fabulous

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Tower of Power
Mercy's friend Reality joined her for Tower of Power at Jazz Alley on February 9 because Cuteness was with Equality. The group has been together for 44 years. Reality pointed out some young people in the crowd.

Mercy thought Larry Braggs' vocals were vital. The horn section of Emilio Castillo (tenor saxophone, vocals), Stephen 'Doc' Kupka (baritone saxophone), Rocco Prestia (bass), Adolfo Acosta (trumpet), Mic Gillette (trumpet and trombone), and Tom Politzer (saxophone), were out there. David Garibaldi's drums were rhythmic.

Reality thought the group was great. 'There is a lot of power there,' he said. 'The singer is very energetic and has wonderful range. The band had people up dancing.'

High points were 'What Is Hip,' 'So Very Hard to Go,' 'Diggin' on James Brown,' and 'Below Us All the City Lights.'

The Atomic Bombshells
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed J'Adore, the Valentine's Day show, at the Triple Door February 11. The service was great. The waiter noticed Mercy's order was late getting there and arranged that she didn't have to pay for it.

Announcer Jasper McCann, pointed out Gay people can get married here now, and said, 'There's a good reason people move to Washington.'

Ruby Mimosa danced to 'Home Is Where the Hula Is' in sparkling grass skirt and coconut shell bra. Her strip was appealing.

Ben DeLaCreme danced to 'Sugar Town' in a red dress with a giant box of candy in front. She ate the chocolates as she danced.

Inga Ingenue, Lou Hoover, and Kitten LaRue danced to 'Prisoner of Love' in convict outfits with their legs chained together. Cuteness liked their very clever moves, tap dancing together.

Lily Verlaine's dance to 'La Vie En Rose' included a costume made of roses. She worked the crowd, including kissing a woman. Her strip was hot and left her with rose pasties. Hers was one of Cuteness' favorite dances.

Honey DeLuxe came out in a costume made of balloons which Inga and DeLaCreme, dressed as Cupids, pricked. Her strip was entertaining.

Inga Ingenue danced to 'French Poodle' in a costume made of puffballs. Her strip was stimulating.

DeLaCreme danced 'Paradise Misplaced' as Eve in flesh leotards with a bush painted on. She danced with a snake and put on a fig leaf and fig leaf pasties.

Lily Verlaine's dance to 'Avian Invitation' in feather cap and tail included some pointe work that made Mercy think she was classically trained. Kitten LaRue's dance as 'Kitty West the Oyster Girl' was fun.

Cherdonna, a drag queen, danced dressed in a giant heart costume. Mercy missed Waxie Moon, who had done some fabulous dancing in the Nutcracker Burlesque.

Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC)
Mercy enjoyed listening to the rehearsal for Seattle Women's Chorus concert Shot Through the Heart. Her friend Melody pointed out director Dennis Coleman's genius in including the edgy song 'So What' - not what you would expect in a concert of love songs, pushing the envelope so you have something fresh.

The chorus provided their trademark tight harmonies. 'Dancing Cheek to Cheek' was cheerful. 'My Funny Valentine' was sweet and one that reminds Mercy of Cuteness. SWC's rendition of 'Heart, We Will Forget Him' was moving. The cello accompaniment was nice.

'All I Was Doing Was Breathing' was one that Melody pointed out as challenging because of the different rhythms of the East Indian music. Melody explained it is about a young woman defying her parents because she is smitten with a young man her parents have forbidden her to see. The text is a poem by ecstatic poet Mirabai. Dennis used Indian drums and bells. Ginny Daugherty and Sheila Houlahan were incredible soloists. Sarvani Eloheimo, 14, was a highly trained dancer who interpreted the song.

'Candy Man' was swinging. 'It's in Her Kiss' was rocking.

Mercy liked the lyrics to Holly Near's song, 'Simply Love': 'Why does my love make you shift in your chair/ It's simply love/It's simply my love for a woman.'

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