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A dyke about town
A dyke about town
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Mercy Moosemuzle and Cuteness Bunkhouse have been enjoying the movie broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. The high point was a Salome where the dance of the seven veils was done in a tuxedo a la Marlene Dietrich. The low point was being chastised by fellow operagoers for crunching popcorn too loudly at Damnacion de Faust. It turns out that even though it is in a movie theater, popcorn is not appropriate. You can order tickets for future operas at http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/broadcast/hd_events_next.aspx. Mercy recommends buying them in advance, because they do sell out.

Mercy ran into her friend Deliberation Nonce at the last Met broadcast. Deliberation says he missed the Gay gene for loving opera, for some reason. The movies solve two of the problems local operas present for him: the cost ($22 for the HD movie) and the late night involved. The broadcasts start at 10:00 a.m., because they are 2:00 matinees in New York. They also bring the audience up close to the performers in a delightful way.

Mercy and Cuteness went to see the show of Edward Hopper's women at SAM. Mercy had been curious about the billboards she had seen describing the subject matter as scandalous. It turns out this means during the era Hopper painted, women being in public alone was just beginning to be accepted. He captures that new independence.

Hopper's wife Jo was the model for all of the women in his paintings. Ironically, she was deeply disappointed in the one portrait he did of her as herself. She was also a painter, though the canvas she is working on in is just off the edge of his picture. Jo wrote that she didn't feel Hopper was capable of getting her down.

Cuteness disagrees with people who find Hopper's work depressing. It is darkly lit, but Mercy had to agree it is full of life.

Also at SAM is an amazing collection of Salish art. The coastal natives' rugs, baskets, sculpture and painting are skillful and vital. A film of Salish faces and stories adds resonance.

Thanksgiving with Cuteness' 12-year-old daughter, Equality Ovation, involved a lot of whipped cream and laughter. Equality taught us the current middle school game, which involves saying "penis" so quietly the teacher won't hear you. Each player has to increase the volume without being caught. Equality also wrote a song called "Be Your Own Bitch" that Mercy and Cuteness liked. When Mercy asked Equality to take some photos of herself and Cuteness, Equality only agreed if one of them included the two women giving the finger to each other.

Mercy and Cuteness thought seeing the PNB Nutcracker with Equality would be a good way to usher in Christmas, but the 12-year-old decided she would rather go to a movie. Mercy and Cuteness went by themselves. The dancing was great and the Maurice Sendak fanciful sets continue to delight. Cuteness mentioned that it was much less creepy seeing Jordan Pacittie dance the role of Drossmayer.

Mercy and Cuteness noticed a quieting of the traditional post-Thanksgiving shopping day, because of the economy being so bad. It seems the focus this holiday season is going to be on things like time together for friends that don't cost anything. Any time you do plan to buy things, check out the Human Rights Campaign website of companies that support LGBT rights and provide domestic partner benefits (http://eqfed.org/ct/47AH5k61-zF7/).

One thing Mercy admires about Cuteness is that she responded to the challenges of breaking up a long partnership by starting a support group for Lesbian divorcees. They are recruiting new members for a second group that has started. The group includes women who are delightfully creative and engaged. If you would like to join them, e-mail daringdivorcedivas@yahoo.com.

Mercy has been reading the book, Fucking Daphne, edited by Daphne Gottlieb. The inspiration for the collection was the six-foot tall, dreadlocked poet, Gottlieb, seeing her name in a piece of erotica. At first she felt complimented. Then she started to feel exploited. In response, she asked other writers she knew to write about sex with her. Mercy came to the conclusion the stories were mostly fiction. They are well-written, imaginative and hot.

Mercy particularly liked, "Dear Rachel, Please Read," in which Bucky Sinister denies having sex with Gottlieb, but not very convincingly. Sarah Katherine Lewis' "Dancing for Daphne," set in a strip club, is fun. R. Gay's "Merge," involves a man who tattoos Daphne's poetry all over his body. "Wordless: A Love Letter," by Hanne Blank, imagines sex that literally removes the words from her.

In the "Afterword," Merri Lisa Johnson asks Gottlieb a question I wanted to ask, after reading the book. Noting, "She dates women who look like boys, and sometimes the female-born who have transitioned into men, and sometimes bio men. 'So' I ask her, longing for sage clarity that I will need in my own life much sooner than I realize, 'How do you identify?'

'Queer.'

'Of course.' I feel relieved, widened, like I need her in my mind, carving more openings in the small-town pathways of my brain."

Mercy is really looking forward to seeing Venus Envy's reunion at the Triple Door, Tuesday, December 9. They are always entertaining and outrageous.

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