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A Dyke About Town: Mercy takes in the nightlife
A Dyke About Town: Mercy takes in the nightlife
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed Pearl Fishers at Seattle Opera. Bizet's music was played and sung beautifully. Cuteness pointed out that there was intense emotional energy between the two male characters: Nadir, sung by Christopher Feigum and Zurga by Wiliam Burden. Both men have powerful voices, so their duet was glorious. Mary Dunleavy, as the love interest, also sang stunningly. Boyd Ostroff's sets created the sense of a magical place, as did the special effects.

Mercy was mistaken about the price of the standing-room tickets. They are even more of a bargain than she thought they were, costing $12.

Mercy had a good time at Outdancing at the Century Ballroom on Friday night. She enjoyed the way owner Hallie Kuperman got everyone up and dancing. Mercy decided to try following in the salsa lesson that started the evening out, because she is fascinated by the mystery of dancing backwards (especially for creatures with antlers). She can only do it if she closes her eyes. Fortunately, there are some of her dance buddies she trusts enough to do that with. The blend of music was energizing. The Century generally offers Gay nights on the third and fourth Fridays. Check their website (centuryballroom.com) before going to be sure there hasn't been a schedule change.

Mercy and Cuteness went to the Hot Flash dance at the War Room on Saturday night. Mercy had thought the specialty of this event was oldies music from the '70s, but by the time they arrived it had shifted to newer songs. Mercy didn't recognize a lot of the music, though she did hear her name in one of the refrains. Since Cuteness has a 12-year-old daughter, she has her hand on the pulse of the moment, and was familiar with more of the music. Maybe they played older music earlier in the evening. Cuteness thought it was funny the organizers of the event think women of the age they are trying to attract don't want to stay up later than 9:30. Since the loud music gave Mercy a headache, she was glad it didn't last longer. They will try the event earlier in the evening next time.

Mercy and Cuteness had to see the movie, Doubt, because they are big fans of Meryl Streep's range. She is very convincing an overbearing nun. Philip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal of the priest she suspects of molesting a black student is also very true. Joseph Foster plays the child in question well. Viola Davis is heartbreaking as the child's mother. Amy Adams is beautiful as the idealistic young nun, Sister James. Writer and director, John Patrick Shanley, gets the world of a 1960s catholic high school down in every detail, and leaves an interesting amount of doubt.

Mercy doesn't want to have her dyke credentials rescinded, but she has never been a fan of The L-Word. She tried watching some early episodes, but didn't find the interesting. Since her new girlfriend is an L-Word enthusiast, Mercy has given it another try by watching the sixth season opener at Theater Off Jackson (TOJ). She had to agree with Cuteness and the crowd that gathered there that the show was hot. Cuteness thinks it is funny that straight actresses say they want to be in the series but not do sex scenes, which would be impossible, because sex is what the series is all about. Most of the women in the show are straight, but look comfortable with the roles.

TOJ will continue to show the series, every Sunday night, starting with the previous week's episode. The screenings are free, with TOJ benefitting from concession sales and donations. Mercy is looking forward to next week's. This is the last season. There are rumors that there will be a spinoff. If there is, TOJ will screen it, too.

Mercy and Cuteness were delighted by the inauguration of President Obama. Aretha Franklin gave her big voice and wonderful stamp to "My Country Tis Of Thee." Cuteness loved Aretha's hat. John Williams' arrangement of "Simple Gifts" played by Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Garbiela Montero and Anthony McGill resonated for Mercy. Cuteness said, "Who wouldn't want them to play for you?" She has heard from people who work with a lot of stars that Perlman and Ma are nice people, too. Obama's speech was exhilarating in its aptness. Elizabeth Alexander's poem punctuated the moment perfectly.

Mercy is looking forward to the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, this Thursday through Sunday. Her friend, Clarity Chamberflute, says the recitals that accompany the festival are another entertainment bargain, because they are free. The performers select which music to do at the recitals, so they are pieces they love. Part of the fun is that they explain the reasons they chose that music as part of the performance. Stefan Jackiw and Richard O'Neil will play "Mozart's Duo for Violin and Viola in G Major, K. 423" at 6:30 Thursday, January 22. Gilles Vonsattel will play Ravel's "Gaspard de la nuit for Piano," Friday at 6:30. Anton Nel will play "Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words Fantasy for Piano in F-sharp minor, Op. 28, Scotch Sonata." All of these take place at Benaroya Hall.

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