DYKE ABOUT TOWN: Mercy dances and discusses
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DYKE ABOUT TOWN: Mercy dances and discusses
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Rain Country
Mercy and Cuteness took the first in a five-week series of two-step lessons from Jim Drew and Christa Erwin of Rain Country. Having the class meet in Miller Community Center was a good improvement over having classes in bars, especially The Cuff, whose dance floor is so small and has pillars in the middle blocking the flow. Drew and Erwin's teaching was helpful. They broke the dance down into elements that made it easier to learn. Mercy is finding the follow pretty easy to grasp. Cuteness is getting the basics and managing to take her eyes off her feet. The Rain Country group is hoping to get people interested and geared up for their hoedown, which is coming up in April. You can find more information at www.raincountrydance.org.

LGBT Nursing Home
Cuteness reminded Mercy that people in the LGBT community have been joking about a Gay nursing home for a long time, anticipating that as we get older, we may not be able to live independently any more. It would be nice to be able to gather into a place with a piano bar and drag shows. The reality is that many homes are run by religious organizations that may be homophobic. Cuteness has heard of some elders in the community having trouble finding placements they are comfortable with.

Mercy herself has a disability that may require her to go into care. She is heartened by the fact that the aging baby boom will be a political factor, just as they were all along. It may be time to start organizing a place Lesbians, Transgender and Gay folks will be more comfortable.

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
Mercy and Cuteness went to see the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company at the University of Washington World Dance Series. This was a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the company. The performance started with Mozart's Concerto Six Twenty. Lubovitch's choreography expressed the music cheerfully. It included a pas de deux with two men, which Cuteness says has been used in AIDS fundraisers. The feeling the men expressed might have been supportive, but also might have been romantic. Jay Franke and George Smallwood stood out in that.

The second piece was titled Jangle, and made visual Dvorak's Four Hungarian Dances. Folk dance influence was visible in the costumes and movements. Lubovitch's version of folk dance was exponentially more emphatic and challenging than the original. The third piece, Dvorak Serenade, brought the whole ensemble out dancing lithely and precisely.

Cuteness told Mercy there is some controversy about Lubovitch's work in the dance world. Some consider him too lightweight and happy. Those people criticize him for having a lack of range. They also consider Broadway and ice-skating, where he has been successful, not serious enough venues. Cuteness likes his work. Mercy had to agree with her that Lubovitch is a master of his specialty. She didn't object to how illuminated his dances were.

Calling the Dead
Mercy has been very much enjoying the book, Calling the Dead, by Ali Vali. This Lesbian murder mystery is set in New Orleans, right after Katrina. The author gets the details of that time and place right. The plot is engrossing and satisfying. The book includes a romance between detective Sept Savouille and cook Keegan Blanchard. Sept first considers Keegan a suspect, and finds herself attracted to her, once she clears her. A fun aspect of the book is the images of food it includes. The descriptions of sex are also delicious.

Coming Up
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to End Days at Seattle Public Theater (www.seattlepublictheater.org), Mose Allison at Jazz Alley (www.jazzalley.com), and Bobbie Smith's Lesbian Valentine's Dance at Alki Beach House (galaevents4u@msn.com).