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Dyketown: Cruises, quartets and a Lesbian author
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Marian Anderson String Quartet
Mercy and Cuteness were thrilled to hear the Marian Anderson String Quartet at the UW Chamber Music Series. The group includes Marianne Henry, lead violin, Nicole Cherry, second violin, Diedra Lawrence, viola, and Prudence McDaniel, cello. They started with William Grant Still's "Danzas de Panama." The piece by the African-American composer had some nice percussion played on the back of the instruments representing African rhythms and also people clapping in church. Diedra Lawrence said it was satisfying having permission to pound on her viola. Piazzolla's "Four for Tango" was also delightful.

The group was very open, talking to the audience about the music. Answering one question about how the group chose their repertory, Marianne Henry said it was important to have pieces that use all four voices, because she works with three hams. The quartet has been in residency working with middle school students. They surprised the audience by bringing a middle school chamber group up to play. The young musicians were skillful.

Prudence McDaniel spoke about their feeling for the final piece they played, Mendelssohn's "String Quartet in D Major." It was this composition, 20 years ago, that started their career, because they won the Detroit String Quartet contest with it. They had been the first African-American group to win that prize. The group showed that their two decades playing together has them very in synch.

A Wedding Story
Mercy thought she and Cuteness and Equality were going to see A Wedding Story at Seattle Public Theater, but the other two had some middle school project they couldn't get out of, so, she had to go without them. Mercy very much enjoyed the Bryony Lavery script about a marriage dealing with the wife's Alzheimer's while their daughter falls in love with another woman. She particularly liked a bit the daughter and her brother did about how having to deal with our parents' health issues makes us feel like we are still children. The brother is a film student, so creates screenplays in his imagination in response to the difficulties. The story also includes some forays into the mother's favorite movie, Casablanca.

Pam Nolte gives the mother, Evelyn, heartbreaking range, from her lecturing her guests about her work as a doctor to her being robbed of anything but facial expressions. John Wray is tender, funny and frustrated as her husband. Chiara Motley is strong as their daughter. Amber Wolfe charms as her love interest, Grace. The chemistry between them is palpable, especially in the sex scenes. Playing the part of Robin, the brother, believably, is Tim Gouran.

Shana Bestock's direction put all the pieces together well. Richard Schaefer's set made of wedding dresses worked for Mercy. Mandy Mueller's costumes were apt. Amber Wolfe's fight choreography isn't the kind of fighting you'd think it was and pleased her.

My Jim
Mercy and Cuteness were very excited to go to Nancy Rawles' reading of her new book, My Jim. The book is the first one by a local writer to be named the Seattle Library Seattle Reads book. Rawles is an African-American Lesbian. Mercy thinks she has it right that the Malaika My Jim is dedicated to is Rawles' longtime partner.

Mercy and Cuteness were impressed by Rawles' approachability. The writer's talk about her years teaching middle school made Mercy imagine her teaching must be good. Rawles also described her development as a writer in an engaging way.

Mercy picked up the book and found herself driven through its succulent prose and difficult material. The novel takes off from Mark Twain's Huck Finn, imagining a woman named Sadie who is in love with and marries his runaway slave, Jim. The narrative of their lives in slavery is bleak. The bleakness doesn't end when slavery ends, because reconstruction was an equally trying time for African-Americans. The book ends on a note of hope as Sadie passes on her stories and a quilt to her granddaughter.

Alaska Cruise
Mercy and Cuteness are really enjoying their week on a cruise to Alaska. One of their friends, Divinity Holecraft, had been on an Olivia cruise and enjoyed it, but found it too expensive to do another one. She also didn't like the amount of drinking on that one. She suggested they pull together a group on a mostly straight cruise, so they did.

They are in the middle of the week, so Mercy isn't sure yet how Divinity will compare the two lines. Mercy also told Divinity about the new Lesbian cruise company, Sweet. Mercy has never done an Olivia cruise because of the same concerns Divinity has. Someone told her there is an AA meeting on every cruise. She was able to explain to Cuteness that was what the group "Friends of Bill W" on the daily schedule was. Cuteness also had never heard the expression "Friends of Dorothy," so was interested in checking that onboard group out after Mercy explained it means Gay people. They did see a few Gays and Lesbians at that gathering. Cuteness thought it would be better to name the gathering something more transparent, such as LGBT.

Cuteness had also seen some couples she assumed were Lesbian in the photos of the other participants, because some of them were kissing. Speaking of kissing, Mercy and Cuteness are finding the cruise very romantic.

Complicating this is the fact that Mercy's ex, Absoluteness Wifi and her new girlfriend Wholesomeness Realtor are in the room next door. She wishes Absoluteness the best, which seems to be mutual. The location is just a bit close for comfort. Mercy had to admit Absoluteness and Wholesomeness looked good on the dance floor. It felt good for her to have Cuteness in her arms there. Absoluteness made the point we have all come a long way that we don't hesitate to dance in straight venues like this.

Other high points of the trip were a whale calf making more breaches in a row than the naturalist on the small cruise had ever seen before, seeing a bear from a safe distance, sea lions and a bald eagle sharing a buoy, and the cold blue of Hubbard Glacier.

Cha-cha Carrie
Mercy and Cuteness and Equality have really been enjoying taking a cha cha class from Carrie and her partner Lupita at Phinney Community Center. Carrie and Lupita's explanations are clear and demonstrations are breathtaking. Equality wanted to know why Lesbians don't dress better. Cuteness says she has wondered the same thing. Mercy will let you know when Carrie offers another series. She is quite a wonderful teacher.
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