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A Dyke About Town: The delights of Pride
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A Dyke About Town: The delights of Pride

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

PRIDE PICNIC
Mercy and Cuteness went to their friend Joust Holistic's house for a fun, spontaneous barbecue on Pride day. They were confused a bit by some straight women Joust had invited who she had met in a straight motorcycle club. The women arrived in full leathers, but talked about their husbands and boyfriends. Being playful with their dyke friend seemed to be part of their unconventionality, though one turned out to be a realtor in her day job. One of the women had just come from a diabetes fundraiser motorcycle ride. It occurred to Mercy that it was ill-thought-out for the organizers of that event to have planned it on the same day all the Dykes on Bikes would be otherwise committed.

GREEN-EYED MONSTER
Mercy has been enjoying a book by Gill McKnight titled Green-eyed Monster. It is a suspense tale about a kidnapping gone wrong. The characters of the financial analyst and her millionaire victim and the surrounding characters are well drawn. The plot has some fun twists. The story turns to romance and some beautifully written sex scenes. There were only a couple of sentences Mercy wanted to edit.

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS
Mercy took her friend Reality Greenwizard to the Seattle Men's Chorus concert. Both of them were stunned by the guest stars m-pact. That group of young men did an incredible job pushing the range of what the human voice can do. They sounded like a string bass, drums and keyboards. Their arranger, Britt Quentin, who is also one of their members, had wonderfully creative takes on a range of music, so that the audience had to work a bit to recognize the pieces. m-pact harmonized incredibly well.

Captain Smartypants did a clever skit with two of their members competing over whether the group will sing "O Mio Babbino," "Wimoweh," or "Voulez Vous Couchet Avec Moi." The whole Men's Chorus was also in great tune. Director Dennis Coleman preceded their beautiful rendition of "Beati Morui" by saying it was dedicated to members of the chorus who have died, which sadly enough would make up a ghost chorus the size of the live one. Reality pointed out that the price of Seattle Men's Chorus tickets have crept so high he has had to limit how often he goes.

THE RIPPINGTONS
Reality Greenwizard also joined Mercy to hear the Rippingtons at Jazz Alley. The group was touring in support of their new CD, Modern Art. Reality said the band made him wish Jazz Alley had a dance floor. He was also impressed with the way the Rippingtons take Latin and African rhythms and makes them their own. The combo has been playing together for 20 years and it shows in terms of how in synch they are.

Russ Freeman's guitar work was bold. The keyboard work of Bill Heller was strong. Jeff Kashiwa's sax wailed. (Kashiwa lives in Seattle, by the way.) Dave Karasony's drums powered the night. The bass Rico Belled provided moved the audience. Belled is the newest member of the group.

One high point was the title track featuring Heller. Others were "Spirits in the Canyon," composed by Freeman, and "If It Feels Good," highlighting Kashima.

KING SONNY ADE
Mercy and Cuteness went to see King Sunny Ade at the Triple Door. The warm-up band Occidental Brothers, from Ghana, was outstanding. Lead Kofi Cromwell sang powerfully. Guitarist Nathaniel Braddock swung. Greg Ward was strong on alto saxophone. Daniel "Rambo" Asamoah's traps and hand drums were energetic. Josh Ramos's bass sung. High points of their set were "Africa," and "Dance Everybody."

Every part of King Sunny Ade and the African Beats was flawless. They carried the audience along with every step. Cuteness was amused that they inspired a mosh pit of middle-aged people in front of the stage. Both she and Mercy particularly enjoyed the two women dancers who joined the all-male group for the last number.

THE SECOND COMING OF JOAN OF ARC RECEIVES LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD IN DRAMA
Mercy was delighted to hear that Carolyn Gage's collection of plays, The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, received the Lambda Literary Award in Drama. The title work was featured on National Public Radio, and was given a first-class production in Brazil, where it was the hit of the season in Rio and Sao Paolo. The collection includes seven one-act plays, which show us the real women behind the sterile patriarchal stereotypes: the angry teenage Lesbian Joan of Arc, the alcoholic butch Calamity Jane, the Louisa May Alcott with repressed incest memories, the political prisoner known as "Typhoid Mary," and the Lesbian Jane Addams. Phyllis Chesler said, "This is great theatre & daring, heartbreaking, principled, bitter, and often very funny. & Women's mental health would improve instantly, were they able to see these plays performed."

COMING UP
Mercy is looking forward to the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, starting July 6 at Lakeside School. She wants you to remember you can sit on the nice lawn for free and listen to the music piped out while enjoying some nice picnic (www.seattlechambermusic.org). She also wants you to know Jessie Colin Young is coming to the Triple Door, Sunday, July 5, and Suzanne Westenhoefer will be there Friday, July 31 www.tripledoor.com.

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