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A Dyke About Town: From Patsy Cline to Dave Brubeck
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A Dyke About Town: From Patsy Cline to Dave Brubeck

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Sweet Dreams Mercy and Cuteness particularly enjoyed the 77th birthday tribute to Patsy Cline at the Triple Door because they are enthusiasts for her music.

Star Anna and her Band of Laughing Dogs opened with a nice rendition of "Strange." Her "Two Cigarettes in an Ashtray" showed off her nice big, round voice. Her "Stop the World and Let Me Get Off" also featured strong guitar work. She did "I Was So Wrong for So Long" with a nice lightness.

Tall Rachel Flotard's rich voice showed well in "San Antonio Rose." She made us laugh with her line, "Come on, haven't you ever seen a drag queen before?" Her interpretations of "You're Stronger Than Me" and "Lovesick Blues" and "Why Can't He Be You" were pleasing. She was celebrating the release of her band Visqueen's new CD.

Kristen Ward then took the stage, singing "South of the Border" with her big, out-of-the-box voice. She made us laugh when she said "Your Cheating Heart" was dedicated to every man she ever dated. Her performance of "I Fall to Pieces" was heartbreaking. Because she is from Louisville, she resonated with "Blue Moon of Kentucky." She ended with a nice smile of satisfaction.

Kim Virant knocked the ball out of the court with her "Walking After Midnight." Her lush voice was also pleasing in "If You've Got Leaving On Your Mind," "Back in Baby's Arms," and "She's Got You."

Victoria Weimer Contreras wound up the evening with luscious renditions of "Got a Lot of Rhythm In My Soul," "Crazy," and "Sweet Dreams." She told a touching story about how the first time she heard Patsy Cline sing, it changed her understanding of how much a singer can communicate with her music. Her performance was true to that.

Cuteness wondered how they decided which singer got to sing which Patsy Cline song, since some would have been more desirable to sing. Mercy thought maybe they had a lottery. Cuteness said, "Fortunately, she had a lot of good songs."

Storm vs. Mercury
Mercy, Equality and Cuteness were excited to see the Storm play the Phoenix Mercury. It was odd to see Sue Bird and Loren Jackson on the sidelines in street clothes because of injuries (though their friend Destiny pointed out the athletes dress up well). Swin Cash was out because of a family funeral, which also hurt the team. They managed to keep the score tied until overtime, but lost 84-92.

Destiny feels the team will do better in the playoffs when the injured players are back. The team did pretty well not to lose worse with only their second string playing. Cuteness wants you to know the Storm is offering a pride discount for playoff tickets in appreciation to the Gay and Lesbian community for our support.

As Mercy, Cuteness and Equality were sitting in the stands, the topic of the term "faggot," came up. Equality understood that it was an offensive term, but she thought it referred to Gay women rather than men, because the ending "-ette" (as in dudette) tends to refer to females. Mercy explained that the word ends in "-ot" and derives from the word for sticks of wood.

Mercy thought the word was associated with witch burning. Cuteness bet her $5 that is was not, and won. Wikipedia's theory is that the fact that women historically had the task of gathering wood led to the word being used for a womanish man.

Dave Brubeck
Mercy and her friend Destiny were in awe of Dave Brubeck's performance at Jazz Alley. Destiny says when the white-haired musician started with "The Sunny Side of the Street," she was afraid it was going to be like the entertainment at the Boca Raton senior center. But, when Randy Jones' drums kicked in, she knew the group was going to take us some place extraordinary. Michael Moore's bass was timeless, Bobby Militello's sax luscious. The solos throughout the night garnered sighs and moans of ecstasy from the audience.

The group has worked together so many years that their mutual respect is in the air they breathe. As Destiny says, "They make it look easy."

Brubeck introduced Bill Smith, who lives in Seattle and has played clarinet with Brubeck over the decades. The two did a breathtaking duet of "You Go To My Head." The evening ended with all five taking out all the stops with "Take Five."

The standing ovation went on and on. Brubeck has just been justifiably recognized with the Kennedy Center Award.

Imagination Theater
Mercy and Cuteness went to see a taping of two Imagination Theater radio dramas that will play on KIXI soon. There is a tradition of taping some of these at the Kirkland Performance Center (KPC), so the audience can have the fun of watching radio created, sound effects and all. The first half was an episode of the ongoing Harry Niles series, set in Seattle, and with enjoyable detective dialogue. The title was Trouble Is My Beeswax. The second half was an adaptation of a Sherlock Holmes story, The Lion's Mane. M.J. Elliot's scripts for both were apt.

Cuteness thought John Patrick Lowrie, who directed and played Sherlock Holmes, was well-cast with his deep voice. Larry Albert's performance as Harry Niles was also well done. Rachel Glass did two noir roles well. Nicola Pearson's nice English accent suited the role of Maud well. Lee Paasch was fun as Sherlock Holmes' maid, as was Pat French as Harry Niles' secretary. Terry Edward Moore and Dennis Bateman played a variety of roles convincingly. It was most fun to watch the sound effects created and listen to the byplay among the actors.

The "new time" radio dramas air on KIXI, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m., with encore broadcasts Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time. There will be another taping at KPC on November 23. Mercy would like you to check it out.

Coming Up
Mercy is excited that Rain Country is starting to do twostep and line dancing classes and dancing at Neighbours every Tuesday night. Check out their website at www.raincountrydance.com.

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