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posted Friday, September 10, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 37
A Dyke About Town: Jessica Williams comes out Zoo Tunes
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A Dyke About Town: Jessica Williams comes out Zoo Tunes

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Jessica Williams
Mercy and Cuteness were delighted by the fact that Jessica Williams came out as part of her performance at the Triple Door last week. The amazing pianist was telling a story about talking to a live mannequin at Nordstrom's. She mentioned her partner of 22 years was waiting in the car. Then she said, 'I just came out again.' Williams also talked about her recent diagnosis with Miener's Disease, which affects her balance. Doctors call it an idiopathic disease - 'Which just means they are idiots,' she says.

She said it changes how she plays. 'I used to be a speed demon. Now I have to find the beauty under all that flash.' Since Mercy and Cuteness are both disabled, they appreciated Jessica talking frankly about her disease.

Mercy delighted in Williams' delicious playing. Her opening number, Pharaoh Sanders' "The Creator has a Master Plan," was slow and wrung her heart.

Jessica took "My One and Only Love" apart and put it back together her own way. An amazing piece she dedicated to the troops, "Joe," started serious, then changed to jazzy. She said it should also be called "Jane."

Williams reinvented "My Funny Valentine." A liquid piece called "Fantasia" followed. Jessica said, "That wasn't on the set list I started out with. It just wanted to come then." She closed with an interpretation of "My Romance" that made Mercy want to dance with Cuteness.

Storm vs Mercury
Mercy had to move back to a seat beside Cuteness for the Western Conference Finals game with the Phoenix Mercury, because the criteria to sit in the press section gets stiffer during playoffs and finals. She loved Lesbian Brandi Carlile's country rendition of the national anthem.

There were exciting recognitions before the game where Brian Agler was named WNBA Coach of the Year, Lauren Jackson MVP, and Tanisha Wright was named to the Defensive First Team. As Cuteness said, "The MVP T-shirts they handed out as we arrived were literally hot off the press."

The Storm dominated the game throughout. Cuteness pointed out that Mercury's Diana Taurasi was playing pretty dirty, with her elbows flying. Fortunately, Taurasis' shooting was off. Mercy's friend, Kenosis Worldwideweb, said Taurasi and Jackson are supposed to be friends, "But friendship doesn't matter on the hardwood."

LJ was named MVP for the game, with her 23 points. Svetlana Abrosimova, who Kenosis calls "Ambrosia," contributed her usual verve. The final score was 82-74.

Grethe Cammermeyer Keynote at LGBT Elder Summit
There will be an LGBTQ Elder Summit on September 16 at Asian Counseling and Referral Services, 3639 MLK, Jr Way South, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (206) 957-7080 for information. The Summit is sponsored by Senior Services and the keynote speaker is Margarethe "Grethe" Cammermeyer.

Nancy Wilson
Mercy wants you to know early about Nancy Wilson coming to Jazz Alley, because she will sell out early. The shows are September 30 to October 3. Band member are Llew Matthews (piano), John B. Williams (bass), and Ron McCurdy (drums).

Vocalist Nancy Wilson possesses a musical style so diverse it's hard to classify. Over the years, her repertoire has included pop, jazz, and blues, show tunes, and standards. Referred to by critics as "a storyteller," "a professor emeritus of body language," "a consummate actress," and "the complete entertainer," she prefers to be called a "song stylist." Her voice embodies the nuances of gospel, blues and jazz.

Nancy has won three Grammys, two Image Awards, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, streets and days dedicated in her name, honorary doctorate degrees, the UNCF Trumpet Award (celebrating African-American achievement), a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP in Chicago, and Oprah Winfrey's Legends Award. Ms. Wilson has retired from extensive touring, but she still continues to perform select engagements. You can get your tickets at www.jazzalley.com.

Globe Theater Love's Labor's Lost
You can see the Globe Theater's Love's Labor's Lost at Columbia City Cinema on September 15. Tickets and information at www.columbiacitycinema.com.

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