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posted Friday, October 22, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 43
A Dyke About Town: Joey Arias is an amazing Billie Holiday
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A Dyke About Town: Joey Arias is an amazing Billie Holiday

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Joey Arias
Joey Arias had a sold-out audience mostly of Gay people at the Triple Door last week. His accompanist, Elliot Douglas, was a very fine pianist. His three-piece combo was tight. He appeared in a three-piece gray-skirted suit that was a copy of Kim Novak's costume in Vertigo.

Arias opened with "Them There Eyes." He clearly channels Billie Holidays voice and mannerisms.

He followed with "Don't Explain," sounding just as spooky. "God Bless the Child," "Lover Come Back to Me," and "I Cover the Waterfront" continued in the same vein. In the course of the last one, he stripped down to a black bustier.

He followed with "Why Don't You Do Right." Then he worked the crowd seat by seat by seat.

"The Look of Love," "I Hear Music," "There's Nothing in Life But You," and "All of Me" continued in the same vein. Then he walked through the audience some more with his audacious quick wit.

Joey talked about the fact that Holiday must have had a line on something important, as she wrote "Strange Fruit" when segregation was still the rule. The pianist, who is African-American, gave a passionate interpretation of this song, as did the singer. At the end, Arias said, "It's all about Gay rights. It's all about Gay marriage. It's all about non-discrimination."

"Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" followed nicely. Joey went offstage and returned with a dramatic open black dress with huge sleeves. He concluded the evening nicely with "Oh What A Feeling."

Manhattan Transfer
Mercy is looking forward to seeing Manhattan Transfer at Jazz Alley, where they'll play from October 21 through 24.

Band members include Tim Hauser (vocals), Janis Siegel (vocals), Alan Paul (vocals), Cheryl Bentyne (vocals), Yaron Gerzhovsky (musical director/piano), Adam Hawley (guitar), Gary Wicks (bass), and Steve Hass (drums). Manhattan Transfer has captured the magic of Chick Corea's music, singing with a captivating balance of charm and verve.

The Manhattan Transfer celebrates their 40th anniversary with the highly anticipated release of The Chick Corea Songbook. Corea, who plays on the CD, has also contributed an original composition, entitled "Free Samba," especially for this album.

You can get your tickets at jazzalley.com.

Free Zombie Caesar
Mercy wants you to know you can see the free Halloween youth show at Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse.

Caesar used to be the leader everyone wanted, but now his huge ego threatens to become maniacal. His trusted advisors decide to kill him, inciting the citizens to riot in support of a new regime led by Caesar's one true friend, the noble Brutus. However, Caesar won't stay fully dead - he shows up as a zombie, scaring the citizens, plaguing Brutus, and wreaking havoc. Will Brutus be able to restore peace, or will zombie-driven chaos consume the country? Zombie Caesar is a lean, dynamic, one-hour cut of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Zombie Caesar performances are October 29, 7 p.m.; October 30, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and October 31, 2 p.m.

Coming Up
You can see local auditions for the Metropolitan Opera at 10:30, Sunday, October 24, at Nordstrom's Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall (3rd Ave. and Union St.).

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