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posted Friday, January 7, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 01

A Dyke About Town: Poncho Sanchez's congas make people dance
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Poncho Sanchez
Mercy wound up going to Poncho Sanchez's New Year's Eve-eve performance at Jazz Alley by herself because Cuteness wasn't feeling well. Sanchez's voice and congas were masterful. George Ortiz's timbales rocked out. Ron Blake's trumpet was delicious. Javier Vergara's alto and tenor saxophone and flute were luscious. Francisco Torres' trombone was smart. Joseph De Leon's bongo and percussion kept the band moving. David Torres' piano knocked Mercy out.

Sanchez announced their first number as 'Coco Maymay Salsa.' Though Mercy has studied some Spanish, she is uncertain about the spelling of some of the songs. People were up dancing from the first. The second number was 'Javaguila.' It featured bongos and flute. An audience member shouted, 'Smooth!' Mercy had to agree.

Poncho said the third number was 'Shiny Stockings,' joking that the English title was easier for the audience. He had Mercy's number. Timbales and trombone shone on that one. Drums, bata, trumpet, and piano were the focus of 'Mambo St. Maria.'

Sanchez said he won a Grammy for the song 'Speak Low' when he had played for the Cal Tjader band. That one slowed the tempo down and featured keyboards, sax, and trombone. He celebrated that they are nominated for another Grammy.

The trombone was the focus of the next song, 'Raise Your Hand.' Mercy thought he might have recognized her, because he sang 'Have Mercy, Baby.'

'Mamajuela' featured sax, trombone, and trumpet. Flute and trumpet were the focus of the encore, a salute to Tito Puente, 'Oye Como Va.'

Husky Women's basketball games
Mercy had talked the gang that followed the Storm into buying group tickets for the new Husky Women's basketball season. The first game, against UCLA on New Year's Eve, started out with UW leading, but they seriously lost steam and ended down 60-48. Mercy didn't like the fact that there were no cheerleaders. At first she thought it was because women's sports weren't as well supported as men's, but it must have been because it was the holiday, because they were back for the second game. Cuteness pointed out that Mackenzie Argens came from Roosevelt, where Equality is a student now. Argens was the top scorer with 18 points. Kristi Kingma earned the second highest, with 12.

The second game was January 2 against USC. UW's top scorer in the first game, Mackenzie, was having an off day and only earned 10 points. Kristi Kingma contributed 18, and Marjorie Heard scored 12. Mercy pointed out that USC was outshooting us. Cuteness added that they were also outrebounding us. They kept Sarah Morton, who is a strong player, to two. They beat us 60-51. Mercy said it is more fun to watch when we are winning. The announcer said, 'Tune in to KJR for recap of the game.' Cuteness said, 'I don't want to hear that one recapped.'

In the Middle of Somewhere
In the Middle of Somewhere, a novel by Clifford Henderson, was a nice surprise for Mercy this week. Henderson is a woman, which you wouldn't guess from the name. Her book is a nice change from the typical Lesbian romances in that it has a surprising plot and violates the conventions of romance. It deals with a Lesbian whose car breaks down in a small town in Texas. Clifford gives believable life to a multitude of local characters.

Ain't Misbehaving
Ain't Misbehaving, the Tony-winning musical, is going to be at Jazz Alley January 11-16, and Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to seeing it. The show made Broadway history by winning every Tony Award including best musical. It features great music from Fats Waller. The '30s should be well-evoked.

You can get your tickets at jazzalley.com.

Suzanne Westenhoefer
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to seeing Suzanne Wstenhoefer at the Triple Door on January 14. Westenhoefer began her career delivering Gay-themed material to straight audiences in mainstream comedy clubs in New York City in the early 1990s. She became the first openly Lesbian comic ever to appear on television in 1991 on an episode of Sally Jesse Raphael entitled 'Breaking the Lesbian Stereotype & Lesbians Who Don't Look Like Lesbians.' In 1991 and 1992, her stand-up comedy appeared on Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater and Stand-Up Stand-Up. She went on to become the first openly Gay comic to host her own HBO Comedy Special in 1994 (which earned her a Cable Ace Award nomination) and to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman.

You can get your tickets at thetripledoor.com.



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