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posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 22
A Dyke About Town: The Manhattans rock out
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A Dyke About Town: The Manhattans rock out

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN A&E Writer

The Manhattans
Reality joined Mercy for the Manhattans at Jazz Alley on May 24, because Cuteness was with Equality. Mercy found the rhythm and blues by the group that has played together for 50 years hot. Reality said, 'They never let up. I get worn out listening to them.'

The band members are Charles Butler (drums), Colt Younger and Howie Robbins (keyboards), Jason Simons (bass guitar), and Mark Bowers (guitar). Gerald Alston's lead vocals knocked it out of the park. He explained that Brother Winfred 'Blue' Lovett was ill, but Blue sent his love and said 'Knock 'em dead.' Troy May and David Tyson Harvey's backup vocals were beautiful tight harmony.

They started upbeat with 'Overture.' 'I Won't Stop' stayed there. 'I'll Never Find Another' was slow and soulful, as was 'Bow's Love Song.' 'Forever By Your Side' was fast again. 'Memories' was a slow standard. 'Am I Losing You,' 'Hurt,' and 'Crazy' were fast. 'Feels So Good,' 'There's No Me Without You,' 'Don't Take Your Love,' 'Change My Mind,' and 'Slow Motion' were slow. 'Change' was back to the upbeat. The set ended with the band's most famous songs, 'Kiss and Say Goodbye' and 'Shining Star.' The audience gave them a standing ovation, which Mercy agreed was deserved.

Northwest Folklife Festival
On Mercy's trip to this year's Folklife, she learned the reason for the current color at the top of the Space Needle, Galaxy Gold, is that it was the original color it had at the World's Fair, 50 years ago. She liked Mood Swings, the women's swing band. A favorite is the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band, which has been together 25 years and has a fun seated twirler and drill team. Mercy liked the fact that director Liz Dreisbach had a good sense of humor and included music written for other expositions inspired by Century 21. She could see the band members enjoyed playing under her.

Seattle International Film Festival
SIFF is off to a roaring start - be prepared to laugh, cry, want to go out and eat some delicious food, consider taking up bird watching, laugh some more, meditate on life and loss, and simply be awestruck by creative fascinating perspectives. One such perspective is the lovely film Any Day Now, written and directed by Travis Fine and starring Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt. The film centers around two Gay men (one a drag performer, the other a closeted district attorney) who in the late 1970s face an uphill battle in their attempt to adopt a young teenage boy with Down syndrome. The boy is abandoned by his drug-addicted mother and eventually taken in by Rudy Donatello (portrayed by Cumming). The movie, which is based on a true story, won an audience award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. After watching Cumming's riveting performance, one can see why. It was a breathtaking tour-de-force. And can the fella sing! What a treat to hear those lovely pipes. There is already Oscar buzz surrounding Mr. Cumming.

In addition, the understated quiet performance by Dillahunt struck just the right note to balance the brash in-your-face character portrayed by Cumming. Young Marco is played by newcomer Isaac Leyva, who director Travis Fine said broke into tears when told he'd been cast in the role. Leyva, who himself has Down syndrome, told Fine it was his dream come true. Thirty years later, the issue of LGBT adoption remains a timely subject. Progress has been made, but not enough. If you weren't able to catch this film at SIFF, not to worry - Fine assured the audience the film would get a theatrical release. Don't pass it up.

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