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Monday, December 19, 2005

Dusty Owl - Open Mic

Last night at Swizzles. This was the Dusty Owl's annual fund raiser for the food bank. I am always so impressed with the DO's community spirit. Last night they raised quite a bit of money for the food bank and also filled two large boxes with food to donate. The place was packed for the opening act, Dave Lauzon. After Dave's instrumental (17 pedal) performance, there was a long open mic with a variety of performances. What stood out for me last night were Steve's impromptu backup singers, the Stevettes, including tambourine player, L.M. Rochefort's erotic and skilful poetry, a new guy named Moishe who shared his experiences growing up in Iqualuit, and a marvelous singer named Rhonda who sang a Billy Holiday song. The object of desire, the DO's cheap item to write a poem about, was a ball of twine; Six contestants riffed on the theme and the winner was Kitty, a regular, who often wins the OOD. The genorisity and warmth of the evening was marred somewhat by a few yahoos at the bar who yacked loudly during the whole set, and actually told people who complained to fuck off. Where's a bouncer when you need one? That's the first time I've actually felt uncomfortable at the Dusty Owl, and I hope that trend doesn't continue. Otherwise it was a lovely evening and I ate too much chocolate.

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