As promised here is a quick concert rundown.
NOTE: Don’t read this if you’re going to tomorrow’s concert
and you want surprises.
What to say about Lucy’s concert? It was a concert but it
had other elements also. There were songs, there were skits
and there were good friends goofing around. It was a little
bit vaudeville, a little bit Ed Sullivan Show and just a
little bit country.
There were more cowgirl hats than before, but less than I
expected to see.
Kat Crimens opened the show. Tig Nigara was back also. I ran
into a good friend whom I hadn’t seen in a while, so I wound
up sitting in the hallway talking to her and so missed both
of their acts.
But of course I was in the club, on my tippy-toes, steady in
place when Lucy was due to appear. As always, she began to
sing while still behind the curtain. And the audience
responded with a rapturous roar that grew louder and louder
as the curtains parted and we could see her whole self
When Lucy appeared, a friend asked me if I was taking notes.
I explained to her (slowly, so she’d get it) that it was too
dark and that I had nothing to lean on to write. She
suggested that I go around and ask people to each remember
one song so that I could make a song list without having to
beg other people to help me remember them all. She yelled
that she’d take the first song, but once Lucy began to sing
the second one, she immediately forgot what the first one
had been. I’ll continue to beg. Maybe tomorrow I’ll try to
write ‘em down while there.
Lucy was much less sexually overt this time around. She
wasn’t dressed in an eye-popping outfit like she was the
last three concerts. She was wearing jeans and a white,
tight fitted shirt. She had her hair pulled back off her
face, but with curly bangs and a curly fall of hair down the
back of her head. It was kind of a retro ‘50’s look.
Lucy told us that this was going to be a very American
concert. She sang a Patsy Cline song which I can’t remember
at the moment. She sang a number of songs and played around
with the audience the way she does. She told us funny
stories, mostly on herself.
Then she said that she needed a volunteer from the audience.
Of course dozens of hands went up. She looked around and
then made her choice. A young woman climbed up on the stage
with her. Then I seem to remember that a woman kind of crept
out on stage on her hand and knees. Lucy introduced her as
her friend, Marissa W who stood up and smiled at us.
Marrisa received a big ovation, lots of hoots and hollers.
She was wearing a cowgirl hat. Kat Crimens (who was also
wearing a cowgirl hat) came back out and explained the game
to us. There would be five questions about Lucy. If the fan
won, she’d get to have lunch with Lucy. If Marissa one,
she’d get to still be Lucy’s friend.
The first question was, “In what show did Lucy’s character
have a threesome?” The fan almost immediately answered,
“Battlestar Galactica.” I don’t remember that Marissa
answered anything. Lucy suddenly unfolded one of a stack of
long paper banners she had been holding in her hands.
Written on it was “BSG”. Big applause.
Another question was, “What is Lucy’s favorite movie?” The
fan and Marissa both stared aghast at each other. Marissa
was shaking her head. Someone near the front yelled
something out and Lucy smiled at them. No word yet from
either Marissa or the fan. Lucy said the fan could have a
“lifeline” and call on someone in the audience. Eventually,
the fan decided to take the advice of the audience yeller
and stated that Lucy’s favorite movie was “Yentel” Marissa
frowned a bit and shook her head as she thought. Lucy began
to put a little pressure on them and finally the young woman
fan went along with “Yentel”. Lucy whipped out the next
banner-and indeed, it read “Yentel” Lucy looked at the
yellee and gave her a big ol’ smile. Marissa looked stunned.
I’ve forgotten the next question, but the fan won that one
Marissa noted that since the fan now had three right, it was
no longer possible for Marissa to win. Nevertheless, they
continued. Next question-“What people do Lucy like?” The
answer was, “Jewish” people. Marissa said something like,
“Yentel was the first clue.” Lucy awarded the banner that
said, “Jews” to Marissa who held it up in front of herself
and said that she could say this because she was Jewish.
One more (forgotten) question and the fan had won. They
brought out two chairs and Marissa went to leave the stage
but Lucy invited her to stay. Then she told her to get on
her hands and knees. Marissa did. Lucy whipped out a red
checkered tablecloth and laid it across Melissa’s back and
she and the fan sat down to eat. Someone brought out some
boxes and Lucy held one up and beamed at us, saying,
“Lunchables”. Then they ate. The fan left the stage to big
More singing of more forgotten but enjoyable songs. Then
suddenly Renee appeared on stage and she actually sang a
song with Lucy, she didn’t just give the oooohs and aaaaahs.
The crowd was beside itself with joy. Renee made a few dance
moves and nestled back to back with Lucy and bumped her up a
few times, but mostly she sang.
After their song was over, Lucy pulled out a sheaf of paper.
She said that she had asked Missy to send her some scenes
from fanfic. Some of the crowd got real excited. Lucy said
she’d asked for some erotic passages but that they were too
erotic for her to read to us. She laughed as she said this.
The folks who had gotten real excited were less excited now.
There was a little banter back and forth between the grrls
and Renee made to snatch the paper out of Lucy’s hands, but
Lucy moved it out of her reach. Lucy said instead of fan
porn they were going to do an “Ask Gabby” thing.
Renee laughed and repeated, “Ask Gabby. (Laugh)”
The first question to Renee was something like, “I’ve gotten
very close to my best friend and I’m having strange feelings
about her. Does this make me a man?” I think Renee and Lucy
both said no. Lucy made some joke about Marissa on this one.
Then there was a series of about three questions that all
proposed something and all closed with, “Does this make me a
man?” Then Lucy asked something like, “What is love if
you’re shy and you want to tell your girlfriend you love
them.” Renee answered, “Love is that when they call you and
ask you to sing a duet with them, you say yes.”
Renee went off stage to thunderous applause. Lucy said
something like you could tell someone you love them through
music. And she sang another song, a love song to us.
Lucy also sang a song she had written for Julius before he
was born. There was at least one other song and then they
said goodnight and closed the curtain. We stood there doing
our, “LU-CY, LU-CY, LU-CY” chant. They ignored us so that
petered out but we still stood around expectantly and
indeed, they reopened the curtains and Lucy came out for one
if not two more songs. And then it really did end.
It was a very quirky night. Lucy had said that the music and
the show would be “very American”. I’m not sure how or in
what way she meant that. Perhaps she’ll explain that to us
Today at the con, We had appearances from Adrienne
Wilkinson, Katherine Fugate, Steve Sears, Jeff Flaming
(writer) and Tsianina Joelson. All fun and charming. And
it’s always a pleasure to see new people like Jeff Flaming
at a con.
Probably the most exciting news is that Renee has been inked
to do a four part arc on Katherine’s Army Wives series,
though Katherine said thoughtfully that thinking of the
story, she might have to do five eps. This was in answer to
the question, “When will you have the first gay character
appear on Army Wives?” Katherine said that Renee will be the
sexual aggressor. And added, “You may see her in a position
you would have liked to have seen her in on Xena”.
Post con, post concert, post dessert party, post any
slightest shimmer of a reasonable time to be in bed,
Okay, let’s start with the corrections, shall we? Rereading
my post this morning was a horrific waking.
You know, it was very late when I was typing up the report
of the first night at the Roxy. So late that as I was lying
on the bed writing with my computer propped on my rounded
belly, I kept drifting in and out of sleep. Drifting in and
out of sleep when typing up these reports leads to some
strange remembered scenarios-half memory, half dream.
I have a photographic memory. Not a great one, it’s about
the level of a Kodak Brownie Camera (as seen here:
http://www.ozcamera.com/k-folder.html), but that’s the
“style” it is. When I write up these reports, I pull up the
moment in my mind and “watch” it unfold. Apparently, some of
it unfolded in The Land of Nod.
After I went to the concert the second night and then came
home and reread my post on the first night, I could hardly
believe what I was reading.
Probably the biggest “WHAT?!” that resulted in my head when
I reread what I had written was regarding Marissa’s
Marissa did not CRAWL onstage. What happened was that in the
movie in my head, I saw that as Marissa came out, her head
was only about up to Lucy’s waist. Totally forgetting that
Lucy, especially in heels, is one realllllly tall person and
that Marissa, in heels or not, is one reallllllly short
person, AND not allowing for the fact (which I didn’t notice
until the second night) that people had to walk up a step to
get onstage, when I first saw Marissa before she walked up
that unnoticed step, my mind counseled me, “Look-Marissa’s
head is so low compared to Lucy’s head that she must be
crawling at the moment.” And so that’s what I wrote. But
no-she actually just walked out on stage like any normal
AND I was told by a number of people that it wasn’t Marissa
whom Lucy made into a table. It was yet another fan
volunteer whom Lucy had brought up on stage. As Lucy and her
first lucky fan ate their exotic Lunchable lunch on the back
of the not so lucky second fan, Marissa was actually
standing at the “table” and holding a pair of those long
lighters for lighting stoves to provide a romantic
Also, I remember that I had written about Lucy’s entrance,
“And the audience responded with a rapturous roar that grew
louder and louder as the curtain rose and we could see her
whole self onstage”
Just before I posted the report, I re-read it to check for
errors. And I suddenly had doubts about the curtain. Though
I had first remembered it as the curtain rising and feeling
the audience’s excitement ratchet up as we saw Lucy’s body
revealed inch by inch, for some incomprehensible reason, on
reread I decided that no, the curtains had parted, not
risen. So I changed the sentence to say that the curtains
parted, but didn’t change the resulting effect on the
audience”. So the final sentence read, “And the audience
responded with a rapturous roar that grew louder and louder
as the curtains parted and we could see her whole self
onstage”. Now if the curtain is rising, this makes sense.
Lucy is VERY long and first you see feet, then a bit of
calf, then more calf, then knees, then a piece of thigh,
then more thigh, then more thigh, then the belly, chest and
finally the face. But if the curtain opens by parting, this
sentence doesn’t make sense. Because Lucy ain’t that wide.
So the “reveal” would go by WAY too fast to register, and
that whole feel of the audience’s excitement rising as the
curtain rose wouldn’t happen. On night two, I noticed that I
had been right the first time-the curtain did indeed rise,
Names of people thing-I noticed that I had intended to look
up the spelling of everyone’s name before I sent my post-but
apparently forgot to do so. So this is why in that post,
Kat Crimmens played Kat Crimens,
Tig Notaro played Tig Nigara,
And Marissa Jaret Winokur played the mysterious Marissa W…
(Could’ve been worse-my first attempt at her name created
Ms. Marissa Wanker. Happily I attained full wakefulness
before that one got cemented into the post.)
I hate it when I get people’s names wrong. My apologies to
them and to anyone who read the post.
In fact, my apologies in general to anyone who read that
fallacious post. So much for writing on my back. I think I’d
better start referring to these as con fanfictions rather
than con reports.
I’ll be slinking in more words soon-promise. No promises on
authenticity however. .