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Friday, April 11, 2014

On Lady Rizo and the Smell of Others

Posted by on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Everyone loves Lady Rizo!
  • Kevin Kauer
  • Everyone loves Lady Rizo!

So last night I had the good fortune to attend the Triple Door performance by Lady Rizo. I'd seen her as a (completely naked) performer in Young Jean Lee's Untitled Feminist Show last year at On the Boards, and heard her (beautiful) singing on Moby's Wait for Me, but I'd never before experienced her cabaret act, and it was delightful. Sometimes it seems like she's simply a master at wittily killing time (with banter, poses, audience interactions) but then it's time to sing and that amazing voice comes out. Among the musical highlights: a sultry cover of Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer's "I Google You," and a perfectly complete inversion of Nirvana's "Lithium" (whose chorus scream was rendered as the sprightly "Yeah!" of a jazzy chanteuse.)

No one likes to resort to an ostentatious clothespin.
  • ostill/Shutterstock
  • No one likes to resort to an ostentatious clothespin.

Unfortunately, the performance of Lady Rizo was temporarily upstaged by the attendee who was led to his seat near me just as the show began, and immediately began issuing forth gigantic waves of stink. The man was in his 20s, with a big full beard and the clothes of a man who spent the day working outdoors (maybe construction, maybe panhandling?). But the stink was no common end-of-day musk. It was hardcore BO with mossy slept-in-the-rain underpinnings, and it was so hard to ignore we eventually had to change seats.

When our server brought our check to our new seats, she apologized profusely, commiserated about the astounding stench, and joked that the man's stink might render the area temporarily inhabitable. We enjoyed the rest of the show and then went home. But now I want to ask you, dear readers...


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Pope Peabrain 1
First world problems.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 2
In France you don't notice, because everyone smells like that, including you.
Posted by Max Solomon on April 11, 2014 at 3:21 PM · Report this
Posted by Medina on April 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM · Report this
I apologize profusely for my "Gigantic Waves of Stink" (Fantastic Possible name for a folk-punk band though...), I am on bicycle tour across the country and had just finished a sound check across town at another show and then dashed over to see Rizo... ...I had intended to sit at the back but was brought to that seat. I feel awful I caused you discomfort, as that was in no way my intention.

If you'd like to hear more about my tour or discuss my personal odors in greater detail you can check out

Best Wishes!

Posted by Strangely on April 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM · Report this
Sandiai 5
^ How did you vote, Strangley?
Posted by Sandiai on April 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM · Report this
4. Move to another table. (Jesus, Seattle)
Posted by Tommy Smith on April 12, 2014 at 5:24 AM · Report this
David Schmader 7
(Tommy Smith, that is option one.)
Posted by David Schmader on April 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM · Report this
Re: Sandiai - I voted via absentee ballot, as I was touring in Europe at the time.
Posted by Strangely on April 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Dear David, I also hate how the human body responds naturally to exercise and share your opioin that anyone who smells must be a dirty panhandling construction worker.
Posted by NickMustache on June 2, 2014 at 3:52 PM · Report this
Dear Mr. Schmader,

Having read your recent review of Lady Rizo's performance at The Triple Door I must say I was highly disappointed by your lack of professionalism. While you had a few very kind things to say of the artist herself, you took over half of your review to critique the audience and not the performance. Let me remind you that as a critic your JOB is to give an honest review of the performance, the artist, and the venue. Your job is NOT to critique the audience. The only message that you seem to have gotten across to your readers is that you are an intolerant, gutless, high and mighty judge of your fellow man. I suppose that those traits go hand in hand with being a critic, however if you were to critique the audience at every show you attended I'm sure you would spend far more time focusing on the personal hygiene of others causing you to completely fail every artist who performed and was hoping for an honest review of THEIR ART. You Sir have proven in this instance that you are a failure at your job. I hope that this is a hobby of yours, and not a payed career. If I was your employer and I read a review focusing on an audience member, and not the artist you were PAID to attend and critique I would feel it was my duty to either make you rewrite your review, or fire you for wasting company time. I would highly suggest to you that you re-think motivations for future reviews when attending shows. This is the pacific northwest Mr. Schmader. This is not an opera house in Venice, or a night club in 1920's New York. You should expect foul odors, crowded sweaty rooms, and "hardcore BO with mossy slept-in-the-rain underpinnings". In the northwest rain is HARD TO AVOID. If you find these things offensive do yourself a favor, and move to state a bit less humid. If you refuse to do so, then do what the rest of us do. Deal with it. Be kind. Be polite. Address your issues with your neighbors in person, and without back-handed hostility. Above all else in regards to your job, focus on the people performing and not the people watching the performance. If you do not do this, than you Sir are a failure and deserve no recognition.

Good day.

~ Josh H. ~
Posted by Josh C. Harris on June 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM · Report this

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