Mary, Mary, quite contrary–gotta give it up for how sistagrrl’s been bringing the 411, pathos, and vocal histrionics since my good ol’ golden-rule days. As for Ms. Blige’s blonde ambition: All for the ambition (since a good man’s hard to find, and the Negress has a lot to overcome in this place called America), but cannot co-sign the dyes and wigs. If Sister Mary has come far and deserves her success, she’ll only truly attain the iconicity of ReRe, Chaka, and the rest if she ultimately learns to embrace her inner Natural Woman. With Robin Thicke.
Thu., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 3, 7 p.m., 2008