Darryl Olive, who writes a fitness column for Camp and owns the company KCFitnessLink, has recently opened a studio for yoga and fitness programs at KCFitnessLink, 3909 Main St. Olive will be celebrating Yoga Day USA on Saturday, Jan. 26. KCFitnessLink is joining yoga teachers, studios and schools across the country by offering free classes from 9 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon. These classes are open to all ages and fitness levels and will be held at KCFitnessLink. Register online for the event at www.kcfitnesslink.com/events. Olive can also be reached at 816-256-4443.
The event is also a fundraiser for Associated Youth Services, the Kansas City Free Health Clinic and SAVE Inc., so aspiring yogis can experience Karma yoga, the act of selfless giving. Participants will be able to contribute to the organization of their choice.
Out & Equal is going strong and has formally applied to be the workplace advocacy group?s Kansas City chapter. Eight people held a lunch meeting on Jan. 11, and all paperwork was submitted the next week. Leo Walters and Ken Hagenback are both heading up the administrative process in applying for the Kansas City chapter of the national organization. Look for more information on this great new LGBT professional resource soon. Leo Walters can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. And KC Legal, a group for legal professionals, held its kickoff meeting in early January. Lana Knedlik, one of the key organizers, reports that the first meeting drew over 50 people. For more information on KC Legal, Lana can be reached at: email@example.com.
Josh Strodtman and Michael Lintecum are already planning for the fall 2008 AIDS Bicycle Challenge. They?re looking for bicycling enthusiasts to serve on the 2008 ABC Steering Committee to help organize one of the fastest-growing charity bike rides in Kansas City! For more information on how you can be involved, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-529-1920.
The AIDS Walk 2008 Kickoff will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at bar Natasha, 1911 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. Join sponsors, team captains and friends for refreshments and fun as they make plans for the best Walk ever.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of AIDS Walk in Kansas City. Lintecum and Strodtman are asking anyone who participated in the very first walk to contact them because they?d like to talk to you about what they?re doing with the April 26 AIDS Walk. The group also has many more activities planned between now and the walk so stay informed by registering to walk or visiting www.aidswalkkansascity.org.
A.J. Bockelman of the St. Louis PROMO office has announced that Sarah Gillooly will be joining PROMO full-time as of Feb. 1 to replace our good friend Sara Finken, who is leaving to go back to school. Gillooly most recently worked with Planned Parenthood of Kansas City as the outreach and education coordinator. She holds a master?s degree in women?s studies from Loyola University in Chicago.
PROMO is also introducing the Gender Identity Project. The group is launching a series of Town Halls around Missouri to educate people and discuss transgender issues. The first meetings will be in St. Louis on Jan. 28 and Kansas City on Jan. 29 with Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality. She will be talking about ENDA and why transgender issues matter to the entire LGBT community. Bockelman also reports that preparations are under way for our annual Words of Love brunch and silent auction on Feb. 9 at bar Natasha.
Heart of America (HOA) Leather Productions has its annual leatherboy contest and weekend coming up Feb. 8-10 to be held upstairs at Missie B?s Bootleggers venue. HOA serves Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The schedule includes: HOA Leather Meet and Greet Pub Crawl on Friday, Feb. 8; classes and demos, lunch and cocktails, silent auction, contest and dungeon area on Saturday, Feb. 9; and brunch on Sunday, Feb. 9. For more information, go to
www.KCboysofleather.org or e-mail email@example.com.
The Kansas City Cave Bears announced the recipients of the group?s fundraising efforts for 2007. The KCCB was able to donate a total of $2,275 to the following organizations: Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, Good Samaritan Project, Douglas County AIDS Project, Missouri Gay Rodeo Association, AIDS Walk Kansas City, Topeka AIDS Project, SAVE Inc., Wayside Waifs and Show Me Bears. The KCCB is a nonprofit corporation in Missouri. For more information, contact Tom Hampton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas Blissett at the Kansas City Free Health Clinic has started a new volunteer group called the House Keepers to help with KC Free community outreach. Blissett reports that the group does all the outreach in the community, which includes but is not limited to bars, Gay Pride, video stores and the Internet. The House Keepers will go on a retreat this year to help build their skills and prepare them to handle any questions in the field. If interested in volunteering for this group, contact Thomas Blissett, prevention specialist, Kansas City Free Health Clinic, 816-777-2753, email@example.com.
Todd Tramp, whom many of you will remember as the cowboy featured in the 2007 Missouri Gay Rodeo Association edition of Camp, tells me that he just returned to Missouri after spending time in Los Angeles helping coach and train athletes for the new NBC show American Gladiators. Tramp was working in particular with the gladiator Belinda Gavin, a participant in the Gay Rodeo circuit who goes up against gladiator Monica. For more information on the program and contestants, go to www.nbc.com/American_Gladiators.
Kansas City Gay Pride is kicking off the 2008 event schedule with its Royalty Court Pageant hosted by Desiree Luv at 9 p.m. Feb. 7 at Missie B?s. This is a HUGE event as you will see when you arrive and see the cars in the parking lot! Gay Pride is celebrating its 30th year in 2008, and the Festival will be held at Penn Valley Park on May 30- 31 and June 1. We hear that they?re even planning on bringing back the Gay Pride Parade this year. For more information, visit www.kansascitygaypride.org.
Although the party is happening right upon the release date for this issue of Camp, if you see this column in time visit Duncan Busser at his new shop, Illegitimate Art & Design at 3608 Main St. He?s having a party early evening on Friday, Jan.18.
The Unicorn Theatre has launched a new series of free readings in January. The In-Progress New Play Reading Series is free to the public, though a $5 donation is requested at the door. The next one, Rising Water, will be on Jan. 20. Here is a brief synopsis: A couple awakens in the middle of the night to find their pitch-dark house filling with water. Clambering into their attic, they grapple not only with their terror at the rising water but also with the life they have lived together. Revealing a New Orleans utterly transformed into a sea of sunken houses, the man and woman struggle to keep the flame of their love from being extinguished by a flood of secrets as they wait for help to arrive. No reserved seating for readings. Admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Plays are debuting this month at the Unicorn and Kansas City Repertory Theatre that you won?t want to miss. The Unicorn will feature A House With No Walls, opening Jan.18 and running until Feb.10. A House With No Walls is the final installment of Thomas Gibbons? ?race trilogy,? following the acclaimed Permanent Collection and Bee-Luther-Hatchee. For tickets: 816-531-PLAY or www.unicorntheatre.org.
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents the play based on Harper Lee?s book To Kill a Mockingbird, which opens Jan. 18 and runs through Feb.17. It?s a compelling story of a white lawyer, Atticus, defending a black man falsely accused of rape in a small southern town in Alabama in the 1930s. The play is still as relevant today as when the book was written. For tickets or more information call 816-235-2700 or go to www.kcrep.org.
Willow Productions has announced its 2008 season, beginning with Girlyman at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at All Souls UCC Church, 4501 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. Willow describes their sound as ?delicious acoustic, harmony-driven gender pop.? Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, www.willowmusic.org and for tickets, www. Brownpapertickets.com.
J.D. Mann of bar Natasha sent out a holiday letter saying ?Missy (Koonce) and I have gone and gotten organized!? And with his letter they have announced a full six months of schedules at Bar Natasha. Missy Koonce continues to star in the 9:30 p.m. weekend shows with the bar Natasha band and singers. They will also be hosting brand-new shows every six weeks with guest appearances from singers including Karen Errington, Chris Holbrook , Aurelie Roque and K.C. Comeaux. Monday guest cabaret continues with Justin Van Pelt, Karen Errington, Spencer Brown and De De DeVille. The Wednesday Singer/Songwriter series includes Julia Othmer, the Barclay Martin Ensemble, Bixby Lane, Ry Kincaid, the Garrett Nordstrom Situation and the ?world premiere of the reconstituted ?Alacartoona?.? Tuesday evenings are always open mic, with the wonderful Marilyn Wood hosting, singing and on piano. In addition to entertainment, bar Natasha has a fabulous dinner menu. The club is at 1911 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. For more information and specific show times, visit www.barnatasha.com.
Speaking of music, Spirit of Hope MCC is looking for a part-time music minister. The church has an ad in this issue of Camp with all the details. If you haven?t been to MCC, you?re in for a real treat. It?s a great congregation for those in the LGBT and allied communities, and a great place to lend your support. For more information, call the Rev. Kurt Krieger at 816-931-0750.
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