As we publish this issue of Camp just days before St Patrick?s Day, we wish you all a happy celebration and encourage you to walk, take a taxi or bus, or reward your favorite designated driver. Just don?t drive if you party! I walked a few miles to my favorite watering hole, Missie B?s, last year which took about half an hour, about the amount of time I would have probably waited for a bus, and then took the bus home. Total transportation expenditure was $1.25, and I lost some calories in the process. As Martha Stewart would say, ?It?s a good thing.? The bus ride home with other party people down Main was quite festive, too. If you haven?t tried our public transportation lately, you should. They?ve made great improvements.
Missie B?s will have corned beef and cabbage that day, beginning at noon. Sharp?s will be celebrating its 16th anniversary with Irish specials. The Fox will be a great smokeless bar to celebrate after the parade, and all the area bars will no doubt be doing something. If you?re going to the parade, you can?t miss Balanca?s along the parade route or bar Natasha only blocks away.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Union Station and goes up Grand Boulevard, ending on Truman Road near the Sprint Center. For the parade route, see www.kcirishparade.com.
In the midst of splendid weather, AIDS Walk held a very successful AIDS Walk Open miniature golf tournament and pub crawl March 1 in seven bars (photos on page 13). The AIDS Walk machine of volunteers and organizers held a flawless event. Bar Natasha, Bistro 303, Buddies, McCoy?s, Missie B?s, Outabounds and Sidekicks all created their own spin on the tournament. There were more than 130 teams, and Michael Lintecum and Josh Strodtman report that they raised nearly $21,000. The pub crawl ended with a big party and raffle that evening hosted by Flo at Missie B?s. AIDS Walk has many more events planned between now and the walk. They are trying to raise half a mil this year ? which is the 20th anniversary of AIDS Walk in Kansas City ? so let?s make this one of their best years. Register online and see the entire list of events happening before the walk at www.aidswalkkansascity.org
This play is not to miss if you haven?t seen it and it?s definitely worth seeing again. It runs March 14-16 at the Music Hall. The music is wonderful and the story of artists struggling to survive, celebrate and fall in love with whatever gender is a universal story that never ceases to tug at your emotions. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
Heartland Men?s Chorus & Wichita Chorus
The Exile concert with the combined Heartland Men?s Chorus and Heart of America Men?s Chorus out of Wichita was our cover story in the Feb.29 issue of Camp. This will be a great performance, held March 29-30 in Kansas City and April 5-6 in Wichita. Tickets can be purchased at www.hmckc.org (Kansas City) or www.selectaseat.com (Wichita).
Mid America Freedom Band
?In the Mood for That Big Band Sound? will be at 8 p.m. April 5. This group keeps getting better and better with each year. Read Bradley Osborn?s story on the band and the concert on page 5.
The Unicorn and Kansas City Rep
The Little Dog Laughed, the new play running through March 30 at the Unicorn Theatre is a sure bet. Read more in Paul Donovan?s review on page 9. And the KC Rep 2008 Gala on April 28, featuring Chita Rivera, sounds to me like it?s made for a Drag Queen Extravaganza. Tickets are now on sale at www.unicorntheatre.org and for Chita Rivera by calling (816) 235-1465.
Kansas City Gay Pride is celebrating 30 years. They are selling Exhibitor Booths right now, so lock in your space. The festival is barely 10 weeks away now, and the organizers are doing even more this year, including bringing back the Gay Pride Parade. For more information, www.kansascitygaypride.org
Miss Gay Kansas City 2008
Not to be confused with Miss Kansas City Gay Pride, Ms. MGRA, Miss Gay Missouri or any of the other royalty pageants, MGKC 2008 will be hosting its 25th anniversary pageant beginning at 8 p.m. March 28 at Tootsies, 1822 Main, Kansas City, Mo. There will be a host of entertainers during this very intense competition.
Urban Culture Project
Late Night Theatre?s David Wayne Reed is hard at work on an upcoming performance of ?Let?s Bowie? for the Urban Culture Project. Local artists get under the influence by honoring legendary inspiradoes David Bowie, Lou Reed and Pink Floyd?s The Wall in a new performance series curated by David Wayne Reed for Urban Culture Project. It will be held at 9 p.m. on First Friday, April 4, at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St., Kansas City, Mo. For more information, go to www.urbancultureproject.org
Easter Sunday Service
Spirit of Hope MCC will be hosting its Easter Worship and children?s Easter egg hunt beginning at 10:15 a.m. March 23. Spirit of Hope is at 3801 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo. For more information, call 816-931-0750.
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
The church will be featuring I Exist, an hour-long documentary focused on the lives of lesbian and gay people of Middle Eastern cultures living in the United States at 7 p.m. March 21. Admission is free, with donations gladly accepted. For more information, contact Mitra Rahnema at email@example.com or 816-531-2131
Alfredo Parra is working hard to promote a unique focus group about the possibility of creating a retirement community apartment building or housing for the LGBT community in Kansas City. It will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at Broadway Church, 3931 Washington St., Kansas City, Mo. Contact him at 816-472-8495 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KC Mature Pride and the Mature Adults Gay Group
If you read the Internet dating sites, it usually looks pretty grim for anyone over 45. But life is not over after 35, as I can well assure you. There are a couple of groups in town that may agree, and they?re both holding events on the same day this month.
Mature Pride is a new social group designed for gays and lesbians over 35. Their next meeting will be at 4 p.m. March 22 in Community Room C at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center, 207 Westport Rd. Learn to play Texas Hold?em at the meeting!
MAGG (Mature Adults Gay Group) will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 22 for a potluck dinner and to meet new friends. The group usually meets at the Writer?s Place, but please e-mail Dan at email@example.com to verify the meeting place.
Plan on attending the 2008 LGBT Equality Day in Jefferson City. It will be Wednesday, March 26. Join the crowd of LGBT and allied Missourians in Jefferson City to lobby legislators to support the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, and make our schools free of bullying. Registration is $10 ($5 for students). The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 19. PROMO will provide caravans to assist supporters with travel. They will start at three different locations ? St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield ? and go all the way to Jefferson City. They should return home between 5:30 and 6 p.m. For more information: www.PROMOonline.org .
The Lesbian and Gay Community Center will be holding its second annual LGBT community-wide meeting at 6 p.m. April 9 at Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte. All LGBT community organizations are invited to attend, introduce their organizations to each other and learn more about the activities and events for each group. The center is also entertaining ideas for hosting the first Citywide LGBT Conference in late fall 2008. For more information or to let the center know you?ll be attending the April 9 meeting, e-mail Mitch Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org
KC Fitness Link
Camp?s own fitness columnist, Darryl Olive, will be hosting three hours of non-stop yoga and fitness classes starting at 2 p.m. March 22. Healthy snacks and drinks will be provided. Cost: $25 online, $35 at door. The event will feature Kickboxing, 2-2:30 p.m.; Pilates, 2:30-3 p.m.; Core Training, 3-3:30 p.m.; Latin Dance (Zumba-inspired), 3:30-4 p.m.; Yoga Fusion (Yoga, Pilates and martial arts), 4-4:30 p.m. and Hot Yoga Flow (flow yoga in warm room), 4:30-5 p.m.
Heart of America Softball League schedule:
March 30 ? Players Workshop, Kansas City, Kan., City Park, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
April 6 ? Players Workshop & Coaches Meeting at City Park, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
For more information: www.HASLKC.com, or contact Derek W (recruitment), swimjockR@yahoo.com, or Kim Nordike (league commissioner), email@example.com
This year the league will play its regular season at Mid America Sports Complex, 20000 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, Kan. on fields 5, 6, 7 and 8 (a quad). Regular season game times are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of four weeks starting at 4 p.m. (due to Mid America?s tournament conflicts). Concession stands with alcohol and batting cages are onsite. There is no longer a fee to enter the park. HASL will continue to provide its own ASA umpires to officiate league play.