CampBiz – March 28, 2008

Show Me State Rodeo Takes a Year Off
The Missouri Gay Rodeo Association (MGRA) has just announced that it will not be hosting a Show Me State Rodeo this year. MGRA is a terrific group, and we will miss what they do to contribute to our entertainment and fundraising through the rodeo this year.?
Chuck Kirkwood, MGRA rodeo director, said, ?Deciding not to have a rodeo this year was very difficult for all of us.?However, we felt that with the rising costs associated with hosting a rodeo, along with the changes we are undergoing as an organization restructuring from a chapter to a state format, it was really the only decision we could make at this time.?We do plan to host a rodeo again in 2009, and with the extra time we have to?prepare and spread the word, we?re looking forward to a great event.??
Heartland Men?s Chorus
If you?re reading Camp the day we publish, it?s not too late to call the Folly Theater and get tickets for the March 29 and 30 Heartland Men?s Chorus concert ? Exile: The Journey Home. This is the concert that HMC is doing with the Wichita Heart of America Chorus. For the Kansas City performance, visit www.hmckc.org or call 816-931-3338. They will also be doing the same concert in Wichita on April 5 and 6, and those tickets can be purchased at www.selectaseat.com or by calling 316-755-SEAT (7328). It?s going to be a great performance, and we wish both choruses success. Read more about this concert in our cover story from the Feb. 29 issue of Camp at www.campkc.com.
Mid America Freedom Band
This outstanding local band will be performing their concert of “In the Mood” on April 5 at the Paseo Academy. For more information check out the story from the March 14 issue of Camp online. The concert is at 8 p.m. and located at 4747 Flora Avenue, KCMO. Tickets are only $10 and available through www.mafbmusic.org
Kansas City Gay Pride
Although I reported in the last CampBiz that Gay Pride was bringing back the Gay Pride Parade after years of its absence, I just learned last night that the parade has been canceled.

Organizers tell me that they crunched the numbers and found that in order to keep Pride in the black, they just couldn?t afford the expenses of a parade, such as closing a street and hiring police (to say nothing of the cost of the gowns and boas). The Friday night StreetBlast and Saturday/Sunday festival, however, are still on and going like gangbusters.

John Koop, Gay Pride president, said, ?It would be financially irresponsible for us to put on a parade this year. Thank God the Pride committee agreed.?

The entertainment contracts are being signed as we speak. Gay Pride is working on a video that will run on a loop at many of the bars very soon. Look for the talent to be announced then, and in an upcoming issue of Camp.

We are working on the Gay PrideGuide now, so all advertisers who wish to be in this special issue, please get in touch with me today!
Lawrence Gay Pride
KU Queers and Allies has once again planned a great Pride week, March 31-April 4. All events are free except the Monday night performance of Lea Delaria which is $5 for non-students and payable at the door.
Here?s the schedule:
8 p.m. Monday, March 31 ? Singer and comic Lea Delaria, Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall.
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Augusten Burroughs, author of Running With Scissors, Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 LGBT Parents Question & Answer Panel, Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union.
10 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 Queer Prom Night, The Granada, 1020 Mass. St.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3 Scout?s Honor, a documentary about being gay in the Boy Scouts, Big 12 Room, Kansas Union.
Noon Friday, April 4, annual Brown Bag Drag Show, in front of the Kansas Union.
AIDS WALK Updates
The 20th anniversary of AIDS Walk (www.AidsWalkKansasCity.org) is only five weeks away. AIDS Walk event director Michael Lintecum reports: ?We continue to appreciate the impressive support shared by the Kansas City business community for AIDS Walk 2008. We are honored that Metzler Bros. Insurance and our good friend Steve Metzler are together supporting this year?s event at the $20,000 level. AIDS Walk owes Steve Metzler a depth of gratitude for all he has done over the years to ensure the event?s success. Steve not only served as the president of the AIDS Service Foundation for 10 years, but his commitment, passion and generosity for those living with HIV/AIDS is unparalleled in our community.?
Mark your calendars to support AIDS Walk Kansas City in these coming events:

MOSAIC 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, Art Lobby of the Chair Building at 2020 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo. A collection of over 1,000 glazed ceramic tiles created by local youth, artists and volunteers will be on display and available for purchase.

20 for 20 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, bar Natasha, 1911 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. This ?thrifty? fashion show will feature Dede DeVille and Kansas City area designers.

Union Hill House Parties 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 11, at participating Union Hill Homes in Kansas City, Mo.

RedLine 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the event space above Nara, 1617 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Designers have donated red pieces for this benefit fashion show and auction (www.RedLineKC.com).

Night of Remembrance 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20, Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo. Banners of those who lost their fight with AIDS will be displayed (www.terrynewell.com/memorial/download.html).

AIDS Walk Kansas City 8 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Theis Park, 47th and Oak Streets, in Kansas City, Mo.
PFLAG
Our wonderful chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is losing its absolutely stellar president, Jamie Lee (can you tell I?m biased?). In an e-mail sent out by PFLAG vice president Randy Fowler, he writes: ?Kansas City?s loss is Houston?s gain. Jamie Lee and her husband Richard have found their dream home outside of Houston, Texas. Her last meeting is Sunday, April 13. Her replacement has not yet been confirmed. If you have spent any time around Jamie over the past years during her term as president, you are aware of her unlimited enthusiasm regarding PFLAG and her life in general. She is going to find a way to become involved in a PFLAG chapter in Houston or the surrounding area. She is an asset to whatever organization she becomes involved in. She will be missed in the Kansas City and surrounding areas and will leave an emptiness inside anyone who has come into contact with her.?
Self-Serving Ramblings
We have another Kansas Citian moving on: Danny Bright, who has written entertainment reviews and interviews for Camp and other Kansas City LGBT publications over the years, has accepted a job in Washington, D.C. Perhaps we can talk Danny into being our Washington correspondent, especially if he picks up some juicy and scandalous news, which somehow seems very possible. Thanks, Danny, for your great work for Camp.

And straight, or perhaps just directly east, from Salt Lake City we welcome Jim Pitts as a new writer for Camp. Mr. Pitts is an actor as well as a writer and is still reveling in the fact that he could buy an inexpensive fixer-upper while still finding time to write for us. Welcome, Jim!

We?re always looking for new writers and we have a great editor, Juli Warren, who polishes everything we do. If you?re interested in writing for Camp, call or e-mail me and let?s talk.

I?ll confess that I think our writers are truly remarkable people. They all volunteer to do this until Camp gets bought out by some corporate giant and we put them on the payroll. In fact, two of our writers have published books that we?ll be telling you about in the next issue.

As always, please drop me a line and give us your feedback. One reader did just that by writing to Michael DeMarco about his Head Case column:
Dr. DeMarco,
Thank you for your insightful columns in CAMP magazine over the past year. They are always thought-provoking and encouraging. May you be confident that your readers benefit from your efforts.
Sincerely,
Ron H.
West Bottoms, the Next Crossroads?
As many of you may know, our Camp office is in the great and newly developing West Bottoms area of Kansas City, just west of downtown. Our office is in the Livestock Exchange Building, a fantastic spot if anyone is looking for office space. What other office building has a post office, gym, barbershop, shoe shines, The Golden Ox restaurant, and a loading dock for our twice-monthly pallet of Camp newspapers! The Dolphin Gallery has announced they are moving from the Crossroads to a building across the street from us.

A new advertiser in this issue, Euro Design, is in the West Bottoms at 1420 W. 13th Terr., right next to the Beast Haunted House. Peter Kristensen, the owner, has a great selection of contemporary furniture, and get this ? accepts trade-ins of any type he tells me! The store is only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. The grand opening will be in April, on a date to be announced soon.

As always, keep me informed of your organization or businesses activity by sending an e-mail to jlong@campkc.com.

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