AIDS Walk activities
AIDS Walk Kansas City held a fun 2010 kickoff party on Jan. 28 at Flo’s Cabaret. The event was once again masterfully emceed by Missy Koonce and Ron Megee. The cast of the Unicorn Theatre’s Grey Gardens performed, along with other guest entertainers. The Kansas City Rep presented a check for $30,000 raised during the theater’s holiday performances. This year AIDS Walk is partnering with Actors & Artists Against AIDS in a new theater event at the Unicorn, with performances of playwright Paul Rudnick’s Pride and Joy in April. It stars Megee, Koonce, Kelly Main, Evan White and Jessica Dressler. It will be directed by Jeff Church, producing artistic director of the Coterie Theatre. Look for more information in the March issue of Camp.
Our columnist Francine wrote of a new holiday in last year’s February issue that she was labeling Valloween. We see the theme has been taken to a new fundraiser for AIDS Walk Kansas City, sponsored by the Millennial League, from 7 p.m. to midnight on Feb. 12 at the Madrid Theatre, 3810 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
On the group’s Facebook page they describe the event this way: "On Friday, February 12th two of our favorite holidays collide! It’s a Halloween and Valentine’s Day mash-up that is sure to be the biggest costume party of the year!" Costumes are encouraged, buts not required. Entertainment will be hosted by Dirty Dorothy and headlined by the Zeros, a Kansas City-based ’80s cover band, with DJ NoMathmatics providing dance music.
General admission tickets are $20 per person and include entrance into Code Red at 8 p.m., where free Clear 10 Vodka "Code Red" cocktails and McCoy’s beer will be served, along with food and a full cash bar all night long.
VIP tickets are $75 per person and include everything that a general admission ticket includes, plus admission to the Be My Naughty Valentine VIP Reception from 7 to 8 p.m. during which you will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, an hourlong full open bar, and entertainment from local artists Kathleen and Frenchie.
Tickets are available now at http://codered.eventbrite.com. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page for Code Red.
AIDS Walk Open 2010
On March 6, AIDS Walk will once again host its fun golf tourney and pub crawl called the AIDS Walk Open, "Where a hole in one, is a whole lot of fun…." The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Shuttle buses will take participants to the eight midtown Kansas City bars that are participating. This fundraiser for AIDS Walk raised nearly $20,000 last year. There will also be great prizes; information is posted on their website. Registration, at $150 per team, is now open, so get a team of three or four people together and register today at http://aidswalkopen.org.
Missouri Gay Rodeo Association (MGRA)
MGRA held its first dinner fundraiser at Bistro 303 on Jan. 31 (see photos on page 12). Earlier in the month, they had a fundraiser at Tootsies. The group is actively hosting events leading up to the Labor Day weekend rodeo in Kansas City. For more information on participating in the rodeo, becoming a belt buckle sponsor, or volunteering with the organization, visit www.mgra.us.
Kansas City Gay Pride
Show Me Pride (www.gaypridekc.com) is busy with fundraisers and other fun events leading up to the June 5-6 festival. As we publish this issue, the group just held the Mr. and Miss Pride Pageant on Feb. 4, and will be following that with the King and Queen of Pride Pageant at 9 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo.
The LOGO Channel is sponsoring a national RuPaul’s Drag Race Exception Queen Contest. Show Me Pride and Missie B’s will be hosting weekly contests on Monday nights at 8 p.m. There will be a contest during the Belle Starr Show at 10 p.m. The winner of the contest will have the opportunity to tape a segment for NewNowNext Poplab, LOGO’s music and pop culture show, to be aired in June. Pride and Missie B’s will be hosting the Official Weekly Viewing Parties for Season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race every Monday until the finale on April 26. They held their first contest on Feb. 1.
Heartland Men’s Chorus of Kansas City
HMCKC will perform "And Justice For All" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the historic Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts in Columbia, Mo. The performance is a benefit for The Center Project, Columbia’s LGBT community center (and mid-Missouri’s first and only lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally community space). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.motheatre.org. The performance is the same one that HMC premiered at the Folly Theater in the spring of 2009, but it is condensed into a one-act, 90-minute program dealing with three separate struggles for civil rights: those of African Americans, of women and of the LGBT community. Music from the various civil rights movements will combine with narration and visual effects to create a moving and inspiring portrait of the work that’s been done and the work there is still to do.
Earlier that day, HMC will sing at noon at the Capitol Building in Jefferson City at the Missouri Citizens for the Arts Citizens’ Day at the Legislature (www.hmckc.org).
Deon Young has been announced as the successor to PROMO Kansas City organizer Sarah Gillooly, who left the group to join Planned Parenthood. PROMO has published Young’s bio in its February newsletter:
Deon was born in Ft. Collins, CO and grew up in Milwaukee, WI. Deon attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and began volunteering with the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center’s LGBT and ally youth program, Project Q, and the LGBT advocacy and equal rights program, Center Advocates. Deon was hired at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center as a field organizer in 2004, and worked with the Fair Wisconsin Campaign to defeat the ballot measure to ban marriage for gay and lesbian couples in Wisconsin. During his work at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Deon also served as a board member with Equality Federation.
Through trainings from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Equality Federation, ACLU’s Gay and Lesbian Rights Project, and other progressive and LGBT ally organizations, Deon comes with a vast amount of experience and energy with organizing and recruiting volunteers and building coalitions with under-represented communities.
PROMO has Valentine’s Day events planned in both Kansas City and Springfield, Mo.
Words of Love 8: Vintage Valentine will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Firefly Lounge, 4118 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, Mo. This evening will include hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a silent auction, as well as readings and performances celebrating a century of LGBT history and ALL LOVE. Proceeds benefit PROMO. Reserve your tickets now!
Valentine’s Day Massage for Couples will be from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 14 in Springfield, Mo. Participate in this hands-on demonstration workshop to learn tips and tricks from a licensed massage therapist about supporting relationships through intentional touch. The cost is $20 per couple, and proceeds benefit PROMO. Perfect for new couples, spouses or best friends! Space is limited. Call your host, Kate Quinn, licensed massage therapist, at 417-350-0782 to reserve your spot.
For more information on the work that PROMO does in Kansas City and Missouri, visit www.promoonline.org.
KC Cave Bears
The Kansas City Cave Bears annual Chili Cook-Off will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 at Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St, Kansas City, Mo. The contest is open to all organizations and individuals. The Cave Bears will host a Beer/Soda Bust from 3 till 8 p.m. during the event. Tom Hampton of the KCCB sent me this information: "This event is a great way to network and re-connect with old friends. We encourage our friends at Missouri Gay Rodeo Association, Kansas City Coed Dart Association, KC boys of Leather, KC Pioneers, Kansas City Leather University, Heart of America Softball League, and Heartland Men’s Chorus to enter their favorite chili while connecting with old friends. While there is no charge to enter or participate, donations are appreciated."
Kansas City Deaf HH Gay Social Group
This group meets from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month at Out-A-Bounds Bar & Grill at 36th and Broadway, Kansas City, Mo., Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing gays (who know or are learning sign language) are invited to this social. Allen from the group tells me they have been meeting for three years and average six to 12 people at their monthly meetings. They report the group is diverse and that ages range from 21 to 60 years old. Hearing gay people are invited if they know or want to learn sign language. For more information, send an email to Allen at KCDeafguy@aol.com.