CampBiz – March, 2010

AIDS Walk Events
We hope you enjoy the cover of this month’s issue with the fabulous DeDe DeVille and Dirty Dorothy, as photographed by Ann Brown. They’re promoting the 20 for 20 fashion show on March 20 that Ms. DeVille orchestrates every year. All 20 fashion designers must create an ensemble for $20, and this AIDS Walk fundraiser is an incredibly creative and fun event. It will be held at The New Monaco (formerly The Mint), 334 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Mo. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the runway show is at 8 p.m. Suggested donation is $10.

If you’re reading this issue of Camp on March 5, you may still be able to get a team together for the AIDS Walk Open Mini-Golf Pub Crawl on March 6. They will still accept registrations on the day of the event at Missie B’s. This important AIDS Walk fundraiser, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is great fun. Teams of three to four will compete on nine different miniature golf holes at eight participating bars, with a team registration fee of $150. Transportation will be provided between the bars, and each team must begin play at the bar they choose to register under. The grand prize is one case of Miller Lite per player per month for an entire year. Also, a team will be awarded the Best Dressed award! Participating bars are McCoy’s, Bistro 303, Kelly’s, Missie B’s, Darkhorse, Sidekicks, Beaumont Club and OutaBounds. The awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at Missie B’s.

If you haven’t yet registered for the April 24 AIDS Walk, now is the time to do so and start gathering pledges. Other events in April including the new series of plays called Pride and Joy and other plays by Paul Rudnick beginning April 1 at the Unicorn Theatre, Mosaic on April 2, Union Hill Parties on April 16 and more. Information on AIDS Walk events can be found at: www.aidswalkkansascity.org.
Heartland Men’s Chorus Concert
The boys are back on March 27-28, performing their British Invasion spring concert. Artistic director Joe Nadeau has promised a concert of songs from artists across the pond including The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, Dusty Springfield, Queen, Boy George, Sir Elton John, Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, The Bee Gees and others. In a statement, Nadeau said, “We’ll present the classic pop music most often associated with the British Invasion, but also include some more recent acts, like the Spice Girls, an outrageous song from the comedy troupe Monty Python and theme songs from the James Bond film series.”

There will also be choreography by Tracie Davis and appearances by HMC performers as Benny Hill, Susan Boyle and Dame Edna Everage. God save the Queen! Performances are at 8 p.m. on March 27 and 4 p.m. on March 28 at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets from $15 to $30 are available at www.hmckc.org or by calling 816-931-3338.
Spirit of Hope MCC
POTTERS HOUSE is back at Spirit of Hope on March 20. There will be games, food and live entertainment. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. Contact Spirit of Hope MCC at 816-931-0750 for information.
Gay Pride
Members of the community can request specific quilt panels that they want to see displayed at the annual Names Project Quilt Dinner to be held June 3 as part of the Show Me Pride festival. To request a panel, first find the panel number at the website for The Names Project (www.aidsquilt.org). Then send your request to: president@gaypridekc.com and your panel will be requested for display in June. The deadline is April 1 in order for the quilts to be shipped in time for this year’s festival. Pride Week is May 31-June 6.

The Quilt Dinner will feature Nhojj as the primary entertainer. Admission is $50 to cover the cost of bringing in 40 panels. Show Me Pride will donate an entire quilt to The Names Project as part of its ongoing outreach efforts. Tickets may be reserved by calling 816-984-2055 or by registering, after March15, at www.gaypridekc.com.

Rick Bumgardner, president of Kansas City Gay Pride, has announced that based on advice from the Kansas City Police Department, they will be changing the policy of an all-free-admittance festival.

“After the criminally prosecuted events that happened at the festival last year, we have been asked to charge a minimal amount for the festival to prevent unwarranted attacks on our community.”

Pride will change its former practice of charging $5 each day for wristbands at drink stations and will now charge $15 for a two-day weekend pass for all festival-goers. The price will include two wristbands (one for Saturday and one for Sunday) and a souvenir cap or T-shirt. These prices are only available online, beginning March 15, at www.gaypridekc.com and must be purchased before the day of the festival. Tickets purchased the day of the festival will be $25 for the two-day weekend pass or $15 a day.

LGBT Citywide Organization Meeting
The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City’s annual organization meeting provides an opportunity to introduce your organization to others and learn more about community groups that serve the LGBT communities of greater Kansas City More than 40 organizations have come in the past, and based on that great response, the LGCC will host another one at 6 p.m. on March 23.

Every organization in attendance will have time to briefly speak, and they may also provide materials if they choose. The meeting will be at Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo. For information, contact Mitch Levine at 816-931-6025 or mitchmkt@aol.com.

Comedian Sherry Vine at Flo’s Cabaret
New York comedian Sherry Vine is coming to Flo’s Cabaret, 1911 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., at 10 p.m. April 2. There is a $5 cover for open seating and $10 reserved seating. For more details about Sherry Vine, go to her website at www.sherryvine.com.
PFLAG Regional Conference
Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Kansas City (PFLAG-KC) is hosting a regional conference on at 9 a.m. April 10 at Village Presbyterian Church, at 67th and Mission in Prairie Village, Kan. Missouri Sen. Jolie Justus will open the conference, and breakout topics will include “Safe Schools,” “Straight for Equality,” “LGBT Grandparenting Issues,” “Love Won Out,” “Transgender 101,” “Financial and Legal Planning,” “Faith Issues Panel Discussion,” and “Adoption.” The cost before March 31 is $10 per person under 21 years of age and $15 for over 21. Later registration is $20 per person. See pflagkc.org for a brochure and registration form.
KU Pride Week
The University of Kansas Queers and Allies group has organized the Pride Week from April 5 to April 10. Kellen Thomas Bolt, Pride Week coordinator, sent us the schedule. For more details, check their website: http://groups.ku.edu/~qanda/

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, April 5. Live Queer Acts/Kiss-In. The group plans to offer the Kiss-In, endurance readings of laws that negatively affect the LGBT community, information about LGBT groups in Lawrence, games, and a chance to socialize.

2 p.m. Tuesday, April 6. Sexy Time, Big 12 Room in the Kansas Union. This is a brown bag special about safe sex in the LGBT community.

7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 6. Staceyann Chin, def poet, will perform at Hashinger Hall (the dorm with the rainbow lights) and sign her book afterward.

7-9 p.m. Wednesday April 7. Vogue Evolution, Ballroom, Kansas Union. New York City’s premier vogue dance company, Vogue Evolution, will perform, Afterward, Pride Prom will begin at Wilde’s Chateau 24, 2412 Iowa, for ages 18 and up. Proceeds go to Q&A.

7-9 p.m. Thursday April 8, Pride Flag Discussion, Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Gilbert Baker, creator of the first rainbow flag and a native Kansan, will speak about the Pride flag and its evolution.

Noon-1 p.m. Friday, April 9, Brown Bag Drag. In front of the Kansas Union, or in case of inclement weather, the Ecumenical Christian Ministries. Budding drag superstars to established performers are welcome to perform. Daisy Buckët will host.

11 a.m.- noon Saturday, April 10. Pride Parade. Massachusetts Street, downtown Lawrence.
Writers Place Reading Series – An Evening of Memoirs
Wayne Courtois reports that he’ll be reading from his memoir, A Report from Winter, at 7 p.m. March 19. Courtois was featured in Damian Torres-Botello’s Their Story column in the October 2009 issue of Camp. Also featured will be Barbara Bartocci and John Mark Eberhart. Suggested donation is $5, or $3 for Writers Place members. Writers Place is at 3607 Pennsylvania.

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