Congratulations to the entire team of AIDS Walk organizers and all the walkers and donors for making this year’s event on April 24 such a great success. As we all know, raising the money for the AIDS Service Foundation and those they serve continues year-round, in addition to the walk. It’s a city-wide effort that wouldn’t happen without the support of our gay bars and entertainers as well. Here’s just one example of how our entertainers help raise money: Daisy Buckët exceeded her goal this year and raised more than $12,000 through “Team Buckët” at many fundraisers.
Before I even begin to discuss what’s happening in May, I need to send out a big reminder that May 9 is Mother’s Day. I just had my 89-year-old mother visit me for a few days, and I am constantly reminded how lucky I am to have her in my life. It’s an important day to honor our mothers (even if they are now only a great memory) and as those who have often acted as surrogate mothers.
Pride Kansas City
The June 5-7 Pride festival is just weeks away, and the Pride committee is working feverishly on all of the final plans to make this year’s event a great success. (In fact, the next Pride meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 5 at Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte, and it’s open to the public.)
The Saturday and Sunday Pride festival (www.gaypridekc.com) will take place as always at Penn Valley Park, but the Friday night StreetBlast has moved from the 20th and Main location to the Power & Light District. This change is a win-win for Pride and our community because it will save Pride thousands of dollars in costs for blocking off Main Street and building a stage, among other expenses. The Pride volunteers who already work tirelessly on Saturday and Sunday will be spared the added work of creating and taking down the setup for StreetBlast. An added benefit is protection from rain at the P&L. As all of you who have experienced a deluge that has ruined StreetBlast in years past, this is a good thing.
Some people disagree with the location of StreetBlast at the Power & Light district and started a Facebook page to show their opposition. Rick Bumgardner, president of Show Me Pride, has responded to their concerns in his SpeakOut article on page six. There is also a page on Facebook countering the protest page.
You can view/comment at the two Facebook pages:
• Protest Kansas City Pride at Power & Light District
• Power the Light with Pride
If you have an opinion, pro or con, we welcome your feedback after the festival is over that we can print in our June issue. Please note, we would need your letters to the editor by June 9.
In the meantime, we salute Pride for their yearlong efforts and look forward to a great annual festival
Look for more information in the official Camp PrideGuide being published later this month and also distributed at the Pride festival. That issue will also cover the full week of events preceding Pride.
Here’s a listing of what they have planned for May. (For locations of the host bars, see the bar listing on page 23.)
May 2 Reunite The Rainbow,
6-10 p.m., OutABounds
May 5 Butt Wiser’s Benefit,
10 p.m., Tootsie’s
May 11 Butt Wiser’s Benefit,
10:30 p.m., JR’s Place
(Great Plains Mall)
May 14 Dress To Impress,
6:30 p.m., Flo’s Cabaret
May 15 Biscuit/Gravy Breakfast,
8-11 a.m., OutABounds
May 19 Benefit Show,
10 p.m., Tootsie’s
May 30 Graffiti T-Dance,
midnight, Flo’s Cabaret
Adam Lambert Brings ‘Glam Nation’ to KC
We just got word on our press deadline that American Idol star Adam Lambert is coming to Kansas City on July 15 at the Midland Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. May 14, via the Midland Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Special guests on the tour are Allison Iraheta and Orianthi.
Heartland Men’s Chorus
The Heartland Men’s Chorus is planning two great events in May and June.
• Their annual Garden Party will be at 3 p.m. on May 23 at the Janssen Place home of Allan and Carol Hallquist. Tickets are $75 each, or $300 for Patron tickets, which include two tickets to the Garden Party.
• HMCKC is teaming up with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus for their June concert of “Go West, Young Man.” The chorus describes this as a “celebration of classic American composers and timeless American music. …More than 250 singers will take the stage of the Folly Theater for a sound that will shake the rafters!” Performances will be at 8 p.m. June 12 and at 4 p.m. June 13 at the Folly, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
35th Anniversary Celebration
KC Pioneers will celebrate their 35th anniversary with two nights of celebration April 30 and May 1, including dinner, grants for the community, and a pub crawl. The pub crawl will start at 8 p.m. May 1 at Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $15.
Fourth Annual LGBT Community Picnic
The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City is hosting the community picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 16 at Swope Park, Shelter 7.
The LGCCKC will provide grills, hot dogs, chips and bottled water. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share with everyone, plus chairs and blankets if you wish. The picnic will include music, games for all ages, and a nice relaxing atmosphere for singles, couples, families and pets to enjoy. For more information, visit www.lgcc-kc.org.
MCCKC Neighborhood Block Party
Spirit of Hope MCCKC’s Potters House and music department will combine to throw a “Neighborhood Block Party in the Parking Lot” from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 22. There will be a moonwalk for the kids, concessions, prizes, DJ and live entertainment. For more information, call the church at 816-931-0750.
New Books and Author Appearances
Tales My Body Told Me
Wayne Courtois, who was interviewed in Damian Torres-Botello’s “Their Story” column in the October issue of Camp (www.campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=1345), has a new book being released in May titled Tales My Body Told Me. The press release describes the plot as “Sex. Satire. Mystery. Foul Play. True Love. Not necessarily in that order.”
“Paul Lavarnway thought he had settled into comfortable, middle-aged domesticity in Kansas City with his husband Eric. So how is it he finds himself confined with four other gay men at East Oak House, a spooky old mansion from which they can see the rundown, off-season seaside resort of Two Piers, Maine, with its single pier and silent Ferris Wheel? He can’t remember. Is it the drugs? The group therapy meant to help Paul and his housemates learn to be happy ex-gays?
“While winter deepens outside the windows, Paul and his companions and their sweetly sinister mentor Brian explore the past and the future without ever quite understanding their present in the hot-house atmosphere of East Oak House. As memory comes to the surface, Paul discovers truths about himself, his husband, the man who came between them, and the accidental lover whose death looks more and more like murder. And what happens to those who leave East Oak House?”
(Lethe Press, ISBN: 1-59021-247-9. Paperback, 310 pages. $18.)
Starla Carr from Kansas City wrote to me about her new book, Privileged Conversations. Carr describes her book as “a motivational, funny and insightful book for women looking for love. What makes this book so controversial is that I have used my unique perspective on relationships as a black lesbian and conversations with my customers (I have been a hairstylist for over 16 years) and compiled these ideas in a book for women who are dating and looking for love.”
The book is available at xlibris.com or 888-795-4274. (Paperback, 144 pages. $19.99. Item # 60668)
Jay Michaelson (http://www.jaymichaelson.net/) will be in Kansas City on May 26 and 27. Jay is very active in LGBT issues. He is the executive director of Nehirim, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2004, which builds community for LGBT Jews, partners, and allies. His work in this area has been published in anthologies including Torah Queeries, The Passionate Torah: Jews and Sex, and Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice, and featured in the New York Times and National Public Radio. His newest book (October 2009) is Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism.
Book Lecture and Signing, 7 p.m. May 26. Free
Meditation Workshop, 7 p.m. May 27. $20 admission at the door.
Prairie Village, Kan.