Kansas City Gay & Lesbian
Film + Video Festival
James Franco and Jon Hamm’s new film about the early years of gay poet Allen Ginsberg, whose epic poem “Howl” sparked a literary revolution, will open the 2010 Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film + Video Festival at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport on June 25. Securing the highly anticipated film Howl was a coup, and festival director Jamie Rich is awaiting confirmation as to whether one (or both) of the lead performers will attend on opening night. The festival runs June 25-July 1 at the Tivoli. For more schedule and ticket information, go to www.kcgayfilmfest.com.
Community Marketing Survey
Once again Camp is participating, along with other LGBT magazines nationwide, in a survey of marketing trends conducted by Community Marketing. (See the ad on page 35.) It only takes about 10 minutes or less, and you can win prizes as well. The information will be shared with our local businesses and organizations, so it’s very valuable. You can also complete the survey by going to the Community Marketing LGBT Marketing survey banner at www.campkc.com or directly to www.lgbtsurvey.com. Please note that you must click the button for Camp magazine to begin your survey, and the survey will close June 30. Share the word with friends.
Pride Diversity Training
Deon Young, Kansas City regional field organizer for PROMO (www.promoonline.org), will conduct a Diversity Training at 5:30 p.m. June 1 at the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza during the Kansas City Pride Educational Symposium.
Young wrote in an email, “A component of this workshop would be to focus on the work that is done within Kansas City around LGBTQIA issues and causes. I would like you or a representative of your organization to recite your mission statement. The purpose of this is to reflect on the already known diversity within our community and how our relationships reflect as well as affect how we work together.” Deon Young can be contacted at: email@example.com or 816-931-2300.
Zoe Kelly reports that this fundraising awards ceremony recognizing LGBT and allied organizations, community leaders, businesses, entertainers and much more will be held once again July 30 at Flo’s Cabaret, 1911 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. Time TBA. This event benefits the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association. We’re proud to say that Camp has won the award for best publication two years in a row. Save the date, and look for more information in the June/July issue of Camp and at www.campkc.com and www.mgra.us.
Varieties and Sidekicks
The latest news in town is that both Sidekicks and Varieties bars are under new ownership. Buddy Taylor (aka Belle Starr) is the new owner of Sidekicks and Danny Wheat is the new owner of Varieties. Stop by and say hello to the new owners. I was at Sidekicks on Sunday night, May 16, for the Pride benefit that raised over $1,000. The Pride board and volunteers agreed to do amateur drag for the show, hosted by Celeste Powers and Belle Starr.
The Girlie Show
Daisy Buckët has brought back The Girlie Show that she formerly held at bar Natasha. It’s now at Missie B’s every other week at 8 p.m. The next show is June 7. Check out a great evening of live cabaret! Daisy also has a great YouTube video of the last Girlie Show at her You Tube “Big Spencer TV” site: www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8IXjPeqnsg.
Kansas Equality Coalition
As many of you know, our community lost a great friend and activist, Steve Brown on Feb. 19. Brown headed up the Northeast Chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition and was involved in many other LGBT and political organizations. There are 11 chapters of KEC throughout Kansas. Tom Witt, a friend of Brown’s who serves as treasurer of the Wichita chapter, tells me they’re looking for someone to take over Brown’s role with the Northeast Chapter. Those who are interested in becoming involved with the Kansas Equality Coalition can call Witt
at 316-683-1706 or visit www.kansasequalitycoalition.org.
Tom Lancaster, whom many of you know from the Heartland Men’s Chorus and local theater productions, tells me he’ll soon be launching a new “classic camp movie and a live comedy show” called Screenland Slams at the Screenland Crown Center theater. The first show is at 8 p.m. June 24 and it will feature one of the campiest movies ever, Mommie Dearest. Tickets are $10 and available at www.screenland.com
Gay Day at Worlds of Fun
Kelly Pangburn contacted me about Gay Day at Worlds of Fun. The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City (LGCCKC) and the Mid America Freedom Band (MAFB) will partner again for the return of Gay Day at Worlds of Fun, Saturday, June 19.
Tickets for the event are $30 each, including park admission for the day and a private LGBT lunch from 12-1 p.m. inside the park. Tickets will be available for order at the Pride festival at the LGCCKC and MAFB booths, and must be purchased in advance through these organizations.
The event, titled “OUT in the Park at Worlds of Fun” is in the spirit of “Red Shirt Day” events. Pangburn reports that “Last year’s turn out was great and we’re looking for even stronger numbers this year to show the pride we have in our LGBT community!”
Tickets must be ordered in advance to receive this special $30 rate. They will not be available the day of event for purchase. All orders must be received by June 10. Don’t forget to wear your red shirt! To request an email order form, please contact your co-hosts Mitch Levine (LGCCKC) at firstname.lastname@example.org (816) 931-6025 or Kelly Pangburn (MAFB) at CosmopoliteKC@yahoo.com (816) 674-3056.