March 22 election in Kansas City
Mark your calendars to vote in the Kansas City mayoral/City Council general election on March 22. We have listed the Four Freedoms Democratic Club and the KC Pride Democratic Club endorsements on www.campkc.com. Four Freedoms has an ad on page 5 of the March issue.
Mid America Freedom Band concert
The Mid America Freedom Band will perform its spring concert, ï¿½Road Trip,ï¿½ at 7:30 p.m. April 9. The best part is that itï¿½s free! Mark your calendars and come out for this always-spirited group of musicians. The concert will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit www.mafbmusic.org.
Pioneers Trail Run
Another event to mark on your calendars and perhaps invite your out-of-town friends to is the Kansas City Pioneers annual Trailï¿½s End Weekend, which will be April 8-10. This yearï¿½s theme is ï¿½XXXVI: Grease Weekend.ï¿½ Itï¿½s always a great time and goes back to bars like the Dixie Belle, DB Warehouse, Missie Bï¿½s and others. For more information on this yearï¿½s event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page for KC Pioneers.
ï¿½Cabaretï¿½ at the KC Rep
The Rep has a great production of Cabaret, opening March 18. You can read more in Paul Proffett Jr.ï¿½s interview of cast member Claybourne Elder and artistic director Eric Rosen on page 10. Unique seating will be available for this production in addition to the theater seating ï¿½ cabaret tables around the stage and seating onstage. For more information and tickets, visit www.kcrep.org
More theater in March!
The Unicorn is presenting Two Jews Walk Into a War, directed by Cynthia Levin and featuring well-known local actors Jim Korinke and Robert Elliott. Tickets for the March 5-20 show are available at 816-531-PLAY or at www.unicorntheatre.org.
Egads Theatre is opening the Kansas City premiere of In Trousers March 11-26, directed by Steven Eubank. Spinning Tree Theatre is opening the Midwest premiere of the Make Me a Song April 1-10, featuring the music of William Finn and directed by Michael Grayman. Both productions are at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center. For tickets call 816-842-9999, or visit www.egadstheatre.com and www.spinningtreetheatre.com.
Padgett Productions is presenting the Kander and Ebb musical Chicago, starring Sally Struthers as Matron ï¿½Mamaï¿½ Morton. The play runs March 8-20 in the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are available now by calling the Union Station box office at 816-460-2020 or at http://www.unionstation.org/chicago.html
Sally Struthers will also make an appearance at Missie Bï¿½s. The bar and Padgett Productions are presenting ï¿½An Evening with Sally Struthersï¿½ on March 13. Floor tickets are available at the main bar for $30, and the tickets are going fast! Otherwise this event is free, and thereï¿½s never a cover for the madness of the Sunday Funday Show!
The annual AIDS Walk is April 30 and now is the time to register your team or yourself to walk and raise money for area services in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Watch for plenty of activities between now and the walk, including the AIDS Walk Open golf tourney on March 5, the weekend this issue of Camp comes out. For more information on events and how you can get involved visit www.aidswalkkansascity.org.
Kansas City Pride Festival and Show Me State Rodeo
People who are new to the area often ask about when these great events will be. Pride is always the first weekend in June, this year on June 3-5, and the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association rodeo is over the Labor Day weekend, this year on Sept. 3-4. Both Pride and the rodeo are offering new events throughout the year so become Facebook friends or bookmark their website to stay up to date on what theyï¿½re doing each month. On Facebook, look for ï¿½Pride Kansas Cityï¿½ and ï¿½Missouri Gay Rodeo Associationï¿½ and on the web at www.gaypridekc.com and www.mgra.us.
Miss Gay Kansas City
Congratulations to Loreal who won the Miss City of Fountains pageant on Feb. 27 at Sidekicks Saloon. Next step for Loreal will be the competition of 38th annual Miss Gay Missouri, America, Pageant to be held April 28-30 at The SoCo Club in Columbia, Mo.
Heartland Menï¿½s Chorus presents ï¿½Misbehavinï¿½
The Heartland Menï¿½s Chorus is rehearsing for its next big concert, Misbehavinï¿½, with special guest Marilyn Maye, on March 26 and 27. This is sure to be another sellout weekend, as their last concerts have been, so order your tickets early.
Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 27, 4 p.m.
The Folly Theater
300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
ï¿½Harmony, Kansasï¿½ gets a New York City reading
Bill Nelson of Kansas City, a longtime member of the Heartland Menï¿½s Chorus, sent me an email about his new, original musical Harmony, Kansas, with music by Anna K. Jacobs and book and lyrics by Bill Nelson. The show received its first staged reading in New York City on Feb. 22. The reading was led by Richard Biever, artistic director of Singing OnStage Productions.
Nelson, a playwright/lyricist, now resides in New York. He said he ï¿½drew inspiration for the show from his nine years singing with Heartland Menï¿½s Chorus.ï¿½
He goes on to say, ï¿½With a lively, soulful score, Harmony, Kansas depicts the birth of a little gay menï¿½s chorus in rural Kansas. We follow Heath, a gay farmer whoï¿½s making his way in a rural community where homogeneity rules. When his city-born partner, Julian, talks him into joining a spirited group of gay guys who meet once a week to sing, Heath discovers a love for making music and a kinship he didnï¿½t expect. But his world is turned upside down when the group decides to perform in public, threatening everything that matters to him, most of all the life he has made with the man he loves.ï¿½
For information, contact email@example.com.
Unityï¿½s Liberation 2011 retreat
Unity is hosting an LGBT weekend retreat April 7-10 at Unity Village. It will feature gay spiritual leader and Chicago author/activist Mark Anthony Lord along with openly gay acclaimed musician and Tony award-winner Levi Kreis, with a theme of ï¿½Liberation 2011: Nothinï¿½ Broken Here!.ï¿½ Their website states that Liberation 2011 is about:
Healing the shame and pain of growing up in a homophobic society.
Discovering your Divine Purpose and Perfection in being gay.
Fulfilling your dreams and living the life youï¿½ve imagined.
Building intimate friendships established in love, power and authenticity.
Revealing the perfection of God within you, exactly as you are.
The price is $299; those who register before March 8 save $50. Accommodations are priced separately. Registration: 1-866-34-UNITY (1-866-348-6489) or 816-251-3540. For more information visit www.unity.org/lgbt (click on the ï¿½Liberationï¿½ righthand graphic). Unity Village, the world headquarters of Unity, is located at M-350 Highway and Colbern Road (1901 NW Blue Parkway), near Leeï¿½s Summit, Mo.
Castro Movie Nights
Castro Movie Nights hosts a benefit on the third Thursday of each month, raising funds to battle HIV/AIDS in Kansas City.
The next movie night is March 17, and the movie will be the classic Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This monthï¿½s show will benefit the Good Samaritan Project. Cocktails are at 7 p.m., and the movie begins at 8 p.m.
Castro Movie Nights are at the Screenland Armour Theatre, 408 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, Mo. General admission tickets are $8, and special VIP recliner seating in the front of the theater is available for $25. Tickets are available at the door or may be pre-purchased at the Castro Movie Nights website, www.castromovienights.org. Screenland Armour works with movie studios to allow for a reduced price for the events, donating all but $4 per ticket to the benefit.
For each event, businesses or individuals may earn a ï¿½starring roleï¿½ on the marquee by pre-purchasing larger numbers of tickets for Castro Movie Nights promotions and metro college students. The sponsor also makes an additional donation to the benefit. In return for their support, the marquee sponsorï¿½s name will appear on the Screenland marquee the day of the benefit.
VIP Lounge seating is ideal for groups or special events like birthdays. For more information about Castro Movie Nights, and to see pictures from previous events visit, www.facebook.com/CastroMovieNights, or www.castromovienights.org. www.screenland.com/showtimes.html
Janis Ian in concert
Janis Ian will be appearing on March 12 at the Polsky Theatre. Sheï¿½s just returned from a tour in Japan and will be heading to Europe in a few months.
Ian made her recording debut at the age of 15 in 1966 with the classic ï¿½Societyï¿½s Childï¿½, a top 40 single about interracial teen dating. Many will also remember her classic single, ï¿½At Seventeenï¿½, which Iï¿½ve learned was the first song ever performed on Saturday Night Live and even was featured in the movie Mean Girls. Her press agent reports, ï¿½Last year, 15 years after Ian came out on her album Breaking Silence, ï¿½At Seventeenï¿½ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In September, Columbia/Legacy released The Essential Janis Ian, a two-disc anthology spanning Ianï¿½s four-decade-long career.ï¿½
The Carlsen Center-Polsky Theatre is at 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. Tickets are $35 and can be ordered at www.jccc.edu/performing-arts-series/events/2010-2011/event-janis-ian.html or by calling 913-469-4445. For more information, visit www.JanisIan.com.