Good Samaritan Project
On April 26, Good Samaritan Project held the annual Dining Out for Life benefit. More than 30 restaurants participated, and the after-party at Hamburger Mary’s was a festive celebration. GSP honored celebrity chair Gary Lezak, chief meteorologist for 41 Action News (KSHB-TV), with a birthday cake. GSP’s next event will be Corks and Canvas, an art, food and wine auction, on June 8 at Studio Dan Meiners, 2500 W. Pennway, Kansas City, Mo. For more details, go to www.gsp-kc.org.
Congratulations to AIDS Walk organizers, volunteers, walkers, entertainers and sponsors for another great walk on April 28. The weather was beautiful, and it looked like one of the largest crowds I’ve ever seen. Missy Koonce was fabulous as an emcee, as always. It was also a pleasure to see Mayor Sly James speak from the stage, as he did last year, and then lead off the walkers through Theis Park, where he cheered the walkers and allowed many to take their photo with him. He was joined by the top three fundraising teams (Team Clover, Team Buckët and Team Mama’s Family) and representatives from the GE Team.
Next on the agenda for AIDS Walk are the Fountain Party on May 20, Party With a Purpose on June 16 and a Denim Fashion Performance on June 22. Details can be found at www.aidswalkkansascity.org.
Speaking of Hamburger Mary’s, they’re having their Kinko de Mayo Bear Bust on Friday, May 5, the day we publish this issue of Camp. With its weekly Sunday Drag Brunch and frequent weekly Charity Bingo benefit shows, it’s a great place for food and drink, or as they say, “to eat, drink and be Mary.” This year for Pride weekend, Hamburger Mary’s will be hosting its first outdoor street festival, in the 1900 block of Baltimore Avenue, on June 1-2 and it promises to be a huge party. For more details, check out their Facebook page under “KC Pride Street Festival.”
Bar anniversary parties
Missie B’s held a great 18th anniversary party on April 21, complete with a show by Dirty Dorothy and countless entertainers honoring owner Michael Burnes with renditions of songs from 1994, the year of the opening. It was a great party, and they made light of rumors, repeated on Hearne Christopher’s blog, that have claimed that the bar is moving to Westport. Missie B’s has repeatedly denied this.
Buddy Taylor celebrated his second anniversary of ownership of Sidekicks Saloon with another great party on April 29.
The June Pride issue of Camp will feature a special Pride BarGuide and celebrate all that our gay bars do and have done for our LGBT community over the years. Look for that to appear the weekend before the June 1-3 Pride festival. That issue will also feature all that is happening in Kansas City throughout the month of June, which is Pride month.
k.d. lang at the Lied Center
The incredibly talented first lesbian singer of country music, Canada’s own k.d. lang, and The Siss Boom Bang will be performing music from their newest album, Sing it Loud, plus favorite songs from lang’s career at 7:30 p.m. May 20 at the Lied Center in Lawrence (www.lied.ku.edu/events/kd-lang.shtml). What better way to get in the mood for Pride month in June!
Bryan Batt at the Nelson-Atkins Museum
TV actor Bryan Batt of Mad Men will be featured in “Big, Easy Style Talk” as he discusses his passions — New Orleans, acting, and interior design, including his most recent book, Big, Easy Style: Creating Rooms You Love to Live In. The event is from 2 to 3 p.m. May 12 at the Atkins Auditorium in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Camp will be offering free tickets at an event to be announced. For more details on that event, check out our Facebook page for “Camp Kansas City.”
HRC Tee Up for Equality and Third Thursday
The 8th annual Tee Up for Equality Golf Tournament fundraiser (www.hrc.org/kcgolf) is coming up June 16. Tickets are $90 for one golfer and $360 for a four-person team. It will be held at Swope Memorial Golf Course, 6900 Swope Memorial Dr., Kansas City, Mo. Registration is at 7 a.m., shotgun at 8 a.m.
HRC’s monthly Third Thursday Social will be at The Polished Edge, 1360 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. Sip champagne, shop great jewelry deals and catch up with friends old and new! The Polished Edge will donate a portion of all sales to HRC. Thursday, May 17, 5:30– 7:30 p.m.
At both events, $10 raffle tickets for an annual unlimited AMC movie pass will be sold, with only 300 available. Winners will be announced June 16.
Gears 4 Queers
Elizabeth Bejan, someone very familiar to the bicycling community in Kansas City and a former cover model for Camp’s AIDS Bicycling issue has been working tirelessly on the Revolve Community Bike Shop Gears 4 Queers Project. They refurbish used bikes to get more people riding.
Last year, Bejan was grateful when they secured a location on Troost and, with the help of volunteers, painted it and got the building cleaned up and ready for her new shop. In their press release, they say that “the first 20 Queers that ‘Earn-a-Bike’ through our program get a bike, helmet, light set and lock.” From her work on the AIDS Bicycle Challenge, which incidentally has now been renamed the AIDS Bicycle Cruise, Bejan said, she heard from many people that would have participated in that ride if they only owned a bike. She told me in an email that “May is Bike Month, and you can mention that our making this special Earn-a-Bike outreach project available is our way of supporting the upcoming AIDS Bicycle Cruise.”
For more information or to donate to the project, visit www.revolvekc.org or call Bejan at 816-835-3310. Take a free online bike safety course at www.bikeed.org.
Spirit of Hope MCC events
The Mighty Mo Combo: Spirit of Hope, MCCKC’s Potters House is hosting the Mid America Freedom Band’s Jazz ensemble The Might Mo Combo in concert at 7:30 p.m. May 12. The Might Mos, a 15-member group, played with the MAFB at the December 2011 concert, “Holidays and All That Jazz.” This will be a free concert, but a love offering will be accepted.
Block Party: Spirit of Hope, MCCKC will be hosting the third annual Block Party in their parking lot from 4:30-8 p.m. May 19. There will be a bounce house and special play area for children, a dunk tank with Pastor Kurt and others taking turns on “the hot seat,” as well as a food booth, Planet of Hope Gift booth, Bake Sale booth and more. The band Nickel Plate Road will perform. Spirit of Hope asks that you bring your lawn chairs, your friends and family and come enjoy an evening of fun, food and entertainment.
MCCKC is at 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. Call the church at 816-931-0750 with any questions. Free parking will be available.
‘Dandelion Chains’ at the Fishtank
Heidi Van of Kansas City’s Fishtank Performance Studio has sent us this information about a great new play as part of the KC Fringe Festival.
Chicago-based actress and writer Shanna Shrum brings Dandelion Chains to Kansas City’s Fishtank Performance Studio on May 18 and 19.
Dandelion Chains, set in 1988, documents the struggle of a gay couple as they try to maintain custody of their adopted daughter. It is a universal tale of love, forgiveness and acceptance that goes beyond sexuality to discover what makes a family and what keeps it together.
The show is fresh off a run at Chicago’s Stage 773. Kansas City playwright Damian Torres-Bottello says, “Before your eyes, Ms. Shrum transforms herself not just into various characters (both women and men) but she reveals various emotions and states of mind that are subtle, human and raw. Dandelion Chains explores the very identifiable hesitancies and doubts parents have when raising children and begs the question: What does it mean to be a fit parent?”
Performances are at 8 p.m. May 18 and 19. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. To purchase $12 tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/244595. Fishtank Performance Studio is located at 1715 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo.
To see the Dandelion Chains promotional video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPSxiCAMwXM
For more information, go to www.DandelionChains.com or www.FishtankTheater.com.
PerformOUTKC names new artistic director
PerformOUTKC has announced that Michelle A. McIntire is its new artistic director and conductor. McIntire is a music educator, voice and piano coach, and conductor. The group’s press release states: “We are very fortunate for this new partnership as Mrs. McIntire brings a wealth of artistic talent and knowledge that so candidly complements our artistic vision.”
McIntire is now the director of music at St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City and was formerly the artistic director of Crescendo: Tampa Bay Women’s Chorus. Both Tampa Bay Women’s Chorus and PerformOUTKC are proud member organizations of GALA Choruses, a gay and lesbian choral movement.
PerformOUTKC is Kansas City’s first and only performing arts group for LGBTQIA young people and their allies. It provides a safe and inclusive atmosphere for youth of any and all identities. PerformOUTKC is a nonprofit organization, established in 2008 as an educational outreach performing arts program.
Positive Advocacy Caucus
Roberto Archuleta, whom we featured in a story on Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA) in the April 2011 issue of Camp wrote and told me about what they’re working on this spring and summer.
He says his Positive Advocacy Caucus (PAC) assists anyone who is infected or affected by HIV/AIDS through a collaborative network of education, empowerment and navigation at the local, state, and national level, while advancing sound policies and prevention programs for the general health of all persons.
PAC has offered their assistance in organizing a Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA) caravan of advocates that will travel through the Midwest to Washington, D.C., to attend the International AIDS Conference scheduled for July 22-27. Kansas City has been chosen as one of the major stops along the route.
PAC is hosting a Charity Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s, 101 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, Mo, at 8 p.m. on May 9. They are also hosting Divas Do the Deed, an evening of “Double D” entertainment and raffles to benefit PAC, hosted by Melinda Ryder. It will take place May 19 at Social, 1118 McGee, Kansas City, Mo. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show is begins at 8 p.m. A $10 donation will be requested upon entry.
There is also an online promotion that will allow PAC to receive 50 percent of all Avon purchases through May 25. Go to www.avon.com (the “shop online” section) and make a purchase using the promo code 113434. You must use the promo code during checkout in order for them to receive the credit.
For questions related to PAC, use the “Contact” section of their website (www.packc.org), call 816-743-7298, or email email@example.com.