Hamburger Mary’s KC Pride Street Festival
New this year, Hamburger Mary’s created a two-day street festival with four major events, providing something for everyone both inside the restaurant/bar and outside on Baltimore Avenue. They had the street blocked off, a stage built and a weekend of entertainment. It just showed that Kansas City is a big enough city that events can be held over the Pride weekend to complement each other and create an even bigger event weekend than ever before. Congratulations to Jeff and Eric for making this happen outside of the already overwhelming responsibilities of running a bar and restaurant.
Congratulations to Pride on a great week of activities and the June 1-3 festival.
The Kansas City Pride organization has reported on its Facebook page that its first Pride 2013 planning meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 11 at Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. They say, “Anyone, we mean anyone wishing to make changes and voice opinions should come to this meeting. Snacks will be provided by Spirit of Hope MCC! We look forward to seeing you, and working with you for another successful Pride Kansas City!”
Doug Gray and Democratic Convention
Congratulations to Kansas City political consultant and LGBT activist Doug Gray for getting the vote to be one of the Kansas City delegates at the 2012 Democratic Convention. Gray wrote on his Facebook page: “So proud to have been elected as an At Large Delegate today! I am headed to the Democratic National Convention in September in enthusiastic support of our great President Barack Obama.”
Four Freedoms endorses Sarah Gillooly
The Four Freedoms Democratic Club has announced its endorsement of Sarah Gillooly, candidate for Missouri’s House of Representatives in District 24.
“Sarah Gillooly is exceedingly qualified to fill the role of Representative for the 24th District in Kansas City,” said Jim MacDonald, president of Four Freedoms, in a statement. “Her experience in political advocacy — first as a community organizer for PROMO and then as an advocate for a non-profit women’s health care provider –will make her an effective voice in Jefferson City.”
The statement said that if Gillooly, who is an out lesbian, wins the election, she would be the only out lesbian in Missouri’s House and only one of two out gay or lesbian officeholders there.
“Given the hostile position on LGBT issues held by many members of the General Assembly, it is critical that there continue to be an LGBT presence in the state legislature,” MacDonald said in the statement.
Pride in the bars
The Pride weekend offered another reason to celebrate gay bars and how they have always been there for the LGBT community. Missie B’s brought in the entertainer Pandora Boxx, well-known to many from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and shared her with the Pride Festival. Bistro 303 held a Millennial League “Dance Off With Your Pants Off” Tea Dance on Sunday afternoon that raised more than $3,700 for HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and services.
Purgatory Pub Crawl
To close out Gay Pride month, Bistro 303, Buddies, Hamburger Mary’s, Missie B’s, OutaBounds and Sidekicks are hosting a Purgatory Pub Crawl on June 30, with two buses chauffeuring patrons among the locations from 6 p.m. to midnight. There will be a costume contest, drink specials and more. One organizer told me that participants will get good points or bad points based on what they order and what they do at each pub. At the end of the night, someone will be named the best angel and someone will be named the best devil. “It’s like you’re in purgatory, and eventually you end up in heaven or hell,” he said. T-shirt sales will benefit the Heart of America Softball League.
Missouri Gay Rodeo Association
Now that the Pride festival is over, we’re only weeks away from the 19th annual Show-Me State Rodeo, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. The cowboys, cowgirls and countless volunteers are working hard to make this event bigger than ever. Jack Truman, vice president and rodeo director, reports that they are bringing in a country band for entertainment and they are doing Lone Wolf Barrel Race Event Bar Fund Raisers at the Lone Wolf Ranch Arena in July and August. They host Country Line Dancing and Boot Scootin at The Fox Bar, 7520 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Shawnee, Kan., from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday night. They are also looking for Buckle/Ribbon Sponsors. This is an excellent way to get your company’s name out there to the rodeo attendees.
MGRA 18-Hole Golf Scramble
The next event on the schedule is a golf outing on June 30. Here are the details:
Four-person team. Check in at 8 a.m. June 30.
Teetering Rocks Golf Course
12040 E. 86th St.
Kansas City, Mo.
Entry fee $70, includes green and cart fee.
Email your team information to Angela (Aparker0623@yahoo.com) or call 816-510-2188.
For more information on the rodeo, visit www.mgra.us or friend them on Facebook.
Heartland Men’s Chorus
The June 16-17 “All You Need Is Love” concert, featuring songs of the Beatles, was a huge success. It was the first time the HMC had a full concert at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Rick Fisher, executive director, reported to the concert on Sunday afternoon that the Friday night show was sold out even though the Kauffman Center had more seats than the traditional venue, the Folly Theater. He said the Sunday afternoon show had sold 300 more tickets than the HMC normally sells for a Sunday show. Fisher reported that they broke all two-day attendance records.
Once again, HMC entertained us at the Pride festival and the mid-week Interfaith Service. The chorus will travel to Denver to perform July 7-11 at the GALA Choruses festival, with 130 choirs. They will perform the music from their “When I Knew” concert from March 2012. For information, go to www.hmckc.org.
De De DeVille and Genewa Stanwyck at the Fringe Festival
Local playwright Kevin King sent us an email about his play, Film Classics Presents: Suspicion at the Fringe Festival, starring well-known entertainers De De DeVille and Genewa Stanwyck, among others. The play, he writes, “is the second of a developing franchise that showcases original stage plays spoofing popular genre films. The plays are presented as if the audience is watching a Masterpiece Theater-type program, presided over by an often-drunk host. The hostess is Carlotta Holmes, played by De De DeVille.”
Shows will be at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central St., Kansas City, Mo., at 5 p.m. July 22, 7:30 p.m. July 24, 9 p.m. July 25-26, and 10:30 p.m. July 28. Tickets are $10 (plus one-time purchase of $5 Fringe Festival button). For information: https://www.facebook.com/events/239281146182769/