The year’s calendar of events is in full swing now, and AIDS Walk is leading the way. Here are just a few of the events between now and May, with more to come even after the April AIDS Walk.
AIDS Walk Open: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 2 at participating bars in Midtown, Kansas City, Mo. Join hundreds of other miniature golf enthusiasts and fight HIV/AIDS by playing putt-putt, enjoying beer specials and taking opportunities to win some fantastic and unbelievable prizes.
Mosaic: 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the Art Lobby of the Chair Building, 2020 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo.
A collaborative AIDS awareness art project by Kansas City area youth, artists and volunteers in a gallery opening on the first Friday in April in the Crossroads.
AIDS Walk 2013: Saturday, April 27. 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. walk ceremonies; 10 a.m. We walk! Theis Park, Emanuel Cleaver Blvd. and Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
Join us for the 25th Walk in Kansas City! We guarantee there will be some special things in store for you!
Auntie Mame’d: May 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25 and 26. Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets at www.kcartistsagainstaids.com
Try to imagine Auntie Mame mashed with an episode of The Carol Burnett Show and written by Jeff Church, Ron Megee and Missy Koonce. This show will be the talk of 2013!
For more information on these and other events, visit www.AIDSWalkKansasCity.org. These events are on their new app that you can download to your smartphone from their website.
Green Party for St. Patrick’s Day
Based on the success of last year’s first Green Party and Green Rave, Bistro 303 is planning another successful outdoor street party on St. Patrick’s Day in March. Jeffrey Schmitz, co-owner of Bistro 303, reports that their block is becoming “the gayest block on Westport” with the move of the store Wonderland from across the street to the space next door to Bistro 303, Blo Salon, Morning Glory Antiques and the scheduled March opening of the Corner Restaurant at Westport and Broadway. The owners of Bistro 303, Gene and Jeffrey, are doing this amid all their work to open a new bar and restaurant in their favorite second home, Palm Springs, Calif. Look for more information on the Green Party in the March issue of Camp.
Slashdance at the Coterie
Ron Megee tells us that he’s working with the Coterie Theatre on a new play for youth called Slashdance. Right now they are casting youth 13 and older, and adult actors.
Megee reports: “My flesh eating cannibal class has now opened up for admission at The Coterie. You and your kid can be in a show, SLASHDANCE!!! Flashdance mixed with flesh eating cannibals. We are looking for Adults also to take the class. With your teen! Learn flesh eating make up! How to eat a human! and be an actor in the run of a show! ps.s we are extending the deadline to Feb. 5 to sign up!!!!” To participate, go to www.coterietheatre.org.
UMKC Pride Breakfast
Stuart Hinds, director of special collections and the GLAMA museum at the Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City, wrote to tell us about this annual event. “I wanted to alert you to our Pride Breakfast, which raises money for our LGBTQIA emergency scholarship fund (helps students in crisis, typically those who have been kicked out by parents, etc.). I’m on the planning committee. Longtime UMKC staff member and community activist Jim Wanser will be the keynote speaker, and the Heartaches from the Heartland Men’s Chorus will perform 1) as a teaser for their Spring Concert and 2) to promote the related exhibit here on campus ‘Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945.’”
The 5th annual Pride Breakfast — Creating Safe Spaces at UMKC – will be at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at UMKC Pierson Auditorium. Purchase a table (seats 8) for $300. Individual tickets are $38 per seat. For more information, contact Kelsay Rinehart at 816-235-1079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945
Andrew Mouzin, community relations specialist for the Kansas City Museum, sent us this information about the traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Visitors can see the exhibit with their free admission at Miller Nichols Library, UMKC.
The press release states, “Between 1933 and 1945, the Nazi German regime promoted racial health policies that sought to eliminate all sources of biological corruption to its dominant ‘Aryan’ race. Among the groups persecuted as threats to the national health were Germany’s homosexual men. Believing them to be carriers of a ‘degeneracy’ that weakened society and hindered population growth, the Nazi state arrested and incarcerated in prisons and concentration camps tens of thousands of German men as a means of terrorizing them into social conformity.
“Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 examines the Nazi regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more.”
The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Heartland Men’s Chorus performance of “Falling in Love Again” in March. It is a project of the Gay & Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA), a collaboration of the Kansas City Museum and the LaBudde Special Collections Department of UMKC Libraries, and is sponsored by the UMKC Division of Diversity, Access and Equity.
Here’s some more information about the exhibit:
Wednesday, Feb. 13: Opening reception and exhibition preview
5:30-7:30 p.m. Miller Nichols Library, UMKC Dean’s Gallery, UMKC Volker Campus, 800 E 51st St. (51st and Rockhill Road) Kansas City, Mo.
Enjoy light appetizers and beverages and explore the exhibition. Remarks will be made between 6 and 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will then be available for viewing Feb. 16-April 10, with free admission. Hours: Sun. 1-11 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.kansascitymuseum.org/persecution.