Even though Kansas City experienced a round of late-February snowstorms, we can take comfort in the fact that spring is only a few weeks away, and we have great activities in March to herald the end of winter!
MGRA invites marchers to join them in parade
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend again this year, so it promises to be one huge party in the city that Sunday. Our friends with the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association (MGRA) will have a float in the parade for the third year in a row. Scott Harvey and rodeo director Jack Truman are already making plans for their float.
They report on their Facebook page that they will have a stagecoach — 8 feet wide, 16 feet long and 7 feet high – with the current Miss MGRA 2013 (Celeste Powers) and her partner decked out in the prairie’s finest attire, along with marchers and hopefully some of MGRA’S cowboys and cowgirls on horseback. They encourage people who would like to help assemble the float and/or participate in the parade to contact Jack Truman at firstname.lastname@example.org, Scott Harvey at email@example.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. They hope to have at least one representative from every LGBT organization in Kansas City to march along with them in the parade!
Green Party for St. Patrick’s Day
Bistro 303 is hosting its second annual Green Party in Westport from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17. This will be a great street party on the gayest block of Westport Road, east of Broadway up to Central Avenue, across the street from Bistro 303 and Wonderland
Green Party features live music by Sellout, popular KC DJ Wes Warner, beer and liquor tents, Jell-O shots, food and more. (Jell-O shot sales benefit AIDS Walk through Team Buckët and Team Millennial League.)
They encourage everyone to come early, stay late and party in green! For more details, check out their Facebook page under “Green Party.”
Equality Day in Kansas
Join the Kansas Equality Coalition from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the State Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave., Topeka. This eighth annual Equality Day is a great opportunity to meet your senator and state representative and to see the Kansas legislature in action.
At noon, the participants will have a rally in the Capitol rotunda, featuring speakers from Kansas LGBT and civil rights organizations.
As in past years, organizers will have packets with talking points and other information available for participants to drop off at the offices of legislators. For those who would like to meet with their senator or state representative, they will help set up appointments. For more information, visit www.kansasequalitycoalition.org.
PROMO Equality Day
Our friends with PROMO, who fight for the rights of LGBT people in Missouri, are hosting their annual Equality Day in Jefferson City on March 27. Here’s what they report on their website:
Equality Day is an opportunity to let your voice be heard in Jefferson City. At Equality Day, you will have a chance to meet with your elected officials, use your voice to share your stories, and talk about important issues in our lives. Equality Day is about protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Missourians from employment and housing discrimination, safeguarding all youth from bullying in schools, and standing up for LGBT parents and their families in Missouri.
Join PROMO in Jefferson City on March 27, 2013.
It is your voice and your story that changes the lives of LGBT Missourians. promoonline.org/events/promo-equality-day.html.
Shea Coffman in ‘Sing What I Wanna Sing’
Join Kansas City actor/singer Shea Coffman for an evening concert before he heads to the Big Apple. “Sing What I Wanna Sing” will be a mix of Broadway, pop, Motown and rock. It’s just one guy, one piano and tons of belting. Musical direction and accompaniment will be provided by Kevin Bogan.
The show will be at 8:30 p.m. March 14 at Californo’s in Westport; 4124 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $10 at seesheasing.brownpapertickets.com or cash at the door. Food from the restaurant’s menu and drinks will be available for purchase.
Heartland Men’s Chorus presents ‘Falling in Love Again’
Inspired by the underground gay culture of 1920s Berlin and countless cabarets, the Heartland Men’s Chorus will pay tribute to the wonderful music of that period and also remember what happened during the next decade, when thousands of gay people were sentenced to unspeakable horror during the Holocaust.
As covered in Bradley Osborn’s story on page eight and as their website reports that music from that raucous pre-war period and songs from Cabaret will be featured during Act I. Then Act II will feature the Midwest premiere of Jake Heggie’s For a Look or a Touch, a dramatic tale of two lovers sent to the Nazi concentration camps. One of them is exterminated and the other lives to recount a love lost and unspoken.
“Guest baritone Morgan Smith and actor Kip Niven join HMC to present this moving tribute to the power of love in the midst of devastating circumstances,” the website says.
“Falling in Love Again”
8 p.m. Saturday, March 23
4 p.m. Sunday, March 24
300 West 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
For tickets, call 816-931-3338 or choose your seats online at hmckc.org/spring-concert/
Auntie Mame’d in May
Although it’s a couple of months away, save room on your calendars for May 9-12, 16-19, 20 and 23-26. Why? Because the show at the Unicorn Theatre on these days will be the performance of the year that you won’t want to miss. The creative team of Jeff Church, Ron Megee and Missy Koonce will present their own version of the classic Mame. And they’ll bring in the wonderfully talented Anthony Edwards for musical direction. Proceeds from the show will benefit AIDS Walk Kansas City.
The performances will be at the Unicorn, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets and more information are available at www.kcartistsagainstaids.com.
‘Slashdance’ at the Coterie Theatre
From March 7 to 24, the Coterie will present the world premiere production of Slashdance, which the theater calls “a hilariously grisly parody that pits the 1980s movie Flashdance against cannibalistic hordes.” The show is written and directed by local theater impresario Ron Megee.
“Set in a futuristic Kansas City after the apocalyptic Flesh Wars,” the theater explains, “Slashdance tells the story of a female dynamo, Alexis Bowens, who is a true maniac: welder by day, dancer by night.
“Her dream is to get into a real dance company, though, and nothing’s going to get in her way – not a giant herd of fast-moving, virus-infected human cannibals or her boyfriend’s lack of support. Not only will she finally get her big break, but killing cannibalistic hordes is even better for her abs than Pilates! What a feeling!”
Slashdance is being produced as part of the Coterie’s newly renamed pop-culture series, The Coterie Ignites (formerly Coterie at Nights). It is intended for adults and teens; no one under 13 will be admitted. It is funded in part by the Missouri Arts Council, ArtsKC Fund, and Theater League.
Slashdance will play March 7-24 in the Off Center Theatre, level three of Crown Center Shops, Kansas City, Mo. All seats $12, general admission. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For information and tickets, call the Coterie Theatre Box Office at 816-474-6552 or go to www.coterietheatre.org.