Happy Pride Month! In June, plenty of fun, including LGBT music, movies and theater, is planned in Kansas City.
Kansas City PrideFest
May 31 and June 1. The celebration will be in front of Bistro 303, on Westport Road, east of Broadway. Free. The purchase of wristbands will be required for liquor.
May 31– StreetBlast. 6 p.m.-midnight
June 1 – PrideFest. Noon-10 p.m.
Pride weekend in the bars
May 31-June 2. Many of our favorite gay bars are having events throughout Pride weekend (and Pride month). Hamburger Mary’s is planning a three-day weekend of events they are hosting to benefit the LIKEME Lighthouse LGBT Center in Kansas City. For information on the events at our other gay bars in Kansas City – in June and year-round — check out their Facebook pages and become a friend: Bistro 303, Buddies, Missie B’s, Sidekicks, Sidestreets, Social and View on the Hill.
Pride musical performances
Check out Monica Soto’s Musicality column on page 24 for the musical events happening during Pride Month.
May 31, June 1 and June 6. According to the I Do website, the film tells the story of a gay Brit in New York who loses his immigration status and marries his best friend in order to stay in the country with his family. When his lover is forced to leave the country, he must choose between leaving with him and remaining with his family. The film views marriage equality in the United States through the prism of immigration rights. Screenland Theatre, Crown Center. 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit: twowordscanchangeeverything.com.
Kansas City LGBT Film Festival
June 20-27. “OUT HERE NOW,” the 14th annual Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, returns to the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport for seven days, appropriately during Pride Month. The festival will feature over 24 films, including new comedies, dramas and documentaries, as well as world cinema and film classics. A record number of filmmakers will be coming to the festival for the Midwest premieres of their movies, including three world premiere screenings. The Tivoli, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo. For more information, film schedules and tickets, go to www.kcgayfilmfest.com or www.outherenow.com.
Potters House Summer Series — the finale
June 15, July 20 and Aug. 24. After 25 years of entertaining the Spirit of Hope MCCKC congregation and community, Potters House will be closing at the end of this summer after a three-month celebration. In June, Zoe Kelly and Company will be performing to help Kelly celebrate her 40 years in show biz. In July it will be the All Church Talent and BBQ event with the Rev. Kurt Krieger cooking up hot dogs and burgers for Potters Cafe. In August, they will be bringing back several special guests from the past, along with some surprises. Spirit of Hope MCCKC. 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. www.spiritofhopemcckc.org, 816-931-0750.
May 31-June 16. Presented by the Barn Players Theatre, the classic Del Shores play will feature none other than De De DeVille in the role of “Brother Boy.” The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and Industry Night, Monday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. Barn Players Theatre, 6219 Martway St., Mission, Kan. 913-432-9100. www.thebarnplayers.org/currentshow/
‘The Rocky Horror Show,’ 40th anniversary edition
June 14-July 13. It’s time for “The Time Warp” again. Egads! Theatre Company is bringing back the camp classic play for an entire month. Off Broadway Theatre. Crown Center, third floor. 816-842-9999. www.egadstheatre.com
July 13-28. Looking beyond Pride Month, the John Waters cult classic Hairspray, the story of Tracy Turnblad, a girl with big hair and big dreams in Baltimore, will be at the Jewish Community Center in July. White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Suite 101, Overland Park, Kan. 913-327-8054. email@example.com
And more …
We’ve highlighted some gay-themed theater performances this month, but of course there are more great plays on stage in June and all season long at our theaters in town. Some of them will announce their 2013-14 seasons soon, and some already have. For more information, visit the Coterie (www.thecoterie.org), the Fishtank Performance Studio (fishtanktheater.blogspot.com), the Kansas City Rep (www.kcrep.org), the Living Room Theatre (www.thelivingroomkc.com), Starlight Theatre (www.kcstarlight.com) and the Unicorn Theatre, www.unicorntheatre.org.
For more information on LGBT events in Kansas City, check out the calendar at www.campkc.com or friend “Camp Kansas City” on Facebook. We always welcome your press releases for “CampBiz.” You may also be interested in submitting an opinion piece for our SpeakOut op-ed page or a letter to the editor. Simply send your information to John Long, firstname.lastname@example.org. SpeakOuts should be 250 words, and letters to the editor 150 words or less. If you have an idea that needs a longer word count, please contact John Long before sending your piece.