Ah, spring is just weeks away, and hopefully, as you read this issue of Camp, you will be watching snow melt and the frigid weather will be only a memory. Here are just a few of the events to look forward to in the next two months.
AIDS Walk Open
March 1 is the day for the annual AIDS Walk Open pub crawl! Organizers have added more bars this year to make this 10-hole mini-golf party happen. The participating bars are: Bistro 303, Dave’s Stagecoach Inn, Gambal’s Social Club, Industry, Kelly’s Westport Inn, Missie B’s, Sidekicks, The Foundry/McCoy’s, The Point and the Uptown Arts Bar. The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with an after-party at Missie B’s. To participate, gather a team of four people (three at the minimum). You can pay the registration fee of $150, sign up, and get all the details at www.aidswalkkansascity.org. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded for best costume and other categories. Each member of the Grand Prize winning team will get a case of Miller Lite each month for a year. Registration goes up an additional $10 per team after Feb. 27.
PROMO KC Launch Party
PROMO is celebrating the return of its Kansas City office, now staffed by Kyle Piccola, senior field organizer The organization invited all to join them for a free event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the new Industry Video Bar, 3700 Broadway (next to the Uptown Theater). To welcome PROMO back to Kansas City, guests included Missouri State Sen. Jolie Justus and other politicians, along with Jim Giles, Michael Lintecum and yours truly.
SAVE Inc. Oscar Watch Party
What better way to enjoy the Academy Awards than with an Oscar Watch Party hosted by SAVE Inc.? The second annual event will start at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 2, upstairs at Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo. Watch the big show in style! Jessica Cox reports on SAVE’s Facebook events page: “We’ll have plush seating areas to keep you comfy, complimentary signature cocktails and wine, super tasty hors d’oeuvres from our friends at Delish Catering, and a cash bar with drinks at crazy good prices. All this for $50, and all of the proceeds stay right here in Kansas City to directly assist those who are homeless and battling mental illness, substance abuse and/or HIV/AIDS.” There will also be prizes and raffle items. Tickets can be purchased at oscarparty2014.eventbrite.com or at the door the night of the event, and ballots can be purchased the evening of the event. For more info, contact Cox at email@example.com.
Heartland Men’s Chorus presents ‘I Am Harvey Milk’
In what will no doubt be an emotional and historic concert, Kansas City’s Heartland Men’s Chorus will be presenting its concert “I Am Harvey Milk” and will be joined on stage by the St. Louis Gateway Men’s Chorus.
The Midwest premiere of the show is based on a musical by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa celebrating the life of the LGBT activist and openly gay city supervisor in San Francisco. Milk spent 11 months in office before his tragic assassination in 1978. This is a must-see concert for all who want to celebrate the life of this LGBT icon while enjoying the music of these two men’s choruses.
“I Am Harvey Milk”
Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m.
300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Order tickets online at www.hmckc.org or call 816-931-3338.
Broadway World announces 2013 KC theatre winners
Broadwayworld.com announced the results of the Kansas City region’s vote for stage awards on Jan. 17. They conducted nominations in 50 different cities and will open nominations for the 2014 awards in October 2014. Congratulations to the Kansas City theatre community winners, including Ron Megee (see interview on page 8). Megee commented on the Broadway.com page: “ummmm, I won for the Coterie Theatre Slashdance! I need to say this is because of the Cast. They rocked it like a Maniac… Kimberely Queen, Mandy Morris, Ashley M. Otis, Kenny Personett, Keith Smith, Martin Buchanan, Jordan Spatz, Damian Blake this is your award!!!!”
Congratulations also to our friends at Egads! Theatre Company for their two awards.
Here are the winners:
For Spring Awakening, The Barn Players won several awards: Best Actor in a Musical (Bobby Turnbough), Best Costume Design of a Play or Musical (Fran Kapono), Best Direction of a Musical (Eric Magnus), Best Lighting Design of a Play or Musical (Chuck Cline), Outstanding Ensemble Cast of a Play or Musical. The Barn Players also won Best Actress in a Musical (Valerie Dykes) for 9 to 5, as well as Outstanding Theater of the Year in the Kansas City Region.
Egads! Theatre Company won two awards for Carrie the musical: Best Production of a Musical, and Best Sound Design of a Play or Musical (Jeff Eubank).
Best Direction of a Play went to Ron Megee in Slashdance at Coterie at Night.
Best Actor in a Play went to Adam Winney in Frost/Nixon at Home Grown Theatre Co.
Best Actress in a Play went to Jessalyn Kincaid in The Rainmaker at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.
Best Production of a Play went to Picnic by KC Actors Theatre.
One of our favorite restaurants on The Plaza, Café Trio, is offering 15 percent off your dinner with your ticket stub from Golden! Girls Gone Wild!!!. The offer is not valid with other special offers or on holidays.
Mr. Missouri Leather 2014 in St. Louis
Mr. Missouri Leather 2014 will be held the weekend of Feb. 28-March 2, with all events taking place in the New JJ’s Clubhouse Annex in St. Louis. Sponsored by Gateway Motorcycle Club since 1983, this event is one of the longest-running annual leather contests in the country that is sponsored by a single club. This will be the last MML sponsored by Gateway, though, as it will be disbanding after 40 years of brotherhood and service to the St. Louis leather community.
The weekend will start with a “Meet and Greet” at 10 p.m. Friday for the contestants and judges. The annual used leather sale presented by Blue Max will round out the evening. Proceeds from Blue Max’s sale will benefit Doorways, an organization that provides housing for people living with HIV in the St. Louis area.
Saturday will start for the contestants at 1 p.m. at JJ’s for their interviews; this part of the competition is not open to the public. The weekend will continue at 10 pm. with the Mr. Missouri Leather 2014 competition, admission $10. The contestants will be judged on cruise wear, physique and personality and formal wear, as well as their short speeches to the crowd. The used leather sale will continue throughout the evening. Final bids for the auction will be tallied as the contest comes to a close.
The new Mr. Missouri Leather will receive a sponsorship to IML 2014, $100, a title sash and much more. Second place will receive $100, and third place will get $50. The weekend will conclude on Sunday morning with the Mr. Missouri Leather Victory Brunch at Hamburger Mary’s in St. Louis.
For more information or a contestant application, visit gatewaymc.org or jjsclubhouse.com or their Facebook page.
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