According to the calendar, spring’s officially here. Let’s hope the weather agrees.
Industry launch party
Although this bar owned by Jeff Edmondson and Eric Christensen of Hamburger Mary’s opened in late December, they are having the official launch party on March 21-23, which is the weekend after we publish this issue. If you see this in time, race over to the Industry Bar, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo., for a great celebration. As some of you may know, I work there part-time and since I was working on my birthday in February, we turned my birthday into a fundraiser for the Memorial Team of AIDS Walk. Thanks to my friends and many involved with AIDS Walk who turned out, we raised $160 from my tips and those of fellow bartender Sam McMillen.
No more View on the Hill
The oldest LGBT bar in Kansas City officially closed in March. Formerly called The View on the Hill, it opened under new ownership eight months ago with the new name Danny’s Point of View. The owner of the building, at 204 Orchard St., Kansas City, Kan., is looking for a new lessee. If we find that it has reopened as an LGBT bar, we will let you know. Now the title of oldest LGBT bar in Kansas City goes to Missie B’s, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. You can read more in my separate story on page 10 in this issue about this great institution.
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 present I Am Harvey Milk and will be joined onstage 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 nearly 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.
If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, here’s a tip: Some HMC season ticket-holders donate their tickets back to the chorus if they cannot attend a performance; check with the box office to see whether any of those seats are available.
I Am Harvey Milk
8 p.m. Saturday, March 29
4 p.m. Sunday, March 30
300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Order tickets online at www.hmckc.org or call 816-931-3338 to order by phone.
‘Golden! Girls Gone Wild!!!’
Last month’s cover story was about the return of Late Night Theatre, which is performing this spoof of the beloved TV classic Golden Girls through March 31. The shows have been packed with special guest appearances by local celebrities and entertainers. At this point, most performances are sold out, but they did add two extra nights — March 26 and March 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets, if there are any left, can be purchased before showtimes at Missie B’s. Ask for Dirty Dorothy to see if there are available tickets because of cancellations. After seeing two evenings of their dress rehearsals, I can guarantee that you’ll be amazed at the wonderful performances of this Ron Megee creation. The shows are at Missie B’s, which created a sliding partition to separate the stage from the bar (but you can still enjoy your cocktails during the show). Check out the photos in this issue of Camp and on our Facebook page for Camp Kansas City.
Golden! Girls Gone Wild!!!
805 W. 39th St.
Kansas City, Mo.
The annual pub crawl golf tourney called AIDS Walk Open on March 1 was a great success – lots of fun, lots of next-day hangovers, and lots of money raised. The event earned more than $18,000 for AIDS Walk.
The next AIDS Walk event will be the 16th annual Mosaic Art Project on April 4 — First Friday in the Crossroads. It will feature more than 900 mosaic tiles and decorative bowls created by area youth and artists. Each tile is a work of art — an individual interpretation of the theme “A World Without AIDS.” Tiles and decorative bowls can be purchased at the event, and all proceeds benefit AIDS Walk Kansas City.
5 p.m. April 4
Art Lobby of the Chair Building
2020 Baltimore Ave.,
Kansas City, Mo.
The 26th annual AIDS Walk will be held Saturday, April 26, in Theis Park, just south of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and features a wonderful opening program of music. The walk begins at 10 a.m. It is still not too late to register and walk or to pledge for other walkers. More information can be found at www.aidswalkkansascity.org.
Human Rights Campaign awardees
The HRC Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees. Dr. Angela Cottrell, governor of the Kansas City HRC Steering Committee, wrote to us about the 2014 winners.
“The organizations on this list,” Cottrell wrote, “make conscious, everyday choices to provide equity and equality to all their employees and customers. These companies are living their missions, walking the talk, and are role models for the greater Kansas City business community. I hope that in 2015, this list doubles.”
Here are the HRC criteria for the index:
1. Equal employment opportunity. Policy includes sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
2. Employment benefits. Equivalent spousal and partner benefits. Soft benefits such as bereavement leave, adoption assistance, etc. Transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage.
3. Organizational LGBT competency. Training, resources or accountability measures demonstrated by businesses with a commitment to diversity and cultural competency.
4. Public commitment. LGBT-specific efforts including recruiting, supplier diversity, marketing or advertising, philanthropy or public support for LGBT equality under the law.
5. Responsible citizenship. No known activity that would undermine LGBT equality.
For 2014, 304 major businesses — spanning nearly every industry and geography — earned a top score of 100 percent and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
That group included these Kansas City businesses:
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP 100
AMC Entertainment Inc. 100
Sprint Nextel Corp. 100
Bryan Cave LLP 100
The companies in greater Kansas City that scored a minimum of 85 points on the index are:
Polsinelli Shughart PC 85
Cerner Corp. 90
Hallmark Cards Inc. 90
Husch Blackwell 90
Kutak Rock 90
Stinson Leonard Street LLP 90
For more information about the HRC Corporate Equality Index, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
Diversity Weekends in Eureka Springs
Eureka Springs, the gay mecca of the Ozarks, hosts spring, summer and fall Diversity Weekends that are packed with activities and fun. This year, the spring weekend will be April 4-6, and the other weekends will be Aug. 1-3 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2. One of our favorite resorts there is the men-only Magnetic Valley Inn. Hotels fill up quickly for these weekends in the beautiful hills of Arkansas, so book your reservations now. For more information, visit www.gayeurekasprings.com.
Queer Queens of Qomedy at UMKC
Chynsia Hinesley and Dycon Productions are planning Queens of Qomedy for April 12 on the center stage at the UMKC Student Union Theater. The show will feature the comedic talents of three lesbian comedians — Poppy Champlin, Jenny McNulty and Sandra Valls.
Champlin has performed in the Showtime special Pride Comedy Jam and Logo’s One Night Stand Up. She is also a favorite on Atlantis and Olivia cruises and will be performing at the 2014 Dinah Shore Weekend.
McNulty has performed around the world, entertaining troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Eastern Europe. She has also entertained for LGBT travel companies, including Sweet and Atlantis. She has been on Logo TV’s One Night Stand Up and in NBC’s Starting Over.
Dycon Productions describes Valls as “a brash, high energy, smart, outrageously funny, Latina comic… and then some!” She was voted by Latina Magazine as one of the Top 33 Bad Ass Comics with Latin Roots.
Tickets are $25 for general admission and $40 for VIP tickets. VIP benefits include prime seating and the opportunity to meet the comedians after the show. Tickets can be purchased at www.dyconproductions.com or www.umkc.edu/finadmin/cto/
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