‘The Queen & Mad Hatter’s Ball,’ Including ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ After-Party
The Heartland Men’s Chorus Dinner of Note ball and silent auction has a fun theme this year. As their website states: “It will be a whirl of madness as you celebrate Halloween in Wonderland while supporting your favorite gay chorus. Tickets are going fast, don’t be left out!”
After the ball, stay for the fabulous “Down the Rabbit Hole” costume contest, emceed by South Florida’s top drag queen, TP Lords, with dancing to DJ Sushiman’s music.
Or join the Dinner of Note guests just for their after-party and compete for prizes in the Alice in Wonderland-themed costume contest. Twenty-five dollars gets you in the door and a drink in your hand for the 9:30 after-party.
The Dinner of Note starts at 6 p.m., with cocktails and silent auction. Dinner and live auction are at 7:30, then dessert, the costume contest and dancing start at 9:30.
All the festivities will be at the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel at Crown Center. Tickets at www.hmckc.org.
‘From the Heart’ Concert in Leawood
The chorus will present “From the Heart,” a concert of the HMC’s greatest hits, at 7:30 p.m. in the stunning new sanctuary of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Composer/pianist Mark Hayes will be featured, accompanying pieces he has written for HMC and presenting piano selections from his latest album. Tickets at www.hmckc.org.
Folly Theater dedicates the C. Stephen Metzler Performance Hall
C. Stephen Metzler, one of Kansas City’s most beloved philanthropists and leaders in the LGBT community, was honored in September when the Folly Theater’s performance hall was dedicated in his name. Metzler was a great supporter and former president of the AIDS Service Foundation and many arts organizations in town before his passing in March 2015.
His partner, Brian Williams, who is the Folly Theater’s director of development, wrote of this great honor on his Facebook page:
Twenty-four years ago today, Steve Metzler took me to lunch at the Savoy Grill for our “first date,” and my life was forever changed. He was such an amazing man: full of boundless energy, passion for making a difference, zest for life, and love for his family and friends. He never met a stranger; he was fiercely loyal; and he was a champion for underdogs and causes that might have been overlooked or left behind.
The Folly Theater was one of his enduring passions. He joined the prestigious Folly board of directors in the late 1970s and literally helped save Kansas City’s only remaining 19th-century theater from the wrecking ball. He chaired the first three “Folly Frolic” New Year’s Eve parties at the Folly in the early 1980s, as well as the Folly’s 90th and 100th anniversary celebrations. He also served as honorary co-chair for the “Light the Lights” benefit to raise funds for the Folly’s marquee sign. As president of the Folly board in the late 1980s, he worked to retire much of the debt that had been undertaken to restore the theater.
Following his death in March 2015, legions of his loving friends and family stepped forward to celebrate his memory and legacy with memorial gifts to the Folly Forever Fund, the Folly’s permanent endowment. These gifts inspired the launch of a formal campaign to secure the Folly’s future: the Folly 2020 Campaign. The first-phase goals of this campaign are to raise $1 million for the Folly’s endowment fund and $1.5 million for critical capital improvements.
In celebration of reaching the $1 million endowment goal, the Folly board of directors permanently dedicated the theater’s performance hall to Steve’s memory, renaming it the C. Stephen Metzler Hall at the Folly Theater. I think Steve would be so honored and excited by this – not because of the recognition, but because his legacy has inspired so many good people to join together to achieve a significant milestone in securing the financial future for a vitally important part of Kansas City’s arts and culture ecology. Thank you to everyone who has supported this iconic theater and helped to celebrate Steve’s legacy!
The KC Care Clinic wants everyone to know that health coverage under the Affordable Care Act will still be available for 2018 and that the open enrollment for this year will be only six weeks. Open enrollment begins Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15. The KC Care Clinic and the health navigator program can help consumers sign up and keep them informed about the ACA.
The clinic wrote to us: “We also help consumers to see if they qualify for premium tax credit and cost-sharing reductions that only the health market provides, and if the consumer does not qualify for either, we can refer them and help them to apply for Medicaid, if they qualify, or offer resources about safety net clinics in the KC area. Our scope of help is wider, but we want to make sure that the focus of attention is the Affordable Care Act.”
Kansas City’s surprisingly pivotal role in helping to launch the modern gay rights movement is the central story of an exhibit built by faculty, students, and staff at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Titled “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights,” the exhibit can be viewed at UMKC’s Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St. It opened in April.
Focusing on Kansas City’s role as host of the first national gathering of gay rights activists in 1966, the exhibit also tells the story of the city’s first gay rights organization, the Phoenix Society for Individual Freedom. Items on display include self-published magazines documenting local and national struggles for LGBT civil rights, documents related to the Phoenix Society’s founding, and photographs and other ephemera related to Kansas City’s LGBT community.
The exhibit concludes a multi-year collaborative effort among UMKC faculty, students, staff, and local community partners to promote and preserve Kansas City’s LGBT history. Built in part by students in professor Christopher D. Cantwell’s “Public History Theory and Method” class, the exhibit helps highlight the historic marker commemorating the 1966 meeting. The marker was installed in October 2016 in Barney Allis Plaza by LGBT-KC, a community volunteer committee.
Through Oct. 8
Kansas City Black Repertory Theatre’s ‘A Soldier’s Play’
The Black Repertory Theatre’s website says the current show, A Soldier’s Play, takes place in 1944 at the Army’s Fort Neal in Louisiana, when the military was racially segregated. Capt. Richard Davenport, a rare black Army officer, has been sent to investigate a killing and he ultimately discovers that the killer was one of the black soldiers under the command of Waters, a light-skinned black man.
“Waters’ men hated him because Waters himself treated Southern black men with utter disdain and contempt,” the website says.
As Davenport interviews witnesses and suspects, he finds out the intelligent and ambitious Waters loathed black men who conformed to old-fashioned racist stereotypes. For that reason, he persecuted black soldiers like Priv. C.J. Memphis, whose broad grin and jive talk made Waters’ blood boil.
“The play uses a murder mystery to explore the complicated feelings of anger and resentment that some African Americans have toward one another, and the ways in which many black Americans have absorbed white racist attitudes,” the website says.
The play is at the Arts Asylum, 1000 E. Ninth St., Kansas City, Mo. Information and tickets, for one show or for the season, are available at www.brtkc.org.
Changing Times: Kansas City’s LGBTQ History
Kansas City’s LGBTQ history dates to the early 1800s. Follow a timeline of events that helped bring us to today. Along the way, you’ll see how times have changed and discover some fantastic heritage of which you will be quite proud. The free event, from 6 to 9 p.m., is presented by the National Archives at Kansas City and Kansas City’s LGBTQ History. It will be at the archives, 400 W. Pershing Rd, Kansas City, Mo.
The fourth annual fundraiser for AIDS Walk Kansas City features a hog roast and wine event from 5 to 9 p.m. at Bistro 303, at 303 Westport Rd. The 200-pound hog will be professionally smoked and prepared by Hy-Vee, and sides and desserts will be generously provided by Q39 and Pierponts.
Single tickets are $50, and the Wine Lovers Package includes two tickets and a bottle of wine from the event for $120. As always, every dollar raised stays in Kansas City for treatment and assistance for those living with HIV and AIDS. Tickets are at https://goo.gl/bVLCbV.
Whim Productions presents LGBTQ+ short play festival
The third annual Alphabet Soup: Stories from Queer Voices, an LGBTQ+ short play festival, will be presented by Whim Productions. Written by area LGBTQ+ writers, the plays focus on LGBTQ+ lives.
This year’s playwrights include John Adams, Diane Hightower, Kevin King, Jamie Mayo and Christopher Steinauer. Performances will be at the MTH Theatre in Crown Center, Kansas City, Mo. Check the Whim Productions page on Facebook for times and more event details.
The sisters just returned from a September conference in Louisville, Kentucky, with sisters from other cities, and they are full of ideas for the coming months. They were thrilled to announce at the gathering that they have now been recognized as a fully professed house of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. In October, they will be walking through the Crossroads on First Friday, Oct. 6, and they also will be hosting a new Halloween Pub Crawl. Participating bars, fees and times will be announced soon. To learn more about the pub crawl, contact Novitiate Sister CupKake at: Cofscupkake@gmail.com.
MAGLCC Business Equality Conference
The theme of the conference is “Decision Points.” Presenters will share the lessons they learned from pivotal decisions in their careers and how those lessons transformed their personal and professional lives.
James Nowlin, CEO and founder of the executive consulting firm Excel Global Partners and author of The Purposeful Millionaire, will be the keynote presenter. The conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will also feature other speakers and presenters and informative breakout sessions.
The conference will conclude with an opportunity to mingle, discuss and network with other conference attendees before the November B2B Network, which will also be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
MAGLCC members can attend the conference for $75, and non-members can attend for $125. Register at www.maglcc.org. Due to the Federal Reserve Bank’s security policy, you must pre-register to attend the conference.
Compete, the national LGBTQ sports magazine, has selected Kansas City as the location for its eighth annual Diversity Awards, otherwise known as “The Peteys.”
The gala event, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 E. Pershing Rd., honors athletes and organizations for their efforts in sports diversity, equality and inclusion. An athlete or athletes from Kansas City will be receiving this award, and details will be provided closer to the event. A portion of each ticket sale goes to the Gay Softball World Series and AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Tickets and more information are at: https://goo.gl/mXfSYA.