CampBiz – March 2019

This issue marks the debut of Camp’s new print format: It’s slightly larger, with glossy paper. For several years, we’ve wanted to make this change from newsprint, and what better time than our 15th anniversary year to do it. We’ll also publish a duplicate of the print issue pages in digital form on our website, www.campkc.com. Follow us on Facebook – Camp Kansas City – for news on when the digital edition is online. As always, thanks for your loyal support of Camp! We hope you enjoy the changes we’re making.

March 2
AIDS Walk Open Miniature Golf Pub Crawl
The annual AIDS Walk Open Pub Crawl will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 12 Kansas City bars. The event has often raised more than $20,000 in one day. Teams of four people pay $200 total to enter and often dress in themed costumes. Prizes are awarded for best costumes, best score and more. You can register online (www.aidswalkopen.org) or by showing up at Missie B’s by 8 a.m. the day of the event.

March 7
One-day exhibit of ‘A Phallic Expression’
Hugo Ximello-Salido, a Kansas City artist (www.hugosalido.com) and a bilingual HIV prevention specialist at Good Samaritan Project, will be presenting this exhibit starting at 6:30 p.m. at Bistro 303, 303 Westport Rd., Kansas City.

The artist states that the exhibit focuses on circumcision as a violation of human rights. “We men should have been able to choose whether circumcision is an option for us,” he says. Many studies, he says, discredit the removal of foreskin as a valid method of hygiene. Other research has indicated that foreskin has more sensitive nerves then many other areas of the penis, leaving many men in the United States unable to experience those areas of pleasure. Many people, the artist says, now view female circumcision as an inhumane practice, and it is.
“Now we should bring awareness and pay the same importance to male circumcision and place it in the same category, which is a violation of human rights. This is why I bring to you such an empowering exhibit in which real models show you both faces of a silent decision that was made for them” when they were infants, a decision that “had played a huge part in their sexual and social life as adults.”

March 8-31
Late Night Theatre presents ‘Fabulously Absolute’
Late Night Theatre’s newest drag parody takes aim at the 1990s British TV sitcom series called Absolutely Fabulous. Shows will be at Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo. Ron Megee will be Patsy, Chadwick Brooks plays Eddie, Jessica Dressler portrays Saffy, and Ashley Personett will play Bubble and everybody else.

Guest stars will be: March 8 – Helena Cosentino; March 9 – Kater Tot; March 10 – Wayne Potter; March 11 – Shon Ruffin; March 15 – Nellie Parman; March 16 – Ryan Gove; March 22 – Heidi; March 23 – Rii; March 24 – Tarrah Bossert with That’s Entertainment KC, KC Care BLOOM Night; March 25 – Boris; March 28 – Katie Gilchrist; March 29 – Tajma; March 30 – Kim Kircher; March 31 – Widow Von’Du and Andy Chambers, aka Sister Glamarama Ding Dong.
Tickets: https://www.latenighttheatre.com

March 9 & 10 Project Pride at the Coterie Theatre
Area youth will perform scenes that they have developed in Reading the Rainbow: Come Out and Tell Your Story. Read more in Darin Challacombe’s article on page 14 of this issue.
The Coterie Theatre is on the first floor of Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $5. Tickets: http://thecoterie.org/ or at the box office, 816-474-6552.

March 22-April 14 ‘Pride and Prejudice’ at the Rep
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre will present this classic play based on the novel by Jane Austen. The Rep describes the play: “Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet’s most urgent priority. But with four sisters, an overzealous mother and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s a difficult subject to escape. When the independent Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, all feelings of attraction are muted by his pride and her prejudice. Kate Hamill’s celebrated adaptation of Jane Austen’s most beloved novel is reverently devoted to the source material and remarkably hilarious, moving, and full of theatrical surprises that bring one of the greatest love stories ever told to extraordinary theatrical life.”
Performances will be at the Rep’s Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: www.kcrep.org.

March 23-24 & March 31
Heartland Men’s Chorus ‘Stonewall 50: All of Us’
This specially commissioned concert honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion is a must-see for all. Read more in the article on page 12 of this issue.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. March 23 and at 4 p.m. March 24 at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: www.hmckc.org.
Please note the different location and ticket site for the 4 p.m. performance on March 31: It will be at White Theatre at The J, 5801 W. 115th St, Overland Park, Kansas. Tickets: https://thejkc.org

March 28 Transgender Day of Visibility observance
The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Human Rights Campaign-KC will co-present the fifth annual observance of the International Transgender Day of Visibility at the Grand Room at Grand Street Café, 4740 Grand St., Kansas City, Mo. Several programs and a resource fair are planned for the evening, which begins at 4 p.m.Read more in Brad Osborn’s story at:  http://campkc.com/2019/03/20/transgender-day-of-visibility/

April 2 Mayoral primary election in Kansas City
In this important primary, 11 candidates are running for mayor of Kansas City, Mo. The general election will be June 25. Jolie Justus, after pioneering as an openly gay Missouri state representative and then the first openly gay Kansas City Council member, is trying to add another milestone – being the first openly LGBTQ mayor of Kansas City. She has been endorsed by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, PROMO of Missouri and LPAC, a political voice for LGBTQ women. No matter which candidate you choose, please come out and make your voice heard by voting.

April 27 AIDS Walk
By walking or donating to walkers (www.aidswalkkansascity.org), you can help Kansas City provide medical help, education, housing and care to those battling HIV and AIDS.

This year marks the 31st time people in Kansas City have come out to walk for this important cause. The primary beneficiaries of the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City’s efforts are SAVE Inc., Kansas City Care Clinic, Good Samaritan Project and Hope Care Center. Other funds go to other organizations that provide services and education about HIV/AIDS.

Registration is at 8 a.m., the stage of speakers and entertainment starts at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The location is Theis Park, across from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 533 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.