I apologize for this March issue coming out a week later than planned. I unexpectedly spent our deadline week in the hospital. After having chest pains for two weeks and difficulty breathing, I finally went to the emergency room on Feb. 24 and they wouldn’t let me leave. The doctors ended up doing an angioplasty on a blocked artery to my heart and put in a stent.
I’m a lucky guy. They caught it before a major heart attack.
So I am passing along this advice that the doctors and nurses repeatedly gave me during my hospital stay: Don’t ignore pain in your body and think you can tough it out.
Here’s to good health and happiness for all of our readers and to a great start to spring, which begins March 19.
As we reported in our February issue, the fabulous local entertainer Widow Von’Du is a contestant in the 12th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and so is Springfield, Missouri, drag entertainer Crystal Methyd. The series has now begun, and you can follow at home on VH1 or join the crowd at watch parties at Hamburger Mary’s and Woody’s. Also, watch the Facebook pages of the other gay bars in town for any information about more watch parties.
With spring comes more outdoor activities. Our cover story is about Stonewall Sports and their new season. We include the walking/running schedule for FrontRunners in every issue of Camp. And the Heart of America softball league will have its opening day in May and they are asking people to sign up now for teams. (For info: www.haslkc.com.) All of these groups are open to participants at any athletic level and can be great fun.
KC Frontrunners/Walkers schedule
If your New Year’s resolution includes more exercise and social activity, you can’t beat the LGBTQ Frontrunners and Walkers. Here’s a schedule of the upcoming Sunday run/walks, which begin at 9 a.m., and locations.
The group also meets at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays on the north side of Mill Creek Park in the parking lot across from The Levee on 43rd Street, just west of Main Street. They’ll meet there until Daylight Saving Time changes on March 8. On Wednesday, March 11, they will return to Loose Park by the tennis courts at 52nd and Summit Streets.
March 8 | PARKVILLE
Meet at English Landing Park, Highway 9 & East Street, by the Farmer’s Market sign
Route: (trail) https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7016962 (4.5 miles)
March 15 | PRAIRIE VILLAGE
Meet in the parking lot of Mission Hills City Hall, west of 63rd Street & State Line Road. Route: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6618196 (4.5 or 5.5 miles)
March 22 | RIVERFRONT TRAIL
Meet at Seventh Street & Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Kansas City. Route: (trail) http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6823543 (5 miles; route change)
March 29 | NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
Meet at 3311 W. 50th St., Roeland Park, Kansas.
Route: https://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7356649 (4.5 miles)
Need more info? Call Ellis at 816-531-4799, Randy at 816-516-1966, or Jon at 913-538-1856, or catch us online at http://kcfrontrunners.org or on Facebook (Kansas City Frontrunners & Walkers).
Through March 29
Discover the celebrated Queen Nefertari, the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II, known as “The One for Whom the Sun Shines.” Experience the magnificence of royal palaces and tombs, including Nefertari’s burial chamber, considered one of the greatest artistic achievements in the Valley of the Queens. Explore the daily life of the village where tomb-builders and artisans lived, worked and worshiped more than 3,000 years ago.
The exhibition will bring together works that present the richness of life in ancient Egypt, focusing on the role of women – goddesses, queens and commoners.
AIDS Walk Open
Mini-Golf Pub Crawl
The pub crawl will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Teams of four will be $180 if registered by March 4 at midnight. After that, the cost increases to $200. Day-of registrations will be available at Missie B’s only. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams and the best dressed team. To register: https://pitch.boldtypetickets.com/events/104173588.
A protest to preserve Drag Queen Story Times
Missouri State Rep. Ben Baker, a Republican, has introduced the Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act (bit.ly/3aJHtS6), which would place additional oversight on public libraries in the form of parental review boards elected by voters. Under the bill, no library that receives state aid can allow minors access to “age-inappropriate sexual material.” Baker apparently is targeting the Drag Queen Story Hours that have been so popular in libraries. The law would include penalties and fines.
The protest event page (bit.ly/2O6Juy8) says: “We will be heading to Jefferson City, MO, in full drag to show senators & legislators that we aren’t the monsters here. That all we are doing is providing a space for learning and getting kids excited about reading. Knowledge is power! So join us at noon on the stairs of the state capitol, and make a sign if you wish. And please share this event, let’s make this huge!”
The protest will be held at noon on the steps of the State Capitol, 201 W. Capitol Ave., in Jefferson City. Many people will be attending in full drag queen or drag king attire. All LGBTQ and straight allies are welcome to participate.
Mature Pride luncheon and picnic planning
Our 40-and-older LGBTQ community has a great Facebook page called “Mature Pride.” They do many weekly and monthly activities and spread their choices of restaurants and get-togethers around various areas of our metro.
They are planning a May Pride Picnic, and their Lunch and Picnic Committee Gathering will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14th, at Jose Peppers, 16605 Midland Dr., Shawnee, Kansas. After lunch, the committee members will drive over to Shawnee Mission Park to check out the shelter for the May picnic. If you are interested, like the Mature Pride Facebook page and ask to join the group. You’ll find more ways you can participate, too.
March 17 CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS.
St. Patrick’s Day
March is rolling in like a lamb, not a lion, and if that continues, St. Patty’s Day should be one great day to celebrate the wearing of the green. Hamburger Mary’s and Woody’s are both on the parade route, so they will be great places to watch the parade. Hamburger Mary’s will open at 8 a.m. and serve a traditional Irish breakfast at 9 a.m. All of our gay bars will be celebrating that day, and the nice part about a Midtown parade on Broadway is that it’s walking distance to most of our Midtown gay bars. Check out their Facebook pages for their events. You can always find the listings of all the gay bars on the inside back cover of every issue of Camp.
March 26 – CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS
Come join AIDS Walk co-chairs Belinda Manos and Joseph Pinter and your AIDS Walk family at a beautiful, historic Hyde Park home (3728 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, Mo.) as we raise money and try to erase HIV stigma. Wear your snazzy best spring country club attire. Wine, specialty drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Attendance for this event, which will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is limited to the first 40 responses. Tickets, which are $50, are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-fling-tickets-92962628725
March 27-April 19
‘Noises Off!’ at the KC Repertory Theatre
This 1982 crowd-pleaser delights in the mayhem of an English theatrical troupe’s production gone horribly wrong. Flubbed lines, missed cues, slamming doors, lost contact lenses, falling trousers, and flying sardines have made this play-within-a-play a modern comedy classic. Says the New York Times: It “voyages to the outer limits of hilarity.” The Rep is offering a $10 discount off tickets for the first eight performances when you use the promo code: CAMP. Performances will be at the KC Rep, Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets and information: www.kcrep.org
March 28-29 CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS. RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 13 & 14.
The Heartland Men’s Chorus says it has had a great time putting together an experience that celebrates “our brothers and sisters from the U.K.” In planning this show, they say, the vision was to pay homage to artists and sounds that influenced generations past and present. Pop music, they say, is a touchstone for communities no matter your ethnicity, gender or sexual identity and it continues to shape all parts of our human culture. They say that “Smitten with Britain encapsulates a love letter to U.K. rock and pop royalty, with songs spanning from the British Invasion of the 1960s to the mega-hits of today. We aim to deliver a concert experience from classy to camp, featuring the music of Petula Clark, The Beatles, Adele, Coldplay, and even the Spice Girls!” They are also including a quick stroll through the theater district, with songs from Monty Python, Kinky Boots and Billy Elliot. And the audience will be able to join in the fun in a sing-along tribute to Sir Elton John
The Saturday, March 28, performance will be at 8 p.m., and the Sunday, March 29, concert will be at 4 p.m. Both will be at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo. For tickets: www.hmckc.org.
March 31 – CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS. RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 24.
Transgender Day of Visibility
This is a day dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of the discrimination that they face worldwide. It is a day for transgender people to stand up and be counted and for cis-gender people (whose gender identity aligns with their sex at birth) to learn about and celebrate their transgender friends and family members.
A Transgender Resource Fair will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Room at Grand Street Café, 4740 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Admission is free.
A program will take place at 6:15 pm. Light appetizers and beverages will be available. To register: Click on the events tab at: https://business.midamericalgbt.org.
Although the 32nd annual AIDS Walk is nearly two months away, registration and fundraising is going strong right now. Form a team and set up your fundraising page and see how well you can do raising money for this important cause. As always, all the money raised from AIDS Walk goes to the Kansas City AIDS Services Foundation and stays right here in our metro. This year’s theme is Walk 2 Stop HIV Stigma. Registration begins at 8 a.m., Opening Ceremonies are at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Location as always will be Theis Park, by the Nelson Museum, 533 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard; Kansas City, Missouri 64110. www.aidswalkkansascity.org.