The SuicideGirls bring their Blackheart Burlesque Tour to Wichita
By Jamie Rhodes aka Victoria Voluptuous
WICHITA - Suicide Girls. What a strong name. It suggests death, quitting and perversity. Some may think it has a negative connotation, when in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Nouns like “death.” “quitting” and “perversity” don’t fall short of what a Suicide Girl is, but, it’s not an act of a physical death or quitting who she is.
The context of the word is the act of embracing who she is, quitting society, quitting the norm, embracing her “perversity” and “committing social suicide” by choosing not to fit in. Most people are familiar with the tattooed look, piercings, colored hair and unorthodox style of the classic pin-up look. They are known all over the world as the “SuicideGirls,” and their Blackheart Burlesque Show is coming to Wichita.
WICHITA - The 2017 Wichita Pride “Bachelorette, Bachelor” auction will be held Feb. 11, 8pm at Rocky’s, 604 S. Topeka in downtown Wichita. Women and men of all sexual orientations and gender identities will be up for “bid” for a dinner date for two.
“Our first ‘Bachelorette, Bachelor’ fundraiser will coincide with Valentine’s Day,” Travis Hooper, president of Wichita Pride, said. “Future fundraisers will include car washes, expanded Turnabout shows, Bitchy Bingo and more,” Hooper said.
WICHITA - With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim among others. The audio version of his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, is a 56th Annual Grammy Awards Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album.
Sedaris’ next book will be a collection of his diaries, entitled Theft By Finding Diaries (1977-2002), will be available in May.
By John Dalton-White
WICHITA - One man’s struggles with temptation, friendship and disapproval are explored in Wichita Scottish Rite Signature Theatre’s current musical production and regional premier of A Man of No Importance.
Winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, A Man of No Importance, is based on the 1994 movie of the same name, written by Terrence McNally, with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, the same songwriting team behind the hit musicals Ragtime, My Favorite Year, and Seussical, among others. The musical premiered at the Lincoln Center in 2002.
OVERLAND PARK – Best-selling author Deepak Chopra will speak about his latest book, You Are the Universe, at 7pm Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Carlsen Center’s Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.
Tickets, which are $45 and include a copy of the book, are available through the JCCC Box Office at 913-469-4445 or online at jccc.edu/TheSeries.
TOPEKA - On Jan. 27, Rep.John Whitmer’s (R-Haysville) anti-transgender “bathroom” bill was formally introduced. HB2171 requires transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with their “gender at birth.”
Unlike last year’s measure, this year’s bill dropped a controversial “bounty” provision, emboldening Rep. Whitmer to call it a “compromise” bill. At no time did Whitmer contact Equality Kansas or any other LGBT advocacy organization to negotiate a “compromise.”
HB2171 gives the Attorney General open-ended prosecutorial authority. According to the Wichita Eagle, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Derek Schmidt said that the “attorney general’s office did not seek these additional responsibilities nor were we consulted in the drafting of this bill.”
Equality Kansas executive director Tom Witt said, “We will fight this bill with everything we have, and we ask that you stand and fight with us.” Visit eqks.org for updates.
Whitmer’s bill was introduced just as California banned state-funded travel to Kansas over concerns about LGBT discrimination. l
By Ciara Reid, staff reporter
LAWRENCE - One can quickly find out if they are cut out to be an author by participating in National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRMO), a challenging exercise with a simple concept: write 50,000 words in the month of November. For Lawrence, Kansas-based Paula Schumacher, it was the launching pad for her now published mystery novel, The Glass Road: A Marie Gardner Mystery.
On average, Schumacher wrote about 1,800 words a day. She used a helpful spreadsheet to keep track of her word count and progress. Her daily process went like this: wake up at 5am. Walk the dog. Get a cup of coffee. Throw on the headphones (she prefers fast top 40 club music when writing) and settle in to crank out words for about an hour. “I realize that I will have non-writing days (like Thanksgiving Day) so I try to write more than the minimum each day,” she says. The fast-thumping music is purposeful: it allows Schumacher to write rapidly. NANOWRMO is all about word count, quality later.
WICHITA - American Rose Theater is putting on a FREE Burlesque Show at Wichita’s newest dance club, XY Bar, located at 235 N. Mosley, Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8pm. Although admission is free, donations and tips are greatly appreciated.
The group is raising funds for its benefit show, “Dames, Divas and Drag: a USO Variety Show” at the Wichita Scottish Rite Mar. 25. Proceeds will benefit Wichita’s Midwest Battle Buddies, a non-profit 501(C)3 organization that rescues dogs from the Kansas Humane Society, trains them as service dogs, and pairs them with veterans who have PTSD and other disabilities.
There will be a silent auction, along with merchandise for sale, and drink specials. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.americanrosetheater.com or call XY Bar at (316) 201-4670.
WICHITA – A new sign is at the corner of Second and Fountain in College Hill: “Wichita Community Theatre.” For a long time passersby have wondered what that square brick building standing in a quiet residential neighborhood housed - now they will know. It is the home of the oldest continuing theater company in the city.
Wichita Community Theatre (WCT) moved into the 1932 building in 1964. The foundation for WCT was established in 1946 by Mary Jane Teall and other like-minded Wichita individuals.
Thanks to WCT’s generous donors, it now has a sign created by George Lay Signs, Inc.
WICHITA- The 4th Annual Gender & Sexuality in Kansas Conference, co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, the Elliott School of Communications, and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Wichita State University will be held on Friday, Mar. 3.
GLSEN released state-level data from its benchmark National School Climate Survey Jan. 11, which shows that U.S. secondary schools are slowly improving but remain hostile environments for many LGBT students.
By Trevor Reichle
HUTCHINSON - The Hutchinson chapter of PFLAG is opening a new community center.
The new center, located at 2534 N. Main, will also be the location for PFLAG meetings, events, fundraisers or other activities hosted by the chapter. A “soft opening” was hosted at the new location on Jan. 21.
I just wanted to thank you, as always, for what you do. But particularly for your latest editorial. And to tell you that I felt, in my little world, an explosion of people desperately seeking a useful place for their energies after the election. Your paper is vital to this!
There are so many of us wanting to connect and support, and your paper is the conduit. Don’t lose hope. You and I have so much in common. In your struggle, you fight not only for the LGBT community, you are standing up for HUMAN rights. Standing up for human rights for gay, lesbian and transgender persons is standing up for all of us.
In the November OP/ED Kenny Warner, a former employee/bartender at the Fantasy Complex, suggested that someone should compile a list or history of the gay bars in Wichita before all the older folk who would remember them are gone. Well it just so happens that there is such a list of the history of Wichita gay bars. About four years ago a professor at WSU started the effort to find out all he could about these bars, dating back to the 1950’s.
With the help of our organization The Wichita Prime Timers, (a social club for mature gay and bisexual men), this professor was able to comprise a fairly accurate and extensive history of Wichita gay bars from the 1950’s-2014. Our membership at Wichita Prime Timers scans many age groups, which was a great help in compiling this list, in that the older members were able to supply info on the earlier bars they remembered, and the not so old and younger could provide info on the later and more current bars.
I think the result is a very comprehensive history of Wichita gay bars, and also mentions some of the cruise areas and after bar diners. About two years ago members of Wichita Prime Timers were presented with the completed history (about 11 pages with some repeats) by the above fore-mentioned professor. If Kenny would e-mail me at [email protected], I would be able to send him a copy of the list I received two years ago.