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The Holidays
Spirit of Hope MCC will be celebrating Christmas Eve with services at 7 and 10 p.m. Although many people think of MCC as primarily an LGBT congregation, the Rev. Kurt and the Rev. John tell me that they have many straight families in their congregation who welcome the openness and inclusivity of the church. The Christmas Eve service will be one not to miss.
Our friends Lloyd Parker and Leo Andrade tell us they are selling gift cards and design service at their L & L Home Goods and Gifts in Briarcliff Village. They opened L & L late last year after successfully running their beautiful store in Arrow Rock, Mo.,for years. Lloyd and Leo have assembled home decor items, furniture, and gift items suitable to a wide variety of tastes.
New Year?s Eve should be another fun-filled evening at your favorite watering hole. Missie B?s, The View on the Hill, Sharp?s, Seven and The Fox, along with all the bars and clubs listed in Camp, promise great festivities.
If bars aren?t your scene, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre is hosting “New Year?s Eve Repartee ?07” with performances from the stars in “It Ain?t Nothin? But the Blues” and “Love, Janis”, with a special champagne celebration at their 10:30 performance. Reserve seats now for performances New Year?s Eve or Dec. 28-30 at www.kcrep.org or by calling 816-235-2700.
New Year?s Eve is also called ?amateur night? to describe some of the revelers who are clueless about the effects of too many festive beverages. It?s a good night to thank your wonderful designated driver or take advantage of the free Holiday Cab service. Our good friends John Poteet and John Kane at Central States Beverage Co., who have supported Camp and so many LGBT groups through Miller Lite, have announced that from now until New Year?s Eve, Coors Brewing Co., Yellow Cab, and Central States Beverage Co. will mark the 25th year of Kansas City?s Holiday Cab. The first $25 of your cab fare in local areas will be picked up by the groups above. To take advantage of this program offering a safe cab ride home, simply call 816-777-1115 between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Upon receipt of the phone call, Yellow Cab will arrange for pickup.
Upcoming shows
The Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City invites you to LGBT Theatre Night?s performance of “Falsettos” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, , at the Jewish Community Center Campus Theatre, 5801 W. 115th St. # 201 Overland Park, Kan. 66211(www.jcckc.org). For this LGCCKC fundraiser, tickets are just $25.

“Falsettos”, written by William Finn (“Putnam Spelling Bee”) and nominated for seven Tony Awards, tells the musical story about a gay father trying to keep up relationships with his son, his partner and even his ex-wife, all told with a wonderful mix of humor and touching moments. To purchase tickets, e-mail Mitch Levine at mitchmkt@aol.com with the number of seats you?d like.
Those of you who know PFLAG director Jamie Lee will be happy to hear that this proud mother of her gay son, John Jacob Lee, is beaming because he will be coming to Kansas City to play the role of George in “The Wedding Singer” Feb. 26-March 2 at the Music Hall. Speaking of PFLAG, it?s a great organization for parents and friends of the LGBT community. If coming out is one of your goals for 2008, you could do no better than to attend any of the PFLAG meetings the second Sunday of every month. The Jan. 13 meeting is at 3 p.m. at the Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Room 307, Prairie Village, Kan. Joyce and Amanda, founders of the publishing company Rainbow Legends, will be speaking at this meeting.
Big news for Kansas City in 2008 is that ?the Cho? is coming to Kansas City. Fresh off last summer?s True Colors Tour, the inimitable Margaret Cho will be bringing her totally irreverent comedy to the Improv at Zona Rosa Jan. 4-5. It will be a sellout event with two shows each night, so order your tickets today at www.themajestictheaters.com or by calling 816-587-4500. For those of you who need even more Margaret Cho, she?ll be on the “Tyra Banks Show” on Jan. 2.
Another bit of celebrity news involves Kansas City?s own fabulous entertainer Victoria DePaula, otherwise known as Carl Glorioso, is featured in a new documentary, “Pageant”, that will premiere Jan. 19 and 22 at the 14th annual Slamdance Film Festival, which runs concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film was one of 10 documentaries selected and was one of the 25 films selected out of 1,300 submissions. This honor could not have happened to a nicer person, and Victoria will be walking the red carpet with all the stars! For more information on the Slamdance Film Festival, visit www.slamdance.com.
2008 event update
Gay Pride has not locked in on when Pride weekend will be because organizers are competing with RockFest for dates, but it will either be June 6-8 or May 30-June 1. Stay tuned for more info. After all, June is right around the corner!
Since Liberty Memorial has now become a tourism destination due to the new World War I museum, the city has cut back on festivals around the memorial. Pride organizers thought they would have to move to another location for a while, but the good news is that the event will be in Penn Valley, just on a different side of the park, the area called Penn Valley Park.
Other Pride events coming up in early 2008 will be the Royalty Court Pageant on Feb. 7 at Missie B?s, and the Prince and Princess Pageant on Feb. 28 at a location to be decided. John Koop says more information will appear on the kansascitygaypride.org Web site, which should be up and revamped in January. The first Gay Pride 2008 planning meeting will be at the end of January. Check the Gay Pride and Camp Web sites for this and all other Pride event dates and locations.
The Missouri Gay Rodeo Association (MGRA) is planning to move its Show Me State rodeo back to Labor Day weekend, the date it had always been held on prior to the 2006 rodeo. Chuck Kirkwood of MGRA reports that they?re still looking at all their options for locations for 2008 rodeo, so stay tuned to www.mgra.us or Camp.
MGRA will start its 2008 plans with a membership drive on Jan. 25 at Mama?s 39th Street Diner. The evening begins with a dinner at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a bar crawl around town.
The AIDS Walk steering committee and organizers Michael Lintecum and Josh Strodtman took a brief rest in December after organizing a very successful and inspiring series of events the last week of November commemorating World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. They?re moving ahead on plans for the April 2008 AIDS Walk. Events begin with the AIDS Walk kick-off from 5:30-7:30 pm Jan. 24 at bar Natasha. More than seven other fundraising events are on their way, so check out www.aidswalkkansascity.org for more. This will be the 20th anniversary of the walk in Kansas City so this is an important fundraising year for the AIDS Service Foundation with impressive goals that the group is working hard to meet.
Keep me posted on your events for future issues of CampBiz. May your New Year be happy, safe and successful!
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