Editor’s Note: This column includes only some of the holiday events we know of at press time. Please contact JLong@campkc.com by Dec.12 to tell us about your organization’s holiday events or any other news, so we can include it in the Dec. 19 holiday issue of Camp.
Heartland Men’s Chorus
If you’re picking up this issue on Dec. 5 and you’ve not yet bought your tickets to the Heartland Men’s Chorus Bless My Family holiday concert, race to your keyboard and go to hmckc.org or call the box office at 816-931-3338. There will be three days of performances, Dec. 5-7, at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo., so you may still be able to get a ticket. It’s a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the holidays.
Friends of Chamber Music
The well-known San Francisco-based group of male singers called Chanticleer comes to Kansas City to perform with the Shanghai String Quartet at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Folly Theater. Mention that you saw their ad in Camp and get a $5 discount on the ticket price. Tickets are available at chambermusic.org or by calling 816-561-9999.
Holiday Home and Wine Tour
Another event happening the weekend this issue of Camp is published is the Good Samaritan Project Holiday Home and Wine Tour, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The tour will include three beautiful and stately homes in historic Northeast Kansas City. Sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres will be offered at each home. A trolley will take guests from home to home. Tickets, at $40 per person or $75 per couple, are available at gsp-kc.org or by calling 816-561-8784. Or you can buy tickets on the trolleys the day of the event. The central parking lot – for the trolleys and for tour participants’ vehicles – will be the Independence Boulevard Christian Church, 606 Gladstone Blvd at Independence Avenue. The tour benefits the Good Samaritan Project, Kansas City’s oldest and most comprehensive AIDS service organization.
‘A Christmas Carol’
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without the great Charles Dickens play “A Christmas Carol” at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Read more in Shawn Michael’s review on page 11. (He liked it!) It’s a timeless play with universal themes. For tickets, go to kcrep.org or call 816-235-2700. The Rep is also offering a great package rate on all five remaining shows for just $100.
Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls
After a couple of years of major “oops, she’s done it again” (sorry) episodes in the news, word is out that Britney Spears is back in full dance-music form promoting her new CD, Circus. She’s going to be at the Sprint Center on April 2 with the Pussycat Dolls. Tickets go on sale Dec. 6; contact ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. I’m sure her big gay following will be there.
Sadistic Santa Is Back!
The wonderful professional photographer Janet Ryan, who has done photography for Camp and many groups around town, tells me that the KC Pioneers will host their annual photos with Santa for only $5 from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. every Saturday night at Missie B’s upstairs. It won’t be your conventional “on Santa’s knee” photo, and you won’t want to miss out on this one for your holiday cards.
All Timers Party
Speaking of Missie B’s, check out the pictures on page 12 from its annual Bartenders’ Revue on Thanksgiving. It’s an evening when bartenders and non-drag queens don wigs and dresses and camp it up as a fundraiser for the Angel Tree Christmas Fund. It was a great party once again, with lots of money raised.
Missie B’s will host another All Timers Party at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9. This is a favorite monthly or bi-monthly social event that offers a chance to get out to friends who find themselves spending too much time at home, while also introducing new faces to the mix. It’s always a fun evening and a great chance to catch up with men and women whom you may not have seen in a while. This will be a holiday party, light appetizers will be provided. Missie B’s is at 805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Passages Youth Group Benefit
The Holiday Madness Show will be a benefit for Kansas City’s only LGBT youth group, Passages, at 8 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Sidekicks, 3707 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. In the spirit of the holiday season, the cast will donate all tips to the organization. Prizes will be raffled, including gifts donated by the national touring troupe called The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, which features Kansas City’s own Daisy Buckët. Dirty Dorothy and Daisy Buckët will be co-hosting the event, and special guests will include drag legend Loreal. There is no cover charge; the cast of entertainers is hoping to raise $1,000.
Welcoming Congregations and the Holidays
Our next issue of Camp – Dec. 19 will list Welcoming Congregations and their holiday schedules of activities. It might be a good chance to check out local congregations of interest.
Spirit of Hope Metropolitan Church, 3801 Wyandotte St., in midtown Kansas City, is holding its all-church Christmas Party during the Dec. 7 Potluck Lunch, from noon to 2 p.m. They ask that people bring a potluck dish to share and a gift to exchange. After the meal they’ll enjoy time together singing a few holiday songs and exchanging gifts.
‘Women of Brewster Place’
Many of you read our Nov. 15 issue cover story about Ron Megee starring in Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You at the Unicorn Theatre. See Paul Donovan’s review on page 16 of this issue. The next production, running concurrently with Sister Mary, thanks to the Unicorn’s “dual stages,” is The Women of Brewster Place, which runs from Dec. 5 to Jan. 11. Based on Gloria Naylor’s best-selling novel that Oprah Winfrey produced as a TV movie, the stage production musical has been adapted by New York playwright Tim Acito. The Unicorn press release says, “This soaring musical chronicles the dreams and realities of 10 diverse African American women. Living in a dilapidated housing project, the women are cut off from the outside world by a brick wall.”
The play is directed by Jacqueline L. Gafford and features musical direction by Anthony T. Edwards, and choreography by Nedra Dixon. New this season is a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. the first weekend of each run. Tickets can be purchased by calling 816-531-PLAY, online at www.UnicornTheatre.org, or at the box office, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
The Unicorn is offering two special events for this play. Participants in Play Before the Play on Dec. 11 can join friends and other arts-minded people for drinks and dessert before the show for a $5 cover charge On New Year’s Eve, audience members can attend the 7:30 performance and have drinks beforehand and a champagne toast with the cast afterward, all for just $50. Subscribers can upgrade their tickets for $15.
KC Theater 101 Events (co-sponsored by Willow Productions) brings Voices, an Emmy-winning play featuring the voices of five struggling women to Kansas City Dec. 5 and 6 and Dec. 12 and 13 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, Kansas City, Mo. A benefit performance at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 will help pay for Lincoln College Prep Academy Wind Ensemble’s travel expenses to Carnegie Hall.
The production is written by Susan Griffin and directed by Judy Clause. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for refreshments and social networking. Tickets, at $12-$15, are available in advance at crosscurrentsculture.org and at the door.