September, with its many events, was a great month in Kansas City’s LGBT community, and now with the cooler days of fall, it looks like we have even more in store. As always, don’t forget to send your news releases and emails to me if you want free coverage of your events. Send your information in text format (no pdfs or evites) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gay New Year’s will once again make for a festive weekend in all the bars. Two of the best parties in town are at Sharp’s and Missie B’s. You can check out the details in their ads in this issue of Camp. Any of the gay bars can send me information on their Halloween festivities and we’ll promote them on the Camp Facebook page. Please send your information by Oct. 25 to email@example.com
And if you haven’t yet bought your tickets to see Cyndi Lauper in her Halloween She Bop concert on Oct. 31, it’s not too late, but tickets are going fast. This concert benefits the Kansas City Pride festival, and there is a special “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” four-pack for $100. Purchase tickets at www.midlandkc.com or call 800-745-3000.
MGRA Show-Me State Rodeo
Once again, the men and women of the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association hosted a great three-day event at the Lone Wolf Arena Ranch in Cleveland, Mo., over the Labor Day weekend. There was a wonderful turnout for the rodeo on both Saturday and Sunday. The group is working on a recap of the event, and as soon as we can publish more information on the winners and money raised for their charity partner, Passages, we’ll let you know. Rodeos go on around the country year-round, and many of our local participants compete in rodeos in other states. If you’re interested in getting involved before next year, check in with the rodeo at www.mgra.us or the International Gay Rodeo Association, www.igra.com.
AIDS Bicycle Challenge
Congratulations to ABC organizers for hosting a great fundraising bicycle ride on Sept. 11. They report that there were over 350 riders and that ABC raised more than $40,000. Fundraising is still going on — there will be an ABC Charity Bingo fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Hamburger Mary’s, 101 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
For all the connoisseurs of fine beer or those who just want a day of beer tasting for a good cause, the fifth annual KC Beerfest is coming up from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Legends Shopping Center in Wyandotte County. It’s a fun day with beer, food and music, and it’s a fundraiser for the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the KC Free Health Clinic. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. For more information, visit www.kcbeerfest.com.
Heartland Men’s Chorus Dinner of Note
Right on the heels of the Heartland Men’s Chorus performance at the historic opening of Kansas City’s new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 18, the group will host its annual “Dinner of Note” at 6 p.m. on Oct. 15. The location is the Downtown Marriott Hotel, 200 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
The theme this year is “Out for the Evening,” and once again it will be a creative black-tie and evening-gown gala. Gay singer Matt Alber will be the special guest performer. This fundraiser is great fun each year. Tickets cost $150, or you can purchase a full table or half-table for yourself and your guests. The Dinner of Note also features great silent auction items. See the available items or donate items yourself using their new online system on their website (www.hmckc.org). Call 816-931-3338 to reserve your space at the party.
Discussion on starting a chapter of SAGE
People of all ages who are concerned about the needs of elders are invited to a potluck lunch and conversation at noon on Oct. 30 to talk about the possible creation of a chapter of SAGE in Kansas City. Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE) is a national organization with chapters as close as St Louis. The organization advocates for elders of the LGBT community in areas of concern, including health care, retirement, social opportunities and acceptance, and creates social outlets for elders. The lunch will be held in the social hall of Spirit of Hope Metropolitan Community Church, 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. There is accessibility for those who need assistance to the lower level of the building. More information is available at www.spiritofhopemcckc.org.
Tom Goss in concert at Spirit of Hope MCC
Gay artist/songwriter Tom Goss will perform at Spirit of Hope MCC at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. Goss’ music continues to stand at the forefront of LGBTQ equality and arts. His newest music video, “Lover,” tackled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” head on and was recently featured in The Advocate, Out.com, Towleroad and After Elton. The video is now in rotation on LOGO. It tells the story of a soldier killed in Afghanistan while his husband waits at home, and it stars servicemen who were discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Goss’ previous two videos climbed to the top of MTV LOGO’s “The Click List.”
Goss received the 2009 Pride in the Arts award for “Favorite Male Musician,” and his 2009 album Back to Love was voted best album of the year by independent NYC-based radio station Radio Crystal Blue and was spun nationally on more than 250 radio stations. His latest album, Turn it Around, is flying up the charts. Local radio host Tom Edmondson from KKFI-FM (90.1) says, “WOW — whole CD is 10 stars in my book.” Andrew Cothern from GAY RVA says “A well-crafted collection of songs — you’ll be instantly singing along.”
This is a free concert open to the community; a love offering will be collected. Spirit of Hope MCC is at 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. Free parking is available in the church’s lot, and street parking is also available. If you have questions, call the church office during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) at 816-931-0750.
MAFB presents ‘A Night of Wicked Wonder’
The great talents in the Mid America Freedom Band will offer a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo. This group continues to get more accolades every year, and this October’s concert will be sure to please. For more information, visit www.mafbmusic.org.
Outfest 2011: Unity in the Community
Sponsored by LGCC-KC, Show Me Pride and UMKC, this annual event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the UMKC Student Union, 51st and Cherry Streets, Kansas City, Mo.
Outfest will include entertainment, LGBTQIA-supportive exhibitor tables, educational sessions, free HIV testing, raffle drawings and more.
That evening, from 5 to 8 p.m., will be the second annual Rooftop Dance for all ages, with more entertainment.
For more information, or to purchase an exhibitor table, visit www.lgcckc.org or join their Facebook page, Lesbian-Gay-Community-Center-of Greater Kansas City.
HRC’s Third Thursdays
The Kansas City chapter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is hosting its “Third Thursday” October mixer at the Function Junction in Crown Center. Come out from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 for complimentary wine and appetizers and to meet and greet other friends from HRC and the community. There’s also a special HRC discount at the store, so you can begin your holiday shopping early. Function Junction, Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., third floor. Parking is free with store validation.
Unicorn’s New Season
The Unicorn Theatre and Kansas City Actors Theatre will be teaming up to co-produce the 2009 Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza.
Here’s how the Unicorn describes it: “This sharp-edged new play is a 90-minute thrill ride that takes you into the most dangerous place on earth: parenthood. God of Carnage ran on Broadway in 2009 and 2010 and rotated some amazing stars through three casts, including Jeff Daniels, James Gandolfini, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Jimmy Smits, Annie Potts, Dylan Baker, Lucy Liu and Janet McTeer. The Unicorn/KCAT production brings together some of Kansas City’s best talent under the direction of Mark Robbins. John Rensenhouse and Melinda McCrary play the Raleighs, and real-life husband and wife Brian Paulette and Cinnamon Schultz play the Novaks.”
God of Carnage previews Oct. 19-21 and runs Oct. 22-Nov. 13, 2011. Performances Tuesday through Thursday are at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Stay for a talk-back immediately after the show with the director and actors on Oct. 25, Oct. 30 and Nov.1.
To purchase tickets, call Unicorn Theatre at 816-531-PLAY (7529) Ext. 10, go online at www.UnicornTheatre.org, or go to the box office at 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. Regular-run tickets start at $27.50. Preview tickets start at $22.50. Special discounts are available for seniors (60+), students, and patrons under 35.
Kansas City Repertory Theatre
The well-loved Kansas City Repertory Theatre is going through some growing pains with the elimination of the multi-level parking structure used by so many theater patrons. The UMKC multi-level Oak Street Parking Garage at 50th and Oak, frequently used by visitors attending performances at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and other campus activities, has been demolished and is being replaced with a new parking structure and covered walkway. Construction is expected to be completed one year from now, in time for the Rep’s 2012-13 season.
The project will affect parking for the Rep’s Spencer Theatre productions beginning with August: Osage County, which runs through Oct. 9. Additional Spencer productions that will be affected are:
• A Christmas Carol (Nov. 19-Dec. 26, 2011)
• The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Jan. 20-Feb. 12, 2012)
• The Whipping Man (March 16-April 8, 2012)