CampBiz – January, 2012

Happy New Year!

It gives us great pleasure to say that to our readers and advertisers. Thank you for your support as we publish our 117th issue since our launch in June 2004. This wouldn’t be possible without your support and the hard work of our writers.

In 2012, as always, we welcome hearing from prospective writers and advertisers, receiving press releases or emails with news about your organizations and about your interest in advertising and marketing. Just send your information to
“Romantic Fools” at the Fishtank
Jeff Smith tells us his new play, Romantic Fools, will be opening at the Fishtank in February, starring Katie Karel Fay and Jeff Smith. It’s directed by local actor and director (as well as Camp contributor) Shea Coffman. Romantic Fools will run Feb. 2-18 at the Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo., with an additional performance on Valentine’s Day.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, they pledge to donate 20 percent of all ticket sales to the American Heart Association.

To produce the play, they need help to reach their fundraising goal of $3,000.The money will go directly to the production — for the venue (The Fishtank), production rights (16 performances total), props, costumes and set materials. For more information on the play and how you can help contribute, visit:
HRC Battle of the Bands
The third annual Human Rights Campaign Battle of the Bands will be a great live music event featuring 10 bands in one venue on Sunday, Jan. 15. It will be held at the Cashew, 2000 Grand, Kansas City, Mo., from 2 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Originally an all-women’s band event, it now includes mixed bands of men and women. Tickets are $20 and benefit the political work of HRC of Kansas City. Ticket prices include food and HRC membership, and a cash bar is available all day. You can purchase tickets at
In the fight against HIV/AIDS, Kansas City’s AIDS Service Foundation has many events planned over the next six months for AIDS Walk. Here are some of them. You can plan to attend or perhaps even become part of as an AIDS Walk volunteer.

Thursday, Feb. 2
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Café Trio
4558 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
Come help organizers, team captains, sponsors and friends kick off the 24th annual AIDS Walk. Food, cash bar and fun will highlight the evening.
“Scary Carrie Prom”
Friday, Feb. 10
8 p.m.-midnight
The Beaumont Club
4050 Pennsylvania Ave.,
Kansas City, Mo.
A benefit for the Millennial League of the AIDS Service Foundation. Tickets — available at — are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and VIP tickets are $75.

Walker Summit:
Tuesday, Feb. 28
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
Join Team Captains, AIDS WALK staff and Steering Committee to share ideas, strategies and fun efforts to get your team members motivated and to raise more money for AIDS WALK 2012.
Saturday, March 3
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Midtown participating bars, Kansas City, Mo.
Join hundreds of miniature golf enthusiasts to fight HIV/AIDS by playing putt-putt and taking opportunities to win fantastic prizes.
Fashion Show:
Friday, March 23
6-9 p.m.
Burstert Studio
122 Southwest Blvd.,
Kansas City, Mo.
You won’t want to miss this event of fashion and heat — not only a night to remember but also to dream about for years. Complete with hot men, sporting their best in denim! Produced by Chadwick Brooks and friends.

Friday, April 6 (Good Friday)
5-8 p.m.
Art Lobby of the Chair Building
2020 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo.
AIDS Walk 2012:
Saturday, April 28
8 a.m. Registration, 9 a.m. Walk Ceremonies, 10 a.m. Walk!
Theis Park
Emanuel Cleaver Blvd. & Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
Party with a Purpose:
Saturday, June 16
4-8 p.m.
Holmes Street between the block of 36th St and Gleed Terrace, Kansas City, Mo.
For more information on these and other events, visit
Kansas City Pride is off and running for the June 1-3, 2012 festival. They resumed their monthly meetings on Jan. 4 at Spirit of Hope MCC. They welcome participation and opinions from all in helping plan this year’s festival. The organization will have many fundraising and celebratory events leading up to the festival, including their Casino Night on Jan. 21 at 313 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo. For a $25 ticket, you get $2,500 in chips to begin with, dinner and a drink. Prizes will include a flat-screen TV, electronic games and more. For more information, visit
Sharp’s closing Jan. 15
The venerable Brookside gay-owned institution Sharp’s 63rd Street Grill will close for good on Jan. 15. Sharp’s will be auctioning off pieces of the establishment’s history at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Bar stools, wall hangings and other mementos will be sold. They also report on their Facebook event page that “We WILL be open Sunday for breakfast and lunch, but it won’t be pretty!”
HarleyPhotographyKC launches new line of greeting cards
Local photographer Harley Wood has unveiled a new line of greeting cards with Dirty Dorothy and drag queens like Dove. They can be purchased at the store Bird Sings on the Country Club Plaza, and by February, the cards will also be available at Ralphs markets in Missouri and Kansas and at Dean & Deluca nationwide. The line also includes calendars and gifts. For more information, visit Harley Photography Studio on Facebook or his website:
Changes in bar ownership
It’s not new news, but the end of 2011 saw a change of ownership at OutABounds and a new LGBT bar called Social. As always, LGBT bar addresses and other information are listed on the inside back cover of Camp. OutABounds revamped the kitchen, cleaned up the interior, installed new televisions and fulfilled its promise of being Kansas City’s only LGBT sports bar. Social is offering something new in Kansas City’s downtown area. They both complement the existing array of gay bars in Kansas City with their own loyal followings.

In addition to those changes, two men familiar to the gay community, Robert Mccain and Joseph Fulgenzi, life partners and owners of the Blo Salon, as well as their independent businesses and real estate sales, took over ownership of the jazz club Jardine’s. The familiar jazz destination is located on the block behind Café Trio on the Plaza. McCain and Fulgenzi are now doing their “due diligence” on Jardine’s and will know more in the next month as they settle in and put their own stamp on the club. They have already said they will keep the name of the establishment and they are working with the former owner on a smooth transition.

Fulgenzi has more than 14 years in the restaurant business in Seattle, Hawaii, California and Alaska, and has degrees in hotel/restaurant management.

“So here we go again,” he said. “We don’t have to reinvent the wheel, we just have to finetune it and bring it back to what it used to be. And that’s what we intend to do.”

Fulgenzi reported that even in the midst of the change of ownership, with no staff, they managed a successful New Year’s Eve party with more than 100 guests, a jazz singer and guest bartenders. Jardine’s is accepting applications for bartenders, wait staff and busboys. They can be reached at:
KC Pioneers’ 2011 fundraising
The KC Pioneers presented four $500 checks totaling $2,000 to four local organizations, Kansas City Passages, Hope Care Center, KC Anti-Violence Project and KC Free Health Clinic, during their “Sadistic Santa” show at Missie B’s on Dec. 10. The event also featured Santa Thor and his paddle on any willing volunteers. Photos were taken with Santa and money raised went to the charities.

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