CampBiz – December, 2012

The holidays have already gotten off to a great start with the Bartender Revue fundraisers at Missie B’s and Sidekicks Saloon. Missie B’s reports raising $4,000 from the Thanksgiving evening event.

In addition to the many events listed below, the bars and clubs listed on our page 23 bar page will be having many holiday and New Year’s Eve events. Most have Facebook pages, so check in to see what they are doing for our LGBT and allied communities.

For those who feel the holidays are a great way to reaffirm their spirituality, check out the annual guide to Welcome and Affirming Congregations created by Bradley Osborn on page 4 of this issue. Most will have services around the holidays, including Spirit of Hope MCC and St. Mark Hope and Peace, both of which have ads listing their event details in this issue of Camp.
Hamburger Mary’s holiday shows
The gals will be entertaining at this great club in the Crossroads District of Kansas City. Hamburger Mary’s will have its holiday show Dec. 15, featuring Melinda Ryder, Loreal, Daisy Buckët, Ginger Kaye Belmont, Daphne Demure, Monique, Jayonce’, and Heidi Banks, with two shows, at 6 and 9 p.m. It’s a benefit for the LIKEME Lighthouse and AIDS Walk Kansas City. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.

Daisy Buckët will be performing her fabulous one-woman show,
“Balls of Brass” at 8 p.m. Dec. 28.
Hamburger Mary’s
101 Southwest Blvd.,
Kansas City, Mo.
‘Christmas Is a Drag’ at Bistro 303
The Millennial League is not a group that sits on its laurels. Its holiday tea dance, “Christmas Is a Drag: A Big Gay Holiday,” will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 16, just a couple of weeks after the group’s “Code Red” fundraiser for World AIDS Day on Nov. 29. Like all Millennial League events, this will be a fundraiser for AIDS Walk and HIV/AIDS awareness. They’re encouraging wigs, drag and holiday gear. $5 donation at the door. Bistro 303, 303 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
Heartland Men’s Chorus
The group just entertained us with their “Cool Yule” holiday concert featuring the legendary Marilyn Maye. I can attest to an outstanding performance by all, and Maye brought the house down with applause.

The men are next on stage singing as guests of the Kansas City Symphony Pops Series in “Broadway Rocks.” This rousing evening will be packed with show-stopping numbers from the latest generation of Broadway musicals like Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Lion King, Rent, Hairspray and more.

Broadway Rocks!
7:30 p.m. Jan. 24
8 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.
Order tickets at

You can also join HMC as a new member. Auditions will be held Thursday evening, Jan. 3, and Saturday morning, Jan. 5. Contact the chorus office to schedule an appointment. The chorus says on its website: “While some musical experience is helpful, all that is required for membership is enthusiasm and willingness to invest the time and effort required to learn the music.”
The Holidays on Stage
The Kansas City Repertory and the Unicorn Theatres are featuring great holiday plays, one more traditional and one more irreverent. Can you guess which one? Both are ideal for the holidays with your friends and family.
A Christmas Carol
Runs through Dec. 26
Spencer Theatre, Kansas
City Repertory
4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
Inspecting Carol
(a unique twist on A Christmas Carol)
Runs through Dec. 23
Unicorn Theatre
3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
816-531-7529, Ext.10
Kansas City Women’s Chorus
The Kansas City Women’s Chorus is launching its new season Saturday, Dec. 8, with a holiday concert called “Winter Wonderland” at the Folly Theater. Their website reports: “The women of the chorus will showcase their rich and beautiful singing with a variety of holiday favorites, stunning choral classics, and, of course – some surprise gifts that only Kansas City Women’s Chorus can deliver.”
Winter Wonderland
8 p.m. Dec. 8
Folly Theater
300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Spirit of Hope MCC Concerts and Christmas Party
At 7 p.m. Dec. 9, as part of their “Hymns of Christmas Tour,” two-time Grammy-nominated Jennifer Knapp, who has sold over a million albums, and her friend Margaret Becker, who has had 21 No. 1 Christian radio hits and been nominated for four Grammy Awards, will perform at the church. Tickets are $20 and are on sale at MCCKC.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Spirit of Hope presents its own Christmas Concert/Christmas Party. The concert will be held up in the sanctuary, and immediately afterward, the Christmas party will be held downstairs in the Social Hall. The Christmas party will be dessert potluck, so bring your favorite holiday treat. Entertainment will be provided by the band Nickel Plate Road. The Christmas concert will feature their choirs, Praise Band, singers and soloists from the church. This is a free event.

Both events are at Spirit of Hope, MCCKC, 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. Free parking is available in their parking lot.
Mid America Freedom Band

Another holiday concert not to miss will be the Mid America Freedom Band’s “Visions of Sugar Plums,” under the direction of its new artistic director, Lee Hartman. Their website offers this description: “Toys come alive in Herbert’s ‘March of the Toys’ from Babes in Toyland, candy dances in Tchaikovsky’s immortal score to The Nutcracker, dreidels are spun in ‘Chanukah Celebration,’ and Charlie Brown will discover the true meaning of Christmas, perhaps with the help of Vaughan Williams’ ‘Fantasia on Greensleeves.’ The Mighty Mo Combo will be featured on a jazzy rendition of ‘Little Drummer Boy.’” For more information, visit:
Visions of Sugar Plums
3 p.m. Dec. 16
Unity Temple on the Plaza 
707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Perform OUTKC
The youth choral group that Heartland Men’s Chorus was so instrumental in helping, PerformOutKC, will have its own concert, which they promote as “Explore your own Heroism with POKC.”
Heroes Longest Night
7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21
Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo.
HRC Battle of the Bands
The Human Rights Campaign’s 4th annual Battle of the Bands will be Jan. 20 as a benefit for HRC Kansas City.

There will be 16 acts and six hours of live music. Performers include The Clementines, Summer Osborne, Baer & Ani Mal, Lydia Crigger, Kaella, and Holmes Street. Others are still being lined up.
Battle of the Bands
2:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20
(doors open at 2 p.m.)
The Cashew
2000 Grand,
Kansas City, Mo.
$20 for tickets, which
includes food and HRC
Cash bar available all day
‘Scrooge & Marley’
Our friend Jamie Rich from the Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals shared some information on a new film called Scrooge & Marley that will be in Kansas City Dec. 17-18, Monday and Tuesday, at the Tivoli Theatres in Westport. This gay Christmas film, inspired by A Christmas Carol, features Bruce Vilanch and more.

Their press release says: “Recounted from a gay sensibility, with heart, comedy and music, the magic of Dickens’ timeless tale of a man’s redemption at the holidays — thanks to the help of three ghostly spirits — comes alive from a fresh perspective that will appeal to audiences of every persuasion.”

Acclaimed out actor David Pevsner portrays Ben Scrooge, and former Saturday Night Live star Tim Kazurinsky appears as the Ghost of Jacob Marley.” The film also features Rusty Schwimmer, Megan Cavanagh, Ronnie Kroell, David Moretti, Richard Ganoung, and JoJo Baby. It is narrated by Tony award-winning actress Judith Light.
Scrooge & Marley
7 p.m. Dec. 17-18
Tivoli Cinemas in Westport
4050 Pennsylvania Ave.,
Kansas City, Mo.

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