CampBiz – January, 2013

This month’s “CampBiz” is somewhat abbreviated because a lot slows down around the holidays and we haven’t received a whole lot of news this month from people or organizations. The year is ramping up now, so look at your calendars and send us information today for the February issue of Camp.
AIDS Walk and HRC
AIDS Walk’s Millennial League is ramping up for the Feb. 8 Valoween, and HRC is hosting its annual Battle of the Bands on Jan. 20. Read more about these events on pages 11 and 12 in the January issue of Camp.
Mid America Freedom Band at presidential inaugural parade
Matthew Novotny, executive director of Kansas City’s Mid America Freedom Band (MAFB), tells us that band members are thrilled to have been asked to participate in the 57th presidential inaugural parade on Jan. 21 in Washington. This will be the first year of participation for MAFB. Three members will march and play with the national Lesbian and Gay Band Association. The LGBA also performed in the 2009 parade.

The LGBA website reports: “The 215-piece LGBA band will be comprised of members of its bands, orchestras, and cheer squads from 26 states and the District of Columbia. They will join groups from across the country as well as from the Armed Forces in the historic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, which follows President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Capitol.”

The MAFB members who will attend are Novotny, LGBA board member-Honor Guard; Joe Duncan (MAFB Jazz Band conductor), saxophone; and Ian Bradt (MAFB assistant conductor), trombone. They report that the LGBA was selected from more than 2,800 parade applicants, so this is a great honor, representing LGBT inclusion in the Obama administration. For more information, visit or
MAGLCC networking events
The Mid America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce held its second B2B networking event at the Ameristar Casino on Jan. 10. These events, held at MAGLCC member companies and organizations, have been well-attended, and they are free to members ($10 to non-members). The chamber’s next event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Tivol on the Country Club Plaza, 220 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, Mo. There will be a hosted bar and appetizers, courtesy of Tivol jewelers. For more information and to register for the event, go to

KC Symphony and Heartland Men’s Chorus in ‘Broadway Rocks’
The Heartland Men’s Chorus will take the stage as guests of the Kansas City Symphony Pops Series for an evening of show-stopping numbers from the latest generation of Broadway musicals, including Wicked, Mamma Mia!, The Lion King, Rent and Hairspray. The “Broadway Rocks” performances will be at Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.:
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25
8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Tickets, which start at $38, are available at or 816-471-0400.
Lied Center presents ‘It Gets Better’
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will present a powerful message of hope and address the issue of teen bullying at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Lied Center in Lawrence, Kan. Local choirs will be included in this multimedia performance, which will use video and text projections from the archives of the national It Gets Better movement, in addition to local video.

The Lied Center website encourages people to join the “it gets better” community choir. Find out how by emailing

Parental discretion is advised for young children because the performance will include strong language and will cover adult issues.

The Lied Center is at 1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, Kan. Tickets: Adults $17, students & youth $7. 785-864-2787,

Two new shows at Hamburger Mary’s
Hamburger Mary’s Kansas City has announced two new entertainment events beginning this month.
The Panties Inferno Show
7-9 p.m. Jan. 12.
Their Facebook page reports, “It’s KC’s best burlesque … and drag … all on one stage. Come see Hamburger Mary’s KC’s hottest new show, The Panties Inferno Show! And when we say hot, we REALLY mean hot, Hot, HOT! Hot naughty ladies entertaining for your pleasure, and hot drag too (well, as hot as drag can get, at least).”

No one under 21 will be admitted. Although there’s no charge for the show, there will be a two-drink minimum per person.
L’oreal’s Calendar Girls
7-9 p.m. Jan. 19
One of Kansas City’s most well-known female impersonators, L’oreal, will be emceeing a monthly competition seeking out prospective new drag queens. As someone who has won many pageants, and is the 2012 1st Runner Up to Miss Missouri, L’oreal knows what it takes to separate the men from
the boys (or girls).

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