Out in the Crossroads and shOUT
October weekends rebounded this year with not one, but two different street festivals celebrating National LGBT History Month and National Coming Out Day after the 2012 demise of OutFest, an event formerly sponsored by the Lesbian and Gay Community Center. Out in the Crossroads (Oct. 4-5), held outside of Hamburger Mary’s, started with a stage show on Friday night and continued all day Saturday with a street festival, vendors and more entertainment. Hamburger Mary’s worked on this event together with Camp and the LIKEME Lighthouse. See photos on pages 20-21. shOUT (Oct. 11), which took place opposite Social bar, was a Friday night event, raising funds for the Kansas City Diversity Coalition and providing entertainment for the visitors at the Show-Me Showdown Softball Tournament. Event organizers worked with four bars — Social, Bistro 303, Sidekicks and Missie B’s.
November special events
Find more information in separate articles in the November print issue of Camp about these November events:
• HomeComing: A Mad Affair. Nov.1
• LIKEME Lighthouse evening of comedy. Nov. 13
• World AIDS Day Community Luncheon. Nov. 25
PerformOUTKC Performing & Fine Arts Summit
The group, which helps young people develop positive identities through excellence in the arts, is hosting the Summit on Nov. 2. Their website describes the event as “an exciting day-long event for Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs), coordinators and educators across the Kansas City metro area. During the Summit, participants will be asked to share stories that clearly define who they are and how they can share it through performing & fine arts. Attendees will also have access to workshops for musical arts (vocal & instrumental music); theater arts (acting, drama, spoken word & choreography) and visual arts (creative art & videography).” Other activities will include a welcoming rally and small group discussions. A continental breakfast and lunch will be included in the free registration. The summit will end with a talent show to showcase what participants learned.
Registration is free and includes workshops, networking, and one-on-one consulting with highly skilled and experienced performing arts educators. Registration is required for all students, coordinators, parents and educators.
PerformOUTKC Performing & Fine Arts Summit: Our Journeys
Saturday, Nov. 2
Spirit of Hope MCC
3801 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, Mo.
Registration begins at 10 a.m.
Registration and info at http://www.performoutkc.org/performing-arts-summit.html
KCAVP Bowl-A-Strike Against Violence
Kansas City Anti-Violence Project will host its bowling and brunch fundraiser on Nov. 3. KCAVP reports that, “This year we are raising funds for our Youth Outreach Program, helping LGBTQ youth in Kansas City feel safe in the spaces they frequent and providing support, education and prevention tools for those affected by violence. Dirty Dorothy will again host this event, which will also include other local entertainers, raffles, auctions, photos, videos, cocktails, our Anti-Violence Avenger Ava, and so much fun you won’t know what to do with yourself. KCAVP is taking ‘Sunday Funday’ to a whole new level! Join us, have fun, and raise funds for LGBTQ youth safety!”
Bowl-A-Strike Against Violence
1-4 p.m. Nov. 3
Ward Parkways Lanes
1523 W. 89th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Purchase tickets at kcavp.givezooks.com/events/bowl-a-strike-against-violence-6th-annual
Heartland Men’s Chorus holiday concert
We had the pleasure of listening to the Heartache ensemble of the Heartland Men’s Chorus at Out in the Crossroads on Oct. 5. Now we have more opportunities to hear their music in December at their holiday concert, Baby, It’s Cold Outside. HMC will present traditional holiday music in its own special way to get you into the holiday mood, while also bringing in surprise performances and costumes.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Order tickets online at www.follytheater.org or call 816-931-3338 to order by phone.
Mid America Freedom Band
After the group provided great entertainment in October at Out in the Crossroads and at a concert called The Art of Music at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, they have more planned for November and December.
Veterans Day Concert
Evening of Monday, Nov. 11
100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Holidays Around the World
3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15
Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo.
For more information: www.freedomband.com
Kansas City Women’s Chorus Holiday Concert
This group, who also entertained us at Out in the Crossroads in October, will present its holiday concert, I’ll Be Home on Dec. 14-15. The chorus’ website describes the music as “a beautiful concert that will warm your heart. The rich, warm voices of the Chorus will enhance the repertoire of musical pieces that celebrate the holiday season and the feeling of being welcome in our families.” To accommodate growing audience numbers, the chorus has added a Sunday matinee this year.
I’ll Be Home
8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 4 p.m. Dec. 15
300 W. 12th St.
Kansas City, Mo.
For tickets, call 816-474-4444 or visit www.follytheater.org.
Bartenders’ Revue at Missie B’s
The annual Thanksgiving evening event is one you will not want to miss if you want a good laugh and entertainment on Nov. 28. It’s the one night each year when the Missie B’s bartenders and staff do their best to perform onstage in drag, and it’s sure to be full of surprises. It’s also the evening when Missie B’s kicks off its annual fundraising drive for the Angel Tree Fund, which gives money to a needy organization at Christmas. What better way to celebrate after a Thanksgiving Day food fest than to come out and watch complete bartender silliness while raising money for an important cause. And speaking of a feast, Missie B’s, like several other gay bars in Kansas City, will also provide a Thanksgiving dinner earlier in the day as they always do. They only ask that you bring a side dish.
805 W. 39th St.
Kansas City, Mo.
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