‘Farewell Celebration Weekend’ for Kurt Krieger
The Spirit of Hope MCC congregation is inviting the community to join them on Jan. 25 and 26 to say farewell to the Rev. Kurt Krieger, senior pastor. Krieger is leaving Spirit of Hope in February to work on developing a Kansas City chapter of the national group SAGE: Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, will be a Celebration Concert. More than 15 soloists and groups from the past to the present will be sharing their musical talents for Krieger. There will be some “big special guests and an ending you won’t want to miss,” according to Eddy Potter, who is handling the publicity and planning for the weekend. This is a free event, but a love offering in Krieger’s name will be welcomed.
At 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 will be a Celebration Service and Reception. The reception will immediately follow the service. It will be downstairs in the Social Hall for all to wish Krieger well on his new project.
For more information, please call the church at 816-931-0750.
HRC KC Municipal Equality award
Kansas City, Mo., Councilman Scott Taylor, Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo, and Councilman Scott Wagner celebrated the city’s achievement of scoring 85 and 100 points on a 100-point scale on the 2012 and 2013 surveys for the HRC Municipal Equality Index. The index, sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, examines the laws, policies and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.
The City Council met Dec. 19 and presented a resolution to Angela Cottrell and other representatives of the Kansas City Human Rights Campaign. In Resolution No. 130984, the City Council and the mayor are taking steps to continue evaluating where improvements can be made for the equality of LGBT citizens and employees and have directed the city manager to assess and report back within 90 days on the issues surrounding the feasibility of enacting these MEI criteria:
a. Equivalent family leave
b. Grossing up of employee benefits
c. Transgender-inclusive health-care benefits
d. Enforcement mechanism in Human Rights Commission
They have also directed the city manager to document and report back within 90 days on what is now being done regarding the city providing services to LGBT youth, homeless, elderly and people living with HIV/AIDS; and contracting practices that promote equality.
Industry Video Bar opens on Broadway
The newest addition to the local bar scene is Industry Video Bar, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. The bar owned by Hamburger Mary’s owners Jeff Edmondson and Eric Christensen, had a soft opening Dec. 19 and has been open with varying hours in the first few weeks. They are now establishing regular hours from 5 p.m-1 a.m. with daily happy hour specials. Weekend hours have varied, sometimes opening earlier for sports games on their 15 video screens. I’ve even been tending bar part-time for them when they allow this former bartender who’s a bit rusty after not doing it for years. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
Missie B’s Angel Tree Fund
Jan Allen, manager of Missie B’s reported that their annual holiday fundraiser for the Angel Tree Fund raised $5,730 to go to the Southwest Boulevard Family Health Clinic run by Dr. Sharon Lee. Allen said they were also given a check for $1,000 at the Thanksgiving evening Bartender Revue, which went to Good Samaritan Project. That made for a grand total of $6,730 in donations. Go Missie’s!
Renica’s Carribean Cruise
Everyone’s favorite drag queen host of The Dirty Game Show at Missie B’s, Renica Justrenica, reports that in addition to the winner of the RSVP Caribbean cruise trip that she had been selling tickets for, the raffle raised $1,000 for the Good Samaritan Project and $620 for the LIKE ME Lighthouse. The Cruise that departs in February will feature Renica hosting her Dirty Game Show assisted by Kansas City female impersonators Bernadette and Daisy Bucket, who will be on the cruise performing as her alter ego, Trampolina, with the Kinsey Sicks.
Daisy Buckët’s 2014 AIDS Walk calendar on sale
Daisy Buckët tells us her annual AIDS Walk calendar has now arrived with a limited run. The 11-by-11-inch wall calendars are produced by Buckët, with photos by Vixen Pin-Up Photography and design by Brandon Shelton. The photos depict Kansas City drag entertainers recreating famous TV shows. The calendar notes holidays, moon phases, premiere dates of featured TV shows, and birthdates of TV actors/actresses.
Calendars are $20, and all proceeds go to AIDS Walk Kansas City. They will be available for sale at Buckët’s various shows (Fridays at Missie B’s, Sunday brunch at Hamburger Mary’s) or by ordering at www.missdaisybucketkc.com (shipping charges will apply to online orders).
David Wayne Reed publishes ‘Stag’
Late Night Theatre alum and actor/writer David Wayne Reed has a new book called Stag that features 12 short stories. Reed describes himself as “an actor, writer, and bon vivant.” He has written and directed eight plays including: Mother Trucker (2004), Mother Trucker 2: Ride On (2011) and Jolly Rancher (2012).
The stories are: “Holding Still”, “Socialite Darwinism,” “Elfin Boots,” “Outside the Box,” “Cul de Sac,” “Redo,” “The Cherub,” “Attention Must Be Paid,” “Delicious Closet Queen,” “Taking Laps,” “King George River” and “Low Expectations.”
Reed will be discussing the book on Kansas City’s LGBT radio magazine, The Tenth Voice, at 1 p.m. on Feb. 1. Tune in at 90.1 FM or www.kkfi.org.
LIKEME Lighthouse new winter hours
LIKEME Lighthouse, Kansas City’s LGBT center at 3909 Main St., has announced its new winter hours:
• 3-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (later if there is a meeting on the schedule)
• Noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays
• Noon to 3 p.m. Sundays (except every fourth Sunday for PFLAG meetings)
More information available at www.likemelighthouse.org and 816-753-7770.