CampBiz – May, 2014

We hope you’re enjoying spring and looking forward to the many activities that the upcoming weeks will bring. This issue of Camp honors the 26th annual AIDS Walk Kansas City, with stories focused on some of the individuals who work to make every year a success. We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to seeing you at AIDS Walk on April 26.

Five AIDS Walk Events
KC Strips: Dirty Dorothy’s Return to Oz
April 18. Shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Missie B’s
805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo.
On the day we publish this issue of Camp, KC Artists Against AIDS and Team Missie B’s are presenting the first annual KC Strips benefit for AIDS Walk Kansas City. Actors and artists from all over town are teaming up to give you a night you won’t forget. The show features Ashley Otis, Jeff Smith, Violet Vendetta, Rusty Sneary and of course Dirty Dorothy.

General admission tickets are $10 at the door, and VIP tickets are $35 in advance ( Donations will also be accepted at the door. Proceeds from the event will stay in town to support AIDS Walk KC.
Broadway Baby!
8-10 p.m. April 25, Missie B’s.
805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Daisy Buckët is bringing back her show from 2013 that packed the house each month down at Hamburger Mary’s. This time she’s joined by Brian Cross and Chris Holbrook. Be there the evening before AIDS Walk for this special one-night engagement in a musical production of tunes you can’t resist.

$10 cover at the door, general admission, or buy tickets at Limited $15 VIP seating is available (please contact if interested), which will include some fun VIP swag! Seating is limited to 100 people.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. There will be one 15-minute intermission. Must be 21 or older to enter.
Screenland Slams “Mommie, Dearest”
8:30-10:30 p.m. May 11, Screenland Crown Center.
2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
On the evening of Mother’s Day, celebrate with a screening of this campy classic to benefit AIDS Walk Kansas City. Their Facebook page describes the movie as watching “Faye Dunaway mug her way through Joan Crawford’s eyebrows!” Tom Lancaster, the original creator of Screenland Slams, returns and joins Daisy Buckët on the microphone as they tear apart this cult classic that they roasted four years ago!
Tickets are $10 in advance at
or $15 at the door.
House Party III
4-8 p.m. May 18
1020 W. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
Held at the beautiful home of Mike Meier, House Party III will be a great Sunday afternoon, featuring live music, a silent auction, delicious food, refreshing cocktails and more. Proceeds will benefit AIDS Walk Kansas City. Ticket information coming soon at

Party With a Purpose
4-8 p.m. June 21
Holmes Street between 36th Street and Gleed Terrace
Kansas City, Mo.
This annual block party features live music, dinner and desserts, beer and wine, kids’ beverages, a puppet show, a silent auction, and other activities. More information at
Miss Gay Missouri 2014
Congratulations to Adria Andrews of St. Louis for winning the Miss Gay Missouri pageant in St. Louis on April 12. The other winners were fourth alternate, Valari Knyte, KC’s Mistress of Darkness, Kansas City; third alternate, DivaCopp Afeel, St. Louis; second alternate, Kyla Breeze, Kansas City; first alternate, Taylor Madison Monroe, Springfield.

Congratulations to our Kansas City girls Heidi Banks and Valari Knyte who both did well. Banks won seventh overall and won the gowns category in her group. She sang live in both solo and long talent. Miss Gay Missouri 2013 Christa Collins was there to entertain and crown the winners. Melinda Ryder also entertained, her husband, Kirk Anderson, did announcements, and Wonderland owner and makeup artist extraordinaire Andy Chambers served as one of the five judges.
More kudos
The Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project said the K-Step awards recognize three amazing individuals for meritorious work in promoting education, awareness, and equality for transgender Kansans and their families. The awards ceremony was April 12 at Topeka Net Reach Center, 455 Golf Park Blvd., Topeka.

Congratulations to Equality Kansas state chair Sandra Meade for being the recipient of the Jane Newman Pioneer Award at the K-Step Awards. Congratulations also to Sue Gerth, who received the Paula Keiser for the Kids Award and to Equality Kansas vice-chair Thomas Witt, who received the K-STEP Ally Award.

At the Women’s Employment Network (WEN) luncheon on April 8, Mid America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce board member Catherine Kelly received the Beth K. Smith award. WEN’s Facebook page says the event, which was at the Sheraton Crown Center, is one of the biggest fundraising luncheons in Kansas City. “Funds raised through our luncheon are vital to help ensure that women in our community receive the training and support services they need to gain self-sufficiency for themselves and the families that depend on them.” For more information on WEN and the services it offers women in our community, visit:
Passages Prom
This great LTBTQ youth group is hosting its 10th annual Passages Prom on May 17. Join Passages for a night of performances, a great dinner, and dancing. The prom is free and open to ages 14-20. Follow Passages on for more event details.

Passages has also published its 2013 annual report to share their progress, impact and finances with the community. It is available at
Pride festival announces new dates and location
The Kansas City Diversity Coalition has announced they are hosting the 2014 Pride festival on June 20-21 in the West Bottoms area, across from the Livestock Exchange Building near Kemper Arena.

The group’s press release stated: “Currently the board is concentrating its efforts on sponsorships. However, more details about the entertainment schedule and website will be announced soon.”
KC Pride Festival is coordinated by EventPros Inc., Kansas City’s creative meeting, event and communications resource, according to the release.
Heartland Men’s Chorus presents ‘Vegas, Baby’
Kansas City’s men’s chorus performed the poignant concert “I Am Harvey Milk” during March and April with the St. Louis Gateway Men’s Chorus in Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis. It was a wonderful event, and now the HMC is gearing up for its next concert, “Vegas, Baby,” which they say will be “the most lavish spectacle in HMC history!”

The website describes it this way: “Musical theater maestro Anthony Edwards will lead HMC in this glitzy and glamorous trip down the Vegas strip. Music, magic, showgirls, aerial acrobatics, feathers and sequins – it’s a show so big we had to add an extra performance just to hold all the fabulousness!”
Vegas, Baby
8 p.m. Friday, June 13
8 p.m. Saturday, June 14
4 p.m. Sunday, June 15
Folly Theater
300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Order tickets online at or call 816-931-3338.
Kansas City Women’s Chorus presents ‘Excelsior
(Ever Upward)’
The ideas behind “Excelsior,” the Women’s Chorus’ last concert of the 2013-14 season focus on celebrating strong women: “taking charge, making change, spreading hope, peace and love.”
8 p.m. May 31
Folly Theater
300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Tickets: 816-474-4444
Film fest announces an expanded schedule for 2014
“15 Years of Illuminating Diversity” is the theme for this year’s Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, now known as OUT HERE NOW.

“This is an especially strong year for LGBT films,” says longtime festival director Jamie Rich. “Our screening team is hard at work now making the final selections. The lineup for 2014 will feature some terrific films representing the ever-widening spectrum of timely and entertaining LGBT cinema.”

In addition to the eight-day Kansas City LGBT Film Festival scheduled for June 26-July 3 at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport, OUT HERE NOW will also be presenting a Hot Docs Series (with Community TalkBacks) that will start the first week in June. Rich said, “We’ll be showcasing some great films whose messages match the mission of some of our favorite local LGBT organizations.”

There will be one screening a week for each of the first three weeks of June. This special series culminates with the film chosen to be the festival’s opening night selection, which will also be honored with OUT HERE NOW’S Celebration of Courage Award, co-presented by the Kansas City Human Rights Commission.

Preview film trailers, get ticket information and more when the official schedule is announced in early May at
‘Golden! Girls Gone Wild!!!’ Returns in September
Late Night Theatre performed this wonderful spoof of the classic TV series The Golden Girls to sold-out crowds during its five-week run at Missie B’s. Because of that overwhelming response, they are bringing it back Sept. 5-28, again at Missie B’s. You can order tickets now at, and many people are already planning on returning for another chance to see this hilarious show.
Golden! Girls Gone Wild!!!
Missie B’s
805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo.

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