CampBiz – September, 2016

Heartland Men’s Chorus opens two rehearsals to new singers

Interested in singing with Heartland Men’s Chorus? Now is the time to think about lending your voice on stage. Learn more at the HMC rehearsals on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7-10 p.m. in Founders’ Hall at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway Streets in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Contact the chorus office ( with any questions.

After that, you’ll schedule a short vocal audition with Dustin Cates, the HMC artistic director. If all goes well, the final step is attending a New Member Orientation session and you’ll be part of a well-loved and respected men’s chorus.

Mid America Freedom Band welcomes all musicians

If your musical preference is to play instrumental music rather than sing, consider the Mid America Freedom Band, says Lee Hartman, artistic director. It requires no auditions. All are welcome, provided they can read music.

“All someone has to do is show up with their instrument and we’ll find a space for them,” Hartman said. Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Central Presbyterian Church, 3501 Campbell St., Kansas City, Mo. The first concert of Season 14 is at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National World War I Museum & Memorial. For more information, visit

Sept. 9

Late Night Theatre’s ‘Die Nacht der Nachte, The Night of Nights’

Late Night Theatre is taking over the Folly for this one-night event: Die Nacht der Nachte, The Night of Nights. They describe it as “a celebration of 1930s Berlin cabaret clubs.” The show will begin at 8 p.m. at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: call 816-474-4444 or visit

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Dreamgirls: In Concert, A Benefit for the Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City

This is the last weekend to enjoy the great show, that is the first production of the new Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City.  The show has been getting great reviews so you won’t want to miss this last chance to see it.

Remaining Show Dates:
September 9th – 10th @ 7:30pm
Paseo Performing Arts Center
4747 Flora Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110


Sept. 11

12th annual AIDS Bicycle Cruise

cruiseOnce again, this bicycling “party on wheels” will raise money for the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City, and this year it has a new location – beginning and ending at Barrel 31 in Martini Corner, 400 E. 31st St. This year’s cruise will feature xmultiple entertaining ports of call and a one-of-a-kind Finish Line Party.

You can register for any of the three cruises:

• 20-mile Luxury Cruise – Hit all the stops before celebrating at the Finish Line Party at Barrel 31. (Ride departs at 11 a.m.)

• 10-mile Island Hop Cruise – Set sail at Barrel 31 and stop
at all the ports of call on the way out to Hope Care Center. Then take a bus back to the Finish Line Party. (Ride departs at 11 a.m.)

• 5-mile Play in the Bay Excursion – For those who want to just get their feet wet. You’ll stop at two ports of call before heading back to the Finish Line Party. (Ride departs at noon.)

All three cruise choices are $40, $45 online and $50 the day of the event.

If you don’t ride, you can still participate at the Finish Line Party, which will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Barrel 31. Admission is $20. (Choose “Beach Bum.”)

The variety of prizes for fundraising range from a limited-edition 2016 AIDS Bicycle Cruise ringer T-shirt for raising $100, all the way up to a bike from Family Bicycles for raising $2,500. See the details at

Sept. 15

Out With the Royals

Organizers are planning the second annual “Out with the Royals” LGBT day at Kauffman Stadium for the game against the Oakland As. The event will benefit the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City. The event has more tickets available this year, and a bigger tailgate party, starting at 3:30 p.m., is being planned. For tailgate tickets, go to For tickets to the game, which starts at 6:15 p.m., go to

Sept. 17

SAVE Inc. Kickball Tournament

SAVE Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with some new events. One of them is a kickball tournament, which will be at 11:30 a.m. at Sunnyside Park, 8255 Summit St., in Waldo. It will be the sport portion of their HomeComing event, and the HomeComing Court candidates will be announced at the tournament. Proceeds will benefit SAVE Inc. To enter, the fee is $15 a person. You can sign up at:

hrcSept. 25

HRC Equality Brunch – Cancelled.

The HRC Equality Brunch on Sept. 25 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. 

Oct. 6

MAGLCC Business Equality Conference

The organizers of the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Business Equality Conference have planned a day of seminars for LGBT business leaders and straight allies. The theme is “Connecting Passion to Product.”

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Keynote presenters will be Judy Dlugacz, president and founder of Olivia Cruise Lines. Mitchell Gold, co-founder of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Classic Modern Home Furnishings, will also speak.

To register or for more information, visit

Oct. 6

Dining Out for Life

This annual event is a great opportunity to enjoy dining out at more than 20 restaurants in Kansas City and to support Good Samaritan Project (see story in this issue), an AIDS service provider for more than 30 years in Kansas City. Each restaurant will donate a portion of their proceeds that day.

GSP is also looking for volunteers – both to be ambassadors at the restaurants and to be hosts for a group of friends, family, and/or colleagues for lunch or dinner at a participating restaurant. These volunteers will be among the first to be entered into their Drawing Extravaganza, which offers prizes from local B&Bs, restaurants, special events, and merchants around the city.  For more information about the participating restaurants and the volunteer opportunities, visit

Oct. 14

The Kinsey Sicks in ‘Electile Dysfunction’


AIDS WALK Kansas City is bringing in The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet, for one night only at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo. The group, featuring Kansas City’s own Daisy Buckët in the role of Trampolina, has been a huge hit in previous visits to Kansas City. Patron and host tickets with additional benefits and a chance to meet and greet the stars of The Kinsey Sicks are being offered. Reserve your host or patron tickets at General admission tickets are on sale at

Nov. 3

UMKC LGBTQIA Pride Lecture with Janaya Khan

UMKC’s LGBTQIA office reports that the speaker for this event will be Janaya Khan, a Black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist, staunch Afrofuturist, social-justice educator and boxer based in Toronto. Khan, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, is committed to Black liberation, transformational justice and indigenous sovereignty and operates through a Black transfeminist lens. Khan’s work is underpinned by understanding the transformational capacity of language, metaphor, and democratic discourse as a tool for change, gleaned from earning an English Honours degree at York University. With dedication and a bold approach to social justice work, Khan has contributed to academic and front-line community dialogue. Khan has made presentations in the United States and Canada on the global impacts of the Black Lives Matter movement and has been honored with several awards, including the 2015 Bromley Armstrong Humanitarian Award, named for a longtime civil rights activist in Canada.

This free event starts at 6 p.m. at Pierson Auditorium, 5100 Rockhill Rd. Register at:

Nov. 4

SAVE Inc. ‘HomeComing 2016: Urban Jungle’

For the last several years, we at Camp have been honored to work with SAVE Inc. on its important mission to serve the housing needs of people living with health and mental health challenges in Kansas City by producing their HomeComing supplement in our November issue. Once again, SAVE Inc. will be hosting a super creative evening that brings longtime supporters and newcomers together for a night of great food and drinks, music, and a wild time. The 8 p.m. event will be held at the beautiful Studio Dan Meiners venue, 2500 West Pennway, in the Crossroads. Featuring live music by Lost Wax, catering by Delish, and decor inspired by the Urban Jungle theme. You can purchase tickets at:

Oct. 7-9

‘Alphabet Soup: Stories from Queer Voices’

This evening of short theater pieces written by Kansas City-area LGBTQ writers will take the stage at MTH Theater in Crown Center. The festival is produced by Whim Productions.

 Alphabet Soup debuted in 2015 as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival.

“I was very excited to present those plays,” said Kevin King, Whim’s producing artistic director. “They featured aspects of the LGBTQ community that I’d never seen onstage before.”

The experience spurred King to turn Alphabet Soup into an annual festival.

“By making Soup a standalone festival, we are able to present work by more writers,” King said. “We can also feature plays that are slightly longer, since we’re not constrained by the 60-minute length of most Fringe shows.”

Ticket information is to be announced. Watch, or look for Whim on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.