CampBiz – October, 2016

News and Events in Kansas City

News Briefs

how-to-move-to-canadaAndre du Broc Publishes an Escape Guide to Canada

Many of us know Andre du Broc, a talented actor, musician, writer, playwright, activist and even a one-time circus clown who lived in Kansas City for many years. He moved to Minnesota last year with his husband, Dan Briardy, and is a student at the University of Minnesota.

Yet he has found time to write a book, inspired by so many people expressing their desire to escape to Canada should a particular candidate win in the frightening November elections. The book, called, How to Move to Canada: A Discontented American’s Guide to Canadian Relocation, is described as “the perfect resource for planning your exit strategy and collecting crucial information you’ll need to know when you arrive.”

It’s a practical guide to the benefits of moving to Canadian provinces, with a dose of du Broc’s humor thrown in.

Du Broc wrote in his email to me about the people who tell him they will move up north: “Some even said they would apply for refugee status. I was like, “What?” Just because things aren’t going your way doesn’t mean you can seek asylum as a refugee. You are not a refugee, you are a drama queen. And in Canada, queens are on money, decks of cards, and a few choice drag bars, where they belong.”

The book will be available Oct. 4 in paperback at Amazon.com. There may also be a local book-signing; watch the  calendar at www.camp.lgbt for details as they become available.

Register to Vote in the Nov. 8 Elections

Maybe you’ve seen the clever videos online with Robert Downey Jr. and many of the actors from the Marvel Comic movies. They are promoting a voter registration drive for the Nov. 8 elections. You can watch the video – and register to vote – at savetheday.vote. The campaign also has a Facebook page. Your vote has never been more important. The deadlines for registration are Oct. 18 in Kansas and Oct. 12 in Missouri.

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Late Night Theatre presents ‘Beatles Juice’

Late Night Theatre is back with its latest production, which they say is “a wild send-up of the classic 1980s movie Beetlejuice.”  The Late Night alumni cast includes Martin Buchanan, back as both the Husband and Dad. Shannon Michalski plays Geena Davis and OTHO. Widow VonDu (Miss Gay Kansas City 2017) plays more than five characters. Ron Megee is a 14-year-old Winona Ryder, and Dirty Dorothy, aka Jessica Dressler, is Beetlejuice.

Here is the plot summary from Late Night: “What happens when a nice couple die and call upon the evil ghost of Beetlejuice? Pure chaos! And mischief!”

This is a run of only 16 shows, including a Halloween show.

Friday, Saturday, and Monday shows start at 8 p.m., and Sunday shows start at 6 on the Missie B’s stage, 805 W 39th St., Kansas City, Mo. The box office opens one hour before, and doors open 30 minutes before. General admission seating for Sundays and Mondays is $15, Friday and Saturdays at $20. Tickets: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/9334. Must be 21 to enter. Rated R.

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Melinda Ryder hosting Charity Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s

Oct. 3

‘Barry, Bette and Broadway’ Benefit for LIKEME Lighthouse

Enjoy classic ’70s and ’80s hits from Manilow, Midler, and the Great White Way with special guest Melinda Ryder as emcee for the evening.  The show will be at the Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo.  All sales for this show, at 7:30 p.m., that are made through LIKEME Lighthouse-KC will benefit the Lighthouse. For tickets, go to www.likemelighthouse.org/event/barry-bette-and-broadway.

The cabaret features vocalists Cindy Marcuzzo Baker, Patrick Beasley, Ashley Pankow and J. Kent Barnhart as pianist and emcee.

The full run of performances will be Sept. 30 – Oct. 30, but the Oct. 3 show is the only one benefitting LIKEME Lighthouse. More information at www.qualityhillplayhouse.com.

Oct. 5

Meet the Authors at Prospero’s Books

Authors of gay fiction, romance, paranormal, fantasy, and erotic themes will speak from 6 to 9 p.m. at Prospero’s Books, 1800 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Julia Flowers, who many people know from the Spirit of Hope MCC congregation, goes by the pen name A.T. Weaver when describing herself as a great-grandmother who lives with her cats, Cleopatra and Kiyah, in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

In 2003, through a TV show called Boy Meets Boy, Weaver “met” over 3,000 gay men in a Yahoo group. These men educated her about the inequalities suffered by the LGBT community, and she became a staunch ally and began writing books about gay men with happy endings. Her books include: Catriona’s Curse, The Boss’s Son, Shifter Born, Old Spark, and A Family for Christmas.

The second author attending will be A. M. Burns/A. J. Marcus, whose works include Yellow Sky Coven, Woodmen Chronicles, E. S. Peters Investigations, Ren Fair Romances, Mountain Spirit Series and Hardwood Shifters.

Oct. 6

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Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams at their Leawood, Ks. home furnishings store grand opening.

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 www.maglcc.org

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 http://www.gsp-kc.org/doflkc.

Oct. 7-9

alphabet‘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.”

For Tickets, visit www.whimproductions.com. The can also be purchased at the door.

Oct. 11

Open House for Coming Out Day

To celebrate National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, the LIKEME Lighthouse is having an open house with refreshments. They’ll serve grilled hamburgers and hot dogs from 5 to 7 p.m. LIKEME Lighthouse is at 3911 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.

Here’s the schedule of activities:

3-4 p.m.
   
Check out our collection of exhibits, books and resources.

4-5:30 p.m. LGBTQIA Trivia

6-7:30 p.m.
Legal panel discussion with Legal Aid of Western Missouri.

7:45-9 p.m. Coming out stories

Oct. 13-31

541511_10150685098053649_1295719251_n‘Evil Dead, The Musical,’ Returns

Eubank Productions is bringing back its classic musical, just in time for the Halloween season. It combines singing, dancing, and evil Candarian demons for a bloody extravaganza! You don’t have to like zombies, horror movies or even musicals to love this show – you only need to like having a good time. Tickets: www.evildeadkc.com. (Watch out – splatter-zone seats!)

Performances will be at H&R Block City Stage, Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo.

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 www.thekinseysickskc.eventbrite.com. General admission tickets are on sale at http://goo.gl/vQ7ylD.

Oct. 16

Mid-America Freedom Band Fall Concert: ‘Of Alchemy and Science’

mafb-headerMAFB will explore the power inherent to the classical elements through a diverse collection of pieces in this performance from 2 to 3:45 p.m. at the National World War I Museum & Memorial, 100 W. 26th St, Kansas City, Mo.

The selections will include Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” as well as “Singing’ in the Rain.” Also on the program are Australian composer Jodie Blackshaw’s “Into the Sun,” which calls for homemade percussion instruments; a medley of John Williams tunes called Fantasy of Flight; Georges Bizet’s operatic classic “Pearl Fishers;” and Francis McBeth’s epic “The Sea Treaders,” and world premieres of works by Andrew Hamilton and Jason Gerraughty.

General admission tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets: https://red.vendini.com.

Oct. 16, 18, 20

GLAMA Hosts 50th Anniversary LGBT History Events

In 1966, 39 national LGBT activists made history in Kansas City by meeting for the first time to strategize about issues affecting the larger LGBT community, once called the Gay Liberation Movement. Fifty years later, Stuart Hinds of the Gay & Lesbian Archive of Mid-America reports, GLAMA and its partners are planning several celebratory events, including the unveiling of an historic marker at Barney Allis Plaza. For details, please see Hinds’ article here:  http://camp.lgbt/2016/10/02/a-marker-for-kansas-citys-place-in-lgbt-history.

Oct. 22

13256412_10153486721671218_8958975854266610304_nHeartland Men’s Chorus Dinner of Note

The theme for this great annual fundraising party is “Babalu! Hot in Havana.” The Heartland Men’s Chorus invites you to channel your inner Ricky or Lucy for a themed party reminiscent of the Ricky Ricardo nightclub scene. The evening is always “creative black tie” and includes dining, drinks and dancing.    

The fun begins at 6 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, 2345 McGee St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets and information: www.hmckc.org.

Nov. 4

SAVE Inc. ‘HomeComing 2016: Urban Jungle’

13428526_10154306666859939_4906278787891673789_nFor 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 https://save.ejoinme.org/tickets.

Nov. 5

Perform OUTKC presents ‘Loud & Proud’

Come sing and dance with local youth as they showcase their individual talents in celebration of community at this 7 p.m. performance at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. Joining the youth will be local guest divas, entertainers, and actors for a big, most excellent and most fabulous community cabaret-style performance. The legendary Loretta Martin will be onstage hosting the event as mistress of ceremonies. This is a free event open to all.

PerformOUTKC, established in 2008, provides a safe, inclusive atmosphere for youth of any and all identities. Their mission is to foster positive identity development through excellence in musical performance and creative expression.