Heartland Men’s Chorus Announces its 32nd Season
The HMC describes the three concerts of its 2017-18 season this way: “The world is changed one heart at a time. Choose to hear our message of love, not hate, and join us for another season of music that makes a difference in the Heartland.”
After the fall bonus concert, “From the Heart,” on Nov. 10 at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, the season begins with the holiday concert “Packages with Beaus.” The chorus will present this show Dec. 2 and 3 at the Folly Theater and Dec. 10 at Yardley Hall on the Johnson County Community College campus. The season’s two other concerts will be at the Folly – “ABBA Cadabra,” featuring the music of that beloved band, on March 24 and 25 and “Indivisible – With Liberty and Justice for All?” on June 9 and 10, featuring songs of patriotism and protest.
Season ticket subscriptions will include four shows for the price of three – complimentary VIP tickets to “From the Heart” are included for subscribers. Tickets: hmckc.org/tickets.
HRC Ranks Lawrence as the Most LGBTQ-Inclusive City in Kansas
With a score of 74 out of 100, Lawrence received the top ranking of nine cities in Kansas that the Human Rights Campaign evaluated to see how inclusive they are for LGBTQ people who live and work there. On the HRC’s Municipal Equality Index, Lawrence received a perfect score of 30 points in the nondiscrimination laws category, which evaluates whether discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited in employment, housing and public accommodations.
Besides the non-discrimination law category, the cities are rated on the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership’s public position on equality.
In Missouri, Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis all scored 100. Jefferson City, the capital, surprisingly received a score of 0.
In Kansas, Manhattan was second with a score of 57, followed by a tie at 35 for Topeka and Kansas City, KS. Then came Hutchinson (32) and Wichita (31). In the metro, Overland Park scored 19 and Olathe had just 7.
The 2017 MEI – the sixth annual edition – rates 506 cities from all 50 states on 44 different criteria. Details of each city’s score are at: https://goo.gl/M6vZ7T.
Conversation on Queer Spirituality
The LGBTQIA office at UMKC will welcome Jack Gaede, ministerial intern at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, in a discussion about the intersection of LGBTQ identities and faith. The event will be at 6 p.m. in Room 302, UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
Screening of ‘Gender Revolution’
This movie produced by National Geographic and narrated by Katie Couric will be shown at 1 p.m., followed by a panel and audience discussion. The event will broaden the discussion of gender and how our understanding of gender has been evolving in recent years. The speakers represent those who identify along the gender spectrum and will clarify terms that are evolving.
There will be a reception with refreshments and information tables representing local LGBTQI organizations.
The event will be at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, Mo. It will be hosted by the church and the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network of Greater Kansas City.
Join Trans+Allies for an evening of free pizza, trans camaraderie, and a learning experience for ally friends, family, students, and professionals. The group will have some trans men and a trans woman come share their experiences. This meeting will be Part 1 of a two-part series (Part 2 will be in the spring semester). As always, the event is open to the community, so invite your friends, family, coworkers, and colleagues.
The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 402 of the UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
Metered parking is available in the parking garage north of the Student Union. Limited street parking is available on Cherry Street south of the Student Union, 51st Street off Oak, and along 52nd Street between Oak and Holmes. If you would like to be added to the UMKC Trans+Allies listserv, please email TransUmkc@gmail.com.
Monica Beverly Hillz of Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be part of UMKC’s premiere event for Trans Awareness 2017 – a conversation among trans women of color on “Sisterhood, Survival, and Resiliency.” The event will also feature Kansas City’s own Tre’Shawn Seymour and Janette Noriega.
The event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 401 BC of the UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo., and it’s sponsored by UMKC Trans+, Delta Lambda Phi, Pride Alliance and LGBTQIA Programs & Services. We are committed to ensuring this event is accessible and inclusive to all. Please contact us as soon as possible if you anticipate any barriers to your participation. Email: email@example.com or 816-235-1407.
Free parking can be found in the Cherry Street Parking Garage, Level 5 metered spaces only.
‘From the Heart’ HMC Concert
The Heartland Men’s Chorus will perform its fall concert under what the chorus describes as the world’s largest stained-glass window. It’s at 7:30 p.m. in the new sanctuary of Leawood’s United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave. Featuring a veritable HMC “greatest hits,” the program includes audience favorite “Like Dust I Rise,” based on Maya Angelou poems and composed by Mark Hayes, who will also perform songs from his recent album. Tickets: http://hmckc.org/tickets
Transgender Education Workshop
Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (KSTEP) is conducting a free daylong workshop at Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church, 9400 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa, to provide education for anyone in the community who wants to know more about what it means to be transgender.
Here’s the lineup of speakers and topics:
Thomas Witt – “Kansas Legislature 2017 and Beyond: What it Means to Transgender Kansans”
Jay Pryor – “Personal Power through Transition”
Dr. Jim Persinger – “Advocacy for Trans and GNC Students in K-12 Schools”
Chris & Daniel Gunya – “Parenting and How to Support TGNC Youth”
Luc Bensimon – “Struggles for Trans People of Color”
Stephanie Mott – “Words That Work: Using Language to Advance Equality and Acceptance”
Doors open at 8:45 a.m. The workshops begin at 9 and continue until 4 p.m. Lunch is provided. More information and registration at http://kstep.org/kscp-lenexa.html.
Dec. 2, 3, 10
Heartland Men’s Chorus Presents ‘Packages with Beaus’
Wrap yourself in HMC holiday packaging and finish it off with the perfect “beau” in this concert that will kick off your holiday merriment. Well Strung, the hunkiest boys with bows, will join us at the Folly Theater to share their world-renowned string quartet magic. On Dec. 10, in JCCC’s Yardley Hall, we’ll return to JoCo for the second year and bring our friend and Broadway sensation Claybourne Elder, fresh from New York in Sunday in the Park with George.
The Folly Theater shows will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 3 (300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.). The Yardley Hall performance will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 10 (Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park). Tickets: http://hmckc.org/tickets.
Hamburger Mary’s and Camp magazine will be hosting our third annual Spirit of Pride Award night at Hamburger Mary’s. Past recipients have been Andy Chambers and David Lopez. Each year, we recognize these Kansas Citians for their contributions to the LGBTQA community. We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 awards are Nyla Foster (aka Angel Iman), Kathleen Kunkler and Jamie Rich. Mark your calendars for the evening of Dec.5 and please come out to Hamburger Mary’s and offer a toast to these great LGBT Kansas Citians.
This is Handel’s most famous work, and it’s one of the most triumphant choral pieces ever written. The talents of the Symphony and Chorus will combine with the impeccable acoustics of Helzberg Hall to make this the Messiah performance of the season. With nearly 200 musicians, including special guest vocalists, the concert is sure to impress and delight you.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: https://tickets.kauffmancenter.org
Join the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus for this spectacular holiday celebration filled with lush symphonic arrangements of Christmas classics, fresh versions of your favorite carols, and many melodic surprises. Share the spirit of the season with your family as you enjoy enchanting performances by the Symphony, Symphony Chorus, Allegro Children’s Choir, the Rezound! Handbell Ensemble, and a special early visit from Santa Claus. At each performance, they will give away a dazzling piece of diamond jewelry from Helzberg Diamonds; no purchase necessary.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 16; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17; and 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec 18 and 19 at Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: https://tickets.kauffmancenter.org.
Mid America Freedom Band Presents ‘Kringle and Krampus’
The music of holiday movies and TV specials will leap off the screens to the stage for this concert. The performance will cover classics like Miracle on 34th Street, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Christmas Vacation, plus such off-the-wall selections as “A Christmas Tale (Beware the Krampus),” the score of Gremlins, and more. Bass vocalist Luke Williams is the guest soloist for the Krampus song, as well as “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Night Before Christmas.”
The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Dr., Kansas City, MO. Tickets and information: http://www.freedomband.com.