CampBiz - November, 2010
October 28, 2010
by John Long
Nov. 2 Elections
Check out the endorsements by Four Freedoms and KC Pride Democratic Club at www.campkc.com. Vote on Nov. 2 ï¿½ your voice is important.
The bars are going to be packed for Halloween, the gay equivalent of New Yearï¿½s Eve. We will update our website as we learn of each barï¿½s plans. We already know that Sharpï¿½s annual party is on Oct. 30 with a cash bar, free food, DJ, games and more, with only a $5 door donation to benefit SAVE Inc. Missie Bï¿½s has been celebrating Halloween all week with their ï¿½Halloweekï¿½ events and has a huge party scheduled for Oct. 31 with cash prizes for best costumes. Hamburger Maryï¿½s is celebrating with five nights of costume contests, starting at 9 p.m., from Oct. 27-31. Check out Campkc.com for more information.
As mentioned in the editorial on page 6, the annual meeting went well this year. Groups represented included: ACLU, EQUAL, GLAMA, GLSEN, Healthy Transitions, Hear Me Out Toastmasters, Heartland Menï¿½s Chorus, Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, KKFI ï¿½ The Tenth Voice, Kansas Equality Coalition, LGCCKC, Metropolitan Community Colleges (Longview GSA, Maple Woods GSA, Penn Valley GSA), Mid-America Freedom Band, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Planned Parenthood, PROMO, Show Me Pride, UMKC and Spirit of Hope MCC.
A big thanks to Joel Bolling of the UMKC LGBTQIA office for allowing us to meet at the meeting room of the gorgeous new student center. UMKC has proven itself to be a great community resource, and if you havenï¿½t toured the new student center, be sure to visit sometime at 51st and Cherry. They have some great cafÃ©s, a beautiful outdoor rooftop deck and the LGBTQIA Rainbow Lounge with computers and reading materials.
Ray Boltz in Concert
Three-time Dove award winner Ray Boltz will bring his Living True Tour to Spirit of Hope MCC (3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo.) at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6. This free concert will also feature special guest Azariah Southworth, former host of the syndicated Christian TV show called The Remix. Both artists will share their experiences of being openly gay Christians through their music. After the concert, Spirit of Hope MCC will host a ï¿½Meet and Greetï¿½ with the artists in the Social Hall. Tickets for the Meet and Greet are $20 and can be purchased at the church during regular business hours (10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday), or call 816-931-0750.
World AIDS Day
The AIDS Service Foundation will commemorate World AIDS Day ï¿½ Dec. 1 ï¿½ and they will start a day early. Hereï¿½s what they are planning:
World AIDS Day Community Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Nov. 30, at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo. The keynote address will be delivered by Jesse Milan, vice president and director of Community Health Systems for Altarum. Milan is a nationally recognized expert on community health, health policy analysis and HIV/AIDS.
World AIDS Day Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Bank of America Gallery Lobby at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo. There will be a short program remembering those who have fallen to the pandemic and affirming those living with HIV/AIDS. A $35 suggested donation will be accepted at the door.
Reservations are required. Please contact Michael Lintecum at firstname.lastname@example.org
Missie Bï¿½s Bartender Revue
As another great start to the holidays, the annual Bartender Revue at Missie Bï¿½s will be on Thanksgiving evening. Itï¿½s the start of their fundraising for the Angel Tree Christmas Fund that benefits needy families and children. This is a very fun event where the bartenders dress up in drag and do their best to entertain, even though they are, of course, still in amateur drag status.
Heartland Menï¿½s Chorus
Renowned impersonator Christopher Peterson joins the Heartland Menï¿½s Chorus for a festive ï¿½Twelve Divas of Christmasï¿½ holiday concert. Many of you may remember Petersonï¿½s previous visit to Kansas City where he wowed the crowd in the June 2008 HMC concert. Peterson will feature his many characters, including Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and more. You can read more about Peterson in J.W. Arnoldï¿½s 2008 interview at: http://www.campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=863. Purchase tickets at www.hmckc.org. Twelve Divas of Christmas has performances at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 4 and at 4 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th Street, Kansas City.
Mid-America Freedom Band Concert
The Mid America Freedom Band (MAFB), Kansas Cityï¿½s lesbian gay bisexual transgender straight (LGBTS) community band, will present the concert Out In Space on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m., at the Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112. Admission is free.
The group promises lighthearted music from The Jetsons, and Disney's When You Wish Upon A Star to Gustav Holst's Mars, The Bringer of War and Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity from The Planets. In between there's Andromeda by David Shaffer, Star Trek Through The Years, and a selection of the cosmic music of John Williams, including Star Wars.
GSP Holiday Homes Tour
On Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 6 p.m., some of the oldest homes in Kansas City will be opened up for a holiday tour. Located in Historic Northeast Kansas Cityï¿½s Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood, the tour will include carolers and carriage rides. Individual tickets are $30 and pairs are $50. For more information call 816-561-8784 or visit www.gspkc.org.
KC Rep Features ï¿½A Christmas Carolï¿½
In addition to their great theater season already in production, the Rep is once again also featuring one of Kansas Cityï¿½s favorite holiday traditions. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the original production of this Charles Dickens classic. The Rep says of this yearï¿½s performance: ï¿½Refreshed and refurbished, the Repï¿½s A Christmas Carol will have all your favorite iconic moments, paired with some thrilling new surprises! Donï¿½t miss what is sure to be the most talked-about show of the holiday season!ï¿½ Recommended for all ages. Nov. 19-Dec. 26, Spencer Theatre. For tickets and info, visit www.unicorntheatre.org.
This venerable institution on Westport Road just keeps getting better. In the years since they opened in 1981 theyï¿½ve gone from VHS tapes to all DVD, Blu-Ray HD featuring mainstream and adult movie rentals. If you havenï¿½t been there yet, you need to check out their extensive collection of LGBT films in their own section of the store. The store also features adult toys and novelties. But the latest exciting news is that they are now expanding into the card business. Since OutThere (formerly Larryï¿½s Cards and Gifts) closed last year, there has been a dearth of spots to find fun gay-themed cards, but now you can find them at Video Mania, 208 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo. www.video-mania.com. 816-561-6397.
Family Bicycles is moving three blocks south from their current location. Theyï¿½ll still be on Wornall and the new location will be right across the street from the Max bus terminal just north of 75th Street. Theyï¿½re having a moving sale, so now is the time to buy that holiday bicycle or accessory for yourself or your honey.
New Bar Names
The new name of the former Wetherbeeï¿½s bar in the Northland (2510 NE Vivion Rd.) is now ï¿½Oz,ï¿½ and David, the owner, has many nights of fun planned, including Latino night and other specials. Tootsies, 1822 Main St., is now calling itself ï¿½Eighteen22 Ultra Lounge,ï¿½ with special menï¿½s nights on Wednesdays. They launched that event on Oct. 27 with Colton Ford.
For location information on gay bars in Kansas City and surrounding cities in Kansas and Missouri, check the inside back cover of every issue of Camp. Most of the bars now also have Facebook pages, where you can find updates on their specials, so become friends on Facebook. And while youï¿½re on Facebook, become a friend of Camp Kansas City too!
Missie Bï¿½s has just put up their first billboard sign along the highway at Armour Road and Interstate 35, north of the river. I donï¿½t recall any other gay bar in recent memory promoting itself to the metro in such a large way. Kudos to Michael Burnes of Missie Bï¿½s.
The Rev. Michael L. Stephens, pastor of the Southwood United Church of Christ in Raytown sent me an email with a photo of a huge billboard sign on 350 Highway in Raytown ï¿½that proclaims among other things that we welcome gay families.ï¿½ For those in the area who are looking for a place to worship and wish to check it out, hereï¿½s their info: Southwood United Church of Christ, 7904 Raytown Rd., Raytown, Mo. 816-353-9090. www.thatchurch.us.