CampBiz - December, 2011
December 8, 2011
by John Long
Greetings of the season! With this issue of Camp, we close out 2011, and we are already working on our 2012 issues. As always, I welcome hearing from you and your organization or company for postings in CampBiz. Where else can you reach more than 5,000 LGBT and allied readers in our community, and it’s free! Email me your information at Jlong@campkc.com. If you have a story idea, I welcome hearing from you as well, by email or over the phone at 816-221-0199.
Heartland Men’s Chorus
The “Holiday Glee” concert was a knockout. I hope many of you had a chance to enjoy it. I’m always so impressed with the 150 or more chorus members and volunteers who give so much of their time with no compensation for our community’s enjoyment. Here’s a big thank you!
At the December concert, they gave us some news about the concerts in 2012. The spring concert in March, “When I Knew,” will feature input from the community on your coming-out stories, or stories about your first acquaintances with the LGBT community. Everyone, whether gay or straight, is welcome to submit their stories. The chorus will feature these stories at the March concert, and the special guest will be Dan Savage of the “It Gets Better” campaign. The HMC will also performing a daytime version of the concert strictly for high school youth this year. For more information on how you can participate and enjoy this concert, go to www.hmckc.org.
It’s never too early to purchase tickets for any of the HMC’s 2012 concerts. The June concert, “All You Need Is Love: The Music of the Beatles,” will be performed at the stunning new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. You’ll definitely want to make sure you get tickets for what will almost certainly be a sold-out event.
New “It Gets Better” Video
Speaking of the It Gets Better Project, the Lesbian and Gay Community Center, the Kansas City Pride organization and UMKC collaborated on their own “It Gets Better” video for the Trevor Project. It can viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/user/lgcommcenterkc?feature=watch.
Daisy Buckët Is on the Road
Voted Readers’ Choice “Best Drag Performer” in The Pitch’s 2011 Best of Kansas City, Daisy Buckët will be making herself scarce on Kansas City stages over the next few months. Many Camp readers already know that Daisy tours with The Kinsey Sicks (www.kinseysicks.com), America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, as the beehived Trampolina. In December, she will hit Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York City, and Washington, D.C. with “Oy Vey in a Manger.” For most of January, she’ll be at The Palm in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and, in February, back in Washington for the premiere of their all-new show, “Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President”... because sometimes it’s hard being Republican.
Daisy’s annual AIDSWalk Team Buckët calendar, which helped raise more than $2,000 last year, will be available at the end of December, featuring local drag entertainers. Find more information about the calendar on her Facebook page, and we’ll tell you more about where you can purchase one in our January issue of Camp.
Don Carrel publishes ‘My Dream to Trample AIDS’
Don Carrel has been a tireless fundraiser for AIDS Walk and an educator for youth on HIV/AIDS. Many of you will be familiar with his annual AIDSWalk youth teams over the years. He has just published his book, My Dream to Trample AIDS. We’ll be reviewing the book in a future issue of Camp, but meanwhile, for more information, visit www.trampleaids.com.
Janet Ryan, treasurer of the KC Pioneers, has sent me information about her group. The Pioneers have announced grant awards totaling $2,000 to be given to four local organizations. Five hundred dollars is going to Kansas City Passages, Hope Care Center, KC Anti-Violence Project and KC Free Health Clinic.
Ryan says: “Join the KC Pioneers at Missie B’s on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, for a presentation of checks during the evening show. They will also be raising additional funds both those nights for Passages through our Sadistic Santa Photos. This is not your mama’s Santa Claus!! Santa photos available starting at 10 p.m. upstairs next to the leather shop. Prints are $5, take-your-own photo digitally, $3. This event will feature Santa Thor, who may break his paddle on You!! Come have some fun this holiday season with the KC Pioneers.”
HRC’s Third Thursday and the LikeMe Lighthouse Tour
Char Daniels of the Chely Wright LikeMe Lighthouse organization offered us a great tour of their new facility at 39th and Main during the Human Rights Campaign’s Third Thursday event on Nov. 17. They also showed photos of the architect’s rendering of the inside of the new space. Thanks to HRC’s Kansas City chapter for hosting its monthly Third Thursday mixer in this space. For more information on future Third Thursdays, visit: www.hrc.org/steering-committees/kansas-city.
Jeff Smith and ‘Romantic Fools’
One of Camp’s favorite straight allies, the very handsome actor and model Jeff Smith, whom you might remember from our June 2011 Pride cover and the April 2010 cover for the AIDSWalk play, Pride and Joy, (http://www.campkc.com/campkc.com-content.php?Page_ID=1442) has told us he’s working on a new play, Romantic Fools.
Here’s how they describe the play on their website: “From the hilarious mind of Rich Orloff, Romantic Fools is a laugh-out-loud comedy examining the weird and wonderful world of relationships.”
Smith has recently been in the Coterie’s production of The Outsiders, as well as A Very Joan Crawford Christmas, Pride and Joy and quirky Katie Karel from the charming Seussical, the farcical Evil Dead and the classic Evita, with Shea Coffman directing,
Romantic Fools will run at the Fishtank Theatre Feb. 2-18, with an additional performance on Valentine’s Day.
In true celebration of Valentine’s Day, they pledge to donate 20 percent of all ticket sales to the American Heart Association.
They need our help to reach their fundraising goal of $3,000 to produce the play. These funds will go directly to the production for the venue (The Fishtank), production rights (16 performances total), props, costumes and set materials. For more information on the play and how you can help contribute any amount, visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/Romantic-Fools.
Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Many of you may remember reading about Dan Nilsen and the new Kansas City chapter of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce in the June 2011 PrideGuide issue of Camp. (If you missed the story, you can read it here: http://www.campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=1657).
They have issued a Request For Proposals for Logo, Branding and Web/Print Media. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
The MAGLCC wants to start a multifaceted media campaign to achieve the following goals:
• Communicate MAGLCC mission to the greater Kansas City business community.
• Foster new membership for the MAGLCC business directory.
• Connect Kansas City corporations with the LGBT business community.
Chuck Kirkwood of the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association reports on some events they held in November. They held their Royalty competition at Sidekicks on Nov. 19. MGRA presented $1,000 to their charity partner Kansas City Passages.
Local buckle winners are: Todd Tramp for Men’s Chute Dogging and Junior Bull Riding. Kami B. won her first rodeo buckle ever for Wild Drag Race. MGRA 2011 royalty team members Kami B. and Shane Lee competed and won the IGRA 2012 royalty titles of Ms. IGRA 2012 and MsTer IGRA 2012, respectively.
Russ Duncan was awarded the Bobbie St. Jeor Memorial buckle as the outstanding volunteer of the rodeo weekend, and Mike Jennings was awarded the Miss Mae Memorial Volunteer of the Year buckle for his many contributions to MGRA.