CampBiz- October, 2009

Varieties Opens
There’s a new bar in town at 3611 Broadway. That’s the former space of gay bars Wildes and The Other Side, for those of you who have been around the Kansas City gay nightclub scene long enough to remember. The owner, Chris Downs, is a veteran of many years tending bar at clubs like Sidestreets, The Dixie Belle, KC Eagle, The Vortex and others. The club opened Sept. 26, and it will have its official grand opening on Oct. 3. Varieties, which is open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, features live music with no cover charge. Downs also features art exhibits at the bar.
Out in October and Halloween!
Many events in Kansas City this month will celebrate National Coming Out Day and Gay History month. And how can we forget the biggest gay holiday of the year, Halloween? Check out and our new Facebook page, Camp Kansas City Magazine, for a list of all the Halloween venues that we know about! We’ll have the information posted the week before Halloween and our November issue, which publishes Oct. 29, will have one more reminder.
Here’s a sneak preview for Halloween (addresses on page 23 in the October issue of Camp).
Missie B’s. 10 p.m. Oct. 30. Belle Starr’s scariest /goriest costume contest; $50 first prize and $20 second prize.
Pla-Mor Lounge, Joplin. Oct. 31, Halloween party and costume contest.
Sharp’s. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 31. Annual bash with DJ, dancing and great food. $5 door admission goes to SAVE Inc.
October events
Oct. 8. KC LEGAL Social. Café Trio, 4558 Main. 5:30 p.m. Members of KC Legal receive two complimentary drink tickets.
Oct. 9. AIDs Project of the Ozarks fundraiser. Pla-Mor Lounge, 532 S. Joplin Ave., Joplin, Mo. 8-11 p.m.
Oct. 10. The Kinsey Sicks. Two shows — at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. A select number of Glam-O-Rama (VIP) tickets are available at $65, which includes premium seating, a VIP reception and photo opportunity with the Kinsey Sicks (9-10 p.m.), two free cocktails and more. Tickets:
Oct. 11. UMKC’s National Coming Out Day 2009. UMKC Playhouse, 51st and Holmes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring out former NFL star Esera Tuaolo as master of ceremonies, LGBT activist Lea Hopkins, gay historian Ross Freese and more. Info: Contact David Greene. 816-236-1639 or [email protected]
Oct. 12. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, an Epilogue
5 p.m. – Movie (The Laramie Project) to be screened.
7 p.m. – Workshop presentation of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, An Epilogue, Spencer Theatre. UMKC Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., KCMO, $15 suggested donation at the door. Ticket information: 816-235-2700.
Oct. 18. OutFest (formerly Out in Westport). Gillham Park, 37th and Gillham Road, KCMO. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Entertainment, organizations and much more.
Oct. 18. Gay Pride Skate Party. Winwood Skate Center, 4426 NE Winn Road, KCMO. (right behind the Target store at I-35 and Choteau Trafficway. 6-8 p.m.
Oct. 21 & 22. Jonny McGovern at Flo’s Cabaret. (See story on page 10 in the October issue of Camp.)
Oct. 22. Roundtable discussion and dinner — “HIV, Community and Me.” Hosted by Kansas City Planning Council and Kansas City Health Department, 6-8:30 p.m. Tony Aguirre Community Center, 2050 W. Pennway, KCMO. RSVP by Oct. 19 at 816-513-6331 or [email protected]
Oct. 24. Holly Near with Emma’s Revolution, presented by Willow Productions. 8 p.m. Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., KCMO. Tickets — $20 in advance and $23 at the door — can be purchased at
Oct. 28. Eddie Sarfaty at Missie B’s. (see story on page 12 in the October issue of Camp).
Oct. 30-Nov. 2.  Diversity Weekend at Eureka Springs.
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, an Epilogue
This historic event will commemorate the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard and update the original version of The Laramie Project. On Oct. 12, more than 140 theaters around the country will perform this play, including one in Laramie, Wyo., where Shepard attended the University of Wyoming. Writer/director Moisés Kaufman played a key role in both productions. Kaufman’s current production of _Into the Woods_ at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre has been greatly acclaimed and has extended its run until Oct. 11.

You can watch a video of UMKC students commenting on Shepard’s death and the Rep’s upcoming workshop presentation of _The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later_ here:
The Kinsey Sicks and Daisy Buckët
This famous San Francisco-based Dragapella a capella beauty shop quartet featuring Kansas City’s own Spencer Brown (aka Daisy Buckett) is making their Kansas City debut appearance on Oct. 10 at Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ to celebrate National Coming Out Day! See information on page four. Daisy Buckët performs with the Madness Girls at Sidekicks most Sunday evenings when she’s in town and she will also be performing at OutFest on Oct. 18.
Spirit of Hope MCC
The weekend of Sept. 19 was busy for this congregation that is popular with the LGBT community. The congregation celebrated the retirement of its longtime pastor, the Rev. John Barbone, as well as the Rev. Kurt Krieger’s installation in his new role — senior pastor. The Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, moderator of MCC Churches worldwide, did the installation, and it was affirmed by Barbone. The church’s website reports that the service featured the debut of the Liturgical Dance team and performances by the mixed-voices Hope Choir and the Men’s Chorus. More than 200 people witnessed the event, which has only happened four other times in the 37-year history of the congregation. For more information, go to
Lana Knedlik, president of KC LEGAL (Lesbian, Gay and Allied Lawyers), reports that the group has plans for a busy October. The group’s annual Community Legal Education day on LGBT legal issues is Oct. 2, just as we publish this issue. In addition to their KC LEGAL Social on Oct. 8, mentioned above, the group is a regular host of KKFI 90.1 FM’s LGBT radio show, The Tenth Voice at 1 p.m. every second Saturday of the month.

KC LEGAL awarded its first-ever law school scholarship to Elizabeth Hodges, a third-year student at UMKC. Knedlik reports, “Our goal is to eventually broaden this to other regional law schools, but we are starting with UMKC as our ‘pilot’ scholarship this year.” For more information on KC LEGAL, go to, where you will also find a link to the group’s new Facebook page.
AIDS Bicycle Challenge and AIDS Walk
The fifth annual AIDS Bicycle Challenge was a huge success. This was the first year I didn’t ride, but regardless, they had nearly 400 riders, nearly triple the numbers from previous years. Check out the photos in this issue of Camp. Look for more information on AIDS Walk activities at
Missouri Gay Rodeo Association Show Me State Rodeo
After taking a year off in 2008, the Gay Rodeo was back in September. Some feared that the location near Cleveland, Mo., might be too far, but the crowds on both Saturday and Sunday showed that they thought the drive was well worth it. Congratulations to the team at MGRA for putting together a wonderful event, and thanks once again for selecting me as Grand Marshal. I swear that was the longest truck ride that I’ve ever been on as I waved to the crowd in the Lone Wolf Arena like a really ugly beauty queen! Check out the photos of MGRA in this issue. For more information, go to
Kansas City Gay Pride
Rick Bumgardner, president of Kansas City Gay Pride, reports that the group awarded the first Gay Pride scholarships of $1,000 each to George Turner, Starla Carr and Greg Hetzler. Gay Pride is also hosting another Skate Party, from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18, (immediately following Outfest at Hyde Park) at Winwood Skate Center, at Interstate 35 and Choteau Trafficway (4426 NE Winn Rd., Kansas City, Mo., right behind the Target).

The group has a new website: (This replaces the former website that spelled out kansascity in the URL.)

Many members went activist on Sept. 27, protesting against a group of homophobes on the Plaza. In Bumgardner’s words, “Finally, yesterday, there were people standing along 47th by the Horse Fountain on the Plaza with placards that have all the vile sayings about homosexuality. We quickly gathered a group of about 30 people, who stood with the Holding Hands Rainbow Flag for 2 hours. Much needed — and a great time. We wouldn’t engage — which only made them that much madder — and then the public got involved (screaming how stupid they were and what an embarrassment they were, etc…) Many honks for us — Channel 9 showed up, lots of students from Avila doing a project on peaceful gatherings — it was great.”
Egads! Theatre Company
Eubank Productions is changing its name to Egads! Theatre Company. The company is planning its satirical awards ceremony for Nov. 7 at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center, Kansas City, Mo. Actress Vanessa Severo will host the evening, which promises entertainment, free wine and beer, heavy h’ors doeuvres and desserts, live band, dancing and more. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple and should be purchased by Oct. 25 (816-842-9999 or
Justin Van Pelt, who many of you know from his classic performances in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, other local theater, and cabaret at bar Natasha, is returning to Kansas City from New York. He’ll perform a one-man evening of cabaret titled Home at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center. Tickets: