October was a great month, packed with activities. The “Dinner of Note” by Heartland Men’s Chorus, National Coming Out Day at UMKC with special guest Esera Tuaolo, The Kinsey Sicks at Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ, the Kansas City Rep’s production of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, An Epilogue, OutFest, Gay Pride Skating Party, Jonny McGovern at Flo’s and Eddie Sarfaty at Missie B’s. Look for photos in the print edition on pages 12 and 13, and on page 22, you’ll find pictures that I loaned to our irreverent columnist Francine for her column. We’ll feature many more photos on the Camp Facebook page so become a friend on facebook.com.
This issue is published on Oct. 29, but we can’t forget about the biggest gay holiday of the year, Halloween! Check out www.campkc.com and our new Facebook page, Camp Kansas City Magazine, for a list of all the Halloween venues that we know about. More details on all events throughout this and future months are available at the Event Calendar at www.campkc.com. Addresses for bars hosting many of these events can be found in the bar listings on page 23.
If Halloween is not your style, there may still be time for a quick getaway to Eureka Springs for their Diversity
weekend, Oct. 30-Nov. 1. (www.eurekapride.com)
Egads! Theatre Company
Eubank Productions has changed 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 hors d’oeuvres and desserts, live band, dancing and more. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple (816-842-9999 or www.egadstheatre.com).
Justin Van Pelt returns to Kansas City
Justin Van Pelt, whom many of you know from his classic performances in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, other local theater performances, 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: www.egadstheatre.com.
Willow Productions is bringing Zoe Lewis, “a worldbeat-vaudeville” entertainer to All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, at 8 p.m. Nov. 7. Tickets — $17 in advance and $19 at the door — can be purchased through www.brownpapertickets.com.
Mid-America Freedom Band
The Mid America Freedom Band, Kansas City’s LGBT and ally community band, will present the concert “Rainbow Revolution” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the band’s website (www.mafbmusic.org) and at the event.
Forty years ago, the Stonewall Riots in New York City jump-started the modern LGBT civil rights movement. “Rainbow Revolution will be a tribute and celebration of the music, events, and people that have shaped our fight for freedom and acceptance over those 40 years and beyond,” says Travis Barnhart, MAFB board member and production chair for the concert.
The event will feature special guest Missouri State Sen. Jolie Justus, as well as other community celebrities and personalities who have collaborated to help tell the story behind their musical selections. Ten community organizations have been invited to participate in the event and help promote community involvement and cohesion.
Missouri Gay Rodeo Association
We were saddened to hear of the loss of Miss Mae, the fantastic entertainer, board member, volunteer, fundraiser and more for MGRA. A memoriam written by Andrew Goodman is in the November print issue on page 11, and also on this site on the web. To read a sample of the wonderful satirical humor of Miss Mae, check out “The History of MGRA,” which she wrote for the 2006 Camp Rodeo supplement. Miss Mae will be greatly missed. (http://campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=250)
MGRA had a successful rodeo in September and is already planning for 2010. They’re beginning their fundraising efforts with the following benefits:
Nov. 1 — MGRA Benefit Beer Bust at Missie B’s. 3-8 p.m.
Nov. 20 — 2010 MGRA Royalty Contest. Location to be announced. Check out www.mgra.us and the calendar at www.campkc.com for more information.
Kansas City Gay Pride
The Gay Pride committee, along with community organizers, rallied at Shawnee Mission North High School on Oct. 23 to counter-protest those picketing from Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church. The Phelps supporters were there to protest the student production of the Broadway play Rent. Pride president Rick Bumgardner was interviewed by members of the media, and there was a great turnout of the community and students in a peaceful protest. The Westboro Baptist Church protesters left after less than an hour.
Gay Pride is underway with monthly meetings held at Spirit of Hope MCC church. Their next meeting is at 7 p.m. Nov. 4. They also have a new website, www.gaypridekc.com, that they hope will be live by Nov. 2. They will host “an unholy fundraiser” with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and underwear show from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at The Fox Bar, 7620 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Overland Park, Kan.
As promised, this new club is offering musical acts. November and December will showcase The Brisbanes on Nov. 5 and Kristie Stremel on Dec. 5. They also offer karaoke and other events throughout the month.
As many know, some of our favorite clubs always generously offer Thanksgiving dinners or food for those without a place to go. Missie B’s will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner once again at 4 p.m., followed at 9 p.m. by the infamous Bartenders Review. If you haven’t seen this annual show, it’s a must — “non-drag” personas guest perform along with regular entertainers and raise money for a good cause.
Spirit of Hope MCC will host a Thanksgiving dinner at noon Nov. 26 in the church’s social hall, 3801 Wyandotte St. They will provide the turkey and dressing, and they ask that guests bring a side dish to share with others. The event begins with thanksgiving prayers, followed by the meal. The dinner is open to everyone and is a great way to spend the holiday with others. More information is available at www.spiritofhopemcckc.org or 816-931-0750.
Kansas City Cave Bears
The KC Cave Bears are bringing in Kris Francis, the Las Vegas headliner, comedian and singer, to entertain at the group’s dinner and show fundraiser at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Daddies Backdoor bar.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and seating is limited. Advance tickets can be purchased at kccavebears.com. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be given in support of the Good Samaritan Project in December. All Kansas City Cave Bear events are open to club members, guests, friends, and admirers. For more information on coming events, visit www.kccavebears.com
UMKC Queer Alliance announces TransFest 2009
In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, the UMKC Queer Alliance is hosting a week of events exploring gender expression and identity Nov. 16-21. Nationally renowned activist/author and gender outlaw Kate Bornstein will hold several workshops and events throughout the week.
TransFest 2009 will educate the wider community while celebrating the diversity within the transgender community.
• 6 p.m. Nov. 16 , Johnson Street dorms — A documentary on what it means to be trans will be screened, followed by a question-and-answer session.
• 7 p.m. Nov.17, Kansas Union in Lawrence — The UMKC Queer Alliance will be joining the KU Queers and Allies for Tranny Talk: Transgender Speakers Panel.
• 5 p.m. Nov. 18, FUD Restaurant — A dinner reception with Kate Bornstein ($50 suggested donation) will be followed at 7 p.m. by the Gender Bender ball at the UMKC University Center.
• 4 p.m. Nov. 19, UMKC LGBTQIA Office — The workshop “Hello, Cruel World: An Outlaw’s Mini-Guide to Survival” by Kate Bornstein will be followed by a 7 p.m. performance by Kate Bornstein: “On Men, Women, And the Rest of Us.”
• Nov. 20 — Students will honor those who have been hurt due to transphobia-based violence by placing tombstones throughout the University Center walkway and then join the community Transgender Day of Remembrance Event.
• Nov. 21 — UMKC Queer Alliance will head to Screenland Theatre for a production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show as an ending event to TransFest.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on Nov. 28, 1998, kicked off the Remembering Our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.
A portion of the proceeds of these events will go to EQUAL to support their work to build an LGBTQ Youth Center in Kansas City.
For more information, contact Wick Thomas at 816-699-4587 or [email protected]
Empowering Queer Activists and Leaders (EQUAL) has worked to create a youth-led Gay-Straight Alliance Network for the Kansas City metro area. Their current project is to open a physical LGBTQ Youth Center in Kansas City. We will keep you informed as this search for a physical location progresses. In case you missed the article by Bradley Osborn in the October issue of Camp you can read it online at: http://campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=1349 For more information, contact the group at [email protected] or through their Facebook page: ID 52603842296. They also have a new website (equalcenter.org) and have just published a resource guide (equalcenter.org/uploads/The_EQUAL_Resource_Guide.pdf).
Heartland Men’s Chorus Gallery of Trees
Now in its fourth year, this great holiday event once again promises merriment, an evening of hors d’oeuvres, wine and music, and an auction of more than 50 beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths. The Gallery of Trees will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Drexel Hall, 19 W. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. Flo will be back as the special guest auctioneer, and the Mid America Freedom Band will kick off the evening with festive holiday selections.
Good Samaritan Project Holiday House Tour & Concert
The 2009 GSP Holiday Homes Tour & Concert will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Five historic homes on Gladstone Boulevard, the Kansas City Museum, and Melrose Methodist Church will all be available to tour. A concert by the Kansas City Boys Choir and the Kansas City Girls Choir is planned at the church. Carolers, carriage rides, food and drinks will be part of the fun. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gsp-kc.org anytime up until the event. This is a great opportunity to see the lovely homes in the Scarritt Renaissance neighborhood and Historic Old Northeast Kansas City and raise money for a good cause. For more information, visit www.gsp-kc.org.
Open and Affirming Congregations
Bradley Osborn has created a great listing of open and affirming congregations that we published in our Dec. 2008 issue of Camp and will update for next month’s issue. Meanwhile, two new congregations have announced their locations:
Peace River Ministries
Matt Ross Community Center
8101 Marty, Overland Park, Kan.
Church office: 913-742-8582
Services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays
Stonewall: An Open and Affirming Ministry of Norton Heights Community of Christ
436 South Norton Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64124
This new ministry serving the Kansas City area gay community will begin services Sunday evening, Nov. 1. The ministry, known as Stonewall, will meet at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday at the sponsoring church, located a block north of Independence Avenue between Benton and Van Brunt. For more information about Stonewall, email Velton Peabody at [email protected]
Patrick Dobson’s new book
Dobson, who many people know through his work with the KC Pride Democratic Club, has published a new book, Seldom Seen, about his two-and-a-half month journey from Kansas City to Helena, Mont., in May 1995 with nothing but a backpack. It’s available now (University of Nebraska Press, $29.95 hardcover).