Ah, it’s officially fall! I love walking past my KCP&L paid-for Nest thermostat and seeing the word “Off” lit up. I hope we won’t need any more AC this year.
October in Kansas City will be filled with activities, including those based on National LGBTQ History Month, National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, and of course, Halloween on Oct. 31 and the days preceding that big day. We’ll post more about the Halloween events on our Facebook page closer to the holiday when we know more.
The Equality Forum recognizes an “LGBTQ Icon” on each of the 31 days of October on its website. Check it out and share with your friends and family at https://lgbthistorymonth.com.
Watch our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages – we try to post several times a week. And I’m happy to announce that we have a great new social media team that is keeping up to date with online reporting. Please send information on your events to me at [email protected], and I’ll make sure the social media team gets it.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a musical revue that takes its title from the 1929 song by Fats Waller (with Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf). It features music by various composers and lyricists, as arranged and orchestrated by Luther Henderson. The show is a tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 1930s who were part of New York’s Harlem Renaissance, an era of growing creativity, cultural awareness and pride. It was a time when Manhattan nightclubs like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom were the playgrounds of high society and Lenox Avenue dives were filled with piano players banging out the new beat known as swing.
The show opens the season for the Black Repertory Theater. Performances will be Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 14 (no show Oct. 6) at the GEM Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: https://www.brtkc.org/current-season/
Don’t miss this story about love and identity set in 1964 Dublin. Book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Performances are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Dr., Lawrence, Kan. Tickets: www.kutheatre.com.
MFA will provide food, yard games, art activities and more, while families enjoy Porter Park, the playground and the great company. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park, 7301 Roe Ave., Prairie Village, Kan. For updates, follow MFA’s Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/214328526097894/
The queens at Hamburger Mary’s are kicking off the second season of the Drag Survivor competition on Oct. 4. Thirteen new contenders will be competing for the title, and the bar will be packed with people watching. Come on out for this weekly 9 p.m. event at Hamburger Mary’s, 3700 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
‘PrEParing for Pleasure’
Damon L. Jacobs, a licensed marriage and family therapist, author, speaker and advocate, will discuss “PrEParing for Pleasure” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1014 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo. The event is organized by the HIMM Project, in partnership with Gilead pharmaceuticals.
“PrEParing for Pleasure” will explore the implications and intersections of sexual health and personal pleasure surrounding the use of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). Gilead Sciences will also make a presentation on healthy sex. This educational event is intended for LGBTQ+ community members, medical professionals, and public health professionals.
Jacobs is a New York-based licensed marriage and family therapist and HIV prevention specialist who focuses his work on health, love, and pleasure. He is best known for
championing the use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). His trainings have helped thousands learn practical skills for successfully implementing PrEP.
Dinner is provided. You can reserve your free tickets on Facebook or Eventbrite:
• Facebook: Go to www.facebook.com/theHIMMproject, then click on the events tab. Find the “PrEParing for Pleasure” event and click on it, then reserve your tickets.
• Eventbrite: Go to www.eventbrite.com and search for “PrEParing for Pleasure.” Click on the event and reserve your tickets.
• Questions or having trouble registering? Email Jonathon at [email protected]
Seating is limited. Please reserve your free ticket(s) in advance. If unable to attend, please cancel your ticket(s) at your earliest convenience so that others can attend.
Donations can be made to help defray the HIMM Project’s costs for this event (venue costs and speaker travel costs). Please email [email protected] to learn more. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Ten Days of Trans Demands will be happening on various dates across Missouri, and allies of transgender and gender-nonconforming people are encouraged to come out in support.
The Transfinity KC Chorus will perform at the Kansas City event that is part of Ten Days of Trans Demands. The event, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kansas City United Church of Christ, 205 W. 65th Street, Kansas City, Mo., will focus on the workplace and have speakers about advocacy at work.
The chorus will be singing two songs, which should be familiar to previous members – “Listen to my Song” and “And Make it So.” Even if someone isn’t sure they can commit to a full season of rehearsals, the chorus would love to have you join them for this – and for old friends and new to come and see the chorus perform. Rehearsals are every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Kansas City United Church of Christ.
This annual event celebrates living out and openly. It might be the day you make an announcement to family and friends, or a day you celebrate a decision you made years ago to live authentically. For more information, visit https://www.hrc.org/resources/national-coming-out-day.
This event, from 4 to 9 p.m., is for anyone from the trans community, including those who are questioning, non-binary, etc. Most of the gear will be catered toward the trans-male side of the spectrum, because we’re teaming up with The Union KC, a female-to-male support and resource group.
Sell or donate your old gear (packers, prosthetics, binders, books, clothing, etc.) or just peruse the options and try before you buy.
Drop donations or gear for sale at Woody’s Classic Sports Pub, 3740 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, Mo., between now and Oct. 11.
You’ll get to hang out with members of the KC trans community and enjoy food and drink specials at Woody’s! Plus, 10 percent of sales (or more, if you’re donating) goes to The Union KC.
Oct. 13 & 14
Modern Family Alliance Campout
In partnership with OUTdoors KC, MFA will host an LGBTQ family and friends campout at Wildwood Outdoor Education Center, 7095 W. 399th St., in La Cygne, Kansas. The overnight event begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 and ends at 11 a.m. Oct. 14.
Tent camping and cabin camping will be available, as well as lots of activities, including hiking, fishing and canoeing. Ropes course and group challenges are also available.
Families are responsible for their own dinner on Saturday night (camping grill and campfire available for heating). MFA will provide a campfire with s’mores. Hot breakfast can be purchased for $7 per person, or families can bring their own.
For more information, follow our Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/517024128760917/) or join the event on the Meet Up app (hosted by OUTdoors KC).
This 7 p.m. show will be at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo.
With Holly Near’s joy and passion, she elevates spirits at her concerts and inspires activism. Her music fully engages listeners in the world around them.
Tammy Hall, a remarkable force on keyboards, will be singing with Near. She is also an instructor and mentor with many nonprofit arts organizations making music and theatre accessible to underprivileged children.
The third member of this trio is bass guitarist Jan Martinelli. When not traveling with Near, she is part of Wild Mango, a women’s Latin band with rich undertones of Middle Eastern spice. When not recording or touring, she sits in with a jazz big band.
Family, Finances and the Future
This will be a fun evening connecting Kansas City’s LGBTQ community with experts in adoption, fertility and family financial planning.
Featured speakers include financial advisers Chris Longly and Christina Sheridan (Merrill Lynch), physician Ryan Riggs (Blue Sky Fertility), and Sandy Krigel (Krigel & Krigel law firm).
The event, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Havana Room, 103 W. 19th St., Kansas City, MO, is free for all attendees, Food and drinks will be served.
Space is limited, so reserve your seat. RSVP to [email protected]
This classic John Steinbeck play will be featured at the Rep this fall. The Rep offers this synopsis:
“A pair of migrant workers in Depression-era California move from town to town in search of work, and dream of buying land and owning a ranch someday. Straight-shooter George protects Lennie, whose sweet, simple-mindedness is juxtaposed by his formidable strength. When the two find work on Curly’s ranch, a series of tragic events lead to one of the most heartbreaking conclusions in American literature. John Steinbeck’s classic text explores the decay of the American dream, and the enduring kindness that bond friends together for life.”
Performances will be on the Copaken Stage, 1 H&R Block Way, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: www.kcrep.org
The second annual #Get Woke: Queer and Trans People of Color Halloween event will be from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. in our interactive haunted house.
“Haunted Haus,” at Blvd Nights, 2805 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, Mo., will feature a dance party, curated art and performances by LGBTQ people of color, a Mini-Ballroom Competition, free soul food, #BlackGirlMagic and black womyn speakers.
Headlining will be the Vixen from RuPaul’s Drag Race, with Monica Beverly Hillz (transgender advocate, Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race). Hosted by #GetWoke resident host, David Seymour, and Candice Marie.
Featuring a whole team of party monsters, including Valaree Love, Romeo Alpha (Cornel Johnson), Jaharia (Jordan Ray) and Alexander Arnold! With special appearances by Melissa Moon Brown, the new executive director of Kansas City Anti-Violence Project; KC Ballroom Legends, featuring Dominique White and WilliamXavier Allen, and more.
VIP tables will be available. Music by DJ Stunt Queen (Randall Jenson). Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/150725652410596/
Show Me Bears is raising money to help kids affected by HIV.
Here is what they are looking for:
• Toys (from beginner to something that as big as a nuclear bomb and requires a concrete mixer to function). The more the merrier. Either something that no longer excites you (one man’s trash is another man’s treasure) or something that looks like it was designed as a weapon of hole destruction. There’s always someone for each and every toy.
• Gear such as leather, rubber, skinhead, military, uniforms, neoprene, your grandma’s lace (kidding about last one, but I’m sure there’s someone who isn’t). It’s all good.
• Chaps, pants, vests, catsuits, hoodies, harnesses, shorts, kilts. Vintage or something you got from wish.com … it’s all awesome and wanted. And boots! Everyone loves boots!
• Accessories of all sorts: paddles, cuffs, chastity cages, slings, hoods, floggers, handcuffs, blindfolds, gas masks.
• Jocks and sports gear.
• Since Halloween is upon us, costumes would be awesome.
You decide how much you want to sell your items for, and they will provide a sticker for you to use. The organizers will collect the items during Laid Back Leather events at Woody’s Classic Sports Pub, 3740 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, Mo., or Gear Night at Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Ten percent of the sales will go to Camp Hope.
The Kansas City Symphony Pops Series begins this year with Glorious Gershwin, featuring Grammy Award-winning vocalist Patti Austin in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center.
Celebrate the genius of composer George Gershwin. Enjoy “An American in Paris,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” plus “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from Porgy and Bess. Pianist Kenny Broberg will perform Gershwin’s groundbreaking favorite “Rhapsody in Blue.”
Thursday’s show is at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets: 816-471-0400 / kcsymphony.org///
‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ silent film with live organ
Our amazing guest organist Dorothy Papadakos revives the 1923 silent horror film The Hunchback of Notre Dame with a completely improvised score. Christopher McLaurin, the symphony’s principal percussionist, performs on orchestral chimes as Quasimodo.
The show will be at 7 p.m. in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center. Note: The Kansas City Symphony does not perform during this presentation.
Tickets: 816-471-0400 / kcsymphony.org///
We’ll post information on the Camp Kansas City Facebook page as we know more about the different parties and bar events. This is Gay New Year’s Eve, and many of the bars have costume contests with valuable prizes. Stay tuned!
Wynonna Judd with the Kansas City Symphony
Wynonna Judd’s range, style and voice are simply unmatched. She returns to the symphony in a celebration of great music, performing her country hits and rock classics along with staples of the American Songbook. Enjoy hits including “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “She is His Only Need” and “Tell Me Why.” Note: This concert is presented without intermission.
The show will be at 8 p.m. in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center. Tickets: 816 471-0400 / kcsymphony.org