Happy Holidays, everyone!
Although this can be a festive time of year, we know it also can be a lonely time for many in the LGBTQ community who might not have the support of friends and family. Stay close to your friends, and remember there is always a place for you with our local community groups, such as the Kansas City Center for Inclusion. KCCI can direct you to different groups in town that might match your specific interests. We also publish its monthly calendar of events and meetings, which you can find on page 23 of the December print issue. And several of our wonderful gay bars will put out free holiday buffets of food on Christmas, just as they did at Thanksgiving, so there’s no need to be alone that day.
If you’re looking for some great gift ideas, our gay-owned restaurants such as Café Trio, Bistro 303 and Hamburger Mary’s are great places to start for their deals on gift cards and gift certificates. If you’ve been missing Ragazza at its former Westport location, look for a much bigger and all-new Ragazza at its new location down the street at 4301 Main St. Check their Facebook page for the opening of the new location when construction is complete.
As we go to press, it’s a little too early to know the details of holiday events at our gay bars, but you can find their names and locations on the inside back cover of every issue of Camp. Check their Facebook pages for their events, including New Year’s Eve parties.
A call for research participants
Chris Conner, who has written for Camp, is a sociological researcher now living in Illinois, and he is seeking Chicago residents to interview for his study, which explores the contrasts in rural and urban gay identities. If you have LGBT friends in Chicago, please pass along this information. Participants will receive $15 for an interview, lasting about one hour, at a location of their choosing. They will be asked about their coming-out experience, participation in the LGBT+ community, feelings about changes in the Boystown neighborhood since gay marriage, concerns and issues facing the LGBT+ community, and any other topic that they feel is important. This is part of an ongoing study examining LGBT+ culture. To volunteer, please email [email protected] or call 317-409-4671. Emails preferred.
Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today to get through this thing called life. Join us for Purple Reign: Party Like It’s 1499. Performances will be on the Missie B’s Stage, 805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: www.latenighttheatre.com. Follow Late Night Theatre on Facebook.
The guest list for December by date of performance includes: Dec. 1: Helena K. Cosentino; Dec. 2: Joshua Minnis (AIDS Walk Day); Dec. 6: Leia Organza; Dec. 7: Ryan Gove; Dec. 8: Kim Kircher; Dec. 9: Ray Fry (Widow Von’Du); Dec. 10: Katie Gilchrist; Dec. 14: Daisy Buckët/Spencer Brown; Dec. 15: Boi Boy; Dec. 16: Heidi Banks; Dec. 17: Molliann McCulley; Dec. 19: Genewa Stanwyck; Dec. 20: Moltyn Decadence; Dec. 21: Molly Hammer; Dec. 22: Eboni Fondren.
The quarterly LBGTQIA Leadership Forum hosted by PFLAG Kansas City and the Kansas City Center for Inclusion is a great opportunity to meet other people and organizations in the Kansas City metro area. The top of this forum, which will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo., will focus on mental health and feature a relationship panel.
The Gay Softball World Series Planning Committee and Pierpont’s invite you this event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. They will be serving up complimentary appetizers and a signature cocktail and sharing information about the big event they are planning for Kansas City in September 2019. Come see how you can get involved, and help make this the best and most memorable World Series ever! Pictures will be taken with Santa in front of that famous tree. Space is limited, so please save the date and RSVP as soon as you can at the Facebook page for this event, which will be in the Union Station Belvedere Room, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
Bistro 303’s 8th annual Toilet Paper Drive benefits Hope Care Center, Kansas City’s skilled nursing facility for people living with HIV. It’s one of only two facilities of its kind in the country, and Bistro 303 patrons proudly fulfill all their toilet paper needs.
Bring a donation of this most essential of essentials and receive a complimentary New Amsterdam Vodka cocktail. Bring a generous donation of rolls, and receive the highest toilet paper prestige!
The bistro, at 303 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo., will accept donations all week leading up to the event, which starts at 5:30. Shirtless toilet paper takers will arrive at 7 p.m., and karaoke will be from 9 to close.
Get Sleigh’d with holiday merriment from HMC! We’ll don our bells to present a holiday extravaganza worthy of ringing in the New Year. We’ll be dashing through the snow with your favorite classic carols and some big choral masterpieces. And, if you’re not too naughty, we’ll throw in a few nostalgic holiday favorites. The concert will be at 4 p.m. at Yardley Hall at the Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kan. Tickets: www.hmckc.org
In Oy Vey in a Manger, we find Rachel, Winnie, Trixie, and Trampolina trying to sell off their manger – yes, that manger – before it’s foreclosed upon. Crises arise, secrets are revealed, Jewish-Gentile tensions surface, and mayhem ensues – all in glorious four-part harmony.
The 7:30 p.m. concert features The Kinsey Sicks’ reinterpretations of holiday classics, such as “God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians,” “Satan Baby,” and “I’m Dreaming of a Vanna White Christmas,” plus hilarious Jewish satiric fare, including “Don’t Be Happy, Worry,” the Chanukah spa classic “I Had a Little Facial” and, of course, the new Christmas cuisine standard, “Soylent Night.”
The performance will be at the White Theatre, 5801 W 115th St., Overland Park, Kan. Tickets: TheWhiteTheatre.org
Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly, cold-hearted creditor, continues his stingy ways on Christmas Eve. He rejects a dinner invitation and all the good tidings of the season from his nephew, Fred; he yells at charity workers; and he overworks his earnest employee, Bob Cratchit. Visits from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, who show him the errors of his ways, lead him to discover what’s really worth celebrating. Tickets and information: www.kcrep.org. The Kansas City Rep’s Spencer Theatre is at 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
This deeply intimate, yet joyful and funny play by Paula Vogel is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of God of Vengeance, a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture — and by others as an obscenity. Ultimately a love letter, Indecent explores one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history. Tickets and information: www.kcrep.org. The Kansas City Rep’s Spencer Theatre is at 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.