CampBiz – April, 2019

We’re hearing great things from our readers and advertisers about Camp’s new look. It started with the March issue, featuring a slightly larger format and glossy paper. We hope you enjoy it. We’re also making some changes on our website to fit an identical digital version online at, so look for that sometime in April.

We welcome spring after a long winter! It’s time to look forward to AIDS Walk on April 27, Mid America Freedom Band’s Concert on May 4, and

the Heartland Men’s Chorus Garden Party on May 19. For June, PrideFest will lead the way May 31-June 2 at Berkeley Riverfront Park, and the PrideFloat 35th anniversary river rafting trip will be June 6-10 (see story on page 22 of the print issue).

The summer concert June 8-9 for Heartland Men’s Chorus will feature the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen, and the Out Here Now 20th annual Kansas City LGBT Film Festival will close out the month June 20-27 at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport.

Looking farther ahead, the Missouri & Kansas Invitational Tournament for bowlers (MAKIT) will be July 19-21, and the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association’s Show Me State Rodeo will be over the Labor Day weekend. The “Come to Play” Gay World Series is set for Sept. 2-8. There’s lots to add to your calendar, and what better time to invite friends to visit than over these weekends.

Keep reading CampBiz in the coming months for more information about these events.

March 31 

Heartland Men’s Chorus presents ‘Stonewall 50: All of Us’

This specially commissioned concert honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion is a must-see. Read more in this article from the March issue of Camp:

If you missed the March 23-24 performances of this historic concert, you have one more chance to see it. This performance in Johnson County will be held at 4 p.m. on March 31 at White Theatre at The J, 5801 W. 115th St, Overland Park, Kansas. Tickets:

April 2

Mayoral primary election in Kansas City

In this important primary, 11 candidates are running for mayor of Kansas City, Mo. The general election will be June 25. Jolie Justus, after pioneering as an openly gay Missouri state representative and then the first openly gay Kansas City Council member, is trying to add another milestone – being the first openly LGBTQ mayor of Kansas City. She has been endorsed by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, PROMO of Missouri and LPAC, a political voice for LGBTQ women. No matter which candidate you choose, please come out and make your voice heard by voting.

April 4

LGBTQIA Community Forum

Plan to attend the quarterly LGBTQIA Community Forum sponsored by the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City and hosted by the Kansas City Center for Inclusion and The Whole Person. The forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Whole Person, 3710 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.

Topics will include the upcoming AIDS Walk and a discussion on the U=U movement (Undetectable Equals Untransmittable), a campaign that addresses HIV infection. They will also have time for community updates and networking. These events are great chances to showcase your group with a brief presentation and to hear from others about their organizations.

April 5-6

KC Women’s Chorus presents ‘Unsung’

The next Kansas City Women’s Chorus concert will feature Unsung by Eric Lane Barnes, a suite of seven songs written about seven women who helped shape society: Susan B. Anthony, Queen Liliuokalani, Katherine Johnson, Billie Jean King, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Margaret Cho, and The Most Inspiring Woman We Know.

In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, this program is a powerful reminder of the groundbreaking women who led the fight for equality and the furthering of women’s rights.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. April 5 and 2:30 p.m. April 6 at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., KCMO. Tickets:

April 13 

Fly Bloom Air at the Bloom Party

The theme for this year’s Bloom Party fundraiser for the KC Care Health Center is “Bloom Air,” and it’s a campy, retro, airline-costumed affair. Here’s how they describe it: “Put on your finest outfit and pack your luggage because we’re traveling back in time to the golden age of flying. Chic, simple, old-school glamour is your ticket aboard this spectacular event.”

The party will start at 8 p.m. at the Airline History Museum, 201 NW Lou Holland Dr., KCMO. For information and tickets:

April 13

‘An Evening with Loretta Martin and Friends’

This performance by the incomparable Loretta Martin will feature all-live singing. Many of her great vocalist friends, both in and out of drag, will be joining her on the Missie B’s stage. You won’t want to miss this evening of music and fun. Tickets are $10. The show will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St., KCMO.

April 27 

AIDS Walk Kansas City

By walking or donating to walkers (, you can help Kansas City provide medical help, education, housing and care to those battling HIV and AIDS.

This year marks the 31st time that people in Kansas City have come out to walk for this important cause. The primary beneficiaries of the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City’s efforts are SAVE Inc., KC Care Health Center, Good Samaritan Project and Hope Care Center. Other funds go to other organizations that provide services and education about HIV/AIDS.

Registration is at 8 a.m., the stage of speakers and entertainment start at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The location is Theis Park, across from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 533 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., KCMO.

May 4 

‘Green, Blue, and Purple’ concert by Mid America Freedom Band

MAFB’s 16th season concludes with one of the modern band world’s favorites: Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades.” The program is rounded out by Catherine McMichael’s “Sapphire,” Anne McGinty’s “Greensleeves Fantasia,” Chris Sharp’s “Purple Mountain Majesty,” the world premiere of a new commissioned piece, and more.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Medallion Theater at Plexpod, 300 E. 39th St, KCMO. Tickets:

May 5  

Heart of America Softball League (HASL) opening day

Join the boys and girls of summer at their opening day games from 3 to 7:30 p.m. It’s free to come out and watch the teams play ball at the Mid-America Sports Complex, 20000 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, Kansas. Hot dogs, beer and soda will be available at the refreshment counter. Interested in joining a team? Check out their website and get more information:

May 8

No Place Like Home: ‘An Evening with Judy Shepard for SAVE Inc.’

Join the great people at SAVE Inc. for a special evening with author and human rights advocate Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard. Speaking directly to SAVE Inc.’s mission to provide home, hope, and dignity, Shepard will talk candidly, drawing from the personal tragedy in her own life. She works to promote a greater understanding of LGBTQ issues and empower audiences to embrace human dignity and diversity through outreach and advocacy in their communities.

Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while listening to Shepard speak.

The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Studio Dan Meiners, 2500 West Pennway St., KCMO. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Sydney at [email protected]. Tickets:

May 19

Heartland Men’s Chorus Garden Party: ‘Affair in the Vines’

The HMC Garden Party will start at 1 p.m. at the historic Belvoir Winery & Inn in Liberty, Missouri. This annual favorite allows everyone to relax and enjoy conversation, friendships, and nature’s beauty in Kansas City. Patrons and guests will enjoy specialty cocktails, local wines, and delectable hors d’oevres prepared by HMC’s own Chef Powell. Tickets and information:

May 30

‘Drag Survivor’ Season 3 at Hamburger Mary’s

 A new season of Drag Survivor, hosted by Ray Fry, aka Widow Von’Du is debuting. Jeff Edmondson, co-owner of Hamburger Mary’s, tells me: “With the huge success we had with Drag Survivor Seasons 1 and 2, we’re moving forward with a Season 3. And while Widow has featured new and/or up and coming queens and club kids in Seasons 1 & 2, for Season 3, she’s planning on featuring some of KC’s top and most notorious drag performers who have been around for a while. The cast for the show already knows who they are, but exactly who all the queens are is being kept secret.” Look for more information in the May issue of Camp.