CampBiz – October, 2019

Congratulations to the Gay Softball World Series for a successful week of athleticism and tourism in Kansas City at the beginning of September. We hope this set a great example for our Visitor and Convention Bureau to pursue getting more LGBTQ conferences in our City. Proceeds benefited AIDS Walk Kansas City, and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we know how much this event was able to contribute.

Now for some sad news. Terry Newell, Kansas City’s beloved friend, videographer, graphic designer, volunteer and you name it, is moving from our fair city to Spokane, Washington. He’ll be helping another former Kansas Citian, Leo Walters, with Glorious, the successful artisan bakery company ( that he started there, while also continuing his own freelance work. By the time you read this copy of Camp, Terry will have driven across the country with his two schnauzers and a trailer carrying the little bit of furniture he wanted to bring. His good friend and our realtor friend Joseph Pinter is assisting him with the driving.

To accommodate Terry’s schedule, we moved the production of this issue of Camp a bit earlier this month. He has been our graphic designer for more than five years and has also done photo shoots for covers of Camp and other projects. Although we’ll lose his local proximity for photo shoots, the good news is that Terry will continue working for Camp on future issues from his home in Spokane. All of our Camp staff works from home, and we are connected by FTP sites, the internet and email.

Terry has worked tirelessly for AIDS Walk, Good Samaritan Project, the Gay Softball World Series and many more nonprofits in town, often pro bono. His logos have been featured for countless events. And his friends always benefit from his assistance with graphic design, photography and video projects.

We are going to miss Terry’s presence in Kansas City so much, but we look forward to continuing to work with him from his Spokane digs. And a big heartfelt thank you to Terry for his past and future work on Camp. We wish him nothing but the best and an exciting new life in Spokane.

Through Oct. 20

Late Night Theatre presents Golden Girls 3

 The girls are back for Golden! Girls Gone Wild!!! Part 3. Join Kansas City’s Late Night Theatre for this parody of the geriatric classic Golden Girls TV series. You’ll see all-new episodes with a campy twist, and Act 2 will bring back some classic flashbacks.

The show stars Chadwick Brooks as Rose, Jon Cupit as Blanche, Gary Campbell as Sophia, Ron Megee as Dorothy, and Jessica Dressler as everyone else. Megee is the writer and director.

You’ll be coming back again and again to see this one at Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets:

Sept. 28

Heartland Men’s Chorus Dinner of Note

 Leave your inhibitions behind and celebrate the renaissance of burlesque with the Heartland Men’s Chorus. Let us entertain you with a variety-style peep show and spectacular acts of intrigue. Behind the red curtain, you’ll be bedazzled by the world of burlesque.

This year’s event, from 6 p.m. to midnight, captures the spirit of the Weimar culture of Berlin in the 1920s and the renaissance of modern burlesque today. Much like Berliners, the Heartland Men’s Chorus doesn’t party in half-measures. As Berlin was a beacon for free-spirited artists, our theme celebrates the resilience of the human spirit to thrive despite hardships through love, music and art. Our intrinsic desire to create art and beauty is what still fuels our passions today.

The evening starts with an open bar during the silent auction cocktail hour. Then, we’ll move to dinner, live auction and show in the spectacular setting of the beautiful Midland Theatre, 1228 Main St, Kansas City, Mo. At the end of the evening, the dance floor will open and guests can dance the night away

The theme for the entertainment is “The Show Must Go On!” The burlesque show commences starring Daisy Buckët and the dancers from That’s Entertainment KC. For information and tickets:

Sept. 29

‘It’s a Gay 5K’ in Parkville

 “It’s a Gay 5K” will take place at English Landing Park in Parkville, Mo., starting at 8 a.m. This race benefits Thrive Health Connection, formerly the Good Samaritan Project. Organizers are also still looking for sponsors and volunteers.

Don’t forget, participation in this event gets you into the “Gay Par-TAY” at Missy B’s after the race. You won’t want to miss this! To participate, go to:

Oct. 10 

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin in concert

 Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin — friends for more than 30 years — will appear onstage together as an intimate acoustic duo during their tour this fall, swapping songs and sharing stories. This show will feature the acclaimed songwriters performing material from their vast catalogues, as well as some of their favorite songs.

Tickets for this 7 p.m. event range from $39 to $89, plus applicable fees. VIP tickets are available for $175, plus applicable fees, and include a premium reserved ticket located in the first 10 rows, collectible tour lithograph autographed by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin journal notebook and pen, specially designed tote bag, and exclusive bookmark. For tickets and information:

The performance will be at Helzberg Hall at the |Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.

Oct. 20

Mid America Freedom Band presents ‘Royal Cortège’

 Mid America Freedom Band’s 17th season is all about celebrating regal history with a high-art-meets-high-camp twist. Titled “Kyngs And Qweens,” this season’s four programs honor and satirize pomp and circumstance, war and peace, sacred and profane, those in power and those without.

Egyptian queens, warriors, long-reigning monarchs, and animated princesses all get their due in MAFB’s fall concert, “Royal Cortège,” which features:

  • Amparo Edo Biol’s Cleopatra.
  • Julie Giroux’s Khan.
  • Benjamin Britten’s “Five Courtly Dances” from Gloriana.
  • Joe Hisaishi’s score to the animé film Princess Mononoke.
  • Chad “Sir Wick” Hughes’ Lazarus: A Peasant’s Song.
  • Omar Thomas’ A Mother of a Revolution!, which was composed in honor of Marsha P. Johnson, the queen mother and first brick-thrower of the Stonewall Riots in 1969.

Starting at 5 p.m., the concert will be in the Gem Theater at the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo. For information and to purchase tickets:

Oct. 25-27

PFLAG National Conference: ‘We Are the Change’

 PFLAG is bringing its conference to Kansas City with an estimated 500 PFLAG leaders, members, and supporters from more than 400 chapters across the United States. For two days, participants will network, share best practices, and learn strategies to fulfill the organizational mission of LGBTQ+ support, education, and advocacy within their communities.

The convention, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, 200 W. 12th St., will feature up to 50 workshops, roundtable discussions, and plenaries, where leaders in the LGBTQ+ community will provide insight, expertise, and training for advocates, organizers, and professionals.

Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With more than 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.

On their website, they describe how the group’s name has evolved over the years: “In 2014, the organization officially changed its name from Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays to simply PFLAG. This change was made to accurately reflect PFLAG members, those PFLAG serves, and the inclusive work PFLAG has been doing for decades. The mission and vision of the organization were also updated to further streamline and modernize the language, making it inclusive of everyone in the PFLAG family, while recognizing and celebrating the tremendous diversity of PFLAG’s membership, the communities PFLAG currently serves … and aims to serve in the future.”

For sponsorship or partner opportunities, contact Maggie Ardiente, director of development, at [email protected] or 202-349-0788. To register to attend:

Oct. 27

Bianca Del Rio’s ‘It’s Jester Joke’ Tour at the Folly

 Drag superstar Bianca Del Rio will bring her worldwide “It’s Jester Joke” comedy tour to the Folly Theater at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. The self-proclaimed “clown in a gown” brings her irreverent humor to more than 40 cities this fall in what’s expected to be the biggest ever solo drag stand-up comedy tour in North America. All along the way, Del Rio will tell tales of her worldwide adventures and the outrageous circus that is her life, covering politics to travel, family and social media.

The beloved entertainer and costume designer once known as Roy Haylock emerged on the New Orleans nightclub circuit. She has since been earning awards including NewNowNext’s Best New Television Personality. She has performed sold-out global tours, made history as the first drag queen to headline Wembley Arena, written a book titled Blame it on Bianca Del Rio, starred in movies including Hurricane Bianca and amassed over three million followers on social media. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show is at 8 p.m. Tickets and more info: or 816-474-4444. The Folly Theater is at 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Oct. 31


 At press time, it was too soon to know about all the events and costume contests happening in our gay bars for Halloween, but you can be sure there will be more than one night of events. The holiday falls on a Thursday this year, so the parties might be the weekend before. But regardless of when you celebrate, you should get your costumes ready now!