Big Bang Buffet - Black Sheep Rising

A Benefit for 90.1FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio

Tuesday, April 11,
7:30 PM Overture – 8:00 PM Show

After an 11-year hiatus, Kansas City’s very own Big Bang Buffet presents, “Black Sheep Rising,” Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri. The Sleazebeats will play a musical “overture” beginning at 7:30 PM. The variety show starts at 8:00 PM, featuring 20 area performance artists, poets, musicians and visual artists, who happen to be “Black Sheep” and are rising to share new works, and to benefit KKFI 90.1 FM – Kansas City Community Radio.

Big Bang Buffet contributors are returning from Chicago, Austin, Orlando, and Rochester, to participate in this one-night-only event that will showcase original performance art and spoken word from: Ron Megee, Lisa Cordes,Jon “Piggy” Cupit, Jen Harris, Ryan Wilks, Michael McQuary, Damnit JanetHenry, Nico Gray, Susan Cedarquist Brewington, Bj McBride, Maria Vasquez Boyd, and Linda Lou Barnhouse.

Black Sheep Rising will also present live musical performances from Calvin Arsenia, Kristie Stremel, and featuring the house band – The Sleazebeats(Charlie Colborne, Bill Belzer, and Jen Appell). Beth Marshall and Mark Manning will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

This Big Bang Buffet reunion was inspired by the tragic killing of 49 people, on June 12, 2016, at the gay night club Pulse, in Orlando, Florida. “The Orlando massacre shook our entire nation, but for us individually, we were devastated,” BBB co-founder Mark Manning stated, “because from 1990 to 1995, Big Bang Buffet produced hundreds of hours of programming, at The Cabaret, a gay bar in KC.”

Big Bang Buffet was founded in 1990 to provide venue for original works in performance art, spoken work, theatre, music, and visual arts.

“Black Sheep Rising” is a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio. Ticket prices range from $15.00 – General Admission seats, to $25.00 – Reserved Table seating, or $75.00 – VIP Seating for 2 people, or $150.00 – VIP Seating for 4 people. VIP Ticket holders will be seated first, at 6:30 PM closest to the stage, and will receive complimentary gift bags and a champagne toast with the cast. Reserved Tables will be seated at 7:00 pm. General Admission seating will begin at 7:30 PM. Seating is limited and tickets are going fast. For tickets go to:

All Patrons are encouraged to order food and drinks directly in The Buffalo Room, cash or credit.

A Brief History of BIG BANG BUFFET

Formed by Mark Manning, Ron Megee, and Janice Woolery in 1990 to provide venue for original works in performance art, spoken work, theatre, satire, music, and visual arts, Big Bang Buffet performers met during Monday night performances of The Spoken Word at Cafe Lulu on West 39th Street, in Kansas City, Missouri.

The first Big Bang Buffet show was September 17, 1990. It was a benefit for ACT UP/KC on the night of a national ACT UP demonstration against the American Medical Association, at the Downtown Barney Allis Hotel (now Marriott). ACT UP members from New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, came to KC to protest and many were arrested. Big Bang Buffet’s “post demonstration-performance art party” was staged at The Cabaret, on Main Street, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Between 1990 through 2005, Big Bang Buffet created over 100 different productions including; “Birmingham’s Book Burnin’ Barbeque” and “The Fired Up Fruitcake Bake-Off” for Culture Under Fire Week; “The Stan and Fran Fundy Show,” and “Every Gay People,” at The Club Cabaret; “Nasty Sally Seersucker” at Lou Jane Temple’s loft space in Columbus Park; “Voodoo Annie,” and “Slightly Effeminate Men,” at Quality Hill Playhouse; “Upstage Downtown” at The Midland Theatre; and “The Children of Karen Carpenter” for The Kansas City Fringe Festival.

Big Bang Buffet has performed on the stages of The Unicorn, The American Heartland, Mel’s Art Space, The Hobbs Building, The Writer’s Place, Phoenix Books, Harling’s Upstairs, The Farm, Just Off Broadway Theatre, Southmoreland Park, The Franklin Center, The Crossroads, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Unity Temple on The Plaza, Drexel Hall, and 90.1 FM KKFI. Big Bang Buffet shows were produced to benefit organizations like: ACT- UP/KC, The Human Rights Project, Good Samaritan Project, KC Free Speech Coalition, SAVE Inc., Passages, Planned Parenthood, Missouri NARAL, KC Free Health Clinic, ACLU, and other AIDS service, human rights, and equality organizations.

Core contributors of Big Bang Buffet include: Ron Megee who in 1995 created Late Night Theater; Beth Marshall who moved to Orlando, Florida in 1995 and became Producing/Artistic Director of Orlando Fringe Festival and is now celebrating 10 years as Producing Artistic Director of her own theatre company, Beth Marshall Presents; Lisa Cordes currently serves as Director of Artist Inc.; Mark Manning created and coordinates The KCK Organic Teaching Gardens, and Janice Woolery who left performance, has studied with the seminary and also became a marathon runner.

Big Bang Buffet, presents, “Black Sheep Rising,” Tuesday, April 11, at The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd, KCMO. (KC Flea Market – Enter from back, parking area.)