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Rochester Black Pride's glamorous Saturday affair



The dazzling spectacle of the annual Met Gala arguably topped itself this year, and many of the celebrity invitee's sartorial responses to the Camp theme were circulated on social media for weeks afterward. This weekend Rochester Black Pride Collective will present "Black Glamour: A Met Gala Affair," offering Rochesterians an opportunity to dress up in fine garb inspired by famous black fashion icons — think Eartha Kitt, Josephine Baker, Dianna Ross, Harry Belafonte, Crystal Labeija, Andre Leon Tally, Prince, Grace Jones, Sydney Portier, and Janelle Monáe. More than a swanky party, the "Black Glamour" mixer functions as a kickoff and fundraiser for Rochester Black Pride season (this year's festival is scheduled for September 4-8).

A library may not seem a likely space for a ritzy event, but Rundel Memorial Library's gorgeous, riverside, Beaux Arts-Art Deco building is a grand backdrop for the party.  "Black Glamour" brings the community together over music, dancing, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and networking, and attendees can take an intimate look at the "Stonewall: 50 Years Out" exhibit currently on display in the library's Anthony Mascioli Gallery (which was named one of the best exhibits commemorating Stonewall by The Guardian). Jeremiah Harper will serve as the event's Master of Ceremonies.

Prior to the main event, a VIP mixer and fundraiser includes complementary hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, exclusive raffles, a private look at the "Stonewall" exhibit, and a preview of the Rochester Black Pride festival events coming up in September. Artist Thomas Warfield will serve as emcee for the VIP hour.

Saturday, June 8, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Rundel Memorial Building, 115 South Avenue.  Tickets are $25; youth admission (age 14-18) is free.  The VIP hour is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $125.