The weekend's festivities kick off Friday at noon with a celebrity and sponsors' press conference. On Saturday, there will be a VIP reception beginning at 6 p.m. The gala begins at 8 p.m. with performances by Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. At 10 p.m., each venue in TBAAL's facility will host a different kind of partyjazz, reggae and even a New Orleans second line. Tickets are $75 to $100 for the entire evening. Tickets for the post-gala reception and entertainment only are $50. For more information or to purchase tickets, call TBAAL's box office at 214-743-2400 or visit tbaal.org .
Sat., Sept. 23, 8 p.m.