Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s holds its annual Black Tie Gala and performance of “Black Voices of Opera” on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. in Evanston.

The event begins at 6 p.m. complete with wine, tapas-style hors d’oeuvres, and a millionaire-themed silent auction, followed at 7 p.m., by a special concert featuring some of the most beautiful music ever composed, sung by a collection of African American opera singers.

After the concert, guests are invited back to the art gallery to nibble on decadent desserts, sip from flutes of sparkling champagne and dance into the late night with music spun by DJ Rob Simmons.

Tickets to attend FJT’s Gala are $50 when purchased in advance online at or in person. Tickets can be purchased from Evanston community centers and in room 1100 at the Civic Center, Room 1100, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. If purchased at the door on the day of the event, tickets will cost $65. 

All guests are encouraged to dress in evening wear. For large ticket orders or special accommodations, please call 847-866-5915.

The gala marks the end of the theatre’s Summertime Season, which featured plays “Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story;” “The Vagina Monologues;” and “Maya’s Last Poem.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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