In light of the world events, the blistering heat and the buzz over the lunar eclipse, gala season couldn't come soon enough for the guests at the Ensemble Theatre's "Live it, Love it, Celebrate" gala at the Hilton-Americas on Saturday.
The more than 600 attendees donned their black-tie best to toast the theater's 40 years. No talk of politics or currents events, only a celebration of the arts.
The famous theme song to "Law & Order" had guests humming along as S. Epatha Merkerson, who played Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the show, took to the stage to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Merkerson, who played the Law & Order character for 17 years, was the longest running African American character on prime-time televison.
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