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Maxi Glamor co-organizes the third Black Friday Ball of the Museum of Contemporary Art

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Shopping can arguably be the most stressful part of the holiday season, but Maxi Glamor and the Museum of Contemporary Art welcome a space to relieve the pressure. The third Black Friday Ball and Marketplace kicks off on November 26 with an afternoon of shopping that turns into a panel discussion and performances from Glamor, Passion Principle and more.

Taking place at CAM (3750, boulevard Washington), the market starts at 4 p.m. and features black queer performers. Supporting black queer artists is an important mission of Glamor – they are the founder of Qu’art, an organization that focuses on financial stability for queer artists in St. Louis and intersectional queer liberation.

Artists featured for the market include Casper Levi, Ori Tala, Lydia-Rae Wehmeyer, and Tiélere Cheatem. Other artists – such as Brooke Elston, Olivia Obi and Kyla Hawkins – are also expected to appear at the event. A free HIV test is also available, provided by Vivent Health.

As the afternoon ends in the evening, a panel discussion – hosted by Glamor – will take place. Trans activist and actress Toni Bryce, University of St. Louis communication professor Cypress Reign and Forward via Ferguson executive director David Dwight join Glamor to discuss black gay liberation strategies.

Galleries close early to accommodate what comes next – a full ball with performances.

The performances highlight “the art of Black Queer performance of all styles,” according to a press release. Glamor and their band, along with Erik Dontè, are set to play a set, along with other artists like Lavish Jules, Lydia Wehmeyer and Adria Nicole.

End the evening with the balloon and a Vogue contest. A grand prize of $ 1,000 is up for grabs for the Vogue contest, along with other cash prizes for categories like Sex Siren, Hands, Face and Bizarre Bazaar. Vanessa Frost is the commentator and entrants will be judged by Dee “Carta” Davis, Logik Oricci, Godmother Spirit Ebony, Father Trell Chanel, Legend Intyce Makaveli and Anthony Redd Williams.

Free tickets are required for the market, and it is strongly recommended that you reserve your seat for the ball and performances with a maximum of two tickets per person, per portion of the event. People without an appointment will be accepted based on availability and COVID-19 security measures will be respected. Visit camstl.org for more information.

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