Sat., June 11, 9 p.m. The Uptown Night Club (1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland). UptownNightClub.com
Nineties hip-hop and R&B stars really did have the greatest looks. Who could forget Aaliyah’s iconic collection of oversized Tommy Hilfiger denim; Lil Kim’s inimitable lavender ensemble complete with a matching wig and pasty at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards; or Missy Elliot’s blunt bangs and pink, puffy ski vests in the “Beep Me 911” music video? Well, those are three free costume ideas for you for the Nineties Hip-Hop and R&B Costume Karaoke party taking place at The Uptown on June 11. Dress up like your favorite Nineties stars, unapologetically sing your heart out, and indulge your nostalgia for the Golden Age. If you’re dressing as someone from a culture outside of your own, keep it classy and avoid appropriation. It’s a fine line.