All I can say is that the Met’s multicultural gala, “An Evening of Many Cultures,” was all you would expect it to be and then some. Hosted by the Board of Trustees and the Multicultural Audience Development Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the event was posh, polished and perfect.

Honored were couples Samuel L. and LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Robert and Grace Hightower De Niro. It was such a refreshing new twist to have both husbands and wives acknowledged together. Also honored were Olga de Amaral and Cai Guo-Qiang.

De Amaral was born in Bogata, Columbia, in 1932. Her palette of choice is gold and silver leaf. While her works are groundbreaking and have been displayed around the world, you really have to be into art to truly understand and appreciate her medium, which can only be described as large-scale tapestry.

Cai, a Chinese contemporary artist and curator, was born in 1957 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China. He is known for working with gunpowder. His works have been described as “politically charged yet often spiritual” in expression. A follower of the Maoist/socialist philosophy, his gunpowder collection is meant to express the theme, “destroy nothing, create nothing.” Get it? While it sounds a little bit like yin and yang to me, Cai was the director of visual and special effects for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. We all remember how spectacular that was, don’t we?

Hostess for the evening was the ever-so-effervescent Donna Williams, Met chief audience development officer, along with advisory committee members including Sylvia Sandridge, Robin Bell Stevens and Harriette Cole. The attire for the evening was black tie, and there was a reception, dinner and after-party in the Great Hall with dancing to the music of DJ M.O.S.

What would an event held in a museum be without a fantastic exhibit to compliment the affair? Not to disappoint, the viewing of the “Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures” exhibition was made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ceil & Michael E. Pulitzer Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Essence was the print media sponsor of the gala and proceeds went to benefit the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative’s programming at the museum. All I can say is the halls of the museum were filled with many too fascinating and cultured to mention.

Summer did not end without one final blast from Jazzmobile, featuring the sounds of Jimmy Heath. Approximately 1,500 people were there to give a large standing ovation for Dr. Barry Harris, known for tinkling the keys (that’s hip talk that means he’s a pianist). Also on board were tap dancers David Gilmore, Tina Pratt and singers Nabuko Kiryu and Mahazi Roundtree. Taking it all in among the thousands, not missing a beat, were Bill Palmer and Cheryl Brown.

Meanwhile, also saying “Goodbye summer, hello fall” were Arthur Taylor, Willie Williams on the tenor saxophone, Tyler Mitchell on bass, Joe Ford on alto sax, George Cables on piano and Ulysses Owens Jr. on drums, who held court at Creole Restaurant and Music Supper Club.

Happy birthday Gwynne Wilcox, Marguerite Johnson and my grandmother, Bessie Johnson. Congratulations to Sasha Ray, who had a baby girl. Get well wishes to cousin Claude Steele, who is now in the States awaiting a transplant.

Condolences to the family of Stephen “Wink” Johnson, who lost his wife and his red Corvette when the car’s engine ignited and burst into flames. His good friend Dave passed away from an asthma attack, followed by his dog, who allegedly died of exposure. His wife was loving, his car was slick, his friend was loyal and his dog was mean. It’s a lot for one man to bear.

This is just in from the Bronx Zoo, so I had to print as is: “Weekends in October, come visit with our bats, cats and creepy crawlies and take a crisp fall stroll through the zoo. Bring the family to enjoy hay mazes and hayrides, music, magic and more. At Wild Asia Plaza, watch the Lehman College Players perform ‘So You Think That’s Scary?,’ then head to Zoo Center to march in a costume parade alongside stilt-walkers from the Alice Farley Dance Company. If you dare, embark on a haunted safari to explore our B.O.O. Labs, where an accident-prone Dr. D. Zaster is readying his top-secret experiment; Expedition Earth. Treat stations around the park will sweeten your visit. And don’t forget, kids in costume get in free!” Sounds like fun-why not?

P.S., I went with the naan bread. You have to be a weekly reader to know what I’m talking about.

Until next week…kisses.