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SPECIAL EVENT | ROC AWARDS 2015 

For the third year running, Rochester will honor the achievements of its own in a cross-disciplinary awards show. Khadija Yawn and Yolanda Smilez, the architects of the first Roc Awards show in 2013, wanted an outlet to recognize members of the urban community who have made momentous contributions to their fields. The event has been wildly successful in both its iterations for obvious reasons: there are so many in Rochester to celebrate. Artists will receive awards in performance, music, fashion, the arts, production, beauty, drama, and entrepreneurship, but some unique niches will also be highlighted: best barber, best T-shirt line, and best makeup artist. More than 1,500 guests are expected; last year's show sold out and turned 400 away, so get tickets early.

The 3rd Annual Roc Awards will be held on Sunday, February 15, at the Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Road. 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. $20-$50. kodakcenter.org/shows; rocawards.com

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