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On Oct. 6 and 7, Ballins Ltd. (721 Dante St., 866-4367) will host a trunk show for Finley Ronen Chen, a top Israeli designer known for making clothes that flatter and feel good.

Browse to the beat at Art for Art's Sake on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 7. The LF store (5408 Magazine St., 895-0971) hosts 16-year-old fiddle-playing prodigy Amanda Shaw, and Sputnik Ranch (3029 Magazine St., 897-5446) has Slim Chance, a.k.a. Spencer Bohren, playing old-time country favorites. The Treme Brass Band plays it up at Katy Beh Contemporary Jewelry (3708 Magazine St., 896-9600), and the Panorama Jazz Band performs at Vespa New Orleans (901 Julia St., 595-6776) where there will be a raffle drawing — for a brand new Vespa Granturismo GT designed and hand painted by local artists — to benefit Louisiana Artworks, a project of the Arts Council of New Orleans (523-1465, www.artscouncilofneworleans.org).

The International Gem and Jewelry Show — a huge exhibition of gems, minerals, jewelry and accessories — comes to the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner Oct. 6-8. Show hours are noon-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children ages 16 and under when accompanied by an adult. (www.intergem.net)

A new Web site — www.shoptorebuild.org — gives people the opportunity to directly help businesses in Hurricane Katrina-damaged areas by shopping online. The site offers one-stop shopping from a variety of businesses in the Gulf Coast area that are rebuilding and open for Internet commerce, and there's no charge for businesses to add their listing to the site. For more information, visit the Web site or contact Nancy Furlow at (703) 284-5728 or shop@shoptorebuild.org.

The brunch is back at Savvy Gourmet (4519 Magazine St., 895-2665). Stop in Sundays (between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) for a hearty helping of creamy shrimp and grits along with other fine fare.

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