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On Friday, Jan. 9, and Saturday, Jan. 10, Ballin's (721 Dante St., 866-4367) will host a trunk show featuring Thai silks and special-occasion fashions by Marisa Baratelli, jewelry by Deborah Kennedy and suits for all occasions by Renee Dumarr. The trunk show will move to Ballin's Northshore store (806 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-892-0025) on Monday, Jan. 12, and Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Budget-conscious music lovers can enjoy significant savings at Louisiana Music Factory (210 Decatur St., 586-1094; this week. All inventory is 20 percent off during the store's post-holiday sale Monday, Jan. 5, through Sunday, Jan. 11.

Buffalo Exchange (3312 Magazine St., 891-7443; just announced the nationwide launch of new bioplastic bags for customer purchases, supporting the drive to reduce conventional energy sources, such as petroleum, which is used to make most plastic bags, with more sustainable, eco-friendly technologies. The new bags are made of all-natural, corn-based bioplastic and are 100 percent biodegradable.

The theme of Sweet Arts 2009 is "An International Tryst." The annual benefit gala for the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St.) takes place on Friday, Jan. 16, and features four floors of international art, food, drinks and entertainment, including African drummers and stilt dancers, Japanese taiko drumming, Mexican mariachi, traditional Vietnamese singers and more. This year's event is the official Prospect.1 closing party. Tickets start at $100. For more information, call 528-3805 or visit


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