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BECA Gallery is closing its showroom at 527 St. Joseph St. but will continue to sell its art online at BECA (Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art) Gallery is a not-for-profit company that gives 100 percent of its earnings to the BECA Foundation, which supports new ideas in the visual arts and and design communities. In August, the space will reopen as CoLab Projects (566-8999;, which will offer customers an interest-free purchase plan through which they can buy innovative art by emerging artists. Five percent of the purchase price will be donated to a nonprofit of the customer's choice.

Help feed the artistic and entrepreneurial spirit of young local artists by attending one of two fundraisers to benefit YA/YA (Young Aspirations/Young Artists). A Patron Party is scheduled Tuesday, July 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the new YA/YA gallery (338 Baronne St., third floor, 529-3306); tickets are $250 per couple. A Just Say YA/YA event follows on Thursday, July 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the IP Building (643 Magazine St.). Tickets are $30, and there will be a raffle for an original artwork by YA/YA founder Jana Napoli. To buy a raffle ticket, call 529-3306 or visit Both events will feature food, drinks and music by Julio y Cesar.

Teen fashion retailer rue21 has opened a new location in the North Shore Square Mall (150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, 985-641-1042; New shipments arrive daily. The chain has four other stores in the New Orleans metro area, and plans to open another soon in The Esplanade (1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner).


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