Young Aspirations/Young
Artists (YAYA) is in a new home in a new building, and they’re gearing up for their first “Just Say YAYA” fundraiser at the new Arts Center on November 13! Thanks to our cover models: Chair of “Just Say YAYA” Glenny Beahm, CEO of YAYA Gene Meneray, Board Member Carter Perrilliat, chairman last year, Jim Landis, Major Donor and builder of the new Arts Center and YAYA Artist Ian Jackson. They promise a night filled with art, music by Mississippi Rail Company, incredible hors d’oeuvres by Dickie Brennan and both live and silent art auctions with items donated by local and national artists! Tickets are $50 for the regular party, 8-11 p.m.; $150 a person for the Patron Party, 6:30 p.m. until the gala, and then extended hours until 11 p.m.; and Junior Patron are $100 a ticket. The new YAYA Arts Center is at 3322 LaSalle St., right near Louisiana Avenue across from Harmony Oaks. This is one event not to miss; call 529-3306 for tickets and more information today!

Kay Kerrigan, Baty Landis and Bev have been raising money for the new building over the past year, and we’re so grateful to all of you who have donated to YAYA so that we can further its mission of empowering creative young people to become successful young adults. We are reaching hundreds of young people at 11 charter schools in the Central City area and young people all over the city. We can offer them structure, art lessons and a safe place to be after school and on the weekends. Out of our $1.5 million campaign, we only have $300,000 to go – so support this amazing organization!

On the subject of art, we have lots of related features this month that you’ll love! We have a section on antiques that begins with how to start a collection and explains the best pieces to keep and tips and tricks to enhance your collection. Our What’s Hot this month is also featuring art, with fun pieces to collect to liven up boring walls.

Our friend Naydja Bynum told us about the free Tremé Festival that’s coming up on Saturday, October 3. All proceeds will go to repair St. Augustine Catholic Church – an important historic site! The festival will feature food, crafts, music by John Boutte, Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews and their bands and more. It starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 8 p.m., and will be on the streets bordering the church.

On a sad note, it seems that every time a conversation begins, someone else we know has been diagnosed with cancer. The bright spot is that we have a feature spotlighting emerging cancer technologies that are helping in the fight to eradicate and cure certain cancers. Be sure to read this feature to become aware of new strategies.

Bev’s column features entertaining both at home in the garden and at one of her favorite neighborhood restaurants, Frankie and Johnny’s. Thanks to owner Dave McCelvey, who is doing a great job of keeping the flavor of an historic neighborhood landmark.

Have a great fall and let’s hope that cooler weather will remain!

Bev & Morgan

Art for All  Art for All
Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint have joined forces to raise funds for St. Jude for the Wednesday, October 21 fundraiser “Allen and Irma Sing the Hits.” The event will take place at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Party and will begin with a Patron Party, 6-7 p.m., featuring the music of Robin Barnes, followed by the cocktail buffet and concert where, as advertised, Thomas and Toussaint will sing a selection of their most beloved hits.

St. Jude’s mission is to provide food for the homeless and food-insecure; to house and feed working homeless women; to provide adult education and counseling; to foster a deep sense of self-worth and dignity; and to house volunteers helping to rebuild the city.

Tickets start at $50. For more information and to purchase your ticket, call 533-5790 or email



3    “Preservation Hall Ball,” 272-0865

3    “Gleason Gras – Race & Festival,” benefiting Team Gleason and What You Give Will Grow, 934-1037,

3    “Grand Golden Gramble,” benefiting Longue Vue House and Gardens,” 293-4726

5    “Galatoire’s Goes Pink,” benefiting Breastoration, 293-2618

8    “Faces of New Orleans,” benefiting Trinity Counseling and Training Center, 670-2537

9    “City Stars Soiree,” benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, 569-8657

10    “Notre Dame Seminary Gala,” 866-7426

10    “FORESTival 2015,” benefiting A Studio In The Woods, 392-4460

11    “Feast With the Stars,” benefiting Parkway Partners, 620-2224

14-22     “New Orleans Film Festival,” benefiting the New Orleans Film Society, 309-6633

15    “2015 Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure,” 293-2627

16    “Magic in the Moonlight,” benefiting Botanical Garden Foundation, 483-9386

16    “Pasta & Puccini 2015,” benefiting Jefferson Performing Arts Society, 885-2000

16    “DLS Golf Tournament,” benefiting De La Salle High School, 228-3001

16    “Great Futures Gala,” benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana, 566-0707

17    “Rockin’ with the NOLA Stars VI,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House, 821-7134

17    “Masquerade: Moulin Rouge,” benefiting the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Association, 899-1945

18    “Purses & Pearls,” benefiting New Orleans Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 606-9669

20    “Power of 10,” benefiting The Posse Foundation, Inc., 208-5595

20    “LPO Encore Shop Fundraiser,” benefiting Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, 931-9456

22    “The Autumn Affair,” benefiting Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful, 833-8733

22    “Anything Goes On Broadway,” benefiting Lambeth House Foundation, 872-9720

23    “Cancer Crusaders Celebration of Life Luncheon,” 301-4321

23    “Blue Rose Ball,” benefiting St. Michael Special School, 524-7285

24    “Strike for STEM,” benefiting Core Element, 274-3611

24    “Susan G. Komen New Orleans Race for the Cure,” 455-7310

24    “O What a Night! Gala,” benefiting Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 539-9616

25    “Fête du Jardin,” benefiting Louisiana Landmarks Society, 482-0312

26    “Taste of New Orleans Fundraiser,” benefiting The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, 366-8063

28    “Cocktails for KID smART,” 940-1994

31    “Poydras Home 21st Annual Art Show,” 897-0535