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Life is a Cabaret

The National Council of Jewish Women hosted “A Diva Cabaret Zoom Party” virtual gala on August 8 featuring the renowned theater, dance and burlesque duo Kitten N’ Lou as principal entertainment. The pair performed a medley of songs to the delight of nearly 80 patrons in attendance. Diva Laveau Contraire served as Emcee extraordinaire with […]

The Dish | Smoke & Mirrors

An informal poll conducted in my Uptown neighborhood revealed that, given the extreme polarization with which we currently live, some are relieved to have toxic Cousin ‘Rona still hanging around as a handy excuse to avoid gathering with family over the Thanksgiving dinner table. Others simply cannot break with tradition and are dreading conflict and […]

Student Activist | Maya Johnson

“I feel I’ve gained a voice to speak up about the injustices occurring across the nation and the world. I’ve learned the importance of being educated about topics that affect different groups of people,” says Maya Johnson a senior at Ursuline Academy. This past year, Johnson helped established a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Task Force […]

Eshleman – Morales

[gtx_gallery] In 2014, New Orleans native Katherine Boh Eshleman was living in Austin, Texas, with her best friend from childhood, Katie. Katie had gone to college with Richard Ernest Morales, and she wanted for years to introduce Richard to Katherine. As the roommates prepared to move back to New Orleans, Katie texted Richard, who was […]

Racing Into History

In the infield of the New Orleans Fair Grounds are two small white obelisks inscribed with the names Pan Zareta and Black Gold. They mark the burial locations of two of the most popular and celebrated racehorses of the early 20th century. Pan Zareta, the “Queen of the Turf,” won or placed in 128 of […]

The New Luxury

Fashion Stylist: Melissa Coleman Photographer: Theresa Cassagne Makeup: Midori Tajiri / Midori Makeup Artistry Hair: Jessica Palma/Palma Pro Artistry Model: Martine Chaisson Linares Location: Martine Chaisson Gallery Toffee sweater with detachable turtleneck and matching lounge pant by Dorothee Schumacher from Pied Nu. Diamond earrings, matching ring and gold bracelet from Jack Sutton Fine Jewelry. Blue […]

Editors’ Note

Bev’s Note Our annual holiday fashion feature offers fabulous outfits modeled by Martine Chaisson Linares in her own exquisite gallery! Discover your new favorite going out and staying in outfits, then add a new accessory from our What’s Hot for Holiday Fashion Accessories column! Take a break from doom scrolling and follow Avenue on Facebook […]

Shop Talk | Shauna Leftwich

What does an average day look like at Ashley Hall Interiors? It could be an installation day where we would be pulling and packing up all the lamps, accessories and embellishments from our showroom to polish off our installation. If we were preparing for a presentation, we would be selecting fabrics, furniture, paint colors or […]

Dining Together, Apart

This series provides an opportunity to support the innovative work happening daily at Ochsner all while enjoying fine dining from the comfort of your own home. The series of summertime events brought the community together virtually while helping to advance Ochsner’s mission. Fifty guests participated in the August virtual event, for which Ralph’s on the […]

Creatively Connecting

The “Paint the Town Green Gala” is typically held in person, welcoming luminaries from across the Greater New Orleans area. However, the COVID-19 pandemic challenged Raintree Children & Family Services to get creative in this year’s fundraising to help vulnerable children and youth throughout the region during these challenging times. Held August 3-7, proceeds from […]

Snapshots & Schooldays

Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin, Sam Fradella, Mike Gennaro and Rabbi Yossie Nemes attended Chabad Metairie’s annual donor appreciation event, “Thanks for Giving,” in January. (Photo by Gil Rubman) Jill Halpern and Billy Henry shared a smile during Chabad Metairie’s “Thanks for Giving” event, sponsored by Metairie Bank and Trust and held in appreciation for the organization’s […]

Young Bloods | Beth Eidam & Chris Cameron 

Developed in 2005 as a response to Hurricane Katrina, HandsOn New Orleans evolved from a disaster response project into a thriving volunteer center that provides service opportunities throughout the city. Despite a small team (bolstered by Americorps members), the organization is able to make a big impact throughout the city. Currently, “HandsOn supports over 213 […]

Shop Talk | Tracy Brown Ph.D.

What kind of care options do you provide? HomeLife in the Gardens is a senior living community offering independent living, assisted living, memory care and respite care services. How has the pandemic affected your business and policies? We continue to follow the recommended guidelines provided by our governing agencies and have instituted the suggested updates […]

Story of Hope of the Month

Helping women gain employment and economic independence is the mission of Dress for Success New Orleans (DFSNO), which helps over 400 clients annually and serves the community as a vital resource. The organization’s mission pairs well with that of California Closets, a company that believes in “Designing Better Lives.” Together, these two organizations are helping […]


WHO WE ARE YAYA empowers creative young people through visual arts education and entrepreneurship training. HOW TO HELP Shop for unique, handmade work by our artists, take an art class, or make a donation online.   3322 LaSalle St., New Orleans 504.529.3306 | yayainc.org   Sponsored

United Way of Southeast Louisiana

WHO WE ARE For 95 years, United Way of Southeast Louisiana has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives. We fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community we serve. HOW TO HELP A gift to United Way helps children succeed in school, families lead healthy lives, […]

New Orleans Jazz Museum

WHO WE ARE An epicenter of live music since 2016, the New Orleans Jazz Museum celebrates the origins, evolution, and cultural relevance of New Orleans jazz music through immersive exhibitions, exhilarating performances, audio preservation, and education and scholarship. HOW TO HELP Join us in our commitment to serving our community by making a donation. Your […]

Girls on the Run New Orleans

WHO WE ARE Our life-changing program empowers and inspires girls to believe they can do, and be, anything! HOW TO HELP Help our NOLA girls go the distance with a life-changing sponsorship or donation! Contact julieanne@gotrnola.org.   5500 Prytania St., PO Box 528 504.272.7786 | gotrnola.org   Sponsored

Girl Scouts Louisiana East

WHO WE ARE Girl Scouts Louisiana East develops leadership in local girls (K-12) through activities and discovery. HOW TO HELP Attend an event or support GSLE’s operations, programs, or camp properties at gsle.org.   841 S. Clearview Pkwy., New Orleans 1.800.644.7571 | GSLE.ORG   Sponsored

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of South Louisiana

WHO WE ARE Ronald McDonald House Charities® of South Louisiana provides a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill or injured children needing medical treatment in New Orleans. Family services include free accommodations, meals, transportation, and support. HOW TO HELP We welcome cash and in-kind donations for meals and house operations, gas and […]

Headway at Bastion

WHO WE ARE Bastion’s Headway program helps veterans with brain injuries maximize independence, improve skills, and build supportive networks. HOW TO HELP To support those who serve or to learn more about Headway, visit joinbastion.org.     1901 Mirabeau Ave., New Orleans 888.737.5577 | info@joinbastion.ORG   Sponsored

New Orleans Habitat for Humanity | Board Members

WHO WE ARE New Orleans Habitat builds thriving communities and affordable homes by partnering with future homebuyers, donors, volunteers, and more. Homebuyers purchase their homes with a 0% interest mortgage and work 350 hours of sweat equity alongside volunteers. HOW TO HELP Affordable homeownership brings stability and self-reliance to help families better their lives. Help […]

Louisiana SPCA

WHO WE ARE We protect and care for animals in need and help pet parents throughout Louisiana. HOW TO HELP Help homeless and abused animals by donating, volunteering or fostering.   Multiple locations 504.368.5191 | louisianaspca.org   Sponsored


WHO WE ARE Crimestoppers has served all citizens in Southeast Louisiana since 1981 providing justice for crime victims and their families. Our Youth Programs focus on educating and empowering students to be safe and accountable for their actions. HOW TO HELP In addition to fostering general community safety, our statewide free Safe Schools LA App […]


WHO WE ARE BYOBikes, a 501c3 nonprofit, is committed to building a stronger, safer community by spreading joy with a gift of a bike to less fortunate kids throughout NOLA, which are distributed at their annual holiday event. HOW TO HELP BYOBikes relies on donations—small or large—to purchase bikes, volunteers to build bikes, and the […]

Catholic Community Foundation

WHO WE ARE The Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) fosters generosity to strengthen the body of Christ. The Foundation connects donors with the charities most important to them and invites community members to join initiatives that create a lasting impact. HOW TO HELP Join other Catholic community members and participate in #iGiveCatholic on #GivingTuesday, an online […]

Keeping the Arts Alive

Arts District New Orleans (ADNO), the organization that founded the popular White Linen Night event, hosted “White Linen Light” throughout the entire month of August. The event took place both physically in the New Orleans’ historic Warehouse Arts District and online. Guests were strongly encouraged to don their white linen while strolling down Julia Street […]

What’s Hot | Holiday Fashion Accessories

1. Have holiday travel plans? Silence the sound fashionably with a set of Master Dynamic noise cancelling headphones in a mix of silver metal and brown leather. Master Dynamic, MasterDynamic.com   2. Show a beloved friend just how much you miss them with a hug ring, available in 14 karat gold, bronze or sterling silver. […]

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