Coming up this week....

--If you haven't been to a bead show before, check out the Whole Bead Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Excellent selection of beads; just know your budget! The beautiful amethyst briolettes in the photo are from Sweet Swoozie's supply shop, aka EmilyEJewelry.

--To learn a little more about Slow Design, attend a presentation on Thursday, March 27th at Lincoln Center on the 'slow movement' with respect to art and design.

--There are several art fairs going on this weekend, including the SCOPE New York '08 art fair Wednesday through Sunday at 62nd Street and 10th Avenue and the Armory Art Fair on March 27-30 at Pier 94 at 12th Ave. and 55th Street.

--Beer-making is a craft, right....? Check out the Spring Craft Beer Festival at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island on March 29th.