Right in our midst is the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, the largest self-produced standardized archive of Holocaust interviews in the country. Today at 1:00 the center holds its Nineteenth Annual Meeting at the Kovens Center at FIU's North Campus (NE 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami). Among the many activities: Survivors, liberators, and rescuers who have given testimony for the center's oral-history collection will be honored, as will graduates of the 54-hour interviewer-training course. The event is open to the public. Admission is free. Call 305-919-5690.
What's up with all the museum exhibitions devoted to shiny objects? First the Bass Museum featured "Liza Lou's America," which showcased large-scale environments re-created entirely in beads and sequins. Now the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum (1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables) is presenting two exhibitions in which beads are highlighted. Pure Vision: American Bead Artists displays 28 artists' work, which ranges from diminutive bracelets and necklaces to huge sculptures and shrines. The Venerable Bead: Beaded Objects from the Permanent Collection features a selection of pieces such as headdresses, bags, clothing, and jewelry from the museum's African, Native American, Japanese, and Pre-Columbian holdings. The shows run through July 25. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-284-3535.