When you're driving a toothpaste-green, held-together-with-wire Geo to your minimum-wage job, a rhinestone brooch or fancy "diamond" ring can add a touch of much-needed sparkle to a suicidally drab day. Costume jewelry can be as simple as a bracelet from the dollar store or as exquisite as faux pearls and colored glass fashioned into a pin by Christian Dior. Carole Tanenbaum, an avid collector of vintage costume jewelry with more than 6,000 pieces in her collection, is mostly interested in the latter. Many of her carefully selected items are on display (and for sale) on her Web site, truefaux.com. These are champagne pieces for your beer budget. Meet Tanenbaum and pick up a copy of her book, Fabulous Fakes, 7 p.m. Thursday at Borders Books and Music, 3600 McKinney Ave. Call 214-219-0512.
Thu., March 16, 7 p.m.