info 10.4.04

Brain Food

Give those sluggish neurons something to fire about: a few ways to learn something new…

STEPHEN CRANE
Though he died at age 28, author Stephen Crane was a prolific author, poet, investigative reporter, and foreign correspondent. Spend some time considering his short but chock-filled life — from The Red Badge of Courage, his dispatches as a correspondent in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, and in Greece during a war with Turkey. Starts November 4 at the New School, six sessions on Thursday nights from 8-9:50pm. $225.

UPHOLSTERING
For those if-you-want-it-done-right-you-have-to-do-it-yourself types, test your theory with a four-week class in upholstering. It's one class per week from 6:30-9:30pm at The Furniture Joint, 182 Ave. B [11th/12th] 212.598.4260, $400, all tools and equipment are provided.

FALL FAVORITES FROM MILAN
Milan-born Micol Negrin teaches cooking of the various regions in Italy but acknowledges that her hometown isn't known primarily for its food. But, she promises, "Milanese home cooking is very delicious." The menu for her class on November 1 certainly sounds it: wild mushroom pastry triangles, risotto with caramelized fennel and sausage, a veal roast "drowned" in white wine sauce, and a buttery, crumbly almond cake. It's $95 and takes place at Grace's Marketplace, 1237 3rd [71st]. More info at 917.602.1519 or at Rustico Cooking.

DESIGN 101
A fascinating-sounding week: Design 101 is an executive education seminar that starts from the premise that good design is good business (a quote from Thomas Watson of IBM in the 1950s). For business people in a wide range of fields, design literacy is increasing vital. One has only to consider Apple's products, Jet Blue, Michael Graves at Target, the Cooper Mini, to realize how much design has become a business strategy, in addition to being all to the general good. This is a cross-discipline course, including faculty from architecture, fashion, graphic, product, and interior design. There will be site visits as well. It's $2750 for the whole shebang, which runs October 18-22 under the auspices of NYU, 8:30am-6:30pm. More here.

STARS, CONSTELLATIONS, AND LEGENDS
At the Museum of Natural History, on four Wednesdays, October 27-November 17, 6:30pm-8pm, enjoy the night sky in the Hayden Planetarium and learn to i.d. stars, and the myths and lore of the heavens. $64, more infohere.

DJ 101
Scratch that: At the Scratch DJ Academy, 434 6th [9th/10th] 212.529.1599, DJ 101 is designed for deejay wannabees (it's a course for people who are starting from, uh, scratch). Wednesdays, 7-8:10pm, November 3rd to December 15th. Get your game on as you learn how to mix, blend, scratch, set up equipment, and all the rest from deejay pros.

THE CITY TRANSFORMED
You may know Barry Lewis from his PBS walking tours with David Hartman. At the Cooper Union's Hewitt Building, 3rd Ave. [6th/7th] 212.353.4195, beginning October 7 (eight sessions from 6:30-8pm), he'll give a series of slide lectures detailing how innovations in architecture and engineering transformed New York into the city it is. $165 or $25 per lecture at the door.

THEY MADE AMERICA
Innovation is the subject again at a discussion this Thursday, October 7, 6:30pm, at the Broadhurst, 235 W. 44th [7th/8th] 917.250.4232. Specifically, the future of American innovation is the topic of the roundtable. Sir Harold Evans moderates (the event promotes his new book and PBS series " Made America"). Panelists will be Ted Turner, Oscar de la Renta, Martin Scorsese, Olympus president Mark Gumz, and FedEx founder Fred Smith. The event is free but you must make a reservation at the number above.

GIFT BOOKS, CARDS AND ORNAMENTS
Give your credit card a rest this holiday season (apologies for mentioning 'holiday season' in October) and give some of your handiwork instead. At the Center for Book Arts, 28 W. 27th [6th/Bway] 212.481.0295, November 13 and 14, 10am-4pm, learn basic bookbinding techniques to make, say, a personalized journal for someone. They'll also teach you how to make cards and paper ornaments. $245.

LEARN POKER
Get the basics of poker down in 90 minutes at this single-session Learn Poker class at Makor, 35 W. 67th [CPW/Col] 212.601.1000. October 18th, 6:30pm-8pm, $30.

THE FIRE OF GENIUS: OIL SKETCHES BY PETER PAUL RUBENS
Ruben's oil sketches for his patrons and assistants were done quickly, but they have an enduring beauty. Marjorie E. Wieseman, Ph.D., Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Cincinnati Art Museum, discusses in a lecture at Sotheby's, 212.894.1111,what was then a revolutionary technique. November 1 at 6:30pm. $25.

GLASSBLOWING
Urban Glass, 647 Fulton [Rockwell/Ashland] Bklyn 718.625.3685, is the place to learn how to make a paperweight or a basic drinking glass. Beginning Glassblowing is offered on November 6 and 7, 11-4, $375.

SEWING
Intro to sewing, as well as more advanced classes, are available at Sew Fast Sew Easy, 237 W. 35th [7th/8th] 212.268.4321. The one-session class is $75.
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