leisure 03.10.09

Craft Classes
and Under $21

Beaded stars that you can turn into a brooch, necklace, or other piece of jewelry are the focus of the day, Saturday, March 14th, in a class taught by the Bead Society of Greater NY, held at FIT. $65.

Also this Saturday, 10am-4pm, the Center for Book Arts, 28 W. 27th [6th/Bway] holds a class in DIY Bookbinding. A pile of recipes, kids' paintings, or stack of photos can turn into a book, ribbon bookmark included. $150

The basics of water-based silkscreening are taught at the Lower East Side Printshop, 306 W. 37th [8th/9th], giving you the skills to print all kinds of imagery on paper, fabric, and much else. Six sessions, $395, two sections, the first beginning May 14th, 6pm-9pm.

At the Manhattan Graphics Center, 481 Washington [Spring/Canal], Making Prints On and Off the Press works with nontraditional materials for creating prints. March 26th and April 2nd, 10:30am-4:30pm, $225.

Botanical Illustration
For five Wednesdays at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, starting March 18th, 2pm-5pm, learn how to observe the buds, leaves, flowers, and stems of springtime, and illustrate same. $145

Step away from the computer and learn the art of calligraphy in this introductory class on April 18th and 25th, 9:30am-3:30pm, $190, offered through the Society of Scribes at the SVA, 214 E. 21st [2nd/3rd].

Jewelry Making
In the five-person classes of master goldsmith and jewelry designer Cecelia Bauer, you'll learn a wide range of skills, including working with gold and silver, soldering, and setting stones. Ten classes, three hours each, $750.

Talk is cheap ($20) but also fascinating in the Brainwave series at the Rubin. The idea is to pair a neuroscientist with an artist and see where it goes. Last night, anger management psychologist Robert Allan talked with comedian Lewis Black and the conversation was by turns hilarious and insightful. Among the notables in upcoming chats, R.L. Stine, Peter Sellars, Tom Wolfe, and Mario Batali. Check out the lineup of themed evenings here.

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Tilly Bloom Bobby Pins
Peoples' Symphony Concerts
Chicken Pot Pie
Improv Everywhere DVD
Sparrow Earrings
Lobel's Ground Beef
Leah Siegel album
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