Classes + Events

Upcoming classes

Saturday
3 May
2014

Write to Relax

time 1 p.m.

Deep breathing and Xanax have their charms, but neither is what anyone would call “creative.”

user Instructor: Patrice Forrester

Sunday
4 May

Live Deliberately: Be Happier, Healthier, and More Productive

time 2 p.m.

Henry David Thoreau went to the woods to live deliberately; you can just take this class.

user Instructor: Greg Faxon

Lesser-Known D.C. Monuments, Memorials, and Landmarks

time 3 p.m.

Hop on your bike and visit worthy yet undervalued sites like the Japanese American Memorial and the Titanic Memorial. Wait … what?

user Instructor: Anastasia Kolobrodova

Monday
5 May

The Arabic You Think You Know

time 6:30 p.m.

Reading a word in the newspaper or hearing it on NPR doesn’t mean you understand its nuances or cultural connotations.

user Instructor: Virginia Vassar

Corporate Social Responsibility: Fact or Fiction?

time 7 p.m.

Why does BP fund renewable energy research? What’s up with McDonald’s running a children’s health charity? Do corporations actually care or do they just pretend to?

user Instructor: Halley Aelion

Tuesday
6 May

Small-Scale Urban Composting

time 7:30 p.m.

Composting is easy and, even in a tiny space, good composting practices can produce amazing dirt!

user Instructor: Vickie North

Thursday
8 May

Cymraeg Cyntaf (Beginning Welsh)

time 6:30 p.m.

Knowing even a little of this complex Celtic tongue will impress speakers of boring old Germanic and Romance languages.

user Instructor: Adam Roush

Social Media 101

time 6:30 p.m.

MT, RT, HT, OMG!!! #makeitstop. Social media can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. So get initiated.

user Instructor: Tulani Elisa

Friday
9 May

Intro to American Whiskey

time 7 p.m.

Explore one of America’s oldest drinking traditions. And by “explore,” we mean “imbibe.” And by “imbibe,” we mean “sip small amounts of,” not “get hammered.”

user Instructor: Laura Karr

Saturday
10 May

Make a Camera Obscura

time 11 a.m.

Learn what happens inside a camera by making one big enough that you can put your head inside.

user Instructor: Diana Sanchez

Paint With Your Food

time 1 p.m.

Black beans: magical fruit, staple of Latin American cuisine, food you can make pretty dyes out of.

user Instructor: Mei Mei Chang

The Salem Witch Trials: Witchcraft in Massachusetts

time 2 p.m.

“The Crucible” is NOT a reliable source. Learn what really happened during this American atrocity.

user Instructor: Dan Howlett

Sunday
11 May

Group Meditation

time 10 a.m.

Join like-minded KCDCers and meditate as one.

user Instructor: Dawn Quintanilla

Knotty by Nature: Sailing for Beginners

time noon

Sick of high gas prices? It could be time to convert to wind power! Learn how in this out-on-the-water class.

user Instructors: Amanda Leslie, Sarah Meharg

Deck Out Your Apartment Without Stepping Foot in IKEA

time noon

Be the envy of all your peers with a home full of unique, inexpensive, second-hand finds.

user Instructor: Holley Simmons

“Deliver Me From Nowhere”: Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska”

time 5 p.m.

The haunting 1982 album marked a dark, strange moment in Springsteen’s career. Explore this challenging work with a devoted student of The Boss.

user Instructor: John Rigby

Monday
12 May

Doom and Gloom: A Brief History of Pessimism

time 6:30 p.m.

Stop being so negative about pessimism! It’s actually really useful.

user Instructor: Nenet III

Anatomy of a Website

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn the inner workings of a website and how to build your own from a self-taught programming guru. Laptops not necessary.

user Instructor: Robert Thomas

Bitcoin for Beginners

time 6:30 p.m.

So, this Bitcoin thing: What is it? Is it all black market-y? Is it safe to use? And, most importantly, can you buy a pizza with it?

user Instructor: Darrell Duane

Tuesday
13 May

Medical Spanish

time 6:30 p.m.

Are you a medical professional yearning to communicate better with your Spanish-speaking patients? Guess which KCDC class is for you.

user Instructor: Katherine Dean

Present Like You: Fundamentals of Powerful, Authentic Speaking

time 6:30 p.m.

“Just be yourself.” You might be sick of hearing that old adage, but listen up: It works for public speaking.

user Instructor: Amy Warren

Wednesday
14 May

Collage: Beyond Craft

time 6:30 p.m.

Scrapbookers/teenagers/first-graders love sticking stuff to other stuff, but so do legit artists.

user Instructor: Jordana Merran

Basketweaving From Scratch With Scraps

time 6:30 p.m.

Got random stuff? Can you cut it into strips? Then you can weave with it!

user Instructor: Juliana Rincon

Thursday
15 May

An Introduction to French Comics

time 6:30 p.m.

You’ve heard about American and Japanese comics — come learn about the world’s third major comic culture.

user Instructor: RM Rhodes

Saturday
17 May

Liquid Assets Bike Tour

time noon

Bicycle through the hidden industrial heart of D.C. in search of lost neighborhoods, forgotten factories, and municipal works.

user Instructor: David Ramos

More Than a Purple Sputtering Glow: Streetlights and City Planning in D.C.

time 1 p.m.

On this bike tour, you’ll find out what ordinary objects like streetlights can teach us about the city’s history, policies, and politics.

user Instructor: Jue Yang

Sunday
18 May

Java Programming: The Basics

time 2 p.m.

Learn more about how software works by writing your first programs in Java. Bring a laptop if you can. Red staplers are optional.

user Instructor: Joe Kaperst

Monday
19 May

Who Runs the World? Beyonce’s Feminist Theory

time 6:30 p.m.

Is Mrs. Carter a paragon of girl power, even though she named her tour “The Mrs. Carter Show”? This class says “yes.”

user Instructor: Erica Zimmerman

Tuesday
20 May

Easy Vegan Cooking With Brainfood

time 5:30 p.m.

Join the D.C. non-profit Brainfood to bake and (and summarily devour) an easy dish with no meat, eggs, or dairy products.

user Instructor: Brainfood Community MVPs

Anyone Can Make Comics

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of drawing and self-publishing your own print comic books. No experience required!

user Instructor: Josh Kramer

Wednesday
21 May

Anatomy of a Website

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn the inner workings of a website and how to build your own from a self-taught programming guru. Laptops not necessary.

user Instructor: Robert Thomas

Thursday
22 May

British Television Appreciation

time 6:30 p.m.

Mine this rich vein of quality comedy and drama, crap reality shows, lurid documentaries, quiz shows, and snooker.

user Instructors: Holly J. Morris, Lindsey Darrah

Saturday
24 May

Store-Bought to Sublime: Upgrading Floral Arrangements

time 1 p.m.

Transform a humble grocery-store bouquet into your own custom creation.

user Instructor: Lisa Derx

Tuesday
27 May

Writing With Confidence: How to Master Grammar

time 7 p.m.

People whom ain’t know the difference between a comma and a colon should take this here class, then start writing good.

user Instructor: Amanda Milligan

Wednesday
28 May

A Brief Introduction to 3D Printing

time 7 p.m.

It’s not as intimidating as it sounds.

user Instructor: Adam Schaeffer

Thursday
29 May

A World Cup Viewers’ Guide for Non-Soccer Junkies

time 6:30 p.m.

Score the knowledge you need to enjoy the world’s biggest sporting event.

user Instructor: Seth Vertelney

How to Read and Discuss Poetry

time 7:30 p.m.

Scansion. Does the term give you panicky flashbacks to high-school English? Calm down — this user-friendly class makes poetry fun and accessible.

user Instructor: Elijah Mendoza

Saturday
31 May

Food and Culture at the Museum

time 5:30 p.m.

Tour the exhibit “FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000” at the National Museum of American History with one of the show’s co-curators.

user Instructor: Cory Bernat

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