Classes + Events

Behind the Scenes classes return in September. Look for other classes in October–November.

Upcoming classes

Saturday
3 December
2016

Cleared for Takeoff: Photographing Airplanes at Gravelly Point

time 3 p.m. Registration is open

It’s like that scene in “Wayne’s World,” but with a camera! Learn how to photograph aircraft up close as they take off and land at Reagan National Airport.

👤 Instructor: Chris Williams

Tuesday
6 December

Queer Book Club: If I Was Your Girl

time 7 p.m. Registration is open

YESSSS the cover model is a trans woman wooooooo!!!!! I want to read this based on that fact alone!” said one Goodreader.

👤 Instructor: Shira Pilarski

Saturday
10 December

Taking Photography to the Streets

time 3 p.m. Waitlist

Search out Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment” in this introduction to street photography.

👤 Instructor: Mukul Ranjan

Recent classes

Saturday
3 December
2016

Plastic Photography: The Art of the Holga

time 11 a.m.

Experience the magic of the cheap medium-format camera.

👤 Instructor: Sarah Hodzic

Tuesday
22 November

Make America Argue Well Again: Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable

time 7 p.m.

Debate big league.

👤 Instructor: Mike Lehmann

Monday
21 November

Singularity 102: What AI Means for Humanity

time 6:30 p.m.

Siri, what is your future?

👤 Instructor: Simon Kanter

Boom! Your Guide to Surviving a Nuclear Attack

time 6:30 p.m.

Take a walk through the effects of a nuclear attack.

👤 Instructor: Matthew Conaty

Sunday
20 November

Salsa for Beginners

time 1 p.m.

Salsa: It's (still) not just for your chips.

👤 Instructor: Raymond Wong

Saturday
19 November

Music Discovery Lab

time 2 p.m.

How many different sounds can you get from a small cymbal or simple drum? Discover!

👤 Instructor: Jason Mullinax

Thursday
17 November

Rituals of Self Love and Care Through Essential Oils

time 7 p.m.

Learn how to pamper yourself with essential oils. 

👤 Instructor: Priscilla Rodgers

Wednesday
16 November

Know Your Rights as a D.C. Tenant

time 6:30 p.m.

Renting may be expensive, but it doesn’t have to violate your rights.

👤 Instructor: Marc Borbely

Tuesday
15 November

Cancelled
Prisons, Profit, and Human Beings

time 7 p.m.

This follow-up to KCDC’s popular Mass Incarceration in America class delves deeper into the criminal “justice” system by examining profit motives and financial incentives.

👤 Instructor: Alec Karakatsanis

Cancelled
Let’s Talk About Sex … To Your Children

time 7 p.m.

How can you talk to your (teenage) baby … about making a baby?!

👤 Instructor: Kyle Petty

Monday
14 November

Discover Essential Oils

time 7 p.m.

Add a little something to your holistic health routine via nature’s best-kept secret, essential oils!

👤 Instructor: Priscilla Rodgers

Singularity 101: A Layperson’s Take on AI

time 6:30 p.m.

Long before the term "artificial intelligence" was coined, Alan Turing wondered "Can machines think?" Can they?

👤 Instructor: Simon Kanter

How to Become Financially Ready to Start Your Business

time 6:30 p.m.

A solid financial foundation can increase your odds of business success … and it might be more achievable than you think.

👤 Instructor: Cady North

Sunday
13 November

Behind the Scenes: Ride With Riide

time 1 p.m.

Take a riide with us, from Riide's new Shaw showroom.

Thursday
10 November

Salsa for Beginners

time 8 p.m.

Salsa: It's not just for your chips. 

👤 Instructor: Raymond Wong

The Basics of Investing

time 6:30 p.m.

If you get the facts about saving and investing and follow through with an intelligent plan, you should be able to gain financial security over the years.

👤 Instructor: Security and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy

Wednesday
9 November

Sticks over Bics: Basics of Bow Drill Friction Fire

time 6:30 p.m.

Make a fire using a knife, string, and wood.

👤 Instructors: Joseph Ziobro, Matt Colombo

Could I Really Buy a House in This Crazy D.C. Market?

Multipart class

time 6:30 p.m.

Is it possible that you could actually buy a house in D.C. on your nonprofit salary? We will talk about how to find affordable dwelling units and what the catch is.

👤 Instructor: Alex DeLorme and Laura Pimentel

Tuesday
8 November

The Art of the Side Hustle

Multipart class

time 6:30 p.m.

Grow your passion project into something cool and impactful.

👤 Instructor: Gitanjali Borkar

Monday
7 November

How to Plan Events for Meetup.com and Beyond

time 7 p.m.

For your fifth birthday, you chose funfetti cake and your guests loved it. But there's more to event planning than that.

👤 Instructor: Chasta Piatakovas

Know Your Money: Student Debt

time 6:30 p.m.

Student debt is good at overshadowing your financial goals, but you can make its life harder.

👤 Instructor: Cady North

Saturday
5 November

One Nation Under Punk: A Local Punk History Bike Tour

time 1 p.m.

Mohawks not required.

👤 Instructor: Patrick McMullen

How to Give a Walking Tour

time 1 p.m.

You've talked the talk. Now walk the walk. 

👤 Instructor: Sonia Booth

Thursday
3 November

Aristotle and Brain Death

time 7 p.m.

Uncover the ambiguities of a question that has been pondered for millennia: What constitutes "death"?

👤 Instructor: Niel Rosen

Mass Incarceration in America

time 7 p.m.

This class will examine our society's use of the criminal "justice" system as a mechanism for producing mass suffering and prisons as a mechanism of control over certain populations.

👤 Instructor: Alec Karakatsanis

Extra, Extra! The Art and Science of Writing a Press Release

time 6:30 p.m.

Write headlines that are more witty than this one.

👤 Instructor: Andrew Gagliano

Tuesday
1 November

Queer Book Club: The Argonauts

time 7 p.m.

Human meets human, falls in love, and explores the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.

👤 Instructor: Shira Pilarski

Sunday
30 October

Busting Weight Loss Myths

time 2 p.m.

Embrace the avocado!

👤 Instructor: Joe Bernstein

Saturday
29 October

Abandoned Schoolhouses Bike Tour

time 1 p.m.

Learn about the history of the D.C. public school system through its abandoned infrastructure.

👤 Instructor: Elena Goukassian

Fall Tree Identification

time 1 p.m.

Most trees don't carry ID. But you can learn to identify them. 

👤 Instructor: Gabriel Popkin

Wednesday
26 October

Making Acorns Into Food

time 6:30 p.m.

Silly squirrel, acorns are for humans.

👤 Instructor: Matt Colombo

Monday
24 October

Who Owns The Funk!?: The Genealogy of George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic

time 6:30 p.m.

Ow, we need the funk. We gotta have that funk!

👤 Instructor: Neal Fersko

Sunday
23 October

Waste Not: Food Waste, Resource Conservation, and You

time 5 p.m.

Americans throw out tons of perfectly good food every single day. Stop being part of the problem.

👤 Instructor: Will Reid

Who’s That Dead White Guy on a Horse? A Walking Tour

time 1 p.m.

Someone put all of these statues here for a reason. Let's get to the bottom of it, together.

👤 Instructor: Jessica Unger

Saturday
22 October

Behind the Scenes: Harper Macaw Chocolate Factory

time 4:30 p.m.

What do you get when you bring together a Brazilian chocolate maker and a U.S. Marine veteran? A chocolate factory. 

Thursday
20 October

Quick and Dirty Websites: Getting Online with Squarespace

time 6:30 p.m.

Build yourself a new home … on the web.

👤 Instructor: Andrew Gagliano

Tuesday
18 October

Design Your Own Body Weight Training Workout

time 6:30 p.m.

Who needs a gym? Create a personalized workout that requires no equipment other than yourself.

👤 Instructor: Gitanjali Borkar

Monday
17 October

Know Your Rights as a D.C. Tenant

time 6:30 p.m.

Renting may be expensive, but it doesn’t have to violate your rights.

👤 Instructor: Marc Borbely

Sunday
16 October

Behind the Scenes: Pleasant Pops

time 5 p.m.

Once you pop…

Saturday
15 October

Indigenous Corps of Discovery Presents: A Presidential Portrait Gallery Expedition

time 2 p.m.

As the next election approaches, there are some things you should know about past presidents and their policies.

👤 Instructor: DeLesslin "Roo" George-Warren

Exploratory Jogging: Halloween Special!

time 10:30 a.m.

Don your scariest running gear — but hold the garlic, please.

👤 Instructor: Meghan Hardy

Monday
10 October

Behind the Scenes: WAMU

time 12:30 p.m.

It is proper to bow/curtsy if you see Diane Rehm on her way to lunch.

Sunday
9 October

How to Lose Weight Eating Chocolate

time 2 p.m.

Think chocolate and weight loss can't go together? Think again!

👤 Instructor: Joe Bernstein

Wednesday
5 October

Making Your Favorite Foods by Fermentation

time 6:30 p.m.

Beer, cheese, yogurt, and bread … do it yourself!

👤 Instructor: Matt Colombo

Tuesday
4 October

Queer Book Club: The Left Hand of Darkness

time 7 p.m.

Winter is coming. Not that winter, but this Winter ("an alien world whose inhabitants can choose — and change — their gender") may be even cooler.

👤 Instructor: Shira Pilarski

KCDC Session 16 Opening Party

KCDC Event time 5 p.m.

Fall 2016 brings KCDC (session) 16. Meet the community and have a drink in celebration!

Sunday
2 October

Exploratory Jogging: Trail Edition

time 10:30 a.m.

Trails are softer on your knees than roads, until you trip and fall.

👤 Instructors: Geoff Patterson, Meghan Hardy

Saturday
1 October

Cancelled
Behind the Scenes: Ride With Riide

time 6 p.m.

Take a riide with us, from Riide's new Shaw showroom.

Tuesday
27 September

Behind the Scenes: Takoma Radio

time 5:45 p.m.

D.C.'s newest community radio station is now on air. You could be too.

Sunday
25 September

Behind the Scenes: RFK Stadium

time noon

RFK's seen a lot of action over the years. Get a piece of it. (The action, not the stadium. That's vandalism.)

Saturday
24 September

Behind the Scenes: Good Food Markets

time 2 p.m.

This neighborhood grocery and social enterprise brings healthy food and financing to food deserts.

👤 Instructor: Philip Sambol

Friday
23 September

Behind the Scenes: Union Kitchen

time 4 p.m.

Create. Contribute. Prosper. (Learn.)

Thursday
22 September

Behind the Scenes: Republic Restoratives

time 7 p.m.

Visit the world’s largest crowd-funded distillery, right here in D.C.

Monday
19 September

Behind the Scenes: Globe Electric Tattoo

time 7 p.m.

What's it like to be a tattoo artist? You don't know either? Then this class is for you!

Saturday
17 September

Behind the Scenes: Denizens Brewing Company

time 3 p.m.

Diverse beers presented by diverse brewers.

👤 Instructors: Emily Bruno, Jeff Ramirez, Julie Verratti

Behind the Scenes: National Museum of Women in the Arts

time noon

Five centuries of art. Created by women, enjoyed by everyone.

Tuesday
13 September

Behind the Scenes: Split

time 6 p.m.

D.C.'s ridesharing start-up helps you lickety Split.