Classes + Events

Upcoming classes

29 April

Illusions of Grandeur: Optical Illusions and What They Tell us About the Brain

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

Learn the bedazzling truth behind history’s most famous optical illusions, and learn how to use the power of thought to bend your reality.

👤 Instructor: Simon Kanter

7 May

Afro-Latin Dance for Everyone

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

Take in the history of Afro-Latin dance while practicing your moves in this participatory class.

👤 Instructor: Josephine Christian

8 May

Fundamentals of West African Drumming

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

Experience the basic rhythms of the djembe in this hands-on workshop.

👤 Instructor: Uasuf Gueye

9 May

Record Collecting 101: Vinyl Happy Hour with Som Records

time 7 p.m. Registration is open

This talk, Q&A, and happy hour will cover all things vinyl, including record quality, genre expansion, collection curation, and more.

👤 Instructor: Neal Becton

11 May

U Street Murals Art Walk

time 11 a.m. Registration is open

Explore the historical, social, and political significance of (un)commissioned public art, along with the unique styles used to create each mural.

👤 Instructor: Cory Stowers

Fix Your Clothes: Hand Sewing for Total Beginners

time 2 p.m.

Fight the forces of fast fashion by learning how to attach a button, darn a hole, and other basic hand sewing techniques.

👤 Instructor: Meg Hathaway

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 3 May

21 May

Introduction to Zulu

time 6:30 p.m.

The “sky” is the limit with this primer on one of South Africa’s most widely spoken languages.

👤 Instructor: Ted An

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 13 May

Recent classes

24 April

Queer Book Club: Annie on My Mind

time 7 p.m.

Two teenage girls' friendship blossoms into love and, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, they promise to be true to each other and their feelings.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

3 April

Can I Really Buy a House in this DC Market?

Multipart class

time 6:30 p.m.

Buying a house or condo in D.C. is expensive, but it may be more possible than you think.

👤 Instructor: Alex DeLorme and Laura Pimentel

31 March

Cooking Scrappy: Fighting Food Waste in the Kitchen

time 2 p.m.

Learn (and taste!) delicious ways to incorporate typically wasted food scraps into your cooking.

👤 Instructors: April Thompson, Bertrand Brown-Orleans

18 March

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: Johnna Percell

16 March

Kitchen Ninja Skills: Fruits & Vegetables

time 11 a.m.

Learn how to chop commonly used fruits and vegetables to ensure your food looks, cooks, and tastes great.

👤 Instructors: Olga Berman, Washington's Green Grocer

11 March

Meditation and Creativity: Leaping Beyond the Confines of the Conditioned Mind

time 6 p.m.

How can meditation help us navigate uncertain situations? Eliza Barclay will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation and lead a guided meditation session. Neuroscientist and long-time meditator Jeff Colombe will then give a talk on the science of meditation and creativity.

👤 Instructors: Eliza Barclay, Jeff Colombe

27 February

Queer Book Club: The Prince and the Dressmaker

time 7 p.m.

Prince Sebastian and the brilliant dressmaker Frances star in this exuberantly romantic fairy tale of identity, young love, art, and family.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

23 February

Animal Sculptures of Dupont Circle

time 1 p.m.

What do Party Animals, winged leopards, and woolly mammoths have in common? They're all featured in this 3-mile walking tour.

👤 Instructor: Geoff Patterson

9 February

Writing with Serendipity: Gaining Inspiration from Found Objects

time 11:30 a.m.

The hardest part of writing is waiting for inspiration to strike — but that's where an indecipherable grocery list can help!

👤 Instructors: Sonia Booth, Stacie Marinelli

23 January

Queer Book Club: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

time 7 p.m.

Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space as one adventurous young explorer discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell