Classes + Events

Upcoming classes

Monday
8 February
2016

Town Hall

KCDC Event time 7 p.m. Registration is open

Help imagine the future of Knowledge Commons DC.

👤 Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

Tuesday
1 March

Behind the Scenes: Glen’s Garden Market

time 6:30 p.m.

Tour Dupont’s all-local grocery/deli/beer bar, then consume groceries/deli stuff/beer.

👤 Instructor: Danielle Vogel

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 22 February

Sunday
13 March

Behind the Scenes: Right Proper Brewpub Shaw

time 2 p.m.

Watch and listen for Duke Ellington’s ghost inside.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 5 March

Friday
18 March

Behind the Scenes: NPR

time 3 p.m.

Find out how your favorite disembodied voices travel from National Public Radio to your ears.

 

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 10 March

Sunday
20 March

Behind the Scenes: Right Proper Brookland Production House & Tasting Room

time 1:30 p.m.

Get a taste of Brookland’s newest brewery. 

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 12 March

Recent classes

Tuesday
15 December
2015

Waste Not: Food Waste, Resource Conservation, and You

time 7 p.m. 📷 Documentation

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

👤 Instructor: Will Reid

Sunday
13 December

Cancelled
Desktop Graveyard Sketchbooks

time 4 p.m.

"Should it stay or should it go?" is not the question to ask about old office crap. "Can it be made into fun art?" is the question.

👤 Instructor: Megan McNitt

Writing Poetry Through Yoga and Meditation

time 2 p.m.

Translate what's happening inside you into poetry outside you.

👤 Instructor: Jennifer Suzdak

Saturday
12 December

KCDC Holiday Party!

KCDC Event time 5 p.m.

Join us for food, drinks, and presents!

Friday
11 December

Easy Tango

time 7 p.m.

No need for a rose in your teeth. Just the basics!   

👤 Instructor: Dexter Sumner

Thursday
10 December

Single and Seeking? Visualizing and Achieving Relationship Success

time 7 p.m.

Maybe you haven't met anyone because you haven't created a methodical project plan.

👤 Instructor: Catherine Wood

Wednesday
9 December

Cymraeg Cyntaf: Beginning Welsh

time 7 p.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Adam Roush

Monday
7 December

Color Me Swell: A Night of Creative Coloring

KCDC Event time 7 p.m.

Re-discover the relaxing joy of coloring, along with the well-known relaxing joy of wine.

👤 Instructor: Erika Rydberg

Sunday
6 December

A Brief Introduction to 3D Printing

time 3 p.m.

It's not as intimidating as it sounds.

👤 Instructor: Erika Rydberg

Saturday
5 December

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

time 3 p.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Neal Fersko

Cancelled
Make a Collage

time noon

Help assemble a collage that celebrates KCDC's time on Rhode Island Avenue.

👤 Instructor: Diana Sanchez

Thursday
3 December

Using Art to Inspire and Be Happy

time 7 p.m.

Feeling low, stuck, or just unsure of your direction? Try lifting the funk through making art.

👤 Instructor: Sam Huang

Wednesday
2 December

This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land …

time 7 p.m.

This isn't a Woody Guthrie sing-a-long — it's a conversation about environmental economics.

👤 Instructors: Naisa Thaker, Simone Fine

Tuesday
1 December

Art Salons in History and Practice

time 7 p.m.

Before some of the most famous and beloved works of art were in museums, they were in salons … causing trouble. 

👤 Instructor: Claire Howard

Saturday
21 November

StorySlam: In the Neighborhood

time 3 p.m.

We give you the theme, you give us some stories. Or not! You're welcome to just listen, of course.

Plastic Photography: The Art of the Holga

time noon

Experience the magic of the cheap medium-format camera.

👤 Instructor: Sarah Hodzic

Tuesday
17 November

Cleared for Takeoff: Photographing Airplanes at Gravelly Point

time 6:30 p.m. 📷 Documentation

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

Sunday
15 November

Taking Photography to the Streets

time 3 p.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Mukul Ranjan

Saturday
14 November

What a Friend Wine Has in Cheeses

time 2 p.m.

Do you like wine? Do you like cheese? Do you like enjoying them together? Pair, sip, learn!

👤 Instructor: Danielle Witt

A Feast for the Eyes: Food Photography

time 1:30 p.m.

Shooting food isn't easy, especially in dim restaurant settings.

👤 Instructor: Samer Farha

Wednesday
11 November

Getting Your Ish Together: Orderly Thinking About Home Organization

time 7 p.m.

There's hope for your overflowing home, but you're going to have to get rid of some crap.

👤 Instructor: Emily Hemphill

Tuesday
10 November

Taxation Without Representation: A History of the Fight for D.C. Statehood

time 7 p.m.

Many residents of the District want home rule — if you've ever read a D.C. license plate you should know that.

👤 Instructors: Eugene Puryear, Jennifer Brown

Monday
9 November

A Visual Explanation of Visual Explanation: Presenting Data With Impact

time 7 p.m.

Learn to represent data accessibly and truthfully, and to tell when you're being fed a bunch of damned lies in a pretty package.

👤 Instructor: Chris Milroy

Sunday
8 November

Tackling Food Deserts and Urban Insecurities: Good Food Markets’ Story

time 5:30 p.m.

Learn how this neighborhood grocery store and social enterprise brings healthy food and financing to deserts.

👤 Instructor: Christopher Jones and Philip Sambol

Let’s Get Weird: Intro to Performance Art

time 3 p.m. 📷 Documentation

What is performance art? And why are Tilda Swinton, Shia LaBeouf, and Jay Z all getting involved?

👤 Instructor: DeLesslin "Roo" George-Warren

Saturday
7 November

Starting Your Own Kombucha Brew

time 3 p.m.

Why give your money to Whole Foods when you can brew your own kombucha for pennies?

👤 Instructor: Anna Sutton

#DoItForInstagram

time noon

Let Instagram help you build your brand.

👤 Instructors: Eduvirgen Peralta-Cruz, Portia Obeng

Thursday
5 November

Become Instafamous

time 7 p.m.

Learn how to make your Instagram feed a must-follow account.

👤 Instructor: Emily Long

Wednesday
4 November

Ukrainian’s Not Russian! Language, History, Culture, and Politics

time 7 p.m.

Don't even think of confusing them. After this class, you won't!

👤 Instructor: Holly Greig

Tuesday
3 November

Stress Relief with Laughter Yoga

time 7 p.m.

Don't laugh! Laughter yoga is a real thing. Wait — do laugh. That's the point!

👤 Instructor: Alban Pruthi

Cancelled
Cymraeg Cyntaf: Beginning Welsh

time 7 p.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Adam Roush

Monday
2 November

Intro to Egyptian Folk Dance

time 7 p.m.

Join us for a journey along the Nile through dance!

👤 Instructor: Gretchen Clare

Behind the Scenes: Ride With Riide

time 6 p.m.

Take a Riide electric bike for a spin, ending at the factory where it was built.

Sunday
1 November

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

time 3 p.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Neal Fersko

Thursday
29 October

Demons in the Microscope II: Antibiotics and the Great War

time 7 p.m.

Find out how two scientists, on opposite sides of World War I, discovered lifesaving medications.

👤 Instructor: Dexter Sumner

Wednesday
28 October

Music Discovery Lab

time 7 p.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Jason Mullinax

Tumblr 101

time 6:30 p.m.

Discover the versatile blogging platform and share your portfolio, vision board, or cat GIFs with the world.

👤 Instructor: Julia Carpenter

Tuesday
27 October

Know Your Rights as a D.C. Tenant

time 7 p.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Marc Borbely

Sunday
25 October

Don’t Get Crumpled! Intro to Origami

time 2 p.m.

And you thought folding your laundry was difficult …

👤 Instructor: Chris Ellepola

Saturday
24 October

The Salem Witch Trials in Four Biographies

time 3 p.m.

The accuser, the accused, the judge, and the "expert" — these men illustrate the forces that drove the dire events of 1692-93.

👤 Instructor: Dan Howlett

Behind the Scenes: RFK Stadium

time 1 p.m.

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

Behind the Scenes: Capital Fringe

time 11 a.m.

Capital Fringe got a new home this year. Visit its swanky new digs in Trinidad.

Thursday
22 October

Demons in the Microscope: The Great War, Medicine, and You

time 7 p.m.

World War I sparked the discovery of germ-killing drugs — the slayers of the "demons in the microscope."

👤 Instructor: Dexter Sumner

Wednesday
21 October

Waste Not: Food Waste, Resource Conservation, and You

time 7 p.m. 📷 Documentation

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

👤 Instructor: Will Reid

Tuesday
20 October

Movie Night at City Blossoms: ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

time 7 p.m.

Now that we've learned how to paint our faces like skulls …

Cancelled
Halloween Makeup

time 5:30 p.m.

Want to paint your face to look like a skull for Halloween? But not just any old skull …

👤 Instructor: Patricia Pedraza

Monday
19 October

Achieving Your Fitness Goals, One Step at a Time

time 7 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Getting fit doesn't have to involve early-morning slogs on the "dreadmill." It can be fun! And measurable!

👤 Instructor: Gitanjali Borkar

Behind the Scenes: Ride With Riide

time 6 p.m.

Take a Riide electric bike for a spin, ending at the factory where it was built.

Sunday
18 October

Teddy’s Island: A Walking Tour

time 2 p.m.

Explore the area around the lesser-known Roosevelt memorial. This one’s on an island.

👤 Instructor: Geoff Patterson

Saturday
17 October

KCDC Open House!

KCDC Event time 3 p.m.

Come check out our new digs! With free pizza!!

Streets of D.C.: A User’s Guide to Getting Around Washington

time 2 p.m.

Your tourist friends got lost searching for Y Street. Help them out, and impress them with your knowledge of the D.C. map.

👤 Instructor: Russ Miller

Explorative Jogging: Halloween Special!

time 10:30 a.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Meghan Hardy

Wednesday
14 October

Today’s Software Development: Understand the Concepts to Simplify the Landscape

time 6:30 p.m.

Discover core principles that apply to building any application, in most any language or framework.

👤 Instructor: Charlie Fink

Monday
12 October

I Just Made That Up: An Introduction to Longform Improv

time 7 p.m.

Join Dojo Comedy for a lesson in longform: entirely improvised sketch comedy scenes based off of a single word.

👤 Instructor: Abe Woycke

Behind the Scenes: WAMU

time noon

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

Saturday
10 October

Behind the Scenes: One Eight Distilling

time 1 p.m.

Come learn how vodka, gin, and whiskey are made. Includes a free tasting after the tour!

Thursday
8 October

Behind the Scenes: MLK Library and Special Collections

time 5:30 p.m.

D.C.'s flagship library houses numerous resources for researching District history. And lots of books.

Wednesday
7 October

Audio Storytelling

time 6:30 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Obsessed with “Serial”? Gain (some of) the skills to make your own gripping radio saga.

👤 Instructors: Peter Timko, Tatyana Safronova

Tuesday
6 October

Personal Archiving With Facebook

time 6:30 p.m.

Remember MySpace? Find out whether you should trust a social media site with your most cherished memories.

👤 Instructor: Jaime Mears

Monday
5 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

Saturday
3 October

Behind the Scenes: Kennedy Center

time noon

It's the only presidential memorial in D.C. where you can see a musical.

Thursday
24 September

Partner Event: After These Messages: Dissecting Ads on TV

time 8 p.m.

Join playbackthetape for an entertaining and engaging dissection of advertising through the airwaves.

👤 Instructor: playbackthetape

Saturday
19 September

Behind the Scenes: Anacostia Community Museum

time noon

Did you know there’s a museum in the District dedicated to exploring and documenting the urban community? THERE IS.

Friday
18 September

Behind the Scenes: NPR

time 3:30 p.m.

Find out how your favorite disembodied voices travel from National Public Radio to your ears.

Wednesday
9 September

Behind the Scenes: Glen’s Garden Market

time 7 p.m.

Tour Dupont's all-local grocery/deli/beer bar, then consume groceries/deli stuff/beer.

Thursday
3 September

More Than a Mic Check: A Tour of the 9:30 Club

time 6 p.m.

We bet it looks totally different with the lights on.

Saturday
22 August

A Beginner’s Guide to Fantasy Football

time 4 p.m.

You’ll be on your way to commissioner in no time.

👤 Instructor: Tim R.