Classes + Events

Upcoming classes

Tuesday
2 September
2014

Cleared for Takeoff: Photographing Airplanes at Gravelly Point

time 6:30 p.m. Waitlist

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

Wednesday
3 September

DIY Wallets

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

Thin down your wallet — not financially, but by making a really small wallet.

👤 Instructor: Juliana Rincon

Czech and Slovak 101 (Includes Swearing)

time 6:30 p.m. Waitlist

Make friends with speakers of Czech and/or Slovak, then offend them.

👤 Instructor: Daniela Vesela

Anatomy of a Website

time 6:30 p.m. Waitlist

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

👤 Instructor: Robert Thomas

Mass Incarceration in America

time 7 p.m. Registration is open

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

Thursday
4 September

From Idea to Startup

time 7 p.m. Registration is open

Become a modern entrepreneur or intrapreneur! And learn what “intrapreneur” means.

👤 Instructor: Maxime Paul

Cocktail Basics

time 7 p.m. Registration is closed

Impress your friends by playing mixologist at your next party, or step up to your favorite bar and order cocktails like a boss.

👤 Instructor: Laura Karr

Unbuilt Washington Bike Tour

time 7 p.m. Registration is closed

Discover the D.C. that could have been. Shock, relief, bemusement, and disappointment will all be felt.

👤 Instructor: Patrick McMullen

Saturday
6 September

Make DC Smile and the Power of Positivity

time 1 p.m. Registration is open

Meet the organization that exists soley to make the DMV a happier place, then go out and spread the joy.

👤 Instructor: Massoud Adibpour

Cleared for Takeoff: Photographing Airplanes at Gravelly Point

time 6:30 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

Sunday
7 September

Abandoned Schoolhouses Bike Tour

time 6 p.m. Registration is open

We all know the D.C. public school system is a mess. Learn about its history through its abandoned infrastructure.

👤 Instructor: Elena Goukassian

Monday
8 September

How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

Learn the trick to solving the famous 1980s puzzle. 

👤 Instructor: Rikki Irwin

Tuesday
9 September

Prisons, Profit, and Human Beings

time 7 p.m. Registration is open

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

Uncross Your Arms, Dammit: The Secrets of Body Language Explained

time 7 p.m. Registration is open

Find out what your body is really telling the world. And seriously, uncross your arms.

👤 Instructor: Chasta Piatakovas

Wednesday
10 September

Learning Street Portraiture

time 6:30 p.m.

The goal: Find a subject, ask their permission, and take a great picture.

👤 Instructor: Jim Darling

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 2 September

How to Read and Discuss Poetry

time 7:30 p.m.

Scansion. Does the term give you hives? Calm down — this user-friendly class makes poetry fun and accessible.

👤 Instructor: Elijah Mendoza

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 2 September

Knowledge Commons DC Night at Solly’s Trivia

KCDC Event time 8 p.m. Registration is open

On Wednesday, September 10, Solly’s will donate 10 percent of their Trivia Night proceeds to Knowledge Commons DC. There will be prizes, raffles, and more! Help us raise money to continue to build the best free school in Washington.

👤 Instructor: KCDC

Thursday
11 September

From Brain to Stage

time 6 p.m.

Through the magic of playwriting, realize your idea for a drama, comedy, dramedy, or something that’s not any of those three things.

👤 Instructor: John Feffer

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 3 September

Friday
12 September

Flavors of American Whiskey

time 7 p.m.

Taste whiskey. Learn whiskey. Love whiskey. What else could you want from a class?

👤 Instructor: Spencer Millsap

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 4 September

Saturday
13 September

Pop Art Sculpture

time 11 a.m.

Pop Art is more than soup cans and huge comic strips. It’s also sculptures of giant typewriter erasers.

👤 Instructors: Claire Howard, Elena Goukassian

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 5 September

Holocaust History Through a New Lens

time 1 p.m.

Join a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum educator for a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibit “Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust.”

👤 Instructor: Sonia Booth

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 5 September

Make a Camera Obscura

time 2 p.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Diana Sanchez

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 5 September

Sunday
14 September

Deck Out Your Apartment Without Stepping Foot in IKEA

time 2 p.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Holley Simmons

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 6 September

A Lifetime in Rosewood: Living in an Institution and Disability Rights

time 2 p.m.

Michael Taylor, an individual with an intellectual and developmental disability, lived in Baltimore’s Rosewood Institution for more than 30 years. Hear his story.

👤 Instructors: Michael Taylor, Ryan Wirth

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 6 September

Monday
15 September

Discovering and Writing the Spiritual Memoir

time 6:30 p.m.

Pour your soul onto the page.

👤 Instructor: Becky Zartman

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 7 September

Tuesday
16 September

Learning Street Portraiture

time 6:30 p.m.

The goal: Find a subject, ask their permission, and take a great picture.

👤 Instructor: Jim Darling

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 8 September

Cymraeg Cyntaf: Beginning Welsh I

time 6:30 p.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Adam Roush

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 8 September

Wednesday
17 September

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.

👤 Instructor: Katherine Dean

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 9 September

What Wine Should I Bring?

time 7 p.m.

Don’t be intimidated by the wine aisle. Dig deep into the vines and varietals in this class on the classiest drink of all.

👤 Instructor: Anna Jinkerson

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 9 September

Thursday
18 September

Security 101: Simple Online Security Tips

time 6:30 p.m.

You don’t have to be a hardcore hacker to keep your digital privacy intact.

👤 Instructor: Patrick Lucey

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 10 September

Fundamentals of Human Figure Drawing

time 6:30 p.m.

Pick up a No. 2 pencil and render the human body in all its glory and imperfection.

👤 Instructor: Sam Huang

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 10 September

Saturday
20 September

How to Capture “Fleeting Reality”: A Street Photography Primer

time 10 a.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Gerry Suchy

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 12 September

Making Places: A Bike Tour of Lettering and Vintage Signs in D.C.

time 11 a.m.

Explore DC’s history though historic and modern signs!

👤 Instructor: David Ramos

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 12 September

Exploring Transformation: An Expressive Writing Workshop

time 1 p.m.

Learn ways to reduce stress and maintain positive well-being through writing. It’s cheaper than yoga classes!

👤 Instructor: Patrice Forrester

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 12 September

Sunday
21 September

Bánh Mì and Vietnamese Cuisine 101

time 11 a.m.

Eat what happens when a French baguette meets the flavors of Vietnam.

👤 Instructor: Stephanie Nguyen

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 13 September

Coffee: Origins, Roasting, Blending, and Brewing

time 1 p.m.

👤 Instructors: Carlos Payes, Elizabeth Ryan

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 13 September

A People’s History of Madonna

time 5:30 p.m.

The story of how our world became Madonna’s dance floor.

👤 Instructor: Neal Fersko

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 13 September

Monday
22 September

Design Your Own No-Fuss Boot Camp

time 6 p.m.

No gym membership? No equipment? No Richard Simmons? No problem!

👤 Instructor: Gitanjali Borkar

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 14 September

Career Happiness Is Within Reach

time 6:30 p.m.

Some people like, even love, their jobs. If you’re not one of them, there may be hope.

👤 Instructor: Denise Riebman

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 14 September

Tuesday
23 September

Ail-Gymraeg: Beginning Welsh II

time 6:30 p.m.

Knowing EVEN MORE of this complex Celtic tongue will impress speakers of boring old Germanic and Romance languages. Maybe even Basque speakers!

👤 Instructor: Adam Roush

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 15 September

Wednesday
24 September

Personal Digital Archiving

time 5:30 p.m.

Will word.docx files open in 2030? Is your phone a good place to store a thousand baby pictures? How do you rescue your 1992 college essays? FIND OUT.

👤 Instructor: Katharina Hering

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 16 September

The Future Is in Your Palms!

time 7 p.m.

Or maybe not. Learn the basics of palmistry and decide for yourself.

👤 Instructor: Katherine Jessup

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 16 September

Thursday
25 September

Security 202: Encrypted Storage on Your Computer

time 6:30 p.m.

You may be smart enough to not store incriminating selfies in the cloud … but what about on your hard drive? Data on your physical device needs protection as well.

👤 Instructor: Patrick Lucey

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 17 September

Saturday
27 September

How to Capture “Fleeting Reality”: A Street Photography Primer

time 10 a.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Gerry Suchy

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 19 September

Basic Foot Care for Diabetics: Preventing Ulcers and Amputations

time 1 p.m.

Part of diabetes management is taking good care of your feet, thus avoiding severe, difficult-to-treat foot ulcers.

👤 Instructor: Brandy Schobey

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 19 September

Geocaching: The Hidden World Around You

time 2 p.m.

You could be standing on or near a geocache RIGHT NOW. Find out why you should care.

👤 Instructor: Rodney Phelps

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 19 September

Sunday
28 September

Group Meditation

time 10:30 a.m.

Join like-minded KCDCers and meditate as one.

👤 Instructor: Dawn Quintanilla

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 20 September

Uyghur for Foodies

time 2 p.m.

Who are the Uyghurs? And what do they eat? And how do you pronounce “Uyghur”? Find out!

👤 Instructor: Ashley Thompson

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 20 September

To the Point: The Basics of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

time 2 p.m.

Very important: There will be no needle-sticking involved.

👤 Instructor: Seth Shamon

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 20 September

Monday
29 September

Conflict Resolution With a Difficult Person

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to deal with that coworker/relative/roommate who pushes all of your buttons at once. And not with a passive-aggressive note. Or arsenic.

👤 Instructor: Chris Geyer

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 21 September

Making Minicomics and Zines

time 6:30 p.m.

Paper, pens, creativity and a photocopier: That’s all you need. And maybe scissors, if you want to get crazy.

👤 Instructor: Josh Kramer

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 21 September

Tuesday
30 September

Anesthesia Through the Ages

time 7 p.m.

You will be SO GLAD you live in the 21st century after this class.

👤 Instructor: Jason Fehr

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 22 September

Recent classes

Saturday
26 July
2014

Pop Up Museum

KCDC Event time 10 a.m.

I'll stop the world and melt with you. 

user Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

Saturday
28 June

D/Claw XIII Summer Smackdown – Supporting Knowledge Commons DC

KCDC Event time 8 p.m.

A bout between DC's strongest ladies, which will help support Knowledge Commons DC. 

user Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC