Classes + Events

Upcoming classes

Saturday
21 July
2018

Meet Your Anacostia River: A Boat Tour

time 2:15 p.m. Registration is closed

The Anacostia River might not (yet) be swimmable, but it is boatable!

👤 Instructor: Trey Sherard

Tuesday
14 August

Queer Book Club: Surpassing Certainty

time 7 p.m. Registration is open

Long before she became a leading media figure, Janet Mock was a girl taking the time she needed to learn how to advocate for herself before becoming an advocate for others.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Recent classes

Monday
9 July
2018

Queer Book Club: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

time 7 p.m.

Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone, and Cam becomes an expert at both. Then Coley Taylor moves to town…

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Saturday
30 June

How to Shuck an Oyster

time 2 p.m.

Come hungry and leave with the knowledge necessary to approach the raw bar with confidence — or to set up your own at home!

👤 Instructor: Gardner Douglas

Monday
25 June

Resources for Gardening in D.C.

time 7 p.m.

Learn about local gardens and gardening resources.

👤 Instructor: Kathy Jentz

Thursday
21 June

Introduction to Arabic Music

time 7 p.m.

Discover new musical instruments and rhythms.

👤 Instructor: Gretchen Clare

Saturday
16 June

Capital and Lincoln Under Fire: The Battle of Fort Stevens

time 1 p.m.

A walking tour at one of the lesser-known Civil War battle sites of D.C.

👤 Instructor: Brian Shell

Thursday
14 June

Giovanni’s Room and Toxic Masculinity

Multipart class

time 7 p.m.

First published in 1956, James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room raises questions about toxic masculinity that remain relevant today.

👤 Instructor: Andrew Ratner

Tuesday
12 June

Don’t Text Your Ex: Overcoming Painful Breakups

time 7 p.m.

 Are you, or have you ever been, heartbroken? We'll talk about overcoming painful breakups.

👤 Instructor: Chasta Piatakovas

Monday
11 June

Queer Book Club: Spinning and San Junipero

time 7 p.m.

In this multimedia edition of Queer Book Club, we'll discuss both a graphic novel and an episode of the television series Black Mirror.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Sunday
10 June

Cancelled
The Capital and Lincoln Under Fire: The Battle of Fort Stevens

time 1 p.m.

There are predicted thunderstorms with 80% chance of rain on Sunday. We will be rescheduling this class. 

👤 Instructor: Brian Shell

Sunday
3 June

Get to Know a Sewing Machine

time 2 p.m.

Learn sewing machine basics and make a simple quilt block.

👤 Instructor: Jessica Mailander

Saturday
26 May

No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick Walking Tour

time 1 p.m.

Burning man sculptures in D.C!

👤 Instructor: Jessica Unger

Saturday
19 May

Cancelled
No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick Walking Tour

time 1 p.m.

This class has been postponed due to predictions of thunderstorms and rain. Stay tuned for the rescheduled class time!

👤 Instructor: Jessica Unger

Tuesday
15 May

Cancelled
Know Your Rights as a D.C. Tenant

time 6 p.m.

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

👤 Instructor: Marc Borbely

Monday
14 May

Queer Book Club: Passing Strange

time 7 p.m.

Six women find their lives tangled with one another's as they discover love and danger on the borders where mystery, science, and art intersect.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Thursday
10 May

Voices from U Street: A Reflection on Decades Past and the Potential for a Funk-Powered Future

time 6 p.m.

Listen to stories and reflections about a changing neighborhood dealing with gentrification, development, and the need to preserve D.C.'s cultural heritage

👤 Instructor: Dr. James Bridgers

Wednesday
9 May

Fashion as Soft Power

time 6:30 p.m.

Explore how fashion and music make powerful statements on the condition of humankind.

👤 Instructor: Courtney Rae O’Neal

Tuesday
8 May

Politics, History, and Culture of Funk in D.C.

time 6 p.m.

A panel of cross-disciplinary experts will discuss the history of U Street and the significance of funk and go-go in D.C. culture.

👤 Instructor: Dr. Dwandalyn R. Reece

Sunday
6 May

Spring Tree Identification

time 1 p.m.

Recover from cherry blossom fever with a tour of D.C.'s less-hyped, but just as interesting, trees.

👤 Instructor: Gabriel Popkin

Saturday
14 April

Tiny Tree Adventures: Bonsai Museum Tour & Discussion

time 1 p.m.

Explore the generations-old trees of an open-air, living art museum with a former curator of the museum as your guide.

👤 Instructors: Jim Hughes, Matt Ferner

Monday
9 April

Queer Book Club: Eleanor and Hick

time 7 p.m.

Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok were, at different points, lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends; learn about their lives and the roles they played during one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Tuesday
27 March

Humanizing Digital Experiences in the Nonprofit World

time 6:30 p.m.

Nudge your audiences to donate. (Or find out how nonprofits are nudging you to donate.)

👤 Instructors: Allison Carpenter, Nate Andorsky

Monday
26 March

It’s All in the Cards: Board Games of the 21st Century

time 6:30 p.m.

Watch out … things are about to get dicey.

👤 Instructor: Labyrinth Games & Puzzles

Monday
19 March

Open Meeting with the Knowledge Commons DC Wonder Dojo

KCDC Event time 7 p.m.

Talk with Knowledge Commons DC organizers about the classes you want to see, your ideas for the organization, and opportunities to volunteer or become an organizer.

👤 Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

Thursday
15 March

Be Still Y’all: The Nuts & Bolts of Meditation

time 6:30 p.m.

Meditation gets a lot of attention these days, and we want to show you why.

👤 Instructor: Stephanie Holcombe

Wednesday
14 March

Finance: Under the Hood

time 7 p.m.

Bring your financial engine in for a tune-up.

👤 Instructor: Racquel Ramlal-Slawinski

Monday
12 March

Queer Book Club: What Belongs to You

time 7 p.m.

As their trysts grow increasingly intimate, an American teacher finds that the enigma of a young Bulgarian man becomes inseparable from that of his homeland, a country with a difficult past and an uncertain future.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Fix a Broken Electric Thing

time 7 p.m.

Fixing electric things is less scary — and requires considerably less magic — than you might think. We'll help you get started for free.

👤 Instructor: Matt McEntee

Monday
5 March

Identifying and Pitching Stories for Aspiring Freelancers

Multipart class

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to nab the writing assignments you've always wanted.

👤 Instructor: Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato

Saturday
24 February

How to Watch Curling

time 3:30 p.m.

Why do they sweep?

👤 Instructor: Tycho Spadaro

Space Weather

time 1 p.m.

What is space weather, why does it matter, and how is it related to the Northern Lights?

👤 Instructor: Leila Mays

Tuesday
20 February

I Can’t Draw and So Can You

time 7 p.m.

Putting ink to paper can be freeing!

👤 Instructor: Hannah Dean

Wednesday
7 February

Influential Fashion Designers of the 20th Century

time 6:30 p.m.

Fashion designers of the past shaped the styles, ideas, and events that come to mind when we think of fashion today.

👤 Instructor: Vashti Joseph

Tuesday
6 February

Queer Book Club: When the Moon Was Ours

time 7 p.m.

A Stonewall Honor Book in 2017, this novel is "such a lush, surprising fable, you half expect birds to fly out of the pages." – Jeff Giles, New York Times Book Review

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

35 Questions to Soul & Career

time 6 p.m.

What are the right questions to ask to get to the "aha!" moments in your personal and professional life?

👤 Instructor: Caitlin Magidson

Saturday
3 February

Community Calendar: People’s State of the Union

time 2 p.m.

"We the People." Meet with others in a story circle to talk about the past year in education.

👤 Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

Saturday
27 January

An Intro to Film Noir + Screening

time 1:30 p.m.

Dive into the fatalistic world of film noir to find out why "dead men are heavier than broken hearts."

👤 Instructor: Julia Mazur

Wednesday
24 January

Can I Really Buy a House in this DC Market?

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

Thursday
18 January

Irreality

time 7 p.m.

Reality is trippy.

👤 Instructor: Simon Kanter

Wednesday
17 January

Make the Most of Your Makeup Bag

time 7 p.m.

What's at the foundation of your makeup bag?

👤 Instructor: Anthony Kinard

Saturday
13 January

Lock Picking

time 2 p.m.

Learn how locks work and how to break them.

👤 Instructor: David Knauer

Tuesday
9 January

Queer Book Club: One Man Guy

time 7 p.m.

The publisher says it's "a heartfelt, laugh-out-loud-funny story of romance, family, and self-discovery." What do you say?

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell