Session 8: September 2013

21 August

Volunteer Training

KCDC Event time 7 p.m.

KCDC runs on the time, generosity, and spirit of volunteers, and we invite you to join us in organizing the September session. Organizers will be on hand to talk about the variety of ways you can volunteer, including teaching a class, facilitating, photographing, and doing outreach.

user Instructor: KCDC

3 September

Tenants’ Rights in D.C.

time 6:30 p.m.

Your landlords may be super-flaky and greedy, but are they also breaking the law?

user Instructors: Daniel Hornal, Marc Borbely

5 September

Know Your Rights When Interacting With the Police

time 7 p.m.

If you’re stopped by a police officer or even arrested, do you know what rights are yours? We’ll teach you, in a way that makes this information easy to remember if you’re on the spot.

user Instructor: Seema Sadanandan

7 September

Explorative Jogging: Rock Creek Park

time 10:30 a.m.

Lace up your running shoes, do some stretches, and gawk at the park’s little-known treasures, such as a hidden Rockefeller mansion and a haunting trove of U.S. Capitol building stone.

user Instructor: Meghan Hardy


time 11 a.m.

Sew your own sketchbook after we school you in several book-making techniques, all in the bustling atmosphere of the Mt. Pleasant Famers’ Market.

user Instructor: David Ramos

Urban Homesteading: Fall and Winter Gardening

time 11 a.m. 📷 Documentation

Cold weather is no excuse for letting your garden lie fallow. Some plants thrive in the cooler seasons; we’ll tell you which ones and how to give them the TLC they need to be happy.

user Instructor: Jonathan Scott

8 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 new exhibit “Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust.”

user Instructor: Sonia Booth

9 September

Speed Skillsharing

time 6:30 p.m.

It’s like speed dating, only you’re sharing useful information with strangers rather than forced small talk!

user Instructor: YOU!

Newspaper Basket Weaving

time 6:45 p.m.

Hurry! Before print is dead for good, grab some Washington Posts (or whatever) and make a cute catch-all that you can recycle when you’re bored with it.

user Instructor: Juliana Rincon

10 September

Nim: A Mathematical Approach to Game Theory

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn a few basic principles of game theory with the help of a strategy game called Nim.

user Instructor: Rikki Irwin

11 September

Corporate Social Responsibility: Fact or Fiction?

time 6 p.m.

Why does BP fund renewable energy research? What’s up with McDonald’s running a children’s health charity? Do corporations actually care or do they just pretend to?

user Instructor: Halley Aelion

Revitalize Your Love Life: BDSM for Beginners

time 6:30 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Forget “50 Shades of Grey”! Learn what real BDSM is all about and how to incorporate it into your own love life.

user Instructor: "Kirk A. Gard"

12 September

Spice Up Your Writing With Culinary History

time 6 p.m.

Did you know that Kraft mac and cheese has a royal provenance? Have you ever thought of your everyday dishes as exotic cuisine? Learn how to find and utilize that kind of information to enrich food writing of all kinds. 

user Instructor: Claudia Kousoulas

Short-Circuiting Small Talk

time 6:30 p.m.

Authenticity, curiosity, and empathy: Add these qualities to your conversational toolbox for deeper discussions and relationships.

user Instructor: Vipin Thek

14 September

The Island: A Bike Tour of Industrial Sites, Lost Canals, and Neighborhoods in SE/SW

time 11 a.m.

Bicycle through the hidden industrial heart of D.C. in search of lost neighborhoods, forgotten factories, and municipal works.

user Instructors: David Ramos, Elena Goukassian

Write a Book!

time 1 p.m.

Discover the art of the personal essay (and who doesn’t love talking about him/herself?), then get going on a book of essays with your fellow students.

user Instructor: Caitlin Dewey

15 September

Small-Scale Urban Composting

time 2 p.m.

Composting is easy and, even in a tiny space, good composting practices can produce amazing dirt!

user Instructor: Vickie North

The Perfect Pie

time 5 p.m.

Intimidated by homemade fillings and beautiful lattice-top crusts? You won’t be after this intro to all things pie. 

user Instructor: Teeny Lamothe

16 September

Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and Cultural Relativity

time 6:30 p.m.

These terms aren’t as scary as they sound. Learn to appreciate such concepts in this philosophy crash course.

user Instructor: Justin Marshall

Effective Advocacy for D.C. Statehood

time 7 p.m.

A lack of equal voting rights is so central to D.C.’s identity that it’s inscribed on our license plates. But what can you do about it? 

user Instructor: Tim Hampton

17 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.

user Instructor: Sam Huang

18 September

Shindigs, Soirees, and Fiestas

time 6:30 p.m.

You’ll need more than an ice sculpture and booze to throw a successful social event. Learn the basics from two seasoned event-planning professionals.

user Instructors: Joanna Klatzman, Lindz Routt

Hands-on! An Introduction to Massage

time 8 p.m.

Wield the power of massage in the war against stress!

user Instructors: Aries Indenbaum, Elizabeth Goldberg

20 September

The Magic of Car Maintenance

time 6 p.m.

Spend Park(ing) Day learning the basics of auto maintenance, on a real live functioning vehicle.

user Instructor: Peter Willis

21 September

Community Calendar: SHARE Fair 2013

time 1 p.m.

Want to learn how to respond to street harassment, fundraise successfully, or sew and mend your own clothes? Come learn, share, and have fun at SHARE Fair, an activism-themed skillsharing event.

user Instructor: SHARE Fair

Learning to Look: A Primer in the Visual Language of Painting

time 1 p.m.

Feel inadequate when people gaze knowingly at artwork and say things like so-and-so “uses non-objective balance rather than realistic subjects to command the viewer.” This class will teach you basic artistic concepts that you can use to better understand the masters … or just show off. 

user Instructor: Gregory Lambert

British Television Appreciation

time 2 p.m.

Mine this rich vein of quality comedy and drama, crap reality shows, lurid documentaries, quiz shows, and snooker.

user Instructor: Holly J. Morris

Write to Relax

time 3 p.m.

Massage, deep breathing and … writing? Yes, writing can be an effective tool in reducing stress. Join us and give it a shot.

user Instructor: Patrice Carolyn Forrester

22 September

Ooooh Yeeeeah: Stretching Together

time 11 a.m. 📷 Documentation

More and more of us are learning how good it feels to stretch, but we’re accustomed to doing it alone. We’ll show the power of posing with a partner. 

user Instructor: Kirsten Bourne

Food and Culture at the Museum

time noon 📷 Documentation

Tour the exhibit “FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000” at the National Museum of American History with one of the show’s co-curators.

user Instructor: Cory Bernat

Knotty by Nature: Sailing for Beginners

time 2 p.m.

Sick of high gas prices? It could be time to convert to wind power! Learn how in this out-on-the-water class.

user Instructor: Sarah Meharg

23 September

How to Make Ice Cream

time 7 p.m.

Learn how to choose ingredients, create flavors, cook custard, and churn, churn, churn.

user Instructor: Patrick McMullen

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.

user Instructor: Alec Karakatsanis

24 September

Give Me Fermentation, or Give Me Death!

time 6 p.m. 📷 Documentation

For some of us, life wouldn’t be the same without fermented foods (like yogurt) and beverages (like beer). Learn how microorganisms work their magic, taste some of that magic, and take some magic home.

user Instructor: Anastasia Kolobrodova

Silly Dummy, Tricks Are for Bridge!

time 7 p.m.

Play a game that offers a mix of fast-paced communication challenges, mathematical puzzles, and strategic conundrums. No need to retire first. 

user Instructor: Paul Block

Urban Aquaponics

time 7 p.m.

Raise organic fish in your own backyard, which will make your organic-tomato-growing neighbors really jealous.

user Instructor: Carlos Villamar

We’ve Got Spirits!

time 8 p.m.

That’s right, it’s a hands-on class about vodka, rum, whisky, tequila and gin!

user Instructor: Liz Liberman

25 September

An Insider’s Guide to D.C. Style

time 6:30 p.m.

Can I wear harem pants to my consulting job? Is it hip or overdone to rock a fedora in Adams Morgan? Should I even care about such questions?

user Instructors: Elizabeth DeMeo, Jessica Phippen

Phonebook Papier Mâché

time 6:30 p.m.

Yes, phonebooks are still a thing. What purpose do they serve, other than doorstops? How about papier mâché sculpture?

user Instructor: Rebecca Ernest

The Science of Creativity

time 7 p.m.

Are Nobel Prize-worthy ideas born of sudden inspiration or rigorous process? The co-founder of ThirstDC discusses the surprising science behind innovation and imagination.

user Instructor: Eric Schulze

26 September

Tie-Dye: The People’s Pattern

time 7 p.m.

Dude, like, look at the colors. Groovy.

user Instructor: Amanda Leslie

28 September

Stream Restoration in Wards 7 & 8 Bike Tour

time 9:30 a.m.

Rehabbing down-at-the-heels D.C. streams improves the communities — wildlife and human — around them. See how it’s done.

user Instructor: Josh Burch

CANCELLED: Family Scratch Club

time 10:30 a.m.

Brings your kids and dig into Scratch, an MIT-designed programming language in which you create animations, games, and stories by snapping together digital bricks.

user Instructor: Aaron Morris

CANCELLED: Finding Poetry Between the Lines

time 2 p.m.

Try your hand at found poetry: the literary version of collage. You’ll select words and phrases from a source text and then remix them to create an original piece.

user Instructor: Jenni B. Baker

29 September

Quand la France s’ennuie: Revolt, Situationism, and 1968

time 2 p.m.

Graffiti, posters, anti-art, manifestos, and the intersection of art and politics: a supposedly “bored” France goes on to be the subversive icon of 1968 in many ways—but to what end, and with what legacy? We will attempt to piece together (a very short) history of situationism and its role in 1968.

user Instructor: Milica Bogetic

The Indie Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution

time 5 p.m.

Trace this genre from its 1990s origins to where it stands today, and discuss how indie rock has influenced 21st-century pop culture.

user Instructor: Neal Fersko

30 September

The Glory Days and Misappropriation of Bruce Springsteen

time 6:30 p.m.

“Born in the U.S.A.” was, contrary to popular belief, a pretty dark album. Meet the real Bruce Springsteen via this lecture and discussion.

user Instructor: John Rigby

Free Will(y): The Animal Origins of Conscious Choice

time 7 p.m.

Grab the concept of free will by the horns and sink your teeth into studies unearthing its mysterious roots!

user Instructor: Vivianne Greenwood