Session 17: Spring 2017

Thursday
5 January
2017

Queer Book Club: A Single Man

time 7 p.m.

“Wry, suddenly manic, constantly funny, surprisingly sad, this novel catches the texture of life itself.” Don’t believe the back cover? Read it yourself!

user Instructor: Shira Pilarski

Tuesday
31 January

Petworth Citizen Happy Hour

time 5 p.m.

Join us for a fundraiser before we kick off our 2017 classes! 

user Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

Monday
6 February

Cancelled
Behind the Scenes: &pizza

time 6 p.m.

Learn all about D.C.’s most successful pizza chain (& eat some pizza after).

Thursday
9 February

Behind the Job: Journalism

time 6:30 p.m.

Find the truth among fake news and alternative facts.

user Instructor: David Colton

Queer Book Club: Symptoms of Being Human

time 7 p.m.

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And genderfluid.

user Instructor: Shira Pilarski

Monday
13 February

Behind the Scenes: &pizza

time 6 p.m.

Learn all about D.C.’s most successful pizza chain (& eat some pizza after).

Wednesday
15 February

Behind the Scenes: Washington Area Bicyclist Association

time 6 p.m.

Better bike lanes. Better bike laws. Better bicyclists. Better bicycling.

Sunday
19 February

Behind the Scenes: Denizens Brewing Company

time 2 p.m.

Diverse beers presented by diverse brewers.

Thursday
23 February

KCDC Book Club: The Origins of Totalitarianism

time 6:30 p.m.

As the old saying goes: “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”

user Instructor: Elena Goukassian

Friday
24 February

Zydeco in Two (Easy) Steps

KCDC Event time 6:30 p.m.

Get ready for Mardi Gras, y’all!

user Instructor: Heather Carter

Sunday
26 February

Behind the Scenes: History Museum Education

time 12:30 p.m.

D.C. has many museums that cover historical topics. Who works at them, and what do they do?

user Instructors: Katharine Mead, Sarah Jencks, Sonia Booth

Monday
27 February

Winter Wellness with Essential Oils

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to use essential oils to get through the winter blues and avoid those pesky colds.

user Instructor: Priscilla Rodgers

Wednesday
1 March

Know Your Rights as a D.C. Tenant

time 6:30 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Marc Borbely

Behind the Scenes: Knowledge Commons DC

time 7 p.m.

Yep, that’s us! Who came up with the idea for Knowledge Commons DC, and what does it mean to be a “free school”? 

user Instructors: Kate Clark, Knowledge Commons DC

Thursday
9 March

Queer Book Club: Before Night Falls

time 7 p.m.

“I tell my truth like a Jew who has suffered from racism, a Russian who has been in the Gulag, or any human being who has eyes to see things as they are: I cry out, therefore I am.”

user Instructor: Shira Pilarski

Sunday
12 March

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.

user Instructor: Geoff Patterson

Saturday
18 March

Over the River and Through the Woods: Trail Running, Here We Go

time 10:30 a.m.

Cruise the flats, hike the hills, smell the spring flowers — you, too, can be a trail runner.

user Instructor: Geoff Patterson

Tuesday
21 March

Voices: A Poetry Reading and Discussion

time 6:30 p.m.

Honor Women’s History Month with stories of oppression, pride, pain, and resilience, told by a local poet.

user Instructor: Patrice Carolyn Forrester

Thursday
23 March

Introduction to After-Life Planning

time 6:30 p.m.

A pyramid is an option, but probably not your best one.

user Instructor: Judith del Cuadro-Zimmerman

Sunday
26 March

Planting Your First Vegetable Garden

time 2 p.m.

The tastiest salad is a free salad, straight from your own garden.

user Instructor: Kathy Jentz

Monday
27 March

Take Control of Your Money

time 6:30 p.m.

There is a simple secret to building wealth, and it isn’t investment wizardry. Learn how money works — no wands required!

user Instructor: Racquel Ramlal-Slawinski

Tuesday
28 March

Beginner Basket Making

time 6:30 p.m.

This isn’t college, so you don’t have to go underwater.

user Instructor: Sara Kemme

Wednesday
29 March

Things Fall Apart: The Music of 1999

time 6:30 p.m.

Do you believe in life after love? Want no scrubs? Livin’ la vida loca? There’s more behind these hits than you think. 

user Instructor: Neal Fersko

Thursday
30 March

Czech Language 101

time 6 p.m.

Let’s be praguematic: praxe is the česky to learning.

user Instructor: Daniela Vesela

Garden in a Glass: Tasting Botanical Flavors in Gin

time 6:30 p.m.

It’s yummy, but not rummy.

user Instructor: Laura Karr

The Comma Rules!

time 6:30 p.m.

The em dash drools?

user Instructor: Taylor Davis

Saturday
1 April

Exploratory Jogging: Trail Edition

time 10:30 a.m.

It’s no joke: Trails are softer on your knees than roads. Until you trip and fall…

user Instructor: Geoff Patterson

It’s Alive! Brewing and Bottling Your Own Kombucha

time 1:30 p.m.

There’s a rumor that kombucha is on tap at every gas station in Oregon. Whether that’s true or not, you can also be a part of this brew-your-own trend.

user Instructors: Mika Weinstein, Sara Gassman

Sunday
2 April

Who’s That Dead White Guy on a Horse? A Walking Tour

time 1 p.m.

Someone put all of these statues here for a reason. Let’s get to the bottom of it, together.

user Instructor: Jessica Unger

All Prejudices Aside, It’s Only Dating

time 3:30 p.m.

Tinder got ya down? You’re not alone. Let’s meet up for coffee and talk about dating.

user Instructor: Ileana Galvan and Michael Ferrari

Monday
3 April

Become an Awesome Entrepreneur

time 7 p.m.

There should totally be a ____. Fill in the blank, and then make it happen.

user Instructor: Casey Dyson

Tuesday
4 April

The Basics of Investing

time 6:30 p.m.

If you get the facts about saving and investing and follow through with an intelligent plan, you should be able to gain financial security over the years.

user Instructor: Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy

Could I Really Buy a House in This Crazy D.C. Market?

time 6:30 p.m.

Is it possible that you could actually buy a house in D.C.? We will talk about how to find affordable dwelling units and what the catch is.

user Instructor: Alex DeLorme and Laura Pimentel

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.

user Instructor: Gitanjali Borkar

Plato in the Cereal Aisle

time 6:30 p.m.

Remember Plato’s Allegory of the Cave? You will now!

user Instructor: Niel Rosen

Wednesday
5 April

Heighten Your Senses in Nature

time 6 p.m.

Why stop at just smelling the flowers?

user Instructor: Matt Colombo

Thursday
6 April

Choose Your Own Adventure: Radical Financial Planning

time 6:30 p.m.

Living like your grandparents can reveal options you never even knew existed.

user Instructor: Kate and Alex Burch

Queer Book Club: Lies We Tell Ourselves

time 7 p.m.

In 1959 Virginia, two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights confront harsh truths about race, power, and how they really feel about one another.

user Instructor: Shira Pilarski

Saturday
8 April

Fido + Phone = Photographic Success

time 10:30 a.m.

With 5.7 billion Google results, the “dog photo” threatens to overtake the number of humans on Earth. Resistance is futile.

user Instructor: James Haworth

Intro to Placemaking

time 2 p.m.

Saving the world, one space at a time.

user Instructor: Stephanie Echeveste

The Revolution Will Not Be Whispered

time 2 p.m.

Let it all out.

user Instructors: DeLesslin "Roo" George-Warren, Julie Rubin

Sunday
9 April

Essential Oils for Runners and Athletes

time 1 p.m.

Sore muscles? There’s an essential oil for that!

user Instructor: Norm Sun

Spring Tree Identification

time 1 p.m.

Spring has sprung, and there’s more to get excited about than cherry blossoms.

user Instructor: Gabriel Popkin

Monday
10 April

The Confederate Statue Question

time 6 p.m.

“History is written by the winners” … but not always. 

user Instructor: Jessica Unger

Tuesday
11 April

The Art of the Side Hustle

time 6:30 p.m.

Grow your passion project into something cool and impactful.

user Instructor: Gitanjali Borkar

Space Planning 101

time 6:30 p.m.

Maximize your (indoor) space, no orbital mechanics required.

user Instructor: Milan Jordan

Wednesday
12 April

Creating a Pinterest-Worthy Gallery Wall

time 6:30 p.m.

Frame it, nail it, pin it — all on a budget.

user Instructor: Maggie Downing

Thursday
13 April

Portfolio Design for Non-Designers

time 6:30 p.m.

Stand out by visually communicating expertise in your field, with no extensive design expertise required.

user Instructor: Milan Jordan

Saturday
15 April

Placemaking in Practice

time 10 a.m.

Three extra days to submit your taxes this year! Practice placemaking and procrastination at the same time.

user Instructor: Stephanie Echeveste

C&O Canal: An Overnight Bicycle, History, and Lockhouse Tour

time 10 a.m.

It’s not quite glamping, but you’ll be bikepacking with a bed — in a preserved 1860s-era lockhouse — on this tour of the historic C&O Canal.

user Instructor: Geoff Patterson

Washington and Lincoln Under Fire: The Battle of Fort Stevens

time 11 a.m.

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

user Instructor: Brian Shell

Monday
17 April

Meet Your Anacostia River: A Boat Tour

time 6 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Trey Sherard

Deprogramming and Rethinking Plastic

time 6:30 p.m.

Let’s imagine a day without plastic…

user Instructor: Rini Saha

Tuesday
18 April

KCDC Book Club: Drown

time 7 p.m.

Diaz’s gritty collection of stories about Dominican immigrant life remains powerful and relevant — not to mention beautifully written — twenty years later.

user Instructor: Yisrael Welcher

Sunday
23 April

Forgotten Waterfronts of D.C.

time 10 a.m.

Explore the hidden stories of D.C.’s little-known waterfronts.

user Instructor: Jess Dankert and Travis Johnson

Rape Culture and Consent

time 1 p.m.

Learn how to support the survivors in your life, break down stigmas surrounding rape and sexual assault, and start a dialogue about this issue in your community — without awkwardness or anxiety.

user Instructor: Kate & Kayla

Monday
24 April

20/20 — Bringing Your Vision to Life

time 6:30 p.m.

What’s on your vision board? We’ll help you figure that out, and then you’ll bring one home.

user Instructor: Taylor Davis

The Fermi Paradox: Where Are All the Aliens?

time 6:30 p.m.

Think we’re alone in the universe? Statistics say you should think again. 

user Instructor: Simon Kanter

Saturday
29 April

Cancelled
Civics 101

time 1 p.m.

Tell Congress what you think! (And learn how exactly they can respond.)

user Instructor: Michelle McGrain

Sunday
30 April

Principles of Pilates

time 1:30 p.m.

Try out a physical fitness system that could change your perspective!

user Instructor: Ilana Ostrin

Tuesday
2 May

Prisons, Profit, and Human Beings

time 7 p.m.

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.

user Instructor: Alec Karakatsanis

Thursday
4 May

Queer Book Club: Just Kids

time 7 p.m.

Patti Smith’s autobiography offers a glimpse into the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late 1960s and 1970s.

user Instructor: Shira Pilarski

Sunday
7 May

Tie-Dye Derby

KCDC Event time 3 p.m.

A tie-dye happy hour at Red Derby to support Knowledge Commons DC!

user Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

Sunday
21 May

Let It Roll: Board Games in the 21st Century and Beyond

time 3 p.m.

Join the board game renaissance!

user Instructor: Labyrinth Games & Puzzles

Tuesday
23 May

Maya Alphabet of Modern Times

time 6 p.m.

Meet the artist behind this museum exhibition for a lively discussion and introduction to a new graphic form that draws from the tradition of the Maya mythic narrative.

user Instructor: Frida Larios

Thursday
15 June

Queer Book Club: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

time 7 p.m.

Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family…

user Instructor: Shira Pilarski

Tuesday
11 July

Queer Book Club: Weetzie Bat

time 7 p.m.

Weetzie Bat and her best friend Dirk search across L.A. for the most dangerous angel of all … true love.

user Instructor: Shira Pilarski