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12

Jun

Making houses in paper architecture class last week. 

Making houses in paper architecture class last week. 

About to begin our history bike tour of Prospect Park with Albert & James.

About to begin our history bike tour of Prospect Park with Albert & James.

11

Jun

Banh mi class in action 

Banh mi class in action 

Some of the finished pom-poms from class a couple weeks back! 

Some of the finished pom-poms from class a couple weeks back! 

Our Newest Newsletter

Today in 1692 an alleged witch was hanged, beginning what is now known as the Salem Witch Trials. While you might have spent a day or two on it in middle school, there’s a lot of context you probably missed!

Upcoming Classes

This Week 
Psst, this Sunday is Father’s Day! Grab your favorite NYC-based dad a gift certificate good for any class. 
Change Of The Century: Ornette Coleman’s Jazz Revolution - take a deeper look at the ways Ornette Coleman changed jazz, in advance of Thursday’s Celebrate Brooklyn concert new 
Street Art Tour: Meatpacking to Chelsea - an after-work tour of the street art outside the gallery walls 
The Newtown Creek “Magic Lantern” Show - a virtual tour of the rich history and environmental issues of the Newtown Creek with Mitch Waxman 
Doomsday Cults - there’s always time for the end of the world 
Umami: A Yummy Tour of Little Tokyo - learn to eat in the neighborhood where New York and Tokyo meet 
Woolworth Building Lobby Tour - a peek inside one of the city’s most iconic skyscrapers 
Street Art Tour: Lower East Side to Soho - the street art of the Lower East Side

Artsy & Crafty 
Intro to Jewelry Making: Beaded Earrings - walk away with earrings you made yourself and the knowledge to create them on your own 
Bookbinding: Coptic Binding - an ancient binding with really beautiful results 
Crocheted String Bag - put your crochet skills to good use new 
Classic Charcoal Drawing for Beginners - tips from the Old Masters will have you drawing like a pro 
Classic Charcoal Drawing - Level 2 - improve your technique 
Make Your Own Stationery - your thank-you cards will never be the same

Social Science 
Superfund: A Citizen’s Guide - Superfund’s a hot buzzword, but what does it all mean and how does it affect you? 
The Arab Spring, Three Years Later - how the Arab Spring has unfolded, why it did so, and where the region is headed…now with new case study! new 
Politics for the People: Monarchy! - a look at the oldest embodiment of political power new 
Modern Evangelicalism - explore the beliefs of Evangelical Christianity and trace their influences everywhere from the halls of power to movie theaters new 
A History of Royal Scotland - the story of Scotland’s monarchs and their colorful and often bloody role in shaping Scotland and Britain 
The Egyptian Book of the Dead - a closer look at the myths, magic and monsters that fill this guide to the underworld new

Foodish & Drinkish 
Homemade Ice Cream - I scream, you scream, we all scream for this class new 
Wontons & Dumplings! - folds, fillings, and how to cook off your creations 
Brewshop 101: Homebrewing Essentials at Bitter & Esters - everything you need to know to give your first homebrew a go new 
An Introduction to Sichuan Cuisine - complex flavors that are easy to recreate at home
Umami: A Yummy Tour of Little Tokyo - learn to eat in the neighborhood where New York and Tokyo meet

Music 
An Intro to Jazz + New York City’s Jazz Scene - breaking down the abstractions new 
PUNK! A History: 1967-1982 - a crash course 
Is Classical Music in Crisis? - explore the recent history and current state of classical music in America new 
Contemporary African Music - start exploring the huge variety of sounds across the continent 
Change Of The Century: Ornette Coleman’s Jazz Revolution - take a deeper look into the cultural impact of Ornette Coleman’s musical legacy new

Writing & Communicating 
Getting Published: Nonfiction Book Proposals - agents, proposals, and all the rest 
Interviewing People - tips and techniques for capturing great stories 
Get Unstuck: Get Writing, Again - a daylong workshop to up your output 
American Sign Language - Level 2 - develop storytelling skills and how to communicate more complex ideas and visual descriptions new 
Writing the Personal Essay - one of the best ways to get your writing into the mainstream media

New York City: History & Walking Tours 
Grime and Glory: A History of Prospect Park - from its original conception as a rival to Manhattan’s Central Park, through its glory days, decline, and rebirth 
New York City and the American Revolution - a look at the people and places behind the stories 
TRASH: New York City’s Battle with Garbage - New York City’s protracted struggle to contain its solid waste burden, from the 19th century to the present 
Walking Tour: The Insalubrious Valley - a walk through the industrial heartlands of New York City along the Newtown Creek, with lunch at a historic diner new 
Great New York City Buildings Few Guide Books Will Ever Mention - what’s hiding in the Empire State Building’s shadow?

Practical Skills 
Presentation Skills - tools to finally get over that fear of public speaking 
Natural Navigation in New York City - using the sun, stars, and streets as a compass 
The Cream of the Crop: Finding a Winner in the Produce Aisle - practical tips for picking the best 
Street Tree Care 101: How to Help Your Street Trees Thrive - a crash course in keeping your local street tree happy 
Introduction to DSLR Photography - how DSLRs work + photography basics 
30 Things To Know About Money Before You’re 30 - create a solid foundation in your twenties that can pay off richly later on new

Board Game Olympics

The next installment of the Board Game Olympics is July 11 and only a few spots remain. Don’t miss your chance to Jenga your way to greatness.

Backyard Potluck & Pie Bake Off!

Come on over to our backyard on Saturday, June 21 for an old-fashioned potluckfeaturing plenty of pie (+ prizes!) and hopefully lots of sunshine. Space for both bakers and eaters is limited, so be sure to grab your spot soon.

Summer Language Classes with Fluent City

The kind folks over at Fluent City are offering all Brainery newsletter subscribers (that’s you!) a discount on their language classes this summer. You’ll get $45 off group classes with the code BBrainsJune until June 20th. Select your class atfluentcity.com and be sure to hit “apply promo code” to make sure the discount sticks.

09

May

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift? Come make dumplings together on Saturday afternoon! 

We also offer gift certificates and classes on just about anything, from tree identification walks to stationery

08

May

Brass Himmeli Mobiles at the Brooklyn Craft Company - May 29

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Our pals at the Brooklyn Craft Company have a really neat class on brass himmeli mobiles coming up on May 29, and we’re excited to help spread the word!

Inspired by a traditional Finnish Christmas ornaments, these brass versions are super modern and stylish, plus you can finish one and take it home in just a few short hours. 

Hop on over to the Brooklyn Craft Company’s site to register, and be sure to enter the discount code BKBRAINS on the checkout page for 5% of your seat in the himmeli mobile class.  

07

May

For Your Bookshelf: Culinary Reads from Brainery Teachers

Have you ever taken a class here at the Brainery and wished you could learn even more from your awesome teacher? You’re in luck! Some of our amazing teachers have written equally amazing books!

In this episode of “Books By Brainery Teachers” we’re focusing on three books in the food realm. We highly recommend each of these books and if you like what you read, you’ll love the classes the authors teach.

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The Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Diana Kuan

What’s it about: In The Chinese Takeout Cookbook, Chinese food blogger and cooking instructor Diana Kuan brings Chinatown to your home with this amazing collection of more than eighty popular Chinese takeout recipes—appetizers, main courses, noodle and rice dishes, and desserts—all easy-to-prepare and MSG-free.

Diana’s upcoming classes: Wontons & Dumplings - May 10

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Viva la Pizza!: The Art of the Pizza Box by Scott Wiener

What’s it about: In Viva la Pizza!, Wiener traces design trends over the past four decades and profiles some of the world’s most prolific box designers and manufacturers. The result is a captivating overview of pizza culture and a new way to look at one of the world’s favorite foods.

We’re excited to be co-hosting a talk with Scott at the Brooklyn Historical Society on May 21st. Get your tickets. 

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Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food by Laura Silver

What’s it about: With good humor and a hunger for history, Silver mines knish lore for stories of entrepreneurship, survival, and major deliciousness. The one and only absolutely definitive biography of the knish.

Laura’s upcoming classes: Improve Your Knish IQ - May 12

You like dumplings, right?

Of course you do! Then join us on Saturday, May 10 as we host our first-ever weekend dumpling-making classes with the awesome Diana Kuan. Three sessions to choose from! Read more and sign up. 

(P.S. Sunday is Mother’s Day, just saying.)

05

May

Coming up at the Brainery!

Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day, so what is it really?

Upcoming Classes

Wontons & Dumplings Extravaganza on May 10 
We’re super excited about our upcoming first-ever weekend dumpling classes with Diana Kuan. You’ll learn a variety of folds, fillings, and cooking methods, and there arethree sessions to choose from!

Coming up this week 
The History of the Gowanus Canal - the lowdown on Brooklyn’s most infamous toxic waterway 
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Writing Reviews for Film - examine the art and craft of writing informative, entertaining reviews on films we love (or hate!) 
The Brooklyn Waterfront: Past and Present - the development, decline, and rebirth of the Brooklyn waterfront

Almost-full classes 
Money Laundering 101 - want to know more about how dirty cash gets laundered? 
Modern Corridor: A Walking Tour of Long Island City’s Hunters Point - explore the former “workshop of America” in Long Island City, where residential towers now rise 
Comic Book Super Science - from radioactive spiders to super soldier serums 
TRASH: New York City’s Battle with Garbage - New York City’s protracted struggle to contain its solid waste burden, from the 19th century to the present 
Fact Checking: Making Sure Nonfiction is Truly Nonfiction - tips and processes to keep your facts factual

Hands-on & crafty 
Classic Charcoal Drawing for Beginners - tips from the Old Masters will have you drawing like a pro 
Make Your Own Stationery - your thank-you cards will never be the same 
The Desert Terrarium - a tiny world, perfect for the harsh conditions of your windowsill 
Floral Design Project: Head Wreaths - make your own flower crown from scratch 
The Urban Sketchbook - explore the pleasures of drawing from observation, focusing on scale and proportion, as much as impression, movement and mark-making 
Floral Design: Spiraled Bouquets - create a full, three-dimensional arrangement, perfect for vases or hand-held bouquets

Skills of all sorts 
Design Thinking Bootcamp with The Design Gym - the essentials of design thinking, and how to use it in everyday life 
Money Pride: Financial Planning for the LGBTQ Community - what changing state and federal laws mean for your money 
Talking to Kids and Teens About Sex: Beyond the Birds and the Bees - real life tips and scenarios to help you become a trusted guide 
How to Write a Book - explore the art of the idea and take a look at the differences between non-fiction, fiction and memoir 
Storytelling 101: How to Tell an Amazing Tale - learn the basics to crafting an excellent tale 
Presentation Skills - tools to finally get over that fear of public speaking 
American Sign Language - a four-week introduction to a new way of communicating

Social science 
The Newtown Creek “Magic Lantern” Show - a virtual tour of the rich history and environmental issues which plague the largely unknown NYC waterway 
A History of Royal Scotland - the story of Scotland’s monarchs and their colorful and often bloody role in shaping Scotland and Britain 
Great New York City Buildings Few Guide Books Will Ever Mention - what’s hiding in the Empire State Building’s shadow? 
MADE IN NYC: The Reinvention of Local Manufacturing - what’s being made in NYC today and what you can do to support local manufacturing 
Punk! A History: 1967-1982 - a crash course 
Grime and Glory: A History of Prospect Park - from its original conception as a rival to Manhattan’s Central Park, through its glory days, decline, and stunning rebirth

Nature 
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Mugwort - generally regarded as an unattractive pest, mugwort is also a medicinal plant with a long history of human use 
Spring Tree Identification - learn a London plane from a linden; new Prospect Heights and Greenpoint sessions added

Foodish 
Improve Your Knish IQ - a crash course in all things knish 
Pizza: The Brooklyn Story - in partnership with Scott Wiener and the Brooklyn Historical Society

Adventure Club 
The Brainery’s brand-new excuse to get out and do things in NYC 
Street Art Photography Workshop - shooting tips, a street art tour + time to practice 
Explore the Flower District Before Work - an early-morning browse through the city’s greenest block 
Feast at a Food Court in Flushing’s Chinatown - a weekend introduction to an outer-borough Chinatown

Brooklyn on Brooklyn: Elizabeth Streb and Jed Walentas at the Brooklyn Historical Society

Wednesday, May 7, 6:30pm
Brooklyn Historical Society
Reserve tickets - free with code BKBRAINS

Join two Brooklynites who transformed community through art: MacArthur Genius Award-winning choreographer Elizabeth Streb, and Jed Walentas, whose Two Trees Management Company made DUMBO an art mecca. Expect an evening of unvarnished talk about art, real estate, and an ever-changing Brooklyn.

Our friends at the Brooklyn Historical Society are generously offering Brainery fans free admission to this event; just use the code BKBRAINS when signing up.

MSG Presents: The Food of the High Seas

Tuesday, May 20, 8pm
Littlefield (622 Degraw Street)
Free, RSVP recommended

This month, we’re revisiting the topic so awesome Mother Nature snowed it out in January: the food of the high seas!

We’ll explore the culinary world of drunken sailors, seventeenth-century pirates, and the modern-day cruise ships that rule the waves. What’s so tough about hard tack, and how exactly do you come down with a case of scurvy? We’ll also be trumpeting the salty secrets of maritime alcohol: from legendary rum rations of the Royal Navy, to the the mythic history of IPA’s.