New classes for October + a brief history of birthstones
Happy October! October’s birthstone is opal, which is pretty cool, but I’d sure like to know why.
While birthstones were originally lifted from the armor of Moses’ older brother, they differed widely across countries and religions. In 1912 the National Association of Jewelers wised up and put together an official list. It’s been revised a few times since then, but mostly to add weird-named secondary stones like sardonyx and chrysoprase.
We’re launching a series of fall tree identification walks, just in time for all that autumn color to hit. You’ll learn terminology—branching patterns, fruiting bodies and more—and get in lots of practice time examining street trees out in the neighborhood. See all the dates, and sign up here.Reading and Writing
Reading and Writing Rilke - unwrapping a young poet starts on Thursday, October 4
Writing About Home - learn from the masters to inspire your own writing starts on Tuesday, October 16
Getting Published for Fiction Writers - so you’ve written a novel; now, how to get it seen Tuesday, October 23
All Manner of Media
Interactive Art Workshop - design a group project, then test it out on unsuspecitng strangers starts on Saturday, October 13
Coptic Binding - build your own sketchbook, from start to finish starts on Wednesday, October 17
Architecture & Film: Memory - from Eternal Sunshine to the Vietnam memorialThursday, October 18
Exploring Feminist Art: History and Practice - the history behind some controversial art + hands-on practice starts on Thursday, October 18
Ha Ha Hmm…: Thinking VERY deeply about comedy - a new monthly class on the history of stand-up, sketch and improv comedy Tuesday, October 23
How to Sell Your Band without Selling Your Soul - getting your name out on a shoestring budget Wednesday, October 3
Manage Your Gmail Inbox - keep your inbox from taking over your life Wednesday, October 10
Storytelling for Business People - whether you’re working on a mission statement or prepping to give a killer presentation, tactics for bringing personal stories to the officestarts on Wednesday, October 10
HTML & CSS for You and Me - the building blocks of the internet, laid bare starts Monday, October 22
Mochi Gets Made - everyone’s favorite sticky Japanese treat Thursday, October 4
Momo Making - a crash course in Nepalese dumplings Wednesday, October 10
Weird Spices - from the secrets of cinnamon to cardamom’s crazy uncle Thursday, October 11
Chocolate: A Brief History - why we started eating the stuff + a tasting of single origin bars Thursday, October 18
Ukranian Cooking: Food from the Old Country - Because it’s officially borscht seasonMonday, October 22
The History of the Gowanus Canal - our lovely industrial canal, from the 1600’s to today Tuesday, October 23
And, lastly, we’ll be hosting another class with the folks at Babeland on Sunday, October 21st. The details are a little too scandalous to publish in this email, but you can read all about it and sign up right over here.
The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies
S.A.S.S. meets tonight (Tuesday, October 2) with three short lectures on explorers not named Christopher Columbus. It all goes down at Public Assembly in Williamsburg. Doors at 7, drink specials all night, and more details here.
Jen, Soma & Anna