March 9-15, 2006
ADULT ART CLASSES Pick a skill, any skill! Classes offered include ceramics, clay, jewelry, beading, and knitting. Various dates and times, $40-$95, Whitemarsh Community Art Center, 100 Cedar Grove Rd., Conshohocken, 610-825-0917.
ADVANCED FLORAL DESIGN Once you've mastered the basics of floral design you receive a black belt in floral design ... just kidding. Actually you move on to Advanced Floral Design. Pre-registration required. Every Wed., 1-4pm or 6:30-9:30pm, $349, Longwood Gardens, US Rt. 1, Kennett Sq., 610-388-1000 x.
AERIAL CLASSES Jonesin' for some circus apparati? Learn how to rock the trapeze and ropes like a true Eastern European acrobat. Various dates and times., 215-849-1991.
AFRICAN DRUM CLASS Let master drummer Steve Jackson instruct you in the art of pounding the skins. Not those skins, you pervert. Every Thu, 7-9pm, $10, Hunting Park Recreation Center, Hunting Park and Old York Rd., PA, 215-685-9153.
ARGENTINE TANGO CLASS Tango lessons at a Japanese restaurant? We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. Every Wed, 8:30-11:30pm, Tokio Japanese Restaurant, 122-124 Lombard St., 215-922-2515.
ART CLASSES Pick up a hobby, an artistic hobby. Classes are offered in drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media for children and adults. Various dates and times, $70-$100, Manayunk Art Center, 419 Green Lane, 215-482-3363.
THE ART OF MAKING AND MAINTAINING MAGICAL TOOLS Shakmah Winddrum will teach you the art of making and using magical tools, such as scepters, and the ingredient necessary to develop sacred power and charge and recharge the tools. Just be careful, if you're not attentive in class Winddrum may go Harry Potter on your ass. Bring whatever objects you wish to use as your magical tools. And no, you can't use a part of your body, perv. Sat.-Sun., March 11-12, noon-6pm, $175, The New Seed Sanctuary, 6000 Overbrook Ave.
THE ART OF TABLA Workshops and classes in the classical and contemporary solo Tabla of India. Every Sat, Sangeet Studios, World Music Performance & Learning Center, 1212 Walnut St., 856-745-5361.
ART WORKSHOPS The Philadelphia Sketch Club offers six low-cost art workshops each week in drawing, painting and printmaking. No registration required. Visit www.sketchclub.org for more info. Various dates and times, $8-$10, Philadelphia Sketch Club, 235 S. Camac St., 215-545-9298.
AUTO BODY ENTREPRENEURSHIPS Learn how to run your own auto body shop with classes at the Community Alliance Project. Free financing is available to pay for the classes, but you must own a home. Ex-offenders are welcome, Community Alliance Project, 246 E. County Line Rd., Bldg 10, 215-956-3866.
BELLY DANCING CLASSES Have fun with the ancient art of bellydance. Impress your friends at Fez. Various dates and times, $12, Studio 1831, 1831 Brandywine St., 215-665-1991.
BIG PICTURE Mural Arts Program workshop. Every Tue-Thu, 3:30-6pm, Asian Arts Initiative, 1315 Cherry St., 2nd Fl., 215-557-0455.
BLIND/VISUALLY IMPAIRED CLASSES A variety of free or low-cost classes and support groups for the blind and visually impaired. Various dates and times, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 919 Walnut St., Nevil Building, 1st & 10th Fls., 925-3213.
THE BOOK AND THE COOK CAFFE SOCIETY Join the Book and the Cook for cooking demonstrations and wine tastings, and take home a personally signed cookbook. Every Wed, 6:30pm, $55, Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St., 215-545-4543.
BOP AND CHA-CHA CLASSES Learn all about these decidedly skirt-centric dance styles. Various dates and times, 6:30-8pm, $6, LaRose, 5531 Germantown Ave., 215-844-5818.
BRAZILIAN PERCUSSION CLASSES Unique instruments as taught by expert percussionist Xande Cruz. Every Tue, 6:30-7:30pm, $10, El Concilio, 705-09 N. Franklin St., 215-873-0690.
CAJUN/ZYDECO/BLUES DANCE MUSIC Get down with the good ol' boys with dance lessons from 7:30-8:30 and then dancing until midnight, Fri, March 10, 7:30pm-mid., $14, TK Club, Hector & Apple sts., Conshohocken, 215-635-1405.
CELEBRATING CLEMATIS If climbing plants are your dish, Raymond Evison is your man. Listen to him share advice on planting locations, alternative clematis for smaller gardens, planting, pruning and after care. Free with admission to the gardens, Sat, March 11, 10:30-11:30am, FREE, Longwood Gardens, US Rt. 1, Kennett Sq., 610-388-1000 ex.
CHELTENHAM ART & DRAMA CLASSES Check out the center's wide array of courses for both children and adults. Various dates and times, Cheltenham Art Center, 439 Ashbourne Rd., Cheltenham, 215-379-5660.
CLAY CLASSES From throwing to glazing to sculpting, it's all about the clay. Be like Demi Moore in Ghost well sans dead Patrick Swayze as your husband. Various dates and times, $100-$265, Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd St., 215-925-3453.
CONNECTING COMMUNITY, ARTS & LITERACY This two day event is a combination of teacher workshops, youth performances, interactive storytelling workshops, participatory breakout sessions, panelists and an artist exchange showcase. Thu, March 16, 4pm; Fri, March 17, 9am, $10, Church of the Advocate, 1801 W. Diamond St., 215-204-7347.
CONTRA DANCING Traditional New England social dancing is hot in Canada right now. Wait 'til it spreads, kids. Every Thu, 7:30pm, $7, Glenside Memorial Hall, Keswick Ave. & Waverly Rd., Glenside, 215-643-4397.
CPR & FIRST AID COURSES Offerings include "Safe Sitter" babysitting program, first aid course, and beginner and advanced CPR classes. Various dates and times, $50-$75, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, 501 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill, 610-284-8158.
DIGITAL FLYING LESSONS Are you in love with all things Internet and media? Come learn about online digital magazines and check out how the software Zinio is changing news and advertising. Visit www.mediasmartphilly.com for more info, Tue, March 14, 4-6pm, FREE, Temple University, TECH Center, 12th & Montgomery St., 215-204-4291.
EARLY SPRING CONTAINER GARDENS Whether you're restricted to container gardening, or it's just a personal speciality of yours, let Suzanne French get you started early this spring, Wed, March 15, 11:30am-noon, $10-$20, Winterthur, Rt. 52, Wilmington, DE, 302-888-4734.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Who doesn't love English? Seven levels of instruction available. Various dates and times, Nationalities Service Center, 1300 Spruce St., 215-893-8400.
ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES For children and adults, covering basic grammar, conversation, vocabulary development, writing and reading comprehension. Every Mon. & Wed,, 7-9pm, FREE, Won Community Service Center, 423 Abington Ave., 215-884-8443.
ENGLISH SPEAKING CLASSES Free English classes for speakers of other languages every Mon. and Thu, 9am-noon, FREE, Community Learning Center, Fifth and Allegheny sts., 215-426-7940.
ESOL CLASSES Every Thu, 5:30-7:30pm, FREE, Penn Alexander Community School, 43rd St & Locust St., 215-823-5288.
FAIRMOUNT ART CLASSES Learn about a variety of disciplines, including interior design, knitting, photography, sewing, painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, mosaics, polymer clay, bookbinding, collage and more. Various dates and times, Fairmount Art Center, 2303 Fairmount Ave., 2nd Fl., 215-765-ARTS.
FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM A support program for people who have mentally ill family members to share experiences and get ideas from others. Every Tue, 6:30pm, FREE, Orleans Building, Roosevelt Blvd. & Langdon St., 215-831-2800.
FICTION MAGAZINE WRITING Learn to write your own ghoulishly haunting fiction pieces with this horror/fantasy fiction workshop. Barbara Custer will cover writing style, magazine markets looking for submissions, plot, dialogue, and characterization. Boo!, Sat, March 11, 2pm, FREE, Robins Bookstore, 108 S. 13th St., 215-675-1225.
FILM AND WEB CLASSES A series of classes breaking down a wide array of mediums. Various dates and times, Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St., 3rd Fl., 215-222-4201.
FINANCIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP Learn key financial concerns like investing, education costs, cash flows and wills - and so much more than the "Money doesn't grow on trees" lecture you got all through high school from the folks. Every Thu, 6:15-7:30pm, FREE, Penn Alexander Community School, 43rd St & Locust St., 215-823-5288.
FINE PRINTING I Learn the fine details of black and white photography. Every Thu, 7-10pm, $410, Project Basho, 301 N. 3rd St., 215-238-0982.
FLEISHER ART CLASSES A variety of instructional classes for kids and adults. Various dates and times, Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catherine St.
FOLK DANCING Folk dancing from around the world. No partner necessary. Every Thu, 7:30-10pm, $3, Lloyd Hall, #1 Boathouse Row, 215-945-1316.
FORK COOKING CLASS Whoa there Emeril Jr. put the pan and spoon down. Just because you watch two hours of the Cooking Channel a day, doesn't make you God's gift to the kitchen. Chef and owner of Fork and Fork:etc., Ellen Yin will cook up some of her favorite foods and give you tips on hosting a great bash. The proceeds benefit Womens Way, Thu, March 16, 6-8pm, $40, Fork:etc., 308 Market St., 215-985-3322.
FREE BRIDGE LESSON Want to have something in common with your grandparents when you go to visit them at their Florida retirement community? Take bridge lessons. Afterwards, stick around and play a real game for $5. Pretty soon you might be able to give them a run for their money. Every Mon, 6:30-7:30am, FREE, South Jersey Bridge Center, 1 W. Barclay Pavilion, 856-795-7529.
GENERASIAN NEXT THEATER WORKSHOP Performance artist Gary San Angel teaches this theater performance workshop for Asian teens and adults of all levels of experience. Various dates, 2-6pm, $135-$150, Asian Arts Initiative, 1315 Cherry St., 2nd Fl., 215-557-0455.
GLASS-BLOWING CLASSES You don't have to journey to Venice to learn glass-blowing techniques. Hot Soup, based in Old City (boats not included), will teach you all the basics, from making a paperweight to creating original beads. And unlike Venice, Old City isn't sinking...yet. Various dates and times, $150, Hot Soup Glass Studio and Gallery, 26 Strawberry Street, 215 922 2332.
GRAFFITI: THE ART FORM Learn about the origins of graf art and its wide variety of styles and influences. Every Sat, 10:30am-12:30pm, Hawthorne Cultural Center, 1200 Carpenter St., 215-685-1848.
HORROR/FANTASY FICTION WORKSHOP Barbara Custer, editor of Night to Dawn Magazine, presents a workshop on horror/fantasy fiction technique and guides to literary magazine markets. She will discuss her own experiences with writing and cover plot, dialogue and characterization; what editors are looking for; and how to use the Internet to find webzines, Sat, March 11, 2pm, Robin's Book Store, 108 S. 13th St., 215-735-9600.
IMPROVISATION TEACHING TECHNIQUES Brush up on your improvisation techniques to teach Lorene Cary's new book, Great Escapes from Slavery on the Underground Railroad, Thu, March 16, 6-8pm, $10, Church of the Advocate, 1801 W. Diamond St., 215-204-7347.
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED MODERN DANCE Hey hot stuff, put on your fancy shoes and get ready to bust a move. Classes are taught by studio founder Melanie Miller. Every Tue, 11am-12:30pm, $7, Junction Dance Theatre, 3500 Lancaster Avenue, 215-387-2000.
KATHAK CLASSES Learn how they do it in Northern India by taking up this unique dance style. Various dates, 7-8:30pm, $12, Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave., 215-387-1911.
KATHERINE DUNHAM DANCE CLASSES Think you know every dance in the book, think again. Every Tue, 6:30-8:30pm, $8, Hawthorne Cultural Center, 1200 Carpenter St., 215-685-1848.
KNITTING CIRCLE Knitting has become suspiciously popular lately. We're pretty sure it's an underground cult, so don't say we didn't warn you. Bring your own yarn and needles or buy them there. Either way, if sitting in one place for extended periods of time is your idea of fun, then you'll probably have a blast. Various dates and times, FREE, Nangellini, 832 South St., 215-413-5001.
LATIN FOR THE HOME GARDENER Do those Latin names on plant tags bewilder you as much as they do me? Longwood's got a one day crash course in Latin. Possible side effects: irresistible urge to sing monk chants and liturgies, Thu, March 9, 6:30-8:30pm, $39, Longwood Gardens, US Rt. 1, Kennett Sq., 610-388-1000.
LEGAL ISSUES IN THE ARTS This seminar is open to artists and art organizations and is free to members of the Arts & Cultural Council, Wed, March 15, 9am-noon, $15, Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, 215-968-8229.
MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES Sifu Joshua Brown offers classes in Taoist Yoga, Kung Fu, Tai-Chi Chuan and Baguazhang. Various dates and times, $10-$150, Spirit Wind Internal Arts Society, 213 New St., 215-462-7111.
MASTER CLASS AT JEANNE RUDDY DANCE Brush up on your moves with Mark Dendy. Sat., $14 to participate, $5 to observe, Sat, March 11, 11:45am-1:15pm, The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St., Philadelphia, 215-569-4060.
MEMOIR WRITING Using the craft of memoir writing, learn how to address the issues of home, community and cultural identity, Thu, March 16, 6-8pm, $10, Church of the Advocate, 1801 W. Diamond St., 215-204-7347.
MEN ALL PAUSE A beginner's line dancing class for men. Every Wed, 6:30pm, $6, Hawthorne Cultural Center, 1200 Carpenter St., 215-685-1848.
MOSAIC BIRDBATH CLASS Learn how to use tile, ceramic, and glass to fashion a birdbath for your backyard. Then get ready to clean up all the white stuff that accumulates. Various dates, 1-4:30pm, $90, Tesserae Studio Gallery, 6780 Germantown Ave., 215-848-2110.
MOVING IMAGE DANCE CLASSES Salsa, swing and ballroom classes for beginners. Various dates and times, Moving Image Dance Academy, 2030 Sansom St., 3rd Fl., 215-665-8411.
MULTIPLE MEDIA ART CLASSES The MLAC offers art classes covering a variety of media and skill levels for ages 2 to adult. So your little pumpkin can finger paint her heart out while you sculpt the next statue of David. Weekend classes and multiple week classes starting March 13. Various dates and times, $25-$300, Main Line Art Center, Old Buck Rd. & Lancaster Ave., 610-525-0272.
NINJITSU Holy crap! Screw all these other listings. This class teaches you how to be a ninja via the practice of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. Every Sun, 11:30am-2pm; every Wed & Fri, 6:30-8:30pm. Meets at 725 N. 6th St, $10-$50.
NO HAY PROBLEMA Learn to speak Spanish fluently. Lessons for all levels. Various dates and times, William Penn House, 1919 Chestnut St., 215-523-6659.
PAINTING PLANTS IN WATERCOLOR Plant it, then paint it! Gardeners cum artists should appreciate this class on water colors. Runs every Thu., March 16-April 27, 9:30am-12:30pm, $249, Longwood Gardens, US Rt. 1, Kennett Sq., 610-388-1000.
PAINTING/DRAWING SESSIONS Model sessions truly celebrate the human form. Stop giggling. God, grow up. Various dates and times, Plastic Club, 247 S. Camac St., 215-545-9324.
PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES Are you a sucker for Ansel Adams' nature photography, or moody black and white human portraits. Learn how at Project Basho. They offer a variety of classes for different levels of experience, and teach a balance of techniques and aesthetics. Various times, dates and prices, Project Basho, 301 N. 3rd St., 215-238-0928.
PHOTOGRAPHY HISTORICAL PROCESS I Learn some of the historical means of photography using enlarged negatives with lith films and photograms. Various dates and times, $340, Project Basho, 301 N. 3rd St., 215-238-0982.
PLANT PROPAGATION WORKSHOP Mad scientists with dreams of cloning your favorite African violet sign up now! This is the next best thing - learn how to propagate your little plant babies so you can have a whole bay window full of purple speckled, variegated bromeliads. Soon you will rule the world, mwhahahah, Sat, March 11, 9:30am-noon, $59, Longwood Gardens, US Rt. 1, Kennett Sq., 610-388-1000 x.
POETRY FOR PEACE Practice your poetry skillz. Every Tue, 5:30-6:30pm, FREE, Penn Alexander Community School, 43rd St & Locust St., 215-823-5288.
POETS' UNION WORKSHOPS Looking to let your inner Robert Frost or EE Cummings bloom? Practice your skills with workshops and hands-on production laboratories. The development of "broadsides" and chapbooks is emphasized and a non-sectarian Buddhist meditation begins each session on the right foot. Every Sat, 11am-2pm, $5-$10, Journey Home Enrichment Center, 948 N. 8th St., 215-629-0100.
PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP The three-hour sessions have no formal instruction but participants and monitors are happy to give pointers. Every Tue, 6-9pm, $5-$10, Philadelphia Sketch Club, 235 S. Camac St., 215-545-9298.
PUBLIC HORTICULTURE MATTERS: CONNECTING PURPOSE AND PRESENCE WITH FUTURE PERSPECTIVES This day-long symposium offers inspirational and practical solutions to key issues facing public horticulture today, Fri, March 10, 8am, $175, Longwood Gardens Ballroom, Kennett Sq., Rt. 1, 610-388-1000.
PUBLIC SPEAKING CLASSES If you get all wheezy and have butterflies in your stomach every time you have to present to the board, well practice makes perfect - or so we hope. Every other Wed, 7:30pm, FREE, 1500 Locust St., 215-574-1865.
QUGONG CLASSES End your week on a calming note by learning the Chinese healing art of gently exercizing and relaxing the body while calming the mind.
Various dates and times, $12, Mt. Airy Movement Arts Studio, 4100 Main St., 610-662-9344.
RELEASING YOUR CREATIVE SIDE Lost touch with your creative side? Visual artist Valetta is leading a workshop for artists and aspiring artists, Fri, March 10, 10am-4pm, $30, The Arts Scene, 530 E. Union St., 610-644-6555.
SALSA DANCING Salsa almost any night of the week at several different locations with La Luna Dance Studio. Dancing also held at Brasils Nightclub and at La Luna's dance studio in Bensalem. Various prices, dates and times, Cuba Libre, 10 S. 2nd St., 215-638-0418.
SALSA DANCING LESSONS Studio 1831 offers salsa dancing lessons for beginners and those with more experience. $50 for a four week series. Various dates and times, $50, Studio 1831, 1831 Brandywine St., 215-665-1991.
SCRIPTWRITING FOR DOCUMENTARY Hey you Ken Burns clones, turn your non-fiction project ideas into workable shooting scripts. The course covers research, developing, visualizing ideas, scripting and storytelling techniques. Every Mon., March 13-April 17, 7-9pm, $100, Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St., 3rd Fl., 215-222-4201.
SELF-DEFENSE Kick butt four times a week with kickboxing, martial arts, urban defense and physical conditioning. Various dates and times, Urban Defense Fitness Center, 725 N. 6th St., 267-259-3936.
SOCIETY HILL DANCE CLASSES Learn salsa, swing, tango and ballroom. Impress all the girlies (and your grandparents). Various dates and times, Society Hill Dance Academy, 401 S. 2nd St., 215-574-3574.
STRAND AND BOP DANCE CLASSES Learn strand and bop dancing with Otis Givens. Your mysterious level will get a boost and people won't know if you're cultured, or just crazy. Be prepared for: "Bop dancing? Isn't that what the teletubies do?" Every Tue & Thu, 7-9pm, $3-$7, Hawthorne Cultural Center, 1200 Carpenter St., 267-303-6981.
SUSHI CLASS Let owner Madame Saito teach you how to roll up some spicy tuna. Mmm, Saito...er, mmm, tuna... Every Sun, 2-4pm, Tokio Japanese Restaurant, 122-124 Lombard St., 215-922-7181.
SWING DANCE LESSONS Swing dancing is one of those "Shit, you know how to swing? That's so cool!" things. Here's your 5 step plan to becoming cool:
Step 1: Attend swing dancing class. Step 2: Realize swing dancing doubles as cardio. Step 3: Go pro. Step 4: Tell everyone at the office your a swinger. Step 5: Pretend the snickers behind your back are rooted in jealousy, 7pm, $12-$15, Commodore Barry Club, Emlen St. at Carpenter Lane, W. Mt. Airy, 610-676-0123.
SWING DANCING Swing until your feet fall off, or you drop your partner - which ever comes first. Various dates and times, $5, Tokio Ballroom, 122 Lombard St., 215-922-2515.
SWING DANCING NIGHTS It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing! For the cost of a Center City lunch, you can score not only dance lessons but also accompaniment by a live swing band. And don't worry if you have two left feet: beginners are welcome. Various dates, 7pm-mid., $9-$12, Commodore Barry Club, Emlen St. at Carpenter Lane, W. Mt. Airy, 215-843-8051.
TAI CHI Yang, Chen style, and push hands and weapons taught by Sifu Matt Zhang. Every Thu, 6pm, 1133 Carpenter St., 267-974-4914.
TAP CLASSES Learn to tap dance like Bill Cosby did in the opening to the Cosby Show. Rudy won't have anything on you. Various dates and times, $10-$15, William Way Lesbian, Gay & Transgender Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., 215-569-9134.
TAP CLASSES FOR ADULTS Get your tap on with Tapography Dance Studios. Various dates and times, $10-$15, Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 21st & Chestnut sts., 215-694-7109.
TESSARAE ART CLASSES Walk right in. Sit right down. Make yourself a mosaic. Every Fri & Sat, noon-5pm, Tessarae Studio Gallery, 6780 Germantown Ave., 215-848-2110.
TORAH GEMS Speed through the Bible and learn the core tenants of Judaism. Every Wed, 7-8pm, FREE, Etz Chaim Center, 216 S. 16th St., 215-546-8672.
URBAN LINE DANCING One part country line, one part bump and grind, urban line dancing is all fun. The dresscode: low rise jeans and cowboy boots ... just kidding. Every Thu, 6-7:30pm, FREE, Penn Alexander Community School, 43rd St & Locust St., 215-823-5288.
WEST AFRICAN DANCE CLASSES No need to book a red eye to Senegal to brush up on your West African dance skills just hop the El to West Philly. Every Wed, 7-8:30pm, $12, Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave., 215-387-1911.
WINE SCHOOL You drank your way through college, why not do it again, but this time as legitimate homework? Every Thu-Sat, 7:30-9:30pm, $28.99-$33.99, Wine School of Philadelphia, 2006 Fairmount Ave., 267-307-9220.
WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE Every Mon, 6-8pm, Hawthorne Cultural Center, 1200 Carpenter St., 215-685-1848.
YOUNG ARTISTS WORKSHOP Become the next Mozart/Picasso/Da Vinci/Shakespeare with workshops in sculpture, painting, music, theater and other subjects. Various dates and times, $15, Grounds For Sculpture (22-acre sculpture park), 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, NJ, 609-586-0616.