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Learn the basics and beyond at the Learning Annex(371-0280, www. learningannex.com). One-time seminar classes meet every week; prices and times vary. The courses range from "Introduction to Windows 98" to Web page design to "How to Buy, Own and Maintain a Computer," with a wide array of Mac and PC classes in between. Check out upcoming classes on the Web site, or stop by 16 East 53rd Street, 4th floor.
Learn to play your computer! The New School's Mannes College of Music(580-0210, ext. 243; www.*mannes.edu) can teach you everything, from how to find the best music resources on the Web, to MIDI, Cakewalk, and Finale, to producing and arranging records. Enrollment allows you access to the Mannes computer lab as well. Continuing education and credit courses begin September 18. The school is located at 150 West 85th Street. Prices vary.Matthew J. Purdy
What do the toothless mole-man off The Simpsons and a newborn's parents have in common? All are potential enrollees for "Making Fresh Baby Food at Home" at the New School (229-5600, www.nsu.newschool. edu, $94). Prizes for whimsy among its astonishing breadth of courses go to: intros to cake decorating ($287) and port ($76).
East meets West in the home of Karen Leerenowned caterer, cookbook author, and teacherwhose 12-hour fusion-cuisine class ($490, 787-2227, firstname.lastname@example.org) will enable you to prepare such delectables as peppercorn Sichuan chicken salad and salmon scallopini with black bean sauce. (Sorry, no shark-fin blinis.)
Once more famous than the Sopranos, the Renaissance Medici clan were rich, powerful, and lived like kings. You, too, can dine like a duke when you learn the "Ancient Traditions" of the Medici at the Italian Culinary Institute (725-8764, ext. 25, www.italianculinary.com). This one-nighter includes a complete meal ($60). J. Yeh
Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre(477-3464; www.djoniba.com) combines African dance and music as a means to bridge the gaps between folks of different ages, races, and communities. Classes range from Senegalese sabar (up off the floor, rhythmic arm movement, and twisting of the hips) to Djimbe-style dance (low to the ground, powerful arm movements, and fast, leg-moving rhythms). Samba, mambo, Congolese, Dunham, and salsa are among the dances taught by Ned Williams, Vado Diomande, and others. All ages and levels are welcome. Single dance classes are $12 for one and a half hours, or $110 for a 10-class card. Camila Gamboa
If the dramatic instruction biz gave medals for distinguished service, Walt Witcover would be a prime candidatehis teaching career has spanned 50 years. Witcover Acting Studio(40 West 22nd Street, 989-7274) specializes in "serious training for serious performers," offering private training and coaching as well as small classes (four students max). Individual coaching costs $60 per session; costs per group classes vary.
The methodology at Roger Hendricks Simon Studio (1501 Broadway, 704-0488) combines American naturalistic techniques with a European focus on language, and also draws on approaches culled from Pakistan, India, Iran, and South Africa. Classes range from "Scene Study" to "Stage Combat" to Shakespeare. And the "Professional Laboratory" class provides an opportunity to develop new productions. Classes cost from $150 to $795 and typically run five or 10 weeks.
The Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting (419 Lafayette Street, 260-0525) encourages its students to become interested and involved in many forms of art. In addition to classes in voice, improv, and audition technique, and a broad-based Evening Introductory Program, the conservatory sponsors lecture series, poetry readings, even jazz performancesall of which students are encouraged to attend. The Evening Introductory Program costs $1975 for 10 weeks (three nights per week), while single-subject classes range from $275 to $475 with varying session lengths. Alexis Soloski
The bastard offspring of a stole and a scarf, "le starf"as the wacky folk at Sew Fast Sew Easy (582-5889, www.sewfastseweasy.com) have christened itis one of those oversized wraps beloved of New York women. Knit one (and, for that matter, purl one) in their two-night class ($90). Who can resist a school whose online magazine is dubbed Hand Jobs?
With the curious fad for bead bracelets showing no signs of slacking, the New School's jewelry-making workshops, "Basic Beading" (12 hours, $45) and "Wires and Beads" (six hours, $107), should prove popular. Crochet and four levels of knitting courses are also available (229-5600, www.nsu.newschool.edu).
Men sporting huge, curly 'dos, tights, and heelsno, it's not Wigstock, but rather 17th-century France. Discover the strangeness of the past in "Fashion History" at Parsons(229-8900, www.parsons.edu), the queen of sewing and apparel instruction. The new semester starts in September (12-week and six-week series available). J. Yeh
Embark on the next step of your Y2K tech proficiency program and learn the art of Web TV. At New York University (998-7080) Judith Lasch, president of Lasch Media Production, familiarizes you with producing, encoding, and marketing. The course runs from September 21 through November 30 on Thursdays, from 6:20 to 8:20 p.m. Cost: $655.1
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