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The Learning Annex(371-0280) offers "Intro to the Mac," which will familiarize you in three hours. Cost: $95/ $85 for members.
Gain Microsoft Word training at the Career Center(684-5151). Learn how to create and edit documents, place headers and footers, and adjust styles with the "Word Processing Package." Call for prices.
Manhattan Computer Resources(685-5833) covers the Internet in a four-hour course (Jan. 22; Feb. 5, 12, or 19). Learn how to explore the Web, use search engines, and write e-mail. Cost: $149. —Rouven Gueissaz
Valentine's Day approacheth, and they say the way to a person's heart is via the stomach. Instead of enriching the swollen coffers of Victoria's Secret, go for the oral stimulus of baked goods; the New School's "Valentine Cookie Workshop" will give a helping hand (Feb. 4 and 7, $80; 229-5600; www.nsu.newschool.edu).
Lemon tartlets and fudgy brownies rank among the treats you can concoct in "Wheat-Free Vegan Baking" at the Natural Gourmet School (March 29, $70; 645-5170; www.naturalgourmetschool.com). To continue in a vegan vein, build dishes like green beans with roasted garlic mayo in "Savory Sauces" (Feb. 27 and Mar. 6, $160).
The photo of a smiling teacher embracing a five-foot-long whisk at www.cookingbythebook.com should be added to www.howfreshisthisguy.com. Stephen Schmidt's course, "Basics of Baking" at Cooking by the Book (Feb. 5 & 12, $185; 966-9799), features eight normal-size confections, including New York blackout cake and a tomato-cheese galette. —J. Yeh
The historic 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center (415-5550) houses classes, performances, workshops, and rehearsal space for children to "mature" dancers. Sign up before Jan. 28 for ballet, jazz, tap, bodywork, or social dance. Class cards range from $50 to $900.
The Point Community Development Cooperation runs the El Grito Dance Studio (718-542-4139, ext. 41) in the South Bronx. Take modern classes with Arthur Aviles, breakin' with Rocafella & Kwikstep, ballet, tap, or martial arts classes (donation suggested). Then treat yourself to some soul food at Pat's Kitchen.
Dance Space Center(625-8369), at 451 Broadway, dedicates itself to the development of sound dancers. With a $10 12-month membership, classes cost $12. It offers professional workshops, performances in the Evolving Arts Theater, most dance forms, yoga, and 12-week kid's classes. —MiRi Park
Take my wife, please! When you finally hit the big time, you and a loved one can laugh about how you offered them as down payment on the $375 cost of the "Stand-Up Comedy Workshop" at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies(998-7171; scps.nyu.edu). Led by D.F. Sweedler on Monday evenings, the sessions require students to produce material and perform for the class. With 10 sessions from Feb. 5 to Apr. 23, the tuition's probably a good deal—might as well throw in a favorite in-law as well to cover extra fees for registration (through Jan. 25). OK, that's enough info—I'm dying up here.
The Bard and co. knew comes a time when real action's called for. Playhouse pugnacity gets an update with Contemporary Stage Violence, one of many classes offered during HB Studios' spring term (120 Bank Street, 675-2370; semester starts Jan. 30). Monday night and Tuesday afternoon sections are available for this reasonably priced ($152) course in "the art of safe and effective stage combat as a seamless integration with acting"; check out a first class gratis.
Trolling through the reading materials available on NYC street corners, you might consider attending a thespian colloquy many acting schools wouldn't have the candor to host: "Acting for Non-Actors" at the Seminar Center(655-0077; email@example.com) on Jan. 24 and Mar. 20. Taught by soap star Marilyn Raphael, it will teach "techniques you can utilize in real-life circumstances" and help "develop skills of persuasion." Props for honesty—the sages were always chary of actors. —E. McMurtrie
No gift is as intimate as underwear, and it's even more so when you've made it with your own sweaty hands. At Sew Fast Sew Easy(Feb. 5, $55; 582-5889), learn to sew boxer shorts just in time for Valentine's Day. For yourself, consider a chic baguette handbag (two sessions, $99).
Craving a Harry Potter wizard cap? "Hat Design" at Parsons(229-8900; www.parsons.edu) won't help, but does cover the construction of beret, slouch, pillbox, and blocked hats. Don't despair: There's still "Costume Design" and a magical grab bag of sewing classes, you big geek (12-week series, $402, starts Feb. 2).
Go buck-wild for beads with the New School's five workshops on how to handle the little critters (begin Feb. 3; 229-5600; www.nsu.newschool.edu). From the basics to "Fanciful Beaded Flowers" and "Beaded Lampshades," all one's beading needs can be satisfied (or can they?). —J. Yeh
Suffering from night terrors? Enroll in the New York Film Academy's workshops (nyfa.com) and learn how to sublimate your fears through filmmaking. The four-, six-, or eight-week workshops cover directing, writing, cinematography, production, and editing.
Want to enter Hollywood via writing? Writingclasses.com's screenwriting/film analysis workshops will get you started. The online classes re-create the live environment; private instruction, one-day intensive workshops, or the 10-week course will give you the dos and don'ts.
Behind the half-pipe marching kits and Velcro bandoliers of the crested wave of New Media conscription stand the Money People, and this corps's epaulets aren't always cheap: The New York Institute of Finance(390-5000; nyif.com) is geared toward "professionals in the securities and financial services industries" whose companies can foot tuition of sometimes nearly a G for a single daylong seminar. Students in NYIF's recent "Corporate Restructurings and Workouts" might, at least rhetorically, have the jump on the grasshoppers in the upcoming "Management of Credit Risk."1
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