The pros say the first rule of cooking good fish is selecting a good fish to cook. This class teaches that first step by convening at the Fulton Fish Market before returning to the New School's Culinary Arts Center (212-255-4141, to prepare the so-called catch of the day. Everything from poaching to sautéing will be taught in one session on April 15.



"Spanking the Monkey: The Strangest Children's Book of the 19th Century Teaches You the Facts of Life—Complete With Singing Vagina"
By Paul Collins

"Re-Rethinking SUNY
New York State's Public Higher Ed Deserves More Money—Not Less"
By John Giuffo

"The Real Estate Job Shuffle: Lost Your Job in Finance? No Problem. For a Small Investment of Time and Money, You Can Be on Your Way to Making a Living in Real Estate."
By Jessica Goldbogen

"Location, Location, Location: CUNY Prof Angus Fletcher Discovers American Poetry's Scenic Overlook"
By Jessica Winter

"Coffee and a Muffin: What Every Student Needs to Know: How to Beat Writer's Block"
By Jorge Morales

"Six Feet Undergraduate: Mortuary Science Can Be a Worthwhile Undertaking"
By Bethany Lyttle

"Haircut 101: Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Long-Held Assumptions"
By Nita Rao


Nothing makes a cold apartment more cozy than the smell of fresh bread—and the heat necessary for baking it. Beginning February 16, the Institute of Culinary Education's "Techniques of Bread Baking 1 and 2 Combined" (212-847-0770, will teach any novice how to work with yeast and various flours to produce everything from focaccia to the perfect dinner roll in five six-hour sessions on consecutive days.

New York City Wine Class's philosophy is "We don't drink what we like, we like what we drink." If that doesn't whet your appetite for more wine knowledge, perhaps wanting to impress the handsome sommelier at your local bistro does. In either case, "Wine 101 in One Night" (212-647-1875, is a good start. Offered a few times in February, the class includes lots of food, wine, and information. [Tedra Meyer]


A friend from out of town recently said that Steps on Broadway (212-874-2410, was the "most authentic New York experience" she had on her visit. The eclectic cross-section of dancers, ex-dancers, and wannabes you'll find in any of the 50-plus dance classes offered daily provides fodder for a fascinating sociological study of New Yorkers, if not the inspiration you need to get back in the studio yourself. Try everything from ballet to hip-hop, and tap to jazz for all levels. Cost: $14.50 a class or a book of 10 for $135.

Also try Broadway Dance Center (212-582-9304, and Peridance Center (212-505-0886, for similar classes at comparable prices, as you contemplate the double meaning of those perky "ballet buns," while memories of the sticky sort you ate over the holidays are still fresh in your mind. [Adele Nickel]


After exhaustive, highly publicized talent searches, Live With Regis and TBA and The View filled their open host positions with . . . established television personalities. Oh well, you never know when those little taxicab TVs will need a new on-screen spokesperson. TVI Actors Studio's (212-302-1900, "Television Hosting" class will coach you in "off-the-cuff" banter and personal styling before leading you through a "simulated audition" for a hosting job. If Carson Daly can do it, how hard can it be?

I've read all three versions of King Lear and even slogged through The Merry Wives of Windsor, but in all my years of English lit I was never once required to read Shakespeare's Henry VIII. Now the 92nd Street Y (212-601-1000, is offering the overeducated a chance to finish breaking the spines of our Complete Works with a seven-session study of this "lasting tribute to Henry's first wife." I'm not so sure about the "lasting" bit, but hell, even if Henry VIII is a little bit louder and a little bit worse than the better-known history plays, it's still Shakespeare. (As far as we know.)

Whether you get your profession, location, and physical handicap from the audience or from a script, spontaneity is never a bad idea, and if you've ever seen a rehearsed actor dry up in performance you know the value of thinking on your feet. NYU's "Acting 102: Improvisation Workshop" (212-998-7171, goes beyond the basics of improv as comedy to help actors appreciate the organic relationship between character and scene. Of course, in performance it's best to stick to what the author intends, but brush up your improvisational skills and you won't have to drop character just because the offstage prompt drops his script. [Mollie Wilson]


Do you miss the days of friendship bracelets made at Girl Scouts? Give this hobby a more sophisticated spin at F.I.T.'s School of Continuing & Professional Studies' "Bauble, Bangle, and Bead Stringing" (212-217-7999, Discover how to create beautiful beaded jewelry and even update some of your own pieces through restringing techniques. Stop wearing that tired Tiffany heart necklace and add some original flare to your outfit. The three-week class begins January 15. Cost: $90.

Guys, want to be sure that engagement ring you're buying is worth $5,000 and isn't just a hunk of glass? F.I.T.'s "Diamond Grading" (212-217-7999, will teach you the inside techniques of grading clarity and cut. Give her something that will make her smile, not sigh in disappointment. Classes start in February and cost $252.

Are you constantly sketching ideas in the margins of notebooks and on scraps of paper? Do you think you could be the next Louis Vuitton? F.I.T.'s "Sketching Accessories" (212-217-7999, will give you a foundation in three-dimensional sketching and how it relates to accessory design. Turn your scribbles into working visions of footwear, handbags, and belts. Classes start in February and cost $302.50. [Jennifer Holmes]

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