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Can't tell McCabe from Brewster McCloud? The New School's "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror: Robert Altman's Cinema of the 1970s" (212-229-5600, nsu.newschool.edu) offers an in-depth look at the man who defined the auteur in one of American cinema's most fruitful periods. The class will examine a wide breadth of Altman's oeuvre, from the usual suspects (M*A*S*H, Nashville) to the dark horses (his early work in television). Popeye, sadly, will not be discussed.
Everybody knows that the post-movie confab can be just as much fun as the movie itself (or, in the case of certain offenders, much more so). NYU offers to bring your game up from Michael Medved to Pauline Kael in just a couple of weeks with "How to View and Talk About Movies Like a Critic" (212-998-7200, scps.nyu.edu). Impress your friends with discussions of "mise-en-scène" and "diegetic elements" and, um, "cinematography." Chris Tamarri
Malcolm "The Tipping Point"Gladwell brings his sociocultural-business guru savvy to the Learning Annex to instruct you on "How to Flood Any Business With Customers" (212-371-0280, learningannex.com). Coming on the heels of his new book, Blink, about the wisdom of making snap decisions, the class should fill up quickly with people who decided to attend just that night. Avoid the indecision and pay $19.99 ahead of time for his two-hour seminar on February 1.
You've done the temp thing, you've tried the unemployed life, and you're getting sick of ramen. If selling out's sounding good, why not join the other little piggies and earn an MBA? Ranked 14th for its part-time program by U.S. News & World Report, Baruch's Zicklin School of Business (646-312-1300, zicklin.baruch.cuny.edu) is the country's largest B-school, but it comes with a CUNY-sized tuition and an outsize repmaking it a bargain for such a potentially lucrative investment of time, energy, and (especially) soul. There are campus tours for prospective students on January 14 and 28. Register now and you'll have all spring and summer to dwell on the decision you've made. Take comfort, though; as you'll learn, everyone has their price.
Everyone's got a no-lose investment strategy, and CNNfn.com and Money contributor Lewis Schiff is no exception. Free up the evening of February 23, head on over to Makor(212-601-1000, 92y.org), plop down your $25, and take notes on Schiff's "investing technique that returned more than 35 percent in 2003 and only takes 15 minutes each month to prepare." Now that's the kind of investment in investing that anyone can make. John Giuffo
A new Homeland Security head doesn't mean that immigration issues are going to get resolved anytime soon, so the New School's course on the "Anthropology of Migration and Globalization" (212-229-5690, nsu.newschool.edu) will keep you appraised on the latest developments regarding gender, diaspora studies, and transnationalism. Classes start January 27.
If the constant shifts in American foreign policy make you feel adrift, "Intro to International Politics" at Columbia (212-854-9699, ce.columbia.edu) will catch you up on the basic theories on why exactly we like to annoy every other country in the world. Classes start January 18.
Tired of having to pay $10 every time you want a latte in Berlin? Learn why the euro is pounding the dollar in NYU's "International Corporate Finance" (212-998-7200, scps.nyu.edu), starting February 8 or 9. Maybe you can't influence the exchange rate, but you can at least figure out how to afford a European half-caf. Gautam Hans
If you're tired of having to communicate with wordsor if the cold weather is freezing your ungloved fingersconsider the New School's introductory course in sign language, starting January 25 (212-229-5690, nsu.newschool.edu). It's the perfect way to warm your frostbitten limbs and keep your friends guessing about what you're really thinking.
Sooner or later you have to ask yourself, Am I the brooding, musically proficient sort or more of the pretty-and-vacant, stage-front-and-center ilk? For the former, there's the Piano School of NYC (212-386-2274, pianoschoolofnyc.com), and for the latter the New York City Guitar School (646-485-7244, nycguitarschool.com), both of which offer a variety of lessons on how to grind their respective axes. (Note: Jerry Lee Lewis and Simon and Garfunkel types also welcome.)