New Yorkers are fond of yelling at the movie screen when they think they recognize a familiar sight. ("That's my friend's cousin's building!") Now we can know for sure if that's our local diner in the latest Woody Allen flick, thanks to NYU's "On Location in New York" (212-998-7200, Students watch scenes from New York films, then check out their original locations. The four-day course is capped off by a visit to a current on-location production. June 20 through 23.

Your plastic-framed glasses and threadbare hoodie scream "independent filmmaker," but your mom screams, "Get a job." Enroll in "Indie Film Producing and Directing," a three-week course (June 6-24) at the New School (212-229-8903,, which covers the nitty-gritty of directing—camera angles, blocking actors—and explains how to finance your film. They even provide the camera (but you have to give it back).

Those once chiseled features may now be face-lifted into a grandfatherly perma-grin, but there was a time when Clint Eastwood could have made John Wayne pee his pants. This summer he will be the subject of a class at Columbia entitled "Auteur Study: Clint Eastwood" (212-854-1682, See Clint both in front of the camera and behind it. Worship his badass-ness. Theo Schell-Lambert


We all have our strengths. Some of us are aesthetes, able to find beauty in the everyday. Others can balance a checkbook. Makor (212-601-1000, dissolves this cognitive divide, promising that its "Left-Brain Investing for Right-Brain Creative Individuals" will bring out "the Gordon Gekko inside us all."

As the old advice goes, "Find out what you love to do, then find out how to make money doing it." The Learning Annex (212-371-0280, clarifies the dilemma with its series of one-day classes on using your passion to turn a profit. From "Learn How to Braid Hair for Fun and Profit" to "Learn to Make One-of-a-Kind Brooches" and "How to Start a Greeting Card Business," it seems that any hobby can lead to an untapped market.

But what good's all this money if you have nothing to spend it on? Check out Makor's "Gimme Shelter: Advice on Negotiating the NYC Real Estate Market" (212-601-1000, From figuring out how to find a fair rental to determining when it's time to buy, a comprehensive understanding of this pitfall-laden area is just a shot away. Chris Tamarri


While the U.S. searches for its identity (red? blue? purple?), it's important to remember that how the international community views us might be just as important as how we view ourselves. "The United Nations and International Conflict," from Columbia (212-854-9699,, puts matters into perspective by examining the role of the world government—of which we are a part—and its role in ensuring peace.

"Refugee Protection and Practice," offered by NYU (212-998-7200,, examines the problem of political expatriation, detailing how what often begins as a national concern can eventually have an international effect. The class focuses on the "special circumstances and concerns of refugee women [and] children," and will feature guest speakers from the International Rescue Committee and Human Rights Watch. Chris Tamarri


Elevate your diction to intimidating heights with "Building Word Power," offered by NYU (212-998-7200, Say exactly what's on your mind using conversational devices beyond your wittiest dreams.

There's a lot to like about the French, namely the pastries and cheese. If you want to know how to order these things at a café, and perhaps venture a tête-à-tête with the bijou waiter, learn everything you need to know in one day! The condensed course "One-Day French for Travelers" at the New School (212-229-5690, will allow you to spend your valuable time planning your flight to Paris or closer and "so hot right now" Montreal.

April's climate has been very Das Boot. Work through your waterlogged Kafka blues in "German for Beginners" at the German Language School New York (212-288-0600, This crucial literary language will add depth to your achtung summer, with an insider's view of the revelatory recesses of Rilke's poetry. (You will also learn how to use the word achtung correctly in a sentence.) Janine Armin


Don't know Dizzy Gillespie from Dizzee Rascal? Get your jazz history straight at NYU's "Jazz in the Modern Age: Bebop to Right Now" (212-998-7200,, where you'll study the growth of jazz from post-WW II bebop through the fusion experiments of the '60s to the artists of today. After all, loving jazz means never having to say, "Who's Charlie Parker?"

Have you always dreamed of wielding your ax like Jimmy Page, but never come closer than embarrassing exercises on air guitar while locked in your bedroom? The New York City Guitar School (646-485-7244, has group lessons for all abilities. Their "Guitar for Absolute Beginners" will teach those with no musical experience (even those who can't read music and don't own guitars) how to rock by learning basic chords and mastering different strums. You'll be playing "Stairway to Heaven" in no time. Rebecca Raber

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