Course(s) for Adventure

You've got a thing or two to learn. . .

GREEN LIVING

With locations in DUMBO, the East Village, and now Long Island City, Recycle-A-Bicycle offers Free Bicycle Repair workshops. It's Tuesday nights for ladies and Thursdays for the rest of you. The L.I.C. location hosts Bike New York's Savvy Cyclist to help you pedal down busy streets. recycleabicycle.org

Bring your wheels down to Battery Park for some tips on keeping things in tip-top shape at the Fix Your Own Bike workshop. 212-267-9700, bpcparks.org

The city's numerous CSA clubs—that's community-supported agriculture for you neophytes—can seem like a godsend for a certain organic-loving crowd. But CSAs still invite a certain level of moaning, as in, "I'm paying this much for radishes?" or, "I'm too tired to go pick it up, you do it." Quit whining and join Just Food, where they'll teach you to become a community chef. Learn to guide workshops on local and seasonal eating and cooking. Help other New Yorkers learn the basics of nutrition, food storage, and more. There's a $100 fee for training, but each workshop you lead earns you a $100 stipend. 212-645-9880, justfood.org

Like a homegrown version of the Discovery Channel's Bear Grylls, "Wildman" Steve Brill leads visitors on Wild Food Tours into the savage depths of the city's many public parks. Learn to identify and harvest wild plants like herbs and mushrooms for food and medicine. Brill forages through the wilds of Central Park, Prospect Park, and Inwood Hill Park. 914-835-2153,

Thinking big—really big? Columbia University and Barnard College serve up a diverse selection of à la carte courses and full degrees for students interested in the environment. The Earth Institute at Columbia University offers choices from a B.A. in Environmental Biology to an M.A. in Climate and Society or an M.S. in Earth Resources Engineering. 845-365-8565, earthinstitute.columbia.edu


MUSIC

With courses like Theory, Ear Training, and Vocal Pedagogy, Mannes College is like Hogwarts for the city's musical types. The fearless profs tackle subjects most of us can't comprehend. Luckily, they also teach Stress Managment & Yoga for Musicians, Paris in the 1920s, and History of Jazz for the more casual music fan. 212-580-0210, newschool.edu/mannes/default.aspx

As warm weather fades and autumn turns into the winter, you can still make it feel like West Indian summer with Salsa, Soca and Reggae: Popular Musics of the Caribbean. Learn the history and cultural context of these popular styles. 212-854-9666, ce.columbia.edu

"Baby come back . . . bah, dah, duh." Got a half-formed lyric in your mind, or a melody you can't stop humming? Take a course in Songwriting at NYU and learn to shape those fragments into bona fide ear worms. You never know—maybe next year every summer party will be jamming to your hits. 212-998-7200, scps.nyu.edu


THEATER

With On the Edge: Learning to Give Peak Performances, practice your prac- ticing. Learn to get the most out of your rehearsal time and save friends and family the awkward-ness of faux-complimenting the program at your next show. 212-799-5040, juilliard.edu

According to Stephen Rosenfield, there are two rules to making it in comedy: "Get good and get seen." The American Comedy Institute's Stand-Up Workshop will put you in front of a crowd; the rest is on you. Learn to structure your writing, create a persona, and deal with stage fright. 212-279-6980, comedyinstitute.com

New York's theater choices are so numerous, it's tough to know what's worth seeing and what to avoid. Trust Columbia's New York Theatre course to guide you. In addition to attending performances, you'll go to weekly meet-ings where you can howl about whatever tripe you've just seen. 212-854-9666, columbia.edu


ART AND ITS APPRECIATION

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a range of classes from the specific (Warhol and His World, Claude Monet) to the more general (History of Photography, Art and the City), with the added pleasure of getting to visit the museum after hours. Check the schedule for upcoming courses. Move quickly—they tend to sell out. 212-708-9400, moma.org

Gallery-hopping through Chelsea is one of the most pleasant and cost-efficient ways to spend an evening. But most people spend their time gazing into their free wine and at each other instead of at the art. After NYU's The Art Scene: Fall 2007, you'll be able to chat confidently and maybe even impress one of those intimating gallerinas. 212-998-7200, scps.nyu.edu

With classes from morning to evening, the Arts Students League of New York has what you're looking for, at a price you can probably pay. You'll find drawing, painting, and sculpture. 212.247.4510, theartstudentsleague.org

Unleash your artistic impulses with municipal sketching classes downtown: Drawing in the Park, Elements of Nature Drawing, and Figure al Fresco. All materials will be provided. 212-267-9700, bpcparks.org

Take your Halloween decorating to the next level and sign up now for the Glass Pumpkin Workshop at Urban Glass. You'll learn to create handblown pumpkins that say, "I am an adult and I take this children's holiday very seriously. You got a problem?" Classes are also available in creating your own jewelry, as well as neon signs. 718-625-3685, urbanglass.org

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