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Behind the Mix of a Hit Song

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

How does a song like Kesha’s “Woman” become the track, Kesha: “Woman?” What goes into the process of building a fully-produced pop music megahit? How does a sophisticated studio production transfer to live performance, whether in a small club or sold-out arena? Find out from Kesha’s own musical director, David Cook, as he pulls back the curtain on the production process in this all-new class in our all-new tech lab. David will bring...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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$150

3 sessions

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Ben Franklin Circle

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Discuss the first seven of Ben Franklin’s virtues — Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity — and answer two questions: How can we improve ourselves and how can we improve our world? In regular small group discussions, Circle members use Franklin’s classic 13 civic virtues to spark discussion about members’ goals and aspirations — who they want to be, and what they want to contribute to the world. Part...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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Pinot Pairings

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Survey some of the finest Pinot Noirs in the world and pair them with cheeses that will highlight their personalities.

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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Feng Shui Tools for Abundant Living

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

Applied properly, Feng Shui can improve the quality of your life by balancing your personal and environmental energy, allowing you to experience more success at work, improved relationships, greater focus and clarity and better health. During this one-day intensive intro, you will develop an understanding of Feng Shui as you: Discover and begin using Feng Shui’s extraordinary analytical tools: The Three Door Bagua Method and The Great Sunshine...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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$145
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Brahms at the Piano, Part II

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Among the very last musical works composed by Johannes Brahms are exquisite pieces for piano solo. This lecture, the second of two this season in coordination with Garrick Ohlsson’s Complete Brahms series, explores examples from Brahms' late piano music, pieces that Brahms often gave non-descript names such as Intermezzo or Romance—names that reflect their accessibility, but intentionally belie their intimate beauty and deceptively complex ...

(1072) Advanced 18 and older
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A Bug's Life: Forensic Entomology Workshop

John Jay College of Criminal Justice @ 524 W 59th St, New York, NY

Forensic entomology involves the use of insects in legal investigations. Insects are commonly overlooked in an investigation; however, they can provide a wealth of information. Forensic entomology can be used many circumstances, including homicides, drug and arms trafficking, assaults, senior and child abuse and/or neglect, animal abuse, poaching and pest control. This two-day workshop will include a lecture portion detailing the importance of insects...

(3) All levels 18 and older
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$599

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Imago: A Pathway to Conscious Relationships

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

Our closest relationships often provide the best opportunity for our growth. The connection between the frustrations inherent in adult relationships and our early childhood experiences makes compassionate exploration of our past essential. This course offers us an effective technique to unlock what lies beneath some of these deep conflicts, providing us with a path out of repetitive destructive patterns and into conscious ways of relating and loving....

(299) All levels 18 and older
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$110

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Tarot at Halloween

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

Halloween arrives at the midpoint between the fall equinox and the winter solstice when ancient lore tells us the “veil between the worlds” is at its thinnest, and divination can therefore be most potent. It is an excellent time for turning inwards and ideal for developing one’s intuition using the Tarot, a living oracle rooted in the Western Hermetic tradition that permits us to communicate with levels of consciousness not ordinarily available...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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Deep Dive into Your Brain on Change Full Day Workshop

Un-School of Disruptive Design @ 394 Broadway , New York, NY

Join the Un-School of Disruptive Design for a full day interactive workshop that dives deep into the psychological, behavioural, economic and social conditions that affect, challenge and promote change - social, cultural and behavioural. Your Brain on Change is an experiential conversation led by Leyla Acaroglu, a sociologist, sustainability expert and award winning designer that actively explores limits, issues, opportunities and theories on change....

(3) All levels 18 and older
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$175
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Busting the Green Myth: WTF is Sustainability?

Un-School of Disruptive Design @ 601 W 26th St, New York, NY

Look beyond the ‘green’ hype, get the deeper details on what the hell sustainability is and how it relates to professional practice and our personal lives. We address the ways in which we can all help achieve it.    The hotly contested term ‘sustainability’ has come to mean different things to different people, but the original concept is all about social, economic and environmental sustainability – a pretty awesome aspiration...

(3) All levels 18 and older
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Designercise Ideation Creative Workout

Un-School of Disruptive Design @ 601 W 26th St, New York, NY

Designercise is the brain workout session for flexible, creative and agile thinking!   Join us for a mental workout and ideation session to beat the afternoon brain drains! Designercise Ideation Workouts are quick productive distractions into your afternoon brain slump! Learn mental workout tools that flex your brain through fun and fast paced ideation techniques. Our boredom busting brain experiences develop critical and flexible thinking...

(3) All levels 18 and older
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Tarot and the Cup of Receptivity

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

The archetypal images of the tarot connect us to the voice of our inner wisdom. Our subconscious mind uses images as it’s primary method of communication. The images of the tarot, just like the images in dreams, can stimulate deep insights into ourselves and others, leading to a more meaningful life.  In this workshop, we will learn how to open our channels of receptivity and dialogue with our Inner Voice to become better tarot readers. We...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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Free Intro: Theta Approach to Animal Communication 1&2

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

Theta Level 1 The full Theta Certification training is recommended for animal lovers, trainers, veterinarians, pet store owners, rescue workers, groomers, walkers, therapy or police animal caretakers, vet techs, and anyone who wants to start a new career or who lives or works with animals. Developing the capacity to understand what animals are feeling and the state of their health can transform our relationships with them and our capacity to be...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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Native American Prophecies as Our Guide to the Future

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

This evening Rainbow Eagle will share the ancient teachings of Anishinabe (Ojibwe) Peace Shield called the “Seventh Fire,” hidden for hundreds of years until now. He will also discuss the teachings from other prophecies: the Hopi, Lakota, Navajo, Seneca, Inca and Maya sources. Together, he will describe how they signal the age of the “Seventh Fire” as having arrived: environmental degradation/Earth changes, risks to the destruction of all...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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Secret Life of Your Gastrointestinal Intestinal Tract

Caveat @ 21-A Clinton St, New York, NY

Full Course Name: Masters Of Social Gastronomy: What Goes In, Must Come Out, The Secret Life Of Your Gastrointestinal Intestinal Tract Each month, the Masters of Social Gastronomy take on a curious food topic and break down the history, science, and stories behind them. This month, we cover the human body from mouth to butt. What's the story with your microbiome, all those little microbes living in your gut? Soma takes apart the science behind...

(25) All levels 21 and older
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Powerplay: The Power of Play

Un-School of Disruptive Design @ 601 W 26th St, New York, NY

Play is one of the most important instinctual form of learning and exploration, we look at how it can be harnessed in our personal and professional lives to effect creative thinking and positive change. It's also fun!    This workshop explores play as one of the most important motivators of human action, desire and motivation. Play exists as one of the most flexible and instinctive practices of discovery. Through this session we outline...

(3) All levels 18 and older
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Productive Distractions: Everyday Ideation

Un-School of Disruptive Design @ 601 W 26th St, New York, NY

Increase your productivity and idea generating capacity by exploring the ways in which our brains create and prevent creative thinking. Learn a range of productive distractions and ideation techniques to understand the ways in which you work and unleash your creative best! Our everyday ideation workshop is a high energy left turn into productive creativity, the process of finding creative solutions is a flexible skill that improves with practice....

(3) All levels 18 and older
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Intro to the Tarot

Remedies Herb Shop @ 453 Court St, Brooklyn, NY

For many people, the old year closes out with a certain amount of frantic cleaning and gift-buying for the Yuletide, followed by a brief respite to digest, then onto New Years’ celebrations. January – whether you greeted New Years Day fresh and excited or slightly hungover! – is an excellent time for doing some divination to prepare oneself for your coming year’s adventures, opportunities and challenges. This class will be mixture of Tarot...

(137) All levels 12 and older
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Homeowner's Guide to Basic Electrical Repairs

New York City College of Technology @ 25 Chapel St, Brooklyn, NY

Learn the essential skills to handle basic electrical repairs in your home with this comprehensive course. Gain confidence in replacing fuses, changing outlets, installing fixtures, testing for power, and splicing wires. Enroll now and become a pro at maintaining your electrical system.

(108) All levels 18 and older
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$115
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World of Music I: For Movies — Composers & Songwriters

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Music and movies have been inextricably and often gloriously linked since before the “talking picture” in the later 1920’s. This semester we take a broad-ranging look at some of the greatest music ever written for film, whether in the hands of such exceptional composers as Bernard Hermann, Erich Korngold, Aaron Copland, Ennio Morricone, Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith — to name only a few; or songwriters...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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$575

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