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Across the Universe: Travels in Space, Time, and Wonder

at Think Olio - Crown Heights
899 Bergen St, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Come on a unique journey across the cosmos. We’ll begin at the beginning almost 14 billion years ago when the Universe was smaller than an atom and continue on to the present, all the while exploring its many extraordinary features. We will then look towards the future and speculate where we are all going. This voyage is perfect for anyone who has...

$12
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Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal

at Brooklyn Brainery - Gowanus
567 Union St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Lying at the epicenter of one of Brooklyn's most rapidly gentrifying (and expensive) neighborhoods is a toxic waste site and open sewer: That's right, it's the Gowanus Canal. This waterway is mostly famous for its stench and as a repository for dead bodies, but did you know that the Gowanus's story begins before Brooklyn was its own...

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Paris the Insider Guide

at Fluent City - Williamsburg
188 Woodpoint Rd Store 1A, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Join Chris Beck, French language and culture master (literally - he has two masters degrees in this stuff), for a night of insider tales and tips on the City of Light.  What You'll Get: Essential customs and phrases to get by in Paris An interactive map of Paris with curated spots for nightlife, food, shopping, art...

$40
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It's Funny Because It's True

at Think Olio - Brooklyn
575 Degraw St,, Brooklyn, New York 11217

It's Funny Because It's True: Buddhist Realism and the Dark Comedy of Louis CK Gautama Buddha is believed to have promulgated four basic truths about the nature of the human condition. In the first of these (the noble truth of “suffering”) he claims that stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction are endemic to life. This supposition is not exclusive...

$28
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Never Mind the Bollocks!: The Truth Behind Punk Style

at Think Olio - Manhattan
611 BROADWAY, Suite 900, New York, New York 10012

Punk rock is the poster child of street style. That’s what the fashion books tell us, and we’ve come to accept it as truth that original ‘70s punk was born on the streets of London with disenfranchised kids using clothing as a signifier of everything they hated.  While it’s always wise to ‘not let the truth get in the way of a good story’,...

$20
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More than a Hipster Touchstone

at Think Olio - Boerum Hill
61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

More than a Hipster Touchstone:  Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" When the skies crack open and Jehovah appears -- angry that we have destroyed the planet, waged war on one another, and supported Adam Sandler movies -- I will brave the storm and the screaming and climb the mount with a copy of Neutral Milk Hotel's seminal 1998...

$12
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The Search For Life in the Universe

at Think Olio - Crown Heights
899 Bergen St, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Throughout history people have looked at the sky with awe and wonder. One of the most pressing questions has been whether or not we are alone in the universe. Today, with cutting edge technology, we are on the brink of answering one of the most profound mysteries of all time. In this class we will explore the current state of our knowledge about life...

$12
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Photography and Homoerotic Desire

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - Chelsea
333 W 23rd St, New York, New York 10011

Led by boundary-pushing artist Robert Mapplethorpe and his patron Sam Wagstaff, alongside pioneering contemporaries George Dureau and Peter Hujar, homoerotic photography found its way into New York City galleries and museums in the 1970s. Join the Museum along with the SVA Photography Department for a conversation about this moment in art history,...

$16
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A History of Housing in New York City

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 Fifth Ave At 103rd St, New York, New York 10029

Richard Plunz’s landmark study, A History of Housing in New York City, traces the development of housing in New York from 1850 to the present day. First published in 1992, Plunz’s lively account investigates the housing of all classes, from the single-family house to tenements and high-rise apartment buildings, and places the story of housing within...

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Candy: From Early History to Halloween

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights
190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Isn't it weird that one day a year it's appropriate to threaten people into giving you candy? Where did the Halloween tradition come from? And actually, how did we come up with candy in the first place? In this class, we'll cover a brief world history of candy, from the botanic roots of sugar cane, to the first processed confections from the Middle...

$12
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Our Pesky Neighbors Part - 3

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn Heights
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Every mayor promises to rid New York City of its rats and every one of them has failed! Despite the nonstop extermination efforts, the city’s most notorious resident continues to thrive. Is there anything we can ultimately do? Hear from NYC’s “Rat Czar,” a historian of rats, and a biologist specializing in...

$10
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Our Pesky Neighbors - Part 1

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn Heights
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

To some they are the rats of the sky, others nurture entire flocks. Love them or hate them, pigeons in New York City are here to stay. But how did they get here, and how have they adapted so well to urban living?

$10
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Greetings from Coney Island Walking Tour

at Brooklyn Brainery

The history of Coney Island is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. From prostitutes living in a giant tin elephant, to the invention of the hot dog, to a ride that’s so scary it actually made its riders pee themselves, and we’ll tell you all about it!  Join New York Local Tours as we explore the engaging history of Coney Island’s...

$25
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Our Pesky Neighbors Part - 2

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn Heights
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Cockroaches or bed bugs, which are worse? Entomologists, exterminators, and other experts help to answer this question (and may even convince us that they aren’t all that bad). Moderated by Brooke Borel, author of Infested. A few creepy crawlies will be in attendance.

$10
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A History of Sex and Dating

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights
190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

In this class, we’ll look at these changes and consider how gender and class in particular have shaped conflicts over sex and dating in the US with an emphasis on popular visual culture. Films, posters, & photographs not only create a window into the dating lives of Americans in the early 20th century, but also the fears and anxieties associated...

$10
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