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Queens Then and Now

at Q.E.D. - Astoria
27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, New York 11105

The borough of Queens has seen many historical and geographical changes throughout its illustrious history. Marshlands, woods, and farms gave way to factories, thriving communities, and the nation's premier arterial highway system.  Queens: Then & Now offers a rare historical look at New York City's largest borough, featuring many never-before-seen...

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Houdini: The Man behind the Myth, the Magic

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

“The secret of showmanship consists not of what you really do but what the mystery-loving public thinks you do.” –Harry Houdini Leap into the mysterious life of Harry Houdini as he went from the freak show circuitto Vaudeville, taking audiences and the media along with him. Learn some of the secretsbehind his most famous...

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A Cultural History of the English Language

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

Currently a lingua franca in use around the world, English was at first a minor language spoken by a few thousand people in Europe several thousand years ago. In this class, we will explore how English has developed and spread to its present form. Students may find themselves inspired to think about English as living cultural history. This class...

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Kill Bill Vol. 1: Quentin Tarantino as Mash-Up DJ

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

Join us for an evening at Brooklyn Boulders as Professor Geoff Klock (the man who won a grant to study Kill Bill) shows us through an hours worth of clips from his favorite Tarantino film. Tarantino steals music, dialogue, fight moves, costumes, and set design from an international host of D-list movies. But Kill Bill is more than a game of Spot that...

$25
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New Year's Traditions

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

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate New Year's with fireworks and alcohol, let alone at all? Well, wonder no more!  In this class you will learn about the earliest New Year's celebrations and how many of those early civilizations melded together to create the party we know and love today. From the ancient Mesopotamians...

$8
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Ghosts of the Boroughs

at Q.E.D. - Astoria
27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, New York 11105

Boroughs of the Dead Tour Guide Marie Carter is thrilled to present “Ghosts of the Boroughs”. In this eerie, illustrated lecture you will learn about the haunted mansions of the boroughs, a ghostly monastery, a creepy story involving murder and a spooky doll, former insane asylums, grisly murders, and many other ghastly NYC stories!  And...

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A Dreadful History of Vampires

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

A Dreadful History of Vampires, Werewolves, and Things That Go Bump In The Night Just in time for the spookiness of Halloween, let's explore America's favorite fears: vampires, werewolves, and more! Leave Bram Stoker in the dust with a new favorite blood-sucker like Varney the Vampire, and learn whether silver bullets are...

$10
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Making the Queer Scene

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

Whether at Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn, far West Side hangouts like the Ramrod and the Mineshaft in the 1970s, lesbian bars like the Clit Club, or the drag and performance spaces of the East Village in the 1980s and '90s, bars and clubs have long been places where LGBT people have come together to socialize, celebrate community, and push back...

$25
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Picturing the Bronx on Film

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

Join a panel of photographers and scholars with decades of experience working and living in the Bronx to explore how the borough has been photographed from the mid-20th century to the present. Michael Kamber will lead a discussion inspired by the enduring legacy of Bronx-born photographer and educator Mel Rosenthal, who mentored generations of young...

$16
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Ancestry Library Edition

at The New York Public Library - Murray Hill
455 5th Ave 4th Fl Lab, New York, New York 10016

Start your family history search here! Access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases including Census and Vital Records, birth, marriage and death notices, and much more. Share search strategies and stories with your classmates and receive assistance from the librarian. Skill prerequisites: Basic internet skills Audience: Adul...

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The Teachings of Emerson, Thoreau & Whitman

at New York Open Center - Flatiron
22 E 30th St, New York, New York 10016

The Transcendentalist movement of the 19th century was a period of revolutionary and reflective thought. It brought forth some of the greatest visionary thinkers in American history who awakened the nation to its rightful spiritual and intellectual heritage. Their writings continue to inspire us to be ever-conscious of all-pervading Spirit, to seek...

$28
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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...

$15
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Revolutionary Women's Poetry

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

Throughout history, revolutions and collective resistance to oppression have found inspiration and expression through poetry. Poets have played direct roles in revolutionary struggles, and their poems have expressed protest against harsh realities as well as dreams of liberation across a wide range of styles and genres. In this class we'll consider...

$10
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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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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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