The Education Guide: Get Your Ass in Class

Take a class, learn something new.

By Nicole Finkbiner
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Led by an internationally acclaimed Middle Eastern percussionist, each class in this eight-session series includes instruction on rhythms, technique and a drum circle jam in the mystical setting of the Lower Egyptian Gallery. If you have your own drums, bring them. Only a limited number will be provided. Dancers are also welcome. Wednesdays, March 14-April 18, 6:30pm. $10-$75. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.2680.

The Life of the Poet Workshop

While there’s no guarantee you’ll become the next Robert Frost, with the guidance of award-winning, prolific poet Leonard Gontarek, it’s at least a possibility. Encouraging students to explore as many avenues as possible and remove themselves from their work, he’ll help you find—then strengthen—your style and voice. Thursdays, 5:30pm. $60. Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th St.

Film Acting

Philly native Brian Anthony Wilson has appeared in more than 75 film/TV projects, including all five seasons of the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire . So, needless to say, if you’re an aspiring actor, you can definitely learn a thing or two from him. Once comfortable in front of the camera, students will explore the depths and truths in scenes and monologues. Mondays, 7pm. $140. The Philadelphia Acting Studio, 338 Brown St.

Women Behind the Guitar Strings

Art Sanctuary is highlighting music and literature from around the globe, starting with this lesson in folklore and guitar stringing. Attendees will learn about the origins of guitar-instruments and are invited to bring their own instruments to play and share. There will be a short lecture on the history and construction of the precursors of the guitar followed by a community musical collaboration. March 16, 2pm. $15. Art Sanctuary, 628 South St.

Locally Grown

Following a screening of Urban Roots , a documentary on the urban farming movement happening in Detroit, the film’s director, Mark MacInnis, along with several local sustainable leaders and experts, will hold a panel discussion on the Philadelphia urban farming movement and sustainability. Prior to the event, there will be a special screening of a 15-minute documentary film on West Philly’s Mill Creek Farm by Drexel graduate, Clay Hereth. Feb. 7, 7:30pm. $5. Bossone Research Center, 3140 Market St. 215.895.1029.


Science on Tap

Mingle with fellow nerds while discussing a range of engaging science topics during this monthly science cafe. Each installment features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation. Second Mondays, 6pm. Free. National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St.

Revealing the Obvious

Instagramers, rejoice! Internationally recognized designer and photographer Dan Marcolina will show how picture choice and multiple app processing can transform your everyday snapshots into remarkable statements. After, Marcolina will sign copies of his critically acclaimed book and iPad series, iPhone Obsessed . March 20, 6pm. Free. University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St.

Sonic Arts Union: Hardware Hacking Workshop

Assuming you have absolutely no technical background whatsoever, composer, musician and professor Nicolas Collins will guide participants through a series of sound-producing electronic construction projects, from making simple contact microphones, through “bending” toys, to making oscillators and other circuits from scratch. In other words, this is one free workshop you’re going to want to RSVP to. March 17, 2pm. Free. International House, 3701 Chestnut St.

Workplace Wednesdays

Offered every two months through June, during this series of six or seven classes, instructors will cover every aspect of landing the perfect job, from identifying your skills to killin’ it at an interview. There will also be sessions devoted specifically to resume writing, changing careers and conducting a job search. Wednesdays, 6pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

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1. Anonymous said... on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:28AM

“excellent article, well done.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:25AM

“Those Sauced Education Classes at Philly Wine School are actually $65, not $16.”

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3. Rick Saxby said... on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:59AM

“The Philly Urban Defense looks like a good company. I went on their website and they have some good testimonials. Their Tai-Fit program looks like the class I would take out of all the ones they offer. I know some people think stuff like this is stupid but I always liked classes like these, they remind of tai-bo. (I like tai bo, I don't care what anyone says, its fun).

Rick Saxby,


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