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Summer School

Seventeen ways to pick up a new skill or hobby before September.


Make Your Own Tofu
The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St., at Meeker Ave., Williamsburg; 718-389-2982
Bean-curd expert Jonathan Wu delivers hands-on instruction in making three types of tofu: fresh, pressed, and fermented. Once you've mastered the techniques, learn dishes featuring each variety.
When: June 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Price: $50

Go From Traveler to Travel Writer
New York University, 100 Washington Sq. East, nr. Washington Pl. 212-998-4500
NYU’s School of Continuing Education offers a host of summer seminars. This one is taught by travel writer David Farley, who will show you how to research, craft, and pitch magazine travel stories.
When: June 14, June 21; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price: $290

Discuss Shakespeare's Sonnets
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., nr. 92nd Street; 212-415-5500
Noted Shakespeare expert Robert W. Smith leads a lecture and discussion on the role of women in the Bard's sonnets.
When: August 18; noon-1:30 p.m.
Price: $40

Start Your Fashion Portfolio
3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave., nr. Stagg St., Williamsburg; 718-715-4961
Get a leg up on your next Project Runway audition in this six-part workshop covering the basics of fashion illustration and composition. You’ll develop your own set of croquois (fashion figures) and also draw from live, clothed models.
When: Tuesdays, June 26-July 27; 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Price: $295

Become a Film Buff On Your Lunch Hour
92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., nr. Canal St.; 212-601-1000
This five-part series screens lesser known films like Jane Campion's A Stranger at My Table, and 1949's Passport to Pimlico. After the movie, there's lunch and discussion. Classes are also sold individually.
When: Wenesdays, June 16-July 14; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Price: $165

Have Your Way With Wildflowers
The Little Flower School. 50-52 Dobbin St., Red Hook
Learn tips on flower care and arranging from the owners of Red Hook flower shop Saipua in their summer workshop called Wildflowers 101. All students go home with a vase, clippers, and the flower "moment" they’ve made that day, and classes end with a Champagne toast. Contact for details.
When: July 25
Price: $250

Fake a Restaurant Dinner
The Institute of Culinary Education, 50 W. 23rd St., nr. Broadway; 800-522-4610
Learn how to make perfect facsimiles of Babbo's Mint Love Letters, Le Bernardin's roast monkfish with savoy cabbage and bacon-butter sauce, Craft's hanger steak with Bordelaise, and more.
When: July 9, 6-10:30 p.m.
Price: $115

Try DIY Filmmaking
3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave., nr. Stagg St., Williamsburg; 718-715-4961
Forget digital and learn how to work with the stripped-down, experimental techniques explored by some of the pioneers of avant-garde film. The two-part workshop will also include screenings of films by Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas.
When: Sundays, July 18 and 25; 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Price: $100; materials $40

Grow Herbs at Home
Whole Foods Bowery, 95 E. Houston St., at Bowery; 212-420-1320
Nissa Pierson of the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center takes you through the basics of the at-home herb garden. Beyond the harvest, learn how to store your fresh crop, and then prepare a five-course dinner featuring basil, rosemary, cilantro, lemon thyme, marjoram, mint, and lavender.
When: July 14, 6-9 p.m.
Price: $55

Make Vegan Cupcakes
Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health, 48 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-989-1493
Get deep into the intricacies of ovo-lacto substitutes like xanthan gum and coconut oil in this class that teaches you to make both cake-only and cream-filled cupcake varieties. For the extra-picky, there's also a soy- and gluten-free version on the agenda.
When: July 29, 6:30-10 p.m.
Price: $110

Pair Wine and Cheese From Spain
Pasanella and Son Vinters, 115 South St., nr. Beekman St.; 212-233-8383
Sergio Hernandez of Bklyn Larder leads this tasting of the wines and cheeses of Castilla-Leon. The class focuses on goat- and sheep's-milk cheeses, and vino from the Rueda and Ribera del Duero regions.
When: June 23, 7-9 p.m.
Price: $45

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