Seasonal Shrubs
Nov
24
3:00 PM15:00

Seasonal Shrubs

How to Make Fruit & Vinegar Syrups with Larry Piaskowy

from 80.00

Contrary to what you may think, this workshop has nothing to do with overgrown pygmy trees. Shrubs are fruit and vinegar based syrups that are great for making home-made sodas and craft cocktails. Though they’ve been around for at least 400 years, shrubs are undergoing a fashionable revival as more mixologists experiment with this syrup to create unusual and memorable cocktails.

In this class led by Larry Piaskowy, you will combine different seasonal fruits, herbs and vinegars to create customized shrubs. You will also sample a variety of Larry's own exceptional concoctions in sodas and cocktails. A former chef at 15 Romolo, Larry is the mastermind behind BarJars.

The Take-Aways:

- 2 jars of your hand-crafted shrubs with instructions on how to finish the process at home.

- 1 jar of BarJars Shrubs with cocktail recipes (perfect for Thanksgiving!)

- 2 shrubs cocktails (or sodas) to enjoy during the workshop

- And your curiosity sated... for now.

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Dance in the Air
Nov
23
to Nov 24

Dance in the Air

How to dance off walls with Bandaloop

from 160.00

Get your feet off the ground and dance in the air with international sensation, BANDALOOP. Learn their signature vertical/aerial technique—dance in the air, on the walls, and on the ground with core company members. This 2-day workshop will cover technique, safety, training methods, and choreography, improvisation, and play. All gear will be supplied. 

day one: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm; day two: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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[POSTPONED] MacGyver Night
Nov
21
6:30 PM18:30

[POSTPONED] MacGyver Night

*We will reschedule this event for early 2014.*

How to Design your way out of a jam with Matthew Jervis

 

from 25.00

It’s time for your trusty duct tape! Channel your sexy über-geek for an evening of hands-on destruction and imaginative thinking.  The evening, orchestrated by Matthew Jervis, will have you solving off-beat problems with everyday materials, practical application of scientific knowledge, clever improvisations and... duct-tape! 

 

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Stockpiling Beer
Nov
18
6:30 PM18:30

Stockpiling Beer

How to appreciate the art of aging beer with Craig Wathen

from 40.00

Like some of your best friends, aged beers possess unique personalities and curious characteristics. In this workshop you will sample three different styles of beer—stout, barley wine, sour beer. Craig Wathen will introduce you to the brewing methods and characteristics that make these styles particularly suitable for aging and collecting. You will also learn to curate your personal aged beer collection and leave with a bottle to get you started. Craig, with his wife Beth, are the founders and owners of the magnificent City Beer Store.

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Masters in Disaster
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Masters in Disaster

How to stay calm and carry on with Lt. Erica Arteseros

from 20.00

Ride out the next Big One with a glass of reconstituted Pinot between your fingers. In this workshop led by Lt. Erica Arteseros, you will learn the basics of becoming self-sufficient during a major disaster with no water, no electricity, no phone reception, and NO GCHAT. You will draft a personal disaster plan as well as put together a kit of supplies you’ll need to survive several days alone. As SFFD’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team’s (NERT) Project Coordinator, Lt. Arteseros has trained over 12,000 people in disaster preparedness and response.

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DIY Apothecary
Nov
11
6:30 PM18:30

DIY Apothecary

How to make herbal medicine with Riyana Rebecca Sang.

from 65.00

Next time you catch a cold, skip the mad dash to Walgreens and rummage through your own handmade herbal apothecary instead. Herbal remedies are an effective and “green” alternative to expensive and synthetic pharmaceuticals. In this workshop taught by Riyana Rebecca Sang, you will learn about the core types of herbal medicines (tinctures, teas, decoctions, infusions, syrups), understand their benefits and applications, and how to use them. You will also make a tincture, a syrup, and a hand-blended tea to take home.

With over ten years' experience in making herbal medicine, Riyana is Program Director and Faculty Herbalist at Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley.  

 

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Day of the Dead Face Painting
Nov
2
3:00 PM15:00

Day of the Dead Face Painting

How to look good for Day of the Dead with Samantha Joslyn

50.00

On November 2nd, prepare for the annual Dia de los Muertos procession by dressing up as La Calavera Catrina, the beautiful skull lady depicted in Posada’s 1913 zinc etching. In this workshop taught by Samantha Joslyn, you will learn to paint your own face in the iconic “elegant skull” style. After selecting a design that suits you, Samantha will give you step-by-step instructions to achieve the desired look. With a few finishing touches you’re ready to step out and join the parade. When she is not studying esthetics, or working on her jewelry line you can find her at Flour and Water.

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Buggin' Out
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Buggin' Out

How to prepare and eat insects with Monica Martinez + La Cocina

from 80.00

It’s taboo. It’s subversive. Indiana Jones did it with beetles in the Temple of Doom. Now may be the time for you to set out and explore the strange and delicious realm of entomophagy. Under the guidance of Monica Martinez, you will learn to make handmade chocolate-covered crickets, crispy mealworm mix and all sorts of creepy crawly dishes. An industrial designer and artist originally from Mexico City, Monica serves up pre-Hispanic insect snacks from her food cart, Don Bugito.

 

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Krav Maga Self Defense
Oct
26
2:00 PM14:00

Krav Maga Self Defense

How to defend against multiple attackers with Krav Maga Institute

from 120.00

Protect ya neck with Krav Maga, an Israeli self defense system that focuses on the ability to defend yourself in real world situations. In this seminar led by Danny Zelig, a top-ranked Krav Maga expert and instructor, you will learn street-fighting techniques to fend off multiple attackers. You will also learn to recognize danger signals and be able to quickly formulate exit strategies. A second-generation disciple of Imi Lichtenfeld, Danny founded the Krav Maga Institute and has been teaching civilians, military personnel, and law enforcement teams for nearly thirty years. 20% off for the Curiosity Atlas community. (Originally $150/pp. now $120/pp.)

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Lockpicking
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Lockpicking

How to pick locks for fun and sport with Michael Fitzhugh

from 50.00

Behold, your key to deciphering the mysteries of locks! In this workshop, Michael Fitzhugh will walk you through the importance of locks in daily life, the fundamentals of how locks work, and why many locks can be picked. You will be given your own kit of lockpicking tools and engage in a hands-on session where additional experts from The Open Organisation of Lockpickers will assist you in mastering the art of lockpicking. Michael is the organizer of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of TOOOL, an international organization dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge about locks.

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Making Sugar Skulls
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Making Sugar Skulls

[SOLD OUT] How to honor the dead with Michele Simons + 18 Reasons

from 35.00

In Mexico on Day of the Dead, the living make offerings of sugar skulls (las calaveras de azucar) to welcome and commemorate dead souls. In this workshop taught by Michele Simons, you will participate in this ancient tradition by making and designing two sugar skulls that celebrate the sweetness of life while honoring the spirits of the dead. Proprietress of the Sugar Skull Gallery, Michele can be found making these irreverent memento mori at Galeria de la Raza during the month of October.

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Sailing the Bay: A Primer
Oct
20
9:30 AM09:30

Sailing the Bay: A Primer

How to Sail the Bay with OCSC Sailing

60.00

[NEW  START TIME]

"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea—whether it is to sail or to watch it—we are going back from whence we came." -John F. Kennedy. In this workshop you will learn to tie knots and sail on a yacht as part of a small crew helmed by one of OCSC Sailing’s instructors. This two-hour sail on the Bay gives you a chance to learn basic sailing concepts and try your hand at different roles on the yacht. Experience what it’s like to see the Golden Gate Bridge as if for the first time. Lunch and refreshments (beer and wine) are included.

9:30am - 1:30pm: [SOLD OUT] meet new people on a 6-person boat. Start with knot-tying and end with lunch and drinks back on dry land. $60.

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Dance in the Air
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Dance in the Air

How to dance off walls with Bandaloop

from 160.00

Get your feet off the ground and dance in the air with international sensation BANDALOOP. Learn their signature vertical/aerial technique—dance in the air, on the walls, and on the ground with core company members. This 2-day workshop will cover technique, safety, training methods, and choreography, improvisation, and play. All gear will be supplied. 

day one: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm; day two: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

 
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Wild Urban Edibles
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

Wild Urban Edibles

CANCELLED:  How to spot food in the wild with Kevin Feinstein

40.00

Who hasn’t idly imagined being stranded on an island and forced to live off the land like Robinson Crusoe or Tom Hanks in Cast Away? This walk in Buena Vista Park, led by Kevin Feinstein, will show you the varied  wild foods, nuts, and berries that grow in every corner of our city. You will learn to identify common local plants and distinguish between what’s dangerous and what’s edible. Author of The Bay Area Forager and Crash Course in Wild Mushroom Foraging, Kevin has taught classes on wild plants and sustainable gardening for the past ten years.

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