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>>  The New York dream is to frequently attend a wide variety of intellectual, cultural, and highly entertaining events. Once there, a big bonus is the chance to meet new people who share your passions.

New York plays, concerts, operas, and dances, of course, provide stimulating evenings. If you don't count standing in restroom lines during intermission, however, they are not likely to provide an atmosphere in which you can meet new people.

The types of events most likely to provide stimulation and interesting people are informative events like classes, lectures, tours, and readings. That said, don't let the suggestion of "school" scare you off!

I use the term "edu-tainment" to define an informative, stimulating event. Edu-tainment events are lead by bright people, are usually 2 to 2.5 hours in length, and provide plenty of opportunity for socializing. Best? No tests!

EDU=education and TAINMENT=entertainment

Edu-tainment events are a good investment. They generally range from free to $65 per event, but when bundled (think "courses"), such as 6 events for $120, each event in a series can be as low as $20 (far lower than a dating service).

Resources

For the best selections, get on standard mailing lists where you are automatically sent catalogs and flyers. In my opinion, these off-line resources are the easiest to review and bookmark.

Also consider getting on email lists, although many people are shy about signing up due to SPAM overload. As an incentive to use email, however, some organizations send out discounted admission specials. If you think you can find their solicitations in your daily onslaught, get on lists.

All museums sponsor edu-tainment events. In New York, of course, there is a museum for every interest (including sex), so you should be able to find interesting topics without difficulty.

All arts-related schools sponsor theatrical, musical and dancing events performed by great artists (often artists-in-residence) and students alike. And student productions? New York arts students seem to start at a "professional level," then work up from there. I don't know what it is about this city, but everyone is good!

If you have a strict budget, thinking in terms of "per event" prices might help you make a decision that will enrich your life and expand your friendships, without really breaking the bank as you know it.

Questions or comments?
Karen Little


    SELECTED EVENT AND EDUCATIONAL
    RESOURCES:


    92nd STREET Y
    1395 LEXINGTON AVENUE
    NEW YORK, NY 10128
    212 415-5500
    WWW.92Y.ORG


    ALLIANCE FOR
    DOWNTOWN NEW YORK, INC.
    120 BROADWAY, SUITE 3340
    NEW YORK, NY 10271
    212 566-6700
    WWW.DOWNTOWNNY.COM


    ART STUDENTS LEAGUE
    OF NEW YORK, THE
    215 WEST 57TH STREET
    NEW YORK, NY 10019
    212 247-4510
    WWW.THEARTSTUDENTSLEAGUE.ORG


    BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN
    1000 WASHINGTON AVENUE
    BROOKLYN, NY 11225
    718 623-7220
    WWW.BBG.ORG


    COOPER UNION
    FOR THE ADVANCEMENT
    OF SCIENCE AND ART, THE
    COOPER SQUARE
    NEW YORK, NY 10003
    212 353-4000
    WWW.COOPER.EDU


    FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    FIT - STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
    7TH AVENUE AT 27TH STREET
    NEW YORK, NY 10001
    212 712-7999
    WWW.FITNYC.EDU


    GOTHAM WRITERS' WORKSHOP
    1841 BROADWAY, SUITE 809
    NEW YORK, NY 10023
    212 974-8377
    WWW.WRITINGCLASSES.COM


    GRADUATE CENTER, THE
    CUNY
    365 5TH AVENUE AT 34TH STREET
    NEW NORK, NY 10016
    212 817-8215
    WEB.GC.CUNY.EDU/CEPP


    LUCY MOSES SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
    KAUFMAN CENTER
    129 WEST 67TH STREET
    NEW YORK, NY 10023
    212 501-3360
    WWW.KAUFMAN-CENTER.ORG


    NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY
    66 WEST 12TH STREET
    NEW YORK, NY 10011
    212 229-5600
    WWW.NYU.EDU


    NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN
    SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL HORTICULTURE
    200TH STREET AND KAZIMIROFF BLVD.
    BRONX, NY 10458
    718 817-8797
    WWW.NYBG.ORG/EDU


    NEW YORK OPEN CENTER, THE
    83 SPRING STREET
    NEW YORK, NY 10012
    212 219-2527
    WWW.OPENCENTER.ORG


    NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
    SCHOOL OF CONTINUING &
    PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
    100 WASHINGTON SQUARE EAST
    NEW YORK, NY 10003
    212 998-7200
    WWW.SCPS.NYU.EDU


    PARSONS CONTINUING EDUCATION
    DIVISION OF NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY
    66 5TH AVENUE
    NEW YORK, NY 10011
    212 229-5150
    WWW.PARSONS.EDU


Event Resource Catalogs

The catalogs shown below will help you jump-start your search for high-quality, reasonably priced events. In addition, their multiple-day (bundled) events provide great opportunities to meet like-minded people.

Obtain printed bulletins and fliers whenever possible, even though information is also posted on the web. As nice as the web is, event information can be difficult to find, list, and/or organize, especially when it covers multiple pages.

TIP: If you can't start at the beginning and courses are not filled, you may be able to audit them mid-term.

CUNY Graduate Center Continuing Ed

CUNY Graduate Center Continuing Education & Public Programs: 44 pages. This is the gold standard for single events. Typical prices: free, $10, $15.

92nd Street Y

92nd Street Y: 146 pages. This is the gold standard for community events, with lectures, arts, performances, concerts, crafts, food, dating, and tours, plus Jewish cultural and religious topics. Single events average $10 to $25. Bundled pricing averages $30 to $45 per event, such as $435 for 14, or $120 for 4.

New School University Bulletin

New School University Bulletin: 260 pages. Various departments offer free events, but you have to be signed up to get invites. Many single events are $65 each. Bundled pricing averages $35 per event, such as $265 for 8, $445 for 13, and $210 for 6.


New York University Continuing Studies Bulletin: 285 pages. Wide range of subjects, plus certification-oriented and college-credit classes. Many bundled offerings at $46 to $60 a session, such as $460 for 10, and $730 for 12.


Parsons Continuing Education: 50 pages. Fascinating mix of design, art, floral arts, interior decoration, and fashion courses. Consider such things as "Art Deco," "Oriental Rug Seminar," and "Antiques Connoisseurship." Join mid-session if the class has room. Bundled pricing averages $40 to $50 per session, such as $472 for 12 or $394 for 10.

New York Open Center

The New York Open Center: 80 pages. Spiritual and health-related topics. Average prices: Single sessions at $15 to $35. Day-long sessions at $110. Two-day sessions at $225.


Gotham Writers' Workshop: 38 pages. Meet other writers through a few free lectures and readings. Bundled classes average $35/$45 each, such as $345 for 10 and $395 for 10.

Kaufman Center for Arts and Performance Education

Lucy Moses School - Kaufman Center for Arts & Performance: 20 pages. Fabulous resource for those who like to sing, play instruments and/or act. Mostly bundled classes at approximately $25/$35 each, such as $235 for 10, $315 for 10, and $295 for 14.


Downtown New York Events

Downtown New York: Pamphlet. World-class entertainment, often free, held at the World Financial Center and Battery Park.



Cooper Union: 37 pages. Single (free to $40) and bundled events includes lectures, performances, and classes. Many types of art classes, architectural topics, wine tasting, history, literature, floral design, and software training. Bundled classes approximately $25/35 each, such as $265 for 10 and $190 for 6.



The Art Students League: 96 pages. The plain cover belies the full-color presentation inside. Examine art teachers' styles before selecting reasonably-priced drawing, painting, sculpture, and print-making classes. Totally exciting stuff where you meet like-minded people creating art in working studios! You generally pay a monthly tuition based on the number of days you attend per week. Examples: $83 for 2 evenings, $105 for 3 evenings, and $155 for 5 evenings per week.




The New York Botanical Garden - School of Professional Horticulture: 22 pages. Classes accessable to enthusiasts. Professionals get credit. Also see classes and lectures given by the New York Botanical Garden proper.



FIT - Fashion Institute of Technology: 35 pages. Bills these classes as "short, affordable seminars and training programs for fashion and related businesses." Learn about how start your own store, how to be a store buyer, how to become a stylist, and all about wholesale/retail transactions. Wide-range of prices. Example: $10 to $150.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden: 35 pages. Adult and children's classes. Many holiday-oriented classes. Earn a horticulture certificate that addresses such skills as Plant Propagation, Pest Management, Urban Garden Maintenance, and Urban Garden Design, among many things. Wide-range of prices, with many classes free. Multiple week courses range from $75 to $350.


www.YellowBook.com

For more options, contact museums, libraries, and theatrical, musical, dance, sports, and professional organizations. Also consider churches, synagogues, social clubs, non-profits, and all the colleges and universities not listed above.

If that doesn't do it, consult a phone directory (Yellow Book or Yellow Pages) for things like golfing and sailing lessons, as well as professional associations.



Article and photos by Karen Little. Article regularly reviewed. All rights reserved by www.Littleviews.com.







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