I was exasperated. Can you tell? I just wanted one damn photo of this dress I purchased from eBay sellers Ukrainian Vintage at a rummage sale a few weeks ago. Nothing was working, so I shot myself in the mirror all angry. Dumb camera. Great dress, though, huh? $4.

Anyways, exasperation no more. I just signed up for a 45 minute digital photography class taking place this Saturday through Learnapalooza. What is Learnapalooza?, you must be wondering.

Learnapalooza is a volunteer-led event and run in partnership with CommuniTeach, a website that makes it easy to learn from your neighbors for free throughout the year. Workshops will be hosted by more than a dozen businesses and organizations, and headquartered at the Wicker Park Art Center. The majority of the workshops are aimed at adults, but there will be a few options for children and families as well. It’s a fun, free way to share your passions, learn new skills, and connect with your neighbors.

Very cool. The last class I took that involved my camera also involved me not going back. It was north of North Avenue and east of Ashland, boundaries I swear to never cross unless Montrose Beach is involved. I am a snobby, anti-northside Chicagoan. Since this workshop is both taking place in my neighborhood, and short and sweet, and free, I’m all in.

Here’s a few more of the nifty classes being taught this Saturday and Sunday in the great City of Chicago.

How Buildings Learn- Walking Tour
This will be a walking Tour. We will look at buildings and “learn” to “read” how they have changed over time. The Face of a Building has the scars and facelifts that tell tales -just like our own faces. Collect at the front of the Library at Milwaukee and Wabansia and we will walk East.
June 25, 2011 | 11:15 am – 12:00 pm | Wicker Park Library, 1701 N Milwaukee Ave

Learn to Draw: Still Lifes
Informal still-life drawing classes. The class will sit on the floor around a small installation and practice drawing. We’ll provide paper and drawing supplies but participants are welcome to bring their own supplies as well. The teacher will walk around and help as much or as little as you want. Shildren (12 and older) and adults are welcome. No prior drawing experience is necessary. Note: Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
June 25, 2011 | 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm |Park Schreck Gallery, 1747 W. North Ave.

Argument Clinic
A fun, interactive session on how to successfully “argue”; geared towards people who are interested in advocating for a particular cause. The presentation will include ways in which arguments may be countered, some ideas about unique strategies for social media, and a very basic grounding in public speaking.
June 25, 2011 | 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm | Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue

The Feminine Comique
The Feminine Comique offers a structured, all-female enviroment wherein seasoned performers and newcomers alike can focus on the writing skills and performance confidence needed to tackle the standup stage. Outlining a set of writing exercises for use in building material from a basic joke structure, the course provides a framework to get students onstage, telling jokes, along with feedback and clarity in performance philosophy to allow students to take the stage from a position of strength and consistency.This workshop is taught as a full length five week course here in Chicago, and has been taught as a one time only workshop at the festival and university level.
June 25, 2011 | 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm | Wicker Park Arts Center, 2219 W. North Ave.

Join us for a short course on beekeeping. We’ll cover how to become a beekeeper and what to expect during the season.
June 25, 2011 | 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm | Wicker Park Arts Center, 2219 W. North Ave.

African Drum & Dance
Mofindu African Drum & Dance Co. brings energetic dance classes and history of West Africa and the Caribbean. You’ll learn dance techniques from such places like Mali, Gambia, and Guinea, aligned with the communication between the dancer and music. Live African percussion is accompanied with the classes, so all levels of drummers are welcomed to share or learn percussion with our artists. We ask that you bring your own rhythmic instruments; can be drums, bells, or shakers to make the music more lively. No dance experience needed and classes are for all ages.
June 26, 2011 | 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm | Rumble Arts, 3413 West North Avenue

Take a gander at all of the free classes offered here and let me know if you’ll be in attendance! Make sure to also check out their Kickstarter page and throw some dollars their way if you are so inclined. Happy learning.


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