20 great educational opportunities in 2014
Jan. 22, 7-9pm, $40. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St. SF. www.18reasons.org
WORLD OF FISH
A full weekend of learning about ways to cook fish from around the globe will go on at this friendly North Beach cooking school (which tends to book up its workshops early, so book now). On the menu: black cod poached in five-spice broth, brodo di pesce, and much more.
Feb. 1-2, 10am-3pm, $385. Tante Marie's Cooking School, 271 Francisco, SF. www.tantemaria.com
Do you have a staring problem? Fix your gaze on this 10-session course including anatomy tips, representational tricks, and a focus on the art of portraiture.
Thursdays, Feb. 6-April 10, 6:30-9:30pm, $360. California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., SF. www.cca.edu
THE BASICS OF BUDGETING AND SAVING
If the only thing you can depend on in this wacky 2014 is yourself, it's time to hone those financial security skills. This free class is held once a month at the LGBT Community Center, and should give you a couple things to think about when it comes to money management.
Feb. 11, 6:30-8:30pm, free. LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market, SF. www.sfcenter.org
HERBS FOR FLUS AND COLDS
In addition to a more long-running courses and a by-donation, student-staffed herbal health clinic that is open to the public, Berkeley's Ohlone Herbal Center offers practical classes in Western herbalism for regular folks. Your loved ones will thank you for brushing up with this one — it teaches preventative anti-cold and flu measures, and home remedies for when you inevitably catch something. Yes, tea is provided during classtime.
AIN'T I A WOMAN? MY JOURNEY TO WOMANHOOD
If you are looking for educational opportunites as to changing the face of culture, look no further than this public lecture hosted by the California Institute of Integral Studies. For two hours, Orange is the New Black breakout star Laverne Cox will discuss her journey to becoming the most visible black transwoman on television (not to mention the first ever to produce and star in her own program with VH1's "TRANSForm Me"). The talk won't be lacking in looks-ahead to the important activism that still remains for Cox and her allies.
March 19, 7-9pm, $25-75. Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes, SF. www.ciis.edu
You will finally be able to get that organic farmstand delivery service to sponsor your yearly watermelon seed-spitting contest (or whatever) after you take this crash course on getting money to hold events. The secrets to obtaining event sponsorships are divulged during this one-day class: how to pitch potential partners, going market rates, and more, all in a group discussion-centric format.
April 26, 9am-5pm, $300. San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, 835 Market, SF. www.sfsu.edu