Maybe you’re not a devotee of the midwinter ritual we call Sober January–maybe you know what to do with yourself without a wineglass in hand or a bar to meet your friends at. For the rest of us though, filling the cold, dark January hours can be a challenge, especially once you’ve seen every movie in town and watched all the television you can handle. Here are three classes happening this week that might just make you forget how cold it is outside (though it supposed to be in the 50s this weekend). Or browse on the Brooklyn Based page on CourseHorse–there’s bound to be something there to pique your interest.
Beginner’s Sewing Class at Brooklyn Yarn Cafe, Bushwick, $49, multiple dates and times
If you have fantasies about sewing your own clothing, or a sewing machine in your closet that you’ve forgotten how to thread, this three-hour class in Bushwick might be just the thing to kickstart your DIY dreams.
Fencing for Adult Beginners, Brooklyn Fencing Center, Gowanus, $240, Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 26, 7:30-8:30pm; Epee/Foil Beginners Class, New York Fencing Academy, Coney Island, $45, Thursday, Jan. 9, 6-7:30pm
No one wants to hear about your yoga practice at brunch, or your amazing new boot camp, and especially not your juice cleanse. But fencing? Not only will you get to learn fancy footwork and handle an epee, it’s also a sweet new hobby to brag about, just so long as you don’t go around critiquing sword fights in movies or on Game of Thrones.
One Pot is All You Need, Eataly, Flatiron, $100. Thursday, Jan. 9, 6:30-8pm
Learn how to make root vegetable gratin, tomato and rice soup and chicken with cabbage, mushrooms and pancetta with Eataly’s executive chef and really up your winter comfort food game.