Tricks for Free


In a perfect world, we would all be able to learn the skills we’ve always wanted to. But figuring out how to, say, tune your own bike or knit takes ample time and money. Except on October 10.

On that action-packed day, you can learn to tap, recycle bottles into vases, infuse liquor, make ricotta, screenprint, and brew kombucha (not to mention many more crowd-pleasing talents, like twisting balloons into animals). The cost to attend this daylong, hands-on gathering? A suggested $10, on a sliding pay scale, so it’s accessible to all. That’s the point of the Brooklyn Skillshare.

This awesome event, to be held at Gowanus Studio Space, was spearheaded by Meg Wachter, a South Slope photographer who visited a Boston Skillshare this past spring, where she learned the basics of Burmese massage and how to brew her own kombucha (a skill she’ll now be teaching). “I assumed this existed at every major city,” says Wachter, who came back to Brooklyn and discovered we had no such thing. “The closest I could find was an anarchist skillshare at Judson Memorial Church.” So Wachter began to organize a Brooklyn version together with Jessica Goldfond and a network of likeminded friends. A call went out for proposals, and they received lesson plans from people like Kelly Carambula of eat make read and Jackson Nash (son of Graham), and Glenn Robinson, who was just featured on NY1 as a NYer of the Week for his Bags for the People.

The only catch to this communal day of learning, which includes breakfast and lunch, is that funds are needed for the space and supplies needed to produce it. So this Friday, August 28, Wachter and Co. are throwing a benefit show at Glasslands. Local bands like The XYZ Affair and Gunfight! will be playing, Sweet Tooth of the Tiger and others will be providing treats for a bake sale, and there will be a raffle for goodies like tickets to see Rain Machine, the side project of TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone.

The show is just $7 and will help all of us learn new tricks.

Brooklyn Skillshare benefit show at Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave., Friday, August 28 at 8pm. The Brooklyn Skillshare will be held at Gowanus Studio Space Oct. 10.

Sent by Nicole. Photo courtesy of Gunfight!.

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