Aug 27

Learning Curve

Creativity & Fun

Writing for the Stage
An Intensive Playwriting Workshop

Through creative tools and exercises, you will learn the craft of playwriting. Discussion of each participant’s work will help you learn structure, character development, dramatic intention, conflict, motive, climax and resolution. All experience levels are welcome.

Instructor: Richard Steel
6-WEEK COURSE
Saturdays, August 4 - September 8, 1-4 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 8/3)

Life Drawing
Capturing the Beautiful Human Body

This popular course is perfect for anyone interested in developing her/his artistic talents. Beginners and experienced artists welcome. Our instructor works with each student one-on-one to ensure you get exactly what you need to develop your talents. Each session features a live nude model.

Instructor: Ron Anderegg
4-WEEK COURSE
Tuesdays, July 24 - August 14, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $69
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 7/23)

Technology

Phreestyle Photography
Digital Photography Master Class

Part 1: Learn photography fundamentals and equipment basics for your particular camera. Part 2: Professional photography, including: portraiture, still life, printing, lighting and image manipulation.

Instructor: Dali Sadhana

5-WEEK COURSE 
Thursdays, July 26 - August 23, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 7/25)

Learn Adobe Photoshop Ext.
Levels I & II

Photoshop is the graphic world’s most powerful tool. You will learn how to retouch, create composites, work with layers, paint, color correct and much more. Two companion courses which may be take together or separately.

Instructor: Dali Sadhana

L1 Mondays, July 30 & August 6, 7-9:30 p.m.
L2 Mondays, August 13 & 20, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $89 ea.

COMBINE LEVELS I & II
Enrollment Fee: $149
(No Additional Discounts)
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. 7/29)

Health & Wellness

Announcement: Our Saturday morning yoga and meditation classes are now free/by donation. Attend either class and make an optional cash donation for the amount you believe the class was worth.

Deep Breath
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

For beginners and experienced alike.

Instructor: Brent Stevens
Every Saturday, 10-11:15 a.m.
Donation ($10 - $12 Suggested)

Get Centered
Saturday Morning Meditation Class

Instructor: Marc Caldwell
Donation ($8 - $10 Suggested)
Every Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m.

Performance

Flamenco and Classical Guitar
Stylized Guitar for Beginners

Whether you know how to play traditional guitar or you’ve never even held one, this class will teach you all the basics of creating beautiful music.

Instructor: Darryl Denning

6-WEEK COURSE
Wednesdays, August 8 - September 12
7:30-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 8/7)

Your World Premiere at the Comedy Store
Stand-Up Comedy Workshop

This fun course is perfect for anyone who wants to make’em laugh. Topics include: joke-writing, character creation, improv skills and stage persona. At the end, you will perform your own comedic stand-up piece at the Comedy Store!

Instructor: Adam Barnhardt

6-WEEK COURSE
Thursdays, July 19 – August 23
7-9:30 p.m.
The Comedy Store performance: 8/26
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 7/18)

Voiceover Talent
Introduction to Voiceover for Beginners

Develop the money-making talent of your own voice. Learn to pick the right demo directors and how to present yourself to casting and talent agents. Held at a recording studio and includes actual mic time.

Instructor: M.J. Lallo

WORKSHOP
Tuesday, July 24, 7-10 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $49
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 7/23)
Course meets off-site.

World Traveler

Voulez-Vous Parler Francias?
Conversational French for Beginners

Learn this most romantic of languages in only six weeks. Course will focus on basic vocabulary, casual conversation, and simple grammar constructs that will be helpful to travelers and connoisseurs alike.

Instructor: Nadine Cohen

6-WEEK COURSE
Tuesdays, July 24 - August 28, 7:30-9 p.m.
No class on July 3rd.
Enrollment Fee: $120
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 7/23)

Aug 26

Learning Curve

CREATIVITY & FUN

Writing for the Stage - An Intensive Playwriting Workshop

Through creative tools and exercises, you will learn the craft of playwriting. Discussion of each participant’s work will help you learn structure, character development, dramatic intention, conflict, motive, climax and resolution. All experience levels are welcome.

Instructor: Richard Steel
6-WEEK COURSE
Saturdays, March 3 – April 7, 1-4 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/2)

Life Drawing - Capturing The Beautiful Human Body

This popular course is perfect for anyone interested in developing his or her artistic
talents. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome. Each session features a live
nude model.

Instructor: Ron Anderegg
4-WEEK COURSE
Tuesdays, March 20 – April 10, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $69
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 3/19)

WORLD TRAVELER

Voulez-Vous Parler Francais? - Conversational French for Beginners

Learn this most romantic of languages in only six weeks. Course will focus on basic
vocabulary and simple grammar constructs that will be helpful to travelers and
connoisseurs alike.

Instructor: Nadine Cohen
6-WEEK COURSE
Tuesdays, March 13 – April 17, 7:30-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $120
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/12)

Spanish for Everyday Life - Spanish for Beginners

Learning Curve’s popular Spanish class, known for being fun and easy, has been
updated and expanded to 10 weeks. The result is a spirited course with an intensified curriculum similar to many college-level language courses.

Instructor: Jesus Arellano
10-PART COURSE
Wednesdays, April 11 – June 13, 7:30-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $199
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 4/10)

TECHNOLOGY

Phreestyle Photography - Digital Photography Master Class

Part 1: Photography fundamentals and equipment basics. Part 2: Professional
photography, including: portraiture, still life, printing, lighting and image manipulation.

Instructor: Dali Sadhana
5-WEEK COURSE
Wednesdays, March 21 – April 18, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/20)

Learn Adobe Photoshop Ext. - Levels I & II

Photoshop is the graphic world’s most powerful tool. You will learn how to retouch,
create composites, work with layers, paint, color correct and much more.

Instructor: Dali Sadhana
LEVEL 1 Mondays, March 19 & 26, 7-9:30 p.m.
LEVEL 2 Mondays, April 2 & 9, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $89 ea.
TAKE BOTH LEVELS & SAVE $29!
LEVELS 1&2 Enrollment Fee: $149
(No Additional Discounts)
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before
each level begins.)

Start Blogging Today - WordPress and the World of Blogging

WordPress is one of today’s most popular blogging software programs, and it’s totally free and easy to learn. By the end of this class you’ll have a working blog ready to share with the world.

Instructor: David Oshima
WORKSHOP
Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $39
(Enrollment closes at 5 pm on 3/23)

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Deep Breath - Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

Instructor: Brent Stevens
Every Saturday, 10-11:15 a.m.
$12 Each Class (at the door only)
$10 Seniors/Students (I.D. Required)

Get Centered - Saturday Morning Meditation Class

Instructor: Marc Caldwell
Every Saturday, 10-11 a.m.
$10 (at the door only)
$9 Seniors/Students (I.D. Required)

PERFORMANCE

Guitar Level 1 - Introduction to Guitar for Beginners

Learn the fundamentals, including basic scale, chord theory and open chords.
Learn to play familiar songs and how to create songs of your own. Students must
provide their own guitars.

Instructor: Mark Flores
6-WEEK COURSE
Thursdays, March 22 – April 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/21)

Voiceover Talent - Introduction to Voiceover for Beginners

Learn to pick the right demo directors and how to present yourself to casting and talent agents. Held at a recording studio and includes actual mic time.

Instructor: M.J. Lallo
WORKSHOP
Tuesday, March 27, 7-10 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $49
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 3/26)
Course meets off-site.

Flamenco and Classical Guitar - Stylized Guitar for Beginners

Whether you know how to play traditional guitar or you’ve never even held a guitar,
this class will teach you all the basics of creating beautiful music.

Instructor: Darryl Denning
6-WEEK COURSE
Wednesdays, February 29 – April 4, 7:30-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/28)
or
Wednesdays, April 11 – May 16, 7:30-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 4/12)

Your World Premiere at The Comedy Store - Stand-Up Comedy Workshop

Topics include: joke writing, creating characters, improv skills and stage persona.
At the end, perform your own comedic stand-up piece at The Comedy Store!

Instructor: Adam Barnhardt
6-WEEK COURSE

Thursdays, March 8 – April 12, 7-9:30 p.m.
The Comedy Store performance: 4/15

Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 3/7)

WEALTH & SECURITY

From Work to Retirement - Realities of Planning for Retirement

Planning for your retirement is hard work. This course is perfect for anyone who can
count on no one but themselves when it comes to creating their retirement lifestyle.
Course topics include: understanding how to manage retirement income, longevity
risks, Social Security, purchasing power, long-term investments, anticipating health
care needs and so much more.

Instructor: Grant Gochin.
WORKSHOP
Wednesday, March 28, 7-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $25
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/27)

You Can’t Take It with You - Managing Your Estate Planning Issues

The time to start planning for your future is now. Learn not only how to transfer
property at death but also how to plan for retirement, incapacity and disability.

Instructor: Christine Wilson
WORKSHOP
Tuesday, March 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $20
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/26)

Aug 25

Learning Curve

Creativity & Fun

WRITE THAT SPEC SCRIPT, NOW!
Television Writers Workshop

Every aspiring writer needs a spec script if they are going to land representation and/or that first writing job. This hands-on course was designed for the sole purpose of helping you achieve that goal. Our instructor will help and guide you to complete a half-hour or hour-long spec script that will be your calling card.

Instructor: Mark Alton Brown
6-Week Course
Wednesdays, Feb. 23 - Apr. 3, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $120
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/26)

Words & Music
Hands-on Musical Theatre Workshop

Do you have an idea for a stage musical? This fun hands-on workshop will help you transform your idea into the musical of your dreams. Topics will include story development, structure, composition, song/lyric writing and many other important elements you will need to bring your story to life.

Instructor: Mark Saltzman
6-Week Course
Wednesdays, Feb. 6 - Mar. 13, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/5)

Life Drawing
Capturing the Beautiful Human Body

This popular course is perfect for anyone interested in developing their artistic abilities. Nothing is more difficult to draw than the complexities of the human body. This fun and low-pressure course is perfect for beginners and experienced artists alike who want to develop their craft. Each session features a live model.

Instructor: Ron Anderegg
4-Week Course
Tuesdays, Feb. 19 - Mar 12, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $69
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/18)

Performance

Voiceover Talent
Introduction to Voiceover for Beginners

Unleash the vocal giant inside of you. This hands-on class will teach you tricks of the trade and how to present yourself to casting and talent agents. Held in a recording studio and includes actual mic time.

Instructor: M.J. Lallo
Workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 - 10 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $49
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/25)
Course meets off-site.

Guitar for Beginners
Introduction to Guitar

Learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar in a fun and easy environment. All of the basics are covered, including basic scale, chord theory and open chords. Learn to play familiar songs and how to create songs of your own. By end of this course, you will have the foundation necessary to grow into a great player. Student’s must provide their own guitars (acoustic and electric guitars are both welcome.

Instructor: Marc Flores 
6-Week Course
Wednesdays, Mar. 6 - Apr. 10, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 3/5)

Photography Workshop Series
Series enrollment packages are now available. Mix-n-match any courses and get discounted enrollment, free bonus classes and more. Visit lagaycenter.org/learningcurve for more information.

Camera Tech & Photography Fundamentals
Digital Photography Primer

This intense and information-filled course was specifically designed to help photographers master their cameras and begin developing a masterful creative eye.

Instructor: Dali Sadhana
4-Week Course
Thursdays, Feb. 21 - Mar. 14, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
This course is free with all Package Enrollments
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/20)

Studio Shoot
Fundamentals of Studio Photography

Learn to recreate different studio set ups, most of which can be easily replicated in the comfort of your own home and without spending a lot of money on professional equipment.

Instructor: Johnny Ciotti
6-Part Course
Tuesdays, Feb. 5 - Mar. 12, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $129
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/4)

Flesh Photography
Photographing the Human Body

This fun and eye-opening course will teach you different and creative ways of capturing the beauty of the human body through the lens of your digital camera.

Instructor: Daniel Meyer
4-Part Course
Tuesdays, Feb. 25 - Mar. 18, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $129
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/24)

Product Photography
Basics of Table-Top Photography

This course will teach you how to light and photograph all types of items, big and small, dark or light and for a variety of different uses.

Instructor: Dali Sadhana
4-Part Course
Tuesdays, Feb. 19 - Mar. 12, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $109
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/18)

Aug 24

Learning Curve

Technology

Phreestyle Photography 
Digital Photography Master Class

Part 1: Photography fundamentals and equipment basics. Part 2: Professional photography, including: portraiture, still life, printing, lighting and image manipu-
lation. Instructor: Dali Sadhana

5-WEEK COURSE
Tuesdays, February 21 – March 20
7-9:30 p.m. 
Enrollment Fee: $99 
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 2/20) 

Learn Adobe Photoshop Ext.
Levels I & II 

Photoshop is the graphic world’s most powerful tool. You will learn how to retouch, create composites, work with 
layers, paint, color correct and much more. Instructor: Dali Sadhana  

L1 Thursdays, February 23 & March 1 
7-9:30 p.m.  
L2 Thursdays, March 8 & 15, 7-9:30 p.m.  
Enrollment Fee: $89 ea.  

COMBINE LEVELS I & II 
Enrollment Fee: $149 
(No Additional Discounts)
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day 
before each level begins.)

Creativity & Fun 

Life Drawing
Capturing The Beautiful Human Body

This popular course is perfect for anyone interested in developing their artistic talents. Perfect for developing your artistic talents. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome.  Each session features a live nude model. 
Instructor: Ron Anderegg

4-WEEK COURSE
Tuesdays, February 21 – March 13 
7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $69
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/20)

Writing for the Stage
An Intensive Playwriting Workshop

Through creative tools and exercises you will learn the craft of playwriting. Discussion of each participant’s work will help you learn structure, character development, dramatic intention, conflict, motive, climax and resolution. All experience levels are welcome. 
Instructor: Richard Steel

6-WEEK COURSE 
Saturdays, March 3 – April 7, 1-4 p.m. 
Enrollment Fee: $99 
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/2)

Performance

Guitar Level 1
Introduction to Guitar for Beginners

Learn the fundamentals including basic scale, chord theory and open chords. Learn how to play  familiar songs and how to create songs of your own. Students must provide their own guitars. 
Instructor: Mark Flores

6-WEEK COURSE
Thursdays, February 2 – March 8 
7-8:30 p.m. 
Enrollment Fee: $99 
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 2/1) 

Voiceover Talent
Introduction to Voiceover for Beginners

Learn to pick the right demo directors and how to present yourself to casting and talent agents. Held at a recording studio and includes actual mic time. 
Instructor: M.J. Lallo  

WORKSHOP 
Tuesday, February 21, 7-10 p.m. 
Enrollment Fee: $49
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/20)
Course meets off-site.  

Flamenco and Classical Guitar
Stylized Guitar for Beginners

Whether you know how to play traditional guitar or you’ve never even held a guitar, this class will teach you all the basics of creating beautiful music. 
Instructor: Darryl Denning

6-WEEK COURSE 
Wednesdays, February 29 – April 4 
7:30-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99

Your World Premiere at The Comedy Store
Stand-Up Comedy Workshop

Topics include: joke writing, creating characters, improv skills and stage persona. At the end, perform your own comedic stand-up piece at The Comedy Store! Instructor: Adam Barnhardt

6-WEEK COURSE 
Thursdays, March 8 – April 12, 7-9:30 p.m. 
The Comedy Store performance: 4/15
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 3/7)

Dating & Intimacy

Man-On-Man Love Series
 
Choose one or more of our workshops 
for men. Take all four and save $21!

Any one workshop: $25  
4-workshop series: Enrollment fee $79
(Registration for series closes at 5 p.m. on 2/7)

You Can Meet Any Man You Want
Make Peace with Your Fear of Rejection

MAN-ON-MAN: WORKSHOP 1
The most debilitating fear we face is the fear of rejection. This fun and interactive workshop will explore how to overcome your fear of rejection and how to be aware of your inhibiting thoughts so you can learn how to meet any man you want. Instructor: Neil Kaminsky

Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 2/7)

Mr. Wrong vs. Mr. Right
How to Break Your Bad Dating Habits

MAN-ON-MAN: WORKSHOP 2
Learn to focus your attention on how to recognize possible Mr. Rights before anyone makes the first move. Fun and interactive exercises will help you learn to see through the façades of Mr. Wrongs and recognize all the Mr. Rights out there. Instructor: Neil Kaminsky

Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
 (Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 2/14)

May/December Love
Navigating Inter-generational 
Relationships

MAN-ON-MAN: WORKSHOP 3
No matter which end of the spectrum on which you are looking for love, there are ways to ensure you can have a loving, healthy and rewarding relationship with the man of your dreams, no matter how much older or younger he may be. Instructor: Neil Kaminsky

Wednesday, February 22, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 2/21)

Online Love vs. Online Lust
A Survival Guide to Internet Dating

MAN-ON-MAN: WORKSHOP 4
How do you participate in the world of online connecting without losing a sense of who you are and what you really want? In this fun and intimate workshop you will learn ways of increasing your chances of finding exactly what you are looking for. Instructor: Neil Kaminsky

Wednesday, February 29, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 2/28)

Wealth & Security

Growing Your Gay Dollars
Three Weeks to Financial Security

With uncertainty in the stock market and the economy, it’s never been more important to learn how to plan your financial future, manage your assets and grow your wealth. 
Instructor: Grant Gochin

4-WEEK COURSE
Wednesdays, February 8 - 29, 7 - 9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $79 
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 2/7)

Powers Of Attorney And Other Directives
Documenting Your Health-Care Wishes 

What would happen if you were incapacitated and unable to make health care decisions for yourself? This informative workshop will teach how to create a power of attorney or other advance directive for health care and other life-altering situations. 
Instructor: Christine Wilson 

WORKSHOP 
Tuesday, February 21, 7-8:30 p.m.  
Enrollment Fee: $20  
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 2/20) 

Health & Wellness

Deep Breath
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

Instructor: Brent Stevens
Every Saturday, 10-11:15 a.m.
$12 Each Class (at the door only) 
$10 Seniors/Students (I.D. Required)  

Get Centered 
Saturday Morning Meditation Class

Instructor: Marc Caldwell
Every Saturday, 10-11 a.m. 
$10 (at the door only)
$9 Seniors/Students (I.D. Required)

Aug 23

Learning Curve

Technology

Phreestyle Photography 
Digital Photography Master Class

Part 1: Learn photography fundamentals and equipment basics for your particular camera. Part 2: Professional photography, including: portraiture, still life, printing, lighting and image manipulation. 
Instructor: Dali Sadhana

5-WEEK COURSE
Mondays, April 23 - May 21, 7-9:30 p.m. 
Enrollment Fee: $99 
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 4/22) 

Learn Adobe Photoshop Ext.
Levels I & II 

Photoshop is the graphic world’s most powerful tool. You will learn how to retouch, create composites, work with layers, paint, color correct and much more. Instructor: Dali Sadhana  

L1 Wednesdays, April 18 & 25, 7-9:30 p.m.  
L2 Wednesdays, May 2 & 9, 7-9:30 p.m.  
Enrollment Fee: $89 ea.  

COMBINE LEVELS I & II 
Enrollment Fee: $149 
(No Additional Discounts)
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. 4/17)

Wealth & Security

Powers of Attorney and
Other Directives
Documenting Your Health Care Wishes

What if you were unable to make health care decisions for yourself? This informative workshop will help you learn how to create a power of attorney or other advance directives for health care.
Instructor: Christine Wilson

WORKSHOP
Tuesday, April 24, 7-8:30 p.m. 
Enrollment Fee: $20
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 4/23)

From Work to Retirement 
Realities of Planning for Retirement 

Course topics include: understanding how to manage retirement income, longevity risks, Social Security, purchasing power, long-term investments, anticipating health care needs and so much more. 

Instructor: Grant Gochin. 

WORKSHOP 
Tuesday, April 24, 7-9 p.m. 
Enrollment Fee: $25  
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 4/23)

World Traveler

Voulez-Vous Parler Francias?
Conversational French for Beginners

Learn this most romantic of languages in only six weeks. Course will focus on basic vocabulary, casual conversation, and simple grammar constructs that will be helpful to travelers and connoisseurs alike. Instructor: Nadine Cohen

6-WEEK COURSE 
Tuesdays, April 17 - May 22, 7:30-9 p.m. 
Enrollment Fee: $120  
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 4/16)

Self Improvement

Re-Invent Yourself 
Create a New You for a Brighter Future

If you are in a career transition or seeking new opportunities, this workshop will show you how to network more effectively, how to make technology work for you and how to master the secrets of career coaching and online job searching. 
Instructor: Bob Dallmeyer 

WORKSHOP 
Thursday, April 19, 7-9:30 p.m.  
Enrollment Fee: $29 
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 4/18)

Creativity & Fun

Writing for the Stage
An Intensive Playwriting Workshop

Through creative tools and exercises you will learn the craft of playwriting. Discussion of each participant’s work will help you learn structure, character development, dramatic intention, conflict, motive, climax and resolution. All experience levels are welcome. 
Instructor: Richard Steel

6-WEEK COURSE
Saturdays, April 21 – May 26, 1-4 p.m. 
Enrollment Fee: $99 
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 4/20)

Life Drawing
Capturing the Beautiful Human Body

This popular course is perfect for anyone interested in developing her/his artistic talents. Beginners and experienced artists welcome. Each session features a live nude model.  
Instructor: Ron Anderegg

4-WEEK COURSE
Tuesdays, April 17 – May 8, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $69
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 4/16)

NEW

Words & Music
Hands-on Musical Theatre Workshop

Do you have an idea for a stage musical but don’t know how to get it out? This fun hands-on workshop will guide you through the process of transforming your idea into the musical of your dreams. Topics will include story development, structure, composition, song/lyric writing and many other important elements you will need to bring your story to life.  
Instructor: Mark Saltzman

6-WEEK COURSE
Tuesdays, May 8 - June 12, 7-9:30 p.m. 
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 5/7)

NEW

Writing From Within
Writing the Personal Memoir

Take the stories from your own life and craft them into literature by employing the use of imagination, place, events and characters. Cultivate a personal aesthetic with your own unique humor and wit to develop and enhance your writing voice. 
Instructor: Julie Daniels

6-WEEK COURSE
Thursdays, May 10 - July 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $199
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 5/9)

Performance

Your World Premiere at the Comedy Store
Stand-Up Comedy Workshop

Are you ready to take your place in the spotlight? This fun and popular class is 
perfect for anyone who wants to make’em laugh. Topics include: joke-writing, character creation, improv skills and stage persona. At the end,  you will perform your own comedic stand-up piece at the Comedy Store! 
Instructor: Adam Barnhardt

6-WEEK COURSE
Thursdays, April 19– May 24, 7-9:30 p.m. 
The Comedy Store performance: 5/27
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 4/18) 

Voiceover Talent
Introduction to Voiceover for Beginners

Learn to pick the right demo directors and how to present yourself to casting and talent agents. Held at a recording studio and includes actual mic time. 
Instructor: M.J. Lallo  

WORKSHOP 
Tuesday, April 24, 7-10 p.m. 
Enrollment Fee: $49
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 4/23)
Course meets off-site.   

Flamenco and Classical Guitar
Stylized Guitar for Beginners

Whether you know how to play traditional guitar or you’ve never even held one, this class will teach you all the basics of creating beautiful music. 
Instructor: Darryl Denning

6-WEEK COURSE 
Wednesdays, April 18 - May 23 7:30-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99 
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 4/17)

Health & Wellness

Deep Breath
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

For beginners and experienced alike.
Instructor: Brent Stevens

Every Saturday, 10-11:15 a.m.
Donation ($12 Suggested) 

Get Centered 
Saturday Morning Meditation Class

Start your weekend centered and at peace.
Instructor: Marc Caldwell

Every Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m. 
Donation ($10 Suggested)

Aug 22

Learning Curve Adult Education and Adventure

WRITE THAT TV SPEC SCRIPT NOW 
Television Writers Workshop 

Aspiring writers need a polished spec script to make it in the world of TV. Learn what it takes from a working writer/producer/showrunner. All genre and formats welcome. 

Instructor: Mark Alton Brown 

6-Part Course Weds., Sep. 18 - Oct. 23, 7 - 9:30 p.m. 

Enrollment Fee: $129 (Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 9/17) 

WORDS & MUSIC 
Hands-on Musical Theatre Workshop 

This fun, hands-on workshop will help you transform your idea into the musical of your dreams. Topics include story development, structure, composition, song/lyric writing and everything else you need for success. 

Instructor: Mark Saltzman 

6-Week Course Tues., Sep. 24 - Oct. 29, 7-9:30 p.m. 

Enrollment Fee: $99 (Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 9/23)

BRANDING YOURSELF ONLINE 
Marketing with Web and Social Media Tools 

Learn how to expand your online profile and use social media to effectively propel your brand toward greater success. 

Instructor: Stevie St. John 

2-Part Course Thurs., Sep. 26 & Oct. 3, 7:30 - 9 p.m. 

Enrollment Fee: $49 (Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 9/25) 

Performance 

VOICEOVER TALENT 
Introduction to Voiceover for Beginners 

Learn voiceover skills and how to present yourself to the industry. Held in a professional recording studio; students will get mic time and will receive digital copies of their work. 

Instructor: M.J. Lallo 

Workshop Tues., Sep. 24, 7 - 10 p.m. 

Enrollment Fee: $49 (Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 9/23) Course meets off-site. 

GUITAR FOR BEGINNERS 
Introduction to Guitar 

Learn the fundamentals of guitar in a fun and easygoing environment. Lessons include: basic scale, chord theory and open chords. Students must provide their own guitars (acoustic or electric welcome). 

Instructor: Marc Flores 

6-Part Course Wed., Oct. 9 - Nov. 13, 7 - 8:30 p.m. 

Enrollment Fee: $99 (Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 10/8) 

YOUR WORLD PREMIERE AT THE COMEDY STORE 
Stand-Up Comedy Workshop 

Topics include: joke-writing, improv skills, character creation, and stage persona. At the end, perform your own comedic stand-up piece at The Comedy Store! 

Instructor: Adam Barnhardt 

6-Part Course Sat., Sep. 21 - Nov. 2, 7 - 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Store performance: 11/3 

Enrollment Fee: $120 (Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 9/20)

WRITE THAT TV SPEC SCRIPT NOW 
Television Writers Workshop 

Aspiring writers need a polished spec script to make it in the world of TV. Learn what it takes from a working writer/producer/showrunner. All genre and formats welcome. 

Instructor: Mark Alton Brown 

6-Part Course Weds., Sep. 18 - Oct. 23, 7 - 9:30 p.m. 

Enrollment Fee: $129 (Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 9/17) 

WORDS & MUSIC 
Hands-on Musical Theatre Workshop 

This fun, hands-on workshop will help you transform your idea into the musical of your dreams. Topics include story development, structure, composition, song/lyric writing and everything else you need for success. 

Instructor: Mark Saltzman 

6-Week Course Tues., Sep. 24 - Oct. 29, 7-9:30 p.m. 

Enrollment Fee: $99 (Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 9/23)

BRANDING YOURSELF ONLINE 
Marketing with Web and Social Media Tools 

Learn how to expand your online profile and use social media to effectively propel your brand toward greater success. 

Instructor: Stevie St. John 

2-Part Course Thurs., Sep. 26 & Oct. 3, 7:30 - 9 p.m. 

Enrollment Fee: $49 (Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 9/25) 

Performance 

VOICEOVER TALENT 
Introduction to Voiceover for Beginners 

Learn voiceover skills and how to present yourself to the industry. Held in a professional recording studio; students will get mic time and will receive digital copies of their work. 

Instructor: M.J. Lallo 

Workshop Tues., Sep. 24, 7 - 10 p.m. 

Enrollment Fee: $49 (Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 9/23) Course meets off-site. 

GUITAR FOR BEGINNERS 
Introduction to Guitar 

Learn the fundamentals of guitar in a fun and easygoing environment. Lessons include: basic scale, chord theory and open chords. Students must provide their own guitars (acoustic or electric welcome). 

Instructor: Marc Flores 

6-Part Course Wed., Oct. 9 - Nov. 13, 7 - 8:30 p.m. 

Enrollment Fee: $99 (Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 10/8) 

YOUR WORLD PREMIERE AT THE COMEDY STORE 
Stand-Up Comedy Workshop 

Topics include: joke-writing, improv skills, character creation, and stage persona. At the end, perform your own comedic stand-up piece at The Comedy Store! 

Instructor: Adam Barnhardt 

6-Part Course Sat., Sep. 21 - Nov. 2, 7 - 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Store performance: 11/3 

Enrollment Fee: $120 (Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 9/20)

Aug 21

Lawyer Makes Case for Supporting LifeWorks

By Catherine Davie

Kevin P. Berg grew up in a small town in upstate New York, where he didn’t have access to any LGBT community resources.

“There was no one to talk to. I wish I could have had a mentor or a community center to go to. Things would have been a lot easier,” Berg says.

Fast-forward to now, and Berg is Senior Vice President of Legal & Affairs at Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment. As both a Silver Circle sustaining donor—that is, a donor who gives $1,500 or more annually to support the Center’s services— and an active volunteer for the Center’s youth development and mentoring program, LifeWorks, he is helping to provide to LGBT youth in Los Angeles what was never available to him as a boy.

Berg says choosing to support LifeWorks was easy.

“I’m not just giving money and wondering where it goes,” he says. “I can actually see the results, and the reward is the difference you can see on those youth’s faces when they realize that they are not alone. LifeWorks is a model for other organizations and I’d love to see one in every city!”

Aug 20

Lately I’ve been reflecting upon how quickly things are changing for LGBT people. 

Seemingly overnight we’ve gone from having virtually no elected officials willing to support the freedom to marry to having it almost become a requirement for most Democratic candidates. Even Republicans are coming around! 

A court in New Jersey recently legalized marriages for same-sex couples there starting on October 21.  Marriage is now legal in 14 states and the District of Columbia, and in all or part of 17 other countries around the world. One day it will be the law of the land! 

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is working on ground-breaking programs with both the L.A. Unified School District and the U.S. Veteran’s Administration—organizations that not too long ago wanted nothing to do with any LGBT organization. The same military that just a few years ago was expelling us now grants special leave to gay and lesbian service members to travel to states where they can get legally married. Once legally married, the couple becomes entitled to military benefits they never otherwise would have received. 

It used to be like pulling teeth to get members of Congress to visit the Center; now they call on their own initiative. 

In August, our governor signed AB 1266, which requires public schools to allow transgender students to choose which restrooms to use and whether to join the girls’ or boys’ sports teams.

It really feels like we’re in the midst of a sea change when it comes not only to LGBT rights but to our place in general society.

The recent developments at Marina High School in Huntington Beach illustrate my point. The students elected a 16-year-old transgender girl, Cassidy Lynn Campbell, as homecoming queen. A few years ago, there wasn’t a high school in the country that would have done so. 

Of course, Cassidy’s experience wasn’t entirely positive. Her election was marred by numerous ignorant and bigoted attacks.

After a very public and tearful breakdown on YouTube, though, Cassidy rallied. She said that she was fine and that she wasn’t going to dwell on such ignorant comments or take them too personally. 

What did her mother have to say?

“I’m so proud of her and not just because she’s my daughter—she could be anybody’s daughter today. I look at a lot of things differently now.”

Thankfully, so does most of the country when it comes to LGBT people! 

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a huge amount of work to be done. The same week as Cassidy’s election, 100 miles north in Palmdale, local elected bigots gathered to urge the repeal of AB 1266 by referendum. What did they focus on? Bathrooms. The same old canard that has been used for decades to bolster what are truly racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic reactions. 

But, in spite of all the work that remains to be done, and the occasional steps backward that are likely on the horizon, we are winning. Not just in the courts and in statehouses and Congress, but in the hearts and minds of the American people. This month’s Vanguard is full of information about elements of our work that are contributing to this progress.

Aug 19

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Opinions Regarding Marriage

Contact: Kimiko Martinez
323-993-7685

LOS ANGELES, June 26, 2013—In response to the opinions issued today by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center CEO Lorri L. Jean issued the following statement:

“A grievous wrong has finally been righted.  Justice has prevailed and the freedom to marry for California’s same-sex couples has been restored.  Now no one can take it from us! 

More than that, by rejecting Section 3 of the ridiculously named Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court has said that all legally married couples are entitled to the same federal rights, protections and responsibilities.  That means lesbian and gay seniors who lose their spouse will finally receive the same Social Security survivor benefits as a spouse in a heterosexual marriage.  And binational spouses will be entitled to the same, humane immigration policies that other married couples enjoy. 

As California becomes the 13th state (along with Washington, D.C) where same-sex couples can marry, we celebrate a monumental and historic victory for justice and equality, and a rejection of the bigoted, divisive politics that took this freedom from us 56 months ago. The Supreme Court has said that DOMA is unconstitutional and that the opponents of Prop. 8 did not have the legal standing to challenge Judge Walker’s ruling which overturned it.

When the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center became one of the first organizations to join the fight for marriage equality in 1995, I knew it would be a long and challenging struggle.  And I honestly wasn’t sure I’d see the scales of justice become as balanced as they have… at least as far as marriage is concerned.  We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all those who have joined and supported us in the fight—to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which took the Prop. 8 case to the Supreme Court; to Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), which won the DOMA case; and to all the other groups and activists who have fought beside us.

Of course, though we’ve won the freedom to marry in California, our nationwide struggle for equality is far from over.  Thirty-seven of our United States still reject the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. And we have yet to pass federal legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination against LGBT people, let alone the broader protections from discrimination that other minorities enjoy.  And, the sad truth is that equal laws do not immediately result in a society where we are treated equally.

But today, we celebrate this historic victory!  If you’re in the L.A. area, I hope you’ll join us this evening at the West Hollywood event organized by AFER.”

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About the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center 
For more than 40 years, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been building the health, advocating for the rights and enriching the lives of LGBT people. We serve more LGBT people than any other organization in the world with services ranging from LGBT specialty care to cultural arts programs; from housing homeless youth to hosting life-enriching programs for seniors. Learn more at LAgaycenter.org.

Aug 18

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Condemns Arizona’s Anti-Transgender Bill

Contact: Christopher Jones
323-993-7622
cjones@lagaycenter.org
 
LOS ANGELES, Mar. 28, 2013–On the same day that the United States Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Arizona House Appropriations Committee voted 7-4 along party lines to pass SB 1045, a bill that would allow—and provide legal protections for—businesses that decide to prohibit use of certain public facilities (including bathrooms) by people whose birth sex does not match the facility’s gender designation.
 
The bill, introduced by Arizona state Senator John Kavanagh, follows another bill he introduced—and was ultimately pressured to withdraw—that would have made it a criminal offense to use a bathroom other than one which matches the person’s birth gender.
 
In response, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings issued the following statement:
 
“In passing this bill out of committee, the State of Arizona is once again on the precipice of legislating bigotry. This bill is aimed squarely at the sections of the Phoenix non-discrimination ordinance that provides much needed legal protections to transgender people. Senator Kavanagh and his like-minded colleagues must know that the nation is watching and angered by this narrow minded and unacceptable attempt to codify discrimination against a population already suffering from tremendous prejudice and violence.
 
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center joins with fair-minded Arizonans and the transgender community nationally in calling on the remainder of the Arizona legislature and Governor Brewer to reject SB 1045 in favor of laws that truly do protect those who have historically suffered from cultural and legal discrimination.
 
If the elected representatives of Arizona’s state government are vying for the title of the most bigoted in the U.S., this bill—in conjunction with the 2010 ‘papers please’ immigration law— puts them in strong contention.”
 
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About the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center 
For more than 40 years, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been building the health, advocating for the rights and enriching the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Our wide array of services and programs includes: free HIV/AIDS care and medications for those most in need; housing, food, clothing and support for homeless LGBT youth; low-cost counseling and addiction-recovery services; essential services for LGBT-parented families and seniors; legal services; health education and HIV prevention programs; transgender services; cultural arts and much more. Visit us on the web at: lagaycenter.org.