Make your New Year's resolution yet? Didn't think so.
Rather than shed weight, gain some culture around your middle at these classes and events (if sake sipping can be considered class work).
Make Culture: Institute of Domestic Technology
If you forgot to clean out the fridge before your holiday travels, you already know how to make mold, which gives you a head start on milkcrafting, otherwise known as making cheese.
Held at the micro-dairy at the historic Zane Grey Estate, these hands-on lessons will have you getting good at gouda in five-and-a-half hour long classes that include lunch, beverages, ingredients, and supplies. Workshops held at Mariposa Creamery, Altadena
Snap Culture: Lomography Gallery Store
While the rest of the world goes digital, Lomography continues to embrace analog film. The Lomo Gallery Store teaches lo-fi film-lovers how to operate a wide range of fantastic, plastic cameras.
From light-painting and film-spooling to custom scavenger hunts, Lomo's workshops bring back the fine art of 35mm photography.7998 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood (323-301-1414)Find Culture: Los Angeles Visionaries Association
LAVA holds regular salon-type get-togethers for the intellectually bored/curious.
Whether it's a lesson in crime history, a lecture on an obscure author, or kids' crafting for adults, the LAVA always flows with red-hot nuggets of LA life. Various locations
Asian Culture: Common Grains
If you've always wanted to be a sushi samurai, Common Grains gives Americans a taste of Japan with a series of local culinary happenings. Learn the truth about Japanese food culture with soba demos and tastings
, rice workshops, and food-and-film pairings at Japanese bars and markets.Various locations