Quirky Outside-the-Box Classes For the Intellectually Curious Adult

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

If you long to contribute to St. Louis’ intellectually creative community by sharing ideas and passion, Mind Fest might be just the ticket. Founded by Jane Langa and Anne Murphy, Mind Fest offers niche classes covering a wide variety of interests, including art, foodie topics, life+style, music, pop culture, St. Louis gems, tech savvy and world wise. Classes take place once per week starting Jan. 7 on Wednesday evenings at The Novel Neighbor bookstore, 7905 Big Bend Blvd., with some classes being held at subject-appropriate locations.

Mind Fest offers out-of-the-box classes on quirky subjects. Courtesy Mind Fest

Mind Fest offers out-of-the-box classes on quirky subjects. Courtesy Mind Fest

Mind Fest grew out of the founders’ mutual interest in offbeat knowledge. “When Jane and I met, we found we shared a passion for the curious and quirky,” says Murphy. “The more we talked, the more inspired we were by the interesting-ness of life. We founded Mind Fest to bring people together to share knowledge and have fun.”

Mind Fest’s first month of classes are: Be Selfie-Savvy, Jan. 7; Exploring Jazz and How St. Louis Added The Cool, Jan. 14; Select Your Tech: How to Choose Your Handheld Devices, Jan. 21; and Philosophy and the Art of Living, Jan. 28. Future classes under consideration are on living large in a 300-square-foot house and how to fly a drone.  All classes are taught by experts in the subject matter who often are highly-regarded professionals in their fields or avid but knowledgeable amateurs who are passionate about the subject.

Classes may be taken on an a la carte basis—one class at a time as your schedule allows—or purchased in month blocks for a $10 discount. Classes start at $20 each and are limited to 20 students each. For more information and to sign up for classes, visit the Mind Fest website.

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