Smarten Up with Little Green Gourmets

Smarten Up+Little Green Gourmets

It’s time for the next Smarten Up Creative Learning Workshop and it’s going to be a good one!  On December 15th at noon, children of all ages are welcome to join chef Isabel Gunther of Little Green Gourmets at Thompson LES Hotel for some deliciously sweet holiday fun.  There will be treats galore and so much more!  For more info visit, email us at, or call 917-297-3764.



The Stinky Puffs


The Stinky Puffs were an early 90’s rock band started by then seven year old Simon Fair Timony, then-stepson of Jad Fair, and by Cody Linn Ranaldo, son of Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. 

In 1995 The Stinky Puffs released an LP titled A Little Tiny Smelly Bit of…the Stinky Puffs. The album included a song called, ”I’ll Love You Anyway” which was Simon’s personal response to Kurt Cobain’s death, who was a big fan of the band.  Also included on the disk are four live tracks from a July, ‘94 YoYo a Go Go festival performance. Timony performed songs with Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan on guitar, Krist Novoselic on bass and Dave Grohl on drums.

Sure they had a bit of help from some pretty famous, way cool parents, but it is a pretty great accomplishment nonetheless!  Come to tomorrow’s Smarten Up workshop with Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow at Thompson LES and maybe your child will be inspired to do a little bit of the same … there are just a few spots left to RSVP ASAP at


Smarten Up with Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow



Making art is excellent, but creating a masterpiece with the help of a master artist is even better!  The goal of Smarten Up‘s Creative Learning Workshops is to plant the seed for creativity, inspiration, and curiosity.  We want children to walk away from each workshop experience with an object, image, sound, or movement that will expand their impression of the world around them.  Every moment is filled with unexpected possibilities, and we hope to help our students to discover them.

At our workshop on September 22nd, kids around the ages of 6-12 will have the opportunity to record a song with Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow.  Upon registration, children will be asked to send a sentence or two about their favorite animal.  At the event, the kids will make their own musical instruments (think water bottle maraca, tin can xylophone, shoe box guitar), and hear how their written submissions have been turned into a song.  Then, Wyatt will direct and record the mini-musicians as they sing and play in order to mix a Smarten Up song from the event.  Kids will not only be able to take home their amazing instruments, but they will also get an MP3 to help them remember the workshop forever.
Where: Above Allen at Thompson LES, 190 Allen Street, New York, NY
When: September 22, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:30ish
Tuition: $25
For more info visit, or call 917-297-3764
Space is limited!