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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 - 7:00pm

The Epicenter with Kim Addonizio

Litquake is proud to host Kim Addonizio for her two newest books.

Members & Public $15

Classes
Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Gale Business Insights: Essentials

Obtain extensive company news and business/competitor intelligence, plus comprehensive financial overviews and performance ratings in this resource whose coverage is international in scope. We will explore how to access relevant articles published in scholarly journals, trade magazines, newsletters, and newspapers on specific companies, industries, or business topics.

Members only - Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, September 09, 2016 - 6:00pm

Glory (1989)

September 2016 - Fights and Rights: Profiles in Courage

A young Union officer trains and leads one of the first companies of black soldiers during the Civil War.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Litquake Writing Class

Spell-Casting: Poetry as a Form of Magic, with D.A. Powell

In this workshop, D.A. Powell will reach beyond the lines to conjure up a witchcraft of words!

Members & Public $100

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Saturday Morning Murder

By Batya Gur

"With sly, affectionate humor and acute insight, this flawless mystery by an Israeli literature professor traces the parallel processes of police detection and psychoanalysis. A complex, fully satisfying resolution wraps up this masterful American debut." (Publishers Weekly)

Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

BJ Miller: What really matters at the end of life

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff. This month we’ll watch a video from March 2015 in which BJ Miller asks big questions about how we think about death and honoring life.

Members only - Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Planning Your Blog

Blogging Series, I

Have you been thinking about starting a blog of your own? Find out more about blogging in this class, which covers the ins and outs of developing your blog – identifying your purpose, starting a content plan, and considering your intended audience. We'll talk about the bio and about pages, and explain how to use a posting schedule. With a bit of forethought, you too can have your own successful piece of real estate on the world wide web!

Members only - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12:30pm

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Author Cathy O'Neil in conversation with Kashmir Hill, Editor of Fusion's Real Future

O'Neil exposes ways that mathematical models are determining our futures, and offers ideas for making models more transparent and using them to promote positive social change.

Mechanics' Institute Members Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Proust Group

In Search of Lost Time

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, the Mechanics’ Institute offers bi-weekly Proust discussions on a semester basis. The new semester begins on September 14th. Register now!

Members $70; Public $100

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The Door

By Magda Szabó

The Door is an unsettling exploration of the relationship between two very different women who become dependent upon one anpother, sharing a complex kind of love — until one of the women's long-sought success as a writer leads to a devastating revelation.

Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Unearthing Family History: Using Ancestry Library Edition

Mechanics' Institute subscribes to the Ancestry database for libraries, which provides access to billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. The class will provide tips on searching, how to download records, and plenty of time for hands-on practice. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptop, iPad, or similar WiFi-enabled device.

Members only - Free

Activities
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

Writers' Lunch with Brooks Roddan

Join author and publisher Brooks Roddan in a discussion about both sides of the coin: writing and publishing!

Members only - Free
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No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 6:00pm

Suffragette (2015)

September 2016 - Fights and Rights: Profiles in Courage

In 1912 Britain, a young mother joins the risky, embattled campaign to win the vote for women.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Writers Studio SF Master Class Readings & Mixer

Join The Writers Studio SF for an afternoon of Masters Class readings, networking, and refreshments.

Members & Writers Studio Community Only - Free

Activities
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Mechanics’ Institute Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

Kickoff Meeting

Join our informal monthly club for Mechanics’ Institute members of all ages who want to improve their living environment.

Members only - Free

Activities
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 6:00pm

Architecture and the City Façadism: Preservation or Pastiche?

Lecture by John King

San Francisco Chronicle's urban design critic John King takes a look at the sometimes clever, often compromised architectural sleight-of-hand known as façadism.

Mechanics' Institute Members $15
AIA Members $15
Public $25

Book Group Meetings - Virginia Woolf Readers’ Group
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

To The Lighthouse

By Virginia Woolf

“Radiant as [To the Lighthouse] is in its beauty, there could never be a mistake about it: here is a novel to the last degree severe and uncompromising. I think that beyond being about the very nature of reality, it is itself a vision of reality,” said Eudora Welty of this novel which explores the complex tensions and allegiances of family life.

Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

San Francisco's Mid-City Tour

Take an autumn journey from the Financial District to the Castro District while learning about and enjoying San Francisco's architecture, history and vistas along the way.

Members & Public $50

Classes
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Learn three different ways of utilizing Morningstar Investment Research Center. Search for mutual fund or stock reports by name or ticker symbol. Generate a list of investments that meet particular criteria. And analyze your securities portfolio. You'll also learn how to print or download reports.

Members Only - Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 6:00pm

Matewan (1987)

September 2016 - Fights and Rights: Profiles in Courage

A union organizer rallies the workers in this stirring depiction of the events preceding the 1920 West Virginia Mine War.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 6:30pm

Power to the People: How Silicon Valley is Changing Our Democracy

Panel discussion moderated by journalist Kim-Mai Cutler of TechCrunch

This panel of experts and innovators discuss how technology and media platforms are transforming the election process through political messaging, connecting and motivating voters, and fundraising.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 6:00pm

Milk (2008)

September 2016 - Fights and Rights: Profiles in Courage

This first-rate biopic of pioneering gay Supervisor Harvey Milk won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, October 01, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Plots and Subplots in the Novel

With Jessica Levine

Are you stumped by a plot or its subplots? Join Jessica Levine in an examination of E.M. Forster's Room with a View and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby in order to glean basic story structure and determine the relationship between the novels' plots and subplots.

Members $45
Public $55

Activities
Thursday, November 03, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

San Francisco's Mid-City Tour

Take an autumn journey from the Financial District to the Castro District while learning about and enjoying San Francisco's architecture, history and vistas along the way.

Members & Public $50