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CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, January 28, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
January 2022 CinemaLit: – Barbara Stanwyck: Take Two
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinemalit-ladies-they-talk-about-1933-68-minutes-registration-231101549957
Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, February 02, 2022 - 12:00pm
 
with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-tour-of-the-mechanics-institute-tickets-248284454487
Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, February 02, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
a meet and greet
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beta-readers-exchange-a-meet-and-greet-tickets-222401919127
Activities
Thursday, February 03, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, February 04, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
February 2022 CinemaLit: – Black Lives on Film
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/x/cinemalit-driving-while-black-race-space-and-mobility-in-america-registration-253385812787
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, February 09, 2022 - 7:00pm
 
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-literature-book-group-tickets-174369823837
Activities
Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, February 11, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
February 2022 CinemaLit: – Black Lives on Film
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/x/cinemalit-killer-of-sheep-registration-253464397837
Classes, Club Events
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 7:00pm
 
An Interactive How-To!
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-through-digital-magazines-an-interactive-how-to-tickets-255544820437
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 5:30pm
 
with author Farah Jasmine Griffin in conversation with Bay Area author Julie Lythcott-Haims, cosponsored by Museum of the African Diaspora
Members of Mechanics' Institute or MoAD Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/read-until-you-understand-the-profound-wisdom-of-black-life-and-literature-tickets-229138408147
Activities
Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Photograph of a typewriter
Activities, Club Events
Friday, February 18, 2022 - 12:00pm
 
moderated by Rick Homan
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writers-lunch-who-wrote-this-tickets-248292789417
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, February 18, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
February 2022 CinemaLit: – Black Lives on Film
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/x/cinemalit-one-drop-rule-registration-254792931517
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 3:30pm
 
Presented by the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning and cosponsored by Mechanics’ Institute
Free to all
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reimagining-sustainable-cities-tickets-229095991277
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 7:00pm
 
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-literature-book-group-tickets-174369823837
Activities
Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 5:30pm
 
Author Gene Slater in conversation with Mitchell Schwarzer, Professor of Architectural and Urban History at California College of the Arts, Oakland and San Francisco -- Virtual Event on Zoom - Cosponsored by AIA-SF
Members of Mechanics' Institute & AIA-SF Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-to-discriminate-tickets-244060580767
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, February 25, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
February 2022 CinemaLit: – Black Lives on Film
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/x/cinemalit-luce-registration-254855468567
Activities
Thursday, March 03, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, March 09, 2022 - 7:00pm
 
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-literature-book-group-tickets-174369823837
Activities
Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Friday, March 18, 2022 - 3:00pm
 
An Interactive How-To!
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-through-digital-magazines-an-interactive-how-to-tickets-255604418697
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, March 19, 2022 - 12:00pm
 
with Sheryl Bize-Boutte
MI Members $15, Public $25
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-storyboard-to-narrative-tickets-254891095127
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
On the 150th Anniversary of Norton's "Bay Bridge Proclamations," New Life for an Old Dream
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emperor-norton-bridge-in-2022-tickets-257262768867
Activities
Thursday, March 24, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
What's streaming on Kanopy. Learn in this interactive class at Mechanics' Institute.
Classes, Club Events
Friday, March 25, 2022 - 3:00pm
 
Great Courses, cinema, documentaries, and more!
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-streaming-on-kanopy-tickets-255617929107
Activities
Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, April 02, 2022 - 10:30am
 
with Lyzette Wanzer
MI Members $29, Public $39
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/build-your-author-toolkit-with-lyzette-wanzer-tickets-256319718177
CinemaLit Films
Friday, January 28, 2022 - 6:00pm

CinemaLit: The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) 117 min -- Virtual Salon on Zoom

January 2022 CinemaLit: – Barbara Stanwyck: Take Two

Stanwyck is at her wicked best in this twisted, enthralling film noir.

 

 

 

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Activities
Wednesday, February 02, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Tour of the Mechanics' Institute

with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Virtual Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

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Activities
Wednesday, February 02, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Beta Readers Exchange

a meet and greet

If you're looking for a beta reader to provide constructive feedback on your writing project join us for this meet and greet.

Support This Event

Activities
Thursday, February 03, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 04, 2022 - 6:00pm

CinemaLit: Driving While Black: Race, Space, and Mobility in America (2020) 119 min -- Virtual Salon on Zoom

February 2022 CinemaLit: – Black Lives on Film

A new documentary examining the relationship of African Americans to private automobiles. In the process, it becomes an epic on the very concept of freedom in North America.

 

 

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, February 09, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Discuss the contemporary novel The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by acclaimed American poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers with fellow members. This session will be the first of three meetings.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 11, 2022 - 6:00pm

CinemaLit: Killer of Sheep (1978) 81 min -- Virtual Salon on Zoom

February 2022 CinemaLit: – Black Lives on Film

Killer of Sheep eschews conventional narrative story-telling to offer slice of life realism of the Black urban working poor.

 

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Classes
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm

Flip Through Digital Magazines

An Interactive How-To!

Did you know that your MI membership unlocks access to nearly 4,000 digital magazines? Learn how to access them in this interactive class!

Members Free

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 5:30pm

Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature -- Virtual Event on Zoom

with author Farah Jasmine Griffin in conversation with Bay Area author Julie Lythcott-Haims, cosponsored by Museum of the African Diaspora

Through autobiographical meditations and literary analysis of selected works by Toni Morrison, Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, James Baldwin, Jesmyn Ward, Barack Obama, Marvin Gaye, and others, Professor Griffin honors the experiences of Black Americans.

Members of Mechanics' Institute or MoAD Free
Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10

Activities
Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free

Activities
Friday, February 18, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Writers' Lunch: Who Wrote This?

moderated by Rick Homan

The Writers Lunch is a casual chat with our writers community on the 3rd Friday of each month. This month we discuss "Who Wrote This?" - How does "place" inform your writing? Join us, share, and learn!

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CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 18, 2022 - 6:00pm

CinemaLit: One Drop Rule (2001) 50 min -- Virtual Salon on Zoom

February 2022 CinemaLit: – Black Lives on Film

In this provocative documentary, interviewees discuss the consequences of skin tone and color differences, not just within the larger society, but within Black communities as well.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 3:30pm

A Director’s View: Collaborating with Pinter & Stoppard in the Rehearsal Room with Carey Perloff -- Virtual Event

Presented by the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning and cosponsored by Mechanics’ Institute

This event celebrates Perloff’s new book Pinter and Stoppard: A Director's View (Bloomsbury Methuen, February 2022) available on Feb 24th!

Free to all

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Discuss the contemporary novel The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by acclaimed American poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers with fellow members. This session will be the second of three meetings.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 5:30pm

Freedom to Discriminate: How Realtors Conspired to Segregate Housing and Divide America

Author Gene Slater in conversation with Mitchell Schwarzer, Professor of Architectural and Urban History at California College of the Arts, Oakland and San Francisco -- Virtual Event on Zoom - Cosponsored by AIA-SF

Drawing on confidential documents from leaders of the real estate industry, Gene Slater reveals how realtors systematically created and justified residential segregation. This event is cosponsored by AIA-SF.

Members of Mechanics' Institute & AIA-SF Free
Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 25, 2022 - 6:00pm

CinemaLit: Luce (2019) 110 min -- Virtual Salon on Zoom

February 2022 CinemaLit: – Black Lives on Film

This film combines suspense with issues of race, stereotyping, ethics, and the burden of being the shining exemplar of success against steep odds.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Activities
Thursday, March 03, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, March 09, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Discuss the contemporary novel The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by acclaimed American poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers with fellow members. This session will be the third and final meeting discussing this book.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free

Activities
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free

Classes
Friday, March 18, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Flip Through Digital Magazines

An Interactive How-To!

Did you know that your MI membership unlocks access to nearly 4,000 digital magazines? Learn how to access them in this interactive class!

Members Free

Classes
Saturday, March 19, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

From Storyboard to Narrative

with Sheryl Bize-Boutte

In this workshop, author Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte will guide you from storyboard creation to story narrative.

 

MI Members $15
Public $25

Activities
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

"Emperor Norton Bridge" in 2022?

On the 150th Anniversary of Norton's "Bay Bridge Proclamations," New Life for an Old Dream

In 1872, Emperor Norton issued three newspaper Proclamations setting out the vision for what opened in 1936 as the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge.

Support This Event

Activities
Thursday, March 24, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free

Classes
Friday, March 25, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

What's Streaming on Kanopy

Great Courses, cinema, documentaries, and more!

Take a tour of what’s available on MI’s robust streaming service: Great Courses, cinema, documentaries, and more!

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free

Classes
Saturday, April 02, 2022 - 10:30am to 2:30pm

Build Your Author Toolkit

with Lyzette Wanzer

In this workshop, author Lyzette Wanzer will teach how to create a literary CV, a professional author bio, and artist statement.

 

MI Members $29
Public $39