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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

Activities
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Books You've Loved and Ephemera You've Collected

A panel discussion hosted by San Francisco Towers

Join us and let's enjoy the shared expression of our collections. This should not only be enlightening, but fun. You'll meet other book lovers, collectors,
and people like you. Enjoy the shared expression of emotions our books bring us.

Members & Public Free

Classes
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Investment Information on the Web

Learn how to access investment research, analysis, and buy/hold/sell recommendations for publicly traded companies.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:30pm

Transforming SF: The Future Of Transportation

Curated & moderated by Hoodline's Walter Thompson

With an average speed of 8 mph, San Francisco's public transit system is the slowest in the nation, and also one of the costliest to operate. Transportation has been disrupted, but which innovative new models will create sustainable policies?

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6:00pm

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

March 2017: Imposter!

In another film faced based on an actual imposter, DiCaprio plays Frank Abagnale, a disaffected teenager who leads the FBI on a lively chase as he leaps from one persona to another.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 6:30pm

Think & Drink: Trump's Impact on the Bay Area, Californians, and Federal Politics

Moderated by journalist Kim-Mai Cutler

Almost 100 days into Trump's presidency, how are we feeling the impacts of the new administration in urban, state, and federal politics?

Mechanics' Institute Members Free
Friends of Curator Free
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Chess & Tech

Come play bughouse, blitz chess, and more with fellow tech workers from around the city each month in the oldest chess club in the United States, home to Grandmasters Sam Shankland and Daniel Naroditsky. Sets, boards & clocks, and light refreshments will be provided. All tech workers are welcome.

Tech Community Only - Free

Book Group Meetings - Book Riot Reading Club
Friday, April 07, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

Set in Florida, Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937 to great controversy in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance. Zora Neale Hurston narrates Janie Crawford's "ripening from a vibrant but voiceless teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny."

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 07, 2017 - 6:00pm

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (1990)

April 2017: Literary License

Two minor characters from Hamlet, striving to escape their fate, take center stage in this witty, literate romp.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 10:00am

The 17th Imre Konig Memorial

5 Round Swiss - One Day G/45,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

by Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of Christie's best known and most controversial novels, having had a significant impact on the mystery genre.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

Sam Kass: Want kids to learn well? Feed them well.

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff. An informal discussion will follow the viewing.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

California's First Philanthropist: The Legacy of James Lick

Come visit the Society of California Pioneers for a private tour of the exhibit, California's First Philanthropist, and short presentation about the extraordinary James Lick by John Hogan and Taryn Edwards.

Members & Public $7

Classes
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The Internet Archive and Its Wayback Machine

Web Exploration Series

The Internet Archive provides access to millions of open source files. Come learn how to find and download free ebooks, movies, music, audiobooks, artwork, software, and even video games. We’ll also be learning how to use their Wayback Machine to digitally transport back to the internet of yesteryear.

Members Only; Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The Castle

by Franz Kafka

A protagonist known only as K. arrives in a village governed by a mysterious bureaucracy operating in a nearby castle.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Every Second Thursday of the Month

Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or have other internet-related questions.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

April 2017: Literary License

An all-star cast has great fun with Stella Gibbons' classic 1932 parody of Thomas Hardy and D.H. Lawrence's florid portraits of rural English life.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Alejandro Murguía—The Power of Poetry: Focus Your Rage in Your Writing

Starting with the word and advancing to a complete poem, this workshop, taught by San Francisco’s poet laureate Alejandro Murguía, will focus on poetry for our times.

Members & Public $105

Classes
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

www.milibrary.org For the Intrepid Library User

M.I. Resources & Databases Series

Get acquainted (or reacquainted) with the Mechanics’ Institute’s website, online catalog, and library services. This is an interactive class, so bring your questions, and plan to test your skills as we learn how to use www.milibrary.org to its fullest potential!

Members Only; Free

Activities
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Every Third Wednesday of the Month

Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia

California's new Poet Laureate Dana Gioia will read and talk about his latest collection, 99 Poems: New and Selected.

Mechanics' Institute Members Free
Friends of Poetry Out Loud Free
Public $15

Classes
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Group Activity

Bring a knitting or crochet project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 6:30pm

Mechanics' Today: LIFESTYLE BY DESIGN—The Latest in Home, Health, & Communication

Moderated by Dawn Zidonis, Executive Director of SF Design Week/AIGA

What makes design work, have a "shelf life" and become a "classic", or drop out of view? Will our personal data be safe with the "inter-connectedness" of all these things?

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

Love and Death (1975)

April 2017: Literary License

Set in czarist Russia during the Napoleonic Wars, this anarchic comedy salutes and spoofs Dostoevsky and Tolstoy (and Eisenstein).

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Ellen Sussman—Creativity and Writing: Taking Risks, Bending Rules

Guided by New York Times bestselling novelist Ellen Sussman, in this three-hour seminar the focus will be on pushing your writing in new directions.

Members & Public $105

Classes
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Find Your Next Favorite Book on Goodreads

Web Exploration Series

Learn how to create an account and use the popular book recommendation website Goodreads.  We’ll explore how to add books to your virtual shelf, find recommendations and read-alikes, and discover fun extras, including blogs, groups, and giveaways.

Members Only; Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The Castle

by Franz Kafka

A protagonist known only as K. arrives in a village governed by a mysterious bureaucracy operating in a nearby castle.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Key Financial Magazines & Newspapers Every Astute Investor Should Read

Financial Literacy Series

Discover publications providing useful investment information.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:30pm

Transforming SF: THE FUTURE OF PRIVACY/SECURITY--For Your Eyes Only: Keeping your Online Information Private and Secure

Moderated by Mechanics' Institute Trustee Lindsey Tonsager

How can we have maximum online access as consumers and users and still be protected from surveillance, data abuse and identity fraud? What are best practices? How can we use our social platforms and data to enhance our lives? What policies or regulations should be in place to protect us?

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Stranger than Fiction (2006)

April 2017: Literary License

A sweet, smart fable about an IRS auditor who, struck by the realization that he's the main character in a novel, tracks down the author.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 2:00pm

Shaping the Soul of China: Religion and the Search for Meaning in the Middle Kingdom

A conversation with Ian D. Johnson, Jennifer Lin, and Mary Kay Magistad.

Mao Zedong tried to shut down religious practice in China, sometimes brutally, but once Mao was gone, many Chinese renewed their search for meaning.

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Monday, May 01, 2017 - 6:00pm

Mechanics' Institute Tour @ Night

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the 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.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Chess & Tech

Come play bughouse, blitz chess, and more with fellow tech workers from around the city each month in the oldest chess club in the United States, home to Grandmasters Sam Shankland and Daniel Naroditsky. Sets, boards & clocks, and light refreshments will be provided. All tech workers are welcome.

Tech Community Only - Free

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, May 06, 2017 - 10:00am

The 17th Charles Powell Memorial

5 Round Swiss - One Day G/45,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Chess Tournaments
Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 1:00pm

The 11th Ray Schutt Memorial Blitz

6 Round Double Swiss

Members & Public $10

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, May 08, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

A Shark Out of Water

by Emma Lathen

Wall Street banker-cum-sleuth extraordinaire John Putnam Thatcher finds himself caught in an international investment scandal, this time involving a quasi-government commission to modernize the Kiel Canal.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

Topic TBD

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff. An informal discussion will follow the viewing.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

A House and Its Head

by Ivy Compton-Burnett

This book casually pokes fun at the art of idle gossip while exploring gender struggles and the family dynamic. The New York Review of Books says,

The long, endlessly surprising conversational duels at the center of Compton-Burnett's works are confrontations between the unspoken and the unspeakable, and in them the dynamics of power and desire are dramatized as nowhere else.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Every Second Thursday of the Month

Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or have other internet-related questions.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Every Third Wednesday of the Month

Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Speedboat

by Renata Adler

Jen Fain is a journalist negotiating the fraught landscape of contemporary urban America. Party guests, taxi drivers, brownstone dwellers, professors, journalists, presidents, and debutantes fill these dispatches from the world as Jen finds it.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Chess & Tech

Come play bughouse, blitz chess, and more with fellow tech workers from around the city each month in the oldest chess club in the United States, home to Grandmasters Sam Shankland and Daniel Naroditsky. Sets, boards & clocks, and light refreshments will be provided. All tech workers are welcome.

Tech Community Only - Free

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, June 03, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

The 54th Arthur Stamer Memorial

6 Round Swiss

Members $45
Public $50

Activities
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Every Second Thursday of the Month

Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or have other internet-related questions.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Tiger in the Smoke

by Margery Allingham

Meg Elginbrodde's wedding plans with millionaire Geoffrey Levett stop dead when she begins receiving snapshots of a man who could be her husband - if he hadn't been killed at war five years before...

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

Topic TBD

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff. An informal discussion will follow the viewing.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Richard II

by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Richard II presents a momentous struggle between Richard II and his cousin Henry Bolingbroke. Richard is the legitimate king; he succeeded his grandfather, King Edward III, after the earlier death of his father Edward, the Black Prince. Yet Richard is also seen by many as a tyrant...

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Group Activity

Bring a knitting or crochet project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10:00am

The 17th William Addison Memorial

6 Round Swiss - One Day G/30,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Activities
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Every Third Wednesday of the Month

Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The Noise of Time

by Julian Barnes

In 1936, Shostakovich, just thirty, fears for his livelihood and his life. Stalin, hitherto a distant figure, has taken a sudden interest in his work and denounced his latest opera. Now, certain he will be exiled to Siberia (or, more likely, executed on the spot), Shostakovich reflects on his predicament, his personal history, his parents, various women and wives, his children—and all who are still alive themselves hang in the balance of his fate.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, July 04, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.