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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Goodbye Girl (1977)

A Fine Romance!

In this charming love story, a single mother in New York City, just dumped by her boyfriend, must deal with an unwanted roommate.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 6:30pm

Think & Drink: I Left My Art in San Francisco

Our Creative Diaspora

In recent years, much of San Francisco's creative community has been displaced by gentrification and rising costs. Can artists and audiences find a way forward that preserves San Francisco's reputation as a cultural incubator?

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, March 02, 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

CinemaLit Films
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 6:00pm

Mata Hari (1931)

March 2017: Imposter!

Two of the great sex symbols of their era, Greta Garbo and Ramon Navarro, ignite the screen in this fictionalized account of the famous spy.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 10:00am

The 17th A.J. Fink Amateur Championship

Open to all rated under 2200 USCF. 6 Round Swiss.

Members $45
Public $50

Activities
Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

San Francisco History Days

On the weekend of March 4–5, the Old Mint becomes a series of pop-up museums of San Francisco history with dozens of organizations celebrating and telling the stories of the City's unique past. Join the Mechanics' Institute, community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors, and other history enthusiasts!

Members & Public Free
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No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, March 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, March 07, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The San Francisco Cable Cars: A Documentary

“Sneak preview” screening

Ride along on the ropes with historians and the people who still work with the cars every day. At over 140 years old, the San Francisco Cable Cars are a moving monument, a snapshot of nearly lost technology, a romance story, and the very heart of The City.

Members & Public Free

Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 5:30pm

Proust Group

In Search of Lost Time

Since 2001 under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, the Mechanics’ Institute hosts the Proust Society of America, a semester-based reading and discussion group of In Search of Lost Time. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. The new semester begins on March 8th. Registration is required.

Members $70; Public $100
Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month; 5:30-6:30 pm

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap (Random House)

Author Gish Jen in conversation with writer & poet Maxine Hong Kingston

Join these two acclaimed writers as they discuss the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about self and society and what this means for current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business.

Members Free
ZYZZYVA Friends Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The Late Mattia Pascal

by Luigi Pirandello

What happens when Mattia Pascal finds that he has been mistakenly declared dead?

The New York Times Book Review calls this novel,

Very funny, often hilariously so. It is also moving, disturbing, tragic. For Pirandello saw comedy residing in “the fundamental contradiction .... between human aspiration and frailty,” a contradiction that induced “a certain perplexity between weeping and laughing.”

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tech Office Hours

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or have other internet-related questions, librarians are happy to help you with many of these issues. Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding email, ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, or other technology-related questions.

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Adding Branches to Your Family Tree Using Ancestry

The 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.

Members only - Free

Activities
Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 7:00pm

SF Librarian Meetup featuring Sarah Houghton, the Librarian in Black

Members, librarians, and those interested in supporting the values that libraries and librarians stand for in our society are cordially invited to join the SF Librarian Meetup for a very special presentation from San Rafael Public Library Director Sarah Houghton.

Members & Public Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Hoax (2006)

March 2017: Imposter!

Richard Gere plays renowned 70s-era hoaxer, Clifford Irving, who tried to pull a fast one by fabricating a biography of the reclusive millionaire, Howard Hughes.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Killer Inside Me

by Jim Thompson

The deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas has a deadly secret.

Members of MI Only; Free
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No registration required.

Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, March 14, 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.

Classes
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eComics, eMagazines, eAudiobooks

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

The Mechanics' Institute offers thousands of digital titles that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere there's an internet connection. Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eComics, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks.

Members only - Free
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No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area (Heyday Books)

Author Sylvia Linsteadt in conversation with writer & journalist Gary Kamiya

In this book of essays and images, award-winning writer Sylvia Linsteadt brings to life the lost microcosms of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Members Free
Friends of Heyday Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

March 2017: Imposter!

Oscar Wilde's tangled and funny play of love, deception and identity is delightfully adapted in this mostly faithful version.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 10:00am

The 17th Max Wilkerson Memorial

6 Round Swiss - One Day G/30,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Activities
Tuesday, March 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
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

Creating a Writer's Life: Career, Community, Capital

Do you write for love or money? Or both? What makes a writer's career a success? The paths taken can be planned, precarious or simply serendipitous!

Members Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, March 22, 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, March 23, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Information Sources on Private Companies

This tutorial shows class attendees both web-based content and print resources that provide relevant information on these firms.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:30pm

Mechanics' Today: The New Mechanics -- Forging Art, Industry and Community

Old world skills and tools, high tech design, and public engagement are the essential elements of a makers' community creating artistic alchemy throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Hear from leaders of this movement.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Great Imposter (1961)

March 2017: Imposter!

Based on a true story, this film follows the picaresque career of a bright young man takes on a series of fictional identities.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 11:00am

2017 San Francisco Scholastic Chess Championship

This championship will let aspiring young chess players compete for prizes, trophies, and the respect of their peers!

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
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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.