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Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
with Louise Nayer and Lise Deguire
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-transform-traumatic-events-into-published-writing-tickets-304174262407
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
with author Lynne Kaufman in conversation with poets Alison Luterman and David Watts
Members of Mechanics' Institute & Fromm Institute Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/divine-madness-a-novel-tickets-317225870117
Activities
Thursday, May 19, 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, Club Events
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 5:30pm
 
Members & Guests Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/x/biannual-members-meeting-of-mechanics-institute-tickets-320294247717
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
May 2022 CinemaLit: – Thrillers!
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinemalit-seconds-1966-107-minutes-registration-303040110127
Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 12:00pm
 
with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-tour-of-the-mechanics-institute-tickets-339389472047
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
hosted by Corey Rosen
Members $10, Members with book $25, Public $15, Public with book $30
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/your-story-well-told-a-storytelling-event-hosted-by-corey-rosen-tickets-317249219957
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 7:00pm
 
Alice Munro
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-literature-book-group-tickets-174369823837
Activities
Thursday, May 26, 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, May 27, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
May 2022 CinemaLit: – Thrillers!
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinemalit-enemy-of-the-state-1998-132-minutes-registration-303051092977
Activities
Thursday, June 02, 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
Wednesday, June 08, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
moderated by Matthew Félix
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/play-orchestra-playplay-something-sweet-and-light-and-gay-tickets-328269993387
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, June 08, 2022 - 7:00pm
 
Robert Walser
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-literature-book-group-tickets-174369823837
Activities
Thursday, June 09, 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, June 11, 2022 - 10:30am
 
with Lyzette Wanzer
MI Members $29, Public $39
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-invited-to-read-at-literary-conferences-tickets-335820156127
Classes, Club Events
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 6:30pm
 
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understand-your-iphone-tickets-340743572197
Activities
Thursday, June 16, 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, June 16, 2022 - 12:00pm
 
a city-wide celebration
12:00 Zoom Program Member FREE, 12:00 Zoom Program Public FREE, 5:00 PM Onsite Program Member $15, 5:00 PM Onsite Program Public $20
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bloomsbay-ulysses-100-celebration-tickets-343351723247
Photograph of a typewriter
Activities, Club Events
Friday, June 17, 2022 - 12:00pm
 
moderated by Taryn Edwards
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writers-lunch-the-art-of-critiquing-fellow-writers-tickets-320316143207
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 10:00am
 
with Michelle Zaffino
MI Members $19, Public $29
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-your-book-with-an-outline-tickets-319031199907
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 7:00pm
 
Pedro Lemebel
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-literature-book-group-tickets-174369823837
Activities
Thursday, June 23, 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, June 23, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
Author Leila Mottley in conversation with writer Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Members of Mechanics' Institute & Friends of City Lights Books & Publishing Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nightcrawling-a-novel-tickets-317236421677
Classes, Club Events
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 6:30pm
 
An Interactive How-To!
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-through-digital-magazines-an-interactive-how-to-tickets-321871635727
Activities
Thursday, June 30, 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, June 30, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
with Attorney John Briscoe, Tribal Judge Abby Abinanti, and Professor George Bisharat (moderator)
Members of Mechanics' Institute and Friends of CICAN Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/x/californias-hidden-history-of-indian-slavery-tickets-340226044257
Activities
Thursday, July 07, 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, July 13, 2022 - 7:00pm
 
Edith Wharton
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-literature-book-group-tickets-174369823837
Activities
Thursday, July 14, 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, July 15, 2022 - 3:00pm
 
Great Courses, cinema, documentaries, and more!
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-streaming-on-kanopy-tickets-321878767057
Activities
Thursday, July 21, 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, Club Events
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
moderated by Liam O'Donoghue
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-gone-wild-the-intersection-of-music-art-and-rebellion-tickets-343360930787
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 7:00pm
 
Vigdis Hjorth
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-literature-book-group-tickets-174369823837
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, August 03, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
Memoir of a Lifelong Love Affair with My City with Tania Romanov
MI Members Free, Public Sliding Scale $5, Public Sliding Scale $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-francisco-pilgrimage-memoir-of-a-lifelong-love-affair-with-my-city-tickets-339530072587
Classes, Club Events
Friday, August 05, 2022 - 2:00pm
Messaging Made Simple.
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/email-basics-messaging-made-simple-tickets-321814244067
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
with author Lee Kravetz in conversation with Erin Byrne
MI Members Free, Public Sliding Scale $5, Public Sliding Scale $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-last-confessions-of-sylvia-p-tickets-339460374117
Activities
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

How to Transform Traumatic Events into Published Writing

with Louise Nayer and Lise Deguire

Two successful writers, one a long-time educator and workshop leader and another a long-time psychologist, discuss the process and challenges of writing stories from past traumatic events.

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Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 6:00pm

Divine Madness: a Novel -- ONSITE at Mechanics' Institute, cosponsored by The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning

with author Lynne Kaufman in conversation with poets Alison Luterman and David Watts

Award-winning playwright Lynne Kaufman's spare, poetic novel is far deeper-and more disturbing-than a harrowing account of the famously unhappy marriage of poet Robert Lowell and writer and critic Elizabeth Hardwick.It is an intriguing and intense elegy that marks the shadowlands where fiction and reality converge.

Members of Mechanics' Institute & Fromm Institute Free
Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10

Activities
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 5:30pm

Bi-Annual Members' Meeting of Mechanics' Institute, Onsite and on Zoom

Join us for our Bi-Annual Members Meeting of Mechanics' Institute on Zoom and on site, to hear from fellow members, staff, and trustees.

Members & Guests Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 6:00pm

CinemaLit: Seconds (1966) 107 min -- ONSITE at Mechanics' Institute

May 2022 CinemaLit: – Thrillers!

Arthur is a burned-out, middle-aged bank executive offered the chance to reinvent his identify and start over. What could possibly go wrong?
 

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Activities
Wednesday, May 25, 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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Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

"Your Story, Well Told" a Storytelling Event

hosted by Corey Rosen

In this special event, Rosen will lead the audience in activities and exercises for remembering and developing their own performance-worthy stories.  He will share stories of his own and will be joined by special guest storytellers for a one-of-a-kind evening, followed by a book signing. 

Members $10
Members with book $25
Public $15
Public with book $30

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

The Love of a Good Woman

Alice Munro

Discuss select short stories from The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro with fellow members.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 27, 2022 - 6:00pm

CinemaLit: The President's Analyst (1967) 103 min -- ONSITE at Mechanics' Institute

May 2022 CinemaLit: – Thrillers!

Dr. Sidney Schaefer is given the plum assignment of President's analyst, but the pressures of the job shred his mental health. He knows too many secrets...

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Activities
Thursday, June 02, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, June 08, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Play, Orchestra, Play/Play Something Sweet and Light and Gay

moderated by Matthew Félix

Come celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month at the Mechanics' Institute with this musical author event.

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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, June 08, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Jakob von Gunten

Robert Walser

Discuss Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser with fellow members.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, June 09, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Classes
Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 10:30am to 2:30pm

Get Invited to Read at Literary Conferences!

with Lyzette Wanzer
In this in-person workshop, author Lyzette Wanzer will offer information, guidance, and strategies for writers who wish to apply to have their work accepted at a writers’ conference, whether virtual or in-person.
MI Members $29
Public $39

Classes
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Understand Your iPhone!

Learn settings and features to extend your battery life and protect your privacy.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 12:00pm to 7:30pm

Bloomsbay - Ulysses 100 Celebration -- Two Events, Virtual and Onsite

a city-wide celebration

Mechanics’ Institute is proud to participate in Bloomsbay - Ulysses 100, a city-wide celebration for the 100th anniversary of James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses, one of the great innovations of modern literature. (Virtual and Onsite events all day).

12:00 Zoom Program Member FREE
12:00 Zoom Program Public FREE
5:00 PM Onsite Program Member $15
5:00 PM Onsite Program Public $20

Activities
Friday, June 17, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Writers' Lunch: The Art of Critiquing Fellow Writers

moderated by Taryn Edwards

The Writers Lunch is a casual chat with our writers community on the 3rd Friday of each month. This month we discuss The Art of Critiquing Fellow Writers? Join us, share, and learn!

Support This Event

Classes
Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Write Your Book: With An Outline

with Michelle Zaffino

In this class, Michelle Zaffino will show you how to construct a writing plan that will get your book written.

MI Members $19
Public $29

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

My Tender Matador

Pedro Lemebel

Discuss My Tender Matador by Pedro Lemebel with fellow members.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 6:00pm

Nightcrawling: A Novel -- ONSITE at Mechanics' Institute, cosponsored by City Lights Bookstore & Publishing

Author Leila Mottley in conversation with writer Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

This novel about race, family, and life on the streets of Oakland, is written with raw beauty, electrifying intensity, and piercing vulnerability, Nightcrawling marks the stunning arrival of a voice unlike any we have heard before.

This book event has been funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 

Members of Mechanics' Institute & Friends of City Lights Books & Publishing Free
Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10

Classes
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm

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

Activities
Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 6:00pm

California's Hidden History of Indian Slavery: A Panel Discussion -- Virtual Event on Zoom cosponsored by California Institute for Community, Art & Nature

with Attorney John Briscoe, Tribal Judge Abby Abinanti, and Professor George Bisharat (moderator)

This discussion about California’s troubling history will include topics like the 1850 Indian Slavery Act and its outcomes, how the legislature perpetuated these laws --even after the first California constitution prohibited slavery, and state sponsored land theft and how displacement and acquisition was perpetuated.

This event has been funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Members of Mechanics' Institute and Friends of CICAN Free
Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10

Activities
Thursday, July 07, 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, July 13, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton

Discuss The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton with fellow members.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Classes
Friday, July 15, 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, July 21, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Youth Gone Wild: the intersection of music, art, and rebellion

moderated by Liam O'Donoghue

Youthful rebellion is more than a rite of passage - there’s much to be learned from this time of heightened emotions, energy, and idealism.

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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

A House in Norway

Vigdis Hjorth

Discuss A House in Norway by Vigdis Hjorth with fellow members.

Members Free

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, August 03, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

San Francisco Pilgrimage

Memoir of a Lifelong Love Affair with My City with Tania Romanov

When COVID strikes and her life grinds to a halt, Tania Romanov sets off on an unlikely pilgrimage. A pilgrimage into a past in which her own identity and that of her city’s are inextricably intertwined. A pilgrimage leading to a profound and personal exploration of place, identity, and race; of the nature of change and the meaning of travel.

MI Members Free
Public Sliding Scale $5
Public Sliding Scale $10

Classes
Friday, August 05, 2022 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Email Basics

Messaging Made Simple.

Are you using a free email service such as Yahoo Mail, or Gmail? Learn helpful tips that will increase your effectiveness when using email.

Members Free

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.

with author Lee Kravetz in conversation with Erin Byrne

Join author Lee Kravetz in conversation with Erin Byrne about his novel The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. which imaginatively brings into focus the period of promise and tragedy that marked the writing of Sylvia Plath’s modern classic The Bell Jar.

MI Members Free
Public Sliding Scale $5
Public Sliding Scale $10