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Comedy, the Clash, climate change, Celtic rock & craic… and that's just the letter 'C'! Hinterland brings Irish stuff (fiction, music, history, sport, politics, humour & drama) to San Francisco, and blends in some local flavours.

Enjoy perspectives from novelists Liz Nugent, Emer Martin, Ethel Rohan; and renowned playwright Matthew Spangler. Rock and roll with Jim Lockhart (Horslips band), Brian Murphy (KNBR radio), and comedian Dave Nihill; and learn about the local Irish experience with Elizabeth Creely (Mission Local), historian Gray Brechin (Living New Deal), and filmmaker Geordie Lynch.

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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:30pm
Georges Bataille with author Stuart Kendall with Mark Calkins
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Friends of City Lights Free, Public $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inside-the-magnetic-fields-surrealism-at-100-festival-produced-by-city-lights-booksellers-registration-73364706813
Activities
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Classes, Club Events
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 11:00am
Second Thursday of Every Month
Members Only; Free
https://www.milibrary.org/content/schedule-tech-office-hour-session?date=November%2014%202019
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Readers of Alta Magazine Free, Friends of Jewish Community Library Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-superwoman-miriam-michelson-and-suffrage-activism-in-san-francisco-with-author-lori-harrison-registration-72333831437
Activities, Club Events
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00pm
Make Your Crime Fiction More Realistic with Adam Plantinga
Members & Public Free
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CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 6:00pm
November 2019 - Silent Sweethearts
Members Free, Public $10 (suggested donation)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/he-who-gets-slapped-1924-registration-75759150659
Classes
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 11:00am
Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams
Members & Public Free
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Book Group Meetings, Brown Bag Mystery Readers, Club Events
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 12:00pm
by Colin Dexter
Members Only; Free
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Activities, Club Events
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 6:00pm
Members & Public Free
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Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:30pm
by Wallace Stegner
Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Classes, Club Events
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:15pm
Financial Intelligence Pays Off
Members Only; Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/morningstar-investment-research-center-financial-intelligence-pays-off-registration-63693891143
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm
In conversation with MI Executive Director Kimberly Scrafano
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/secondhand-travels-in-the-new-global-garage-sale-with-author-adam-minter-registration-72334924707
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:00pm
With author Gray Brechin
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imperial-san-francisco-at-20-more-relevant-than-ever-registration-75740723543
Activities, Club Events
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:00pm
Members and Public Free
movie poster
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 6:00pm
November 2019 - Silent Sweethearts
Members Free, Public $10 (suggested donation)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-1927-registration-75759563895
Classes
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 11:00am
Instructor: Coach Andy Trattner
Members & Public Free
Classes
Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 11:00am
Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams
Members & Public Free
Activities
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Classes, Club Events
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 12:00pm
Members & Public Free
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Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 6:30pm
by Wallace Stegner
Members Only; Free
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Activities, Club Events
Thursday, December 05, 2019 - 5:30pm
Members & Guests Free
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, Fast Fridays
Friday, December 06, 2019 - 12:00pm
by Mary Gaitskill
Members Only; Free
movie poster
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, December 06, 2019 - 6:00pm
Season Finale
Members Free, Public $10 (suggested donation)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ben-hur-a-tale-of-the-christ-registration-75760173719
Classes
Sunday, December 08, 2019 - 11:00am
Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams
Members & Public Free
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Book Group Meetings, Brown Bag Mystery Readers, Club Events
Monday, December 09, 2019 - 12:00pm
by Ngaio Marsh
Members Only; Free
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Activities, Club Events
Monday, December 09, 2019 - 6:30pm
Members $5, Public $5
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-plays-the-thing-registration-71118721009
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Activities, Club Events
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 5:30pm
Members & Their Guests - $15 per person
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-members-holiday-gathering-registration-79605559371
Classes
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 11:00am
Instructor: Coach Andy Trattner
Members & Public Free
Classes
Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 11:00am
Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams
Members & Public Free
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Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 6:30pm
by Lucia Berlin
Members Only; Free
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Activities, Club Events
Friday, December 20, 2019 - 12:00pm
Members & Public Free
Classes
Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 11:00am
Instructor: Coach Andy Trattner
Members & Public Free
Classes
Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 11:00am
Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams
Members & Public Free
Classes
Saturday, January 04, 2020 - 11:00am
Instructor: Coach Andy Trattner
Members & Public Free
Classes
Sunday, January 05, 2020 - 11:00am
Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams
Members & Public Free
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Classes, Club Events
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:30am
Members $29, Public $39
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-legal-guide-to-book-publishing-registration-71119850387
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 12:00pm
Members $49, Public $59
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/create-a-professional-literary-resume-registration-68652155445
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:30am
Members $59, Public $69
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-apply-for-creative-writing-grants-registration-68651986941
Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:30pm

Inside the Magnetic Fields: Surrealism at 100 Festival produced by City Lights Booksellers & Publishing

Georges Bataille with author Stuart Kendall with Mark Calkins

Impossible Surrealism: Georges Bataille and the Surrealist Demand features a conversation about Bataille's themes, manifestos and practices.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Friends of City Lights Free
Public $10

Activities
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

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

Classes
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursday of Every Month

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or a similar tech- or internet-related issue, librarians are happy to help! Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding devices and ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, and more.

Members Only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Superwoman: Miriam Michelson and Suffrage Activism in San Francisco with author Lori Harrison-Kahan in conversation with MI Events Director Laura Sheppard. Co-sponsored by Alta Magazine and the Jewish Community Library, San Francisco.

The life and work of Miriam Michelson, a best-selling San Francisco novelist, revolutionary journalist, and feminist circa 1890, is revealed in this compelling book talk.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Readers of Alta Magazine Free
Friends of Jewish Community Library Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

Writers Lunch

Make Your Crime Fiction More Realistic with Adam Plantinga

Ready to make your crime fiction more realistic? Join author and police sergeant Adam Plantinga for a discussion about his first book's rocky road to publication as well as some of the key differences between fictional cops and real cops and why those differences should matter to the author.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

November 2019 - Silent Sweethearts

In this classic silent melodrama, a clown with a tragic past seeks to protect a young girl from the attentions of a wealthy seducer.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Jewel That Was Ours

by Colin Dexter

Inspector Morse is on the case at Oxford's luxurious Randolph Hotel. An American tourist dies and a priceless jewel bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum by her late husband is missing from her hotel room. Quirky and sophisticated, the Jewel That Was Ours is a mystery for readers who love to solve puzzles.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 6:00pm

Night Tour of the Mechanics' Institute

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.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Crossing to Safety

by Wallace Stegner

Crossing to Safety was a National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction in 1987.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

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

Classes
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Financial Intelligence Pays Off

Morningstar provides investment research, analysis and recommendations for thousands of mutual funds and stocks.

Members Only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm

Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale with author Adam Minter

In conversation with MI Executive Director Kimberly Scrafano

Reuse, recycling, environmental issues and ecology all come together in this book about our stuff and where it goes.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Public $15

Meet the Author(s)
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Imperial San Francisco At 20: More Relevant Than Ever

With author Gray Brechin

When U.C. Press published Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin in 1999, it spent 16 weeks on the Chronicle’s best-seller list and has never gone out of publication.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stay Creative, Corporate Writer!

LD Kirshenbaum wants you to spend one lunch hour a month to maintaining your muse along with your career in copywriting or corporate communications. This lightning workshop packs in a useful discussion as well as writing time. Bring your lunch and preferred writing utensils.

Members and Public Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 6:00pm

Love (1927)

November 2019 - Silent Sweethearts

Anna Karenina is updated to the 1920s in the silent adaptation starring Greta Garbo.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)

Instructor: Coach Andy Trattner

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

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

Classes
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 12:00pm

Medication Education and Safety for Seniors

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Crossing to Safety

by Wallace Stegner

Crossing to Safety was a National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction in 1987.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, December 05, 2019 - 5:30pm

Bi-Annual Members' Meeting

Join us for our bi-annual Mechanics’ Institute community gathering to meet fellow members, staff, and trustees.

Members & Guests Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Fast Fridays
Friday, December 06, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

"Acceptance Journey"

by Mary Gaitskill

Gaitskill's short story "Acceptance Journey" focuses on what the author calls "liminal states," where you "never know what will happen."

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, December 06, 2019 - 6:00pm

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Season Finale

A Jewish prince is betrayed and imprisoned by a childhood friend, in this epic tale of faith and vengeance.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Sunday, December 08, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, December 09, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Died in the Wool

by Ngaio Marsh

Amongst a remote sheep farm on a cloud-piercing peak in the Canterbury Region, a parliamentarian is found dead. Set in author Ngaio Marsh's native New Zeland during WWII, investigator Roderick Alleyn conducts counter-espionage that may be associated with this murder. Why did the killer pack the victim in wool?

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, December 09, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Play's the Thing

How does a play evolve? How do actors unravel the complexities of characters they portray?

Members $5
Public $5

Activities
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Annual Members' Holiday Gathering

Hors d'oeuvres, gourmet cheeses, delectable desserts, and tempting libations!

Members & Their Guests - $15 per person

Classes
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)

Instructor: Coach Andy Trattner

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

A Manual for Cleaning Women

by Lucia Berlin

Selected stories from Lucia Berlin, a writer overlooked in her lifetime, but now celebrated by contemporary critics, writers, and readers as a legend of the short-story format.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Friday, December 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

Writers Lunch: End of Year Party and Book Bazaar

Join the MI writing community for an end of year celebration to honor our writing achievements and MI members who have recently published books. 

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)

Instructor: Coach Andy Trattner

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, January 04, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)

Instructor: Coach Andy Trattner

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, January 05, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

A Legal Guide to Book Publishing

The Legal Guide to Book Publishing class covers the primary legal and business issues in modern book publishing. Learn what you need to know about mainstream, self-publishing, and e-book publishing.

Members $29
Public $39

Classes
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Create a Professional Literary Resume

Ready to elevate your writing career to the next level, but not sure how to present your background in an appropriately professional fashion?

Members $49
Public $59

Classes
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

How to Apply for Creative Writing Grants

This workshop is open to writers who are considering applications for--or wish to learn about--writing grants, fellowships, scholarships, or residencies. 

Members $59
Public $69