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Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 12:00pm
 
with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards
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Activities
Thursday, August 18, 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, August 19, 2022 - 12:00pm
 
moderated by Taryn Edwards
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Activities, Club Events
Sunday, August 21, 2022 - 2:00pm
 
with historian Megan Kate Nelson
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-and-revising-narrative-history-tickets-358966557637
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 7:00pm
 
Truman Capote
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-literature-book-group-tickets-174369823837
Activities
Thursday, August 25, 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
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 6:30pm
 
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understand-your-iphone-tickets-372903683957
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, September 01, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
with author L. John Harris
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-little-plague-journal-tickets-392048235827
Classes, Club Events
Wednesday, September 07, 2022 - 5:00pm
 
with MI Chess Room Coordinator Paul Whitehead
Free for MI Members
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-tour-of-the-mechanics-institute-tickets-396751714057
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, September 08, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
with Professor Sue Fawn Chung
Member of Mechanics' Institute FREE, Public sliding scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/profits-of-labor-a-history-of-californias-chinese-immigrants-tickets-396127226197
What's streaming on Kanopy. Learn in this interactive class at Mechanics' Institute.
Classes, Club Events
Friday, September 09, 2022 - 2:00pm
 
Great Courses, cinema, documentaries, and more!
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-streaming-on-kanopy-onsite-at-mechanics-institute-tickets-389741817267
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, September 09, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
September 2022 CinemaLit: – The 1930s Get Real
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinemalit-gold-diggers-of-1933-1933-98-minutes-registration-396292861617
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 7:00pm
 
Nikolai Gogol. Translated by Susanne Fusso
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-literature-book-group-tickets-174369823837
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, September 16, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
September 2022 CinemaLit: – The 1930s Get Real
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinemalit-my-man-godfrey-1936-93-minutes-registration-396299140397
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
author Victoria Kastner
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-franciscos-golden-gate-park-onsite-at-mechanics-institute-tickets-388819538707
Activities, Club Events
Friday, September 23, 2022 - 10:30am
 
with Monika Trobits
MI Members $20, Public $25
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-barbary-coast-a-walking-tour-of-terrific-pacific-street-tickets-372255926497
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, September 23, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
September 2022 CinemaLit: – The 1930s Get Real
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinemalit-politics-1931-73-minutes-registration-396301387117
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 11:00am
 
a workshop with Kate Farrell and Sherry Richert Belul
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/storytelling-as-a-gift-tickets-343381271627
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 7:00pm
 
Elizabeth Taylor
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-literature-book-group-tickets-174369823837
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, September 30, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
September 2022 CinemaLit: – The 1930s Get Real
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imitation-of-life-1934-111-minutes-registration-396305760197
Activities
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In-Person Tour of the Mechanics' Institute

with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards

In-person tours are back! 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.

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Activities
Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Friday, August 19, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Writers' Lunch: the Joy of Travel and Adventure Writing

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 Joy of Travel and Adventure Writing. Join us, share, and learn!

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Activities
Sunday, August 21, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Writing and Revising Narrative History

with historian Megan Kate Nelson

Join the Mechanics' Institute and the Institute for Historical Study for this exciting talk about writing with historian Megan Kate Nelson.

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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Other Voices, Other Rooms

Truman Capote

Discuss Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote with fellow members.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Classes
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Understand Your iPhone!

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

Members Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, September 01, 2022 - 6:00pm

My Little Plague Journal -- ONSITE at Mechanics' Institute

with author L. John Harris

Richly illustrated by the author, My Little Plague Journal is a quirky window into the mind of “a veteran flâneur" and a chronicle of our time.

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

Classes
Wednesday, September 07, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Introduction to Chess: Free In-Person Class for MI Members - Every Wednesday September 7 through October 26.

with MI Chess Room Coordinator Paul Whitehead

Beginner or intermediate player, join us for an 8-week course and learn the fundamentals of the Royal Game with MI Chess Room Coordinator, FIDE Master Paul Whitehead. 

Free for MI Members

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, September 08, 2022 - 6:00pm

Profits of Labor: A History of California's Chinese Immigrant Miners, Merchants, and Workers -- a VIRTUAL EVENT on Zoom

with Professor Sue Fawn Chung

This presentation about three men and their families, all Chinese immigrants, offers a historical landscape of Chinatowns in San Francisco and other western cities, from immigrant labor to entrepreneurship.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest.

 

Member of Mechanics' Institute FREE
Public sliding scale $5 to $10

Classes
Friday, September 09, 2022 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

What's Streaming on Kanopy -- ONSITE

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

CinemaLit Films
Friday, September 09, 2022 - 6:00pm

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) 98 min -- ONSITE at Mechanics' Institute

September 2022 CinemaLit: – The 1930s Get Real

Sublimely entertaining, and featuring some of the best musical and comedy talent of the day.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

The Nose and Other Stories

Nikolai Gogol. Translated by Susanne Fusso

Discuss selections from The Nose and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol translated by Susanne Fusso with fellow members.

Members Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, September 16, 2022 - 6:00pm

My Man Godfrey (1936) 93 min -- ONSITE at Mechanics' Institute

September 2022 CinemaLit: – The 1930s Get Real

William Powell is a down-and-outer plucked from an ash heap and hired as butler to an eccentric wealthy family.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 6:00pm

Architecture + The City Festival: Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect

author Victoria Kastner

This new biography—featuring over 150 archival images and full-color photographs printed throughout—introduces Julia Morgan as both a pioneering architect and a captivating individual. Learn more about her life and work in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Members Free

Activities
Friday, September 23, 2022 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

The Barbary Coast: A Walking Tour of “Terrific” Pacific Street

with Monika Trobits

During this walk, we’ll explore the legendary Barbary Coast.

MI Members $20
Public $25

CinemaLit Films
Friday, September 23, 2022 - 6:00pm

Politics (1931) 73 min -- ONSITE at Mechanics' Institute

September 2022 CinemaLit: – The 1930s Get Real

Comedy and drama are woven throughout this riff on Lysistrata, appearing just eleven years after passage of the 19th Amendment.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Classes
Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Storytelling as a Gift

a workshop with Kate Farrell and Sherry Richert Belul

Join two storytelling professionals IN-PERSON to learn about how to be better at storytelling — AND to use our stories about people we love as a gift.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

Elizabeth Taylor

Discuss Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor with fellow members.

Members Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, September 30, 2022 - 6:00pm

Imitation of Life (1934) 111 min -- ONSITE at Mechanics' Institute

September 2022 CinemaLit: – The 1930s Get Real

This compelling period piece is listed  in the National Film Registry and on Time's 2007 list of "The 25 Most Important Films on Race."

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10