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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

Classes
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Litquake Writing Class

Up Close and Personal: The First-Person Essay with Kim Addonizio

In this workshop, Addonizio will talk about structure, creating scenes, what to leave out (and in), tone, courage, wit, and more.

Members & Public $100

Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Proust Group

In Search of Lost Time

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, the Mechanics’ Institute offers bi-weekly Proust discussions on a semester basis. The new semester begins on September 14th. Register now!

Members $70; Public $100

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Effi Briest

Theodor Fontane

Set in Bismarck's Germany, this tale of a socially suitable but emotionally disastrous match between the enchanting seventeen-year-old Effi and an austere, workaholic civil servant twice her age, is at once touching and unsettling.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 6:30pm

Power to the People: How Silicon Valley is Changing Our Democracy

Panel discussion moderated by journalist Kim-Mai Cutler of TechCrunch

This panel of experts and innovators discuss how technology and media platforms are transforming the election process through political messaging, connecting and motivating voters, and fundraising.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 6:00pm

Milk (2008)

September 2016 - Fights and Rights: Profiles in Courage

This first-rate biopic of pioneering gay Supervisor Harvey Milk won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, October 01, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Plots and Subplots in the Novel

CANCELLED

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Are you stumped by a plot or its subplots? Join Jessica Levine in an examination of E.M. Forster's Room with a View and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby in order to glean basic story structure and determine the relationship between the novels' plots and subplots.

Members $45
Public $55

Classes
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tech Office Hours

Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work one-on-one with a librarian. We can help with questions regarding your email, ebook readers, making the best use of the Library's online features, safely managing your social media accounts, or other computer- or technology-related questions.

Members Only; Free

Classes
Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Mergent Intellect

Looking for timely business information? Developing a list of key contacts for sales or as a potential employer? Researching competitive intelligence or exploring industry developments? Through sample searches, class attendees will discover the breadth of information that can be retrieved using Hoover's Mergent Intellect – a powerful upgrade from Hoover's basic database offering.

Members Only - Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, October 07, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Best Man (1964)

October 2016 - Power Plays

Gore Vidal adapted his own play for this film about two front-runners, one principled, one ruthless, vying for their party’s presidential nomination.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 11:30am

Litquake at the Mechanics' Institute

San Francisco’s foremost literary festival, now in its 17th year begins, October 7 and runs through October 15. Mechanics’ Institute serves as one of the central venues for many great programs. Watch for an exciting week of author events, panels, and conversations! Be part of this literary movable feast!

See description for admission
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No registration required.

Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 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. Walk-ins welcome. No registration required.

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Effi Briest

Theodor Fontane

Set in Bismarck's Germany, this tale of a socially suitable but emotionally disastrous match between the enchanting seventeen-year-old Effi and an austere, workaholic civil servant twice her age, is at once touching and unsettling.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:30pm

The Good, the Bad, and the Bestseller

A panel discussion moderated by Ransom Stephens

Why do you like some books, but not others? How come critics can't call your taste? And why do millions of people sometimes love books that you hate? Isn’t art subjective? We'll ask these questions and yours to a publisher with a track record for calling bestsellers, a literary critic, an expert on the neuroscience of value, and a neuroanthropologist.

Members & Public Free

Meet the Author(s)
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Global Fiction: Litquake’s International Night

Amidst an increased climate for international fiction, whether translated or originally in English, Litquake convenes this stellar selection of authors from Australia, Ecuador, France, and Romania, to discuss and read from their latest works.

Members & Public Free

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 12:30pm

Why Presidents Fail: And How they Can Succeed Again

With author Elaine C. Karmarck

Elaine Kamarck offers a bipartisan  critique of three presidents' failures and explores how future presidents can succeed.

Members Free
Public $15

Classes
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Information Sources on Private Companies

This tutorial demonstrates various web-based resources that access relevant information using Reference USA, Mergent Intellect, Thomas Net, and the Foundation Center.

Members Only - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 12:30pm

Ten Restaurants that Changed America

Author Paul Freedman in conversation with Paolo Lucchesi, The San Francisco Chronicle Food & Wine Editor

From Delmonico’s to Chez Panisse, Ten Restaurants that Changed America is a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants.

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:00pm

Writers' Lunch with Susie Hara

An introduction to "Kinetic Writing"

Susie Hara will introduce you to Kinetic Writing--a technique for enlivening your writing process with strategies for tapping into the body's sensory know-how.

Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

Primary Colors (1998)

October 2016 - Power Plays

John Travolta delivers a spot-on performance as a smooth operator nominee (who bears an uncanny resemblance to a 90s-era Democratic President) facing a sex scandal during an election.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:30am to 2:30pm

Get the Grant! A workshop with Lyzette Wanzer

Get the Grant! is open to writers who plan to apply to the Literature Cultural Equity Grant, the Literature Investing in Artists grant, or for a writers' residency program. Those applying for other writers' grants are welcome, though the focus will be on these specific grant opportunities.

Members $85
Public $100

Classes
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Getting Started: Blogging Series, II

In this beginner/intermediate class, we'll cover choosing a platform and setting up your blog, using Wordpress as an example for the demos.

Members only - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6:00pm

Free to Make: How the Maker Movement is Changing our Schools, our Jobs, and our Minds

With author Dale Dougherty

In the ten years since the first Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maker Faires have exploded into a global sensation, with dozens of off-shoots around the world, from New York to Shanghai. Dale Dougherty—founder of Maker Media—has been on the front lines of this worldwide renaissance of creating, designing, inventing, and personalizing. In Free to Make, he acts as a tour guide to the phenomenon we now call the Maker Movement.

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

NaNoWriMo Kickoff

Join fellow Mechanics' Institute members for a librarian-led introduction to the annual NaNoWriMo writing challenge, tips on planning your piece, and ideas for setting your schedule.

Members only - Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 6:00pm

Election (1999)

October 2016 - Power Plays

In this stinging satire, Reese Witherspoon plays a determined over-achiever running for student council president, while Matthew Broderick is the history teacher just as determined to stop her.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Walking Tour of San Francisco's Chinatown

Learn about the extraordinary history and culture of the nation's oldest Chinatown with local tour guide Rick Evans.

Members & Public $45

Activities
Thursday, November 03, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

San Francisco's Mid-City Tour

Take an autumn journey from the Financial District to the Castro District while learning about and enjoying San Francisco's architecture, history and vistas along the way.

Members & Public $50

Activities
Thursday, November 03, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Financial District Architectural Walking Tour

Experience the city from a unique perspective! Veteran tour leader Rick Evans will take you on a memorable two-hour walking expedition of the Financial District. Discover the architectural beauty of landmark buildings, hard-to-find rooftop gardens, and unique open spaces that you've probably never noticed!

Members & Public $45