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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, December 02, 2020 - 5:30pm
author Frederick Kaufman in conversation with banker and playwright John Bunzel
Mechanics' Institute Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-money-plot-on-zoom-tickets-124337734511
Activities
Thursday, December 03, 2020 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities, Club Events
Thursday, December 03, 2020 - 5:30pm
Members & Guests Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bi-annual-members-meeting-on-zoom-tickets-128190050893
Classes, Club Events
Friday, December 04, 2020 - 10:30am
with Melissa Hart
MI Members $49, Public $59
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turn-your-passions-into-paychecks-write-and-sell-feature-articles-tickets-116157431003
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, December 04, 2020 - 6:00pm
December 2020: CinemaLit Season Finale
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-cinemalit-zoom-discussion-of-charade-1963-113-minutes-registration-125256661045
Classes, Club Events
Monday, December 07, 2020 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 - 5:00pm
Members Free
Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 - 6:00pm
with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards
Support This Program
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/passion-pride-and-principle-the-first-5-years-of-mechanics-institute-tickets-128062844415
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 - 7:00pm
by Flannery O'Connor
Members Free
Activities
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities, Club Events
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 5:30pm
Join us for our Annual Holiday Gathering on Zoom!
Members & Guests Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/members-holiday-gathering-on-zoom-tickets-130059103279
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 12:00pm
a history of the Cuban Revolution with notes on its writing and publication
Support This Program
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brothers-from-time-to-time-with-david-landau-tickets-126591501589
Classes, Club Events
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 12:00pm
with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards
Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-tour-of-the-mechanics-institute-tickets-131097571365
Activities
Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Monday, December 21, 2020 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Monday, December 21, 2020 - 7:00pm
by Christa Wolf
Members Free
Activities
Thursday, December 24, 2020 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Monday, December 28, 2020 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - 5:30pm
Members Free
Activities
Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, January 07, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Friday, January 08, 2021 - 12:00pm
with Sheryl Bize-Boutte
MI Members $19, Public $29
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-matter-of-character-how-to-create-enduring-fictional-characters-tickets-131088058913
Activities
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, February 04, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Friday, February 05, 2021 - 12:00pm
A two hour class with David Colin Carr
Submit a Writing Sample $50, Observer $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/face-time-with-an-editor-a-two-hour-class-with-david-colin-carr-tickets-121244984011
Activities
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:30am
with Kate Farrell author of Story Power
MI Members $49, Public $59
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-pandemic-a-storytelling-workshop-in-two-parts-tickets-127371949931
Activities
Thursday, March 04, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, April 01, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, April 08, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, December 02, 2020 - 5:30pm

The Money Plot: A History of Currency's Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate, on Zoom

author Frederick Kaufman in conversation with banker and playwright John Bunzel
Half fable, half manifesto, this brilliant new take on the ancient concept of cash lays bare its unparalleled capacity to empower and enthrall us.
Mechanics' Institute Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Activities
Thursday, December 03, 2020 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, December 03, 2020 - 5:30pm

Bi-Annual Members' Meeting on Zoom

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

Members & Guests Free

Classes
Friday, December 04, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Turn Your Passions into Paychecks: Write and Sell Feature Articles

with Melissa Hart

In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to come up with feature article ideas, and how to find and interview expert sources.

MI Members $49
Public $59

CinemaLit Films
Friday, December 04, 2020 - 6:00pm

Zoom Salon - Charade (1963) 113 min

December 2020: CinemaLit Season Finale

A Zoom salon of Charade: A beautiful young widow must contend with crooks who are convinced she knows where her dead husband hid a stash of gold.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Classes
Monday, December 07, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Classes

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Monday 4 - 5:30PM: Chess Cafe
Monday 6:30 - 8PM: The Art of Attack in Chess by FM Paul Whitehead
Wednesday 5 - 6PM: Free Adult Beginner Class for Mechanics' Members
Wednesday 6:30 - 8PM: Online Class by FM Paul Whitehead
Sunday 10AM - 12PM: Free Women's Class by Sophie Adams

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 - 5:00pm to 5:45pm

Knit Happens Online

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics' Institute? Knit happens, but we'd love to see your crochet too! Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff over Zoom. Knit Happens bimonthly: every second and last Tuesday. All skill levels welcome — join us!

Members Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Passion, Pride and Principle: the first five years of the Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco

with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards

On December 11, 2020 Mechanics' Institute will mark its 166th year! Come learn about one of the oldest “public” institutions in California that helped pave the way for public libraries and education as we enjoy it today.

Support This Program

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

The Violent Bear It Away

by Flannery O'Connor

Discuss Flannery O'Connor's Southern Gothic novel with fellow members.

Members Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 5:30pm

Members' Holiday Gathering Happy Hour on Zoom

Join us for our Annual Holiday Gathering on Zoom!

Watch a live cocktail demo with Master Bartender Will Herrera, Owner of High Horse and dance up a storm with our Jazz music maestro DJ Henri Perrier.

Members & Guests Sliding Scale Free to $10

Meet the Author(s)
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Brothers From Time to Time by David Landau

a history of the Cuban Revolution with notes on its writing and publication

Join MI author David Landau as he presents his latest book Brothers From Time to Time, a history of the Cuban revolution, and a discussion of his 25 year writing and publication odyssey.

Support This Program

Classes
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Classes

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Monday 4 - 5:30PM: Chess Cafe
Monday 6:30 - 8PM: The Art of Attack in Chess by FM Paul Whitehead
Wednesday 5 - 6PM: Free Adult Beginner Class for Mechanics' Members
Wednesday 6:30 - 8PM: Online Class by FM Paul Whitehead
Sunday 10AM - 12PM: Free Women's Class by Sophie Adams

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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 Mechanics' 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.

Free

Activities
Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Classes
Monday, December 21, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Classes

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Monday 4 - 5:30PM: Chess Cafe
Monday 6:30 - 8PM: The Art of Attack in Chess by FM Paul Whitehead
Wednesday 5 - 6PM: Free Adult Beginner Class for Mechanics' Members
Wednesday 6:30 - 8PM: Online Class by FM Paul Whitehead
Sunday 10AM - 12PM: Free Women's Class by Sophie Adams

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Monday, December 21, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Cassandra: A Novel and Four Essays

by Christa Wolf

Discuss Cassandra: A Novel and Four Essays by Christa Wolf with fellow members.

Members Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, December 24, 2020 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Classes
Monday, December 28, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Classes

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Monday 4 - 5:30PM: Chess Cafe
Monday 6:30 - 8PM: The Art of Attack in Chess by FM Paul Whitehead
Wednesday 5 - 6PM: Free Adult Beginner Class for Mechanics' Members
Wednesday 6:30 - 8PM: Online Class by FM Paul Whitehead
Sunday 10AM - 12PM: Free Women's Class by Sophie Adams

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens Online

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics' Institute? Knit happens, but we'd love to see your crochet too! Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff over Zoom. Knit Happens bimonthly: every second and last Tuesday. All skill levels welcome — join us!

Members Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, January 07, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Classes
Friday, January 08, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

A Matter of Character: How To Create Enduring Fictional Characters

with Sheryl Bize-Boutte

In this workshop, you will discover what goes into creating and developing a fictional character.

MI Members $19
Public $29

Activities
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, February 04, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Classes
Friday, February 05, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Face Time with an Editor

A two hour class with David Colin Carr

A lot can be learned about writing and self-editing from watching an editor in the trenches. Learn how an editor works in real time.

Submit a Writing Sample $50
Observer $10

Activities
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Classes
Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Stories from the Pandemic: A Storytelling Workshop in Two Parts

with Kate Farrell author of Story Power

Learn how to tell an unforgettable story from the pandemic and record it for the MI archives.

MI Members $49
Public $59

Activities
Thursday, March 04, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, April 01, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, April 08, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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