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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
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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
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 5:30pm
Last Tuesday of Each Month
Members Only; Free
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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
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 11:00am
Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams
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
Activities, Club Events
Saturday, January 04, 2020 - 10:30am
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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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, January 09, 2020 - 6:30pm
Editor David L. Ulin in conversation with Oscar Villalon, Managing Editor, ZYZZYVA
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Alta Magazine Reader Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joan-didion-the-1960s-70s-registration-81877027393
Activities, Club Events
Friday, January 10, 2020 - 12:00pm
a lecture with historian Peter Field
Members & Public Free
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, January 10, 2020 - 6:00pm
January 2020 - Speakeasy! Prohibition at 100
Members Free, Public $10 (suggested donation)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scarface-1931-registration-82127897753
photo of the instructor
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
Book Group Meetings, Brown Bag Mystery Readers, Club Events
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 12:00pm
By Michel Bussi
Members Only; Free
Activities, Club Events
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 6:00pm
Members & Public $5
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/burning-a-staged-reading-registration-81640586191
Activities, Club Events
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:00pm
How to Sell Your Book to a Publisher and Who You’re Really Selling
Members & Public Free
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 6:00pm
January 2020 - Speakeasy! Prohibition at 100
Members Free, Public $10 (suggested donation)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-slight-case-of-murder-1938-registration-82128664045
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
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:30pm
With author Tamim Ansary
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-invention-of-yesterday-a-50000-year-history-of-human-culture-conflict-and-connection-registration-81877749553
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 6:00pm
January 2020 - Speakeasy! Prohibition at 100
Members Free, Public $10 (suggested donation)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-roaring-twenties-1939-registration-82129301953
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
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:30pm
Author Lizzie O’Shea in conversation with tech writer Wendy Liu
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/future-histories-what-ada-lovelace-tom-paine-and-the-paris-commune-can-teach-us-about-digital-registration-81878722463
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 6:00pm
January 2020 - Speakeasy! Prohibition at 100
Members Free, Public $10 (suggested donation)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-untouchables-1987-registration-82129564739
Book Group Meetings, Brown Bag Mystery Readers, Club Events
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 12:00pm
By Charles Williams
Members Only; Free
Book Group Meetings, Brown Bag Mystery Readers, Club Events
Monday, March 09, 2020 - 12:00pm
By P.D. James
Members Only; Free
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
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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
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesday of Each Month

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.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

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
Sunday, December 22, 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, 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.

Activities
Saturday, January 04, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Writers! Start networking at this preview of the 2020 San Francisco Writers Conference

Whether you are a newbie writer or a past attendee curious about what’s happening at the 2020 San Francisco Writers Conference, join us for this informational pre-event networking session.

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.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, January 09, 2020 - 6:30pm

Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s

Editor David L. Ulin in conversation with Oscar Villalon, Managing Editor, ZYZZYVA

A collection of Joan Didion’s landmark works that established her one of them most influential literary figures of our time.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Alta Magazine Reader Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, January 10, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

San Francisco's Maiden Lane

a lecture with historian Peter Field

Join us for an exciting lecture about San Francisco's Maiden Lane with historian Peter Field.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, January 10, 2020 - 6:00pm

Scarface (1931)

January 2020 - Speakeasy! Prohibition at 100

Ruthless Tony Camonte rises to the top of organized crime in 1920s Chicago.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

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

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Black Water Lilies

By Michel Bussi

In the French village where Monet painted his water lilies, Giverny, the body of an art lover is found in the stream made famous by the artist. A clue on a postcard is discovered in the pocket of the victim Jerome Morval.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

BURNING: a staged play reading

On December 7th, 1776,  an American sympathizer known by his alias as “Jack the Painter” attempted to cripple Britain’s Royal Navy by burning its Dockyards.

Members & Public $5

Activities
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers Lunch: How Publishers Think and How Best to Pitch Them

How to Sell Your Book to a Publisher and Who You’re Really Selling

Publishing veterans Jan Johnson, Nancy Fish, Lara Starr and  Brenda Knight will help you navigate the rapids of book publishing so you can find the perfect home for your books. Bring all your questions about book publishing so you can learn from some of the best in the business!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 6:00pm

A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

January 2020 - Speakeasy! Prohibition at 100

Comedy of a bootlegger going legit, but nobody has the guts to tell him he's brewing lousy beer.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

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

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:30pm

The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection

With author Tamim Ansary

From language to cultural collision: the story of how humans invented history, from the Stone Age to the Virtual Age.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 6:00pm

The Roaring Twenties (1939)

January 2020 - Speakeasy! Prohibition at 100

Epic crime thriller traces three men from World War I to the end of Prohibition.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

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

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:30pm

Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology

Author Lizzie O’Shea in conversation with tech writer Wendy Liu

A highly engaging tour through history to understand computing, social movements, common good, and the future of our digital world.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 6:00pm

The Untouchables (1987)

January 2020 - Speakeasy! Prohibition at 100

Federal agent Elliott Ness tries to bring down crime kingpin Al Capone with the help of cop Jimmy Malone.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Nothing in Her Way

By Charles Williams

Set in San Francisco, two ex-spouses, Cathy Dunbar and Mike Belen, seek revenge on the con men who ruined the family business, and their marriage. When they set out to con the con-men, an elaborate power play ensues revolving around Cathy Dunbar, the femme fatale.  

Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, March 09, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Original Sin

By P.D. James

Deaths of several staff and associates at a London book publisher that overlooks the Thames puzzle Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. When Gerard Etienne, the managing director who vowed to restore the firm's fortune, is murdered, a series of equally bizarre deaths transpire. Discuss this sophisticated, cozy mystery by P.D. James with fellow members of the Brown Bag Mystery Readers.

Members Only; Free
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No registration required.