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Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 5:30pm
Members Free
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 7:00pm
by Diego Marani
Members Free
Activities
Thursday, October 29, 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
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 5:30pm
Tech and the City: Author/designer Sara Hendren in conversation with disability activist Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, cosponsored by Gray Area and Goethe-Institut SF
Members of Mechanics' Institute, Gray Area, and Goethe Institut Free, Public Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-can-a-body-do-how-we-meet-the-built-world-on-zoom-tickets-122494780185
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, October 30, 2020 - 6:00pm
October 2020: Women of Noir
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinemalit-zoom-discussion-of-the-naked-kiss-1953-80-minutes-registration-121451640125
Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, November 04, 2020 - 12:00pm
with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards
Free
Activities
Thursday, November 05, 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
Friday, November 06, 2020 - 12:00pm
with MK Chavez
MI Members $25, Public $35
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hybridity-poems-that-cross-the-line-with-mk-chavez-tickets-122618303647
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, November 06, 2020 - 6:00pm
November 2020: Comic Relief
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinemalit-zoom-discussion-of-steamboat-bill-jr-1928-71-minutes-registration-124492216571
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 5:30pm
Members Free
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 6:00pm
A Virtual Talk with Tania Romanov
Members & Public Free
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 7:00pm
by Georges Bernanos
Members Free
Activities
Thursday, November 12, 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
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 5:30pm
Journalist Roberto Lovato reflects on his multifaceted life in this compelling memoir.
Mechanics' Institute Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unforgetting-a-memoir-of-family-migration-gangs-and-revolution-on-zoom-tickets-123407696743
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, November 13, 2020 - 6:00pm
November 2020: Comic Relief
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-discussion-of-the-miracle-of-morgans-creek-1943-99-minutes-registration-124613609661
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:00pm
A Virtual Talk with their San Francisco teacher, Judy Bebelaar
Members & Public Free
Activities
Thursday, November 19, 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
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 1:30pm
author Maggie O'Farrell in conversation with Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg for the California Shakespeare Theater, cosponsored by Cal Shakes
Members of Mechanics' Institute and Cal Shakes Free, Public Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hamnet-a-novel-of-the-plague-on-zoom-tickets-123541878083
Classes, Club Events
Friday, November 20, 2020 - 10:00am
10 Ways to Leverage Authority Marketing to Grow A Meaningful Brand
MI Members $75, Public $95
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-your-author-platform-with-rusty-shelton-tickets-119142096217
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, November 20, 2020 - 6:00pm
November 2020: Comic Relief
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinemalit-zoom-discussion-of-ball-of-fire-1941-111-minutes-registration-124616349857
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 5:30pm
Members Free
Activities
Thursday, November 26, 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
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, December 02, 2020 - 5:30pm
with author Frederick Kaufman
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
Classes, Club Events
Friday, December 04, 2020 - 10:30am
Write and Sell Feature Articles to Newspapers and Magazines
MI Members $79, Public $99
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
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 - 5:30pm
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tuesday, October 27, 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.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

New Finnish Grammar

by Diego Marani

In Trieste, Italy, a military doctor finds an unidentified sailor who he believes is Finnish, like himself.

Members Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 5:30pm

What Can a Body Do?: How We Meet the Built World, on Zoom

Tech and the City: Author/designer Sara Hendren in conversation with disability activist Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, cosponsored by Gray Area and Goethe-Institut SF

Tech and the City: Using vivid stories drawn from the lived experience of disability and the idea and innovations that have emerged from it, Sara Hendren invites us to rethink the objects and settings we live with. Cosponsored by Gray Area and Goethe-Institut SF

Members of Mechanics' Institute, Gray Area, and Goethe Institut Free
Public Free to $10

CinemaLit Films
Friday, October 30, 2020 - 6:00pm

Zoom Salon of The Naked Kiss (1964) 90 min

October 2020: Women of Noir

A Zoom salon of The Naked Kiss: A prostitute tries to start a new life in a small Midwestern town.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Activities
Wednesday, November 04, 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
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 05, 2020 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Classes
Friday, November 06, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Hybridity: Poems That Cross the Line

with MK Chavez

In this workshop, we will explore poems that live in a liminal space. Hybrid poetics blurs the lines between poetry and other literary genres. The benefits of hybrid writing are many; it provides writers with opportunities to explore and expand writing practices, especially for those who are writing to make the invisible visible. Participants will survey a sampling of hybrid poems and have an opportunity to take liberties with a variety of genres, styles, and techniques and leave class with a literary chimera of their own.

MI Members $25
Public $35

CinemaLit Films
Friday, November 06, 2020 - 6:00pm

Zoom Salon - Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) 71 min

November 2020: Comic Relief

A Zoom salon of Steamboat Bill, Jr.: In this classic Buster Keaton silent, an effete college student reunites with his father, the burly captain of a paddle steamer.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Activities
Tuesday, November 10, 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.

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

One Hundred Years of Exile: A Romanov's Search for Her Father's Russia

A Virtual Talk with Tania Romanov
Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

The Diary of a Country Priest

by Georges Bernanos

Discuss the 1936 novel by French writer George Bernanos with fellow members.

Members Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 5:30pm

UNFORGETTING: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution on Zoom

Journalist Roberto Lovato reflects on his multifaceted life in this compelling memoir.

Roberto Lovato reflects on his life as a child of Salvadoran immigrants, and later, his participation in the guerrilla movement in wartime El Salvador.

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

CinemaLit Films
Friday, November 13, 2020 - 6:00pm

Zoom Salon - The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943) 99 min

November 2020: Comic Relief

A Zoom salon of The Miracle of Morgan's Creek: A small-town girl with a yen for soldiers discovers she's married and pregnant after a wild night -- but can't remember the father's name.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown

A Virtual Talk with their San Francisco teacher, Judy Bebelaar
Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 1:30pm

Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague, on Zoom

author Maggie O'Farrell in conversation with Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg for the California Shakespeare Theater, cosponsored by Cal Shakes

A piercing, deeply moving new novel about the death of Shakespeare's eleven-year-old son Hamnet -- a name interchangeable with Hamlet in fiftheenth-century Britain -- and the years leading up to the production of his great play.

Members of Mechanics' Institute and Cal Shakes Free
Public Free to $10

Classes
Friday, November 20, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Building Your Author Platform

10 Ways to Leverage Authority Marketing to Grow A Meaningful Brand

If you have been wondering where to start when it comes to building a meaningful platform, this 90 minute workshop will give you a specific, practical roadmap.

MI Members $75
Public $95

CinemaLit Films
Friday, November 20, 2020 - 6:00pm

Zoom Salon - Ball of Fire (1941) 111 min

November 2020: Comic Relief

A Zoom salon of Ball of Fire: A staid scholar (Gary Cooper) becomes entangled with a tough talking nightclub singer (Barbara Stanwyck) in this screwball comedy.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Activities
Tuesday, November 24, 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, November 26, 2020 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

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

with author Frederick Kaufman

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

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

Turn Your Passions into Paychecks

Write and Sell Feature Articles to Newspapers and Magazines

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 $79
Public $99

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

Activities
Tuesday, December 08, 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 10, 2020 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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