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Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 6:00pm
with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards
Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-tour-of-the-mechanics-institute-tickets-153030356917
Activities
Thursday, May 13, 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), Club Events
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 12:00pm
wih Dr. Nancy J. Taniguchi
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/words-matter-james-king-of-william-and-san-franciscos-1856-vigilantes-tickets-140920369619
Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 6:00pm
with Nick Wright
Support This Program
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stepping-into-the-past-early-san-francisco-panoramas-with-nick-wright-tickets-141498021391
Activities
Thursday, May 20, 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, Club Events
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 5:30pm
Members & Guests Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bi-annual-members-meeting-on-zoom-tickets-152785037159
Photograph of a typewriter
Activities, Club Events
Friday, May 21, 2021 - 12:00pm
with David Colin Carr and Matthew Félix
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writers-lunch-ask-the-experts-with-david-colin-carr-and-matthew-felix-tickets-150629365487
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 5:30pm
Members Free
Activities
Thursday, May 27, 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), Club Events
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 5:30pm
With authors Damon B. Akins and William J. Bauer, Cosponsored by California Institute for Community, Art & Nature
Members of Mechanics' Institute and CICAN Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-are-the-land-a-history-of-native-california-on-zoom-tickets-149065489893
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, June 01, 2021 - 6:00pm
with archivist Diane Lai
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mechanics-institutes-archives-special-collections-an-inside-look-tickets-153707446109
Activities
Thursday, June 03, 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), Club Events
Friday, June 04, 2021 - 12:00pm
with author Corey Rosen and Steve Rosen
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/your-story-well-told-with-author-corey-rosen-and-steve-rosen-tickets-149041534241
Activities
Thursday, June 10, 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, Club Events
Friday, June 11, 2021 - 12:00pm
with Polly Campbell
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-recharge-with-polly-campbell-tickets-147007089161
Activities
Thursday, June 17, 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), Club Events
Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 12:00pm
with authors James Campbell, Clifford Thompson, and Jewelle Gomez, co-sponsored by American Library in Paris
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10, American Library in Paris Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-junteenth-tribute-to-james-baldwin-on-zoom-tickets-153390678649
Activities
Thursday, June 24, 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), Club Events
Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 5:30pm
with author Annalee Newitz, cosponsored by Goethe-Institut and Gray Area
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/four-lost-cities-on-zoom-tickets-149790376047
Activities, Club Events
Friday, June 25, 2021 - 12:00pm
wih Margaux DeRoux
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-craft-a-successful-romance-with-margaux-deroux-tickets-152883680203
Activities
Thursday, July 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, July 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
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Friday, July 09, 2021 - 12:00pm
with Frederik H. Green and Fiammetta Hsu Yin Peh 徐尹白
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bird-talk-and-other-stories-by-xu-xu-modern-tales-of-a-chinese-romantic-tickets-153377340755
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 6:00pm
with Matthew Félix
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coming-out-of-covid-creatively-with-matthew-felix-tickets-153563310997
Activities, Club Events
Friday, August 27, 2021 - 12:00pm
with Scott Newstok
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-think-like-shakespeare-lessons-from-a-renaissance-education-tickets-147661901723
Activities
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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, May 13, 2021 - 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, May 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Words Matter: James King of William and San Francisco’s 1856 Vigilantes

wih Dr. Nancy J. Taniguchi

Award-winning historian Nancy J. Taniguchi, the author of Dirty Deeds: Land, Violence, and the 1856 San Francisco Vigilance Committee, will discuss the life and tragic death of outspoken journalist James King of William and how he, a group of wealthy merchants, and a couple of committed historians shaped San Francisco’s history!

Members & Public Free

Activities
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Stepping into the Past: Early San Francisco Panoramas

with Nick Wright

Please join Nick Wright on a journey back in time to experience ultra-high-resolution views of Gold Rush San Francisco.

Support This Program

Activities
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 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

Activities
Friday, May 21, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Writers Lunch: Ask the Experts

with David Colin Carr and Matthew Félix

The Writers Lunch is a casual chat with our writers community on the 3rd Friday of each month. Join us, share, and learn! This month we have an editor and a marketing strategist ready to tackle your questions.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:15pm

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

Activities
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 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, May 27, 2021 - 5:30pm

We Are the Land: A History of Native California, on Zoom

With authors Damon B. Akins and William J. Bauer, Cosponsored by California Institute for Community, Art & Nature

A history of California centered around the lives and legacies of the Indigenous people who shaped it. Cosponsored by California Institute for Community, Art & Nature

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

Activities
Tuesday, June 01, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Mechanics' Institute's Archives & Special Collections: an Inside Look

with archivist Diane Lai

Learn more about the development of the Mechanics' Institute's Archives and Special Collections from archivist Diane Lai.

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Activities
Thursday, June 03, 2021 - 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, June 04, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Your Story Well Told

with author Corey Rosen and Steve Rosen

Join author Corey Rosen and his brother Steve Rosen for a rousing presentation of Your Story Well Told. The book will teach you the art of telling stories - how to make the sale, land the client, propose a toast, or impress a date. Corey Rosen is an Emmy-award winning writer and actor with years of experience as a skilled storytelling coach. Steve Rosen is a screenwriter and has also worked extensively as a performer on stage and screen.

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Activities
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Friday, June 11, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writing Recharge

with Polly Campbell

What happens when we get stuck? When we have no original ideas and everything we write –if we are writing at all—is awful and boring? How do we keep going during those long days when family issues, financial stresses, fatigue, and career concerns, and other tough distractions peck away at our focus and time? You change your focus—process over outcome-- adapt a growth mindset, and seek out the small wins.
 

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Activities
Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 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, June 17, 2021 - 12:00pm

A Juneteenth Tribute to James Baldwin on Zoom

with authors James Campbell, Clifford Thompson, and Jewelle Gomez, co-sponsored by American Library in Paris

James Baldwin's personal life and literary legacy are explored by writers James Campbell, Clifford Thompson, and Jewelle Gomez. Cosponsored by American Library in Paris.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
American Library in Paris Free

Activities
Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 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, June 24, 2021 - 5:30pm

Tech and the City: Four Lost Cities - A Secret History of the Urban Age, on Zoom

with author Annalee Newitz, cosponsored by Goethe-Institut and Gray Area

Annalee Newitz debunks the myth that “lost cities” were miraculously “discovered” by modern archeologists. Cosponsored by Goethe-Institut and Gray Area

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

Activities
Friday, June 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

How to Craft a Successful Romance

wih Margaux DeRoux

Join this session to ensure your romance novel  has the necessary elements to satisfy readers, and stand out from the crowd.

Members & Public Free

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

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, July 08, 2021 - 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, July 09, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Bird Talk and other Stories by Xu Xu: Modern Tales of a Chinese Romantic

with Frederik H. Green and Fiammetta Hsu Yin Peh 徐尹白

Join Frederik H Green and Fiammetta Hsu for a conversation about Xu Xu, one of the most important mid-20th century Chinese writers.

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Activities
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Coming Out Of COVID Creatively

with Matthew Félix

Join author, podcaster, and MI member Matthew Félix for a talk about how to reconnect with your creativity in a post-pandemic world.

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Activities
Friday, August 27, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

How to Think like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education

with Scott Newstok

A lively and engaging guide to vital habits of mind that can help you think more deeply, write more effectively, and learn more joyfully

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