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Photograph of Union Square
Activities
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am
Members $35, Public $40
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/circling-the-square-a-walking-tour-of-union-square-registration-35359378854
Activities
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photographs of the panelists
Activities
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:00pm
With Taryn Edwards, Rick Evans, and Bruce Albert
Mechanics' Institute Members Free, AIA SF Members Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hallidie-the-man-the-building-the-restoration-registration-37070433665
Photograph of a kitchen
Activities
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 5:00pm
Members only - Free
Activities
Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photographs of Akhil Sharma and Oscar Villalon
Meet the Author(s)
Friday, October 06, 2017 - 12:30pm
Author Akhil Sharma in conversation with Oscar Villalon, Managing Editor, ZYZZYVA
Member of Mechanics' Institute Free, Friends of ZYZZYVA Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/author-akhil-sharma-in-conversation-with-oscar-villalon-registration-37676822390
Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 12:00pm
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photographs of the speakers
Activities
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:30pm
A Litquake Event
Members Free, Public $15
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Photograph of Sarah Marinelli
Activities
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12:30pm
A Litquake Event
Members & Public Free
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Photographs of Barry Gifford and Tom Barbash
Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:30pm
A Litquake Event
Members Free, Public $15
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Activities
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photograph of Mallory Ortberg
Activities
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:30pm
A Litquake Event
Members & Public Free
Photographs of the panelists
Activities
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:30pm
A Litquake Event
Members Free, Public $15
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Photographs of Eric Lax and David Thompson
Meet the Author(s)
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 6:30pm
A Litquake-CinemaLit Special Event
Members Free, Public $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/start-to-finish-woody-allen-and-the-art-of-moviemaking-alfred-knopf-registration-37896846488
Photographs of the Chess Room and Meeting Room
Activities
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
Members & Public Free
Activities
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
Activities
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:00pm
Writers’ Lunch with Elisa Kleven
Members & Public Free
Activities
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photographs of Morgan Simon and Kath Delaney
Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:30pm
Author Morgan Simon in conversation with Activist and Fundraiser Kath Delaney, Madera Group
Members Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/real-impact-the-new-economics-of-social-change-nation-books-registration-37897207568
Activities
Thursday, November 02, 2017 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photograph of a Wells Fargo wagon
Activities
Friday, November 03, 2017 - 3:00pm
Members only - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-of-wells-fargo-history-museum-registration-38059145930
Photograph of a kitchen
Activities
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 5:00pm
Members only - Free
Photographs of Yuri Slezkine and Bertrand Patenaude
Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 6:30pm
Author Professor Yuri Slezkine, UC Berkeley in conversation with Bertrand Patenaude, Hoover Institute, Stanford
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Members of IHS Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-house-of-government-a-saga-of-the-russian-revolution-princeton-university-press-registration-38085664247
Activities
Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:00pm
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm
MI Members & Public Free
Activities
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
Activities
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photograph of a kitchen
Activities
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 - 5:00pm
Members only - Free
Activities
Thursday, December 07, 2017 - 5:30pm
Members & Guests Free
Photograph of last year's holiday party
Activities
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 5:30pm
Members & Their Guests $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-members-holiday-gathering-registration-37954945263
Activities
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
Activities
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Circling the Square: A Walking Tour of The Union Square Area

Join veteran tour leader Monika Trobits for an exploration of the heart of the Union Square area, its development and its transformation over the last century and a half.

Members $35
Public $40

Activities
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Hallidie: The Man, the Building, & the Restoration

With Taryn Edwards, Rick Evans, and Bruce Albert

Join MI historian and librarian Taryn Edwards, architectural tour guide Rick Evans, and Hallidie building restoration Project Manager Bruce Albert, Principal, The Albert Group, LCC in a discussion about Hallidie, his namesake building, and its extraordinary renovation.

Mechanics' Institute Members Free
AIA SF Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

Join our informal monthly club for Mechanics' Institute members of all ages who want to improve their living environment.

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Friday, October 06, 2017 - 12:30pm

A Life of Adventure and Delight (W.W. Norton)

Author Akhil Sharma in conversation with Oscar Villalon, Managing Editor, ZYZZYVA

From the award-winning author of Family Life comes an engrossing window into the Indian experience at home and abroad.

Member of Mechanics' Institute Free
Friends of ZYZZYVA Free
Public $15

Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:30pm

First Fiction: Ties that Bind

A Litquake Event

For emerging fiction writers, focusing on family has long been a staple. Rachel Khong (Goodbye, Vitamin) and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (A Kind of Freedom) plumb the richness of familial relationships in their debut novels to great effect.

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12:30pm

Literary Lunch: The World of Elena Ferrante

A Litquake Event

Writer and Professor of Comparative Literature Sara Marinelli speaks on Elena Ferrante’s narrative world and cultural relevance. Bring your own lunch!

Members & Public Free

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:30pm

Maximum Punch, Minimum Words: The Short Fiction of Barry Gifford

A Litquake Event

Barry Gifford discusses his new short fiction collection,The Cuban Club, with bestselling author Tom Barbash. 

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:30pm

Literary Lunch: Jane Eyre turns 170

A Litquake Event

This brown bag lunch features Mallory Ortberg (The Toast, Texts From Jane Eyre), speaking on the continued popularity and relevance of Charlotte Brontë’s classic Gothic-Victorian novel.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:30pm

Gotta Get Outa Here: Why We Love Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Litquake Event

Why do people value entertainment and escapism above almost anything but food and shelter? Why do we plunge ourselves into made up worlds?

Members Free
Public $15

Meet the Author(s)
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 6:30pm

Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking (Alfred Knopf)

A Litquake-CinemaLit Special Event

Author Eric Lax in conversation with Film Critic David Thomson.

Members Free
Public $10

Activities
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

Mechanics' Institute Tour @ Night

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the 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.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers’ Lunch with Elisa Kleven: Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books

Writers’ Lunch with Elisa Kleven
Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:30pm

Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change (Nation Books)

Author Morgan Simon in conversation with Activist and Fundraiser Kath Delaney, Madera Group

Will impact investment empower millions of people worldwide, or will it just replicate the same failures that have plagued the aid and antipoverty industry?

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, November 02, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Friday, November 03, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Tour of Wells Fargo History Museum

Come take a tour of the Wells Fargo History Museum at Wells Fargo's corporate headquarters in the heart of the Financial District.

Members only - Free

Activities
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

Join our informal monthly club for Mechanics' Institute members of all ages who want to improve their living environment.

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 6:30pm

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution (Princeton University Press)

Author Professor Yuri Slezkine, UC Berkeley in conversation with Bertrand Patenaude, Hoover Institute, Stanford

In time for the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, here is an unforgettable story of revolution, terror, and a building.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Members of IHS Free
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers’ Lunch with Sisters in Crime

MI Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

Join our informal monthly club for Mechanics' Institute members of all ages who want to improve their living environment.

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, December 07, 2017 - 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
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Annual Members' Holiday Gathering

Hors d'oeuvres, gourmet cheeses, delectable desserts, and tempting libations!

Members & Their Guests $15

Activities
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.