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Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 12:00pm
 
with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-tour-of-the-mechanics-institute-tickets-339389472047
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
hosted by Corey Rosen
Members $10, Members with book $25, Public $15, Public with book $30
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/your-story-well-told-a-storytelling-event-hosted-by-corey-rosen-tickets-317249219957
Activities
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, June 02, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, June 08, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
moderated by Matthew Félix
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/play-orchestra-playplay-something-sweet-and-light-and-gay-tickets-328269993387
Activities
Thursday, June 09, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 12:00pm
 
a city-wide celebration
12:00 Zoom Program Member FREE, 12:00 Zoom Program Public FREE, 5:00 PM Onsite Program Member $15, 5:00 PM Onsite Program Public $20
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bloomsbay-ulysses-100-celebration-tickets-343351723247
Photograph of a typewriter
Activities, Club Events
Friday, June 17, 2022 - 12:00pm
 
moderated by Taryn Edwards
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writers-lunch-the-art-of-critiquing-fellow-writers-tickets-320316143207
Activities
Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
Author Leila Mottley in conversation with writer Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Members of Mechanics' Institute & Friends of City Lights Books & Publishing Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nightcrawling-a-novel-tickets-317236421677
Activities
Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
with Attorney John Briscoe, Tribal Judge Abby Abinanti, and Professor George Bisharat (moderator)
Members of Mechanics' Institute and Friends of CICAN Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/x/californias-hidden-history-of-indian-slavery-tickets-340226044257
Activities
Thursday, July 07, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
moderated by Liam O'Donoghue
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-gone-wild-the-intersection-of-music-art-and-rebellion-tickets-343360930787
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, August 03, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
Memoir of a Lifelong Love Affair with My City with Tania Romanov
MI Members Free, Public Sliding Scale $5, Public Sliding Scale $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-francisco-pilgrimage-memoir-of-a-lifelong-love-affair-with-my-city-tickets-339530072587
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
with author Lee Kravetz in conversation with Erin Byrne
MI Members Free, Public Sliding Scale $5, Public Sliding Scale $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-last-confessions-of-sylvia-p-tickets-339460374117
Activities
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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 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.

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Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

"Your Story, Well Told" a Storytelling Event

hosted by Corey Rosen

In this special event, Rosen will lead the audience in activities and exercises for remembering and developing their own performance-worthy stories.  He will share stories of his own and will be joined by special guest storytellers for a one-of-a-kind evening, followed by a book signing. 

Members $10
Members with book $25
Public $15
Public with book $30

Activities
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, June 02, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, June 08, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Play, Orchestra, Play/Play Something Sweet and Light and Gay

moderated by Matthew Félix

Come celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month at the Mechanics' Institute with this musical author event.

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Activities
Thursday, June 09, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 12:00pm to 7:30pm

Bloomsbay - Ulysses 100 Celebration -- Two Events, Virtual and Onsite

a city-wide celebration

Mechanics’ Institute is proud to participate in Bloomsbay - Ulysses 100, a city-wide celebration for the 100th anniversary of James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses, one of the great innovations of modern literature. (Virtual and Onsite events all day).

12:00 Zoom Program Member FREE
12:00 Zoom Program Public FREE
5:00 PM Onsite Program Member $15
5:00 PM Onsite Program Public $20

Activities
Friday, June 17, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Writers' Lunch: The Art of Critiquing Fellow Writers

moderated by Taryn Edwards

The Writers Lunch is a casual chat with our writers community on the 3rd Friday of each month. This month we discuss The Art of Critiquing Fellow Writers? Join us, share, and learn!

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Activities
Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 6:00pm

Nightcrawling: A Novel -- ONSITE at Mechanics' Institute, cosponsored by City Lights Bookstore & Publishing

Author Leila Mottley in conversation with writer Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

This novel about race, family, and life on the streets of Oakland, is written with raw beauty, electrifying intensity, and piercing vulnerability, Nightcrawling marks the stunning arrival of a voice unlike any we have heard before.

This book event has been funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 

Members of Mechanics' Institute & Friends of City Lights Books & Publishing Free
Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10

Activities
Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 6:00pm

California's Hidden History of Indian Slavery: A Panel Discussion -- Virtual Event on Zoom cosponsored by California Institute for Community, Art & Nature

with Attorney John Briscoe, Tribal Judge Abby Abinanti, and Professor George Bisharat (moderator)

This discussion about California’s troubling history will include topics like the 1850 Indian Slavery Act and its outcomes, how the legislature perpetuated these laws --even after the first California constitution prohibited slavery, and state sponsored land theft and how displacement and acquisition was perpetuated.

This event has been funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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

Activities
Thursday, July 07, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

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

Activities
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Youth Gone Wild: the intersection of music, art, and rebellion

moderated by Liam O'Donoghue

Youthful rebellion is more than a rite of passage - there’s much to be learned from this time of heightened emotions, energy, and idealism.

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Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, August 03, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

San Francisco Pilgrimage

Memoir of a Lifelong Love Affair with My City with Tania Romanov

When COVID strikes and her life grinds to a halt, Tania Romanov sets off on an unlikely pilgrimage. A pilgrimage into a past in which her own identity and that of her city’s are inextricably intertwined. A pilgrimage leading to a profound and personal exploration of place, identity, and race; of the nature of change and the meaning of travel.

MI Members Free
Public Sliding Scale $5
Public Sliding Scale $10

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.

with author Lee Kravetz in conversation with Erin Byrne

Join author Lee Kravetz in conversation with Erin Byrne about his novel The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. which imaginatively brings into focus the period of promise and tragedy that marked the writing of Sylvia Plath’s modern classic The Bell Jar.

MI Members Free
Public Sliding Scale $5
Public Sliding Scale $10