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Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007) 4/18/14 6PM 2014-04-18 18:00:00 2014-04-18 20:00:00

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Directed by Sidney Lumet Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney The easy-as-pie robbery of a family-owned jewelry store goes horribly wrong in this...

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Gandhi Before India 4/22/14 6PM 2014-04-22 18:00:00 2014-04-22 21:00:00

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  Here is a revelatory work of biography that takes us from Mohandas Gandhi's birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, his two...

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The Sibley Guide to Birds: Second Edition 4/24/14 12:30PM 2014-04-24 12:30:00 2014-04-24 14:30:00

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The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in 2000 quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation’s...

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Doubt (2008) 4/25/14 6PM 2014-04-25 18:00:00 2014-04-25 20:00:00

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Directed by John Patrick Shanley Meryl Streep, Amy Adams The battle of wills between a progressive priest and an inflexible nun at a...

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How To Create A Business Plan for Your Book 4/29/14 6PM 2014-04-29 18:00:00 2014-04-29 19:30:00

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To create a successful book you and your idea must be marketable. Learn to see yourself and your book through the lens used by publishers...

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After Six: Chess for Adults 4/30/14 6PM - 7:30PM 2014-04-30 18:00:00 2014-04-30 19:30:00

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Did you learn how to move the chess pieces as a child? Would you like to learn more? This class is for you! Join a small group of MI...

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Leonard Cohen Love Fest, featuring Conspiracy of Beards and Sylvie Simmons 4/30/14 7PM 2014-04-30 19:00:00 2014-04-30 21:00:00

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The cafe opens at 6:30 p.m. Leonard Cohen Love Fest featuring the Conspiracy of Beards, San Francisco’s all-male choral ensemble singing...

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Groundhog Day (1993) 5/2/14 6PM 2014-05-02 18:00:00 2014-05-02 20:00:00

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Directed by Harold Ramis Bill Murray, Andie McDowell A smug TV weatherman is condemned to relive the same day over and over again.

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Above San Francisco: a documentary of San Francisco 5/6/14 6PM 2014-05-06 18:00:00 2014-05-06 20:00:00

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Join us for a screening of renowned aerial photographer Robert Cameron’s amazing Above San Francisco. Narrated by Orson Welles, Above San...

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Literary Industries -- Performance and Book Event with Kim Bancroft 5/8/14 6PM 2014-05-08 18:00:00 2014-05-08 20:00:00

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Kim Bancroft portrays her Great-Great-Grandmother Matilda Bancroft in this performance based on the book Literary Industries: Chasing a...

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Road to Morocco (1942) 5/9/14 6PM 2014-05-09 18:00:00 2014-05-09 20:00:00

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Directed by David Butler Bing Crosby, Bob Hope Carefree castaways land in an Arabian Nights city where they vie for the luscious Princess...

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Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition 5/15/14 6PM 2014-05-15 18:00:00 2014-05-15 20:00:00

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Mark Twain wanted to write a completely candid autobiography, and he believed that it would not be possible to hide any “shirkings of the...

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Stir Crazy (1980) 5/16/14 6PM 2014-05-16 18:00:00 2014-05-16 20:00:00

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Directed by Sidney Poitier Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor A pair of schlemiels wind up in prison in this profanity-laced romp.

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) 5/30/14 6PM 2014-05-30 18:00:00 2014-05-30 20:00:00

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Directed by Frank Oz Steve Martin, Michael Caine Rival con men compete to swindle an American heiress on the French Riviera.

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Open Mic Night 6/5/14 6PM 2014-06-05 18:00:00 2014-06-05 20:00:00

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Do you enjoy keeping current on what is being written locally? Join us for a spirited reading of new work by MI members including excerpts...

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Understanding Online Communities for Authors 6/14/14 2PM 2014-06-14 14:00:00 2014-06-14 16:00:00

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For writers who want to find readers, fans, and buyers for their work, online communities are a goldmine. Whether you write fiction or...

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Busting Your Corporate Idol: How to Reconnect With Values & Regain Control Of Your Life 6/24/14 12PM 2014-06-24 12:00:00 2014-06-24 13:00:00

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Join MI member Dr. Greg Marcus for a discussion about his book Busting Your Corporate Idol. For a time, Dr. Greg was working 90 hours a...

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The Savages (2007) 4/11/14 6PM

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Directed by Tamara Jenkins Laura Linney, Philip Bosco Adult siblings must deal with the dilemma of caring for their elderly father in...

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The Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierra 4/8/14 6PM

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Just before spring in 1846 an advertisement appeared in the Springfield, Illinois, Gazette. “Westward ho,” it declared. “Come, boys, you...

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Capote (2005) 4/4/14 6PM

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Directed by Bennett Miller Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins, Jr. Special guest: JP Allen, actor-writer-director, Love and...

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Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) 3/28/14 6PM

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Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Jeff Bridges, Martin Landau The true David vs. Goliath story of visionary postwar automobile designer...

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A Killer Story — Staged Dramatic Reading Multiple Dates

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Mystery, mayhem, and cold-blooded murder unfold in this staged dramatic reading of A Killer Story, a play written and directed by Dan...

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Foul Play (1978) 3/21/14 6PM

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Directed by Colin Higgins Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase In this comic romp by way of Hitchcock, a shy librarian and a bumbling cop fall in...

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Experiment in Terror (1962) 3/14/14 6PM

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Directed by Blake Edwards Lee Remick, Glenn Ford A bank teller threatened by a sadistic criminal enlists the help of an FBI agent in a...

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Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away 3/14/14 12:30PM

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Acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein reveals philosophy’s hidden but essential role in today’s debates by imagining Plato...

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Irish in San Francisco: From the heart of the Mission to the top of Nob Hill 3/13/14 6PM

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The stories of the Irish-born and their descendants in the city of San Francisco fill many volumes and span long decades—from the era of...

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The Proust World Literature Reading & Discussion Group

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Under the leadership of SFSU lecturer Dr. Mark Calkins, the Mechanics’ Institute offers bi-weekly Proust discussion groups on a semester...

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The Proust Group: In Search of Lost Time Reading & Discussion Group

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Under the leadership of SFSU lecturer, Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers this semester-long bi-weekly discussion group. This...

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After the Thin Man (1936) 3/7/14 6PM

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Special guest: Jeffrey Anderson, film critic for the Examiner. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke II William Powell, Myrna Loy A missing cousin...

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After Six: Chess for Adults 3/5/14 6PM - 7:30PM

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Did you learn how to move the chess pieces as a child? Would you like to learn more? This class is for you! Join a small group of MI...

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Reel San Francisco Stories: An Annotated Filmography of the Bay Area 3/4/14 6PM

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Hosted by Michael Fox. Have you ever wondered whether a movie you are watching was filmed in San Francisco or the Bay Area? More than 600...

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Ripley’s Game (2003) 2/28/14 6PM

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Directed by Liliana Cavani John Malkovich, Dougray Scott Patricia Highsmith’s charming sociopath plots a devious revenge in this thriller...

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The Stranger (1946) 2/21/14 6PM

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Directed by Orson Welles Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson A Federal agent searches for the Nazi war criminal hiding in a quiet...

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No Way to Treat a Lady (1968) 2/14/14 6PM

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Directed by Jack Smight Rod Steiger, Lee Remick Our Valentine’s Day gift is a succulent blend of romantic comedy and murder. 

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Writing the Personal Essay 2/8/14 1PM

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The personal essay is as old as Seneca and as relevant as this week’s New Yorker. Writers as diverse as Joan Didion, George Orwell, and...

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Caged (1950) 2/7/14 6PM

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With special guest Matthew Kennedy, author of the just-published Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s. Directed by John...

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Burning the Midnight Oil, by Phil Cousineau 1/30/14 6PM

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Logophile extraordinaire Phil Cousineau, author of Wordcatcher and The Painted Word, has gathered an eclectic and dynamic collection of...

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Skyscraper Souls (1932) 1/24/14 6PM

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Directed by Edgar Selwyn Warren William, Maureen O Sullivan A ruthless financier crushes anyone in his path to maintain control of a...

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The Day of the Locust 1/22/14 6PM

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Photographer Lucy Gray has re-imagined this American literary classic about the shams of Hollywood and the motion-picture industry with her...

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Female (1933) 1/17/14 6PM

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Directed by Michael Curtiz Ruth Chatterton, George Brent The no-nonsense CEO of an automobile company gives orders and, ahem, uses her...

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The Roy Stories 1/15/14 6PM

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Barry  Gifford In conversation with Peter Maravelis, City Lights Books and Publishing For forty years, The Roy Stories have been the one...

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Hell's Angels (1930) 1/10/14 6PM

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Directed by Howard Hughes Ben Lyon, Jean Harlow Breathtaking aerial combat sequences and Harlow's unabashed breakthrough distinguish this...

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Remember the Night (1940) 12/6/13 6PM

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Directed by Michael Leisen Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray A kind district attorney offers a holiday refuge to a shoplifter in this...

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Picturing the News: The SF Examiner photographic negative collection 12/2/13 4PM

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Seven years ago the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley received a gift from the Fang Family of the San Francisco Examiner photographic...

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Forty Guns (1957) 11/22/13 6PM

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Directed by Samuel Fuller Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan Stanwyck plays a tough, unscrupulous landowner who tests an ex-gunslinger’s...

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Seamus Heaney: the Berkeley Days 11/19/13 6PM

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A poetry reading to commemorate Seamus Heaney and his days at UC Berkeley Cosponsored by the Irish Literary and Historical Society of...

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Jung Chang - Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China 11/18/13 6PM

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In this groundbreaking account, Jung Chang describes how Empress Dowager Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to bring China into the...

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