March 2012

Chinatown Walking Tour #8

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Mon, May 14 2012 - 2:00pm

Chinatown Walking Tour

Enjoy another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure. Join Rick Evans for a memorable midday walk and discover the history and mysteries of Chinatown. Explore colorful alleys and side streets. Visit a Taoist temple, an herbal store, the site of the first public school in the state, and the famous Fortune Cookie Factory. There is a short break for a tea sample during the tour.

Location:  Meet at corner of Grant and Bush, in front of Starbucks, near Chinatown Gate
Time: 1:45 p.m. Read more »

Hemingway's A Moveable Feast is Considered by the San Francisco Book Discussion Group

Mon, Apr 2 2012 - 5:30pm

Hemingway's A Moveable Feast is considered by the San Francisco Book Discussion Group

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway was published posthumously in 1964. It remains one of Hemingway's most enduring works. The piece was largely written about his time with Hadley, touches on his defection to the arms of Pauline, and after his suicide was pasted together by Mary. Read more »

Human Trafficking: Slavery 2012

Fri, Apr 20 2012 - 12:00pm

Human Trafficking: Slavery 2012

David Batstone, Founder & CEO, Not For Sale; Professor of Business, USF
Mimi Chakarova, Photo Journalist, Filmmaker, Price of Sex 2011; Correspondent, Center for Investigative Reporting
Dr. Read more »

"I Do. Who Can't?" - Silicon Valley Leaders on Marriage Equality

Wed, Mar 7 2012 - 6:00pm

"I Do. Who Can't?" Silicon Valley Leaders on Marriage Equality

Kathy Levinson, Philanthropist; Co-Chair, LGBT National Finance Committee for Obama
Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Director of Ministerial Outreach, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Pacific School of Religion; Director, African-American Faith Community Project (Umoja Project), California Faith for Equality

Kathy Levinson, former president and COO of E*Trade, philanthropist and LGBT rights activist, will show the documentary I Do. Read more »

Rafe Sagarin: Learning from the Octopus

Mon, Apr 30 2012 - 6:00pm

Rafe Sagarin: Learning from the Octopus

Rafe Sagarin
, Ph.D,, Marin Ecologist and Environmental Policy Analyst, University of Arizona; Author, Learning from the Octopus
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Ben Kacyra: Capturing Ancient Wonders in 3D

Thu, May 10 2012 - 6:00pm

Ben Kacyra: Capturing Ancient Wonders in 3D

Ben Kacyra, Founder, CyArk Read more »

Russian Hill Walking Tour #6

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Mon, Apr 23 2012 - 2:00pm

Russian Hill Walking Tour

Join a more active Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Russian Hill is a magical area with secret gardens and amazing views. Join Rick Evans for a two-hour hike up hills and staircases and learn about the history of this neighborhood. See where great artists and architects lived and worked, and walk down residential streets where some of the most historically significant houses in the Bay Area are located.

Location: Meet in front of Swensen's Ice Cream Store located at 1999 Hyde Street at Union. Read more »

Vino Vino!

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Mon, Apr 9 2012 - 6:30pm

Vino Vino!

Collin Cranor, Winemaker, Nottingham Cellars

Join us at Vino Vino in downtown San Jose’s new San Pedro Square Market for an evening of “wine without attitude.” Cranor, winemaker for Nottingham Cellars, will walk you through a tasty flight of wine in a casual relaxed atmosphere while you nosh on some delicious treats from Vino Vino’s own kitchen. Read more »

Paranoid Politics: Islamophobia, McCarthyism, and the Yellow Peril

Tue, Apr 3 2012 - 7:00pm
Paranoid Politics; Islamophobia, McCarthyism and the Yellow Peril
Wajahat Ali, Playwright; Attorney; Co-author, Fear Inc., The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America
Dr. Larry Gerston, Emeritus Professor, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC 11
Mike Honda, U.S. Congressman (D - California)
Our panel will cover three periods in U.S. history: World War II, the era of McCarthyism, and post 9/11 when groups were persecuted in politics and the media.

Steven Machtinger: Yes, We Kant - Mozart and the Sublime

Mon, May 14 2012 - 6:00pm

Yes, We Kant: Mozart and the Sublime

Steven Machtinger; Attorney; Violist, San Joaquin River School of Music Read more »