Magic Theatre brings its artistic staff and one of the candidates for next season's main stage to the Club. Hear the very first reading of a new play and meet the director and playwright, who will hold a conversation after the reading. “Peace,” inspired by the playwright's correspondence with a peace group in a college town, comes from Lydia Stryk, who returns to Magic after last season's extraordinary play, “An Accident.” Stryk has a laser-like focus on the human heart. Read more »
Diane Ravitch, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education; Research Professor of Education, New York University; Author, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education
With the U.S. continuing to fall behind in reading, math and science, what can be done to save our schools? Are charter schools the answer? And what role do teacher unions play? Read more »
Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. Read more »
Are you new to the Club? Just want to explore and check it out? Come take a peek, meet other members and staff, and learn about all the Club has to offer. See how our programs come together, discover volunteer opportunities and travel destinations, and enjoy scrumptious light hors d’oeuvres. Bring a friend and explore the Club together! Existing Club members are welcome to attend to help us meet and greet and celebrate new members. Plus we will be celebrating the Club’s 108th birthday. Read more »
2011 Silicon Valley Reads: One Book. One Community Kick-Off Event
Michelle Richmond, Author, The Year of Fog
Local Silicon Valley author Richmond’s novel follows the journey of Abby, a young woman overwhelmed with guilt after her fiance’s six-year-old daughter disappears while in her care. The story continues as Abby tries to understand her memories and uncover the truth.
The Art of Living Black: Artworks by Karin Turner and Ajuan Mance
This year, The Commonwealth Club celebrates Black History Month with an exhibition of paintings that address the issues of race and gender. Artist Turner and Ajuan Mance, artist, writer and professor, are both Bay Area women of African descent. Read more »
Ann Winblad, Co-founder and Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners - Moderator
For more than 40 years, Draper has worked with top entrepreneurs in fabled Silicon Valley, where today’s vision is made into tomorrow’s reality. This venture capitalist saw the value in Skype, Open Table and many other companies, and he will share his firsthand stories of success. Read more »
Don't miss this fun and illuminating chance to discuss The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver's new historical novel that moves from the Mexico City of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky in the 1930s to the Washington, D.C., of FDR, J. Edgar Hoover and Richard Nixon in the 1940s. As a reminder, this is a book discussion group; the author will not be present.
MLF: Book Discussion Location: SF Club Office Time: 5:30 p.m. program Cost: FREE Program Organizer: Howard Crane