The Master and Margarita is woven around a visit by the devil to the fervently atheistic Soviet Union. In part, it is angled against a suffocatingly bureaucratic social order. The novel alternates between two settings. The first is 1930s Moscow, and the second setting is the Jerusalem of Pontius Pilate.Read more »
NoViolet Bulawayo, Author, We Need New Names Cristina Henriquez, Author, The Book of Unknown Americans Bich Minh Nguyen, Author, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir Sal Pizarro, Columnist, The San Jose Mercury News – Moderator Read more »
The Humanities Forum brings Socrates Café to The Commonwealth Club. It will be held every third Wednesday evening for the discussion of philosophical issues. At each monthly meeting the group's facilitator, Bob Enteen, will invite participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic will briefly explain why she or he considers the subject interesting and important.Read more »
Steven Machtinger, Attorney; Violist; Independent Mozart Scholar
Monday Night Philosophy returns to the exploration of the philosophical concepts that are encoded into Mozart's chamber music. In this lecture-performance, we will hear how Mozart, through the use of symbolic motifs, touches on themes of judgment and mercy in the Menuetto-Allegretto movement of his String Quintet in G minor, K. 516.
Susie Wyshak, Author, Good Food, Great Business Kathryn Lukas, CEO, Farmhouse Culture Lisa Murphy, Co-founder and Chief Sauce Maker, Sosu Sauces Jill Litwin, Founder and CEO, Peas of Mind Grace Erickson, General Manager, Ocho Candy Elizabeth Ü, Author, Raising Dough: The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food BusinessRead more »
In The Flamethrowers, Kushner skillfully navigates huge swaths of politics and history, intimately intersecting the vivid lives of her characters with the external reality in which they move.Read more »