Join Gourmet Walks on a 2.5-hour exploration of Hayes Valley's sweetest shops. You'll learn about the latest San Francisco dessert trends while sampling fresh-baked cupcakes, gourmet ice cream, Parisian macarons, artisan chocolates and more. This easy walking tour will make six tasting stops in the Hayes Valley neighborhood.
Nathaniel Popper, Reporter, The New York Times; Author, Digital Gold
Believers in Bitcoin see it as a potential basis for a financial system free of banks and governments. So far it has made millions for some people and prison terms for others. National banking regulators are just beginning to set rules and regulations for bitcoin in light of recent scandals and its use by criminal enterprises. Read more »
Since 1931, The Commonwealth Club has honored the Golden State’s literary giants at the California Book Awards. At our special awards ceremony, we will bestow Gold and Silver medals in several categories, including fiction, non-fiction, first fiction, poetry, young adult and juvenile. Come hear from some of California’s most gifted writers. See you at the ceremony! Read more »
Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
California is in the midst of a historic drought, with agriculture, communities, and fish and wildlife struggling with water shortages. At the same time, the state is looking at a future where these conflicts will be exacerbated by climate change, increased population, and other factors. Learn what California is doing at this point in the drought and the plans to prepare for an even more challenging future.
Explore one of San Francisco’s 44 hills, and one of its original “Seven Hills”. Because of great views and its central position, Nob Hill became an exclusive enclave of the rich and famous on the west coast who built large mansions in the neighborhood. This included prominent tycoons such as Leland Stanford, and other members of the Big Four. Highlights include the history of four landmark hotels: The Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Stanford Court, and Huntington Hotel. Read more »
Joseph Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University; Author, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them; Twitter @JosephEStiglitz Monika Bauerlein, Co-editor, Mother Jones; Twitter @MonikaBauerlein — Moderator Read more »
Join another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Explore vibrant North Beach with Rick Evans during a two-hour walk through this neighborhood with a colorful past, where food, culture, history and unexpected views all intersect in an Italian “urban village.” In addition to learning about Beat generation hangouts, you’ll discover authentic Italian cathedrals and coffee shops.
Tim Gunn, "Project Runway" Cohost; Author, The Natty Professor: A Masterclass on Mentoring, Motivating and Making it Work; Twitter@timgunn
In Conversation with Brad Rosenstein, Program Producer, Presidio Trust; Former Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Museum of Performance & Design Read more »