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Manny’s Presents “What We Learned” Series of Discussions

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Manny’s Presents “What We Learned” Series of Discussions
at Iconic Mission District Venue July 28 – September 28, 2021
Live-in-Person Events Will Also Be Available Online in Virtual Component

23 July 2021 – San Francisco, CA:  With a cautious but optimistically-forward looking perspective, Manny’s ( has announced its summer series of live / in-person programming at its iconic Mission District location (3092 16th Street at Valencia, San Francisco) beginning July 28 and running through September 28 of this year.  The series will also be available, in real time, via a digital component / “Zoom.”  The schedule includes interactive conversations with civic, political, and cultural leaders around the Bay Area including San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed, SF Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton, SFSU President Mahoney, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts CEO Deborah Cullinan, SF Department of Public Health Director Grant Colfac, Department of Public Works Director Alaric Degrafinreid, City Controller Ben Rosenfeld, religious leaders, venue owners and more. The two-month series of in person talks at Manny’s is entitled “What We Learned” in which leaders from all aspects of civic life examine what we’ve learned so far from the last 15 months. 

“This is a series about looking forward,” said Manny Yekutiel, Manny’s founder. “These conversations are designed to provide a forum that is thorough, informative, and joyous. It is a way to stimulate dialogue from as many angles as possible so that we can move forward with understanding and strength. I can’t wait to dig into it all!” 

The full schedule follows:

7/29 @ 6:00 PM – What We Learned: The California Recovery w/ Senior Advisor to Governor Newsom Mayor Michael Tubbs

8/3 @ 7:00PM –  What We Learned: Emergency Preparedness with Dep. of Emergency Management Director Mary Ellen Carroll

8/4 @ 6:00PM – What We Learned: Educational Institutions w/ SFSU President Lynn Mahoney & USF President Fitzgerald 

8/5 @ 6:00PM – What We Learned: Universal Basic Income for Artists: Discussion w/ YBCA CEO Deborah Cullinan

8/5 @ 7:30PM – What We Learned: The Press with Newly Founded San Francisco Press Outlets

8/10 @ 6:00PM – What We Learned: Homelessness with Director of Homelessness Services Shireen McSpadden

8/11 @ 6:00PM – What We Learned: Our Transit Systems w/ SFMTA Chair Gwyneth Borden & BART Dir. Lateefah Simon

8/12 @ 6:00PM – What We Learned: Climate and the Environment with Dep. of Environment Director Debbie Raphael

8/18 @ 6:00PM – What We Learned: The Place of Physical Religious Sanctuaries in Society

8/26 @ 6:00PM – What We Learned About our Parks: Discussion w/ Recreation & Parks Manager Phil Ginsburg

8/26 @ 7:30PM – What We Learned: The Important of Live Music Venues 

9/15 @ 6:00PM – What We Learned: SF’S Finances w/ Controller Ben Rosenfield & Chief Economist Ted Egan

9/16 @ 6:30PM – What We Learned: Keeping SF Clean with Dep. of Public Works Director Alaric Degrafinried

9/28 @ 6:30PM – What We Learned: Our Public Health System with Dep. of Public Health Director Grant Colfax

As we look forward to the future we think it’s important to take a moment to dig into our learning – from the environment, to the budget, to our schools and religious sanctuaries, to our political institutions and parks,” said Yekutiel.  “This is the appropriate moment to take stock of what we learned and how to use those learning to inform the future.”

Since opening its doors on Election Night 2018, Manny’s has become an epicenter of community involvement, dialogue and civic engagement having served over 50,000 people, staged over 500 events, donated space to more than 150 area nonprofits and charities, and hosted 17 presidential candidates in his first year alone. Also, in addition to receiving much media and public attention, Manny’s was recognized for his above-and-beyond achievements by the California State Senate as “Small Business of the Year.” 

Manny’s is a people powered, community focused meeting and learning place in the heart of San Francisco that combines a restaurant, political bookshop, and civic events space. Manny’s goal: to create a central and affordable place to become a better informed and more involved citizen. Manny’s offers its events space to nonprofits, activists and civic organizations to spread their message and do their work as well as hosting its own civic and arts related programming. Manny’s kitchen is run by the non-profit, Farming Hope, which hires formerly homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals and trains them in the food skills needed to work in the restaurant industry.