First Monday Movies at Excelsior on Monday, February 6, 6:30-8:30pm

After taking a break in January, First Monday Movies @ Excelsior is back! The theme for this year is Oscar Winners (and Some Nominees) from the 1930s and 40s.

The February selection is Grand Hotel with Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and Wallace Beery, directed by Edmund Goulding, 1932, 113 minutes. Oscar for Best Picture, 1932.

The most expensive hotel in Berlin furnishes the background for gaiety and sorrow in a multi-layered story based on a novel by Vicki Baum.

Do You See Cats? SF SPCA Community Cats Education Program, Monday, January 23, 6:30-8pm

Do you see or feed cats in your neighborhood? Cats with no particular home or owner? These are some of San Francisco’s community cats.

To learn more about San Francisco's Community Cats, and how Trap Neuter Return (TNR) Programs can be successful in your neighborhood, view a trapping demonstration and get involved.

Spanish translation will be available.

Excelsior Film Fest Short Film Series on Tuesday, January 17, 7-8:30

The Excelsior Film Festival Short Film Series is a monthly event showcasing short films by local and independent film artists.

This month's feature is A Brush with the Tenderloin by Paige Bierma. Paige Bierma's film documents a mural project in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. Other short films will be shown as well.

7-7:30pm Film for general audience
7:30-7:45pm Intermission
7:45-8:30pm PG13 film

Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Please join us for this free event.

Start the New Year with a Good Book

Looking for reading suggestions? There's no better starting place than the Reader's Corner of our website!

There you can
  • See the latest selection of the On the Same Page city-wide book club (The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh)
  • Browse a list of new titles for the month
  • Sign up for Next Reads newsletters in the reading genre of your choice
  • And explore our literature databases, reading blogs, and other fun links.

Or do you want to read some of the best books of 2011? Here are links to best books list from a variety of sources:

The Economist Books of the Year
The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2011
The New Yorker Favorite Books from 2011
NPR Best Books of 2011
The Economist Books of the Year
San Francisco Chronicle 100 Recommended Books
The Wall Street Journal Best Novels

For even more best books lists, see the Readers Advisor Online blog's list of best titles lists.

Happy Reading!