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Meal and Reel: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Wed., Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m., Edina

What better way to spend the first day of 2014 than watching a critically acclaimed film and enjoying dinner with your freethinking friends?

From The Washington Post: "the story propels itself along while awakening in viewers some profound emotions." Idris Ella's portrayal of Nelson Mandela is earning raves, including The New York Times' "Mr. Elba's towering performance lends "Long Walk to Freedom" a Shakespearean breadth," and the San Francisco Chronicle's "Elba's performance is commanding and physically meticulous."

Synopsis: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the once segregated society. Idris Elba stars as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris stars as Winnie Mandela, with Justin Chadwick directing.

Time: We'll meet at 12:30 in the lobby, movie starts at 1pm (runs 2 hours, 19 minutes). Look for your host in her bright red winter jacket. Because it'll probably be crowded that day we'll want to leave enough time to get our tickets.

https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/amc-southdale-16

Afterward: 4 p.m. reservations at Ruby Tuesday in Southdale (salads, appetizers, burgers, pasta). It's right next door to the theater, so we can walk over as a group. Their website, including map and menu:

http://www.rubytuesday.com/locations

Make a New Year's resolution to see more good movies with your fellow Minnesota Atheists!

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  • Jack C.

    Inspiring film, fine company and good food. Thanks, Jo!

    January 2, 2014

    • Jo M.

      You bet, Jack! Glad you could make it.

      January 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been crazy busy with work. This is just what I need. See ya there!

    December 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Gotta pass. Just to exhausted to go out. My apologies. Thank you for having this, perhaps I'll get to attend more events when work slows down.

      January 1, 2014

  • Alex

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation but I have a cold that has been dragging on forever, I just feel sick this morning. Have fun!

    January 1, 2014

  • Tara

    Is there any athiest groups that meet in minnesota for like a recovery group from relegion and the affects and to support others who are struggling from their non belief to find like minded people to meet and connect with

    December 30, 2013

    • Todd

      Former Fundamentalists meetup group of which I'm a member. Please join us!

      January 1, 2014

  • Matthew H.

    Wish we could be there, but maybe next time. Have fun Jo!

    December 31, 2013

  • Tara

    Thanks Ill do that!!

    December 30, 2013

  • Jack C.

    Hi Tara,
    What you describe is part of every Meetup we have. You'll find people to talk with, share your experiences with, and get support and resources whenever you ask. If you're coming from a fundamentalist religious background, you should check out this related Meetup group:
    http://www.meetup.com/Former-Fundamentalists/
    See you on Wednesday.

    1 · December 30, 2013

  • Alex

    This is perfect, I am reading the book right now ...

    December 29, 2013

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