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***January 15 2022***
City of Chicago events -- vaccination is required for all our indoor events per current guidelines.

Meanwhile, here at Scene-Free, we're doing the best we can on getting events going as conditions and facility staffing permit -- and that does mean we have to limit event sizes -- sorry! Some zoom events may still occur here and there.

All events will adhere to official guidelines in effect at that time along with venue's policies.

New members looking to join please continue to read below, and please continue reading down to the New Member Signups note (including info about having your picture on your profile) and if you want to join any remaining zoom events, please see the Zoom Meetup Notes after that. Thanks!
We're here to explore social networking outside of the bars. All are welcome regardless of gender/orientation/etc. Our main purpose is to bring people together and have fun. Along the way, you may find cool places to go that you may not have tried otherwise. If you are looking to join the group, please read all the way down to the New Member Signups Note below before joining - tnx! :)
Note - we are still doing some occasional zoom meetups. See Zoom Meetup Notes below if you plan to attend.

Recurring activities are the Sunday morning coffee meetups which you can see already posted, and there's also a dinner we do every 4th Saturday at 6:30pm which is currently being held at various places around Andersonville. That meetup typically gets posted about 5 days beforehand.  Some upcoming dates for the dinner meetups are (will be posted when covid winds down).
Come on in! :-)

RSVP notes: Most events involve reservations/etc so please RSVP only if you are planning to come and if something changes, please update as soon as you know. Still, we understand things come up at the last minute. When folks are on the waitlist, it is doubtful they can suddenly make it if a slot opens up within a day or so of the event so please be courteous of others when signing up if you are only a "maybe."

For the bi-weekly coffee meetups, those are very informal and there's no reserved space, but if you are coming, please RSVP so we know who you are! Thanks! :)

NEW MEMBER SIGNUPS NOTE: due to ongoing problems with fake profiles on meetup.com, screening software has been deployed to auto-detect fakes. The easiest way to trigger this is not having your own picture on your profile (or if you have multiple, set it as primary). We know some folks need to be discrete -- if so, please contact Jeff prior to signing up to discuss options -- sorry for any inconvenience! Again, please make sure your picture is your primary photo for scene-free.
Also see additional information about the group which can be found here: 
When you sign up, please include a picture of yourself so we'll be able to recognize you at events -- thanks!

ZOOM MEETUP NOTES: as you may have heard, there's a lot of security concerns now when using these types of online platforms. As such, we will be taking the following steps to ensure safe and enjoyable video conferencing:
1) You will need to have a recognizable picture of yourself on your scene-free meetup profile. This picture will be checked against the video feed in the meeting. Please make sure your video is enabled before joining the meeting. You may have to adjust privacy settings on your machine to enable zoom and/or your browser to access your camera.
2) Please keep your RSVP updated!! Because we can only have one conversation at a time, group size has to be limited. We will try to compensate with multiple sessions rather than one big event.  
3) Please keep your RSVP updated!! Just needed to say it again ;-)  If your plans change, please let us know ASAP so we can fill your slot instead of having it go empty from a last-minute cancellation.
4) You will need to be on the confirmed RSVP list to attend. The RSVPs will typically end a few hours prior to the scheduled event. After the RSVPs close, you will be sent a link to the meeting. Please make sure your meetup profile settings enable you to receive messages from the organizers.
5) Try as we can to keep our conferences private and secured, this is the internet -- and everything lives forever on the internet. Please don't say anything or show yourself in a way you don't want to see or hear again, lol! ;-)

Upcoming events (4+)

Andie's in Andersonville, and George's for dessert

Andie's Restaurant

***please be on confirmed list to attend***
***please keep RSVP updated***

Let's get a group together at Andie's -- it has been a while!

Restaurants are very short staffed right now so we are limited on times and group sizes. Please keep your RSVP updated!! Thanks!!

Per covid guidelines in effect, bring proof of vaccination and a valid id.

Come join us for a drink or two, good food, and all sorts of interesting conversations. It's in the middle of Andersonville and there's lots to do in the area.

Please be prepared to spend about $15-30 depending on what you choose. For those who wish to imbibe, drinks tend to be $6-$12 and there is a lot of wine to choose from in addition to some mixed drinks and a few beers.

After dinner, we'll go across the street to George's for their great ice cream! They also have a large variety of other dessert items to choose from, too!

Hope to see you there! :-)

BTW, for those driving in, easiest place to find (free!) parking is either along Ashland or in the neighborhood just west of Ashland.

Sunday coffee at Dollop

Dollop Coffee & Tea

Dollop has some great coffee and the food isn't bad either (though the sandwiches are better than some of the pastries). Come hang out with us and talk about random topics from film to physics to astrology and even politics if you want to bring the discussion into the gutter. We usually grab one of the larger tables near the front of the shop. Please note that I can't guarantee that as they won't reserve a spot for us on Sundays. Look for the gaggle of gays and you'll find us.

Here's the Yelp link for Dollop:


Hope to see you there! :)

Let's watch Parallel Mothers, then dinner at Renaldi's

Landmark's Century Centre Cinema

***Please be on confirmed list to attend***
***Please keep RSVP updated***

Pedro Almodóvar's acclaimed new film is here. His muse, Penelope Cruz, is a strong contender in this year's crowded Best Actress race. She has already won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival and recently took home the crown from the vaunted National Society of Film Critics.

Almodóvar, following up his masterful Pain and Glory, returns to the major recurring theme from his past films All About My Mother, Talk to Her and Volver: feminine relationships.

The fates of Janis (Cruz) and Ana (Milena Smit) collide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

Stephanie Zacharek of Time says: "Cruz has long been one of Almodóvar’s signature actors, a dazzling, witty presence in movies like All About My Mother and Volver. These two understand each other completely; it seems she’s able to follow the sometimes squirrelly crumb trails of his thinking without missing a step. Cruz is astonishing here, in what may be the best performance of her career so far. Janis’ fragility and her fortitude are two sides of one coin, and Cruz can shift from one to the other in the merest breath."

Written and directed by Almodóvar. Fully subtitled.

Showtime is 4 pm. We will meet a half hour before showtime in the upstairs lobby to get seats near each other. After the show, let’s grab a bite at Renaldi's nearby.

Hope to see ya there.

Please note: To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the city of Chicago has issued Public Health Order[masked], which requires certain establishments, including theaters, to verify that patrons are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Public Health Order will remain in effect until the city of Chicago is through this Omicron-driven surge and the risk of overwhelming hospital capacity has passed. Masks are also required.

Let's watch the classic Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Siskel

Gene Siskel Film Center

You are cordially invited to George and Martha's for an evening of fun and games.

What better way to warm up during this bitter cold spree than a revisiting of the fiery gem Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The story goes thusly: A bitter middle-aged couple ask the husband's new academic colleague and his wife over for drinks, and use them to fuel anguish and emotional pain toward each other through a long, distressing night.

Mike Nichols, in his film-directing debut, turns Edward Albee's seminal play into a classic film with four actors working at the peak of their talent--Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal and Sandy Dennis.

The 1966 film is one of only two pictures (the other being 1931's Cimarron) to be nominated in every eligible category at the Academy Awards. Taylor won her second Best Actress Oscar, and Dennis won Best Supporting Actress.

Widely considered to be the pinnacle of Taylor's career, this movie broke new ground on what could be portrayed on the screen.

“One of the most scathingly honest American films ever made,” said Stanley Kauffmann of The New York Times.

Written by Ernest Lehman. Photographed in black and white by the legendary Haskell Wexler. Presented in 35mm.

We will meet a half hour before showtime, which is 4 pm, in the upstairs lobby to get seats together.

Hope to see ya there.

COVID-19 protocols at the Siskel

You will need a valid photo ID and one of the following items to gain entry to the Film Center:

You will need to show proof of vaccination status or a negative PCR test result as you enter the theater. You must provide 1) a physical vaccination card--a legible photo, copy or scan of your card; an image on your phone will be acceptable provided that it is legible; or 2) proof of a negative result on a COVID PCR test conducted within 72 hours of the film or event start time

In addition, the Film Center will continue to implement the following safety protocols:
In accordance with the Governor's recent Executive Order, all patrons and staff will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while in the theater

The Film Center is also:
Not selling any concessions nor permitting any eating or drinking in our theaters or lobby to help ensure patrons stay masked
Staggering showtimes and leaving ample time between shows to mitigate crowds
Encouraging ticket pre-orders for films to reduce lines and guarantee seats
Providing hand sanitizer and disposable face masks for patrons
Selling only 80% of our tickets to encourage social distancing

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Let's watch The Power of the Dog, then dinner TBD

Gene Siskel Film Center

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