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Shall we go as a group? Light pollution is the biggest problem for all of us - especially when we set up at Adler. The more we learn about this and how we can combat it, the better prepared we will be to discuss it with others.
Who's in? Should we meet beforehand for some food? Looks like the film center is at 164 North State Street right in the Loop, so we'd have plenty of options.
So far I have Patrick as a "let me know where and when," Audrey Fischer will be coming, looks like Dragan Nikin from Dark Skies Apparel should be joining us. And when Robb checks with his wi.... errr - calendar, hopefully he can be there too.
Anyone else? We are in one of the worst areas for light pollution in the U.S. Let's support this effort highlighting a problem we all face every time we do outreach at Adler.
Okay, all. My wif..... er, calendar says I'm free that evening. I'm in. Food beforehand would be fine with me. Any suggestions? Also, how do we get tickets for the screening? Since this will be one of only a few showings in all of Chicago, I have no idea how popular it will be. I don't want to risk it selling out before we get there. The Gene Siskel Film Center website states that it sells tickets on Ticketmaster. However, on Ticketmaster.com, the list of events at the GS Film Center jumps from Feb. 2 straight to Feb. 22. There is no listing for The City Dark on Feb. 4.
Post by Paulie pchris00 on Jan 19, 2012 8:15:08 GMT -6
I want to say I'm in, but February 4 is raising a red flag in my brain. I might have committed myself elsewhere that night, but I have no idea where or what.
Figured it out. One my my friends in my atheist meet-up group invited me to a private party at B-Dubs for the UFC fights. I had thought about going even though I don't care about the fighting, but I'd rather check out this film.
Looks like on Saturdays they open at 2. A couple options; we can plan on arriving early - 4:30 or 5:00 - and try and grab some tickets then go get dinner. Or if someone wants to volunteer to be there at 2:00 and buy a bunch of tickets with everyone else paying that person back later, that's a possibility.
There's some time - let's see all who may be coming and decide when it gets closer.
I think my wife is coming along on the 4th. Have we settled on a dining venue prior to the film? if anyone is interested in joining us, my wife and I are heading to Jake Melnick's after the film so that I can take their XXX hot wing challenge. I've been wanting to do a hot wing challenge lately and figured this would be a good chance to try out Jake's since we'll already be downtown. Any other takers?!
Works for me. Meet at 4pm at the film center. Buy tickets. Have dinner. See film at 8pm. Chicago's hottest hot wings after the show for anyone brave enough to attempt. Or anyone who just wants to point and laugh at me while I attempt!!!
Audrey is trying to get a larger group together. Do any of you know other people (local clubs, other amateurs) interested in going? Environmentally-oriented folks? She's going to try and get some Cook County Commissioners to come, and she'll pay for their tickets. Also, she asked me (YIKES!) to lead a Q&A afterwards.
But IMPORTANTLY for us CA'ers, she asked about bringing some scopes for some possible sidewalk astronomy for the commissioners. Can we bring some scopes to do that? I don't know where we'd set up, but she asked. I know I could bring my Astroscan which is an easy set up.
While I would normally be happy to break my scope out of its winter moth balls for such an event, I do have a couple concerns that give me pause:
1. The current forecast for Saturday is showing rain and a rain/snow mix all day and night (basically the same for the whole weekend). 2. Those who set up their scopes would most likely miss the actually film. That's the main event for which I'm coming downtown.
I'm not trying to poo-poo the idea. I think it would be a great adjunct to the film. If I had already seen the film, I would have no problem volunteering to man the scopes outside while everyone else enjoyed the film inside.
As for you leading a Q&A afterwards, WooHoo! You go! I'm sure they will be plenty of us in attendance who can call out your lines to you if you get stuck, or even offer additional info if needed.
I can't wait for this! And don't forget the wings challenge afterwards!!!
Post by Paulie pchris00 on Feb 2, 2012 10:16:16 GMT -6
I don't think we're going to be doing any viewing Saturday because of the weather. I was going to take public transit downtown, which rules out bringing a telescope, but if the forecast dramatically improves, I'll drive so I can my my Dob. But I have a feeling I'll be riding the rails.
And I'm looking forward to the wing challenge.
"Just a boy, just an ordinary boy, but he was looking to the sky." -Vanessa Carlton
I looked at the forecast after I posted that, and realized there's not much point. Also, looks like no Q&A as I'm told there is no time between screenings for one to happen. So we'll go, get tickets, eat, see the film, and those that want to see Robb (and anyone else) sweat out some seriously hot wings afterwards can do so - at least that's the plan as I understand it.
Showing up at the Film Center at 4:00 to collect / buy tickets (last I knew, though Audrey Fischer apparently has a bunch, but the Film Center still makes a good central gathering place).
I was thinking the Giordano's at 310 W. Randolph for food after we first meet, hang out and eat, then back to the Film Center close to 8:00. Then for those who want to watch Robb and others eat really hot spicy food can do so after the film.
That's the plan as I understand it from the CA side of things.
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Feb 4, 2012 5:47:53 GMT -6
Here's is the latest from Audrey...
Today i was told by the manager that our group's reserved tickets can be picked up at the box office. They will be held under the name chicago astronomical society/ audreyfischer. or she said i can pick them all up at once and distribute them myself. I told her that i will have folks pick up their tickets individually.
So, if you are going down early anyway, you can still go to the film center and pick up the tickets for your group just to be on the safe side. I will be working... and likely not get down there until 7PM. Greg may come and the winery closes at 6PM.
call me at work if there are any issues right now, 20 tickets were purchased and 16 spoken for. Bob & Claire Gadbois are coming, but they already purchased tickets. I believe Joe Guzman is coming but already purchased tickets.
robb & Amy Walker, Dave Fuller, Ken Plecki, Audrey & Greg, Drew and wife, Ivy, Mark Kuba, Coleen and Tony, Rich Wagner and friend, Linda Laso-Saucedo ... maybe Peter Birren.... maybe Joe Glynn ... maybe Joe Mayer
See all later somewhere...be prepared for a group shot.
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