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The Arts in Five Days: Music, Movies, Art, Television and Comedy

Program Number: 20374RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/2/2012 - 12/7/2012; 7/31/2014 - 8/5/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $669.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation; Art History/Criticism; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Enjoy an exceptional adventure in the arts in five days. Explore beautiful art, be moved by stimulating music and revisit memorable movies and television shows.




Highlights

• Attend classes taught by experts in their fields.
• Embark on a field trip in the San Francisco bay area, bringing your classroom experiences to life. See Date Specific Notes for details.
• Enjoy live entertainment closing night.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on field trip.




Date Specific Information

12-2-2012

On this date the courses will be Dazzling Dames of Broadway, Golden Age of TV, French Impressionism, Comedy in Film and Big Band Jazz.



7-31-2014

"Americans Abroad: The Lure of Paris 1830-1900." "Piano Music of the Romantic Era." "The Art of Being Kennedy." "California Dreaming: Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Jack London and Bret Harte." "Jazz and the Pop Song."
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Burlingame

A bustling suburb set between San Francisco Bay and the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range, Burlingame affords great views of San Francisco to the north from the walking paths along the bay.



Accommodations
Hotel overlooking San Francisco Bay. Indoor pool, gym, walking path, free airport shuttle and trolley to charming downtown Burlingame.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Richard Aldag

Richard Aldag is an active composer whose works have been commissioned and performed by numerous symphonies, including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony. He served as executive director of the Napa Valley Symphony from 2006-2012, and prior to this, served as executive director of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. As an educator, Richard has served on the faculties of several schools, including Fordham University and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
 
Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at Dominican University in San Rafael, California. She has taught art history courses at Sonoma State University, Dominican University and the College of Marin. Currently, she guest lectures at Dominican University and the College of Marin.
 
Jerry Frohmader

Jerry Frohmader is a composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator, whose compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. As assistant dean in the School of Music at the California Institute of Arts, Jerry composed a musical score for the opera "Victory Over the Sun" by Malevich. As a musician, he has performed with the New Jersey Symphony and on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and has been featured on the ABC News, CNN Travel and the PBS program SPARK.
 
Darwin Patnode

Darwin Patnode earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota. He taught at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and Santa Clara University. Darwin also worked at Foothill College in Los Altos as a teacher and as an administrator. He retired from Cal State Hayward and now speaks at senior complexes. Darwin is a member of Mensa.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
  Burlingame, CA 5 nights
 Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Embassy Suites is located just nine miles south of San Francisco, and three miles south of the San Francisco airport, in the town of Burlingame. The hotel is located on the Bay, offering sweeping views of San Francisco and the East Bay. There is a flat walking path along the waterfront that stretches from the hotel 21 miles north and south, a large lagoon in back, and nearby parks. The interior of the hotel is spacious, with a huge central garden atrium that features waterfalls and pools.
  Contact info: 150 Anza Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-342-4600
web: www.embassysuites.com/en/es/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SFOBGES
  Room amenities: Two room suite: TV w/cable and HBO, two telephones w/voicemail and high-speed internet ports, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, wet-bar, small refrigerator, microwave oven, table seating four, coffee machine, sofa bed. Rooms will be serviced daily.
  Facility amenities: Room service, heated indoor swimming pool, two jacuzzis, steam room, fitness center, free USA Today newspaper (Monday to Friday), coin laundry, laundry/valet service, ATM, baggage storage (fee), Gift Shop, lounge/bar, restaurant, news stand, safety deposit box, fax (fee), free high-speed internet station in lobby (printing extra), wireless internet access (fee), free parking for guests, free shuttle to and from San Francisco International Airport.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for price. Call the Embassy Suites at 650-292-7387 to make reservations. Price includes breakfast.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for price. Call the Embassy Suites at 650-292-7387 to make reservations. Price includes breakfast.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3-4:30 PM at hotel for registration. You will be staying at Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch at 1PM. You will be staying at Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Guests may park in the hotel's parking lot for free. Ask for a parking pass when you check in.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Burlingame, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Burlingame
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location: Burlingame, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Oakland International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 650-238-5888

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call Super Shuttle for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes to an hour. 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

www.supershuttle.com

 

San Francisco International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Embassy Suites Hotel Shuttle
phone: 650-342-4600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Free shuttle to/from SF Airport daily, every 20 mins, 5:10 am-11:50 pm (12-3 pm= every 30 mins). In Baggage Claim, go up one level to Level 2 (Departures), go out to center island Hotel Courtesy Shuttle Stop. Be sure you’re going to Embassy Suites, SF Airport/Burlingame. Shuttle has logos for Emb. Suites, Crown Plaza Suites, and Holiday Inn. If arriving before 5:10 am or after 11:50 pm, dial #68 on courtesy phone, tell operator your location, and on-call shuttle will get you at Shuttle Stop.

 

San Francisco & East Bay

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
phone: web--

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Depends upon which station departing from.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Depends upon which station departing from. 

   

Visit BART's website, www.bart.gov/ for full info on fares, schedules, routes, contact numbers and station locations. Buy ticket(s) at BART station. Take train to the San Francisco International Airport BART station, go out to Domestic Terminal, and take hotel's free shuttle to hotel (see instructions above).

 
Driving Directions
  From the east From I-580 West, take I-238 which connects to I-880, and then head south on I-880. You then exit to Hwy. 92 West, going across the San Mateo Toll Bridge. Then take Hwy. 101 North, exit at Anza Blvd., go straight two blocks to the hotel.
  From the north Take Hwy. 101 South, exit on Broadway/Burlingame. Take the second exit as you come off the freeway -- Airport Boulevard/Old Bayshore Highway. Turn right and go east over the Rollins Road overpass (you drive over the freeway). Turn right on Old Bayshore Highway. Turn left onto Airport Boulevard. Turn left on to Anza and go straight two blocks to the hotel.
  From the south Take Hwy. 101 North, exit at Anza Blvd., go straight two blocks to the hotel.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation
(Sunday, December 2)
   
 Afternoon: Program registration and room check-in. Orientation session follows in conference room at 4:30. Complimentary drinks available daily from 5:30-7:30.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area.
 Evening: 7pm: Viewing of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, December 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the atrium.
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: French Impressionism: A richly illustrated lecture tour of French Impressionism in its artistic, social and political contexts: from Monet's and Morisot's landscapes of light and atmosphere to Renoir's sparkling scenes of modernity. French Impressionism aimed to capture the atmosphere of an instantaneous moment in time.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: 2:30-4:30: Dazzling Dames of Broadway: Musical theater fans always have adored the great Broadway divas. We look at some of these leading ladies such as Ethel Merman, Mary Martin and Bernadette Peters to see what special magic launched them into super stardom.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area.
 Evening: 7-9:Comedy in Film: Seek out the not-so-obvious from Hollywood comedy history by asking: Is suicide funny? Watch The Odd Couple to find out. Can Hitler become a laughable buffoon? Watch Jack Benny in To Be Or Not To Be and sexy dancers in The Producers to find out. Even Casablanca has classic comedic twists. And don’t miss Tex Avery’s Symphony of Jazz, the funniest cartoon ever made.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, December 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the atrium.
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: French Impressionism
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: 2:30-4:30: Dazzling Dames of Broadway
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining area.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, December 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the atrium.
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Golden Age of Television: A sweeping study of television in its infancy when complicated shows were performed live on sponsor controlled networks. We look at the "Colgate Comedy Hour," "I Love Lucy," and see the mysteries, horror and detective shows of those early days.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: 3-5: Big Band Jazz: Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Miller and Dorsey, all part of The Big Band Era (1935-1946) brought about the jitterbug craze and made swing big business. This class will compare the styles of these leaders with live and recorded music. We’ll all learn the blues, too.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area.
 Evening: 7-9: Big Band Jazz
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Closing ceremony
(Thursday, December 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the atrium.
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Comedy in Film
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: Bus trip to Stanford University for visit to Cantor Arts Center, home of the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: 7:15-8: Live entertainment
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Friday, December 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in atrium.
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Golden Age of Television
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: Program over after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame, CA Bay Front trail
There is the Bay Front trail, excellent for walking or jogging, along San Francisco Bay right in front of the hotel, with fabulous views of the Bay and four-acre park and lagoon. Trail features a small fishing pier at the far end of the hotel's parking lot, for scenic views or angling. Many bird-watching opportunities!
  Coyote Point County Recreation Area
Two miles from hotel. Coyote Point County Recreation Area (C.P.C.R.A), offers many activities, such as swimming in the Bay, picnicking, fishing, and bike riding. $5 park admission fee per car (waived for seniors 62+). Coyote Point, a rocky outcropping of chert, was once an island; the first people to utilize it were the Ohlone Indians. Three shell mounds on the north side indicate activities such as fishing, eating, or possibly religious ceremonies. In 1845, Pio Pico, the Mexican governor, granted the island to Cayetano Arenas as payment for a debt. In 1850, it was sold again to the shipping firm of Mellus and Howard, who reclaimed the marsh and erected levees and drainage ditches for a dairy pasture, and later built a pier for loading lumber. In 1940, the Howard estate sold the 402 acres to the San Mateo County Parks & Recreation Dept. Stroll (or fish) at the marina breakwater, the beach promenade (watch for windsurfers), or view the saltwater marsh with its shorebirds, just south of the yacht club. Chip a few balls at Poplar Creek Golf Course (see listing below), or visit Coyote Point Yacht Harbor and Club. Visit their website for more info on the features mentioned, or call 650-573-2592. For additional information, visit www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/smc/department/home/0,,5556687_12305989_12313345,00.html
  Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education
Two miles from hotel. Located inside Coyote Point County Recreation Area, which has a $5 entry fee per car (waived for seniors 62+). Newly refurbished 4,000 sq. ft. walk-through aviary houses over four-dozen native California birds. Landscaped trees and plants, along with pond and waterfall, give visitors an opportunity to view the birds up-close in a natural setting. River otter exhibit; live honybee/hive exhibit; Wildlife Habitat featuring live, rescued native California species; rotating science-related exhibits; rotating art exhibits relating to the natural world. Environmental Hall features six Bay Area/California ecosystems. Themed gardens encompass 1.3 acres including a Hummingbird Garden, Butterfly Habitat and Nature's Marketplace, featuring native plants used by Native Californians. Wheelchair-accessible. See their website for driving directions and more information, or call (650) 342-7755. Closed Mondays. For additional information, visit www.coyoteptmuseum.org
  Hiller Aviation Museum
Six miles from hotel. The museum’s 53,000 sq. ft. complex consists of a main exhibit hall, an entrance atrium, 35-seat theater, 50-seat conference center, and gift shop. The Restoration Shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. Collection includes 50 aircraft exhibits: Vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Call for more info, and driving directions, at 650-654-0200, or visit their website. Open 7 days a week. For additional information, visit www.hiller.org
  Poplar Creek Golf Course
Two miles from hotel. Club house, Pro shop, restaurant/bar (specializing in Italian cuisine and seafood). Course has 18 holes. Make tee time reservations on their website or call 650-522-4653. See their website for fee rates. For additional information, visit www.poplarcreekgolf.com/index.html
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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