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Backstage at the Rubicon Theater, All American Hit Parade, Future of American Innovation

Program Number: 20911RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/3/2013 - 3/8/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Ventura, California
Price starting at: $796.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

In this program combining multiple disciplines, learn the elements of play production and what’s happening in American theater, study popular music as a great source of enjoyment in America and around the world and consider how the innovations that have transformed our world are likely to play out in the future.




Highlights

• Meet the cast and attend a production of “Our Town,” Thornton Wilder’s classic tale of life, love, marriage and death in a small American town.
• Explore the songs, composers and performers of popular music whose melodies and lyrics have touched people in ways that no other medium could.
• Discuss the history of innovation in America and investigate ways that future breakthroughs in energy, mass transportation, communication and the digital revolution could have an impact on our quality of life.



Activity Particulars

Participants must be able to get on and off a bus, and walk 1 to 2 blocks at a time.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



“Our Town”: Backstage at the Rubicon Theater

Learn the elements of play production and what’s happening in American theater. Meet the cast and attend “Our Town”, Thornton Wilder’s classic tale of life, love, marriage and death in a small American town.



The All American “Hit Parade”

Popular music has been a great source of enjoyment in America and around the world. The melodies and lyrics have touched people in ways that no other medium could. Explore the songs, composers and performers who made it all possible.



The Future of American Innovation

What is the future of the key innovations that have transformed our world? Discuss innovation history and plausible directions in the areas of energy, mass transportation, communication and the digital revolution, and quality of life.




Ventura

A classic California beach community with surfers, art galleries, white-sand beaches and warm breezes, Ventura is situated between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara near the region's museums, historic missions and coastal wonders.



Accommodations
Beachfront lodging with balcony rooms and ocean views, steps away from the historic downtown area and pier.
Meals and Lodgings
   Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
  Ventura, California 5 nights
 Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.
  Contact info: 450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com
  Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. All rooms are non-smoking.
  Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based upon availability Call Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based upon availability Call Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is between 3:30-5:00PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach that night.
  End of Program:
Please make your travel arrangements to allow you to stay for our last class which will end at approximately 10:00AM. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Personal Information Form, please indicate to us the name of your roommate/ traveling companion. Also let us know if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary parking is available in the lot adjacent to the hotel, but your parking pass needs to be validated by the front desk staff.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ventura, California
  Nearest city or town:  Santa Barbara
  Nearest highway: Highway 101 passes through Ventura
  Nearest airport:  Los Angeles International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Ventura, California
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Ventura/ Amtrak Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 805-659-6900

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Minimum fare of $10 per ride one-way will be charged
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Under 2 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Amtrak Station is .2 miles from hotel

   

Amtrak (1-800-872-7245) provides transportation service to Ventura via the Pacific Surfliner route. The covered Amtrak platform is located outside Seaside Park (Ventura County Fairgrounds) at 20 W. Harbor Blvd. near Figueroa St. You may walk 4 blocks from the station to the hotel, or call a taxi. Amtrak website: www.amtrak.com

 

Los Angeles/LAX to Ventura, CA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Ventura Co. Airporter Shuttle
phone: 805-650-6600
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 P/P to drop-off point in Ventura; then taxi to Crowne Plaza @about $14
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 15 min to drop-off point + taxi ride (additional 15-20 min for wait time and ride) 

 

Distance:

 

71 miles from LAX to Crowne Plaza-Ventura Beach

   

VCA Shuttle offers 8 daily trips to/from LAX and Ventura at a great price p/p. However, it drops off passengers at the Holiday Inn Express at Ventura Harbor, 3.5 miles from the Crowne Plaza Hotel. From the drop-off point you need to call a taxi to get a ride to the Crowne Plaza. Call Yellow Taxi Cab at 805-659-6900 at $14 per ride. ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. VCA Shuttle website: www.venturashuttle.com

 

Los Angeles/LAX to Ventura

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$76 p/p one-way; $9 each additional passenger
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 20 min, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

71 miles from LAX to Crowne Plaza Ventura Hotel

   

SuperShuttle is a primary shuttle service for LAX and operates continuously at the airport. Call for current rates and to arrange pick-up time. Price is subject to change. Advance reservations are required. Website: www.supershuttle.com On Arrival at LAX: Claim your luggage, proceed outside & look for the shared ride van sign on the inside curb just outside of Baggage Claim. ALTERNATE VAN SERVICE: Prime Time Shuttle. For info and reservations, call 800-733-8267; www.primetimeshuttle.com

 

Burbank/Bob Hope Airport (BUR) to Ventura

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
phone: 800-872-7245
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$21 one-way (Call for current price)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Train ride is about 1.5 hours between Burbank and Ventura 

 

Distance:

 

Around 65 miles from Burbank Airport to the hotel

   

Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner makes about 5 stops/day between the Burbank-Bob Hope Airport Station and the Ventura Station, located near the Crowne Plaza Ventura Hotel. See notes for Ventura/Amtrak Station. The Burbank-Bob Hope Airport Station is located at 3750 Empire Ave., Burbank, CA 91505. The station is unstaffed. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or visit their website at www.amtrak.com for schedule and ticket information.

 
Driving Directions
  Northbound Highway 101 Going North on Hwy 101, take the California St. exit. Turn left onto California St. at the top of the exit ramp. Turn right onto Harbor Blvd. then left into the hotel parking lot.
  Southbound Highway 101 to Crowne Plaza Ventura Hotel Going South on Hwy 101, take the Ventura Ave. exit. Turn right on Thompson Blvd. and continue for approximately 4 blocks to California St. Turn right on California St. and go over the freeway to Harbor Blvd. The Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach hotel will be directly ahead. Turn right onto Harbor Blvd. then immediately left into the hotel parking lot.
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: Independent Arrivals
(Sunday, March 3)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel after 4:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that instructor availability and local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel. Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.
 Evening: CLASS: The Future of American Innovation

What is the future of the key innovations that have transformed our world? The class will examine the history of American technological innovation and explore plausible directions for change in the areas of energy, mass transportation, communication and the digital revolution, and quality of life.

   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: A fascinating set of lectures which explore the three topics: American innovation, great American popular music, and the elements of American theater in relationship to “Our Town”.
(Monday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

 Morning: CLASS: “Our Town” and Backstage at the Rubicon Theater

Learn the elements of play production and what’s happening in American theater. Meet the Rubicon Theater's Education Director and, throughout the week, some of the cast of Thornton Wilder’s classic tale of life, love, marriage and death in a small American town.

 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: The All American “Hit Parade”

Popular music has been a great source of enjoyment in America and around the world. The instructor will continue to explore the songs, composers and performers who made it all possible.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Theater Sports: A group of improvisational actors
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: A fascinating set of continuing lectures which explore the three topics: American innovation, great American popular music, and the elements of American theater in relationship to “Our Town”.
(Tuesday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CLASS: The Future of American Innovation

Part 2 of this series of lectures will continue to examine the history of American technological innovation and explore plausible directions for change in the areas of energy, mass transportation, communication and the digital revolution, and quality of life.

 Morning: CLASS: “Our Town” and Backstage at the Rubicon Theater

Learn the elements of play production and what’s happening in American theater. Explore Thornton Wilder’s "Our Town" with some of the cast and crew of the Rubicon Theater.

 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: The All American “Hit Parade”

Continue to explore a wide range of American popular music which has provided entertainment and enjoyment to people in America and around the world for decades. Renowned bandleader and music director Shelly Cohen will present the songs, composers and performers who made it all possible.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: CLASS: The Future of American Innovation

Part 3 of this series of lectures by John Pendleton will continue to examine the history of American technological innovation and explore plausible directions for change in the areas of energy, mass transportation, communication and the digital revolution, and quality of life.

   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: A fascinating set of continuing lectures which explore American innovation and the world of great American popular music and a visit to the Rubicon Theater for a special evening performance of "Our Town".
(Wednesday, March 6)

Note: Participants must be able to get on and off the bus which will transport them from the hotel to the theater and to walk 2 blocks on a sidewalk to the theater.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CLASS: History of Ventura

People have lived along this stretch of the California coast for at least ten thousand years. San Buenaventura was founded in 1782 by Father Junipero Serra, the ninth of the California missions. He named it after the Italian St. Bonaventure, hence the nickname Ventura, meaning "city of good fortune."

The City of San Buenaventura was incorporated in 1866. Ventura became the County seat when Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties split in 1873. That same year, a courthouse and wharf were built, a bank was opened and the first public library was created.

An oil strike in 1914 fueled rapid growth. In the years following World War II, farmland gave way to outward suburban development. Ventura has matured into a seaside community known for its scenic coastline and hillsides and rich culture.

 Morning: CLASS: “Our Town” and Backstage at the Rubicon Theater

Learn the elements of play production and what’s happening in American theater. Explore Thornton Wilder’s "Our Town" with some of the cast and crew of the Rubicon Theater.

 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: The All American “Hit Parade”

Continue to explore a wide range of American popular music which has provided entertainment and enjoyment to people in America and around the world for decades. Renowned bandleader and music director Shelly Cohen will present the songs, composers and performers who made it all possible.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: FIELD TRIP: Attend a performance of 'Our Town,' Thornton Wilder's classic American drama, at the Rubicon Theater in Ventura. Enjoy a Talk Back session with actors and crew following the performance.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: A fascinating set of continuing lectures which explore the three topics: American innovation, great American popular music, and the elements of American theater in relationship to “Our Town”.
(Thursday, March 7)

Note: Free-time activities involve some walking from the hotel on paved sidewalks to Ventura's historical district, located about 4 blocks from the hotel or walks on the beach or the paved promenade along the beach.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CLASS: “Our Town” and Backstage at the Rubicon Theater

Engage in a wrap up program about your theater experience at the performance of "Our Town" with the Rubicon's Education Director.

 Morning: CLASS: The Future of American Innovation

Part 4 of this series of lectures by John Pendleton will continue to examine the history of American technological innovation and explore plausible directions for change in the areas of energy, mass transportation, communication and the digital revolution, and quality of life.

 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon to explore Ventura on your own.

Suggest a visit to the Museum of Ventura County OR visit San Buenaventura Mission OR walk along the ocean promenade.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning class followed by independent departures
(Friday, March 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CLASS: The All American “Hit Parade”

Shelly Cohen weaves an end to the week's musical journey through the great American Songbook featuring the nation's most memorable songs, composers and performers.

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed this 3-course program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Ventura, California Channel Islands National Park
Five of the 8 Channel Islands make up the National Park which is home to more than 2000 species of plant and animals-145 of which are unique to the islands. Anacapa Island is just 14 miles from Ventura Harbor. Accessible for day trips and overnight camping. Park established by Congress in 1980. For additional information, visit www.islandpackers.com
  Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main Street

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 653-0323

One of the museum's permanent exhibits explores the community's past from the Chumash era through the 21st century. It consists of a fascinating collection of artifacts and displays focusing on Native Americans, Spanish and Mexican pioneers, and European and Yankee settlers. Especially notable are the George Stuart Historical figures, which are intricately carved figures from history that are dressed in elaborate period costume. For additional information, visit www.venturamuseum.org

  Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau
101 S. California Street

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 648-2075 or (800) 333-2989

Ventura offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as beach walks, biking and hiking trails, bird watching, camping, golf, sport fishing, water activities and whale watching. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is situated next to the beach and an oceanside boardwalk that stretches for many miles. Some trail heads are within walking distance of the hotel For additional information, visit www.ventura-usa.com

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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The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation


Author: Jon Gertner


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Our Town


Author: Thornton Wilder


Description: First produced and published in 1938, this Pulitzer Prize–winning drama of life in the small village of Grover's Corners has become an American classic and is Thornton Wider's most renowned and most frequently performed play. This Perennial Classics edition includes a foreword by Donald Margulies and contains an afterword with documentary material edited by Tappan Wilder.



American Popular Song


Author: Alec Wilder


Description: When Alec Wilder's American Popular Song first appeared, it was almost universally hailed--from The New York Times to The New Yorker to Down Beat--as the definitive account of the classic era of American popular music. It has since become the standard work of the great songwriters who dominated popular music in the United States for half a century. Uniquely analytical yet engagingly informal, American Popular Song focuses on the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic qualities that distinguish American popular music and have made it an authentic art form. Alec Wilder was the composer of such famous songs as "I'll Be Around," "It's So Peaceful in the Country," and "While We're Young," as well as theater and film scores and chamber music for every instrument in the orchestra.





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