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Tiburon: Great Comedy in Five Days

Program Number: 20312RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/3/2013 - 11/8/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Tiburon, California
Price starting at: $1,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

So, you think that's funny? Learn why Jewish comedians have made us laugh for decades. Men and women making jokes about each other and both making jokes about marriage and sex have been a staple of our comedy diet. From love songs to social, economic and political satire, experience all the music that tickles our funny bones. Explore the evolution of the sitcom from the 50s to the present.




Highlights

• From Myron Cohen to Sarah Silverman, learn how Jewish jokesters have been making us laugh for decades.
• Enjoy live comedy by a professional Bay Area comedian on closing night.
• Visit the China Cabin, a historic Tiburon landmark, and other Bay Area scenic locations.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on field trip.




Date Specific Information

11-3-2013

This date also visits the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Tiburon

A charming town in Marin County, Tiburon affords stunning views of San Francisco, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge along a picturesque waterfront promenade. This idyllic town features a rich railroad and maritime history, and is also home to an eclectic, historic Main Street affectionately known as Ark Row.



Accommodations
Charming hotel located one block from the Tiburon waterfront with spectacular views of San Francisco.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Lodge at Tiburon
  Tiburon 5 nights
 The Lodge at Tiburon
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Complimentary WiFi internet access is available everywhere in the hotel. Nestled at the tip of the scenic Tiburon Peninsula on the San Francisco Bay, The Lodge at Tiburon, a three-story, 103-room California Craftsman-style upscale hotel near Sausalito is set among three beautiful acres, just off Main Street in a quaint Marin County sailing village. The Lodge at Tiburon offers a local sensory experience from its proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area to its unique architectural immersion in stone and wood. Guests will discover the Tiburon Tavern. Featuring an outdoor patio, the Tavern is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or to relax with a drink and appetizer. From the radiant fireplace of the SkyDeck to the poolside fire pit, The Lodge at Tiburon is an inviting retreat that was designed to complement the invigorating climate of Northern California.
  Contact info: 1651 Tiburon Blvd.
Tiburon, CA 94920 USA
phone: 415-435-3133
web: www.larkspurhotels.com/collection/tiburon
  Room amenities: In the newly renovated guest rooms you will find complimentary wireless Internet access, DVD player, Boston Acoustics radio with iPod plug-in, room service from Tiburon Tavern, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, air conditioning and complimentary newspaper. Retreat to the perfect home away from home at the Lodge at Tiburon, the ultimate bayside boutique hotel near San Francisco, California.
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include complimentary wireless Internet (includes meeting rooms and restaurant area), SkyDeck with fireplace, outdoor heated pool and hot tub with poolside fire pit, 24-hour complimentary business center, complimentary fitness center, complimentary DVD movie library, concierge services, pet friendly and the hotel restaurant, Tiburon Tavern.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $139 plus tax per night The reduced Road Scholar rate is good for up to three days before and three days after the program dates, based on availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $139 plus tax per night The reduced Road Scholar rate is good for up to three days before and three days after the program dates, based on availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is from 3:30-4:30PM. Orientation begins at 4:30PM followed by dinner at 5:30PM. Introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at The Lodge at Tiburon that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends at 1:00PM after lunch on the closing day. Please make your travel arrangements so you can join us for the final class on closing day. You will be staying at The Lodge at Tiburon the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please note on your Personal Information Form if you are traveling with someone you would like to be housed next to. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Tiburon
  Nearest city or town:  Tiburon
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Tiburon
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 650-238-5888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call shuttle for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes to an hour 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

SuperShuttle offers door-to-door van service. Call to make a reservation or go online to www.supershuttle.com.

 

Oakland International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 650-238-5888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call shuttle for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

One hour, 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

37 miles

   

SuperShuttle offers door-to-door van service. Call to make a reservation or go online to www.supershuttle.com.

 
Driving Directions
  From San Francisco Take Highway 101 North. Exit Tiburon Blvd. Make right on Tiburon Blvd. Four miles to hotel at 1651 Tiburon Blvd. Hotel will be on left next to Bank of America. Parking behind hotel.
  From the east Take the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. $5 toll. When bridge ends, merge onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd which will merge onto Highway 101 going south. Exit Tiburon Blvd. Make left on Tiburon Blvd. Four miles to hotel at 1651 Tiburon Blvd. Hotel will be on left next to Bank of America. Parking behind hotel.
  From the north Take Highway 101 South. Exit Tiburon Blvd. Make left on Tiburon Blvd. Four miles to hotel at 1651 Tiburon Blvd. Hotel will be on left next to Bank of America. Parking behind 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: Registration/Orientation/Introductions
(Sunday, November 3)
   
 Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION takes place in the hallway outside of the meeting room. Check in to the hotel at the lobby desk; you will be directed to the meeting room where the Road Scholar program is being held.

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 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 in hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

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

   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Comic Songs/Tiburon Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum/Great Jewish Comedians/Evolution of the Sitcom
(Monday, November 4)

Note: Fifteen minute flat, paved walk to Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum where there will be a one hour docent-led visit.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Comic Songs

From love songs to social, economic and political satire, this course explores all the music that tickles our funny bones. Along the way, you’ll meet such legends as Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, Bert Lahr, Groucho Marx, Danny Kaye, Gene Kelly and more.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Docent-led visit of Tiburon Railroad and Ferry Depot Museum

In 1884, Peter Donahue completed the extension of the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad to Point Tiburon transforming it into a major railroad & ferry terminus and maintenance yard. After the last train ran in 1967, the shoreline and the depot building were deeded to the Town of Tiburon for use as open space and a museum. On the ground floor is a railroad & ferry museum featuring a working scale model of the Point Tiburon yard circa 1900-1910. Upstairs is the restored stationmaster’s residence, 1913-1940. The Depot is the only surviving dual use terminal west of the Hudson River and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Courtesy of the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society)

CLASS: Great Jewish Comedians

From Myron Cohen to Sarah Silverman, Jewish jokesters have had a disproportionate influence on American comedy. At three percent of the nation's population, Jews have made up as much as two-thirds of the country's comics. Learn how and why Jews have been making us laugh for decades.

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: Evolution of the Sitcom

Stay Tuned for Your Favorite Sitcom! From I Love Lucy to Everybody Loves Raymond, situation comedies have reigned over our prime time airwaves for over six decades. We'll view some of the classics, old and new, and discuss how they have evolved with our social norms.

   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Comic Songs/China Cabin/Great Jewish Comedians/Evolution of the Sitcom
(Tuesday, November 5)

Note: Twenty minute flat, paved walk to the China Cabin where there will be a one hour docent-led visit.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Comic Songs
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Docent-led visit of Tiburon's China Cabin

The China Cabin is the Social Saloon from the S.S. China, a side-wheeled steamer built in 1866 by the William H. Webb shipyard in New York. Commissioned by the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, the China carried mail and passengers from its home port of San Francisco to Asia. The elegant room was salvaged when the ship became obsolete in 1879 and was burned for scrap metal in Tiburon Cove. The Landmarks Society has restored the interior with 22k gold leaf, walnut woodwork, cut-glass floral window panes, and brass chandeliers. The China Cabin was designated a National Maritime Monument in 1978. (Courtesy of the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society)

CLASS: Great Jewish Comedians

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: Evolution of the Sitcom
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Great Jewish Comedians
(Wednesday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Great Jewish Comedians
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Great Jewish Comedians
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: Free time to socialize with fellow participants
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Men, Women & Humor/Narrated Bus Trip to Highlights of San Francisco/Live Stand up Comedy
(Thursday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Men, Women and Humor: “Take my wife. Please.”

As Henny Youngman’s famous line points out, it’s a common theory of comedy (thank you, Freud) that one way we use humor is to exploit the anxiety, tension or anger we have about different things. Men making jokes about women, women making jokes about men, and both making jokes about marriage and sex, have been a staple of our comedy diet since the beginning. Take Aristophanes, please. Over 2400 years ago, his plays were filled with comedy about the genders. And those cave drawings in France? What do you think they were talking about? How he won’t take out the garbage and how she put on a couple of extra pounds. Beginning with a short history of how gender has played out in humor, we will discuss the following questions: In what ways do the genders continue to battle out their differences through humor? What is the difference between “women’s” humor and “men’s” humor? Why does comedy tend to be so dominated by men? How do things change when a male or female say the same joke? How does “gendered” comedy challenge or uphold the values of the status quo? How does the humor of the gay/lesbian/bi/trans community enter into this? Employing audio and video examples and lots of jokes, this workshop, promises a lively, provocative and fun discussion.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Narrated bus trip to highlights of San Francisco
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: Live stand up comedy
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Men, Women & Humor
(Friday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Men, Women & Humor
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel

The program is concluded after lunch; hotel checkout is by noon.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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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