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Tiburon: The Arts in Five Days

Program Number: 20310RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/10/2013 - 11/15/2013; 12/7/2014 - 12/12/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Tiburon, California
Price starting at: $1,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.; Art History/Criticism; Music Appreciation; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Immerse yourself in the arts in five days. Explore beautiful art, be moved by stimulating music and revisit memorable movies and television shows. See date specific notes for course titles.




Highlights

• Join acclaimed Road Scholar instructors for five days of captivating lectures and presentations.
• Docent-led visits to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and the China Cabin, a historic Tiburon landmark.
• Enjoy live entertainment on the closing night.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

11-10-2013

"Disney & His Dynasty." "American Master: George Gershwin."Stolen Property from the Ancient World to the Nazi Plunder of European Art." "TV Talk: The Late Night Greats and Classic Cinema." Field trip to Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and visit to Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum in Tiburon.
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12-7-2014

The Beauty of Gardens. Dazzling Dames of Broadway. Men, Women and Humor. Art of Eternal Rome. Ballets of Stravinsky. Docent-led visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.
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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. Spectacular views of San Francisco.

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.
 
Bonnie Weiss

Bonnie Weiss has served as writer, producer and director for ten Bay Area cabaret shows, including producing the work of Stephen Sondheim. She holds a bachelor’s in theater education and is founder and president of Musical Theater Lovers United, a club for Broadway and Hollywood music buffs. She currently teaches musical theater history and appreciation at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and writes for Stage Directions, a magazine for theater educators, and for The Sondheim Review.
 
Sara Felder

Sara Felder is a solo theater artist, playwright, humorist, juggler and teacher. She ran away with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus, was a featured act in Joel Grey’s Borscht Capades, toured Cuba with Jugglers for Peace, opened for Joan Rivers, has lectured on humor all over the country and has taught juggling in California prisons and halfway houses. She continues to teach comedy and humor at San Francisco State University and Road Scholar, as well as in her popular class on solo performance at the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre. Sara believes in the power of laughter to help talk about the most difficult subjects. For example, her solo plays have included the themes of same-sex marriage, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, mental illness and grief – and they are all comedies. Sara has earned fellowships, commissions and residencies from many agencies including the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the California Arts Council and many other organizations.
 
Sue Lombardi

Susanna Lombardi is an art historian and educator whose career in college teaching spanned over 25 years. In addition to her role as a faculty member at Dominican College, she served as the associate director of the graduate humanities program. She completed her graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of the book, "Behold!"
 
Leslie Friedman

A scholar of history and the arts, Dr. Leslie Friedman is as well known for her academic achievements as she is for being an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer. After receiving her Ph.D. in history from Stanford and her A.B. from Vassar, she was named a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of London. Dr. Friedman has taught history at schools including Stanford and Vassar, and her writing has been published world wide. Dr. Friedman also received the first Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for International Dance Scholarship, and was a Fellow at The Alden Dow Creativity Center. She was selected by The State Department as the first American to perform with joint U.S./host country sponsorship in many nations, including the USSR and China. She is artistic director of San Francisco’s The Lively Foundation, and co-editor of The Hedgehog, the international arts review.
 
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: http://lodgeattiburon.com/
  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. Please call the Road Scholar office at 650-355-5320 to check for 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. Please call the Road Scholar office at 650-355-5320 to check for availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is from 3:00-4:30PM. 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. On the enclosed Personal Information Form (PIF), you are asked to list any food allergies or intolerances. In addition, please include any foods (i.e. fish, beef, poultry entrees) that you do not or are unable to consume. In lieu of the regular meal plan, you will receive a vegetarian entree. In order to accommodate your request, we must have this information three weeks in advance (no exceptions). There will be no changes to the menu once the program has started. Also indicate to us, on your PIF, the name of your roommate/ traveling companion and if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Tiburon
  Nearest city or town:  San Francisco
  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 10)
   
 Afternoon: 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: Stolen Art from the Ancient World to the Nazi Plunder of Europe/Railroad & Depot Museum/China Cabin/American Master: George Gershwin
(Monday, November 11)

Note: Twenty minute flat paved walk from hotel to Railroad Museum where there is a one hour docent-led visit, followed by a 20 minute walk to China Cabin for one hour docent-led visit followed by 20 minute walk back to hotel.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Stolen Art from the Ancient World to the Nazi Plunder of Europet

Global art treasures have been taken from their original settings for centuries. This course focuses on noted stolen cultural artifacts such as the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, the Mona Lisa, and examines in detail the systemic looting of European cultural artifacts during World War II and the efforts to return recovered items to their rightful owners.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Docent-led visit of the Tiburon Railroad & 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)

Docent-led visit of the 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)

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: American Master: George Gershwin

Explore the life and music of one of America’s greatest composers: George Gershwin. Join us as we listen and learn about Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Porgy and Bess and selected Broadway shows. It’s true Americana!

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

Day 3: With A Song In His Heart: Richard Rodgers

Classic Cinema/TV Talk: The First Kings of Late Night
(Tuesday, November 12)

   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: BONUS CLASS: With A Song In His Heart: Richard Rodgers

Rodgers & Hart and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Learn about his fascinating career and personal life. His tunes are some of the best of the 20th century, performed by Broadway and Hollywood’s song and dance stars.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Classic Cinema

From Birth of a Nation to The Artist, going to the movies has been a treasured and shared experience for over a hundred years. We'll sample clips from some of the most famous films from then and now, and re-live those golden moments of the silver screen.

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: TV Talk: The First Kings of Late Night

Did you see Steve Allen laugh with Don Knotts, Jack Paar interview Fidel Castro or JFK before they became leaders of their countries, Johnny Carson as Tarzan with Betty White as Jane, or Dick Cavett spend 90 minutes with Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, and Groucho Marx? If you missed these great interviews and performances the first time around, we've got them, and much more, on film. Relive the early years of live late night in the 50s to classic broadcasts in the 70s and 80s.

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

Day 4: Disney & His Dynasty/Classic Cinema/TV Talk: The First Kings of Late Night
(Wednesday, November 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Disney & His Dynasty

Soak in the Disney legacy, from spearheading the art of animation through the making of movies loved by millions. Disney was the first studio to have its own show on national TV, out of which came an amusement park known to millions as Disneyland.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Classic Cinema
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: TV Talk: The First Kings of Late Night
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Disney & His Dynasty/Walt Disney Family Museum/Live Entertainment
(Thursday, November 14)

Note: Four hour bus trip to San Francisco to Walt Disney Family Museum for independent exploration.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Disney & His Dynasty
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP to San Francisco's Walt Disney Family Museum
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: Musical Entertainment: Mark Levy
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Stolen Art from the Ancient World to the Nazi Plunder of Europe
(Friday, November 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Stolen Art from the Ancient World to the Nazi Plunder of Europe
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel

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

   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Tiburon Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare. To get to Alcatraz, you will need to take the ferry to San Francisco and then take a streetcar or bu along the Embarcadero to get to Pier 33 to catch the ferry to Alcatraz. For additional information, visit http://www.nps.gov/alca/index.htm
  Angel Island
Take the ferry to Angel Island and explore the "Ellis Island of the West." For additional information, visit http://www.angelisland.com/
  Mill Valley
Mill Valley is a charming little town just across the freeway from the Tiburon peninsula. For additional information, visit http://www.millvalley.com/
  Mt. Tamalpais
Just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate is Mount Tamalpais. It has redwood groves and oak woodlands with a spectacular view from the 2,571-foot peak. On a clear day, visitors can see the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco and the bay, hills and cities of the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the Sierra Nevada's snow-covered mountains can be seen 150 miles away. For additional information, visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=471
  Muir Woods
When John Muir learned that William and Elizabeth Kent were naming a redwood forest near San Francisco in his honor, he declared, "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world." The couple had purchased the land to preserve its beauty and restful wilderness; and in 1908, they donated it to the federal governent to protect it from destruction. For additional information, visit http://www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm
  Napa Valley
Napa Valley is one of the premier travel destinations in the world. Breathtaking views abound at every turn – mustard in the late winter, picturesque rolling hills planted with vineyards year-round and wineries of every stature dot the landscape. Whether you are wine tasting, dining at renowned restaurants like the French Laundry, pampering yourself with a mud bath in Calistoga, or just enjoying your stay at quaint bed & breakfasts, hotels or resorts ... Napa Valley is your spot of heaven on earth. For additional information, visit http://napavalley.com/
  Pt. Reyes National Seashore
From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration. For additional information, visit http://www.nps.gov/pore/index.htm
  San Francisco
Every American has two hometowns: his own and San Francisco. Hop on a ferry and explore The City by the Bay. For additional information, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.com/
  Sausalito
Ranked as one of the top 20 destinations in the country, visitors and residents alike agree that Sausalito’s scenic waterfront and panoramic views, small town charm and Mediterranean character make it a truly enchanting place to visit. For additional information, visit http://www.sausalito.org/
  Sonoma County
Sonoma County is a traveler’s paradise in California. The world-class Sonoma wine region offers over 375 wineries — from wine castles and the winery resort of Francis Ford Coppola, one of Hollywood’s most famed directors, to simple and rustic tasting rooms. Sonoma County was named the top wine destination in the U.S. by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards 2012. For additional information, visit http://www.sonomacounty.com/
  Tiburon
Tiburon is a small, walkable town with views everywhere you look. Go to the Town of Tiburon website for ideas of what to do and see. For additional information, visit http://www.townoftiburon.org/
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.

Suggested Reading List


Walt Disney: An American Original


Author: Bob Thomas


Description: Walt Disney is an American hero--the creator of Mickey Mouse, and a man who changed the face of American culture. After years of research, with the full cooperation of the Disney family and access to private papers and letters, Bob Thomas produced the definitive biography of the man behind the legend--the unschooled cartoonist from Kansas City who went bankrupt on his first movie venture but became the genius who produced unmatched works of animation. Complete with a rare collection of photographs, Bob Thomas' biography is a fascinating and inspirational work that captures the spirit of Walt Disney.



George Gershwin: His Life and Work


Author: Howard Pollack


Description: This comprehensive biography of George Gershwin (1898-1937) unravels the myths surrounding one of America's most celebrated composers and establishes the enduring value of his music. Gershwin created some of the most beloved music of the twentieth century and, along with Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter, helped make the golden age of Broadway golden. Howard Pollack draws from a wealth of sketches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, books, articles, recordings, films, and other materials—including a large cache of Gershwin scores discovered in a Warner Brothers warehouse in 1982—to create an expansive chronicle of Gershwin’s meteoric rise to fame. He also traces Gershwin’s powerful presence that, even today, extends from Broadway, jazz clubs, and film scores to symphony halls and opera houses. Pollack’s lively narrative describes Gershwin’s family, childhood, and education; his early career as a pianist; his friendships and romantic life; his relation to various musical trends; his writings on music; his working methods; and his tragic death at the age of 38. Unlike Kern, Berlin, and Porter, who mostly worked within the confines of Broadway and Hollywood, Gershwin actively sought to cross the boundaries between high and low, and wrote works that crossed over into a realm where art music, jazz, and Broadway met and merged. The author surveys Gershwin’s entire oeuvre, from his first surviving compositions to the melodies that his brother and principal collaborator, Ira Gershwin, lyricized after his death. Pollack concludes with an exploration of the performances and critical reception of Gershwin's music over the years, from his time to ours.





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