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    • January 07, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 0
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    Join us Sunday, January 7 for Hard Times, the first theater trip, of 2018.  It will be staged in the intimate Lookingglass Theater located within the Water Tower Water Works.

    Lookingglass launches its 30th Season with the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times.

    A Dickensian carnival of characters inhabits the streets of smoke-choked Coketown: grim Mr. Gradgrind’s school churns out joyless students; poor Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines; and mill-owner Mr. Bounderby, full of bluster and bombast, presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and young orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through.

    Artistic Director Heidi Stillman adapts and directs this timeless love-letter to the power of beauty, hope, and imagination.

    Heidi Stillman—in her finest, most nuanced work as both adapter and director—has crafted a show of tremendous grace and heart, darkness and light. She has brought to life a Victorian-era epic that bursts with wit and whimsy, and all the outrage, hope, severity, and sentimentality of the novel.

    – Chicago Sun-Times

    As brilliantly conceived as any Dickens stage adaptation I have ever seen. It’s a tribute not only to the glory of Dickens, but to the joy of theater.

    – Chicago Tribune

    Learn more about the Hard Times production on its webpage including: artist/cast bios and video clips:
    Hard Times Returns to Lookingglass, (2:29) and 
    Hard Times (2017) First Rehearsal (2:46)

    Run Time: Two Hours and 45 minutes including one intermission (2:00 PM - 4:45 PM) 



    Lookingglass Theatre:

    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch and Adventure
    within easy  walking distance of 
    Lookingglass Theatre
    (N. Michigan Ave & E. Pearson St)

    A few suggestions

    Driehaus Museum (Chicago's Downton Abbey)

    Free Noon Tour, Great Gift Shop, MCA Cafe

    Water Tower Place Shopping and Dining

    Lookingglass Theatre Restaurant Partners


    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    7:30 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    7:55 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:10 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:20 AM     Depart for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Chicago

    11:00 AM  Fig and Olive Restaurant

    11:05 AM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago, Driehaus Museum and Water Tower Place.

    11:20 AM Arrive Art Institute of Chicago

    11:30 AM Arrive Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Alder Planetarium

    11:45 AM Arrive Museum of Science and Industry  

    2:00 PM   Hard Times performance begins

    3:30 PM Pick up Museum of Science and Industry

    3:45 PM Pick up Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Alder Plantetarium

    4:00 PM  Pick up Art Institute of Chicago

    4:30 PM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago, Driehaus Museum and Water Tower Place.

    4:45 PM   Hard Times performance ends

    4:45 PM - 5:05 PM    Boarding preparation period 

    5:05 PM     Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    8:00 PM East Towne Sears

    8:15 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:35 PM Oakwood University Woods


    Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                        Accessibility Accessibility Policy. On the Van Galder Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

    The Lookingglass Theatre is handicap accessible. Each aisle has row handrail support for more easily ascending and descending the seating area.


    Hard Times Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Hard Times theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • January 07, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 0

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    What better way to begin the New Year than by enjoying a quiet winter afternoon within the warm and friendly embrace of any of seven Chicago’s premier museums.

    1st Stop: Driehaus Museum

    2nd Stop: Contemporary Art Museum, MCA Chicago

    3rd Stop: Art Institute Of Chicago 

    4th Stop: Field Museum of Natural History

    5th Stop: Shedd Aquarium 

    6th Stop: Adler Planetarium 

    7th and Final Stop: Museum of Science and Industry 



    1st Stop: Driehaus Museum

    Often referred to as Chicago's Downton Abbey, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum immerses visitors in one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-century Chicago, the Gilded Age home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson and his wife, Mathilda Pinkham Crosby Nickerson. Philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded the museum on April 1, 2003 with a vision to influence today’s built environment by preserving and promoting architecture and design of the past. To realize his vision, Mr. Driehaus commissioned a five-year restoration effort to preserve the structure and its magnificent interiors.

    Today the galleries feature surviving furnishings paired with elegant, historically-appropriate pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, including important works by such celebrated designers as George A. Schastey and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

    The Museum is a premier example of historic preservation, offering visitors an opportunity to experience through its architecture, interiors, collection, and exhibitions how the prevailing design philosophies of the period were interpreted by artists, architects, and designers at the waning of the 19th-century and the dawn of the 20th-century.

    Located at 40 East Erie Street within easy walking distance of Water Tower Place and Lookingglass Theatre.

    Plan your visit by first exploring the Driehaus Museum website.


    2nd Stop: Contemporary Art Museum, MCA Chicago


    MCA champions the provocative side of contemporary art and culture. Our innovative exhibitionsperformances, and programs will inspire you.

    Founded in 1967 as a Kunsthalle, or noncollecting art gallery, the MCA is now one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. Since our inception, it has been our mission to exhibit new and experimental work artists in all media, paired with ambitious education programs.

    In 1974, the MCA expanded our mission to include collecting and preserving contemporary art for future generations with the inauguration of a permanent collection that has grown to include more than 2,000 works. After 29 years in a storefront on Ontario Street, the museum moved to our current location in 1996, giving our collection, exhibitions, and programming room to evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century art and audiences.

    Located  within easy walking  distance one block east of the historic Water Tower and Lookingglass Theatre. Learn more by exploring the MCA website.  


    3rd Stop: Art Institute Of Chicago 


    Art Institute of Chicago was founded in 1879. It is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S.  The original building was constructed for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.  The most recent expansion, the Modern Wing, pictured above, opened in 2009.  The famous western entrance on Michigan Avenue is guarded by two bronze lion statues created by Edward Kerneys.  The lions each weigh more than two tons.  The museum’s east entrance is marked by the stone arch entrance to the old Chicago Stock Exchange designed by Louis Sullivan. 

    Tickets:  Senior rate Fast Pass admission is $29. The Skydeck Combination ticket includes admission to Skydeck Chicago and the Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside of the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower costs $46.


    Highlights:  Making Memories – Quilts as Souvenirs, Modern Art in Brazil, Andrew Lord Bronze and Ceramic Sculpture, Soviet Art, Holiday Rooms

    Three restaurants on-site

    Free Wi-Fi, free wheelchairs

    Located next door to Millennium Park, including Cloud Gate and Lurie Garden

    Access to many nearby restaurants and shopping

    Learn more from the Art Institute website.


    4th Stop: Field Museum of Natural History


    The Field Museum is located at Museum Campus, near the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium.  It is named after Chicago’s favorite retailer, Marshall Field, who gave a $1m gift to establish the museum.  It first opened in 1894 in the former Palace of Fine Arts Building, and moved to its present site in 1921.  In 1962, the museum hosted the first exhibition of “Tutankhamen Treasures.”  In 2000, SUE, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T.rex ever discovered, was unveiled to the public.  In 2011, the museum’s bathroom was voted the best in the country.

    Tickets:  Senior rate is $19 – 31, depending on the number of special exhibits included

    Highlights:  SUE the T. rex, 3D Films, Jurassic World special exhibit

    Two restaurants on-site

    Free Wi-Fi, free wheelchairs, free daily tours including  SUE talk at noon

    Plan your visit by first exploring the Field Museum website.


    5th Stop: Shedd Aquarium 


    The Shedd houses an indoor public aquarium that first opened in 1930.  It was a gift to Chicago by John G. Shedd, a protégé of Marshall Field.  Located on Lake Michigan, it is part of Museum Campus which includes the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum.  Several of the sea otters that lived in the aquarium in the past were rescued from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.  The aquarium contains 1,500 species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects.  It is one of the most popular museums in Chicago.

    Tickets: $39.95 (Senior discount of $3 taken on-site) plus $4.95 for 4D movie

    Highlights:  Amazon Rising, Caribbean and Wild Reefs, Amphibians

    Three restaurants, coffee shop and popcorn kiosk onsite

    Free Wi-Fi, free wheelchairs and walkers

    Learn more from the Shedd Aquarium website.


    6th Stop: Adler Planetarium 


    The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics.  It was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler.  It is part of Museum Campus that includes the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum.  It is home to three theaters, extensive space science exhibitions and the Doane Observatory. The observatory is one of the only public urban observatories in the U.S.

    Tickets:  Senior rate is $8.50 - $18.50, depending on number of special shows included

    Highlights:  Planet Nine, Cosmic Wonder, Destination Solar System, Skywatch Live, Chasing Eclipses, Mission Moon

    One restaurant on-site, free Wi-Fi and free wheelchairs

    Visit the Adler Planetarium website.


    7th and Final Stop: Museum of Science and Industry 

    The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.  It is the oldest science museum of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and one of the largest science museums in the world. The exhibits include a full-size replica coal mine, a German submarine captured during WW II, a 3,500 sq. ft. model railroad, and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon. The museum covers 14 acres and is home to more than 400,000 sq. ft. of exhibits. 

    Tickets:  $18 - $54, depending on the number of special exhibits included

    Highlights:  Brick by Brick Lego Exhibit, Robot Revolution, U-505 Submarine Tour, Giant Dome 5-story wrap-around theatre, Dream Big Engineering Marvels

    Two restaurants and ice cream parlor on-site, free Wi-Fi and free wheelchairs

    Learn more from the MSI website.


    Chicago Museum a la Carte Trip Tips

    After you decide which museum(s) you want to visit, consider purchasing your tickets online in advance.  This will save you time spent standing in line.  Some of the museums have long lines on the weekends. 

    All of the museums have good accessibility and onsite dining. 

    Bring along your seated four-wheel walker to provide more range and stability for sustained exploring.

    See the trip itinerary below for the schedule of museum stops.



    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    7:30 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    7:55 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:10 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:20 AM     Depart for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Chicago

    11:00 AM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago, Driehaus Museum and Water Tower Place.

    11:20 AM Arrive Art Institute of Chicago

    11:30 AM Arrive Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Alder Planetarium

    11:45 AM Arrive Museum of Science and Industry  

    2:00 PM   Hard Times performance begins

    3:30 PM Pick up Museum of Science and Industry

    3:45 PM Pick up Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Plantetarium

    4:00 PM  Pick up Art Institute of Chicago

    4:20 PM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago, Driehaus Museum and Water Tower Place.

    4:30 PM   Hard Times performance ends

    4:30 PM - 4:50 PM    Boarding preparation period 

    4:50 PM     Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:50 PM East Towne Sears

    8:10 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:30 PM Oakwood University Woods


    Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                        Accessibility Accessibility Policy. On the Van Galder Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 


    Chicago Museums a la Carte Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Chicago Museums a la Carte field trip organizer, Martha Zudowsky, mzydowsky@charter.net and 608-213-6907.


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • January 14, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 18
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    Join us Sunday, January 14 for our fifth play of the PLATO 2017-2018 nine-play Milwaukee theater trip series with Murder for Two performed in true cabaret fashion in the newly remodeled Stackner Cabaret.

    A Musical Comedy to Die For

    Co-written by Milwaukee High School of the Arts graduate Joe Kinosian, Murder for Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem, and murder that has played to sold-out audiences all over the country! In this hilarious 90-minute show, two performers play 13 roles – not to mention the piano – in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. Called “ingenious” by The New York Timesthis fast-paced whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs.

    “Impressive! One has to be swept away by the zany delirium of it all.” — LA Times

    “Those who are able to witness such a fun evening of theatre should treat themselves to this opportunity.” — Broadway World


    Approximate Run Time: One hour and 30 minutes with no intermission (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the Milwaukee Rep's Murder for Two webpage regarding the artists, video interview clips with the playwright, director and cast, as well as, rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (November 10) draws near. 

    Murder for Two will be staged in the intimate Stackner Cabaret. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.  

    The Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible to the main level tables and chairs. Most of our seating will be on staggered tables and chairs set on platform deck flooring that are an easy, shallow step-down/step-up between levels of tables and chairs. The backs of the chairs provide good step-down/step-up support.

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    LUNCH is on your own*
    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses  this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes"  to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.


    11:00 AM - Milwaukee Public Market

    There are eight unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.


    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. For list of 12 PLATO theater trip participants' restaurant recommendations including websites and map, click here.

    Historic Third Ward Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List


    11:15 AM - Milwaukee Rep

    There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    For list of 18 restaurant recommendations from PLATO theater trip participants including websites and map, click here.


    1:00 PM - Stackner Cabaret Restaurant

    Pre-matinee abridged menu available and full bar service. (Great Bloody Mary options) 

    Tip: Enjoy lunch at another restaurant and return early for dessert and coffee at the Stackner Cabaret.

    Directions to the Stackner Cabaret: From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead to the atrium dome. The Stackner Cabaret is located on the 2nd floor. Take the elevator or escalator. From the 2nd floor elevator exit, walk around to the left into the promenade. From the escalator, you arrive in the promenade. Stackner Cabaret entrance is ahead on the left.


    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    8:30 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    8:55 AM  Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:15 AM    Arrives at East Towne Sears

    9:25 AM    Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:00 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:15 AM    Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    11:30 PM    Arrive at Milwaukee Art Museum (Independent Study)

    1:25 PM Returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Stackner Cabaret and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    2:00 PM      Murder for Two performance begins

    3:15 PM     Pick up at the Milwaukee Art Museum (Independent Study)

    3:30 PM      Murder for Two performance ends

    3:30 PM - 3:50 PM  Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    3:50 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:20 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    5:35 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    5:55 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks


    Murder for Two Theater Trip with Independent Study Mail-In Registration Form - PLATO Member.pdf

    Murder for Two Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Murder for Two theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

                                                                          


     



     

     

     

    • January 18, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 15
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    Join us as we travel to the Milwaukee Art Museum, our portal to the origins of French Modernism, as we immerse ourselves in this huge exhibition featuring the works of 55 artists entitled, Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France.

    Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) is its first US stop having originated from the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford comprising of 113 artworks. An additional 37 pieces were added here to complete this wide-ranging presentation. It is staged over a very large area including many smaller rooms to permit intimate viewing.

    Introducing us to the exhibition will be Britany Salisbury, the Museum’s Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings. She will provide a slideshow presentation of the exhibition highlights to be scheduled from 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM in the Lubar Auditorium.

    It is her view that Degas to Picasso will give Museum visitors the opportunity to experience modernism in the way that artists themselves did: not as a single style or an organized movement, but as a process of exploration that began in Paris and connected generations, from Delacroix to Degas and Cézanne to Picasso. Both first-time and experienced Museum visitors will be impressed by the energy of the works and the artists’ creative negotiation of the limits of what art could be.

    Milwaukee Art Museum


    Paris became the epicenter of modern art in the nineteenth century. Artists from around the world, including Eugène Delacroix, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, and Marc Chagall, gathered in its studios, galleries, salons, and museums. They moved away from traditional subjects and styles and, through experimentation and abstraction, charted a new course for art making. 

    Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France presents this evolution, including transformative movements such as Impressionism and Cubism. The exhibition focuses especially on works on paper, highlighting the different ways that modern artists used drawings and prints, and the important role played by these media in their artistic practices. Materials such as pastel, graphite, and ink, along with techniques including lithography and etching, provided artists with ways to think through and reinterpret themes that fascinated them. Visitors will be able to see the arc of modernism develop through these intimate and experimental works.

    Degas to Picasso begins around 1800, with a group of masterpieces by artists such as Manet and Cézanne who challenged and reinterpreted the traditions of the French Academy during the nineteenth century. The art of Degas is represented in particular depth, revealing the important connections that existed between his experimentation in various media—including drawings, sculptures, and various printmaking techniques.

    The exhibition culminates with works by twentieth-century practitioners including Matisse, Léger, and especially Picasso. It features a substantial group of works spanning the entirety of Picasso’s career, from some of his earliest sketches to powerful drawings dating from the last years of his life, showcasing the artist’s revolutionary perspective and his reduction of recognizable subjects to geometric forms. Picasso’s cubist works in particular influenced a generation of artists, including Juan Gris, Jacques Villon, and Albert Gleizes, whose abstract paintings, prints, and drawings will lead visitors through a key moment in the history of modern art.

    For further information about the Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France, explore its Milwaukee Art Museum webpage.

    Lunch will be on your own with some suggestions listed below:

    Within the Milwaukee Art Museum include…


    Café Calatrava

    Whether for a quick bite or a full meal, Café Calatrava is the place to dine along Lake Michigan, with views that take your breath away and an ever-changing menu of contemporary cuisine. Eat outside on the scenic patio overlooking Lake Michigan during warmer months.

    Windhover Coffee—featuring Stone Creek Coffee

    Open at 10 a.m., closes one-half hour before the Museum

    Recharge at Windhover Coffee, located in the southeast corner of Windhover Hall, overlooking Lake Michigan. Our friendly baristas serve locally roasted coffee from our full espresso bar, beverages, snacks, and fresh pastries from independent local bakeries. Windhover Coffee offers sandwiches and salads, made to order.

    East End Wine Bar

    Open at 10 a.m., closes one-half hour before the Museum. Relax at the East End Wine Bar, located in the northeast corner of the new East End addition, overlooking Lake Michigan. The wine bar serves Stone Creek Coffee, craft and imported beer, international wines, gourmet tea by Rare Tea Cellar, and fresh desserts from Rocket Baby Bakery. Enjoy European-style small plates prepared before you at the bar.

    Outside and within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Art Museum:

    Harbor House 550 Harbor House Drive (next to the Museum): http://www.harborhousemke.com/

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive on time to begin our Milwaukee Art Museum visit.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Leave Madison

    Bus 1

    7:45 AM        Begin Bus 1 boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods

    8:15 AM Departs for Milwaukee Art Museum (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Bus 2

    7:45 AM        Begin Bus 2 boarding at Capitol Lakes 

    8:15 AM        Bus 2 arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:30 AM         Bus departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)                               

    In Milwaukee

     10:00 AM       Arrive at Milwaukee Art Museum

    10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Curator Lecture

    11:15 AM – 4:00 PM   Free time to visit the Degas to Picasso Exhibition and enjoy lunch.

    3:50 PM        Begin boarding your bus

    4:00 PM        Depart for Madison

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    Bus 2

    5:45 PM      East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM      Capitol Lakes

    Bus 1

    6:00 PM      Oakwood Village University Woods

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. The Milwaukee Art Museum is handicapped accessible.

    Non-Member Policy.  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.


    Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France field trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com or 608-271-7741.



     


      


    • February 18, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 41
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    Join us Sunday, February 18 for our sixth play of the PLATO 2017-2018 nine-play Milwaukee theater trip series with Black Pearl Sings performed in true cabaret fashion in the newly remodeled Stackner Cabaret.

    The Song is the Story

    Music unites strangers and bridges racial divisions in this powerful story based on real life events. It’s 1933, and an ambitious song collector for the Library of Congress visits a Texas prison where she meets Pearl, an African-American woman with a soulful voice and steely spirit. Featuring more than a dozen beautiful a cappella renditions of spirituals and American folk songs, Black Pearl Sings! explores what it means to be a woman in a man’s world, being black in a white world, and fighting for one’s soul in a world where anyone can be a commodity. 

    BroadwayWorld describes the play as “…a vivid reminder that the things that connect us are often stronger than the things which divide us.”

    "★★★★★ - A wonderful jewel box of a show!" — Washington Weekly

    Video Preview: Black Pearl Sings (1.21)

    Approximate Run Time: Two hours and 15 minutes with one intermission (2:00 PM - 4:05 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the Milwaukee Rep's Black Pearl Sings webpage regarding the artists, video interview clips with the playwright, director and cast, as well as, rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (January 19) draws near. 

    Black Pearl Sings will be staged in the intimate Stackner Cabaret. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.  

    The Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible to the main level tables and chairs. Most of our seating will be on staggered tables and chairs set on platform deck flooring that are an easy, shallow step-down/step-up between levels of tables and chairs. The backs of the chairs provide good step-down/step-up support.

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    LUNCH is on your own*
    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses  this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes"  to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.


    11:30 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Public Market

    There are eight unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.


    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. For list of 12 PLATO theater trip participants' restaurant recommendations including websites and map, click here.

    Historic Third Ward Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List


    11:45 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Rep

    There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    For list of 18 restaurant recommendations from PLATO theater trip participants including websites and map, click here.


    1:00 PM Stackner Cabaret Restaurant opens

    Pre-matinee Anytime Menu available plus dessert list and full bar service. (Great Bloody Mary options) 

    Tip: Enjoy lunch at another restaurant and return early for dessert and coffee at the Stackner Cabaret.

    Directions to the Stackner Cabaret: From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead to the atrium dome. The Stackner Cabaret is located on the 2nd floor. Take the elevator or escalator. From the 2nd floor elevator exit, walk around to the left into the promenade. From the escalator, you arrive in the promenade. Stackner Cabaret entrance is ahead on the left.


    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    9:00 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    9:25 AM  Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:40 AM    Arrives at East Towne Sears

    9:50 AM    Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:30 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:45 AM    Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    1:25 PM Returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Stackner Cabaret and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    2:00 PM      Black Pearl Sings performance begins

    4:05 PM      Black Pearl Sings performance ends

    4:05 PM - 4:25 PM Board bus for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    4:25 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:45 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:00 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:20 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks


    Black Pearl Sings Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Black Pearl Sings theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

                                                                          


     



     

     

     

    • May 09, 2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • Chicago
    • 33
    Register
    Join us Wednesday, May 9, 2018 for this spectacular production of Jesus Christ Superstar in the iconic Art Deco confines of The Ardis Krainik Theatre at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

    It may be nearly a year away, but demand for the best available tickets has already begun and is building.

    We have 56 great seats to provide the proper proximity to the stage from which to behold this huge production spectacle. They are located on the main floor in the forward rows of its wide aisle partition, rows BB-EE are just behind the wide aisle and across the three middle sections.

    Register now and pay later to claim your seat. (We will order more tickets and 2nd bus if early demand is warrants.)


    LYRIC PREMIERE & NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice

    One of the greatest stories ever told comes to life in the groundbreaking, iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. 

    As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk, and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling. A must-see Broadway hit of the new season!

    JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice In Association with The Really Useful Group Limited Production by The Regent's Park Theatre London



    Meet the ARTISTS

    Video Preview (1:07)


    Lyric Opera of Chicago:

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Free Time for Lunch and Adventure
    within easy  walking distance of 
    The Lyric
    (W Madison St and S Wacker Dr)

    A few dining suggestions (Reservations Required):

    Dine at The Lyric Opera of Chicago at three of its three on-site restaurant options

    Rivers Restaurant and Bar conveniently located next to the Lyric across Madison St with spacious riverfront deck.

    Lloyd's Chicago kitty-corner from The Lyric with patio dining available 

    One North Kitchen and Bar located nearby across Wacker Dr from The Lyric 

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.


    Leave Madison

    6:45 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood Village West to begin boarding.

    7:15 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    7:35 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    7:55 AM    Depart for Chicago using Interstate 90 (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


    In Chicago

    11:00 AM Arrive at The Lyric

    1:30 PM Jesus Christ Superstar performance begins

    3:30 PM   Jesus Christ Superstore performance ends and begin boarding

    3:50 PM    Estimated departure for Madison


    Arrive Madison (Est)

    6:30 PM East Towne Sears

    6:45 PM Capitol Lakes

    7:00 PM Oakwood Village West


    Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                        Accessibility Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 


    Jesus Christ Superstar Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Jesus Christ Superstar theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

Past events

December 06, 2017 Holmes and Watson @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
October 25, 2017 The Who and The What @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
October 11, 2017 Platteville Mine and Museum with Potosi Brewery Field Trip - Wisconsin Origins
October 04, 2017 Guys and Dolls (Musical) @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
September 17, 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House/Oriental Institute Museum Field Trip, Chicago
September 17, 2017 Five Guys Named Moe (Musical) @ Court Theatre, University of Chicago
September 15, 2017 Our Amish Neighbors Farm and Community Tour
August 27, 2017 Garfield Park Conservatory and Lincoln Park Zoo Field Trip, Chicago
August 27, 2017 Moby Dick @ Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago (Water Tower Place)
August 16, 2017 Three Sisters @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
August 03, 2017 Trempealeau Wisconsin Archaeology Field Trip - 13,000 Years of Cultural History on the Upper Mississippi River.
July 18, 2017 Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist Exhibition @ Art Institute of Chicago
July 11, 2017 A Flea in Her Ear @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
June 18, 2017 Parade (Musical) @ Writers Theatre
June 18, 2017 Chicago Botanic Garden Field Trip
June 14, 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright Model B1 Homes / Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Field Trip (Milwaukee)
May 24, 2017 Horicon Marsh Trip - A Birdwatchers Delight
May 10, 2017 Jane Eyre @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
March 30, 2017 Campus Tour: Institutes of Discovery and Geology Museum
March 24, 2017 Art in Bloom 2017 @ the Milwaukee Art Museum
March 08, 2017 Grounded @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
February 08, 2017 Disgraced @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
January 29, 2017 Blues for an Alabama Sky @ Court Theatre, University of Chicago
January 24, 2017 Art Lives Here: Treasures of the Milwaukee Art Museum
December 11, 2016 I Love a Piano: A Celebration of Irving Berlin @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
December 07, 2016 Hamilton: An American Musical @ Private Bank Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
November 17, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: Holiday Tour
November 02, 2016 The Royale @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
October 30, 2016 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
October 20, 2016 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Museum Field Trip
October 12, 2016 Man of La Mancha @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
September 29, 2016 Organic Valley and Kickapoo Valley Reserve Field Trip
September 20, 2016 Olbrich Gardens Daytime Stroll
September 14, 2016 Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens/Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens Field Trip
August 26, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - August 26
August 14, 2016 War Paint (A World Premier Musical) @ Goodman Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
August 05, 2016 Tall Ships Festival 2016 Green Bay - Field Trip
July 29, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - July 29
July 12, 2016 American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood Milwaukee Art Museum
June 28, 2016 Chicago Summer a la Carte: Summer Fun in Downtown Chicago
June 24, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Trolley Tour 2016 - June 24
June 02, 2016 Wollersheim Winery and International Crane Foundation (ICF) Field Trip Tours
May 11, 2016 Fences @ Milwaukee Rep Powerhouse Theater
April 29, 2016 Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School @ Milwaukee Art Museum
April 07, 2016 American Song @ Milwaukee Rep
March 30, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: A Day of Your Own in Downtown Chicago
March 18, 2016 Art in Bloom 2016 @ Milwaukee Art Museum
March 09, 2016 The Invisible Hand @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
February 28, 2016 The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith @ Stackner Cabaret
December 09, 2015 The Mousetrap @ Milwaukee Rep
November 04, 2015 The Lion @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
October 14, 2015 Dreamgirls @ Milwaukee Rep
October 08, 2015 Historic Galena Tour Field Trip
July 29, 2015 Green Bay Botanical Garden Field Trip (with Lambeau Field Tour Option)
 

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