Upcoming events

    • April 09, 2020
    • 11:20 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Diane's Delicious Diner, Madison College, Truax Campus, Rooms B1287
    • 25

    This event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. 

    All registrants will receive a full refund from PLATO. Please be patient with receiving the refund due to the high volume and time required to process them.

    Gourmet Dining and Tour

    at Diane's Delicious Diner


    Registration and Payment Required

    Free Parking.

    Cost Dining and Lecture: $25 + tax

    Date:  Thursday, April 9. 

    Time: Tour starts at 11:30 am.  Please be there early so we can start at 11:30 am.

               Seating for lunch starts at 12 noon.

    Location: Main Building at the Truax Campus, Rooms B1287
    Madison College (formerly MATC) has an outstanding Culinary Arts Program preparing students to take a variety of positions in restaurants/and the food service industry. During part of each year, Madison College provides its culinary arts students the opportunity to plan, prepare and serve gourmet quality restaurant type luncheons to the public.

    Tour begins at 11:30 am sharp: We will gather in front of the Dining room for the tour of the new food preparation facility.  The tour will be lead by an MATC Instructor. 

    Dining at 12 noon. We will return to the dining room for the noon seating. Dining will last 1 1/2 hours.  Tipping is encouraged (please see information, below).

    Menu: The menu will be developed a few days prior to the event depending in large part on the availability of local and/ or fresh food items. Patrons will be given a menu with 2 or 3 choices for each course. If you have a food allergy or medical dietary requirement, please list it on your registration form. The culinary staff will try to provide an option for your health related requirement.

    Cost: $25.00 for PLATO members $25.00 for guests of PLATO members; includes 4 course gourmet quality luncheon (appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert) and a non alcoholic beverage.  

    Tip as you would at a restaurant.  The tip will go toward Madison College’s culinary scholarship program and student educational trips. Alcoholic beverages will be available at additional cost.  No refund after November 10th unless we can fill your slot from a waiting list.

    Registration Information:: Members, Guests and Waitlist We anticipate high interest in this event.

    • We anticipate high interest in this event. We have a block of 30 seats in the Dining Room.
    • Initially, Only members will be able to register on a first come basis until Wednesday, April 1st..  
    • The system will build a wait-list which will be maintained by Mike Di Iorio.
    • Let Mike Diiorio know that you would like to invite a  Non-member guest. Send an email to that effect immediately to mdiiorio@tds.net
    •  If there are any seats available beginning April 1st, Mike will contact you so  you can register your guest.   Cost for non-members: $25.00.

    Parking:  

    You may park in our gated-visitor lot located adjacent to our Health Education Building (map attached).  You must enter this lot from Hoffman Street.  Press the buzzer at the gate and let the attendant know that you are here for dining and they will let you in.  If this lot is full, you may park in any legal parking spot in the student lot.  You will then cross the street and enter the college at the Truax Gateway/Welcome Center.  Once inside the college, please walk down the hallway on the right side of the Welcome Center.  You will walk past the gym.  At the top of the stairs/ramp, turn right and proceed to the end of this hall and go through the doors.  You will then turn left and proceed to the end of this carpeted hall.  At the end of this hall, the dining room will be on your left, Room B1287.  If you are bringing a bus, please have your driver drop you off in the circle lot off of Anderson Street.  Once inside these doors, the dining room is a short walk straight ahead to the left.  Your driver can park in our lot off of Straubel Street which is marked on the attached map.

    Directions to Restaurant: Using the parking and building map, enter at the entrance marked F nearest the visitor’s parking area. Follow the long hallway to the left of entrance F. (Again, see the enclosed map.) Past the Mitby Theater, turn right at the first main cross hallway and go to rooms B1210-B1214. If you enter at another entrance ask for directions to Rooms B1210-B1214.

    For questions, contact Mike Di Iorio (mdiiorio@tds.net or 608-257-9164).

    Print Mail-in Reg. Form

    Truax Campus Gateway
    Director of MATC Gourmet Dining Program, Paul Short

    • May 13, 2020
    • Milwaukee
    • 23

    Due to COVID-19 virus precautions, registrations are suspended for this event. We will reassess this event shortly. 

    If the event is cancelled all registrants will receive a full refund from PLATO.


    Destiny of Desire
    Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse

    May 13, 2020


    Registration Deadline April 12

    Telenovela of Passion and Deception with Lively Music and Dance

    On a stormy night in Mexico, two baby girls are born — one into a life of privilege and the other into poverty.  When the newborns are swapped by a former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power, the stage is set for outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny.

    With nods to Shakespeare and Brecht, this fast-paced comedy inspired by popular telenovelas is filled with forbidden love, revenge, glorious music and burning passion, making it the perfect guilty pleasure to end The Rep’s 2019/20 Season.

    Simply fabulous and riotously funny...highly entertaining”  — Chicago Tribune

    Run Time:  2 hours - Milwaukee Rep estimate

    Learn more by visiting the Destiny of  Desire   w ebsite.

    Destiny of Desire will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater.  For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.

    Directions to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater:   From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead under the atrium dome.  The Powerhouse Theater is located on the Mezzanine Level.  Take the elevator or walk up the white marble stairway.  From the Mezzanine Level elevator exit, walk around to the right into the Powerhouse Theater entrance. 

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible.  There is handrail support on each row as you descend and ascend the aisle.

    Rep-in-Depth:  An optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater and runs from 12:45 PM to 1:15 PM.  It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk.

    Accessibility Policy:   On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.  If you need assistance, we require 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 registration fee.  (PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.)  

    Lunch Matinee

    11:15 AM - 1:30 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.  Please note that the cost of lunch is separate and as such is not included in your registration.  If you sign up for the optional lunch, we will provide details on cost and payment.

    For this trip, the location of our Optional Group Lunch will be in The Arc Theatre at the Saint Kate Hotel, in the same building as the Rep. Lunch includes a presentation by a member of the artistic staff.  Cost is $25 per person, payable by exact change in cash or credit/debit card on day of event only.  Group lunch NOT INCLUDED in trip fee!

    Lunch Menu (tentative): Soup du jour, Fruit Salad, Garden Salad with Assorted Dressings, Assortment of Finger Sandwiches, Assorted Desserts, Coffee & Tea. 

    Milwaukee Public Market


    Our bus will also drop-off and pick-up at the Milwaukee Public Market for lunch alternatives.  There are  nine unique eateries  contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.   There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    There are also 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. 

    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.

    Leaving Madison

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

    8:45 AM   Bus departs from Oakwood University Woods

    9:15 AM   Bus departs from Capitol Lakes

    9:45 AM   Bus departs from East Towne Sears for Milwaukee (sooner if everyone is aboard) 

    In Milwaukee

    11:15 AM   Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:30 AM   Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for Optional Group Lunch or nearby downtown restaurants

    11:45 AM   Group Lunch at Hotel Saint Kate 

    12:30 PM   Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep-in-Depth pre-talk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep. (See Walking Map)

    12:45 PM   Rep-in-Depth pre-talk begins

    1:30 PM   Destiny of Desire performance begins

    3:30 PM   Destiny of Desire performance ends

    3:45 PM   Begin bus boarding for return to Madison.  There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    4:00 PM   Depart for Madison (sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:30 PM   Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    6:00 PM  Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    6:15 PM   Bus returns to Oakwood University Woods

    Destiny of Desire Theater Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions).

    For further information, contact Destiny of Desire theater trip organizers:

    Nancy McClements, nancymcclements@gmail.com or 608-358-4478  

    Sue Josheff, sooziej@sbcglobal.net or 608-770-3828

    Destiny of Desire
    Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse

    May 13, 2020
    Registration Deadline April 12

    Telenovela of Passion and Deception with Lively Music and Dance

    On a stormy night in Mexico, two baby girls are born — one into a life of privilege and the other into poverty.  When the newborns are swapped by a former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power, the stage is set for outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny.

    With nods to Shakespeare and Brecht, this fast-paced comedy inspired by popular telenovelas is filled with forbidden love, revenge, glorious music and burning passion, making it the perfect guilty pleasure to end The Rep’s 2019/20 Season.

    Simply fabulous and riotously funny...highly entertaining”  — Chicago Tribune

    Run Time:  2 hours - Milwaukee Rep estimate

    Learn more by visiting the Destiny of  Desire   w ebsite.

    Destiny of Desire will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater.  For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.

    Directions to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater:   From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead under the atrium dome.  The Powerhouse Theater is located on the Mezzanine Level.  Take the elevator or walk up the white marble stairway.  From the Mezzanine Level elevator exit, walk around to the right into the Powerhouse Theater entrance. 

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible.  There is handrail support on each row as you descend and ascend the aisle.

    Rep-in-Depth:  An optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater and runs from 12:45 PM to 1:15 PM.  It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk.

    Accessibility Policy:   On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.  If you need assistance, we require 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 registration fee.  (PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.)  

    Lunch Matinee

    11:15 AM - 1:30 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.  Please note that the cost of lunch is separate and as such is not included in your registration.  If you sign up for the optional lunch, we will provide details on cost and payment.

    For this trip, the location of our Optional Group Lunch will be in The Arc Theatre at the Saint Kate Hotel, in the same building as the Rep. Lunch includes a presentation by a member of the artistic staff.  Cost is $25 per person, payable by exact change in cash or credit/debit card on day of event only.  Group lunch NOT INCLUDED in trip fee!

    Lunch Menu (tentative): Soup du jour, Fruit Salad, Garden Salad with Assorted Dressings, Assortment of Finger Sandwiches, Assorted Desserts, Coffee & Tea.

    Milwaukee Public Market


    Our bus will also drop-off and pick-up at the Milwaukee Public Market for lunch alternatives.  There are  nine unique eateries  contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.   There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    There are also 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. 

    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.

    Leaving Madison

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

    8:45 AM   Bus departs from Oakwood University Woods

    9:15 AM   Bus departs from Capitol Lakes

    9:45 AM   Bus departs from East Towne Sears for Milwaukee (sooner if everyone is aboard) 

    In Milwaukee

    11:15 AM   Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:30 AM   Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for Optional Group Lunch or nearby downtown restaurants

    11:45 AM   Group Lunch at Hotel Saint Kate 

    12:30 PM   Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep-in-Depth pre-talk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep. (See Walking Map)

    12:45 PM   Rep-in-Depth pre-talk begins

    1:30 PM   Destiny of Desire performance begins

    3:30 PM   Destiny of Desire performance ends

    3:45 PM   Begin bus boarding for return to Madison.  There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    4:00 PM   Depart for Madison (sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:30 PM   Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    6:00 PM  Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    6:15 PM   Bus returns to Oakwood University Woods

    Destiny of Desire Theater Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions).

    For further information, contact Destiny of Desire theater trip organizers:

    Nancy McClements, nancymcclements@gmail.com or 608-358-4478  

    Sue Josheff, sooziej@sbcglobal.net or 608-770-3828

    • May 22, 2020
    • Horicon Marsh, Wi
    • 34

    Due to COVID-19 virus precautions, registrations are suspended for this event. We will reassess this event shortly. 

    If the event is cancelled all registrants will receive a full refund from PLATO.

    Join us as we visit the nation’s largest freshwater and cattail marsh, which is also an excellent birding site with over 300 bird species known to visit.  First we will go to Horicon Marsh Boat Tours at Blue Heron Landing in Horicon on the South end and see a short film on the marsh. Next we will take a 2 hour partially covered pontoon boat ride into the heart of the marsh with a nature guide helping us to see and identify birds and wildlife.  After this we’ll head to Waupun where we will have an all-included buffet lunch.  And finally we will head to the private Marsh Haven Nature Center on the North end of the marsh. There we will stay about an hour and people can either visit the nature center exhibits, and/or take a mostly flat and easy 1 hour boardwalk and lawn walk.  The walk will be led by a naturalist and we will be monitoring the 40 plus nests in the preserve and seeing what wildlife are choosing to raise their young there.  

    At Horicon Marsh Birding Boat Tour at Blue Heron Landing


    At Marsh Haven Nature Center

    Boardwalk walk at the 46 acre Marsh Haven Nature Center

    Background Information

    Horicon Marsh Boat Tours at Blue Heron Landing  https://horiconmarsh.com  

    Marsh Haven Nature Center http://marshhaven.org

    Accessibility

    You must be able to climb steps to board the bus and exit the bus.  There are very few other steps, but you must be able to board the flat boat from a landing.  The walk at Marsh Haven is optional, but if you go on it, note that it will be on cut grass, mostly flat but a small amount of uneven terrain, and a boardwalk. 

    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.

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

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.  T
    he lunch is already included in the cost of the trip.

    — Bring binoculars if you have them!

    — Bring raingear and comfortable walking shoes as the tour will go, rain or shine.  Of course truly inclement weather may force us to omit the boat ride.

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.   There are very few other steps, but you must be able to board the flat boat from a landing.  The walk at Marsh Haven is optional, but if you go on it, note that it will be on cut grass that is mostly flat but with a small amount of uneven terrain, and a boardwalk.  

    Leave Madison

    7:10 AM     Begin boarding the bus at Oakwood University Woods

    7:20 AM     Bus departs Oakwood University Woods

    7:40 AM     Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes

    7:55 AM     Bus arrives at East Towne Sears, Lampost 10      
     
         

    At Horicon Marsh boat tours in horicon, WI      

    8:50 AM    Arrive at Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

    9:00 AM    See short film about Horicon Marsh

    9:30 AM    Begin docent led 2 hour pontoon birding boat ride

    11:40 AM    Return to the bus

    11:45 AM   Bus departs Blue Heron Boat Landing for Pizza Ranch in Waupun for a lunch buffet

    Lunch Buffet in Waupun, WI

    12:10 PM    Bus arrives at Pizza Ranch in downtown Waupun  for a buffet lunch of pizza, chicken, fish, salad bar, hot vegetables, mashed potatoes, desserts plus fountain drinks and coffee with our own room reserved

    1:25 PM    Be back at the bus outside the restaurant

    1:30 PM    Bus departs the restaurant for Marsh Haven Nature Center

    At Marsh Haven Nature Center

    1:40 PM    Bus arrives at Marsh Haven Nature Center

    2:00 PM    A one hour guided boardwalk walk begins

    3:10 PM    Return to the bus for our return trip

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    4:05 PM        Bus arrives East Towne Sears

    4:30 PM        Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes

    4:50 PM        Bus arrives 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 $13 registration fee.

    PLATO Membership:  PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.

    Mail-In Registration Form:   Horicon Marsh and Marsh Haven Mail-in Registration Form.

    For further information contact the Trip Organizers:  

    Sue Dentinger flumpo@gmail.com and 608-469-8766, or 

    Irene Zimmerman, irene.e.zimmerman@gmail.com  and 608-658-4685

    • June 17, 2020
    • Chicago

    Registration on hold.


    • June 25, 2020
    • Cassville, Wi
    • 40

    Registration on hold.


    Join us for a tour of historic  Stonefield Village, located on the banks of the Mississippi River near Cassville, Wisconsin.  Stonefield, a Wisconsin Historical Society site, recreates a Wisconsin settlers village and a homestead from the late 19th century and includes the Governor Nelson Dewey home.




    Upon arrival at Stonefield we will be met by our guides and interpreters who will take us on a tour of the village shops and farmstead.  Experience the stories that cultivated Wisconsin’s scenic countryside.    Enjoy hands-on learning and tend to live farm animals at the 1901 Progressive Farm House and then stroll through thirty shops and factories in the turn-of-the-century 1900 Farming Village.


    Wisconsin Agricultural Museum

    Explore Wisconsin’s largest collection of farm tools, models, and machinery and see the largest collection of McCormick equipment in the world at the Wisconsin Agricultural Museum.   Learn about Wisconsin farming, large and small, featuring everything from hand held tools for wild rice harvesting and bean planting to large farming machines.


    Governor Nelson Dewey Home



    Interior of Governor Nelson Dewey Home


    Following a picnic lunch we will continue the tour of Stonefield and then cross the road for a guided tour of the home of  Nelson Dewey.  Discover the fascinating story of Wisconsin’s first governor, his family, and his farm.  After serving as governor, Dewey, his wife Catherine, and their children, Kate and Nettie, returned to Cassville and lived in a Gothic Revival home on a 2,000 acre agricultural estate.

    Before returning to Madison and weather permitting, our bus drives us into Nelson Dewey State Park where it climbs the bluff where you will have a spectacular view of the Mississippi River Valley.


    Background Information

    Stonefield

    Nelson Dewey State Park

    Early History of Wisconsin

    Nelson Dewey

    Wisconsin's Agricultural History

    Exploring Wisconsin's Agricultural History

    Lunch is on your own

    Please note you should bring your own picnic lunch and drink as well as snacks for the bus trip.  We will have a picnic lunch outdoors on the tables scattered about the village or, if it rains, at tables inside the restored farm barn.   There is not time to visit a restaurant.

    We plan to provide a cooler in which you may keep those portions of your lunch that require chilling and you might also bring a small insulated lunch bag with ice-pack and include snacks and drinks for yourself on the bus. It is a long day and it can be warm in late June.

    Accessibility

    You must climb steps to board and exit the bus and for some shops in the village although most are fully accessible. The walk up to the Dewey house is a gentle paved uphill grade; ask the organizer in advance of the trip so arrangements can be made to facilitate this walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes as we will tour for over two hours. The village is partially unpaved gravel or lawn, open park and yard.

    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.

    – 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

    7:15 AM     Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding

    7:30 AM     Departs East Towne Sears

    7:45 AM     Departs Capitol Lakes

    8:30 AM     Departs Oakwood West                          

    In Stonefield

    10:30 AM     Arrives Stonefield for tour

    12:15-1:15 PM  Your sack lunch at Stonefield

    1:15 PM      Continue tour of Stonefield

    2:45 PM      Departs Stonefield for State Park overlook

    3:30 PM      Departs for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    5:30 PM        Arrives Oakwood West

    5:50 PM        Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    6:20 PM        East Towne Sears

    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 $9.00 registration fee.

    PLATO Membership:  PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.

    Mail-In Registration Form:   Stonefield Mail-in Registration Form coming soon

    For further information contact Stonefield Trip Organizer:  Mike Roy at michaelroy@wisc.edu or 608-443-9563

    • July 22, 2020
    • Glen Ellyn, IL
    • 19
    Register

    Due to high demand for tickets, we are required to buy the tickets on May 1; therefore, note the early registration date of April 30 and no cancellation after April 30.

    The Cleve Carney Museum of Art at the College of DuPage is hosting one of the of largest private collections of original artwork by Frida Kahlo in a multifaceted exhibition entitled Frida Kahlo 2020.   It is the most comprehensive presentation of Kahlo’s work displayed in the Chicago area in over 40 years. 

    Frida Kahlo is one of the most recognized artists of the 20th century.  Her unique painting style reflects both the culture of her native Mexico and contemporary artistic trends of her time,  Her work draws directly from all aspects of her turbulent life, including her complex marriage to the famed muralist Diego Rivera and the lifelong pain she endured as a result of a bus accident at the age of 18.  She is recognized by her elaborate Tehuana clothing, stunning jewelry and hairstyles adorned with flowers. Her artwork, politics and relationships all existed in opposition to the cultural norms and expectations of her time. 

    The exhibition includes 26 original works by Kahlo on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City.  The works include oil paintings and works on paper that span the artist’s life. They depict Kahlo’s childhood and personal struggles, exploring themes of identity, politics, sexuality and death.  

    Alongside the 26-piece collection is an immersive exhibition that features over 100 photographs from Kahlo’s life, a video presentation, an historical timeline, reproductions of Kahlo’s clothing and a “poetry garden” designed by Ball Horticultural Company.  The multi-media exhibit allows viewers to see Kahlo’s life and artwork through a variety of different contexts. 

    The exhibition will be on view at Cleve Carney Museum of Art, the lobby of McAninch Arts Center and Belushi Performance Hall on the campus of the College of DuPage.

    Learn more by visiting the Cleve Carney Museum of Art website at https://www.atthemac.org/events/cleve-carney-frida-kahlo/

    We will travel by bus to the museum and exhibition.  We will have a docent-led tour for approximately an hour and then time for you to explore the exhibition on your own.

    Lunch is available onsite but is not included in the cost of the trip.  The exhibition area includes a cantina with tacos and snacks and beverages.  The College of DuPage Culinary Arts program will offer more substantial food in the building next door to the Cleve Carney Art Museum.  You may also bring your own lunch if you prefer.

    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.

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

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey. Lunch may be purchased individually at or near the museum.

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

    Leave Madison

    8:15 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding

    8:30 AM     Departs Oakwood University Woods

    8:50 AM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:15 AM     Arrives East Towne Sears            

    In GLEN ELLYN, IL      

    11:30 AM Bus arrives at College of DuPage

    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch is available for purchase onsite at building next to Cleve Carney Art  Museum.  There is also a cantina within the museum that offers tacos, snacks, and beverages for purchase. You may also bring your own lunch if you prefer.

    1:00 PM    Meet docent at Art Museum for tour of exhibition.  We are planning for two docent-led tours of 25 persons per group.

    2:00 PM    Time on your own to spend viewing the exhibit, the poetry garden, the gift shop, the cantina and the campus.

    3:30 PM    Begin boarding bus for return to Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    5:45 PM Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    6:00 PM Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    6:15 PM Bus returns to 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 $12.00 registration fee.

    PLATO Membership:  PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.

    Mail-In Registration Form:   Click Here 

    For further information contact one of the Kahlo Trip Organizers:  Martha Zydowsky mzydowsky@gmail.com  (608) 213-6907  or Trish Iaccarino trish@uwalumni.com (608) 576-0327

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

For more information about PLATO, contact:

Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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