Upcoming events

    • October 13, 2017
    • April 27, 2018
    • 14 sessions

    Indoors for the Winter 

    East and West Side Locations

    2nd Friday @ Cafe Hollander                  4th Friday @ Ellie's Restaurant



    Westside Breakfast at Cafe Hollander:

    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Cafe Hollander: American - Belgian Cuisine Menue
    • Organizer: Dawn Deransburg
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Dawn know you're coming by email or phone,
    • Dawn's contact information is: Dawn.Deransburg@att.net or by phone 608 422-5042
    • Location of Cafe Hollander: 
           701 Hilldale Way
           Madison, WI 53705
           (608) 237-3168         

     

    Eastside Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant:

    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Elie's Family Restaurant:  Breakfast Menu
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone, below.
    • Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050
    • Location of Elie's Family Restaurant: 
          Lake Edge Shopping Center
          4012 Monona Drive
          Madison, WI 53716
           (608) 223-2040




     


    • January 30, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • The BEACON, 615 E. Washington St. (enter on S. Blair St.)

    This event is open to all PLATO members and their guests interested in volunteerism. No registration is required.


    Volunteer Cafe - January 2018

    The next PLATO Volunteer Cafe will be Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 2 - 4 pm at The BEACON, the new day resource center for homeless adults.

    The first Volunteer Cafe was a resounding success . . .
    SO
    • Do you have questions about general volunteer opportunities?
    • Do you currently volunteer in the community?
    • Would you like to learn about volunteer opportunities at BEACON?
    • Would you like to hear about other PLATO members' volunteer experiences?
    THEN
    Come to the Volunteer Cafe on Jan. 30!  Bring a friend!
    Our guest speaker will be:  Tami Fleming, Volunteer Coordinator at The BEACON.

    • No need to pre-register.
    • Light refreshments will be available.
    • Questions? Contact Tim Otis (tierneyotis@gmail.com or 233-1050)
    WHEN
    Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2-4 pm
    The Upstairs Meeting Room at The BEACON
    615 E. Washington St.
    (Entrance on S. Blair St., Parking at the rear of the building)

    Socialize -- Discuss -- Share -- Learn!

    Volunteer Cafe is organized and sponsored by the PLATO Diversity Committee. 
    • February 08, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Smitty's Study Pub, Fluno Center, 8th Floor, 601 University Avenue, Madison


    The PLATO Theater Trips Team of Bob Blitzke, Jane Grogan, Jean Kasten, Nancy McClements and Tammy Albrecht welcome members of the PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Group for an evening of socializing over food and drink.

    The PLATO Theater Enthusiasts now total over 500 members, which comprise those who have registered for its theater trips since 2015, and want to learn more about the PLATO Theater Trips Program including reading and discussing its upcoming plays:
    • Hard Times
    • Murder for Two
    • Black Pearl Sings
    • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    • Doubt
    • Jesus Christ Superstar
    • Always...Patsy Cline
    • Buried Child
    • Hamilton: An American Musical

    TIP: Use the Spring 2018 Playlist Study Guide to quickly locate a copy of the play to borrow or purchase.

    Each play in the list contains links to public Library resources available through the South Central Library System online public access catalog, LINKcat, and the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium's Wisconsin's Digital Library. The Amazon website links are also shown for our playlist titles.

    Since many of our members may not be avid library users, we will offer some tips on making the most of your public library's shared online catalog, LINKcat, and the Research and Discovery databases available through Madison Public Library website.


    Other meeting topics include a look ahead to the 2018-2019 theater trip season, Milwaukee and Chicago theater possibilities, exploring theater tours and researching other related theater activities. 

    Other PLATO members who want to learn more about its Theater Trips Program are also welcome to join us.



    We will meeting at Smitty's Study Pub in its Mendota Room (seen at the far end in this photo), which is located on the 8th Floor of the Fluno Center at 601 University Avenue in Madison.

    Our monthly social and study meetings will be scheduled 4:30 PM-7:30 PM on the second Thursdays during the 2018 Spring Term on:
    • February 8
    • March 8
    • April 12
    • May 10

    Parking: Fluno Center Parking Ramp (underground) and the adjacent City Parking Ramp (N Frances and W Johnson Streets)

    Note: Dates were chosen when there are no Kohl Center sports scheduling and to provide ample parking.

    To Register, Email RSVP to Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com
    Questions: Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com
    • February 14, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium

    This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and guests. 

    Registration is not required.


    Victorian's Secrets:

    The Revealing History of Women's

     Underwear

    by Leslie Bellais, 

    Curator of Social History

    Wisconsin Historical Society 









    Victorians' Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear

    The huge skirts! The small waists!  How did Victorian women manage to create these fashionable looks?  With underwear, of course.

    Throughout the 19th century, women were constantly reshaping their bodies to ever-changing ideals using corsets, hoops, and bustles.  Join Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, to take a peak under the dresses of fashionable Victorian ladies, look at the layers of underwear needed to create the ideal silhouette, and explore how these undergarments reflected societal values. Ms. Bellais will also bring examples from the collection and reproduction bustles for audience members to model.


    About the Speaker: Leslie Bellais

    Leslie Bellais is the Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Museum and concentrates on her special love - clothing and textiles.  She joined the WI. Historical Museum in 1990. Bellais’ experience includes a degree in historic preservation from Mary Washington College, an apprenticeship at Colonial Williamsburg and work as a curator at the Hershey Museum of American Life.

     

    Lecture Location and Parking Information:

    Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center  
    6205 Mineral Point Road    
    Madison, Wisconsin 53705    

    608-230-4427  
    www.oakwoodvillage.net  

     
    Free parking is available in designated spaces at Oakwood Village - University Woods outdoors & underground. 

    To access underground parking:

    • Enter at the stoplight on Mineral Point Rd.; take the left fork & go to the SECOND driveway on the right.  Look for the sign indicating parking. 
    • Press the button located next to the garage door to speak to attendant; say you are there for a PLATO Lecture.
    • Park in any available Visitor space.

    Lecture Questions? Contact Aleta Murray at: a-murray@sbcglobal.net

     

     

       


    • February 16, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 20
    Registration is closed


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    We'll meet at the Fluno Center beginning about noon for a delightful luncheon.  The dining room is on the first floor, west end of the building. Luncheon options: Salad/Soup & Dessert approx. $12 OR Full Buffet approx. $17 (CASH Only; pay at Luncheon).

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture. FOR NOV. 17 ONLY - Lecture will be held at One Alumni Place - the exciting new UW Alumni Association venue.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online before Wednesday morning, November 15th. (Or sign-up by emailing: louise.fowler@wisc.edu (use: "Nov. 17 Lunch Group" as your Subject)

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures request Pre-registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up for the November 17th Global Hotspots Lecture "Special Edition of G.H.S.: Global Impact - Alumni in Action" through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

    • February 16, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Fluno Center Auditorium, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715

    Global Hot Spots Series

    Dig in to today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.

    Global Hot Spots talks are held on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the UW’s top experts!

    Upcoming Events

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    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is cosponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization), and the UW-Madison International Division.Lunch is not provided with your registration, but you can make areservation to eat lunch at the Fluno Center by calling 608-441-7117. 

    Questions? Contact Kristina Zignego at 608-308-5415.




       

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf
    • February 18, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 9
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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

                                                                          


     



     

     

     

    • March 07, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium

    CLEARING COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ISLAM & CURRENT COMMUNITY CHALLENGES

    A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Masood Akhtar


    This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and their guests. 

    Registration is not required.


    The Program will be a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Masood Akhtar.  The speakers and their topics are:

    First one hour to cover:

    • Women’s Rights -Sarah Schlosser
    • Sharia, Jihad & Terrorism - Sheikh Alhagie Jallow
    • Current Community Challenges - Masood Akhtar
    • Muslim World Experience -John Vaudreuil (former U.S. Attorney for Western Wisconsin)  

     Second hour:  Q&A  


    About The Panelists:

    Masood Akhtar:

    Masood Akhtar is an Indian-born proud American Muslim entrepreneur and an Activist.  Living in Madison for over 30 years, he is actively involved in numerous projects.  To address the environment of Islamophobia and fear during the recent Presidential campaign, he spent significant amount of time addressing this issue in cooperation with leaders from the Madison Muslim Community, law enforcement officers, elected officials, local media and the general public.

    Imam Alhagie Jallow

    Imam Alhagie Jallow was born in Mbollet, Gambia in 1987.  After completing his primary studies, he traveled to Diourbel, Senegal where he completed the memorization of the Qur'an.  Upon returning to Gambia, he taught Qur'an while completing his secondary education and received a scholarship to study at the Islamic University of Imam Muhammad bin Saud In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Alhagie graduated with a degree in Shari'ah and learned from some of the foremost Islamic scholars of our age.  Alhagie is the Imam of the Masjid Us-Sunnah in Madison since 2009.  He leads prayers, conducts lectures, organizes Islamic education  classes for children.

    Sarah Schlosser 

    Sarah Schlosser was born in Iowa and raised in Nebraska.  She spent most of her life in the Midwest and raised in a Presbyterian home attending church weekly but drifted away from her religious practice during her young adult life.  Sarah has always been searching for the truth that supported her unwavering belief in God.  Islam came to her from two directions - the ever present media feed about the terror of ISIS and the kind generosity of Muslims in Tanzania and Kazakhstan.  As she "explored these contradictions, she unlocked what had been inside of her and converted to Islam in 2016. 

    John W. Vaudreuil

    John W. Vaudreuil is recently retired United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the district since January 1980 As US Attorney, Vaudreuil led an office committed to the fair and equal enforcement of federal law, including civil rights laws, both in civil and criminal cases.  As the chief federal law enforcement officer, Vaudreuil has also tirelessly worked to build relationships of trust and understanding with communities that might be targets of civil rights crimes.

    Lecture Location:

    Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center  
    6205 Mineral Point Road    
    Madison, Wisconsin 53705    

    608-230-4427  
    www.oakwoodvillage.net  

     
    Free parking is available in designated spaces at Oakwood Village - University Woods outdoors & underground. 

    To access underground parking:

    • Enter at the stoplight on Mineral Point Rd.; take the left fork & go to the SECOND driveway on the right.  Look for the sign indicating parking. 
    • Press the button located next to the garage door to speak to attendant; say you are there for a PLATO Lecture.
    • Park in any available Visitor space.

    Lecture Questions? Contact Mike Di Iorio at: mdiiorio1234@gmail.com or (608) 257-9164.

     

     

       


    • March 14, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 44
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    One House Over logo

    One House Over @ Milwaukee Rep
    Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
    Wednesday, March 14

    Join us Wednesday, March 14 for the seventh play in the PLATO 2017-2018 nine-play Milwaukee theater trip series with One House Over.

    A World Premier Event
    By Catherine Trieschmann
    Directed by Mark Clements
    A Co-Production with Geva Theatre Center

    When Rafael and Camila Hernandez move in downstairs to help Joanne with her elderly father, Joanne breathes a little easier. She needs their help, and they need jobs. But she can’t anticipate the complications that arise when “the help” starts to feel like family…and act like it. A brilliantly funny and provocative new piece by one of today’s hottest playwrights, it’s an empathetic but searing examination of boundaries, power, privilege, and fear in a single backyard.

    “Trieschmann…has the courage to ask tougher questions.” — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    “Trieschmann’s writing is taut and laced with irony….a big accomplished writer’s voice.” — The New York Times

    Estimated Run Time: Two hours including one intermission (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the One House Over webpage regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (February 27) draws near.

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

    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 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.

    .LUNCH is on your own*

    Our bus will make two neighborhood lunch stops:

    First, at Milwaukee Public Market for the Historic Third Ward, and

    Second, at the Milwaukee Rep for downtown areas surrounding the theater.

    *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.

    Milwaukee Public Market (11:00 AM)

    Our first stop will be at the Milwaukee Public Market containing eight distinctive eateries.

    Milwaukee Public Market Interior

    There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. A list of past PLATO theater trip participants' Third Ward restaurant recommendations, including websites and map, will be provided.

    Historic Third Ward Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    Milwaukee Rep (11:15 AM)

    Milwaukee Rep

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

    A list of the Milwaukee Rep restaurant recommendations from past PLATO theater trip participants, including websites and map, will be provided.

    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

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

    8:50 AM Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:10 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

    12:25 PM Returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep In-Depth pretalk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

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

    1:30 PM One House Over performance begins

    3:30 PM One House Over performance ends

    3:30 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

    6:00 PM Return to Oakwood University Oaks

    One House Over PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact One House Over theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke,bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

    • March 23, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 20
    Registration is closed


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    We'll meet at the Fluno Center beginning about noon for a delightful luncheon.  The dining room is on the first floor, west end of the building. Luncheon options: Salad/Soup & Dessert approx. $12 OR Full Buffet approx. $17 (CASH Only; pay at Luncheon).

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture. FOR NOV. 17 ONLY - Lecture will be held at One Alumni Place - the exciting new UW Alumni Association venue.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online before Wednesday morning, November 15th. (Or sign-up by emailing: louise.fowler@wisc.edu (use: "Nov. 17 Lunch Group" as your Subject)

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures request Pre-registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up for the November 17th Global Hotspots Lecture "Special Edition of G.H.S.: Global Impact - Alumni in Action" through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

    • March 23, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Fluno Center Auditorium, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715

    Global Hot Spots Series

    Dig in to today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.

    Global Hot Spots talks are held on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the UW’s top experts!

    Upcoming Events

    No events found. See full event calendar.

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is cosponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization), and the UW-Madison International Division.Lunch is not provided with your registration, but you can make areservation to eat lunch at the Fluno Center by calling 608-441-7117. 

    Questions? Contact Kristina Zignego at 608-308-5415.




       

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf
    • April 08, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 22
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    Join us Sunday, April 8 for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner the fourth play in our seven-play Chicago theater trip series. It will be staged in the acclaimed Court Theatre on the University of Chicago Campus.

     Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

    By Ted Kreidler

    Based upon the screenplay, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

    Directed by Marti Lyons

    With Associate Director Wardell Julius Clark

    “. . . [the 1967 film] literally brought the issue of race into the home, both in the storytelling and thematically. Approaching it today I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about and engage in the attitudes of 1967, but in a way that was for the 21st Century.”
    -Playwright Todd Kreidler

    Matt and Christina Drayton live a modern, white upper-class life in 1960s San Francisco, but their comfortable life is muddled when daughter Joey returns home with John Prentice, a black physician whom she has known for ten days and intends to marry. Suddenly, their longtime progressive values are challenged; Matt and Christina find themselves facing difficult personal questions about the future of their daughter and their family. And unfortunately for the Draytons, Joey and John aren’t their only surprise guests coming to dinner.

    Playwright Todd Kreidler has crafted a startlingly relevant look at the thought-provoking classic film that confronted race relations in 1967 America. Acclaimed Chicago director Marti Lyons makes her Court Theatre debut and Wardell Julius Clark joins the artistic team as Associate Director.

    Estimated Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including 15-minute intermission)

    Learn more by visiting the Court Theatre’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner webpage regarding the artists, cast, playwright interview, and all the latest news as opening day (March 15) draws near. 

     

    About the Court Theatre

    Court Theatre is the professional theatre of the University of Chicago, dedicated to innovation, inquiry, intellectual engagement, and community service. Functioning as the University’s Center for Classic Theatre, Court and its artists mount theatrical productions and audience enrichment programs in collaboration with faculty. These collaborations enable a re-examination of classic texts that pose the enduring and provocative questions that define the human experience.

    Court Theatre endeavors to make a lasting contribution to classic American theatre by expanding the canon of translations, adaptations, and classic texts. Our theatre revives lost masterpieces; illuminates familiar texts; explores the African American theatrical canon; and discovers fresh, modern classics. Court engages and inspires its audience by providing artistically distinguished productions, audience enrichment activities, and student educational experiences.

    COURT IS THE CENTER FOR CLASSIC THEATRE
    Now in its 63rd Season, Court Theatre was founded in 1955 as an amateur outdoor summer theatre at the University of Chicago. In 1971, classics professor Nicholas Rudall assumed the role of director and conceived Court’s tradition of translating and adapting classic texts for contemporary audiences; the theatre was then established as a professional company with Actors’ Equity Association in 1975. In 1981, Court built its current home, the intimate, 251-seat Abelson Auditorium, and in 1983 the theatre incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization. Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, (named “one of the city’s most significant artistic assets” by the Chicago Tribune) have led Court since 1994, and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert joined the theatre in 2010.

    In 2013, Court established the Center for Classic Theatre at the University of Chicago to deeply explore what it means for a professional theatre to be in residence at a major university. Court is dedicated to the curation of large-scale, interdisciplinary theatrical 

    experiences that fully access the amazing intellectual resources that surround the theatre at the University of Chicago.

    What does the Center for Classic Theatre mean for Court Theatre audiences? Great productions that are informed by the richness of a great university. More world premiere translations and adaptations like Invisible ManNative Sonand The Good Book reflect a theatre vigorously embedded in the fabric of the community. And above all, it means ambitious, exciting theatrical events.

    Please Note: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner theater trip bus is shared with PLATO members and guests participating in the Pullman Historic District Field Trip. Each trip is allotted 28 seats. (If demand warrants, we may add a second bus.)

    Lunch is on Your Own (Two Options)

    Nella Pizza e Pasta (Easy Walk to the Smart Museum of Art and Court Theatre)

    or

    53rd Street Restaurant Cluster (bus drop off and pick up to 14 Restaurants)

    Smart Museum of Art 

    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)

    Chicago Schedule

    11:00 AM       Arrive 53rd Street Restaurant Cluster

    11:15 AM       Arrive Nella Pizza e Pasta

    12:30 PM       Bus pick up at 53rd Restaurant Cluster for drop off at Smart Art Museum

    12:30 PM       From Nella, a short, easy walk to the Smart Art Museum

    12:30 PM – 2:00 PM  Explore Smart Art Museum and visit Miriam’s Cafe

    2:00 PM         Court Theatre doors open

    2:30 PM         Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner performance begins

    5:00 PM         Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Performance ends and boarding begins

    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    8:00 PM         East Towne Sears

    8:20 PM         Capitol Lakes

    8:40 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.

    Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is

    $60.00/year.

    Members may bring more than one guest if seats are available. Check with trip organizer near the registration deadline date.

    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.

    In the Court Theatre, there is step-down handrail support at each row.


    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    : PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Guess Who's Coming to Dinner theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke,bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

    • April 08, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 27
    Register


    The Pullman Historic District, located 16 miles south of downtown Chicago, was the first model, planned industrial community in the United States.  The district is significant for its historical origins in the Pullman Company, one of the most famous company towns in the United States and scene of the violent 1894 Pullman strike. It was built for George Pullman as a place to produce the famous Pullman sleeping cars.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970, and named a National Monument in 2015, making it a component of the National Park System.

    Pullman is a unique community that blends the history from many different disciplines in a fascinating touring experience. Visiting this area today brings you into that history and also into a new sense of place, seeing the community as it is today.

                     Greenstone Church                   Clock Tower/Administration Building


    We will start our tour at the Historic Pullman Visitor Center where we will:

    • watch a fifteen-minute introductory audio/video presentation that gives an historical overview of the town of Pullman and the preservation activity in the community today
    • view an on-going exhibit of historic photos and artifacts: Pullman . . . The Man, The Car, The Company, The Model Town, The Strike, The Landmark Community in Chicago
    • stop by the sales desk where you can purchase select books and gifts related to the Pullman area         

    The Visitor Center is fully handicapped accessible. They can also provide amplification devices for the hearing impaired to be used during the video presentation.

    Then we will take a docent-led, approximately two-hour, guided walk of the town and learn about the history of Pullman, its architecture and the landmark community today.  During the tour, we will experience a walk back in time - almost all of the original 1880s housing and many original public buildings comprise the district today.  We will learn the story of the town's beginnings, its history, and the restoration work being done today.

    The walking portion of the tour will be in a small geographical area (4 x 4 blocks) and will be a look at the exterior of the buildings only (the visitor center is the only building where we will be going inside).  If the weather is inclement, at the discretion of the PLATO trip leader, the tour will be given on the bus.  But we will try to make it a walking tour if at all possible so dress accordingly (fyi, the average high temperature for Chicago for April 8 is 56 degrees).

    Hotel Florence then and now



    To read more information about the history of the Pullman area in preparation for the day, see Pullman Resources.

    Lunch is on your own. You will have two options for lunch as the bus will make two stops.  You will have 1 1/2 hours for lunch.

    LUNCH OPTION 1 (11:20 AM)

    Our first stop will be on 53rd street in the Hyde Park section of Chicago where you will have your choice of many restaurants within a three block radius (see 53rd Street Restaurant Map). 

    - Valois Restaurant - 1518 E 53rd St - A counter-service smorgasbord of American comfort food served in a casual, muraled space.  A favorite of Barack Obama.  Cash only.

    - The Promontory- 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West - Stylish, modern eatery with open-hearth cooking & a conceptual menu.  Serves a weekend brunch.

    - Mellow Yellow Restaurant  –  1508 East 53rd St. - Casual spot featuring American fare, crêpes & a full bar in nostalgic '70s wood & brick digs.

    - Sit Down Cafe  –  1312 E 53rd St, - Sleek, stylish cafe featuring pizza, sushi & sandwiches plus a full bar, smoothies & coffee drinks.

    - Cafe 53   –  1369 E 53rd St - Small, laid-back coffeehouse pairing its java with sandwiches, ice cream & free WiFi in cozy digs.

    - Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen  –  1508 East 53rd St. - Casual spot featuring American fare, crêpes & a full bar in nostalgic '70s wood & brick digs.

    - Pockets   –  1307 E. 53rd St. - Pita sandwiches & salads are the mainstays at this casual counter-service chain.

    - Red Snapper Fish, Chicken and Grill  –  1418 E 53rd St,. - Serving freshly prepared seafood and chicken.

    - Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria–  5215 S Harper Ave. - Rustic-chic setting for house-brewed beers, pizza, burgers & bar food with TVs & a seasonal patio.

    - Pizza Capri - 1501 East 53rd Street  - Thin-crust pies & Italian sandwiches, wraps, pastas & salads in a casual setting.

    - Native Foods Café - 1518 East Harper Court  - Chain for creative, Californian-style vegan fare, including mock-meat dishes, ordered at a counter.

    - Ja’ Grill Hyde Park – 1510 East Harper Court  -  Curries, jerks & other Jamaican specialties in an upscale-casual space.

    - Nandos  -  1447 E 53rd St.  -  Afro-Portuguese chain restaurant serving flame-grilled chicken in spicy chili sauce.

    - Boston Market  - 1424 E 53rd St.  -  Counter-serve chain dishing up American comfort fare such as rotisserie chicken in a simple setting.

    - Roti Modern Mediterranean - 1526 E. 53rd St. - Quick bite, healthy options, hip.

    - McDonalds - 5200 S Lake Park Ave W

    - Five Guys - 1456 E 53rd St

    LUNCH OPTION 2 (11:35 AM)

    The bus will then make a stop at Nella Pizza e Pasta which is about a mile from the 53rd street restaurant cluster.  We will eat at a group table.

    Nella Pizza e Pasta - 1125 E 55th St - Neapolitan pies from a special oven, pasta,  antipasti & salads pair with cocktails & Cal-Ital wines.

     

    Please Note: The Pullman Historic District Field Trip bus is shared with PLATO members and guests participating in the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner theater trip. Each trip is allotted 28 seats.

    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)

    Chicago Schedule

    11:20 AM       Arrive 53rd Street Hyde Park Restaurant Cluster

    11:35 AM       Arrive Nella Pizza e Pasta

    12:50 PM      Bus pick up at 53rd Street Restaurant Cluster

    1:00 PM       Bus pick up at Nella Pizza e Pasta and depart for Pullman

    1:30 PM        Arrive Pullman Visitor Center for tour

    4:30:PM        Depart Pullman Visitor Center

    5:00 PM        Pick up  theater group at Court Theatre and depart for Madison

    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    8:00 PM         East Towne Sears

    8:20 PM         Capitol Lakes

    8:40 PM         Oakwood University Woods

    Non-Member Policy. Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per trip.

    Non-member guests pay an additional $10.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year

    Members may bring more than one guest if seats are available. Check with trip organizer near the registration deadline date.

    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.


    Pullman Historic District Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Pullman Historic District trip organizer, Bob Shaw, robert.e.shaw@gmail.com and 608-255-3486

    • April 27, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 20
    Registration is closed


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    We'll meet at the Fluno Center beginning about noon for a delightful luncheon.  The dining room is on the first floor, west end of the building. Luncheon options: Salad/Soup & Dessert approx. $12 OR Full Buffet approx. $17 (CASH Only; pay at Luncheon).

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture. FOR NOV. 17 ONLY - Lecture will be held at One Alumni Place - the exciting new UW Alumni Association venue.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online before Wednesday morning, November 15th. (Or sign-up by emailing: louise.fowler@wisc.edu (use: "Nov. 17 Lunch Group" as your Subject)

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures request Pre-registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up for the November 17th Global Hotspots Lecture "Special Edition of G.H.S.: Global Impact - Alumni in Action" through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

    • April 27, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Fluno Center Auditorium, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715

    Global Hot Spots Series

    Dig in to today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.

    Global Hot Spots talks are held on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the UW’s top experts!

    Upcoming Events

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    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is cosponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization), and the UW-Madison International Division.Lunch is not provided with your registration, but you can make areservation to eat lunch at the Fluno Center by calling 608-441-7117. 

    Questions? Contact Kristina Zignego at 608-308-5415.




       

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf
    • May 03, 2018
    • Various Places and Times
    • 20


    PLATO charges a $10 fee for most walks.  We normally use a guide who is a member of the associated friends group.  PLATO then will pass this registration fee onto the friends group as a way of saying thanks.

    Tentative Walk Schedule


    1. Thu, May 3, 10 am -11:30 am: Walk of Patrick Marsh;  Rain date May 10

    2. June 19, morning: Pleasant Valley Conservancy; Rain date June 26









    What to Expect on the Walks

    In general:

    • We are looking at parks and trails within Dane County.
    • The length of the walk will be upwards of 3 + miles, depending on terraine.
    • The walks will take 2 to 3 hours and may include a suggestion for lunch.  
    • The pace is meant to be appropriate for folks of retirement age who normally are not climbing hillsides and valleys as part of their normal exercise routines.
    • The description of the walks will include information that will help you assess the likelihood that you are up to the challenges of the walk.  There will be three factors mentioned:
    1. length of walk
    2. the quality of the path
    3. the elevation changes along the path

    Highlights of the Walk

    Most of the walks we've chosen this year will follow one of two themes:

    • The walk will feature terrain that has been shaped by the recent glaciers.  This may mean that the walk includes some hillside walking
    • The walk includes areas where archeological research indicates the life of PaleoIndians - dating, perhaps, as far back as 10,000 BC.
    • We will attempt to find a leader who is well informed about some aspect of the trail and we will allow time for this story to be told. 

    Driving and Parking Instructions

    • Information about driving and parking will be sent the week of the walk.
    • I will provide a google map that allows you to enter your starting location and provides detailed instructions on how to arrive at the trailhead.
    • We will expect you to arrive at the starting point via your own transportation.
    • We encourage car-pooling and can provide information on who in your area is driving to the walk.  

    What to bring along on the walks.

      Things to bring and wear:

    • sunscreen
    • hat (perhaps an umbrella for the sun)
    • walking shoes
    • bottle of water or sports drink
    • perhaps long sleeve shirt and full length pants 

    About Ticks 

    I thought you might be interested in the following articles on how to reduce the risk of tick problems during our walks.  

    http://wisconsintrailguide.com/hiking/resources/safety-ticks.html

    http://www.thehikinglife.com/2017/03/tips-for-hiking-in-tick-country/ 

     

     


    • May 09, 2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • Chicago
    • 21
    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


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • June 13, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 37
    Register


    PLATO Scheduling Note: Registration is limited to the those on the December 7, 2016 Hamilton Trip Wait List, currently totaling 195 members and guests. Hamilton officials have authorized 60 tickets for our use on this trip.

    A special registration code will issued to those authorized from the wait list to register.

    As soon as, future large group Hamilton tickets become available, we will schedule additional trips to serve the wait list people first, before offering new Hamilton trips to the PLATO membership. 

    Hamilton Chicago Cast

    Photo Credit: Chris De'Sean Lee & HAMILTON Company - HAMILTON (c) Joan Marcus 2016

    HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.

    Hamilton Chicago Reviews: Highly Recommended (Based upon 19 Reviews)


    The CIBC Theatre was opened on New Year’s Day in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre. The architects of the venue were Edmund R. Krause and George L. and Cornelius Rapp, and it was the first venue in Chicago to cost over one million dollars. The Majestic Building, the tallest building in Chicago when it was first built, became a Chicago landmark, and the theatre instantly became a popular destination for vaudeville acts.

    In the 1920s, it became part of the famous Orpheum Circuit and host to legendary luminaries Harry Houdini and Lily Langtry. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Majestic closed its doors and remained empty for 15 years. In 1945, the theatre was purchased by the Shubert Organization and reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre. The venue was restored and redecorated, although much of the original design was retained. The Shubert stage became home to an astounding array of classic plays and musicals such as CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE KING AND I, MY FAIR LADY and A CHORUS LINE. In 1991, the Nederlander Organization purchased the Majestic Building from the Shubert Organization. The Shubert continued to host a wide array of quality theatrical productions, including the Chicago premiere of RENT, CHICAGO—THE MUSICAL, CABARET and the Pre-Broadway engagements of THE GOODBYE GIRL and Julie Andrews in VICTOR/VICTORIA.

    Since the formation of Broadway In Chicago in 2000, the rich history of exceptional entertainment has continued with the Pre-Broadway World Premieres of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s MOVIN’ OUT and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. In 2005, the theatre closed for a glorious multi-million dollar restoration and was reopened in May 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre, and later the Bank of America Theatre in 2008. Since that time, the venue has hosted the long run of the musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere KINKY BOOTS, and the Broadway Blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON.

    At a press conference on December 8, 2015, Broadway In Chicago and CIBC announced a dynamic partnership that is committed to bring the best of Broadway to our Chicago Theatre District. The CIBC Theatre officially opened with the production of CABARET, on Tuesday, February 9, and is now the new home of Broadway’s biggest hit, HAMILTON.

    Seating Chart (Our seats will be in the lower Mezzanine, Rows B-H)

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM 
    Free Time for Lunch on Your Own*, Visiting the Art Institute (AIC) and Exploring
    Many Nearby Restaurants From Which to Choose (See Restaurants Map)
    Just a Short Walk from AIC to CIBC Theatre (See Walking Map)

    *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.


    ~  ~  ~   Hamilton 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 with plenty of time to enjoy our day.

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

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

    Depart Madison

    7:15 AM        Begin bus boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods

    7:40 AM        Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    7:55 AM        Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:10 AM         Bus departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard     

    In Chicago

     11:00 AM       Arrive at Art Institute of Chicago

    11:15 AM       Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    12:45 PM        Return Pick up at Art Institute

    1:00 PM          Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    1:30 PM          Hamilton performance begins

    4:15 PM          Hamilton performance ends and bus boarding begins

    4:45 PM         (Est) Depart from CIBC Theatre (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Return to Madison (Estimated)

    8:15 PM      East Towne Sears

    8:30 PM      Capitol Lakes

    8:45 PM     Oakwood Village University Oaks

    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 CIBC Theatre Mezzanine is handicap accessible for the most part. Each outer wall has handrail support for ascending and descending the seating area. However, there are gaps in some portions. Exercise caution. Ask for assistance from fellow group members in getting to your seat if you need it.


    Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information, contact Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • July 01, 2018
    • Various Locations


    PLATO Lecture Series



    All lectures are FREE to PLATO members and their guests. 

    Registration is not required.


    The Special Events Committee has organized a series of lectures on various topics for 2018.  The following lectures are currently being organized and additional information will be posted here, as it becomes available.  


    "Hurricanes, Wildfires and Climate Change ...  Cause or Effect???"

    Speaker: Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier

    Date: January 17, 2018

    Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, University Woods

    Coord: Carrol Schiller


    "Victorian's Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear" 

    Speaker: Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History

    Wisconsin Historical Society 

    Date: February 14, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium

    Coord: Aleta Murray


    "Program for Black History Month: Reducing Prejudice" 

    Speaker:  

    Date: February 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium

    Coord: Roger Backes


    "Clearing Common Misconceptions about ISLAM and Current

      Community Challenges."

    Speakers: 

    • Women's Rights - Sarah Schlosser
    • Sharia Law, Jihad & Terrorism - Sheikh Alhagie Jallow
    • Current Community Challenges - Masood Akhtar
    • Muslim World Experiences - John Vaudreuil (former U.S. Attorney of Western Wisconsin.)

    Date: March 7, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, University Wood

    Coord: Mike Di Iorio


    "Patrick Marsh: A Look at its Past and Future"

    Speakers: 

    • Tony Abate of Groundswell Conservancy - Moderator

    Date: May 8, 2018

    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Loc:    Sun Prairie Library, Sun Prairie, WI

    Coord: Mike Di Iorio, Bill Eisinger

    Lecture will be preceded by a walk and talk around the marsh lead by Tony Abate of Groundswell Conservancy.


    "Understanding Community Programs: Supporting families across the generations."

    Speakers: 

    Date: April or May, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:   Oakwood Village, West, University Wood

    Coord: 


    "Understanding Community Programs: Importance of early childhood learning opportunities."

    Speakers: 

    Date: April or May, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:   Oakwood Village, West, University Wood

    Coord: 


    "Veteran's Program"

    Speakers: 

    Date: May, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:   Veteran's Museum, 30 W. Mifflin St, Madison, WI


Past events

January 18, 2018 Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France @ Milwaukee Art Museum
January 17, 2018 Hurricanes, Wildfires & Climate Change . . . ?Cause & Effect???
January 14, 2018 Murder for Two @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
January 11, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study @ Smitty's Study Pub
January 07, 2018 Chicago Museums a la Carte 2018 Field Trip
January 07, 2018 Hard Times @ Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago (Water Tower Place)
December 10, 2017 Moving Past Hate
December 06, 2017 Holmes and Watson @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
November 17, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 15, 2017 “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War”
October 27, 2017 Forest Hill Cemetery: A Walk Through Madison History
October 25, 2017 The Who and The What @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
October 18, 2017 PLATO's 30th Anniversary
October 11, 2017 Platteville Mine and Museum with Potosi Brewery Field Trip - Wisconsin Origins
October 10, 2017 Fall Walk in Lakeshore Nature Preserve
October 05, 2017 Volunteer Cafe
October 04, 2017 Guys and Dolls (Musical) @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
September 29, 2017 A Fall Walk in Donald Park
September 20, 2017 PLATO Fall Course Preview
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 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 15, 2017 Our Amish Neighbors Farm and Community Tour
September 13, 2017 BOOST YOUR BRAIN HEALTH: Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's and Dementia
September 13, 2017 Bascom Hill History Tour
August 30, 2017 A Walk Along Koshkonong Creek in CamRock County Park
August 29, 2017 PLATO Night in Sun Prairie
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 14, 2017 A Morning Walk at Cherokee Marsh
August 03, 2017 Trempealeau Wisconsin Archaeology Field Trip - 13,000 Years of Cultural History on the Upper Mississippi River.
July 24, 2017 An Evening Walk at Pope Farm Conservancy
July 18, 2017 Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist Exhibition @ Art Institute of Chicago
July 12, 2017 Walk Lake Shore Preserve
July 11, 2017 A Flea in Her Ear @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
June 30, 2017 A Walk in Donald Park
June 23, 2017 Morning on the Terrace
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)
June 12, 2017 A Walk in Lodi Marsh State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2017 Walk Pheasant Branch Conservancy
May 24, 2017 Horicon Marsh Trip - A Birdwatchers Delight
May 17, 2017 2017 PLATO Annual Meeting
May 17, 2017 Walk Lake Farm Park - Prior to Annual Meeting
May 10, 2017 Jane Eyre @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
May 05, 2017 Walk Wilkie Gorge of the Cross Plains National Scientific Reserve
April 21, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 12, 2017 WISCONSIN'S ADOPTED SONS: CONSERVATIONISTS JOHN MUIR & ALDO LEOPOLD
March 30, 2017 Campus Tour: Institutes of Discovery and Geology Museum
March 24, 2017 Art in Bloom 2017 @ the Milwaukee Art Museum
March 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: International Implications of Brexit in the EU and around the World
March 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
March 08, 2017 Grounded @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
February 24, 2017 PLATO Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant
February 15, 2017 PLATO Spring Course Preview
February 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: "Is Civic Culture Dead? A Comparative Analysis of the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil"
February 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
February 08, 2017 Disgraced @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
February 03, 2017 The use of Immunotherapy & Stem Cell Transplant Therapies to Treat Cancer
February 01, 2017 The Agora, Vol. 5, Is Now Accepting Submissions.
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
January 23, 2017 Long Term Care: Planning for My Future Needs
January 18, 2017 Going for Wisconsin Gold; Stories of Our State Olympians
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 16, 2016 WRAP UP of DIVERSITY COMMITTEE'S PLATO BIG READ PROJECT: EVICTED
November 11, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Shakespeare around the World: Caliban’s Land Ethic in The Tempest”
November 11, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 09, 2016 Tour and Lunch at the New MatC Culinary Arts Facility
November 05, 2016 Lunch Prior to Encore Viewing of "An Evening with Evicted Author Matthew Desmond"
November 05, 2016 Added Events to Enrich Your Big Read Experience
November 03, 2016 Health and Resource Fair
November 02, 2016 WARF: The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation: Investing in Research, Making a Difference for 90 Years+
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 14, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
October 12, 2016 Man of La Mancha @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
October 07, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Ideological Hot Spots in a Polarized America”
October 07, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
October 04, 2016 Fitting the Pieces Together with Medicare
October 03, 2016 Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)
September 29, 2016 Organic Valley and Kickapoo Valley Reserve Field Trip
September 21, 2016 THE PLATO DIVERSITY COMMITTEE'S BIG READ PROJECT: EVICTED
September 21, 2016 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 20, 2016 Olbrich Gardens Daytime Stroll
September 16, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Fighting Zika and Other Emerging Viruses”
September 16, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 14, 2016 Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens/Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens Field Trip
September 09, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
August 26, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - August 26
August 16, 2016 A Walk in Indian Lake County Park
August 14, 2016 War Paint (A World Premier Musical) @ Goodman Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
August 12, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
August 05, 2016 Tall Ships Festival 2016 Green Bay - Field Trip
July 29, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - July 29
July 20, 2016 Walk the Gardens at EPIC Systems with Jeff Epping
July 12, 2016 American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood Milwaukee Art Museum
July 08, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 08, 2016 A Walk Along Table Bluff in Cross Plains
June 28, 2016 A Walk in Cherokee Marsh
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 17, 2016 A Walk Through the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2016 Wollersheim Winery and International Crane Foundation (ICF) Field Trip Tours
May 25, 2016 Forest Hill Cemetery: A Walk Through Madison History
May 20, 2016 University Senior Guest Auditor Workshop
May 18, 2016 Annual PLATO Meeting and Luncheon
May 12, 2016 A Walk Along the Madison Segment of the Ice Age Trail
May 11, 2016 Fences @ Milwaukee Rep Powerhouse Theater
May 10, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part II)
May 03, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part I of II)
April 29, 2016 Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School @ Milwaukee Art Museum
April 26, 2016 Owning Your Future: Resources to Assist as we Age
April 22, 2016 Global Hot Spots: Biodiversity Conservation in Developing Countries
April 22, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 07, 2016 Spring Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
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 Global Hot Spots: An Update from Paris: Climate Change Summit
March 18, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
March 18, 2016 Art in Bloom 2016 @ Milwaukee Art Museum
March 11, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
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
February 19, 2016 Global Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy and the Changing Middle East
February 19, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
February 10, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
January 20, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Nitraites in Wisconsin's Groundwater
January 13, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: DNA & Waistlines
January 06, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Walking and Strokes
December 09, 2015 The Mousetrap @ Milwaukee Rep
December 03, 2015 UW Showcase Series
November 20, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Market Reforms and Water Wars”
November 17, 2015 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
November 04, 2015 The Lion @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
October 27, 2015 On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota Book Talk
October 14, 2015 Dreamgirls @ Milwaukee Rep
October 08, 2015 Historic Galena Tour Field Trip
September 18, 2015 Papa Francesco’s Invitation to All people to Dialogue
September 16, 2015 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 15, 2015 Back-to-School Primer @ Madison Public Library
September 10, 2015 Crimes of the 21st Century: Scams Targeting Seniors
August 14, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 29, 2015 Green Bay Botanical Garden Field Trip (with Lambeau Field Tour Option)
July 09, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
June 24, 2015 Milwaukee Masterworks Bus Trip 2
June 24, 2015 Drive-to PLATO Lecture & Visit at the Milwaukee Art Museum: Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels Exhibition
May 20, 2015 Annual PLATO Meeting and Luncheon
May 19, 2015 Ten Chimneys Tour @ Genesee Depot
May 13, 2015 Peter and the Starcatcher @ Milwaukee Rep
May 07, 2015 Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg
May 03, 2015 End of Life Preparedness (Parts I & II)
April 23, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
April 22, 2015 Jeeves Takes a Bow and Explore Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward
April 16, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
April 10, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Scary Viruses, Killer Tapeworms, and Nostril Ticks: Unanticipated Adventures in Disease Ecology”
April 01, 2015 Five Presidents @ Milwaukee Rep
March 06, 2015 Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
February 27, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Update on International Relations”
February 18, 2015 PLATO Spring Course Preview
February 12, 2015 Read More To Be More @ Madison Public Library
February 05, 2015 Tour Bolz Conservatory @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
February 03, 2015 Tour Bolz Conservatory @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
December 10, 2014 Harvey @ Milwaukee Rep
November 20, 2014 Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from the Glasgow Museums
October 29, 2014 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
October 22, 2014 The Color Purple (The Musical about Love)
October 08, 2014 Chicago in Autumn Overnight Stay Bus Trip
October 04, 2014 Epic Systems Campus 2
 

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