The New York Pops, Find Your Dream: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein At Carnegie Hall;
Dinner at Trattoria Dell’Arte
The New York Pops orchestra dives deep into the timeless work of Rodgers and Hammerstein to present Find Your Dream: the Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, a concert featuring music from all 11 of the storied Broadway team’s collaborations, which include Oklahoma!, South Pacific and The King and I and The Sound of Music. Broadway veterans Laura Michelle Kelly (Finding Neverland, Mary Poppins) and Max von Essen (Anastasia, An American in Paris) are the guest singers. Steven Reineke conducts, while Judith Clurman leads the Essential Voices USA choral group. Begin the evening dining at Trattoria Dell’Arte, a colorful Italian restaurant and favorite among concert goers. Seats are in the dress circle
Fri, Jan 24, 3-11:30 pm
Fee and Code: XTRVY 315, $229
Brooklyn Chocolate Tour
How Sweet it is! It’s the month of love and chocolate – let’s celebrate our love of chocolate! Get on board New York City’s only chocolate bus tour. Our step-on guide takes us to four of the most exclusive chocolatiers in Brooklyn– Jacques Torres Chocolates, The Chocolate Room, Raaka Chocolate, and LI-Lac Chocolates. Indulge in a delicious variety of traditional and artisanal chocolates at each stop. Learn the history of chocolate, see demonstrations and discover unique parts of Brooklyn such as Red Hook, Gowanus and Industry City. Despite the temptation – one cannot survive on chocolate alone, we’ll visit Grimaldi’s in DUMBO for a slice of their famous thin crust pizza.
Tues, Feb 4, 9:15 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: XTRVY 316, $129
Guided Tour Of The United Nations;
Lunch In The Delegates Dining Room
Standing on the banks of the East River is a symbol of peace and a beacon of hope. To the United Nations Headquarters come representative of the planet’s seven billion people, to discuss and decide issues of peace, justice, and economic and social well being. Share in the experience with a guided tour. Dine in the spectacular surroundings of the Delegates Dining Room and enjoy globally inspired cuisine and a sumptuous dessert selection. Please note: Proper attire is required in the dining room, including jackets for men; jeans and sneakers are not allowed. Photo ID must be provided by all visitors.
Thurs, Mar 12, 9:45 am-6:30 pm
Fee and Code: XTRVY 317, $165
Lunch At The Culinary Institute Of America At The Bocuse,
Guided Tour Of The C.I.A., NY
The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living. Winner of the 2019 Diner’s Choice Award, The Bocuse re-imagines the creation of classic French cuisine through the lens of ultra modern cooking technique. Experience a new style of casual yet sophisticated service within the breathtaking architectural interior design. Overseen by some of the world’s greatest teaching chefs, tomorrow’s great chefs prepare your succulent meal, which is served by their fellow students. The guided tour of the C.I.A., a former Jesuit seminary, provides insight into the course demands of a future James Beard, Julia Child or Bobby Flay.
Wed, Mar 25, 8:30 am-5:45 pm
Fee and Code: XTRVY 318, $139
Bard Graduate Gallery; The Neue Galerie, Madame D’Ora Exhibition; Bard Graduate Gallery, Eileen Gray Exhibition:
Lunch At Carmines, NYC
The Neue Galerie is a museum devoted to early 20th century German and Austrian art and home to one of the most superb examples of Klimt’s “golden style” in his 1907 Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. A private docent-led tour will focus on the exhibition devoted to Madam d’Ora. The most acclaimed portraitist of fin de siècle Vienna, D’Ora went on to create one of the most stylish Art Deco studios in Paris in the 1920s. Her models included Pablo Picasso, Josephine Baker, and Collette, among others. The exhibition tells the story of her upbringing as the daughter of Jewish intellectuals in Vienna, to her days as a premier society photographer, through her survival during the Holocaust. Following lunch, a guided tour at the Bard Graduate Center of the first exhibition in the U.S. examining the total oeuvre of Eileen Gray. She was an Irish architect and furniture designer, a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture and one of the few women to practice professionally before WWII. The exhibition features never-before-seen furniture and lacquer works, as well as photography, rugs, and archival materials from her best-known projects. Lunch at Carmines.
Thurs, Apr 2, 8 am-5:30 pm
Fee and Code: XTRVY 319, $155
Shen Yun At The New Jersey Performing Arts Center:
Dinner At Chinatown Restaurant
An explosion of color and sound… Chinese culture in its fullest flower. – Charlotte Observer
Take an extraordinary journey through China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization. Exquisite beauty from the heavens, profound wisdom from dynasties past, timeless legends and ethnic traditions all spring to life through classical Chinese dance, enchanting orchestral music, authentic costumes, and dynamic animated backdrops. An immersive experience that will uplift your spirit and transport you to another world. It’s 5,000 years of civilization reborn! Following the performance, enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine at Chinatown Restaurant. Seats are Grand Tier Center
Thurs, Apr 23, 12:30-8:15 pm
Fee and Code: XTRVY 320, $215
Harlem Gospel Walking Tour: Lunch At The Red Rooster
Explore the heart and soul of Harlem. Guided by a born and raised Harlem local, visit many sights pertinent to 1920’s Harlem – original sights of the cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom. Stroll along grand Harlem boulevards through some of Manhattan’s most beautiful architecture. Tour is complimented with portable pictures, sound and video. Imagine walking the historic Harlem boulevards listening to Billie Holiday and other music greats. Attention will be paid to the impact religion has on Harlem and social justice/civil rights issues. Spirits will be lifted on the last stop at one of Harlem’s historic churches to experience an authentic Harlem gospel church service. Lunch at celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster ends the day on a high note!
Wed, May 6, 9 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: XTRVY 321, $179
Chanticleer, A Pleasure Garden: Lunch At The White Dog Café, PA
Delight in a guided tour of the Rosengarten estate, built as a country retreat by the late Adolph G. Rosengarten Jr., a former Army spy during WWII, Philadelphia corporate director and Main Line philanthropist. Mr. Rosengarten’s humor is evident in naming his home after the estate “Chanticlere” in Thackeray’s 1855 novel The Newcomes. The fictional Chanticlere was “mortgaged up to the very castle windows” but “still the show of the county.” Playing on the word, which is synonymous with “rooster,” the Rosengartens used rooster motifs throughout the estate. A garden of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home, Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. Enjoy a delicious lunch at The White Dog Cafe; the perfect spot to complete a day of enchanted surroundings.
Wed, May 13, 8:15 am-5 pm
Fee and Code: XTRVY 322, $149
New York City Ballet At Lincoln Center: All Balanchine III;
Meet The Musician Talk: Brunch At Marseille
Music from three centuries illustrates the breadth of Balanchine’s talent. Program to include: Vienna Waltzes (Music by Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehár, Richard Strauss) A work of monumental scale with a magnificent finale, the five-part Vienna Waltzes is set in moonlit Austrian forests and the regal ballrooms of Vienna. Concerto Barocco (Music by Johann Sebastian Bach) One of Balanchine’s greatest masterpieces, Concerto Barocco is music made visible as two elegant, dynamic lead ballerinas each depict one of the instrumental soloists in a virtuosic double violin concerto. Kammermusik No. 2 (Music by Paul Hindemith) Requiring great energy, speed, and precision, the striking choreography in Kammermusik No. 2 echoes the intricacies of its modernist score. Prior to the performance see the music and hear the dance from a musician’s perspective as a member from the Company’s 62-piece Orchestra leads a conversation on music’s integral contribution to the beauty of a ballet performance. Rear orchestra seats
Sun, May 24, 9:30 am-6:30 pm
Fee and Code: XTRVY 323, $215
Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center:
Lunch at Fratelli Trattoria, NY
Experience a guided tour of the sprawling woodland estate that was the brainchild of iconic American industrial designer Russel Wright. He introduced modernism to millions during the mid 20th century through his elegant and affordable designs for the home. In 1942, seeking respite from city life, he and his wife Mary acquired the former industrial site that later became Manitoga – meaning “place of great spirit” in native Algonquin. Over the course of 35 years Wright built his dramatic modernist home and studio and transformed the land into a woodland garden. Today visitors to Manitoga House & Studio (a National Historic Landmark) experience Wright’s masterful interplay of design and nature. Following the tour sit back and relax at Frattelli Trattoria known for delicious food and impeccable service. Please note: wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for a moderate hike on uneven ground.
Wed, May 27, 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Fee and Code: XTRVY 324, $165
Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Site:
Lunch At The Washington House, PA
Visit the home of Pearl S. Buck, writer, activist, and humanitarian, awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Literature for her novel, The Good Earth and the Nobel Prize in Literature for her body of works. She founded Welcome House (the world’s first international biracial adoption agency) and established The Pearl S. Buck Foundation to provide international humanitarian aid. A guided tour of the beautiful and iconic stone farmhouse containing a rich, intact collection form the extraordinary to the ordinary will provide inspiration and insight into the life and legacy of this remarkable woman. The grounds of the estate also contain Pearl S. Buck’s gravesite, greenhouse, award-winning gardens, cultural center and exhibit gallery. Enjoy the warm hospitality and tasty food lunching at The Washington House.
Thurs, June 4, 8:15 am-5:30 pm
Fee and Code: XTRVY 325, $139
Andalusia Historic House & Gardens:
Lunch At King George II Inn, PA
Andalusia has been a stately presence on the Delaware River for more than two hundred years. Placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks in 1966, the Big House – one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States provides an unparalleled look into our nation’s past, while also offering a glimpse into the life of a family that helped to shape its future. It has been seat of the Biddle family of Philadelphia, distinguished as prominent bankers, investors, diplomats, lawyers, politicians, military heroes, artists, agriculturists, and horticulturists. Step back in time as you tour the house, it’s interior reflecting generations of occupancy by the same family. Furnishings are original to the period and many are situated in the same setting as when they were first acquired. Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful gardens offering a succession of delightful surprises. Lunch at King George II Inn – the “place to be” for over 300 years.
Wed, June 10, 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Fee and Code: XTRVY 326, $139
Coming This Spring!
Kusama: Cosmic Nature at the New York Botanical Gardens
A multi-sensory presentation of the artist’s connection with nature Across NYBG’s 250-acre landmark landscape and buildings, Kusama’s lifelong fascination with the natural world will be revealed in depth with multiple installations, including her signature mirrored environments and organic forms, polka-dotted sculptures of colossal flora, mesmerizing nature-based paintings, biomorphic collages, works on paper, botanical sketches, as well as a spectacular horticultural showcase in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The exhibition will also debut new works created by the legendary artist, including a monumental site-specific pumpkin sculpture and her first-ever participatory greenhouse installation.
Look for an email alert in early February for complete details