The Book of Mormon is a religious satire musical with a book, lyrics, and music by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Best known for creating the animated comedy South Park, Parker and Stone co-created the music with Lopez, who co-wrote and co-composed Avenue Q. The show lampoons organized religion and traditional musical theatre, reflecting the creators' lifelong fascination with Mormonism and musicals. It tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. Naive and optimistic, the two missionaries try to share their scriptures—which only one of them knows very well—but have trouble connecting with the locals, who are worried about famine, poverty, and AIDS.
Travel to Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands for two days of touring the architectural masterpieces designed by Frank Lloyd Wright—Kentuck Knob and Fallingwater.
Designed on a hexagonal module, Kentuck Knob is a small, one story Usonian house, a signature design of Frank Lloyd Wright. Both dramatic and serene, the house, situated just below the crest of the hills, appears almost part of the mountain itself. Kentuck Knob represents a refinement of the many principles of organic architecture Mr. Wright explored throughout his long career. Following a guided tour of the house and a self-guided tour of over 40 contemporary sculptures in the Sculpture Meadow, you travel to Seven Springs Resort for an overnight stay. On day two , visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. It was built between 1936 and 1939 and captured everyone’s imagination when it was on the cover of Time magazine in 1938. Learn about the architecture and the integration of the house with its beautiful, natural landscape during a guided house tour led by a professional interpreter.
Visitors entering the exhibition will view a re-imagined version of Kahlo’s garden at Casa Azul, the artist’s childhood home outside of Mexico City where she resided in her later years, transforming it with traditional Mexican folk-art objects, colonial-era art, religious ex-voto paintings, and native Mexican plants. Passing through the blue courtyard walls, visitors will stroll along lava rock paths lined with flowers, showcasing a variety of plants native to Mexico. A scale version of the pyramid at Casa Azul—originally created to display pre-Columbian art collected by Kahlo’s husband, famed muralist Diego Rivera—will showcase Mexican terra-cotta pots filled with plants found in her garden. Frida Kahlo’s Garden will be a one-of-a-kind exhibition that will provide an in-depth look at Kahlo’s work and artistic environment and also celebrate the energy and sophistication of Mexican culture. The LuEsther T. Mertz Library’s Rondina and LoFaro Gallery at the Garden will exhibit more than a dozen of Kahlo’s paintings and works on paper—many borrowed from private collections—highlighting the artist’s use of botanical imagery in her work. This never-before-seen grouping of artworks will include Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940); Flower of Life (1944); Still Life with Parrot and Flag (1951); and Self-Portrait Inside a Sunflower (1954).
From the time of William Penn through the turn of the 20th century, many of Philadelphia’s first families built their country estates on the banks of the Delaware River. By river barge or carriage they came to escape the heat of summers in the city and it was here that they entertained some of the foremost figures in the history of our nation. Enjoy a visit to the country estates of Andalusia, Glen Foerd, and Pennsbury Manor along the banks of the Delaware River where you will explore three centuries of gracious living in Bucks County. A late lunch (1:30) is included at King George’s Inn. This tour includes stairs and a good amount of walking. Houses are not heated so dress for the weather.
Pearl S. Buck, author and humanitarian, lived 40 years in China and 40 years in Bucks County, PA. She was a human bridge between the East and West. As you walk through her pre-1824 Pennsylvania stone farmhouse, you will learn her life history, which began in childhood as a daughter of missionary parents in China and ended as a Pulitzer and Nobel-prize winning author. Lunch included.
The European Union Delegation to the U.S. and the embassies of the EU Member States invite visitors to experience the authentic music, dance, food, film, and art of 28 distinctive nations along with a rare behind-the-scenes look into the European Union embassies. Previous participating embassies include: Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, France and the Federal Republic of Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Delegation of the European Union, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Republic of Poland, Slovakia, and Sweden.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history and serves as a memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. This internationally acclaimed museum tells the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photos, and oral histories. Lunch is on your own in the Museum Cafe. Course fee includes tranportation, admission, and academic escort.