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Kronzek, Allan Exploring the Magical World of Harry Potter Literature- Other,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Magic
Based on Allan's NY Times bestseller, The Sorcerer's Companion - A guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, this visiting-author program combines magical performance, audience participation, and a lively exchange with students to explore the roots of Harry's magical universe in legend, literature and real-life events. Discover the ancient origins of wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology. It is not necessary to have read the Harry Potter books to enjuoy and benefit from this program.
$501- $1000
Edgecomb, Diane A Fire In My Heart: Kurdish Folktales Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Folktales: Based around Diane's new book of Kurdish folktales, this program introduces students and families to this pivotal Middle Eastern culture. Diane will present Kurdish stories she collected firsthand including The Lie a humorous story about a tall tale contest between an Uncle and his nephew, Fatima, the Kurdish Cinderella story and tales of how the moon and the Milky Way came to be. A map, anecdotes of her collecting experience and traditional dress and dance round out our exploration of this little known culture. Notice in the Salem News-2007 'How fun and exciting to have you visit Pine Point School! And, I have to tell you that I have heard such wonderful comments since the assembly. You inspired questions and comments all over campus and you were a hit with both students and faculty alike. Diane, I am in awe of your courage, and can't thank you enough for sharing your stories with us. With fond regard, Sandy Pereira, Cultural Enrichment, Pine Point School, CT'
$351- $500
Japanese Arts Center, Ryu Shu Kan Cha no Yu Japanese Tea Ceremony History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Cha-no-Yu is commonly translated as Japanese Tea Ceremony but the word(s) literally mean hot water for tea. The art of Cha-no-Yu is a synthesis of many Japanese arts with the focus of preparing and serving a bowl of tea with a calm mind, serene spirit, and pure heart. The tea master Sen Rikyu (1522-1591) developed Wabi-Cha or the style of tea that reflects a simple and quiet taste. It is this simple style of tea that is practiced and taught in Japan and throughout the world today. The principles of Kei Sei Wa Jaku (respect, purity, harmony, and tranquility) are the principles that practitioners of Cha-no-Yu integrate into their study of tea and into their daily lives. Sen Rikyu said that tea is nothing more than boiling water, making tea and drinking it. It is this simplicity that makes the study of Chanoyu a lifelong pursuit. Our Tea Ceremony workshop will include tea tasting (accompanied by traditional Japanese sweets) & a discussion of the history of the tea culture as well as the zen aesthetics which infuse the tea culture.
$201- $350
Sommerstad, Patricia In the Footsteps of Ruth Life Skills- Food,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Come with me on a unique adventure that's part of New York City's culinary history! Ruth Reichl was the NY Times food critic from 1993-1999, famous for her “populist” reviews of restaurants that everyone could enjoy and afford. Previous Times reviewers had focused on the stuffy, expensive high-end restaurants, but Ruth changed all that! Of the almost 400 restaurants that she reviewed, over 75 are still in business almost twenty years later! In this workshop, with foreknowledge of her (often very funny) reviews, we will walk in Ruth's footsteps to “visit” seven of them. We'll examine what has changed and what remains the same. Then we'll explore the neighborhoods of each, visiting familiar landmarks and discovering off-the-beaten-path attractions, such as rooftop bars and unusual museums, special interest tours and more. You will leave with seven all-day itineraries, seven Ruth Reichl restaurant reviews, and most likely, several prizes! 1 ½ hours. 21 prizes. Handouts
$201- $350
Schembri, Pamela Middle School Storytelling Performing Arts- Storytelling
UCK! STORIES? At OUR age? - Even the toughest crowds enjoy Pamela's personal stories (i.e., The Cross Bronx Expressway) and her modern-day Greek myths. Mixed with a ghost story or two, you'll see your teenagers spellbound.
$351- $500
Graham, Michael The Three Wishes / The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Performing Arts- Puppetry
THE THREE WISHES This folktale favorite is flavored with a dash of dialogue, a generous helping of humor and the twists of plot for which the Spring Valley Puppet Theater is known. THE WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING A hungry Wolf tries to outwit the savvy Shepherd and make a meal of the helpless, little Lamb. Helpless? Maybe not! Adapted from the Aesop Fable, this popular story is enlivened with a colorful Mexican setting, a humorous communication gap and a surprise ending! Both productions feature handmade puppets, scenery and lively scripts.
$351- $500
Field, Barb Family Fun Face Painting Performing Arts- Clowning,
Visual Arts- Painting,
Visual Arts- Other
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. SUGGESTED PROGRAM: (other ideas are available!!!) BJ will give a brief demonstration on how to use face paints. Then the fun begins! Participants may use the mirrors provided and paint their own faces or paint on a willing friend or family member. As they do this, they are learning about blending colors and cooperating with others. The students will be using safe, non-allergenic face paints to create their own designs on themselves or each other. www.bjandcompany.com 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Blackmail at Baker Street Performing Arts- Storytelling
Blackmail at Baker Street features the telling of The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, the riveting story of the “king of all the blackmailers”, robbery, and a life at risk of ruin! Like elocutionists of earlier times, these storytellers adhere closely to the written word in their recitation and interpretation of literary works. Rachel and Rebecca provide an introduction to the story, and they entertain questions and comments afterwards.
$101- $200
Dente, Kobla Mensa Talking Drums with Kobla Dente Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Talking Drums is a musical performance designed to involve and enhance participants’ knowledge and appreciation of African/African Diaspora music through its instruments and songs. Structured for early childhood audiences, Talking Drums utilizes lecture-demonstration and performance techniques with lavish appropriations of enthusiasm. In this program, participants are taught how various traditional African instruments are made and played. The results are totally tantalizing in that students learned to count, spell, and jump all to the beat of the African drum! Join Kobla Dente as he leads audiences on a journey of musical exploration
$351- $500
Dorland, Trish Marian Anderson - the first African-American to perform at Carnegie Hall Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Using many recordings of Marian Anderson's performances, this presents the life story of a brave, resilient black woman who went forward in her life by putting her incredibly beautiful voice first.
$101- $200
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