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Program
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Description
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Gray, Daniel UFOs and unknown flying objects: an assessment of the unknown History,
Media- Other,
Science
Did you ever see a UFO? Did the United States Government ever investigate the “flying saucer” phenomenon? What about the rumors about Roswell, or a recovered UFO and alien bodies in 1947? What are the general types of UFOs? Are they all discs? Are there aliens? What do they look like? Can life exist on other planets? This presentation is an attempt to answer some of these questions and perhaps to inform young adults about this popular culture subject. Originally created as part of the Summer Reading Program in 2015, or “Spark and Reaction” at Capital Region libraries, this presentation is intended to inform and entertain teenagers ages 13-18. Teachers or librarians can encourage further critical thinking on the subject and direct young adults to research this highly controversial subject. This presentation can be offered during Halloween, or “scary” Halloween parties or fun activities.
$101- $200
Marshall, Joe History of the 20th Century Through Pop Music History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
All Strung Out is a band of four very experienced musicians who perform popular music of the 20th century of all genres and all decades. We choose songs that just won't die, because they are too powerful, too delightful, too sad, too true, or just too beautiful. And we talk about two things: 1) Why such a song might have been popular at the time it hit big, given the social scene of that time, and 2) The often-surprising politics behind the song's rise to the top. Former NY State school teacher, stand up cmic, and folksinger Joe Marshall and his band have put together an evening of entertainment and education that is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith The Humor in Horror History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Examines the mix of horror and comedy in cinema, focusing on the Abbott & Costello Meet (Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde, The Mummy) series, using 16mm condensed versions of each film. A bio on Abbott & Costello, plus we explore the role of the horror film in society. We cap it all off watching a classic Three Stooges 16mm horror/comedy short, The Ghost Talks. This is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and a fantastic event for Halloween.
$101- $200
Kass, Barry Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica: the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Mayans and Aztecs of Mexico and Central America History,
Media- Photography,
Multicultural- Native American
Long before the arrival of the Europeans, the native peoples of the Americas created impressive urban civilizations characterized by such advancements as the invention of writing and mathematics, a calendar system very different from the western Gregorian calendar, the construction of huge cities replete with massive temples and pyramids, complex political states, and a pantheon of gods often thirsty for human blood and sacrifice. Anthropologist-Photographer Barry Kass' excellent photographs and descriptions will take the audience on a journey of exploration to the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations of the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Mayans and the Aztecs. We will visit such famous sites as Chichen Itza, Palenque, and Teotihucan in Mexico, Copan in Honduras, Altun Ha in Belize, and Tikal in Guatemala.
$201- $350
Fiske, David Kidnapped: Black New Yorkers Caught in the Slave Trade History,
Multicultural- Other
Under slavery, it was not only the slaves who suffered. Free blacks were at risk of being kidnapped and sold as slaves. Once they were taken to a slave state, chances of their returning home were small. Several New Yorkers, from various parts of the state, were rescued from slavery, and their kidnappers were held accountable for their deeds. This presentation will tell their stories. Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave. Great Black History topic!
$101- $200
Bala, Rich NYS History in Song History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
With his voice, guitar, harmonica, and mountain dulcimer, Rich takes you on a musical journey through New York's vast history. Along the way, you'll hear authentic, traditional songs from the region's homes, farms, mountains, waterways, and communities. Often dressed in period clothing, Rich's programs tell the stories of the people of the "Empire State" from the Colonial Period and Revolutionary War to more recent times.
$351- $500
Wemett, Lisa Highlights of the Hudson Valley History,
Media- Photography,
Museums
In 1609, voyager Henry Hudson sailed up the great river that would later bear his name. Lisa Wemett and Terry Mulee have explored both the Upper and Lower Hudson Valley, from the homes of the artists that established the Hudson River School to today’s contemporary art centers. Whether it’s presidential history you crave, gourmet dining, picturesque mountain views, or rail trail adventures, this region of New York State is a destination you will want to visit again and again.
$101- $200
Stillman, Paul Living History History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
Living history program covering many different characters, from Benjamin Franklin to Nasty Ned the frontiersman, as well as time periods. Original props and hands on material provided, with plenty of interaction with the audience. All ages and groups, will posture for classroom learning.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John MUSIC ALONG THE ERIE CANAL - New York State Heritage Songs and Instruments along the Waterway History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Sondra and John Bromka use their beguiling antique instrument collection to bring a lively taste of New York State's cultural character along our famous water way during the 1800s. This is a up-close, interactive concert that includes aires, dance tunes, and singalongs from a variety of immigrant traditions, accompanied by Irish harp, bagpipes, pennywhistle, French hurdy gurdy, German hackbrett (hammered dulcimer), African-American banjo, and English squeezeboxes... our music offers the special flavor of each culture's unique contributions.
$351- $500
Kinga Lesniak, Bobbi Egan Paint a floral still life History,
Visual Arts- Painting
Learn about the colorful history of Mexican Folk art painting while creating your own floral still life using acrylics on 12x15 paper. You will be guided through the process step-by-step. All materials supplied. This is a make and take program.
$201- $350
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