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Program
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Description
Fee
Fischer, Joe Joe Fischer's Secrets Of Magic Performing Arts- Magic
Looking for that different type of program? This is it! Children will not only witness a first rate illusionist in performance, but, they are offered a rare behind the scenes look at the secrets of magic. Every child receives their own bag of tricks making them real magicians. JOE FISCHER is a special type on entertainer who has teaching ability and patience to make this a memorable event.
$201- $350
Kahn, Mitch Mitch Kahn Celebrates the Great American Popular Songbook History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Singer-Pianist-Entertainer and society orchestra leader Mitch Kahn offers a series of programs exploring the vast wealth of the 20th century's Great American Popular Songbook. Whether rollicking through a Cole Porter patter song, poignantly crooning a Henry Mancini ballad or picking up the pace with Sadaka, Manilow or Billy Joel, Mitch's exquisite musical arrangements and superb vocal delivery are guaranteed to keep audiences entranced. Interspersed with history and anecdotes about the songs and their composers, these shows are appropriate for audiences aged young adult through senior (and sing-a-long is part of the fun). PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERED: Introduction to the Great Songwriters, The Songs that won the Academy Award, Aspects of Love, Sail Away.
$351- $500
Wafer, Erin Stretching Kindness Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Stretching Kindness Yoga specialty designed for the toddler, preschool age, young child, teens as well as Mommy & Me Yoga for babies. My program's goal is to spread kindness & confidence. Through this, I hope children will develop not only a strong physical core, but an inner one that strengthens their sense of self. In this organic story time yoga, children are given the opportunity to take a ride through their imagination and create the movement storyline of each class. This empowers children by being given the choice to voice their creativity. Come join us as we take an imaginative journey through Australia's rainforests, the San Diego Zoo and much more!
$101- $200
Davis, Katie Great Storytelling in Words and Pictures Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Audience learns to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her own mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. Highly interactive program - audience helps write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: Katie teaches HOW TO SEE so you’re able to illustrate any story you write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, teacher
$1001- $3000
Sobel, Anna Bugaboo Revue Nature- Environment,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Every bug in the garden has a job to do. The catchy songs in this interactive bug puppet show leave audiences with new information about critters that are beneficial for growing plants. More information at www.talkinghandstheatre.com.
$201- $350
Golden, Gail Be Creative at Your Library! Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Be Creative! is a program of multicultural folktales told story theatre style by 2 professional actors. The program is highly interactive -- featuring audience participation, language and cultural information, humor, and mime. The emphasis is on encouraging reading -- the stories were all found in library books! -- and on creativity. Audience volunteers even get to join the actors in acting out the stories! The Wondermakers have been performing in schools and libraries since 1985 with Young Audiences. The Director of The Wondermakers, Gail Golden, is also Mrs. Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and was Cinderella's Fairy Godmother at Walt Disney World!
$201- $350
Clive, Young, May The Fan Film Be With You Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
May The Fan Film Be With You presents and discusses 15 of the best Star Wars fan films. In recent years, many movie fans have been inspired to make their own Star Wars films; using video cameras and powerful home computers for editing and special effects, these weekend directors have created a genre that became known as ‘fan films.’ Many of their homespun creations rival the original movies in quality and story, making these unusual films a permanent part of the Star Wars universe.

Most of these films are quite rare and have not been seen anywhere except the internet, but this program will screen them the way they were meant to be seen, in full-quality video. Additionally, the program will discuss the history of the growing fan film movement and explore what compels these budding filmmakers to invest so much effort into their personal visions of the Star Wars mythology. All material screened will be appropriate for the whole family, but discussion will be aimed primarily at adults and young adults.

$201- $350
Tranchina, Gabriele Songs of the Americas Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Come and celebrate with us the beauty of the music from the Americas. Enjoy music all the way up from Canada down to Argentina. Among the wide variety of music find Latin Rhythms like the Bolero or the Tango, Waltzes like “Des Colores” from Mexico, Bossa’s and Samba’s from Brazil. You will hear famous songs like Consulelo Velazquez’ “Besame Mucho”, Jose Fernandez Diaz’ Guantanamera, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “One Note Samba” and many more.
$201- $350
Handy, Spook Passing Along the Folk Music Tradition History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
For generations children grew up singing with the whole family, at large gatherings, at school or in their churches. Before the advent of radio, TV and the internet this was the primary form of entertainment. Today, however, many people are worried that this centuries-old tradition is being deleted from the hard drive of the modern human experience. Along with that, society is losing one of the most powerful tools for building strong families and strong communities. This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. Singing old favorites like This Land is Your Land, If I had a Hammer, I’ve been Working on the Railroad, She'll be coming Around the Mountain and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Kallevig, Christine Discover Storigami Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Storytelling and origami together as one, two arts combined, doubles the fun! Discover Storigami with the award-winning author of ten books, including NATURE FOLD-ALONG STORIES and the new picture storybook, THE SUN, THE MOON, AND THE ORIGAMI GRAMMIE. A novelist and performing artist since 1991, Christine Kallevig folds giant-sized paper as she tells stories. Each fold represents an action, setting, or character, so by the time the story is over, a surprise origami figure is magically created. Included are audience fold-along activities, original material from her books, and origami adaptations of traditional folk tales. Christine uses music, humor, and large origami puppetry to dramatize the stories, and always finishes with an easy fold-along tale so that everyone has an origami souvenir to take home.
$351- $500
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