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Description
Fee
Feingold, Richard 1959: The Year that Changed Jazz History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
1959 was the year jazz broke away from bebop music to new forms. Four major jazz albums continue to be felt today. Miles Davis, Kind of Blue; Dave Brubeck, Time Out; Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um; and Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come. Rarely seen performances help bring the era to life and explore what made these albums vital in 1959 and today. The program contains interviews with Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Joe Morello (Brubeck’s drummer) and Jimmy Cobb (the only surviving member of the Miles Davis band).
$201- $350
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Civil War History,
Music
Music of the Civil War era, from both North and South, performed in costume and on period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina etc.). Historical background is given for each song. Selections include partisan rallying calls, songs of nostalgia, soldiers' parodies, and songs of triumph and defeat. Examples: The Bonnie Blue Flag, Tenting Tonight, Just Before the Battle Mother, The Faded Coat of Blue, Marching Through Georgia, We Are Coming From the Cotton Fields, etc. This program has been performed at museums, libraries, folk festivals, and historical societies for the past decade. Includes audience participation (chorus singing). Performed at libraries in Fairport, Watkins Glen, Odessa, Albion, Lockport, Penfield, as well as various regional festivals and Civil War re-enactments.
$201- $350
Zimmermann, Linda Bad Science: A Brief History of Bizarre Theories History,
Science
"Bad Science: A Brief History of Bizarre Misconceptions, Totally Wrong Conclusions, and Incredibly Stupid Theories won the 2011 Silver Medal for Humor, in the Independent Publisher's Awards. This program takes a humorous look at bloodletting, alchemy, quack devices, the worship of meteorites, faked data, secret testing on people, and all kinds of really ridiculous ideas. From the ancient Greeks to the present, the history of science has been fraught with persecution, fraud, and ignorance on a massive scale--but that doesn't mean we can't laugh about it!
$201- $350
Feingold, Richard Escape from Behind Enemy Lines….Operation Bonaparte History,
History,
Other
The Shelburne Line was a World War II escape network operating in occupied France which returned 136 allied servicemen to England. The French Resistance located downed airmen and hid them from the Germans utilizing a series of safe-houses. Once a month—during dark of the moon—the men were transported to the Brittany coast to meet a British Motor Gun Boat which would return them to England. Join Rick Feingold, as he recounts the story of how his father Lt. Louis Feingold, a B-17 U.S. Army Air Force navigator, escaped Nazi capture. Lt. Louis Feingold flew 21 bombing missions with the United States Air Force during World War II. After his B-17 was attacked by 7 German fighters he was shot down over enemy-occupied France. Feingold’s escape story is told using letters, maps, photos, and the original fake identity cards. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Air Force in World War II” at Bergen Community College.
$201- $350
Carpenter, Margot George Washington, the American Revolution, & You! History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
See and feel what it was like to be a Revolutionary War soldier at the time of the Boston Tea Party! Learn about the meaning of the war for American Independence--about such people as Washington, Tom Paine, Molly Pitcher. Join Aesthetic Realism consultants Robert Murphy & Jeffrey Carduner, who show that history is about the feelings of people like us, not just a matter of dates and battles. This understanding, based on the education Aesthetic Realism, makes history exciting and immediate. This event includes interactive enactments of historical events.
Up to $100
Hessler, Arielle The Art of the Book: Binding Styles of Asia History,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Asia has a rich history in bookbinding unique from the rest of the world. Learn about the evolution of the book in Asia, including the spread of the art from China to Japan, Korea, and the rest of the world, in this lecture/presentation. Handmade historical replicas and modern interpretations of each bookbinding style will be available for handling, as well as some handmade materials like mulberry paper and special handmade printed papers from different countries in Asia.
$201- $350
Meissner, Lisa Adirondack Cares History,
Music,
Nature- Other
Interactive program of celebrating Adirondack people and environment with new and traditional folk music.
$201- $350
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
Riley, Benjamin Classical Guitar Music from the Renaissance to the Present History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Live performance of solo classical guitar music from the 16th to 21st centuries, featuring the music of composers such as J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Heitor Villa Lobos, John Dowland, Antonio Lauro, Manuel Ponce, Francisco Tarrega, Isaac Albeniz, and others. I will also incorporate discussion of relevant historical information that pertains to the pieces performed.
$101- $200
Fiske, David Broadway Goes to War: "Soldier Shows" of World War I History,
Media- Other
During the first World War, presentations called "soldier shows" allowed theatrical producers to not only entertain the public, but provide a show of patriotism. Some of these shows were put together by individuals who served in the military (such as Sergeant Irving Berlin), though others had no military background. The shows were light entertainment, featuring skits and musical numbers, and utilized many performers who were actually in the service. Proceeds from soldier shows went to projects intended to improve the lives of those serving in the armed forces of the United States.
Up to $100
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