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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Levin, Ira and Julia Raise Your Glass to Charles Dickens! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Raise your Glass to Charles Dickens! A musical tribute to the author who dedicated his talents to lifting the spirit, hope & awareness. A participatory, community-oriented, celebratory time with sing-alongs and storytelling based on Dickens’ novels musical and movie adaptations. An original tune that introduces seven Dickens novels in under seven minutes. Huzzah! Watch the stop-action animation video at www.thelevinsmusic.com
$201- $350
Levin, Ira and Julia Eat Real Food! Health & Fitness- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A partipatory program that places you in the middle of a Veggie Western as Billy (a kid!) faces a brussel sprout at high noon. Sing! Sing! with the Coconut King and be inspired to East Real Food - all with a healthy dose of nutritional humor that will encourage everyone to gather together in the heart of the house - The Kitchen.
$351- $500
Kruk, Jonathan Finger Fables Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Young children are enchanted into listening with hands-on fables. Little fingers become animals from Aesop or Anansi. Using varied voices, creative movement, gesture, chants, and silly word plays, even the squiggle squirmer gets engaged. Selections include; Rabbit & Turtle, Mouse & Lion, Fox & Crow, Big Fish Small Pond, Barkface & Rootnose, and many more fables are available. Links are made to library collections. Have a master storyteller turn your youngest patrons into active listeners and readers.
$201- $350
Torgan, Keith My Story, My Song: a workshop in creativity through songwriting Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Everybody loves songs but most people have never made one up themselves. Songwriting can be as natural as breathing … or humming – and since we all have plenty to say or should I say sing about this is a no-brainer! In this workshop we learn about the basics of song form and improvising melodies but more importantly we discover all kinds of exciting ways to access our creative impulses and turn them into song! Free-writing exercises, group collaborations, guided meditations and sensory exercises are all part of this inspiring and delightful workshop. Why is it called “My Story My Song?” – well – because it’s the stories – the ones that are central to our everyday existence that fuel the creative process and serve as the centerpiece to this inspiring experience in personal creativity.
$351- $500
Eagle, Matoaka Matoaka Little Eagle- Native Americans through Song, Dance, and Story Multicultural- Native American,
Performing Arts- Dance,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Introduction to Native music, and storytelling. Intro to instruments and their meanings. Learn and sing a Native song Learn about storytelling and listen to a story Learn a Native Dance Show and Tell Q&A
$501- $1000
Handy, Spook America's Ground Breaking Troubadour - Woody Guthrie History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Known as the Dust Bowl Balladeer - Woody Guthrie is America's most prolific folk songwriter of the 20th century. Born in 1912, Woody wrote hundreds, if not thousands, of songs that document the history, culture and concerns of 1930's, 40's and 50's America. His songs are highly educational, extremely fun and very sing-alongable. 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
Del Bianco, Lou Make a Good Choice! Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Few performers excel as both musician and storyteller, but Lou Del Bianco is one who does.- PARENTS CHOICE Through original songs, stories and audience interaction, this Parents Choice Award winner takes his audience on an exciting journey back through his childhood sharing the daily joys, dreams and blunders that today’s kids can relate to, laugh at, and understand. Children will get the chance to decide what kinds of choices they would make if they were in Lou’s shoes and how those choices reflect on their own lives. The entire assembly is strung together with a cool rap tune that tells students to “Make a Good Choice!”… and what's more, this unique program can touch upon any Character Ed themes that your school or community want to stress and will work them in to the program!
$201- $350
Drums of Japan, Ryu Shu Taiko Japanese Dance & Martial Arts Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The traditional Japanese Folk Dances and the Martial Arts moves known as KATA, provide a glimpse into the unique YAMATO DAMISHI -SAMURAI SPIRIT-. This spirit has pervaded Japanese culture for hundreds of years and still influences the Japanese today as seen in the popularity of Samurai based Anime & Manga; as well as the countless martial arts studios-dojos- throughout the world. Accompanied by the thunder of the Taiko drums and the elegant sounds of the Koto and Shakuhachi; Karate & Kendo Kata are performed with Samurai Swords, and flying fists and feet. This is juxtaposed with the refined movements of classical Japanese dance. The influence of the martial spirit can be seen in these refined dances as well as the energetic movements of traditional local village folk dances. This program is presented by the Ryu Shu Kan and sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University's Community Outreach programs.
$501- $1000
Cain, Ron The Case of the Missing Bunny Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Other
Appearing as the mysterious magician Professor Arcane, Ron Cain trades his top hat for a Sherlock Holmes cap when his bunny Watson disappears. Young audience members become magical detectives using clues and illusions to find the bunny. Throughout the 45-minute show, Ron stresses the value of reading and visiting your local library. The magic show highlights the New York State Library reading program theme, Get a Clue @ Your Library.
$201- $350
Ehlert, Dave Abe Lincoln, and the Civil War History,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Abe Lincoln and the Civil War. How our 16th President guided the nation through its darkest days. Dave Ehlert portrays Lincoln in this Live Theatrical Production. 90 minutes of Historical Drama, Humor and Education. Historical Entertainment Based in Branson, MO with performances in 44 states.
$351- $500
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