Performers and Programs

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Horejš, Vit Czech and Slovak Tales with Strings Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Mr. Vit Hořejš, Internationally known Czechoslovak puppeteer, storyteller and author, performs a one-man show of Czech fairy tales (in English) replete with mountain wizards, clever village maidens and spirits. His marionettes speak in a dozen voices, dance, play violin, swim and fly. The program will be composed of favorite Czech fairy tales such as The Snow Maiden Sněhurka, (in which a childless couple find a little girl in a winter blizzard), The Stingy Tailor (a proud and stingy tailor is taught a lesson by the water spirit, Vodni'k) and The Twelve Months (an orphaned girl is sent to fetch strawberries from the forest in the middle of a blizzard and meets twelve kind men—twelve months).
$351- $500
The Games Man, TREVOR The On-The-Go High-Octane Special Other,
Performing Arts- Other
AN ENERGETIC EVENT FOR ACTIVE PEOPLE Although we won't be running the entire time, this is an active event popular with college students, teens, and older school age children with energy to spare. It's an hour of active, non-sports, everybody-wins, strategy games that challenge you no matter what your skill levels. And, if breathers are needed, we'll sit down for a few Minute Mysteries to challenge their brains while their bodies rest. What kind of games? Try this: it takes team work for everyone to catch the runner in Line Cross, and it certainly is a challenge for one lone individual to hold everyone at bay in Smaug's Jewel. It's 1-on-1 competitive running in Elbow Tag, and everyone working together to get untangled in Knots. Lots of tag games, including Cross Tag, Blob, Rock Paper Scissors Tag, and the incomparable Go Ten. Plus unusual team games like Dho-Dho-Dho, Lemonade, and Elves Giants & Wizards! All in all, it's a solid hour of excitement, a total blast, and a might lot of FUN! Check out Project: Ribbon Dancer for a great add-on craft project.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith Tod Browning - The Crown Price of the Cinematic Macabre History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tod Browning was once one of Hollywood's golden directors during the silent era of motion pictures. He helped make a star of Lon Chaney Sr. by collaborating on a series of film noir styled crime films for MGM. He was recruited by Universal pictures for Dracula (1931). But his career plummeted after he directed the notorious Freaks (1932) which went on to horrify and upset movie patrons for decades. But what was the story behind this man and his increasingly disturbing motion pictures? Join me for a psychological introspection on one of the masters of the macabre, Tod Browning.
$101- $200
Richter, Chip Imagination, Creativity and Inspriation Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Singer-Songwriter Chip Richter’s Family Concert at The Library has become a favorite among librarians and families because it's “more fun than a Kid (or Parent) should be allowed to have!” It’s the kind of high-energy fun and audience participation naturally found in a live performance all in the wonderful learning environment of the public library. This is live music, no accompaniment tracks, so anything can happen! With his guitar, banjo, harmonica, stories and original tunes Chip connects with the kids and adults, creating moments to remember. Also don't forget to check out the Librarians Resource Page where you can download some of Chip's music absolutely free of charge. Librarians are using these mp3s and the Teacher's Tips to compliment story-times with children.
$351- $500
Bisker, Ellia Marie Curie: Radium Songs Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Folk-noir musical duo Charming Disaster presents a cycle of original songs inspired by the life of the scientist Marie Curie, her research and discoveries, and their repercussions – from the struggles she faced as a female scientist, to the relationship of equals she shared with her fellow-scientist husband Pierre, to her discovery of radium and the principles of radiation, to the “radium girls” who were poisoned by their work painting watch dials with luminous paint. These songs touch on themes from Curie’s biography, the physics of radiation, and the consequences of nuclear physics in the world. Charming Disaster frames each song with contextual information in a storytelling format, with room for audience interaction and questions. Instrumentation is guitar and ukulele with male/female duet vocals.
$351- $500
Schuman, Sandy Two Kinds of Liars History,
Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
There are two kinds of liars: those who tell lies for fun, and those who tell lies for profit. Bill Greenfield – legendary hunter, trapper, fisherman, and Adirondack guide – was "the goldarndest, most unreasonable liar you ever saw." He told lies for fun. But George Hull, perpetrator of The Great American Hoax – the Cardiff Giant – told lies for profit. Two very different men, both Civil War veterans, provide tales both true and tall.
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith Lon Chaney Sr - Man of a Thousand Faces and More!: History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Perhaps one of the least spoken about talents from the golden days of silent Hollywood film productions, Lon Chaney's influence on modern Hollywood make-up effects is second to none. Not only was he a fantastic make-up man, he was also one of the best actors of his time, very often choosing to underplay a part rather than go for the typical theatrics that punctuated the bulk of the performances from that era. Chaney had a smooth style all his own, and proved he could play just about any role handed to him which in turn, kept him from being typecast. Join us as we watch clips from some of Chaney's work including classics such as Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Unholy Three (1925), Tell it to the Marines (1926), and many more. This would make a great double booking with my Lon Chaney Jr. presentation. Perfect for the Halloween season!
$101- $200
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
Knight, Leonora Multiply To Music Life Skills- Finance,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Are your students struggling with their times tables? I wrote these songs for my own son and they really work! If your students respond well to music watch their skills improve after participating in this program. And they DO participate! Each child is given a lyric sheet to sing along. Props and costumes are used as children come up on stage. Music styles include pop, reggae, rock, swing and jazz waltz. There’s even a cheer! CD’s are available to reinforce learning. This educational material will reach out to your students reinforcing the powerful connection of math and music
$201- $350
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher performed by Marian Grudko and
 accompanied by Marian’s original music Mr. Jeremy is a very proper frog who goes fishing, 
only to encounter:a loathsome water beetle a horrible spiny stickleback and then, -- oh, THEN, -- a really frightful experience with a trout! Yet Mr. Jeremy handles it all with such APLOMB.
$201- $350
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* Inclusion in this database does not indicate endorsement of any performer or program by the NYS Education Department, the Office of Cultural Education, the NYS Library or the participating library systems, nor does it eliminate the need for reference checks and appropriate standard screening procedures.

 

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