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Program
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Description
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Fiske, David The Black America Show: The Plantation Comes to Brooklyn History,
Multicultural- Other
After exposing the public to a huckstered version of life in the West--via his Wild West Show--Nate Salsbury initiated a new production in 1895 called Black America. Black America set out not merely to entertain, but to educate the public about the lives blacks had led in the antebellum south. Though the show included some acts that were not typical elements of plantation life--juggling, tight-rope walking, and drills by black cavalry troops--it also featured a village with over 100 cabins where blacks portrayed activities such as picking cotton, operating cotton gins, itinerant preaching, and socializing. Among the singing and dancing performances were examples of black culture that had developed under slavery, as well as newer creations. Show business considerations, as well as stereotypical thinking, resulted in the inclusion of minstrel songs, cakewalks, and tap dancing, but Salsbury's original purpose for creating the show was largely one of public education, and the Black America Show was less exploitative than other contemporary productions. It gave many African-Americans a foot in the door for careers in show business, and increased public awareness of their many skills and talents. Black America had runs in Brooklyn and several other U.S. cities.
Up to $100
Feingold, Richard Unbroken – A WW II Story of Survival and Forgiveness History,
History,
Media- Film
Louis Zamperini’s B-24 bomber crashed in the Pacific Ocean in 1943. He survived 47 days in a lifeboat before capture by the Japanese navy. Zamperini spent 2 years in a POW camp where he was severely beaten and mistreated. After the war Zamperini was tormented by nightmares which continued until he learned to forgive his captors. The program will include his career as a runner at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin where after finishing the 1500 meter race with a flourish he was recognized by Hitler. Video of the CBS documentary “The Great Zamperini” with Bob Simon will be featured.
$201- $350
Gertsacov, Adam Exploring With Henry Hudson History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
In this exhaustively researched show by actor, director, and performer Adam G. Gertsacov, Henry Hudson comes to life in a thrilling re-telling of his adventures on the high seas. Full information at http://www.henryhudson.info. The show imagines Hudson having just returned from his fateful third voyage and giving a presentation to “investors” (the audience) about his fourth voyage to continue his quest for the Northwest Passage to China. Through the course of the show, audience members will have the opportunity to “join” his crew, learn a sea shanty, learn how to navigate using state of the art sixteenth century instruments, and hear his thrilling tale of landing in the New World and visiting this strange new island named Manna-Hatta. At the end of the performance, audience members are encouraged to ask Henry any questions they like about his rich and varied life as a sea captain, explorer, navigator, and Elizabethan gentleman. Hudson lived during the age of Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Galileo, El Greco, and Queen Elizabeth. This 40 minute educational performance is suitable for all ages, and is available for extensive touring during the Henry Hudson Quadricentennial (Summer 2009).
$501- $1000
Crocker, Keith The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals - Song and Dance History,
Media- Film,
Media- Video
I've been asked so many times about doing a program like this, and here it finally is! We will be watching clips from classic movie musicals beginning with the early days of Busby Berkeley and his pre-psychedelic choreographed dance numbers. We will follow the development of the movie musical with footage of Carmen Miranda, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire , Gene Kelly, and classic films such as Singing in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sound of Music and so much more. So put on your dancing shoes and get your baritone voice ready, it's time to celebrate the Hollywood musical in all its glory!
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane Tales of Enchantment History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Enter the world of fairy tales where magic is only a moment away, and lessons about how to live are expressed through vivid symbols. For younger children, Diane brings to life classic fairy tales like Snow White and Rose Red and Bee, Mouse, Harp and Bum-Clock, an unusual ‘Jack’ tale. When Jack returns home with dancing bugs instead of beans, the fun and magic really begin! For older students, Diane explores the oral tradition through Arthurian legends and ancient Irish tales such as the humorous Sir Gawain and Loathly Lady. Enchant your audiences with the beauty and magic of traditional tales.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith ARTFUL VISCERA - An Exploration of the Italian Horror film 1960 through 1980 History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other
The Italians reinvented the horror film between 1960 and 1980. Generally, the genre was frowned upon by the fascist movement of the 1930's, but once the war ended and Italy had a chance to get back on their feet, they ended up making up for lost time by producing some of the most frightening films ever to grace a movie theater screen. From the trend setting work of directors like Mario Bava (Black Sunday) to the misanthropic nightmares of Lucio Fulci (Zombie), Italian horror films continue to place their mark on the current crop of American made nightmare films. Join me for the ultimate history lesson on European trash cinema. Comes complete with a vintage memorabilia presentation plus a 16mm showing of a digest version of Horror Castle (1963). This program would be very popular with your younger teenage and college years patrons.
$101- $200
Japanese Arts Center, Ryu Shu Kan Create your own Zen Rock Garden History,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Gardening
The Japanese rock garden (karesansui) or "dry landscape" garden, often called a Zen garden, creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. A Zen garden is usually relatively small, and is usually meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint such as the veranda of a temple or monastery. Classical zen gardens were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life. Participants will learn about all the features that go into creating their own garden at home, with photos of and directions on how to place the elements in proper spacing and design.
$201- $350
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
Schuman, Sandy Familiar Songs & their Unfamiliar Stories History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A wealth of history, conflict, transformation, and humor in the little-known stories behind some of the best-known songs. The Rhythm Changes; George had Chutzpah, Ira Didn’t!; If God Blessed America for Me; Lead Belly - Singer, Songwriter, Murderer, King of the 12 String Guitar; Tzena Tzena Tzena; Mairzy Doats; Get Happy; The Forgotten Man; If You Believed in Me; Song of the Century …
$101- $200
Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman, ArtScapades American Impressionism: From the Hudson River School to Art Colonies History,
Visual Arts- Painting,
Visual Arts- Other
In American Impressionism ArtScapades explains how the movement arrived in America including the influence of art dealers, the education of American artists in Europe, and the formation of art colonies. We look at the American Impressionists William Merritt Chase, John H. Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, Childe Hassam, and Theodore Robinson. Approximately ten works per artist are discussed including iconic works plus those that illustrate significant trends and events in their lives and careers. See www.ArtScapades.com for full listing of programs.
$201- $350
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