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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
!, Spook Handy America's Story through Folk Songs History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Traces American Folk Music from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger through today. Honoring the great traditions of American roots music, songs inspired by the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Civil Right Movement, 60's and 70's Peace Movement and more recent issues are presented with a completely contemporary sound and unabashedly positive sensibility. The passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music is alive and well. 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
McIntosh, Story Laurie I Love the Bugs in My Backyard Music,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Every spring, Story Laurie plants a BIG garden. But she knows that gardening is not a one-woman show. “I Love the Bugs in My Backyard!” is a playful and informative celebration of the insects who fertilize, pollinate and otherwise help Story Laurie’s garden grow! This lively, participatory program offers up a veritable trove of traditional tales, tunes and some new treasures as well. With her bee-witching style and fun repertoire of insect fact and folklore, Story Laurie is guaranteed to make your students BUZZ with delight! This program is ideal for classes studying insects or plant life, or for those planning a community garden or Farm-to-School project.
$201- $350
LaRue, Michele Eve's Diary History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Mark Twain often wrote of Eden and the first couple's explorations of Earth. What is commonplace today was mystery then--every beast, plant, and scientific certainty a wonder newly discovered. Eve is eternally questioning, her passion for learning rivaled only by her love for Adam--from her first sighting of him (It had no hips; it tapered like a carrot!) to her profound examination of their centuries-long partnership. In this witty, poignant monologue, adaptor Gayle Stahlhuth ingeniously intertwines several Twain stories and essays--setting them A long time ago, in Heaven. Past sponsors of this production include Chicago's Newberry Library, the Chicago Book Festival, and Mohonk Mountain House. SAMPLE REVIEWS: Twain's generous, teasing Eve shows all the familiarity with her husband's flaws that you'd expect in a marriage of several hundred years. Michèle LaRue, in an actor's tour de force, brings her radiantly to life. --Robin Hirsch, Artistic Director, New Works Project, NYC It was a pleasure to work with you. The program was wonderful! Your blend of humor and touching moments was perfect. --Emily Rowe, Special Events, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis
$201- $350
Catalanotto, Peter Writing and Illustrating Children's Books Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Drawing
In my presentation, I show and explain my creative process from inspiration to finished book. I give the children clear examples of how to get ideas from combining everyday life with imagination and how to develop those ideas. I teach them the critical thinking involved in finding their best ideas—that writing and illustration involves a lot of decision making. I also draw, showing tips and techniques that inspire children to be more creative. Each program is tailored to different grade levels--all age appropriate, so every student leaves my program empowered and inspired to write and draw. Teachers love that much of my program reinforces what they're teaching, yet they also learn new approaches to teaching writing to children. I think it's important to show students what they're learning in school, I use in real life. My website has testimonials from recent visits.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Patrick Garner's THOMAS EDISON: INVENTOR, LECTURER, & PRANKSTER History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
The greatest inventor of all time, live and in-person, at your school! One of America's most remarkable minds, Thomas Alva Edison (as portrayed by Broadway performer Patrick Garner), engages your students in this exciting, hands-on, motivational program. Some audience members will have the chance to help recreate some of his most famous experiments, and along the way, Edison shares several secrets that students can utilize in their day-to-day lives.
$501- $1000
Shih, Patricia Make Music Make Money Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih will share information about what a life devoted to music entails. Topics include working with agents and managers, booking gigs, recording, touring and much more. Performance coaching a la "American Idol" is also offered if desired. Gentle and constructive suggestions are made to "raise the game" of any participant who wishes to share a song in front of the group.
$501- $1000
Defibrillators Band, The The Defibrillators/Original Music that will jump start your heart and revive the spirit Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Defibrillators are a group of aging baby boomers and professional musicians who write songs that depict the foils and foibles of growing old gracefully. All members are seasoned performers that bring humor, harmony and hot rhythm and blues music to any venue. Our songs can be sampled at MySpace.com/thedefibrillators. The Defibrillators have been entertaining audiences for almost ten years with their unique style and take on the getting older generation. Their shows can be done with amplified music or for smaller, intimate venues, acoustically. It is a show that audiences will not forget as we have cd's for sale too.
$501- $1000
Gillman, Jackson Halloween Silly Willies Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
Songs and stories to tickle your funny-bone without scaring anyone. A highly visual, energetic and interactive show with all the typical Halloween ingredients, but all in light-hearted fun. Maggie Hanelt, of Truro Public Library reports - Children and adults received your presentation with enthusiasm and appreciation. The audience members gave me a lot of positive feedback about what a lively and talented performer you are.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Native American Nature Tales Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon's Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. For older audiences the performance features beautiful legends of the spirit like Jumping Mouse. Join one of New England's favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of the landscape. Through these how and why legends, students begin to understand how Native American culture clothed their world in story and how this enlivened both imagination and world. "Your stories were wonderful. The teachers and the students agreed that your presentation is one of the best we've ever had. Thank you so much for bringing to life our study of myths and legends." Missy Thomson, teacher and school librarian, Woodville School, Wakefield, MA
$351- $500
Alden, Bernard Professor Elzzup Puzzle -- Entertainment Fun for People Who Like to Think and Learn Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Magic
Professor Puzzle presents a fun-filled series of oddities, bloopers, misnomers, and clever ideas dealing with language, math, history, and science that is suitable for all 'kids' from eight to eighty-eight. He uses riddles, word play, betchas, memory aids, and magic tricks, Of course, Professor Puzzle can't answer every question in the world (why doesn't glue stick to the bottom of the bottle ... and why is 'abbreviation' such a long word), but he'll have his audience laughing and having fun while learning.
$351- $500
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