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Sommerstad, Patricia NY, NY: Urban Gems to Explore Museums,
Performing Arts- Other
What makes New York City so exciting, so alluring? No matter how many times you visit, or even if you’ve lived there for a lifetime, New York City’s five boroughs provide a never-ending source of new discoveries. In a city of over 8 million people, 200 nationalities, hundreds of museums, parks and historic sites, and thousands of restaurants, the possibilities for surprise and delight are endless! We’ll explore in-depth several favorites from a new perspective and discover new, exciting and often underappreciated urban gems. And, of course, wherever we “go”, we’ll find the best foods and places to eat. You’ll leave with comprehensive handouts and most likely a prize or two! Power-point presentation.
$201- $350
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel An Evening at 221 B Baker Street Performing Arts- Storytelling
An Evening at 221B Baker Street features the telling of “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” by Rachel and Rebecca Oshlag of StoriesGalorious. Like elocutionists of earlier times, these storytellers adhere closely to the written word in their recitation and interpretation of literary works. Their performance enlivens the tale of a damsel in distress, cunning villain, stalwart companion, and hero of reason and action. Audience members unfamiliar with the plot will be engrossed by the story while admirers of Sherlock stories will be enthralled by the telling of one Holmes’ most rousing adventures. Rachel and Rebecca provide an introduction to the story, and they entertain questions and comments afterwards.
$101- $200
Miller, Paul Read Yourself Silly Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling
Paul tells the story of how a trip to the circus inspired him to visit his library to learn more about juggling which led to balloons, magic, and the history of the circus. Throughout the performance he models how learning through books can be fun and often times you find things you didn't even know you were interested in! It is an engaging show for all ages (adults laugh as much as the kids!) with lots of audience participation.
$351- $500
Geoffrey, Eric The High Peaks Juggling Show Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Juggling
The High Peaks Juggling Show is a highly interactive comedy juggling performance with emphasis on learning from our mistakes, team-work & cooperation, confidence building, and learning as play. It utilizes traditions from numerous cultures that highlight juggling as a historical heritage. And because the show is participatory, audience members are left with a feeling that juggling is something they can do too.
$501- $1000
Field, Barb Hands on Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Clowning
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. Participants in this show will learn a few secret tricks ... hopefully sparking their interest to read about and research some more tricks on their own later. First BJ will give a short comedy magic show. Then we will make a few tricks together that the participants may bring home. We will also learn a little about stage presence, presentation, and timing involved in successfully doing any performance. THIS SHOW IS BEST WITH SECOND GRADE TO ADULTS.
$201- $350
Whitcomb-May, Andrea Dig It! A Greta Garbage Puppet Show Nature- Environment,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Greta peeks beneath the surface of dirt and asks- what is dirt and how is it made? Is there “good” dirt and “bad” dirt? Digging into nature’s recycling with worms, the puppets Jasmine & Tessy appear in a simple show about composting. Tessy is shocked & grossed out by the idea of manure & worm poop. Jasmine & the audience do their best to soothe her fears & assure her that worms are busy beneath the surface making new dirt. Worm poop, after all, makes the best soil. Butterfly, ladybug, & worm puppets have guest appearances as they eat, poop, & wander through the flowers. The audience gets to dig in at the finale when Greta opens her compost bin filled with real worms & shares the contents. Hand washing instruction included! Also starring Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Puppet making workshops available.
$201- $350
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza: Voice of The Earth Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza: Voice of The Earth concert. Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance.
$501- $1000
Rivest, Robert Healthy Choices, Healthy Lives Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Healthy Choices is a high-energy comedy program in which health and humor go hand in hand. Robert Rivest's humorous insights connect deeply with children, teens, and adults, moving them to make mindful choices about food, exercise, entertainment, and safety. Robert Rivest immediately captivates the audience with engaging mime and theater stories of choices we face everyday. •  Eat more whole foods, fruits and vegetables. •  Drink plenty of water. •  Get enough quality sleep •  Enjoy a variety of exercise. •  Feel feelings and express emotions •  Make mindful choices about T.V. / Computer / Games •  Steer clear of unhealthy choices and impulsive behaviors As well as fun effective ways to: Build concentration, calm the body and relieve stress. Inspired by Robert’s artistry, enthusiasm and quick wit , even the older kids eagerly participate in Robert Rivest’s hilarious interactive segments.
$351- $500
Singer, Lauren ZUMBA GOLD--Zumba Fitness for Active Older Adult or Deconditioned Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
Zumba Gold has all the festive fire and fitness objectives of a regular Zumba class but brings the intensity down a notch. All steps are taught in an easy, progressive manner with spirited fun! Dancing to the exciting rhythms of Latin, swing, African, pop, tango, bhangra and world music becomes a party and a total body workout. This safe but stimulating class is designed for those new to Zumba, the active older adult as well as for those who want to shimmy a little slower. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to move in. Bring a water bottle.
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith Ed Wood - Hollywood's Worst Filmmaker, or Misunderstood Genius? Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Ed Wood the man who directed the infamous and unintentionally funny Plan 9 From Outer Space has often been accused of being Hollywood's worst filmmaker but is this criticism fair? In this program, we explore the life of Ed Wood, from his days as a marine Corporal during WWII were he served in the battle of Tarawa to his career as a screenwriter in Hollywood, penning such classics as The Bride & The Beast (1958) and later working his way to directing cult classics as Bride of the Monster (1955), Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) and Night of the Ghouls (1959). Woods somewhat autobiographical Glenn or Glenda (1953) explored his passion for dressing like a woman. Writer Jim Morton said of Ed Wood; "Eccentric and individualistic, Edward D. Wood, Jr. was a man born to film. Lesser men, if forced to make movies under the conditions Wood faced, would have thrown up their hands in defeat." As a bonus, we will also explore other filmmakers whose works are so bad it proves that Ed Wood was actually quite ahead of his time.
$101- $200
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