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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Handy, Spook Passing Along the Folk Music Tradition History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
For generations children grew up singing with the whole family, at large gatherings, at school or in their churches. Before the advent of radio, TV and the internet this was the primary form of entertainment. Today, however, many people are worried that this centuries-old tradition is being deleted from the hard drive of the modern human experience. Along with that, society is losing one of the most powerful tools for building strong families and strong communities. This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. Singing old favorites like This Land is Your Land, If I had a Hammer, I’ve been Working on the Railroad, She'll be coming Around the Mountain and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. 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
Epstein Kravis, Anna It Takes All Colors To Make a Rainbow MULTI-CULTURAL Song & Puppetry Concert Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Join Anna for multi-cultural fun and appreciation,in a show featuring highly interactive songs, stories, indigenous rhythm instruments, adorable multi-cultural puppets, LuLu the Singing Lama, sign language and lots more! Children have a chance to join Anna and be right in the show! Colorful cultural insights and stories create an appreciation of differences, and a sense of friendship, shared hopes and dreams, around the world.
$351- $500
Johnson, Steve Magic Variety Show by Steve J Performing Arts- Magic
Steve Johnson has been entertaining family audiences with his Magic Variety Show for over twenty-five years. The show has enjoyed successful reviews at many events throughout the northeastern United States. Steve sets the stage for fine entertainment by initiating an exceptional rapport with the audience. Using innovative adaptations to magic, comedy, & juggling, Steve draws the audience into a memorable entertainment journey. In maintaining a contemporary, upbeat & humorous atmosphere, the show celebrates excellence in entertainment. Steve's program incorporates a tie-in to your library's current reading program that encourages kids to seek out and read books with a subtle approach by using the "magic number".
$351- $500
Ellison, Emily WORLD DANCE PARTY! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
CALLING ALL KIDS! OLE AND Hooray for dancing. Dance a folk dance from Ghana, the Raspa from Mexico, a stick dance from India and a Snake dance from Native America with music and movement specialist Emily Ellison. Play authentic instruments and learn more about the cultures of the world around you!
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Felix Pitre's MEXICAN LEGENDS & SONG Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Historical characters Pancho Villa, Dona Marina, Cortes and Montezuma are brought to life with wit and charm by this versatile performer. Be prepared to sing along with La Cucaracha, Cu cu ru cu cu Paloma and others.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John Erie Canal Tall Tale Writing Residency and Performance Event History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Workshop participants will learn about the tradition of the 'Tall Tale,' and then work together to create their own original tale. This program draws upon the Erie Canal for theme and inspiration, and includes songs and dances that reflect our multicultural heritage. We conclude with a joint artist/student performance for the community, wherein participants perform their tale, songs, and dances as an integral part of the artists’ musical theatre performance piece '15 Years on the Erie Canal.' (see related program listings.) The finale performance will be geared towards family audiences, and includes participation for all who attend. It will feature music on the artists’ unusual collection of authentic historical instruments, including squeezeboxes, hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, and more. All participating children will gain hands-on experience in a range of artistic disciplines, including writing, poetry, dance, music, and storytelling/theatre. Children will be exposed to actual Tall Tales of the Erie Canal Era; they will learn factual information about our county’s famous canal; about the era’s multicultural heritage.
$501- $1000
Graham, Michael The Lazy Fox / The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
THE LAZY FOX/EL ZORRO PEREZOSO Can a very lazy Fox trick an Armadillo? Perhaps...but in this Spring Valley Puppet Theater production of the Argentine folktale, The Lazy Fox, the Armadillo has a few tricks up HIS sleeve! This program features enchanting hand puppet animals and a large rod puppet Sun. This production is also available in a bilingual version: El Zorro Perezoso. THE WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING A hungry Wolf tries to outwit the savvy Shepherd and make a meal of the helpless, little Lamb. Helpless? Maybe not! Adapted from the Aesop Fable, this popular story is enlivened with a colorful Mexican setting, a humorous communication gap and a surprise ending!
$351- $500
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
Knight, Leonora Holiday Dance Party Interactive Concert Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Join Lee to celebrate the holidays in this multi-cultural dance party. Lee brings props, puppets and instruments and engages children and their families in singing and dancing to her fully orchestrated music. Children will dance with hats and giant candy canes, families will catch huge streaming snow flakes, jingle bells and maracas and more! It's a Winter Wonderland of a show!
$351- $500
Cohen, Dan Daddy-O! Music,
Performing Arts- Dance,
Performing Arts- Other
Danna Banana (solo or with a band) explores what it means to be a Dad from a child’s point of view. And a dad’s!
$201- $350
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