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Program
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Description
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Handy, Spook The Songs of Peter Paul and Mary History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
There's a great picture of the Beatles back stage at the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 staring in awe at Peter Paul and Mary. The Beatles knew they were in the company of incredible and important musicians. This trio did more to make American folk music accessible to the masses than anyone else. People all over the world sang along to "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Blowin in the Wind." And audience members can't help but sing along with Spook as he leads them through this heart-opening, educational, and voice-raising program! (Occasionally, Spook is joined by Paul Prestopino who toured with PPM for 15 years as a back up musician.) An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places.
$501- $1000
Holder, Chris HAVE A HEALTHY HABITAT Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Environment show! Highlights ways we can protect our earth, our waterways and our air. Covers curbing pollution, recycling, preserving habitats and more. Also includes 'The Garden Song' and sign language!
$501- $1000
TheatreworksUSA, - FREEDOM TRAIN History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Harriet Tubman, the intrepid conductor of the Underground Railroad, comes to life in an extraordinary production, with traditional music of the period. One of Theatreworks' biggest hits!
$1001- $3000
Mischief, Merry Renaissance Revelry History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales of Kings and Queens, Knights, Dragons, and even Nursery Rhymes to satisfy even the Queen herself! Program encourages books, stories and poetry from the library. A musical program that features songs, stories and poetry reminiscent of the Renaissance and Medieval times. Costumed musicians (Merlyn & Harry)will give history lessons that make history come alive with humor and harmonies! All set in a language that can be understood by the general wee one to the Lord and Lady of the house!
$201- $350
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Tales from the Odyssey Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Visual Arts- Other
With a cast of colorful characters and deft sleight-of-hand, master puppeteer Patrick Wadden brings to life Homer's ancient epic of Odysseus and his trouble-fraught journey home from the Trojan War. A voyage of two-weeks turns into ten years as capricious gods and wayward mortals thwart the Hero’s passage across the 'wine-dark sea'. The infamous one-eyed Cyclops, the alluring Sirens, six-headed Skylla, and the terrible whirlpool of Charybdis are but a few of the legendary monsters in this timeless adventure story. Through courage, cleverness and determination Odysseus triumphs over these trials and eventually is reunited with his family. Tales From the Odyssey is designed to introduce young audiences (ages 7 & up) and their families to one of the foundational stories of western literature. The visual elements in this poetic presentation are inspired by ancient Greek painted ceramics. Available June -December 2015, the show is well-suited for public libraries and small community venues. In fact, it's a perfect fit for the 2015 Summer Reading Theme: Every Hero Has A Story.
$351- $500
DiLorenzo, Kris Bombshells, Goombahs, Nonnas, and Wiseguys: Will the OTHER Italian Americans Please Stand Up? Performing Arts- Theater
This original one-woman show, supported by the Westchester Arts Council and the New York Foundation on the Arts, is Italian American actress Kris Dean's take on the ridiculous and demeaning media stereotypes of Italian Americans. With the help of fictional characters, including movie superstar Gina Sophia Maria Anna Claudia Virna Giulettia Silvana Scucciacicolone and reformed Red Brigade terrorist PollyOanna X Ronzoni, Kris takes you on a ride through reality, where you'll be introduced to real Italian American achievers. Be prepared to laugh, learn, eat─ and sign a petition to get Connie Francis into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
$351- $500
Austin, Robert Theatre of the Mind Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Mentalist Robert Austin will read people' minds through a series of experiments. This will include Robert using sightless vision. Coins,tape and a STEEL blindfold will be put on Robert's eyes and still he will be able to name people's names, social security numbers, serial numbers on dollar bills,people's addresses and play tic-tac-toe with someone. He will memorize items people yell out. He will bend, spoons,folks and keys with just his mind. He will be able to predict a word picked from a book of over 200 pages. And much more!
$501- $1000
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
Crocker, Keith LON CHANEY JR - From Lenny to the Wolfman - Hollywood's Under Appreciated Boogeyman Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
Here's a fantastic program that explores the career of Lon Chaney Jr. Born to Silent film legend Lon Chaney Sr, Chaney Jr's career was seriously sidelined by both his father and the Hollywood studios who felt the need to keep type casting him despite the fact that he was actually a very versatile performer. From his birth all the way to his height of popularity and finally his fall in Hollywood this program will show Chaney's versatility by utilizing various film clips from his horror and non horror pictures, and it will paint the picture of an actor who had so much to offer but was given such a limited space to display it all. Includes a fantastic amount of movie memorabilia and anecdotes about Chaney's career.
$101- $200
Chan, Daniel The Magic of Reading - Reading is fun Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Other
Dan Chan the Magic Man and Kat the Acrobat present a high-energy variety show. It's the only show that has it all! And there is no other show like it, weaving magic, comedy, pick-pocketing, juggling, escapes and acrobatics to create the ultimate variety show. His show includes appearance of live doves in a Las Vegas style manipulation act, magic to poetry, a fast paced juggling routine, one and two diabolos, and ends with amazing handstand push-ups while a yo-yo spins in his mouth!
$501- $1000
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