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Edgecomb, Diane Superheroes Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!! Before Spiderman there was Anansi the cunning Spider from Africa. Watch him weave a web to the sky, tricking Nyame the sky god into setting all the stories free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing turtle from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Princess See-it-all from Hungary had X-ray vision just like Superman, and Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales sure to delight a varied family audience ages five and up. [Contact us ahead of time to see if we can include a short tale from a particular culture prominent in your town!] Recommended for ages 4 and up. This program was created to complement the theme of Summer Reading 2015: Every Hero has a Story! Diane's Summer Reading Programs have been gaining in popularity all over the Northeast-she has been invited to perform at over 240 libraries in Massachusetts.
$351- $500
Bezrodnov, Vitaliy Golden Gates - Singing, Dancing, Instrumental Company (15) Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Golden Gates offers audiences an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song, and dance. The repertoire is centered around masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers. The program is broad and varied, with something to appeal to everyone, including audience participation though clapping and learning Russian songs and words. Lilting balalaikas, dynamic bayan accordion, unique trashotky and loshky, humorous dances, and superb vocals combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages.
$501- $1000
Handy, Spook The Power of Song in the Civil Rights Movement History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This “Stand Up and Sing Out” program (see above) focuses on the songs of the Civil Rights Movement. It traces the sound track of the movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the March on Washington in 1963 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968 and beyond. Learn about the songs’ roots in era of slavery, the black churches of the south and the labor movement of the early 20th century and discover how the lessons of the civil rights movement have influenced and are reflected in “movement songs” of today. Be prepared to sing along and feel the power of the music that breathed the soul of the civil rights movement. This engaging, educational, entertaining and empowering program is particularly excellent for college audiences and can be supplemented with in-class lectures/concerts, Q&A and workshops to address the specific questions and interests of students today. It is also excellent for schools, arts centers, festivals, conferences, libraries, churches and anywhere else people want to experience the power of song.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John 'Wassail' Renaissance Christmas Pageant & Music Revels Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
'Sing, Say, and Play!' in this participatory Christmas music and pageant performance that toasts the old year and welcomes in the new. Set in the Magical Days of Yore, it is fanciful weaving of historic music, traditions, and surprises. 'Wassail' comes from the Old English greeting Wes hael, meaning 'Be thou hail!' and wassailers even today go about England carolling friends & neighbors in this traditional musical well-wishing. To highlight the event, the audience takes on roles in a traditional mummers’ play - a lighthearted spectacle of singing, costumes and laughter. Mummers' plays are still performed in rural England as improvisatory theater in streets, homes, and community gatherings, and feature a host of characters who symbolically assist the sun in its turning through the shortest days of the year. The culminating event of the play is the grand Wassail Bowl, around which all gather to wish a fine Yuletide Season! Come One and All, Young and Old, Shy and Bold, and let thy fancies run free (and be sure to bring your cameras!)
$351- $500
A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Puppet Shows Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A Barrel of Fun has a variety of puppet shows available. All shows include a live musical and ventriloquist soft puppet warmup with audience participation. Puppet shows include delightful, believable hand puppet characters who also sing with music tracks. All of our puppet shows are audience interactive, FUNNY and engaging. Summer library reading programs are our a specialty, featuring each year's state theme. For this summer's 2016 On Your Mark, Get Set, Read theme, we suggest the Fitness On the Farm Puppet Show. (This program is suitable for ages 6 and under.) Check website for photos and show descriptions.
$201- $350
Levin, Ira and Julia Music and Poetry of Hafiz Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and Poetry of Hafiz A colorful pageantry of songs and stories inspired by the 14th century Sufi poet Hafiz. Hafiz, who lived in the Persian city of Shiraz 100 years after the poet Rumi, has an amazing ability to lift the listener into a state of joy that overcomes the weariness of the world. into the poetry of 14th century poet, who lived 100 years after Rumi. Inspired by the book of poetry, Hafiz of Shiraz The Gift by Daniel Ladinsky. To hear the music go to: www.soundcloud.com/thelevins Duo, trio or quartet depending on space/budget. Joined by reknowned musicians Natalia Perlaza: Middle-Eastern percussion Mark Dann: Bass, Octive Mandolin We offer price breaks if you book more than one show or have multiple bookings with libraries or venues in your area. Call us at: 510.390-4903 to discuss which show will work best for you. Duo: $250- 450/ Group: $500-800
$351- $500
Epstein Kravis, Anna Song & Puppetry INTERACTIVE Fun for a Winter's Day Show (Non Holiday) Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
This lively song and puppetry concert brightens a winter day with lots of winter time songs, puppetry and participation! Designed with winter school break in mind, this HIGHLY INTERACTIVE program features adorable hand puppets, synthesizer keyboard, LuLu the Singing Lama's silliest antics, move-along fun, and many chances for children to be in the show. This is a bright and sparkly, high-energy time for a winter day! Ages 2-8 (+ -), and family audiences.
$351- $500
Schembri, Pamela Multicultural Tales Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
With her keen sense of dialog, Pamela inhabits characters from many parts of the world. Students travel from one country to another, discovering how traditional folk tales connect us all. Favorites include The Magic Orange Tree and other Haitian tales, Anansi stories (including African, Jamaican and North American versions), native American tales, and extraordinary selections from Europe and Asia.
$351- $500
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom TRADITIONAL AMERICAN MUSIC WITH FARMER TOM WALSH Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tiger Tom Walsh and his one man Jam Band show! No electronic trickery. It’s just one man, a guitar, Old time American, Roots, Mountain, Jam, Originals and BLUES music with The Cosmic Forces of the Universe… WOW! As one of the country’s most original Singer and Storytellers, FARMER Tom Walsh takes the listener on a fascinating journey through the roots of American music and his own original songs with a little help from the grooves of THE BLUES with a mix of old time mountain music, Uncle Dave Macon, The Grateful Dead and his own lovin' soul. FARMER Tom performs his songs and stories gathered from Masters he has studied and performed with including folklorist John Lomax and Mike Seeger of the Smithsonian institute of America, Legendary Traditional American musicians Doc Watson, Norm Blake, Joe Pass, Fiddling Mark Hamilton and others. FARMER Tom is a Master Flat picker and of the open tunings in early roots music; passed to him by Mike Seeger. Workshops, at festivals, are available.
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Uncle Sam's Magic of America Show History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Celebrate the spirit of star-spangled tricks with Ron Cain's Magic of America Show. Dressed as Uncle Sam, Ron takes audiences on a magical tour of the United States. Volunteers help him with illusions, which illustrate the nation's geographic diversity by focusing on different states. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, The Magic of Being Green, Tune In To Magical Idol, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
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