Performers and Programs

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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Wemett, Lisa Life in the Past Lane: History Along the Highways of NYS History,
Media- Photography
When you’re on a road trip, history is always around the bend. Step into the 1800s to explore the engineering marvels of the Erie Canal and its influence on the development of cities and the women’s rights movement. Tour fascinating homes, presidential sites, and even carousels visited by Lisa Wemett and Terry Mulee in their travels.
$101- $200
Wemett, Lisa Erie Byways: Feel the Lake Effect History,
Media- Photography
Enjoy a scenic driving tour along Lake Erie’s shoreline from Derby, NY, to Erie, Pennsylvania, and on to Ashtabula County, Ohio. Lighthouses, covered bridges, wineries, state parks, and historic homes are highlights of the picturesque spots Terry Mulee and Lisa Wemett captured with their cameras along these coastal routes. Travel literature from the Erie and Ashtabula visitors’ bureaus is furnished for this travelogue free of charge.
$101- $200
Hunt, Kathryn Tween & Teen Wardrobe Workshop Life Skills- Other,
Media- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Busy tweens and teens need to dress for school, sports, events and special occasions. Learn how to build a stylish wardrobe with basics to save up for splurges on must-haves. See what’s new for Prom fashion and get fashion answers from a designer’s point of view. Suggested Grades: 5-12. Duration: 1-hour. Cost: $200. Keywords: Fashion, Wardrobe, Style
$101- $200
Carpenter, Margot Thomas Comma; or, the Comma that Didn't Below Anywhere Life Skills- Other,
Media- Film,
Multicultural- Other
Thomas Comma (24 minutes), an animated film based on a story by poet Martha Baird, is the charming, humorous, and also sophisticated adventure of a lonely comma looking for the right sentence--that which truly represents him in this world. This 2D film will not only delight and inspire children and adults alike, but also encourage and educate them. "We're all of us like commas," wrote Ms. Baird, "looking for the right sentence." Following the film, Ken Kimmelman, Emmy Award winning filmmaker (Imageryfilm.com), gives an exciting talk on the making of the film and its meaning.
$101- $200
Brown, John John New York Photosongs History,
Media- Photography,
Music
Award winning songwriter John John Brown has set out to educate and entertain with his imaginative new project “New York Photosongs”. At the heart of this exploration are six handcrafted folk songs that tell the amazing true stories behind some of New York State’s most iconic and obscure photographs. “Conversations Atop a Skyscraper” takes the listener up high beside the grizzled New York City ironworkers of the Great Depression, while “Queen of the Mist” brings us to Annie Edson Taylor’s 1901 plummet over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The amusing “Cardiff Giant Hoax” sends the audience across the farms of Central New York in 1869 where science and religion collide in bizarre fashion, while the humorous “Georgie” gives us a peek at the infamous Lake George Monster. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even walk down the vermine filled alleyways of early 1900’s New York City and feel the “Rat Catcher Blues” or perhaps stumble into Times Square on VJ Day and see the “Kissing Sailor”. Armed with his guitar, 4x5 foot photographs, and 15 years as a public school educator, John John Brown shines a light on some of the most interesting New Yorkers who’ve walked before us.
$351- $500
Science, Wondergy LaserScience Media- Video,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Breathtaking Laser shows coupled with interactive demos and audience participation makes for a rockin’ fun time exploring the science of Laser projection. Spark your guests imaginations with a high-power computer-animated laser show! You're invited for a backstage tour of the science behind laser projection. We'll bring the rock music, lasers, lights, and fog to present an interactive show you'll never forget. VARIATION: CUSTOM LASER SHOW DESIGN From Pink Floyd to your Scouts' names to your company's logo, let our lasers animate what is important to you. A great way to get more out of LaserScience at Blue and Gold banquets, town events, and science fairs. Great giveaways can make this show hands-on for audiences of hundreds or thousands.
$501- $1000
Carpenter, Margot "The Heart Knows Better": Changing Prejudice to Kindness Life Skills- Other,
Media- Film,
Multicultural- Other
Learn where racism begins and how it can end, during a film and talk presentation by award winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman. View 3 short films by Mr. Kimmelman, the Emmy Award winning public service film "The Heart Knows Better"; "Brushstrokes," an anti-prejudice film commissioned by the UN; and "What Does a Person Deserve?" a celebrated film against homelessness and hunger. The films are part of an interactive presentation about how the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, founded by American educator Eli Siegel, can change prejudice to kindness. His statement is the basis for "The Heart Knows Better": "It will be found that black and white man have the same goodnesses, the same temptations, and can be criticized in the same way. The skin may be different, but the aorta is quite the same."
$101- $200
Fiske, David Broadway Goes to War: "Soldier Shows" of World War I History,
Media- Other
During the first World War, presentations called "soldier shows" allowed theatrical producers to not only entertain the public, but provide a show of patriotism. Some of these shows were put together by individuals who served in the military (such as Sergeant Irving Berlin), though others had no military background. The shows were light entertainment, featuring skits and musical numbers, and utilized many performers who were actually in the service. Proceeds from soldier shows went to projects intended to improve the lives of those serving in the armed forces of the United States.
Up to $100
Barkan, Paul Michael THE BEATLES' Magical Use of the Orchestra Media- Video,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Presented by Paul Michael Barkan, Music Technology Professor at the John Lennon Center for Music at Five Towns College, this lecture will explore the trailblazing use of the symphony orchestra and the recording studio in the music of the Beatles. This not-to-be-missed multi-media presentation promises to be lively, entertaining and full of video clips of the Beatles' songs and musical examples!
$201- $350
Mankita, Jay Build A Better Rube Goldberg Machine Workshop - Build A Better World 2017! Media- Other,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Artist/Educator Jay Mankita guides and inspires kids to construct delightfully complicated contraptions that accomplish simple tasks. Jay supplies dominos, popsicle sticks, magnets, rubber bands, string, balls, marbles, etc…, set up includes Jay’s basic table and floor-based templates as well as some pre-constructed machines for kids to study and play with, with plenty of opportunities for making, and learning from, their own mistakes. Goofy fun, and real engineering, with a bit of Rube Goldberg history thrown into the mix.
$351- $500
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