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Bard College at Simon’s Rock Upcoming February Events: Affordable, Year-Round Culture in the Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its upcoming events the rest of February. All events listed are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted. From visual and performing arts to lectures and readings, the Simon’s Rock campus offers residents numerous opportunities to delve into cultural events—free of charge. For more event information, or parking instructions, visit the College’s frequently updated online calendar at

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Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. — McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Theater Performance: Bridges Visiting Artist, Tomás Kubínek, Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible

On Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center, the Bard College at Simon's Rock Bridges Visiting Artists program will present Tomás Kubínek in his second performance at the college, as part of his artist’s residency from February 25 through March 2, 2011.

Mime, clown, acrobat, performance artist, and improvisational theater performer, Tomás Kubínek is celebrated by both audiences and critics. The New York Times has lauded his work as “absolutely expert and consistently charming,” while The Seattle Times says he is “Equal parts old-time clowning and Monty Pythonesque silliness.” This modern renaissance performer has sold out Broadway and has delighted, dazzled and charmed crowds throughout the world. His venues have included the Festival of Humor, Madrid, Spain; Asahi Hall, Tokyo, Japan; the International Festival of Hong Kong; the Royal Festival Hall, London, England; and the Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA.

He has received numerous international awards, including the Samuel Beckett Theatre Award from The Dublin Theater Festival in Ireland, the Schneestern Award from the International Festival of Humor in Arosa, Switzerland, and the Moers Comedy Prize from The International Comedy Arts Festival in Germany.

For more about the artist, see

This performance is not suitable for children under the age of five. Seating is limited. First come, first served. His previous performance at the college drew a full house, with standing room only.

Sunday, February 27, 2011, at 3:00 pm — Kellogg Music Center
Robert Schumann, in Celebration of his 200th Birth Year

On Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., the Music Program of Bard College at Simon’s Rock will present a vocal recital, “Robert Schumann, in Celebration of his 200th Birth Year.” The featured artists will be faculty member Jack Brown, baritone, accompanied by Hilda Banks Shapiro, pianist.

Their program will include Kinderszenen, Opus 15, Arabesque, Opus 18, and vocal selections from Liederkreis, Opus 39 and Dichterliebe, Opus 28.

Jack Brown, who directs both the Simon's Rock Chorus and the Simon's Rock Madrigal Group, also teaches voice at the College. As a singer he has established himself in hundreds of oratorio performances throughout the United States. His concerts have included the Brahms’ Requiem in Georgia, Mendelssohn's Elijah in New York City and Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Illinois. In addition to teaching at Simon's Rock, he teaches voice at the Hotchkiss School, and the Berkshire Music School in Pittsfield. He is also the Artistic Director of The Berkshire Lyric Theater in Pittsfield.

Hilda Banks Shapiro, considered a “musical matriarch” in the Berkshires, was the youngest student ever accepted at Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. Serge Koussevitzky chose her as the teenage representative to appear with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


Through Friday, March 18, 2011 — The Atrium Gallery, Alumni Library
Anna Dibble: Canines & Primates

Canine dinner parties with a human twist. An animated discussion about Darwin’s boat, a blue skinned woman in a sleeveless white dress, an unhappy Indian Runner Duck. Loosely painted fictional mutts posing in earnest for their portraits. The animals sit around brightly colored tables, musing, barking, singing, clutching wine glasses or coffee cups, sometimes dressed in clothes, sometimes naked, and often uncomfortable with the whole situation or themselves. Food is usually involved – Coq au Vin, Roast Duck Pizza, Moules Frites, Roasted Mullet.

This is the curious world of Vermont painter and writer, Anna Dibble, whose latest works will be exhibited at the Atrium Gallery at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington through March 18, 2011.

“Dibble’s people dogs are a cross between caricatures and portraits. Given her background – as an animation artist for Hanna-Barbera, Marvel and Disney – it is only natural that her creatures would be cartoonish vehicles for expression and personality. These dogs sigh, roll their eyes, mull the state of the world and smile wolfishly….Dibble seems not to worry about refining the images, and so they are direct and seem remarkably free of the kind of fastidiousness that can kill the original spontaneity of a work of art….”
Anne Galloway – Times Argus, Montpelier, Vermont

For over 35 years Dibble has shown her paintings and sculpture in solo and group shows throughout New England. Dibble’s current series of oil and mixed media paintings—Canines and Primates—are about everyday human angst and dilemma told through a dog’s point of view: Macklin and Tink share a glass of wine as they compare notes on the brevity of life and the joys of rolling in horse manure, a white dog named Sparky flirts with a Hooded Merganser, a raven in a red dress flutters her wings….

Anna Dibble’s current work reflects her interest in food, story, natural history, and a Dadaistic view of modern life: dogs, animal people, and humor as metaphors for our nonsensical human condition. For more about the artist, visit

The Atrium Gallery is located within the Alumni Library at Simon’s Rock. The gallery is open during regular library hours while the college is in session: weekdays 8:30 a.m. – midnight and weekends 11:00 a.m. - midnight.

On Facebook: Bard College at Simon's Rock Gallery/Exhibitions
Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389
Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator,

For a complete listing of events or more information, please visit: Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only college designed expressly to educate bright, highly motivated students after the tenth or eleventh grade. Founded in 1966 as the nation’s first and only early college, Simon’s Rock joined the Bard College system in 1979. It maintains its own campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (the heart of the culture-rich Berkshires), and unique identity as a supportive intellectual home for early college students. Bard College at Simon’s Rock enrolls approximately 450 full-time students, and grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.