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

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its upcoming events for the rest of April. 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.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. — Blodgett House
Proseminar Lecture: Joan Cocks

Joan Cocks will present a lecture, “The Question of Origins in Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism.” She will begin by examining the reasons why Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism has remained a modern classic of political thought from 1951, when it was first published, to today. It then will probe Arendt's unique and controversial notion of how to search for the origins of modern catastrophes. It will conclude with the relevance of this notion for understanding specific political crises of our age.

Joan Cocks is professor and chair of politics, and a member of the interdisciplinary program in critical social thought, at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of articles on Marxism, feminism, the history of political thought, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and sovereign power, as well as two books in political theory, The Oppositional Imagination (Routledge) and Passion and Paradox: Intellectuals Confront the National Question (Princeton UP).

Friday, April 9, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. — Kellogg Music Center
Epiphany Project: Bet Williams and John Hodian

Vocalist Bet Williams and pianist John Hodian perform a blend of Americana, art song, avant-garde, and world music.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. — Kellogg Music Center
The Synapse Brothers

The Synapse Brothers (Bob Gluck and John Myers), and guest percussionist, Dean Sharp will perform electro-acoustic modern jazz.

Bob Gluck is a multi-faceted pianist, composer, and historical writer. His repertoire spans jazz, live electronic music, and avant-garde concert. Erik Lawrence (Chronogram) has referred to Gluck as "an accomplished and passionate pianist in the most elusive tradition of avant-garde masters Cecil Taylor, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner, and Don Pullen. Bob Gluck's performances and exhibitions have been presented internationally. His albums include the EMF releases Stories Heard and Retold (1998), Electric Songs (2003), and Electric Brew (2007).

Guitarist/composer and faculty member John Myers is a jazz and classical guitarist. Performance credits include work with pipaist/vocalist Min Xiao-fen, tenor saxophonist Benny Russell, flutist Hiroaki Honshuku, vocalist Ruth Young, and many others. He is a member of the Straight Ahead Jazz Trio with flugelhornist Karl Easton and bassist Pete Toigo.

Dean Sharp is a prolific creative percussionist, producer and remixer. He has performed and recorded with artists including Moby, Brad Mehldau, Stephen Vitiello, Elliott Sharp, Michael Bisio, Joe Lovano, Marc Ribot, John Stubblefield, and others.

Wednesday, April 14, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 15, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 16, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 17, 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
All performances are in the Liebowitz Studio Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Theater Production: “Crimes of the Heart”

Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama is directed by alumna Sara Katzoff ‘97 Set Design by Victor McQuiston, lighting design is by Jason Goldman, and costumes by alumnus George Veale ’98

Dancing a fine line between devastation and delight, humor and disaster, Crimes of The Heart focuses an intimate lens on the three Magrath sisters as they each cope with a sensational crime that has disrupted their lives. Reunited in their Granddaddy’s ancestral home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, the sisters take inventory of their tumultuous past and discover the strength and resilience needed to move beyond the tragic events that have defined them. Starring an extraordinary company of advanced theater students including: Abby Edber, Max Erhman-Shapiro, Jordan Frye, Drew Levin, Mirah Sand and Summer Plouffe-Vogel

Friday, April 16, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. — The Gallery at Liebowitz
Opening Reception/Gallery Talk: Portia Munson

Portia Munson works in a variety of media including installation, sculpture, painting, and photography. Her conceptual installations and sculptures are created with found objects, and deal with social issues such as gender, environment, and consumer culture. Her still life paintings are perceptual, drawn from direct observation of isolated objects also addressing major themes in contemporary society. Munson creates large scale photography prints using flowers as her medium and the scanner as her camera. “The Pink Project” is an exploration of the color pink, a culturally loaded color that has been projected onto girls and women.

Munson has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions including: The New Museum, NY, Art in General, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art/Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, Kunstahallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odensec, Denmark, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WY and Yoshii Gallery. Munson is currently part of a three person exhibition, Debris at PPOW Gallery in NYC that runs through April 24th.

The exhibition runs through May 15, 2010.

The Gallery at Liebowitz is open Friday – Sunday, noon – 5:00 p.m. or by appointment.
On Facebook: Bard College at Simon's Rock Gallery/Exhibitions
Simon's Rock Exhibitions page.
Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389
Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator, 

Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. — McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
South Berkshire Concerts: The Walden Chamber Players

The Walden Chamber Players, with guest harp soloist Franziska Huhn, makes a return appearance following their successful performances in the Berkshire Composers Project of 2008. Program to include chamber music for flute, harp, and strings, including the "Serenade" of Albert Roussel.

Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. — Chapel of the United Church of Christ, Lenox, MA
Concert: Anonymous Eight

Anonymous Eight from Bard College at Simon's Rock will be performing at the Chapel of the United Church of Christ in Lenox, MA as part of the "Month of Sundays" series. Proceeds will go directly to the church's upcoming mission trip to Costa Rica. Anonymous Eight will sing several a cappella old American hymn tunes from the shape note tradition, short sacred works by Byrd, di Lasso and Vittoria as well as several madrigals. The group is directed by Jack Brown.

Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. Location TBA
STAR Lecture Series: Dr. Liah Greenfeld

Dr. Liah Greenfeld, University Professor and the Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Sciences at Boston University will offer a lecture titled, “The Relationship Between Modern Culture and the Mind and the Brain in the Incidence of Functional Mental Illness.”

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm — McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Dance Concert

The annual spring Simon's Rock dance concert is an evening of original choreography by faculty and students. A variety of dance styles will be presented including modern dance, ballet, tap, hip hop and others.


Alex Nathanson: "Elks Club Fire ’59"
Through April 10, 2010
Daniel Arts Center

Natanah Rothberg: “Faceless”
April 19 – 24, 2010
Opening Reception: Monday, April 19, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Daniel Arts Center

Hannah Schindler: “Vanitas”
April 26 – May 1, 2010
Opening reception: Monday, April 26, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Daniel Arts Center

For a complete listing of events or more information, please visit our Events page. 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.