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Bits & Bytes: Benefit concert for Clinton Church; Construct scholarship fund; Solid Sound line-up; John Doe at Club Helsinki Hudson; Hotchkiss annual dance performance

The benefit concert for the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church will feature 12 short performances by student vocalists and musicians including members of Simon’s Rock’s chorus and jazz concert and a performer from the annual gospel concert.

Simon’s Rock to host benefit concert for Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church

Great Barrington — Students from Bard College at Simon’s Rock will hold a concert and raffle on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the college’s Daniel Arts Center to benefit the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church Restoration Project.

The concert will feature 12 short performances by student vocalists and musicians including members of Simon’s Rock’s chorus and jazz concert and a performer from the annual gospel concert. Raffle items will include ceramic pieces, drawings, watercolors, photographs and artwork donated by Simon’s Rock students and faculty members. All items will be on display in the lobby of the Daniel Arts Center and raffle entries may be made for specific items from 4 – 4:30 p.m. and during intermission. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 each (or $15 for 10). Winners will be announced following the concert. All proceeds will benefit the Clinton Church Restoration Project.

The fundraiser is the brainchild of the student club Rockers Engaged in Active Community Help (REACH), whose goal is to further student involvement in the local community and to create a stronger, more giving community both on- and off-campus.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free for children age 10 and under. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Simon’s Rock at (413) 644-4400 or info@simons’rock.edu.

–E.E.

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Construct Inc. announces the Steven Rubenstein Annual Scholarship Fund

Great Barrington — Construct Inc. has announced the Steven Rubenstein Scholarship, its annual scholarship fund opportunity. The scholarship is derived from a gift of $10,000 from Kenneth and Francine C. Rubenstein of Great Barrington made in 2014 in made in memory of their son, Steven Rubenstein, who was professor of anthropology and director of the Research Institute for Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. The gift is awarded at a rate of $1,000 per year for 10 years to eligible south Berkshire County students living at 60 percent of median income or less who are studying in the fields of human services, anthropology, environmental science, women’s studies and Latin American studies or whose studies will provide the opportunity to help people living in poverty and/or create a more just and peaceful world.

The scholarship application deadline is Sunday, April 30. The recipient will be notified by Friday, June 1, and the award will be given at Construct’s annual meeting on Wednesday, June 21. Interested college-bound students may contact Construct at (413) 528-1985 or email Jane Ralph at jane4construct@gmail.com for more information.

–E.E.

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Solid Sound Festival lineup released

Wilco. Photo: Shervin Lainez
Wilco. Photo: Shervin Lainez

North Adams — The musical lineup has been released for the 2017 Solid Sound Festival, which will take place Friday, June 23, through Sunday, June 25, at MASS MoCA. Joining festival hosts Wilco, who will headline shows on Friday and Saturday, will be Television, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Robert Glasper Experiment, Dawn of Midi, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Kevin Morby, Joan Shelley, Big Thief, Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers, Deep Sea Diver, Andy Shauf, Alloy Orchestra, Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids, Kacy & Clayton, Daniel Bachman, Jeff Parker Trio, the Shaggs and Max Hatt/Edda Glass. Wilco members’ side projects including Tweedy, the Autumn Defense, On Fillmore, the Nels Cline Four and Quindar will also perform.

John Hodgman will host the comedy stage. Bread and Puppet Theater will return to Solid Sound for the first time since 2010, the Story Pirates will make their fifth appearance and real food crusader and author of “How to Cook Everything” Mark Bittman will make his festival debut. Additional programming, kid-friendly events, gallery exhibits and more will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

Three-day passes for adults are $159. Tickets for children ages 6 to 10 are $50 and children under 6 will be admitted free. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar.

–E.E.

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Punk rocker John Doe to perform at Club Helsinki Hudson

John Doe. Photo: Jim Herrington
John Doe. Photo: Jim Herrington

Hudson, N.Y. — John Doe, co-founder of seminal California punk rock band X, will bring his new “psychedelic soul,” along with musical selections from his entire four-decade career, to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.

John Doe is co-founder, co-vocalist and chief songwriter of legendary California punk rock outfit X. X’s unique style, which incorporated a roots-music influence, foreshadowed a punk/roots fusion that would be more common years later, and also hinted at the alt-country movement of the 1990s.

On his own, Doe has been a prolific solo recording artist with 10 albums to his credit, and an actor with roles in more than 50 films and TV productions. Other musical side projects include work with the Knitters, Jill Sobule and the Sadies. He writes poetry and has taught workshops from time to time. He currently lives north of San Francisco.

For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the club at (518) 828-4800.

–E.E.

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Hotchkiss School to present annual dance performance

The Hotchkiss Dance Company's 2016 spring dance performance. Photo: Jonathan Doster
The Hotchkiss Dance Company’s 2016 spring dance performance. Photo: Jonathan Doster

Lakeville, Conn. — The Hotchkiss Dance Company will present its annual performance on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2:30 p.m. in the Hotchkiss School’s Walker Auditorium. New work by dance program director Alice Sarkissian-Wolf will be featured as well as commissioned works by 2016-17 guests artists Liliana Candotti and Ann Marie DeAngelo and selected works by students. The performance is the culmination of many weeks of rehearsal and preparation on the part of the company. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. For ore information, call (860) 435-4423.

–E.E.

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