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May 17, 2006

'Certified Lunatic' Kubinek Entertained School Groups In Hancher

More than a thousand students from 15 eastern-Iowa communities attended a May 8 matinee performance by "certified lunatic" Tomas Kubinek, part of the Stage Door educational series presented by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. The performance concluded a three-week Iowa residency, organized by Hancher.

Kubinek has been called many other things: "Equal parts old-time clowning and Monty Pythonesque silliness," the human equivalent of "Stupid Pet Tricks," "Professor of Fantastically Useless Inventions" and "Master of the Impossible."

He flies. He plays the ukulele while balancing a wine glass on his forehead. He becomes a six-legged pedestrian. He's even fenced on the high wire with the Flying Wallendas. He refuses to confirm that he actually can stop the earth's orbit: "It's not so important whether I actually stop the earth's orbit for three full seconds or not; it's that I am courageous and sincere in my attempts."

Suffice it to say that clowning, mime, magic, acrobatics, music and verbal humor merge in a sort of uncategorizable vaudeville that appeals to all ages. He says, "Inspiration comes from constantly rediscovering what a miracle it is that we exist and how beautiful and fragile it all is."

This event was supported by the Herb and Janice Wilson Arts Education Endowment.

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Tomas Kubinek Stage Door Attendance

1,088 students

ANAMOSA: St. Patrick School -- 82 students

CEDAR RAPIDS:  Cedar Rapids Home School Assistance Program -- 25 students; Johnson School of the Arts -- 80 students

COLUMBUS JUNCTION: Columbus Junction Middle School -- 35 students

CORALVILLE: Montessori School -- 7 students

FAIRFIELD: Fairfield Home Schoolers -- 48 students

FT. MADISON: Holy Trinity Elementary -- 55 students; Richardson Elementary -- 45 students

IOWA CITY: Christian Home Educators -- 40 students; Grant Wood Elementary -- 210 students; Lemme Elementary - 100 students; Sacred Heart Home School -- 26 students

KALONA: Mid-Prairie Home Schools -- 30 students

LONG GROVE: CHEF Home Schools -- 22 students    

MARION: Linn Mar High School -- 3 students

OXFORD: Clear Creek Elementary -- 134 students    

TIFFIN: Clear Creek High School -- 51 students    

WASHINGTON: Washington-Waco Home Schools --9 students

WELLMAN: Mid-Prairie Community School District -- 43 students

WILTON: Zion Lutheran School -- 43 students

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu