Basement Medicine

It is a glorious thing to watch“Pirates”

Magnificent Schmidl

May 9, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

April 25-28, NVU Johnson’s theatre department put on the comic opera "Pirates of Penzance," directed by Erik Kroncke, a vocal teacher here at NVU-Johnson. I went to the first performance on Thursday, April 25 and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The play takes place in Penzance, which is a town in Cornwall, En...

Writer’s club: an informal workshop for one and all

Writer’s club: an informal workshop for one and all

Ciarra Annis

May 9, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Campus & Community

It is Wednesday at 7 p.m. and one by one, students shuffle into Wiley Library and Learning Center room 214. As more and more people enter, the mood lightens and soon jokes are flying. It is a slow day and they have nothing to read. Someone mentions a Reddit and it is pulled up on the projector to share...

Coming back to Minecraft

Coming back to Minecraft

Ciarra Annis

May 9, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

I never thought I would be playing this game again, not in 2019 and not when I have a game library that is collecting cobwebs. Its graphics aren’t that appealing to me, there’s no story and no end goal. Lacking those three things, it’s not one that I usually would be enjoying. But it just got an...

Father John Misty back with his fourth studio album

Father John Misty back with his fourth studio album

Patrick Bell

May 9, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

"God’s Favorite Customer" is the fourth album by indie singer/songwriter Father John Misty. Released in 2018, it was received well by critics and fans alike but wasn’t nominated for any big awards. I was a little shocked that this release came as quickly as it did. His previous release, "Pure Comedy...

Pigging out at Martell’s at the Red Fox: a destination worth the journey

Pigging out at Martell’s at the  Red Fox: a destination worth the journey

Rebecca Flieder

April 24, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

CLUNK! I was afraid we’d lose a tire before we’d ever see a hostess, let alone our meal. I was so hungry. CLUNK! “Turn right in two miles,” said the GPS. CLUNK! Nevermind the fact I was driving a Jeep; I felt that the poor vehicle’s suspension might give out any minute. “Sorry car, sorry...

Kickin’ it with Dropkick Murphys

Kickin’ it with Dropkick Murphys

Magnificent Schmidl

April 24, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

It’s the Friday evening of St. Patrick’s day weekend and my boyfriend and I are headed to Boston, Massachusetts to celebrate the best way we know how: by going to a Dropkick Murphys concert. I, being a frequent Boston adventurer, knew better than to drive to the venue (The Boston House of Blues)...

This is a game to “Return.” to

This is a game to “Return.” to

Ciarra Annis

April 24, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

There’s an adorable unsung hero in the messy aisles of free games that can be found in the Steam game marketplace. “Return.” published on Steam in August of 2018, is a platformer game that feels like it came out of a pleasant dream. “Return.” is very short. There is only really one level...

Paradise on a plate

Rebecca Flieder

April 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

It’s a cold and blustery night, the kind of night that rattles window panes and, if you dare to brave it, will stick its prickly thumbs into your eye sockets just to see you suffer. These kinds of nights, the wind howls like a newborn through the cracks of your poorly-weatherproofed doors. You can...

The Apex of Battle Royales

Ciarra Annis

April 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

The enemy team didn’t see me, and I could barely believe it. My teammates had just been wiped out after we assumed the Pathfinder we saw enter the building had been alone. I ran onto the roof of the dilapidated house after they went down. There was nothing I could do solo against another team of...

Poetry and Moore

Poetry and Moore

Magnificent Schmidl

April 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

On March 22, NVU- Johnson hosted for the second time poet, musician and activist Jessica Care Moore in the Stearns Performance Space. She came to read poetry, talk about her life and inspire people to take action and make changes in their communities. Moore has been speaking out against issues of...

Writer’s night a success

Writer’s night a success

Ciarra Annis

April 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

About 40 white plastic seats were set up in the lobby of the Visual Arts Center lobby in preparation for the NVU Poetry/Fiction Reading on the night of April 29. All of them were filled with students, family and other members of the Johnson community. About fifteen others stood around the room as nine...

“The Act”: true crime, truly bizarre

“The Act”: true crime, truly bizarre

Mike King

April 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

True crime dramatization is a hard genre to master, often playing out on the screen more like a low budget B movie than a feature quality production. Hulu’s new series “The Act” has managed to capture the genre in a smooth and interesting way that engages viewers with solid acting and one of the...

“Turn Blue” with the Black Keys

“Turn Blue” with the Black Keys

Patrick Bell

April 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The Black Keys album, “Turn Blue” was released in 2014 to positive reviews from most music critics and was listed as third on Rolling Stone’s top albums of 2014 list. It was nominated for best rock album at the Grammys and their single “Fever” received several nominations. This marked the...

An a-maiz-ing performance with an Afro-Carribean twist

An a-maiz-ing performance with an Afro-Carribean twist

Magnificent Schmidl

April 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

On March 26, Burlington-based Afro-Latino band Mal Maiz rocked NVU- Johnson’s Stearns Performance Space. I attended with a few of my friends who were also intrigued by the Creative Audience posters posted around campus. It looked like a funky, alternative jazz show of sorts, but what it ended up being...

Left 4 Dead 2 still great after 10 years

Left 4 Dead 2 still great after 10 years

Ciarra Annis

March 21, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

It will be 10 years this November since “Left 4 Dead 2” released online and there’s no better time to look back at the fond memories it has given its players and see how the game holds up. “Left 4 Dead 2” was released by Valve, creator of online game market Steam and the cult classic series...

Grande’s new album, “thank you, next” a success

Grande’s new album, “thank you, next” a success

Danielle Christina

March 21, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Move over ladies in the spotlight, Ariana Grande has done it again. For those of you who thought that Ariana Grande’s reign ended in 2016 with her album “Dangerous Woman,” you might want to take a seat. Grande got her start in Hollywood on the Nickelodeon TV show “Victorious,” where she...

Dysfunction works for “Umbrella Academy”

Dysfunction works for “Umbrella Academy”

Mike King

March 21, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

“Umbrella Academy” is a Netflix series based on the comic book by Gerard Way, the front man of alternative rock band My Chemical Romance. With the rise of comic book-inspired television anyone who hasn’t read the comic might pass up “Umbrella Academy” as just another show about a team of superheroes,...

Courtney Barnett: perfectly imperfect

Courtney Barnett: perfectly imperfect

Patrick Bell

March 21, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” by Courtney Barnett appeared on the indie-alternative scene in 2015 and has become a must-listen for fans of her music. It was received well from critics and fans alike, and was considered one of the top albums of the year. Barnett herself was...

Bloody, bold, and resolute

Bloody, bold, and resolute

Ciarra Annis

February 21, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

One of Shakespeare’s best known plays took the stage at Dibden Center for the Arts Feb. 14-17... “Macbeth” was directed by Laura Roald, who previously directed “Nine” also at Dibden. This “Macbeth” is an adaption set in a future Scotland after the collapse of the European Union and the...

El Toro: a great spot and that’s no bull

El Toro: a great spot and that’s no bull

Magnificent Schmidl

February 21, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

El Toro is a small, family owned Mexican restaurant and bar that prides itself in their quality of food as well as their support of local music. Outside on this February night, it is windy and gray, but inside there are vibrant hues of yellow and cyan on the walls, with tapestries and various artwork...

Binta M. Colley comes to Dibden

Binta M. Colley comes to Dibden

Magnificent Schmidl

February 21, 2019


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

If you take a walk by Dibden any time in the near future, be sure to check out the new art exhibit in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery in Dibden Hall by Binta M. Colley entitled, “It’s All in the Details.” It was displayed Feb. 6, and Colley gave a talk to launch its opening. Her work was...

Still channeling Led Zeppelin

Still channeling Led Zeppelin

Patrick Bell

February 21, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Greta Van Fleet’s new album “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” is the band’s first full-length album. It has earned new fans with this release, but a lot of controversy as well. Hailing from a small town in Michigan, Greta Van Fleet band consists of three brothers doing vocals, bass, and electric...

Dumplin’ disappoints

Dumplin’ disappoints

Magnificent Schmidl

February 21, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Well, it’s happened again. Movie trailers have led us to believe that Netflix made a great movie about strong women, body positivity, empowerment and acceptance of all kinds of people, when in reality, it is about a petty conflict that is so loose it never should have happened in the first place. Netflix...

Isaac Eddy and the power of vulnerability

Isaac Eddy and the power of vulnerability

Magnificent Schmidl

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The spring semester’s second Creative Audience event featured an orientation reboot on Monday, Jan. 28 in Bentley 207. The main speaker was Professor of Performing Arts Isaac Eddy, who spoke about fear using examples from his time as a Blue Man to illustrate the power of vulnerability. The talk...

Pocket Camp: almost perfect

Pocket Camp: almost perfect

Rebecca Flieder

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Animal Crossing was my first love. Wild World was released in 2005, but I first picked up a Nintendo DS somewhere around 2008. I was nine years old. After almost four years of playing and over 500 hours logged in a single cartridge, I bought another at a Gamestop in 2011, right before “Animal Crossing:...

Bounce, roll, and wobble around to your heart’s content with “Pikuniku”

Bounce, roll, and wobble around to your heart’s content with “Pikuniku”

by Ciarra Annis

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

A new indie platformer game entered the scene on Jan. 24 entitled “Pikuniku.” It is the first game developed by the indie collective Sectordub. “Pikuniku” was published by Digital Devolver, a publisher well known for “Hotline Miami” and “Serious Sam HD” and is available on PC and the...

Tame Impala shines bright with “Currents”

Tame Impala shines bright with “Currents”

Patrick Bell

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Tame Impala’s most recent album, “Currents,” is a staple of the modern indie scene that has listeners coming back to it time and time again three years after its release. To start off this album review, let’s start with the band that created this album. The band isn’t a group of musicians....

This year’s BFA exhibits tell personal stories of life and loss

This year’s BFA exhibits tell personal stories of life and loss

Adriana Eldred

December 14, 2018


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

Every fall semester, seniors in the Fine Arts program are set to present their exhibitions, and this year is no exception – except for, of course, the exceptional work done this year. Three placed in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery in Dibden Center and one in the black box gallery in the Visual Ar...

“House of Cards” falls flat without Spacey

“House of Cards” falls flat without Spacey

Tom O'Leary

December 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

When developing the sixth and final season of his Netflix series "House of Cards," creator Beau Willimon was put in an impossible situation by the show’s star, Kevin Spacey. Spacey, who played the primary protagonist politician Frank Underwood, was fired by Netflix following a series of sexual assault a...

Spotify wraps up the year

Spotify wraps up the year

Patrick Bell

December 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

So the other day, I was running out of my apartment late for a class, had some weird brown crud on my chin, and I had totally forgotten to do some homework assignment for that day. I had my headphones on and opened up the Spotify app to play some music when I saw that 2018 Wrapped in front of my scree...

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