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It was the hard-knock life for Ali

It was the hard-knock life for Ali

Josh Lemay

March 27, 2014


Filed under Movies

To many people in my generation, Muhammad Ali is just a boxer, and a damned good one. Most of his power as a legitimate icon has been lost in time. “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” is a film that dives into the man as he is caught in a battle of religion, race, and dissent against a brutal war. Ali’s...

White and Nelson to read April 1

White and Nelson to read April 1

Travis LeClair

March 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Campus & Community

Gifted and persistent authors Jessica Hendry Nelson and Jacob White will team up to deliver the second reading for JSC’s Spring Author Series. The two will read in Stearns Performance Space on Thursday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m. Nelson is the author of a collection of memoirs, “If Only You People...

College alumnus brings Nashville to WJSC

College alumnus brings Nashville to WJSC

Ben Simone

March 15, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Rooted in the Country is the best of traditional country music, rockabilly, bluegrass, gospel, and Vermont artist,” said Corey Ryder, a Johnson State College alumnus whose radio show “Rooted in the Country” has brought nationally renown artist to WJSC 90.7 Ryder is a self-proclaimed historian...

Edelweiss is delicious for you and your best friend

Edelweiss is delicious for you and your best friend

Max Van Wie

March 15, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

In the business since 1994, Edelweiss Bakery and Sandwich Shop, now located at 325 Lower Main Street Johnson, has been providing quality sandwiches and French pastries out of its European styled bakery. After visiting the bakery for a sandwich and pastry it is clear to me that 20 years of operation have...

“Castlevania,” Lords of the Button Masher

Louis Bizarro

March 15, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

If you have played any action titles in the last couple of years then the game play for Castlevania Lords of Shadow (LOS) will seem very familiar. For those who haven’t branched out from the nostalgic side scrolling greats of the past, Mario, Sonic or past incarnations of Castlevania you will be sorely...

Kat Wright bares her soul band at Radio Bean

Kat Wright bares her soul band at Radio Bean

Patrick McGuinn

March 15, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

What does the word indomitable mean anyway? Big, loud, full of energy, perhaps? At Burlington’s Radio Bean on Thursday nights, something truly big is going on. Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band presides every Thursday evening at 11:30. Vocalist Kat Wright is backed by a band with a sound...

Mule Bar kicks ass

Mule Bar kicks ass

Travis LeClair

March 15, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

It is common knowledge in Winooski that the Mule Bar is likely to fill up every night. The Mule Bar is a charming and comfortable eatery/bar in Winooski, Vt. The spot is small enough to be called intimate (there are only a handful of wooden tables aside from the bar that can fit around a dozen...

Students expose the NSA, on-stage

Students expose the NSA, on-stage

Kayla Friedrich

March 15, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

Torture, murder, and suicide were brought to the Dibden stage Thursday, March 6, with JSC Alum and Burlington playwright Eric Hill’s one act, “Exposé in the NSA.” Hill established his production company, Seeing Redd, upon graduating from Johnson State College in 2012, and has since produced...

Eco-Band keeps the dead alive

Eco-Band keeps the dead alive

Thomas Benton

March 15, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

An African-American woman dragged herself across the stage. Years weighed her down. She started by thanking Goddard College. Audience members looked at each other. Someone yelled, “This is Johnson State College!” The speaker didn’t understand. The someone repeated, “This is Johnson State...

An appeal on behalf of “Veronica Mars”

Thomas Benton

March 15, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

What rose-scented antidote is this? What flash of Hera’s bosom? What bellow from Heaven, startling jumpers back away from their ledges? What feminine hand, throwing funds into the cups of the spiritually destitute? I see a forgotten vision of neon beams cutting through the dark; seven years’ rainfall...

Goldfingered

Goldfingered

Jim Union

February 20, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Editor’s note: Jim Union’s Christian name is Richard Schlong, and he was once a private eye; kidnapped by his former nemesis, Kaufman (now known as "K."), and subjected to plastic surgery, Richard has now become an agent for an agency that doesn’t exist--operating under the name: Jim Union. &nb...

VPB offers a meal worthy of lions

VPB offers a meal worthy of lions

Travis LeClair

February 20, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

The Vermont Pub & Brewery has been a go-to-spot for me for eight years. The Pub’s famous lion statues can be seen from across the street; they should be viewed as inviting creatures, rather than those that will ravage your wallet. After one ascends the wide stairs and enters the restaurant, one ha...

“Her” looks like a painting, feels like love

“Her” looks like a painting, feels like love

Travis LeClair

February 19, 2014


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

Have you ever fallen in love? Have you ever experienced the chest-felt rush of meeting someone new, someone who comes to understand you, who comes to rule your thoughts? Maybe you dream about this person. Have you grown with them, coming to know your limits and theirs? Have you ever felt the choking st...

Grilled, smoked, Wicked Wings

Grilled, smoked, Wicked Wings

Kayla Friedrich

February 19, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

"Wicked" is a slang word that originated in New England to add emphasis, as in "that’s wicked hot," and if you live in there, a name like Wicked Wings speaks for itself.   Wicked Wings is one of three small restaurants situated in downtown Johnson. It opened in September of 2011 and the bar area offe...

Students flip over the bird

Students flip over the bird

Ben Simone

February 19, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

"F#$&! Sh*&! Motherf*&%$#!!" my suite-mate shouted as he threw down his iPad. He had been playing "Flappy Bird," the newest and hottest mobile game, for nearly two hours. For a couple weeks the mobile game has flapped its way to Johnson State College and has caused cases of anger and fr...

“Ender’s Game” still enjoyable almost 40 years later

“Ender’s Game” still enjoyable almost 40 years later

Lisa Kent

February 19, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Orson Scott Card’s "Ender’s Game" first came out in 1977. I read it then, and enjoyed it so much that I went on to read the rest of Card’s work as it came out. I didn’t expect to read this particular book again, but since it showed up on our "New Books" display last month here in the Willey Lib...

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Travis LeClair

February 18, 2014


Filed under Movies

Imagine living in a reality where war criminals are celebrated as heroes for mass murder. Imagine that genocide goes unpunished and untried after 50 years. Now imagine befriending one of these executioners and making a film documenting the reenactment of torture and murder committed by his hands. ...

Watching you, Watching Them: Scott Ketcham brings “Beauty and Darkness” onto Johnson State Campus

Watching you, Watching Them: Scott Ketcham brings “Beauty and Darkness” onto Johnson State Campus

Tamra Williams

February 15, 2014


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

The female form sprawled, mostly nude, and composed of broad paint strokes of bright color on paper are features that depict Scott Ketcham’s work. These forms are provocative upon first glance. When studying the curved strokes of the brush and placement of bold yellows, reds, blues, and oranges for...

Dobrá Tea brings the East to you

Dobrá Tea brings the East to you

Victoria Greenia

February 15, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

This season’s icy grip has been making my family cranky; the six of us were seeing way too much of each other and, frankly, my kids were starting to have faces even I couldn’t love. We were getting stir-crazy and my daughters were begging for a mother-daughter day. I wanted to give my girls an...

Beyonce’s Declaration of Independence

Beyonce’s Declaration of Independence

Travis LeClair

February 6, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Many celebrated as Beyoncé Knowles became Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and I, like many others, rejoiced when the two superstars had a child together. They deserve a break, they are busy with baby Blue. No one expects a new wife and mother to create the best work of her career. Beyoncé fans were pro...

Waka Flocka Flame lights up B-Town

Waka Flocka Flame lights up B-Town

Travis LeClair

February 6, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Energetic hip/hop star Waka Flocka Flame passed through Burlington on Jan. 25, bringing his effective hype crew with him and an arsenal of fun beats to rap and scream over, offering a show that was one hell of a good time. Waka Flocka Flame has earned success and mainstream attention after the release...

Springsteen ‘75 re-materializes, says: “I’ve seen some shit”

Springsteen ‘75 re-materializes, says: “I’ve seen some shit”

Tom Benton

February 6, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Even those who are simply aware of Bruce Springsteen’s continued existence probably remember his album “The Rising.”  It came out just after 9/11, when we were searching for landmarks of American identity, it reunited Springsteen with his legendary E Street Band, with which he hadn’t laid down...

Village Tavern: satisfaction guaranteed

Village Tavern: satisfaction guaranteed

Max van Wie

February 6, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

Walking into the Jeffersonville Village Tavern, I could understand why it’s called “a family-friendly pub and restaurant.” The warmly dim lighting and the exposed beam-work of the building suggest entering an ancient Adirondack barn. I sat across from my friend Gabriel.  A server instantly...

Become a well-rounded individual from the comfort of your home

Become a well-rounded individual from the comfort of your home

Tom Benton

February 6, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Those of you disappointed by the Jan. 28 “State of the Union” address, don’t worry: television goes on. I direct your attention to three fresh series: the BBC’s “Sherlock,”  which has just aired its third season; NBC’s “Community,” which is airing its fifth season; and Cartoon Network’s...

“Dallas Buyers Club” gives AIDS outbreak a personal look

“Dallas Buyers Club” gives AIDS outbreak a personal look

Travis LeClair

February 6, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

This year Hollywood delivered an unadulterated and personal view into the AIDS outbreak that shook the United States in the 1980s. An almost unrecognizable Matthew McConaughey stars in the sad and brilliant “Dallas Buyers Club.” McConaughey is known for being able to bring a film to the next level,...

Talent show showcases FUN, “Dancing” and fathers

Talent show showcases FUN, “Dancing” and fathers

Lindsay Brown

December 10, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

Eleven students showcased their talents in the Bentley Auditorium on Wednesday Nov. 20 to a meager crowd of about 20 students and faculty. The show was sponsored by Living for Giving and the JSC Chorale to benefit “Toys for Tots.” Judges for the event included Director of First-Year-Experience...

“Hallucinations” dampens the wonder

“Hallucinations” dampens the wonder

Lisa Kent

December 10, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

This month, I’ve chosen Oliver Sacks’ new non-fiction work, "Hallucinations." What are they? As Sacks notes, they are seeing, feeling, hearing, and smelling things that aren’t there. According to Sacks, hallucinations are very common. And most types of hallucinations have nothing to do with one’s...

Stearns hosts Vermont Bluegrass legends

Stearns hosts Vermont Bluegrass legends

Max Van Wie

November 27, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Stearns Performance Space was home to an interesting night of Bluegrass originals and traditional music Wednesday, Nov. 13. Opening the show, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing mixed their distinctly northern Bluegrass with traditional southern Bluegrass music to create a sound that proved to be both...

Red Onion sandwiches hit the spot

Red Onion sandwiches hit the spot

Ben Simone

November 27, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

On a cold November evening on Church Street in Burlington, my companion and I stood gazing at the gleaming red neon onion in the window just above a rack of bread loaves.   It looked warm and inviting, we were hungry, so in we went. The Red Onion Deli was busy despite the lack of people outside....

Exhibit showcases three BFA students

Exhibit  showcases three BFA students

Brock Bill

November 27, 2013


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment, Featured A&E

Ira Musty, Ashley Shotwell, and Brittany Daniels are students pursuing bachelor of fine arts degrees and have been working towards their final B.F.A. exhibits since they arrived at JSC. On Nov. 13, 2013, each of these artists gave a presentation which included brief talk. The students explained what...

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