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Kanye’s “Yeezus” tour heals author’s vertigo

Kanye’s “Yeezus” tour heals author’s vertigo

Tom Benton, Surrogate Jimmy Stewart

November 19, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

                  Kanye West is in the middle of his "Yeezus Tour," his first tour in five years (the last one supported his 2008 album "808s and Heartbreak," his devastation record; this one supports "Yeezus," his ego record, w...

“Pippin” spreads a little sunshine, Dibden-style

“Pippin” spreads a little sunshine, Dibden-style

Tom Benton

November 16, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

  Kudos to director Patrick Houle for picking the liveliest play performed in Dibden in years (excluding Liz Thompson’s senior play, “The American Dream,” performed last semester). That’s “Pippin,” which was performed in Dibden Nov. 6-9. “Pippin” is a musical, written...

Mix cafe cooks up country feel, sumptuous specials, and impeccable French toast

Mix cafe cooks up country feel, sumptuous specials, and impeccable French toast

Bill Brock

November 14, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

  The Mix, a small breakfast cafe nestled just behind the Jeffersonville tavern, is always a relaxing treat for anyone who dines there. As you enter the café you are always greeted by a smiling face and an option to sit at their small breakfast bar, which includes free gazing into the kitchen...

“Independent Lens” opens at JSC

“Independent Lens” opens at JSC

Mariah Howland

November 14, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

  The “Independent Lens” documentary “The State of Arizona” is playing at JSC on Dec. 3. The film documents the ongoing debate over immigration in Arizona. It is the most recent film from Vermont Public Television’s (VPT) Community Cinema program to come to Johnson State Coll...

Hastings’ “Love in Baghdad” brings conflict home

Hastings’ “Love in Baghdad” brings conflict home

Lisa Kent

November 14, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

  “I Lost My Love in Baghdad” is a powerful book of nonfiction about the war in Iraq. In short, sharp prose, author Michael Hastings makes us acutely aware of how debilitating, frustrating, and stupid war can be. Hastings is an excellent war correspondent. At great personal risk, he...

“Artpop,” Lady Gaga’s turn-on

“Artpop,” Lady Gaga’s turn-on

Tom Benton

November 14, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

  I resisted “The Fame,” Lady Gaga’s first album, with ease (“Bad Romance” felt too shticky, “Just Dance” my ass), then accepted her second album, “Born This Way,” because not only didn’t she disappear, like I thought she would, she came back trying. Her new album...

“About Time” Marvel learns about passion

“About Time” Marvel learns about passion

Tom Benton

November 14, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

  Richard Curtis is awfully undervalued. He’s the English chap who wrote “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and wrote and directed “Love Actually.” He is the master of the rom-com. He absolutely believes in what he writes, and it...

The Moth at Flynn Theater captures the art of storytelling

The Moth at Flynn Theater captures the art of storytelling

October 30, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Earlier this semester, 12 students from David Grozinsky's First Year Seminar: The Language of Film went to Burlington's Flynn Theater to see The Moth, an event sponsored by Vermont Public Television and part of a series regularly aired on National Public Radio as well as Public Radio International. ...

“Business of Food” offers plenty for thought

“Business of Food” offers plenty for thought

Lisa Kent

October 30, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

"The Business of Food" is my first foray into The Reference Shelf series. Regarding "The Reference Shelf," "the books in this series contain reprints of articles, excerpts from books, addresses on current issues, and studies of social trends in the United States and other countries," according to the...

Ken Leslie finds light in the Greenland dark

Ken Leslie finds light in the Greenland dark

October 30, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Over the past 15 years, Fine and Performing Arts Professor Ken Leslie has periodically travelled to the far north, above the Arctic Circle, to work on his art. This past winter, he travelled for the first time to Greenland. Leslie spent January and February of 2013 in the small town of Upernavik (home to ...

S.H.I.E.L.D. yourself from Marvel’s “Agents”

S.H.I.E.L.D. yourself from Marvel’s “Agents”

Tom Benton

October 17, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

After my piece on the VSO, which turned out to be my piece on my opinion of classical music, I decided not to write negative criticism anymore. That wasn’t necessarily why my VSO piece was so useless (it was purely self-indulgent), but it was that negative energy, which is collected in my chest like...

“Miral” promotes education, inspires hope

“Miral” promotes education, inspires hope

Lisa Kent

October 16, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“Miral” is a work of fiction about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Under an umbrella story about an orphanage for Palestinian children and the courageous woman who started it, “Miral” details the paths of several women who struggle for better treatment...

“Gravity” sinks, “Machete” kills

“Gravity” sinks, “Machete” kills

Tom Benton

October 16, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

“Gravity” and “Machete Kills” reach for the light in opposite ways. “Gravity” sees it in the stars; “Machete Kills” sees it in the Mexican sunlight. Which movie you prefer boils down to whether you’d rather see Sandra Bullock in a spaceship, panicking, or Mel Gibson in a spaceship,...

Rough Francis: not rough at all

Rough Francis: not rough at all

Tom Benton

October 15, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

I’ve been listening to a lot of earthy girl-rock lately, ‘90’s stuff: Jonatha Brooke, Bic Runga, the Sundays, the usual suspects. Rough Francis, the 3/5 black punk group that played Dibden on Oct. 2, reminded me what I was missing. They injected a strengthening shot of masculine thrust into my...

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: they’re good at what they do

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: they’re good at what they do

Tom Benton

September 25, 2013


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

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra kicked off its Made in Vermont Music Festival at JSC on Friday night, Sept. 20, the first night of JSC’s Alumni/Parents Weekend. Alumni and parents are certainly their target audience, especially the older alumni: once one becomes an adult, one eschews rock ‘n’ rol...

“Quiet” speaks loud about introverts

“Quiet” speaks loud about introverts

Lisa Kent

September 25, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

When I first heard Susan Cain on a TED Talk last year, I was mesmerized. Cain, a self-named introvert, was talking to a large group of people about—me! (Or rather, introverts like me.) Her voice was clear, confident, and engaging. So when "Quiet" appeared in the New Books section of the Willey Librar...

Time to see “The Family”

Time to see “The Family”

Tom Benton

September 25, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

"The Family" satirizes the glamorization of mob life we’ve seen since Martin Scorsese blew it up to magnificent proportions with "Goodfellas." (See also "Casino," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Sopranos," etc., etc.) You might mistake apparently dismissively lighthearted scenes of brutal violence and murde...

“GTA V” best route to suicide

“GTA V” best route to suicide

Tom Benton

September 25, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

So "Grand Theft Auto V" comes in the mail and I know the time has come to dump my girlfriend, only I don’t have a girlfriend because I’ve been saving my freedom for "GTA V." I whistle the "Andy Griffith" theme as I skip out of the mailroom. I cross the campus. The sun’s shining, so I flip it the bird....

Twiddle wants girls, lighters and guitar

Twiddle wants girls, lighters and guitar

Melissa Rixon

September 11, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Twiddle rocked Dibden on Thursday, Sept. 5. The band members met while undergrads at Castleton State College. They play a fusion of jazz, reggae, funk and bluegrass. Before they unleashed that fusion upon the Dibden audience, band members Mihali Savoulidis, Zdenek Gubb and Brook Jordan sat down in D...

“Detroit” gallery shows a city in decay

“Detroit” gallery shows a city in decay

Kayla Friedrich

September 11, 2013


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

Currently being displayed in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery is, "Detroit: Current Reflections," by photographers Karen Guth and Emily Lanctot portraying the deterioration of Detroit. The exhibition will be on display until Sept. 14. Coordinator of Arts on Campus Leila Bandar invited Guth and Lanctot ...

Fall musical “Pippin” wonders: Better to burn out than fade away?

Fall musical “Pippin” wonders: Better to burn out than fade away?

Tom Benton

September 11, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

Kurt Cobain suggested new adjunct theater professor Patrick Houle should make JSC’s fall musical "Pippin." "I was listening to Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album and I thought of the line in Kurt Cobain’s suicide note that stated it was better to burn out than to fade away," Houle said. "That’s ...

“Man of Steel,” as messianic as its hero

“Man of Steel,” as messianic as its hero

Tom Benton

September 11, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

I’ll write 20 f-----g pages about "Man of Steel" someday, right after I finish my essays on Stallone’s American mythologies and why the ending of "Lost" didn’t suck. Stallone’s accurately regarded as a hack, but look at the end result of his gargantuan "Rocky" mythology—six movies out of that ...

“Into the Woods” fills seats and enchants the people in them

“Into the Woods” fills seats and enchants the people in them

Anna Maria Liccione

May 3, 2013


Filed under Stage

“I’m in the wrong story,” the Baker’s Wife (Kate Kendall) said to Prince Charming (Marcus Provost) after an illicit tryst in the woods. Throughout this fractured fairy tale, things that seem out of place continue to confuse, then delight the audience. Steven Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1988...

“Pain & Gain” rewards pleasure and insight

Tom Benton

May 3, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

A lot of folks are going to take any reason to dismiss “Pain & Gain.” “Michael Bay’s a joke,” “Oh, it’s Michael Bay’s ‘pet project,’ chuckle, sneer,” “It’s about bodybuilders,” et al. It seems like a lot of people miss the fact that Michael Bay’s making jokes, and no,...

“Bioshock: Infinite” same bland FPS, now in Sky flavor!

Dylan Archbold

May 3, 2013


Filed under Games

As a work-study college student who isn’t allowed to live on campus because I am a super x8 senior, I am exceedingly poor, and often have to subsist on a light meal plan of freshly emerged voles, and the tears of my eternally empty wallet. This makes keeping up with the latest games somewhat difficult,...

“To the Wonder” almost settles for love

“To the Wonder” almost settles for love

Tom Benton

May 3, 2013


Filed under Movies

“To the Wonder” is so close to being a goddamned masterpiece. Terrence Malick, the writer and director, is a big name in “film circles,” in dusty basements and over-clean libraries, but he’s always been too “out there” to swim in the mainstream, too much of a winding, swirling, often muddy...

The Whip’ll crack your taste buds into shape

The Whip’ll crack your taste buds into shape

Phil O'Neil

May 3, 2013


Filed under Food

In a town like Stowe, Vt, which has more than 45 restaurants and only 4,300 residents, it’s tough to set yourself apart from the rest, and many restaurants end up closing faster than they could open. The downtown Whip Bar and Grille never had to suffer this fate. Situated in the historic Green Mountain...

Seeing all-stars at Dibden jamboree

Seeing all-stars at Dibden jamboree

Anna Maria Liccione

April 18, 2013


Filed under Music

It didn’t take long for the seats to fill and then empty as loads of people crowded the dance floor in Dibden. At most rock shows, it takes a few songs for people to really get up the nerve to dance. This was not the case with Dibden’s March 28 All-Star Jamboree. This Creative Audience event was pa...

“Into the Woods” almost on to the stage

“Into the Woods” almost on to the stage

Anna Maria Liccione

April 18, 2013


Filed under Stage

Once upon a time... they lived happily ever after. Fairy tales should always have a happy ending, right? Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods will try to answer that question as Russ Longtin directs what might be his last musical at JSC. "Students have been badgering us about [performing Into the Woods] for ...

“Jurassic Park” 3D: no dinosaur

Michelle Sawyers and Tom Benton

April 18, 2013


Filed under Movies

By Michelle Sawyers   How do you make a classic movie even better? You remake it in 3D! Whoever decided to turn Jurassic Park into an IMAX 3D movie is a genius. A regular movie at the AMC Lowe’s theater in Danbury, CT, has eight speakers. An IMAX movie requires 71. The extra speakers give you a...

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