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“Fire Emblem” medieval goodness

“Fire Emblem” medieval goodness

Dylan Archbold

April 18, 2013


Filed under Games

"Fire Emblem: Awakening" is the latest in a long series of Japanese tactical combat games, and a game I recommend so highly that I think you should throw money at the game like doing so would give every orphan on Earth their loving parents back. If you weren’t aware that any games came before this o...

Local “Vagina Monologues” coming soon

Liz Beatty-Owens

April 18, 2013


Filed under Stage

"My vagina is angry!" Several passing college boys snicker, as they peek over their shoulders to see why such an outrageous statement is being screamed from Dewey 132 at 8p.m. on a Friday night. Their curious glances are met by a room full of laughing women. The chairs in the usually structured classro...

Gathering of Fools no such thing

Gathering of Fools no such thing

Tom Benton

April 18, 2013


Filed under Music

It wasn’t a gathering of fools. It wasn’t even a gathering of idiot savants. Those assembled, three groups from Brooklyn – Feral Foster (one man), the Whiskey Spitters (four men, one woman) and Avo (three guys) – transplanted American music roots and set ‘em down in the Stearns Performance Space, A...

Gathering of Fools imports Brooklyn country

Gathering of Fools imports Brooklyn country

Thomas Benton

March 28, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

  They call themselves A Gathering of Fools, and they’re coming to the Stearns Performance Space at 7 p.m. on Apr. 3. It’s actually a gathering of three bands from Brooklyn: the Whiskey Spitters, Feral Foster, and Avo, playing a mix of roots, folk, Americana and experimental music. All th...

“The American Dream,” Dibden’s best since Shakespeare

“The American Dream,” Dibden’s best since Shakespeare

Thomas Benton

March 28, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

Only one thing reeked about the Mar. 22 performance of Edward Albee’s "The American Dream": audience members’ pants, half of which were promptly filled at the gargantuan volume of the doorbell sound effect. All stinks aside, "The American Dream" is the best play I’ve seen in Dibden since "A Midsum...

The best “Tomb Raider” yet

The best “Tomb Raider” yet

Dylan Archbold

March 28, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

I am so very happy. “Tomb Raider” is good. Really good. Considering the last two things that I have reviewed, it is kind of relief. Add to that I am basically one of the biggest cynics when it comes to reboots in any form. Then when I tell you that the “Tomb Raider” franchise was overdue for...

Haiku coming soon

Haiku coming soon

Thomas Benton

March 28, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

April quietly and gently sneaks in blockbuster season like those sympathetic women we see in movies about immigration or the Underground Railroad. Then the blockbusters are found out in May, and from then on it’s a full-fledged sprint until they make it safely out of theaters come the fall. It’s...

Thompson brings “American Dream” to Dibden

Thompson brings “American Dream” to Dibden

Anna Maria Liccione

March 14, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

Graduating Senior Liz Thompson will be directing fellow students in a production of "The American Dream," for her senior project, a one-act play written by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Edward Albee. In the preface, Albee explains, "an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitut...

Roman Baca: Ballet with bullets

Roman Baca: Ballet with bullets

Kassandra Cousineau

March 14, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

"He has a gun!" A man dressed in military fatigues stalks an imaginary enemy down the stairs through the audience. He holds an M16 against his shoulder, finger on the trigger, ready to jerk it backwards. A small red laser darts from the blackened screen on stage to the ceiling. This is a marine. The stage ...

“Colonial Marines”: Game over, man!

“Colonial Marines”: Game over, man!

Dylan Archbold

March 14, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Man, it seems that I have been on a real negative kick lately, and this week doesn’t look like it is going to break that trend at all. Sorry, I’ve simply had a very bad run of it lately, and I suppose you all will simply have to be entertained by my suffering once again. The source of my agony this ...

“Identity Thief” will take your cash

“Identity Thief” will take your cash

Michelle Sawyers

March 14, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

"Identity Thief" is the perfect movie to show you how to make a large amount of money in a short period of time. Although, who is to say that these techniques will be successful. I, for one, do not recommend that you try them. If there is one good thing to be taken away from this movie, it is to nev...

Still smokin’ after all these years

Still smokin’ after all these years

Samuel Bridges

March 14, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The metal-framed folding chairs placed aimlessly in the back of the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington, Vt. were occupied with the immobile. The venue had two crowded bars at opposite ends, both charging $5.50 for a meager cup. The 45 minutes I spent idly near the front of the stage gave my ears...

One-woman “Secret Life” sweet as honey

One-woman “Secret Life” sweet as honey

Lindsay Brown

March 14, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

A spotlight shone center stage, illuminating a empty stool. A timid woman portraying a young girl entered stage right. Students packed the Dibden Center for the Artson Wednesday Feb. 20 to see a one-woman performance of "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd, adapted for the stage by Wynn Handman...

Bradfield flenses nature and man

Bradfield flenses nature and man

Don Eaton

February 22, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Campus & Community

Poet Elizabeth Bradfield braved the applause following her introduction, took the podium, encouraged no sympathy, and made no amends. She’d come to read some poems. The first was entitled “Of Seasonality.” Thursday, Feb 7 in The Stearns Space, Bradfield gave backdrop for each poem. She peeled...

Temptations abound in “Learned Ladies”

Temptations abound in “Learned Ladies”

Anna Maria Liccione

February 22, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

“The Learned Ladies” by Moliere kept audiences laughing over the weekend of February 14. This 1672 play, directed by Christopher Colt,  examines the dichotomy between the attractions of the mind and the attractions of the flesh. Moliere was the playwright for the French royal court and is considered...

“Warm Bodies”: the zom-com is dead

“Warm Bodies”: the zom-com is dead

Dylan Archbold

February 22, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Admit it. When you first saw the advertisements for this movie, you were intrigued: a zombie that falls in love with a girl? This either has to be a jab at the “Twilight” movies and the subsequent monster-falls-for-girl rip-offs that it spawned, or a quirky comedy that uses the zombie apocalypse...

“Good Day” a good way to live hard

“Good Day” a good way to live hard

Tom Benton

February 22, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

If I’d dreamed the best “Die Hard” movie ever, it wouldn’t be as good as “A Good Day to Die Hard.” It’s a movie we can feel: there’s a texture and richness to it, an in-your-face quality, but not the “Bourne Identity” kind of in-your-face, though the editing is fast. It’s the kind...

“Bullet to the Head,” a straight shot into the classics

“Bullet to the Head,” a straight shot into the classics

Tom Benton

February 7, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

"Bullet to the Head" starts the moment you know you’re in love, then jumps to the wedding night for the rest of its sublime 91 minutes. Falling in love is a bullet crashing through all the logos at the beginning of the film – a statement, maybe? As for the wedding night, why hear about it when you can have it...

Taiko drumming: the new Zumba

Taiko drumming: the new Zumba

Lindsay Brown

February 7, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

On Thursday Jan. 24 the Burlington Taiko Group took to the Dibden Stage with their stomach-rumbling and propulsive sounds. Taiko, meaning "big drum" in Japanese has been practiced in the culture through war and religious ceremonies for over 1500 years. The founder of Burlington Taiko, Stuart Paton, us...

“The Hobbit” doesn’t come up short

“The Hobbit” doesn’t come up short

Dylan Archbold

February 7, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

The world returned to the grandeur of Middle-Earth this December, after many years of Peter Jackson’s epic enjoying the privilege of being one of the best selling movie trilogies in history. History became legend. Legend became myth. And one reviewer, who couldn’t get enough of it, has been rewar...

Hypno Lorenzo puts his audience to sleep

Hypno Lorenzo puts his audience to sleep

Kayla Friedrich

February 7, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

The sound of birds trickled from the sound system making imagination come alive in Bentley 207 as each volunteer picked up their long-lost favorite animal, and searched their minds for the perfect name. "And when I ask you your animal’s name," said Hypno Lorenzo. "You are going to give me the most ri...

Fall Dance Club performance shines, when it ain’t rainin’

Fall Dance Club performance shines, when it ain’t rainin’

Tom Benton

December 6, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

This semester’s JSC Dance Club performance was Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. It was also a big step up from last semester’s dance show (though Liz Beatty-Owens’ miraculous Earth, Wind & Fire hula-hooping was sorely missed). That salacious assault on Shakira’s “She Wolf” still haunts us. This year,...

Le Vent du Nord smuggle fun across the border

Le Vent du Nord smuggle fun  across the border

Justin Little

December 6, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

It is impossible to know exactly what went through the minds of Johnson State College’s students as they went to see the band Le Vent Du Nord on Dec. 2, but they may have been expecting something different than what they received. Sometimes, there is a prejudice about foreign music that says it is...

Una Lee changes the world, one video game at a time

Una Lee changes the world, one video game at a time

Lindsay Brown

December 6, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Una Lee sees the world as a series of systems, and video games as a creative way of exploring alternatives to the systems we already have in place.  Lee came to campus Nov. 14 to talk to students and faculty members about why she thinks that artists, activists and other creative outsiders to the video...

The future is lame in “Black Ops 2”

The future is lame in “Black Ops 2”

Dylan Archbold

December 6, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

As a critic, I have a responsibility to keep my finger on the pulse of popular culture, and then diagnose exactly what is wrong with it, or right with it; we critics aren’t always cynical buggers with snide comments ready in our hate-gun. We have to examine what we are reviewing from multiple angles...

Dibden’s “Anne Frank” realistic, emotional, sexual

Dibden’s “Anne Frank” realistic, emotional, sexual

Lindsay Brown

November 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

For the second time in nearly 20 years, “The Diary of Anne Frank” has graced the Dibden Stage. This time around, Director and Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Russ Longtin, went with Wendy Kesselman’s version of the play. This show premiered with a matinee on Oct. 31 and nightly showings Nov....

Edward Hirsch: poet, professor, soul confessor

Edward Hirsch: poet, professor, soul confessor

Justin Little

November 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Poet Edward Hirsch’s reading from his recently published “The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems” at the Stearns Stage on Monday, Nov. 5, provided a glimpse of one of America’s greatest living poets. Basement Medicine reporter Justin Little caught up with him just after the reading. . How do you ...

“SkyFall” and 007’s eternal life

“SkyFall” and 007’s eternal life

Tom Benton

November 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

“SkyFall” is coming so close to death’s lips we forget there’s no possibility of a kiss. “SkyFall” is attracting the most beautiful woman with sleek ease, sexually diving into the beauty without a chance of anything but pleasure. “SkyFall” is an avalanche of impossibility drowned in a...

“The Spy Who Loved Me” in retrospect

“The Spy Who Loved Me” in retrospect

Dylan Archbold

November 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

This issue my fellow contributor Tom is going to see the latest film in the immensely popular James Bond franchise, “SkyFall.” And while I too will probably see the movie in theatres, I thought it best to do a look back at the long line of movies that turned Bond (…James Bond) into such an international...

Talent Show raises the roof, plus $200

Talent Show raises the roof, plus $200

Mariah Howland

November 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The JSC club Living for Giving raised $222 in a talent show fundraiser on Nov. 8, in which freshman Alexa Jakiela and sophmores Randy Strand and Nate Perrotte placed first. The trio won a season pass to Smugglers’ Notch Resort with their cover of Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I.” Other prizes...

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