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“Assassin’s Creed 3” revolutionary gaming

“Assassin’s Creed 3” revolutionary gaming

Dylan Archbold

November 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Putting all my cards on the table, I am a huge “Assassin’s Creed” fanboy. There is not much they could have done outside of shipping out a gamebox full of camel spiders to my front door that would have made me dislike the game. Well, that or ship out a game that was technically broken, or a regression...

Poet Hirsch finishes Fall Author Series

Poet Hirsch finishes Fall Author Series

Dylan Archbold

November 1, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“Now you’re walking down to the shore/to watch the last blues fading on the waves.” Edward Hirsch comes to JSC on Nov. 5, closing the 2012 Fall Author Series. Hirsch will read his poetry in the Stearns Performance Space at 4 p.m. Hirsch’s body of work spans 35 years. He’s the author of...

Hopium toker raises environmental awareness

Hopium toker raises environmental awareness

Lindsay Brown

November 1, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Kathryn Blume is a self-proclaimed hopium toker and creative roustabout, who challenges others to de-colonize their minds and follow their bliss. Blume spoke to a packed audience in the Stearns Performance Space on Wednesday, Oct. 17 as part of a series hosted by the Department of Environmental and...

“Dishonored”? More like disappointing

“Dishonored”? More like disappointing

Dylan Archbold

November 1, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Oh boy…okay, short version, this game SUCKS. Do not buy this game. Do not rent this game. Do not think about renting this game. Don’t think about thinking about renting this game. Don’t let your friends think about thinking about renting this game. Avoid it. Save your money. If you really want...

The world through Miller’s lens

The world through Miller’s lens

Mesa Aupperlee

November 1, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Professor of Fine & Preforming Arts John Miller spoke at his new exhibit on Oct 18 about his new photographic works Human/Nature which are displayed in the Julian Scott memorial gallery. The images range from Native American casinos to supermalls, and fighter jets to church yards while exploring...

Taylor Swift 4: a panorama flipping misery the bird

Taylor Swift 4: a panorama flipping misery the bird

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

October 26, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Taylor Swift’s “Red” is one of the loveliest pieces of pop art about young love in recent years. It’s incredible that Ms. Swift’s capable of such a panoramic view of young love and relationships at 22.  She’s considered everything she’s singing about with the kind of thoroughness I’d...

Kid Icarus: Uprising – surprisingly awesome

Kid Icarus: Uprising – surprisingly awesome

Dylan Archbold

October 6, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

It’s time to give Nintendo some love. For the past two reviews, I’ve been focusing on the X-Box 360 (mostly because I don’t have a PS3), but now I think it is time to turn our gaze onto the best damn handheld system out there right now: the Nintendo 3DS (The PS Vita? What’s that?). This week,...

Funk, Rock ‘n Milk: Jiver Farmer comes to town

Funk, Rock ‘n Milk: Jiver Farmer comes to town

Leigh Robtoy

October 6, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

An impromptu jam session at The Hub in Johnson among three musicians who had never played together before quickly turned into a new band called Jive Farmer. "The name is testament to the fact that Chris and Fabian have both grown up on a farm and are indeed farmers," says Micah Carbonneau, drummer...

Beach on L.A., crappy jobs and the imagination well

Beach on L.A., crappy jobs and the imagination well

Tom Benton

October 6, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Lou Beach is 65. He claims that puts him between “classic” and “legendary” status. He’s an L.A.-based visual artist who’s created album covers for the likes of Blink 182 and Ennio Morricone. Jeff Bridges asked him to create the poster for an unmade Terry Gilliam production. Writer Jonathan...

“420 Characters” author to visit JSC campus Oct. 3

“420 Characters” author to visit JSC campus Oct. 3

Lindsay Brown

September 22, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Lou Beach, the author of this year’s common reading book, will be arriving on campus Wednesday, Oct. 3, to talk about his collection of very short stories, “420 Characters.” This fall marked the sixth year of the Common Reading Initiative program at Johnson State College, part of an effort to ...

“Resident Evil: Retribution” a triumph for the living

“Resident Evil: Retribution” a triumph for the living

Tom Benton

September 22, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

The critics who have bothered to sit through “Resident Evil: Retribution” say it’s the most banal, tedious entry yet in what one online reviewer called the “bafflingly, inexplicably endless” “Resident Evil” series – so naturally it’s the best “Resident Evil” film yet, and one of the m...

“Sleeping Dogs” delivers kung fu justice to the face

“Sleeping Dogs” delivers kung fu justice to the face

Dylan Archbold

September 22, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Welcome to the mean streets of Hong Kong. The city is home to more than 7,000,000 people, and it seems that you have to personally punch every single one of them in order to enact social justice. Does that sounds like a good time? Then you will probably love “Sleeping Dogs,” a new open-world actio...

Empty wallet, full plate: cheap eats

Empty wallet, full plate: cheap eats

Mesa Aupperlee

September 22, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

Looking for an alternative to food on campus? Just want to try something new? Don’t have a lot of cash? Options are available, and you don’t have go too far to find them. The Village Tavern on Church Street in Jeffersonville offers great nightly deals. I recommend Taco Tuesday Night. Soft tac...

Author Series enriches campus life

Author Series enriches campus life

Kayla Friedrich

September 22, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The Fall Author Series, which puts the JSC community in direct contact with literary artists, began on Sept. 10 with novelist Ron Carlson and will continue through the beginning of November with Larry Smith, Lou Beach, and Edward Hirsch in either the Dibden Center for the Arts or Stearns Performance ...

Longtin to bring Kesselman’s Anne Frank to Dibden

Longtin to bring Kesselman’s Anne Frank to Dibden

Donny Eaton

September 7, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

The Nazis. The Gestapo. The Holocaust. The sheer terror of a young woman’s first period. Two families crammed into one attic for two years. The irrepressible will of an adolescent’s first love. The horror of a light snuffed out too soon. This fall the JSC theater department will tackle all the...

Fall in Film, Fall of Film

Fall in Film, Fall of Film

Tom Benton

September 7, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Your Uncle Tom is back, fellow moviegoers, but he’s wearing his Dark Santa outfit. I bear not tidings of joy but harbingers of doom, and plenty of coal to drop like reindeer turds on American moviegoers’ laps – the same kind of turds we’re verbally spewing about this year in film. A lot of...

Max Payne 3 – Misanthropy never hurt so good

Dylan Archbold

September 7, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

It has been nearly a decade since we last saw our brooding, bullet-dodging friend Max Payne. We last left him in the burning ruins of a mansion, cradling the body of a woman who had promised to kill him, piling more pathos onto his already full plate. So, what has the gritty metaphor-spewing buddy been...

Ballad of the bad buffet

Ballad of the bad buffet

Leigh Robtoy

September 7, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

For years I had avoided going to the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Williston because whenever it was mentioned, the response from anyone who had been there was, “Gross!” Generally when there is such a unanimous negative reaction to a place, you avoid it. For me, that sometimes makes me more curious, so...

For a Few Dollars More: Blood, Guts and Dreams

For a Few Dollars More: Blood, Guts and Dreams

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

September 6, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

It’s a tale as old as the Bible.  But the Bible involves people who have sex – and it never had this much gore. This tale is more akin to a story spun by the wise old Greeks: the tale of Prometheus, who stole fire from the Gods and brought it to humankind.  The Gods then chained Prometheus to...

Post-“Cabin in the Woods”: a new era

Post-“Cabin in the Woods”: a new era

Ben Algar and Tom Benton

June 3, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

“The Cabin in the Woods” is too big for just one critic. Basement Medicine’s resident horror gurus chime in. By Ben Algar Like puberty without the pimples, “The Cabin in the Woods” is the Proactiv of revolutionary filmmaking. As if it needs an introduction. Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard ...

Reasons to Spend This Summer in Darkness

Reasons to Spend This Summer in Darkness

Tom Benton

May 3, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Once more art trumps the scholar. How dumb are these guys? The Mayans foretold the end of the world in 2012? Bullshit! But the Mayans did foresee an explosion, possibly more than one. Possibly... in audience members’ pants. They’re coming this summer. Summer 2012 promises to be the most...

The Belfry: local, leisurely and luscious

The Belfry: local, leisurely and luscious

Anna Charette

May 3, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

A little red schoolhouse sits alone at the intersection of Route 242 and Amidon Rd. in Montgomery Center. This building may be in a secluded spot on the outskirts of a small Northern Vermont town, but inside is a relaxing and unique dining environment offering varied and superb fare. As for menu options,...

“Hunger Games” a haunting meal

“Hunger Games” a haunting meal

Magen Farley

May 3, 2012


Filed under Movies

A scream rings out over the heads of a silent crowd. A slight young girl is pulled from her sister’s arms and carried away as the young woman turns to face her fate. There are many haunting scenes to be witnessed in the newly released movie, “The Hunger Games,” an adaptation of the first of...

“Spring Awakening” exposes the angst of growing up

“Spring Awakening” exposes the angst of growing up

Anna Maria Liccione

May 3, 2012


Filed under Stage

From April 18-21, Dibden audiences were treated to an eight-time Tony-winning musical, “Spring Awakening,” directed by Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Russ Longtin, and musical direction by Assistant Professor of Music Bethany Plissey. This musical, written by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater...

“Deep Blue Sea” is a treat for heartbreak lovers

“Deep Blue Sea” is a treat for heartbreak lovers

Whitney Nellé

April 12, 2012


Filed under Movies

What do you do when you’re caught between the devil and the deep blue sea? This is the question Hester Collyer struggles with in Terrence Davies’ film adaptation of Terrence Rattigan’s play “The Deep Blue Sea,” a tale of unrequited love and the brutality it can cause. In the film, Hester,...

The top five reasons not to watch “Mad Men”

The top five reasons not to watch “Mad Men”

Tom Benton

April 12, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Does it bother you when everybody’s talking about a piece of popular art in which you’re not particularly interested, and they won’t stop talking about it, and they urge you to get invested? Do you want to destroy this art, ideally with the hammer of Thor? Is “Mad Men” one of those pieces of...

Pretty pleasing, with Sugar Ray on top

Pretty pleasing, with Sugar Ray on top

Tom Benton

April 12, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones played Dibden on March 23, and if a harmonica was a flamethrower, they would’ve set the house on fire. The first sign of greatness was their opening act, three smoked-out-looking dudes calling themselves the Eames Brothers. There’s Ian and Ralph, the Eames brothers,...

Brewster River in it for the long haul

Brewster River in it for the long haul

Anna Maria Liccione

April 12, 2012


Filed under Food

The Brewski on the Mountain Road in Jeffersonville has been a Smuggs staple for years. Under new ownership as The Brewster River Pub & Grill, they have plans to stick around for many more years. Chef/Owner Billy Mossinghoff is no stranger to good food. He has worked at the Hearth and Candle, One...

“Spring Awakening” from Broadway to Dibden

“Spring Awakening” from Broadway to Dibden

Anna Maria Liccione

April 12, 2012


Filed under Stage

From April 18-21, “Spring Awakening” will be at Dibden Center for the Arts. It is a rock musical adapted from an 1892 play originally written by German Frank Wedekind. It was adapted into a musical with music by Duncan Sheik and the lyrics and the book by Steven Sater. “Spring Awakening,” winner...

“Two Rooms,” one strong performance

“Two Rooms,” one strong performance

Anna Maria Liccione, Arts and Entertainment Editor/Senior Copy Editor

March 22, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

The cast of “Two Rooms” delivered a powerful performance Saturday, March 17, bringing members of the audience to tears at the end. This senior project was directed by Taryn Glasser. This project, over a year in the making, was worth every late night spent rehearsing. Glasser fell in love with...

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