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

Jive Farmer

Leigh Robtoy

October 6, 2012

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

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

Lindsay Brown

September 22, 2012

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

An explosive image from a sure-to-be explosive movie,

Tom Benton

September 22, 2012

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

Dylan Archbold

September 22, 2012

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

The Hub

Mesa Aupperlee

September 22, 2012

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

Ron Carlson

Kayla Friedrich

September 22, 2012

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

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

Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in

Tom Benton

September 7, 2012

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

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

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

Everyone wants a hand preparing meals.

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

September 6, 2012

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

“Much Acquainted Missing”: elements of loss

“Much Acquainted Missing”: elements of loss

Leisa Kelsey, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

March 22, 2012

Black, white, gold, red: colors stand out bold and bright. The artwork is powerfully personal. It announces, “This is who I am. Take a look.” But what else can be expected from a creation of JSC Fine and Performing Arts professor Susan Calza? On March 16, the Julian Scott Gallery opened a mixed...

Springsteen’s newest a “Wrecking Ball” for my heart

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2012

Bruce Springsteen is one of the shining idols of my life. I first visited Springsteen when I was 14. Springsteen’s music revealed a brother I’d never imagined was out there—in songs like “Thunder Road” and my freshman year anthem, “Born to Run,” I heard a person just like myself, but...

The Aerolites are poised for takeoff

The Aerolites are poised for takeoff

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

March 8, 2012

“Undeniably classifiable.” That’s exactly how I would describe The Aerolites’ unique blend of Americana, rock and roll, funk, surf and soul after an energetic show at Moog’s Place in Morrisville in February. The Aerolites is a new band that is preparing to take the world by storm. This band...

“Human Centipede 2”: Is it really that hard to act like a buttface?

“Human Centipede 2”: Is it really that hard to act like a buttface?

Ben Algar, Sports Editor/ Staff Reporter

March 8, 2012

Last spring I submitted a movie review on “The Human Centipede (First Sequence),” and thankfully my review was published in that week’s issue of Basement Medicine. The film had been released a year before I wrote my review, and so my efforts may have only been useful in dredging up painful memories...

Students bring “Two Rooms” to Dibden

Students bring “Two Rooms” to Dibden

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

March 8, 2012

“Two Rooms,” a senior project shared by Performing Arts majors Claire Demarais and Taryn Glasser, will be performed in Dibden Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 17.“Two Rooms” gets its name from the setting of the play, written by Lee Blessing. One room is a windowless cubicle...

Viver Brasil tells stories through dance

Viver Brasil tells stories through dance

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

March 8, 2012

On Feb. 13, Viver Brasil Dance Company appeared on Dibden’s stage during their Feet on the Ground tour. With eight dancers and seven musicians, this explosive Creative Audience performance brought the crowd to its feet. The performance consisted of six dance routines, each telling a different story...

Rebecca Weisman: My Human Being

Rebecca Weisman: My Human Being

Shannon Edmonds, Arts and Entertainment Editor/ Copy Editor

March 8, 2012

  Currently running in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery is the performance and installation piece “My Human Being,” created by local artist Rebecca Weisman. The exhibition will last from Feb. 16 until Mar. 10. Sean Clute, an Assistant Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts, invited...

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