Basement Medicine

“Mr. Burns” perplexes despite valiant cast efforts

Danielle Christina

December 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

A hush falls over the crowd as four actors march onto the stage, silently taking a seat in dilapidated furniture. The dappled lighting casts star-like shapes across the actors’ faces, the ceiling, and the rest of the set as they begin an almost-stinted conversation about a Simpsons episode that they...

Soulphonics lay it down with hot tunes on a cold night

Soulphonics lay it down with hot tunes on a cold night

Magnificent Schmidl

December 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Those willing to brave the elements on the 13th were met by a warm atmosphere in Dibden Theater at NVU-J. Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics, a stax-style southern soul band from Atlanta, rocked the house with their upbeat, groovy tunes, despite various technical difficulties. Overall, the show was a succ...

Fourth chapter in The Story So Far

Fourth chapter in The Story So Far

Thomas Streeter

December 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The Story So Far released its fourth album on Sept. 21 of this year through Pure Noise Records. The Walnut Creek, California pop punk band is comprised of lead vocalist Parker Cannon, bassist Kelen Capener, lead guitar and keyboardist, Kevin Geyer, drummer and percussionist, Ryan Torf, and rhythm guitar...

“Deltarune”: journey to the dark world

“Deltarune”: journey to the dark world

Ciarra Annis

December 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Fans of indie video games got a surprise on Halloween as developer Toby Fox released the first chapter of "Deltarune," a successor to his first game "Undertale." The release came only with a series of mysterious tweets on the "Undertale" Twitter account on Oct. 30th, promising a new announcement in...

Scary? Not so much

Scary? Not so much

Kylie Brown

November 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The only thing scary about Nightmare Vermont was how scary it wasn’t. Nightmare Vermont is an all-volunteer, charity Halloween event that’s been running since 2004. The event took place at the grandstand at the Champlain Valley Exposition. This year, Nightmare Vermont attempted to take the audience into "...

Look out! It’s Spider-Man!

Tom O'Leary

November 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Over the course of the past decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has become a cultural phenomenon across the globe. Since "Iron Man" premiered in 2008, Marvel Studios has dominated the movie industry, averaging around $873 million in worldwide box office revenue from the 20 superhero films relea...

Charmed, I’m sure

Charmed, I’m sure

Kylie Brown

November 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

In light of the "Charmed" 2018 reboot now airing, let’s take a minute to remember and appreciate the wonderful 1998 original "Charmed" that was influential enough to be brought back 12 years after its last episode. This beautifully quirky show is supernatural fiction, following the three Halliwell s...

Defying expectations in Dibden

Defying expectations in Dibden

Kylie Brown

November 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

"Defying Gravity" defied my expectations. "Defying Gravity" was NVU- Johnson student Jessica DeRosa’s senior thesis project for her BA in theater and drama. DeRosa directed the show and gave a brief introduction before the play began. DeRosa has been the stage manager of over 20 productions at Johnson ...

Harumph! Harumph!

Harumph! Harumph!

Rebecca Flieder

October 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Greensboro grassroots theater company Vermont Vaudeville wowed Dibden on Tuesday, Oct. 16 with its hilarity. With a true cast of characters including some True Vermonters, some Flatlanders, a German, two Brits, and a Gorilla, this show truly has it all. The auditorium was more full than I’d seen it for...

A purr-fect afternoon

A purr-fect afternoon

Kylie Brown

October 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

I found heaven on earth in Montreal, over fall break. After a stressful soul draining first seven weeks back at college, I was desperate for an experience to reignite my faith in humanity and ability to feel true comfort and happiness. Café Chat L’Heureux engulfed me in joy and peace as I walked thro...

Jack Ryan returns

Jack Ryan returns

Tom O'Leary

October 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

As Amazon Video continues to try and chip away at the streaming service monopoly of Netflix, they have invested more funds into creating their own original series. The latest installment is a new take on Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan,” which was released on Aug. 31. Jack Ryan is a fictional character...

Mending Masculinity through poetry

Mending Masculinity through poetry

Kylie Brown

October 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

Kavi Ade and Vision are not only mending masculinity, but also spreading mass amounts of inspiration and healing energy one poetry performance at a time. Both of them are nationally recognized poets and they use their performances and writing workshops in schools and other facilities around the country to...

“Magic for Humans” good if you’re bored

“Magic for Humans” good if you’re bored

Kylie Brown

October 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Have a short attention span? Like neat magic tricks? Like to laugh at people’s humanity? Incredibly bored? Watch “Magic for Humans” on Netflix. “Magic for Humans” is a Netflix original reality television series composed of six, 25 minute long episodes. The host and executive producer...

“Ozark” puts the South in your mouth

“Ozark” puts the South in your mouth

Tom O'Leary

September 18, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

In the social media-driven era we currently live in, it’s rare for a television series to slip through the cracks of the relentless internet hype machine. From the moment a new show is announced, it is seemingly dissected from every possible angle—from the cast to the directors and producers, and...

Madalia’s less-than-inspiring show

Madalia’s less-than-inspiring show

Kylie Brown

September 18, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

On Sept. 5, Northern Vermont University- Johnson’s Dibden Center for the Arts witnessed the slightly less than mediocre band that was “Madaila.” “Madaila” is a psych-pop band from Burlington, Vermont composed of five members, Mark Daly, Willoughby Morse, Eric B Maier, Dan Ryan and Jer Coons. The...

I Falafel

I Falafel

Adriana Eldred

September 18, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

Have you ever tasted classic New York falafel fresh off the food truck without leaving Vermont? Then you haven’t gone to Tuesday Night Live (TNL) located on the Johnson Elementary School’s soccer field and ordered from Papa Gyro’s Authentic Greek Food. I’ve been attending TNL since July of...

Enchanted with “Disenchantment”

Enchanted with “Disenchantment”

Rebecca Flieder

September 18, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

After the incredible success that is and was “Futurama” and “The Simpsons”, it seems only fair that Matt Groening has started something new: “Disenchantment”. On Jan. 15, 2016, it was announced that Groening was working with Netflix to develop a new animated series, and after 30 years of...

“Brockmire” is baseball’s favorite degenerate

Tom O’Leary

May 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Often overlooked because it airs on IFC, season two of “Brockmire” arrived on April 25, and it continues to be one of the most hilarious and underrated television series’ currently on air. “Brockmire” follows the outrageous and debauchery-filled life of Jim Brockmire, an iconic Major League...

Burger Barn boasts exceptional quality

Burger Barn boasts exceptional quality

Story and photo by Adriana Eldred

May 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

A good hamburger can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, locations, and with different ingredients. Some may argue the best is with an open grill, amongst friends, seated outdoors during the summer time. If you’ve found yourself craving just that, minus the prep work, then Burger Barn is the place...

“Swiss Army Man” is a real gas

“Swiss Army Man” is a real gas

Agathe Fredette

May 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Sometimes there are films with premises so utterly strange, that you cannot quite believe it actually exists without clear proof. “Swiss Army Man” is one of those films. Disarmingly bizarre and delightfully otherworldly, this is a film you simply have to see to believe. This is director and writer...

Ahli Baba: perfect for late night munchies

Ahli Baba: perfect for late night munchies

Kylie Brown

May 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

Located on Main Street in Burlington, Ahli Baba’s Kabob Shop is the place to be if it’s 2 a.m. and you have a drunken craving for some affordable Mediterranean food. Two steps away from the Flynn Center is this quirky and simple restaurant. The actual dining area seats up to 10 comfortably. If...

Growing up dyslexic

Growing up dyslexic

Patrick Bell

April 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

On March 27, JSC welcomed Lida Winfield to Dibden to put on her dance performance, “In Search Of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic.” She was born with dyslexia and had trouble coping with everyday life, especially at school. She wasn’t able to read until she was in her early 20s, leading to her mother...

A Single Pebble rocks: a wonderful and unimposing gem

A Single Pebble rocks: a wonderful and unimposing gem

Agathe Fredette

April 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

All too often, the only option for Chinese food to be found in Vermont is the typical, Americanized, take-out-style Chinese. However, A Single Pebble is a Chinese restaurant that prides itself on bringing authentic and creative Chinese cuisine to the streets of Burlington, Vermont. I have been dining...

“Lotta Sea Lice,” give it a try

Patrick Bell

April 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Lotta Sea Lice” by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile is the first album that they have released as a duo. This album was released in 2017 on Milk! Records, Barnett’s label, and Matador Records, Vile’s label. For those who don’t know, Barnett and Vile are indie rock artists known worldwide...

“Far Cry 5” exceeds expectations

“Far Cry 5” exceeds expectations

Tom O'Leary

April 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

On March 27, 2018, videogame developers Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto released the latest installment in their “Far Cry” series for Playstation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. Similar to the previous iterations, “Far Cry 5” is an open-world action-adventure first-person shooter game. Taking...

Brunchin’ boozy: Honey Road’s take on a classic pastime

Brunchin’ boozy: Honey Road’s take on a classic pastime

Hannah Stearns

March 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

There are plenty of places to have brunch, but where in Vermont can you get crab brik benedict, tahini French toast and shakshuka? More importantly, where can you get Mediterranean-inspired food done right? Honey Road restaurant in Burlington delivers Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes on a level...

Game over, man!

Game over, man!

Tom O'Leary

March 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

When Netflix announced in 2016 that they had signed a film deal with the creators and stars of the Comedy Central series “Workaholics,” one of my all-time favorite shows, I was instantly intrigued. So, when it was finally released at midnight on March 23, I watched it immediately. The movie, entitled...

“Kung Fury” packs a parodic punch

“Kung Fury” packs a parodic punch

Adriana Eldred

March 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

If you would like to experience every cop or action movie ever made in the 80s all at the same time, “Kung Fury” is the movie to see. Complete with half-thought-out one-liners muttered during ironic events, a David Hasselhoff theme song, over -elongated and cheesy fight scenes, ripped denim and aversion...

Netflix’s most binge-worthy show yet

Netflix’s most binge-worthy show yet

Thomas O’Leary

March 15, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

As a connoisseur of the true crime genre, I was immediately enticed with Netflix’s surprise release of their new original series “Mindhunter,” on Oct. 13, 2017. It has been lauded as the streaming services “most binge-worthy show yet,” a statement which I passionately agree with as I consumed...

Father John Misty’s got the world by the balls in “Pure Comedy”

Father John Misty’s got the world by the balls in “Pure Comedy”

Patrick Bell

March 15, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Pure Comedy,” the third album released by Father John Misty, is his best since his departure from Fleet Foxes. This album, produced by Misty and released in April of 2017, peaked at the number one spot for rock and alternative music on Billboard. It takes a hard look into themes like religion, humanity...

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