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Red Baraat blends Latino melodies with Arabic chords

Red Baraat blends Latino melodies with Arabic chords

Photo and story by Adriana Eldred

March 15, 2018

Red Baraat graced the Dibden theater on Wednesday, Feb. 21, with its extraordinarily unique sound. About a third of the auditorium was occupied; many didn’t know what to expect, including myself, as there are many bands that have performed for Creative Audience events that have varied greatly in style...

“Fifty Shades Freed” is gratuitously vanilla

“Fifty Shades Freed” is gratuitously vanilla

by Phil O’Neil-St. Pierre

February 20, 2018

On Feb. 9, director James Foley launched a full-scale shitzkrieg on American movie theatres, though he stopped short of calling it that and instead stuck with the name of the book he was adapting: “Fifty Shades Freed.” The film is the third and (thankfully) final in a series that started with such...

“Rime” tackles grief with puzzles

“Rime” tackles grief with puzzles

Richard Ahlgrim

February 20, 2018

Everyone loves a good, fast-paced, action-packed, multiplayer shooter. Who doesn’t have fond memories of staying up all night playing Team Deathmatch in “Halo” or spending hours fighting your way through Operations in “Battlefield 1”? But sometimes you need a game that’s slowed down a little,...

“Trigger Warning”: read at your own risk

“Trigger Warning”: read at your own risk

Agathe Fredette

February 20, 2018

“I wonder, are fictions safe places? And then I ask myself, should they be safe places?” ponders author Neil Gaiman. In Gaiman’s new book, “Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances,” a collection of previously published short horror stories, we are introduced to an entire slew of...

“Assassin’s Creed: Origins” returns franchise to prominence

“Assassin’s Creed: Origins” returns franchise to prominence

Tom O'leary

February 20, 2018

Following its inaugural successes in 2007, the iconic videogame series “Assassin’s Creed” churned out at least one new installment per year for the next decade. Despite each game taking place in a new location and time period, fans eventually became fatigued with the constant retreads released...

“Lady Bird” provides a tragicomic take on coming of age

“Lady Bird” provides a tragicomic take on coming of age

Agathe Fredette

February 8, 2018

Has your mother ever made you want to forcefully jump out of a moving vehicle? Self-christened “Lady Bird” starts out the movie of her name by doing exactly this. The neon pink arm cast she earns from this choice brightly stands out throughout the first act of the film alongside her bluntly cut,...

A fantastic space adventure awaits

A fantastic space adventure awaits

Adriana Eldred

February 8, 2018

In this latest installment of the newest trilogy, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” directed by Rian Johnson, one can witness the oldest stars such as Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, alongside the newest cast members, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Adam Driver. Boyega, a rising star, has appeared in...

This game’s got ballz

This game’s got ballz

Richard Ahlgrim

February 8, 2018

Many anime fans of college age get a sentimental feeling when they reminisce over staying up late whenever possible to catch the Dragon Ball Z rerun or a new Dragon Ball Kai episode. After every episode you wait in anticipation to have an extremely uncivil discussion with your friend about why Goku shouldn’t...

“Florida Project” has soul

“Florida Project” has soul

Ryan Thompson

December 13, 2017

The comedy-drama “The Florida Project” shows the viewer what it’s like to live in a motel just outside of Disney World and why the happiest place on Earth may actually not be all that happy. The movie begins with six-year-old Moonee screaming and running around, like six-year-olds do, with her...

“The Opulence of Integrity” lives up to its name

“The Opulence of Integrity” lives up to its name

Kylie Brown

December 13, 2017

Muhammad Ali said, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” and that’s exactly what the Opulence of Integrity did. On Thursday, Nov. 30, choreographer Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT dance company brought “The Opulence of Integrity” to the Dibden Center for the Arts. Many who entered the...

“Big Love” coming to Dibden

“Big Love” coming to Dibden

Nellie Tamboe

December 13, 2017

“Big Love,” a play about feminism, patriarchy, sexuality and acceptance, is coming to the Dibden Stage next semester. The script, written by Charles L. Mee, is based on the ancient Greek play “The Suppliants” by Aeschylus. Mee’s story features 50 women sheltered in an Italian manor after...

“The Punisher” packs a serious punch

“The Punisher” packs a serious punch

Tom O'Leary

December 13, 2017

The highly anticipated Marvel series “The Punisher” made its debut on Netflix on Nov. 17 as the streaming service released the inaugural season simultaneously, as is their custom. “The Punisher” aka Frank Castle, initially appeared in season two of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” which was also...

Survival of “The Forest”

Survival of “The Forest”

Richard Ahlgrim

December 13, 2017

The upcoming survival horror game “The Forest” can best be described as the pinnacle of the survival genre, certainly a new level reached by producer Endnight Games. Survival TV star Eric Leblanc and his son, Timmy, are settling down to sleep the rest of their flight as a mysterious energy pulse...

Reflecting on “The Last of Us” as developers work on sequel

Reflecting on “The Last of Us” as developers work on sequel

Richard Ahlgrim

November 29, 2017

Only a month away, 2018 marks the five-year anniversary of the most award-winning game in history and the planned PS4 release of its much anticipated sequel. “The Last of Us,” developed by Naughty Dog, has won over 240 awards with many additional nominations. These awards include multiple Game...

Revisiting “Dead Poets Society”: a film with both heart and humor

Kyle Brown

November 29, 2017

Life got you down? Afraid to turn on the news? Bank balance a bit scary? It might be time to revisit an old classic to remind yourself that all’s not bad. It might be time to revisit “Dead Poets Society,” a timeless film worth watching time and time again. Robin Williams plays John Keating,...

“Buster’s Mal Heart”: an oddball of a film

“Buster’s Mal Heart”: an oddball of a film

Joseph Kifner

November 29, 2017

“Buster’s Mal Heart” is a strange combination of quirky, dark and simply odd. Writer and director Sarah Adina Smith, who directed her debut film, “The Midnight Swim,” in 2014, has crafted a twisted world within our own and supplemented the real with intense scenes of visual metaphor to create...

Rounding up 2017’s top five albums

Rounding up 2017’s top five albums

Jacob Greenia

November 29, 2017

“You can stand me up at the gates of hell/But I won’t back down” the late Tom Petty sings confidently over a mid-tempo beat on his 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down.” The five albums I’ve selected as my favorites of 2017 have been crafted by artists who embody a similar defiance and struggle...

“Get Out” addresses societal racism while remaining true to its thriller roots

Ryan Thompson

November 29, 2017

The film “Get Out” is a heart stopping thrill ride full of suspense up until the very last second of the movie. The movie begins in a white neighborhood where a black man is going to meet a white girl, when he is kidnapped by an unidentified person. This opening scene provides what’s in store...

Reimagining of “Antigone” brings political commentary to Dibden stage

Reimagining of “Antigone” brings political commentary to Dibden stage

Nellie Tamboe

November 29, 2017

On the stage of Dibden Center of Performing Arts sat Lucas Sirois and Katelyn Shaw in the skin of Creon and Antigone, respectively. Audience members quietly filled in the surrounding stage seats as the two actors glared across at each other. Bathed in dramatic lighting, the shadows that crossed Sirois...

“Pardon My Take”: a satirical sports show with pizzazz

“Pardon My Take”: a satirical sports show with pizzazz

Tom O'Leary

November 8, 2017

In a world where sports media has devolved almost entirely into talking heads screaming at one another, each opinion more ludicrous than the last, many fans have resigned to the idea that they have only two options: tune in, or tune out. But for those like me in desperate need of a middle ground, a third...

“Stranger Things 2” exceeds expectations

“Stranger Things 2” exceeds expectations

Richard Ahlgrim

November 8, 2017

With the huge success of season one, fans of “Stranger Things” had high expectations when season two was released on Oct. 27. Anytime a show begins a new season, my biggest worries are if the storyline is going to repeat last season with just substituting in a new problem to handle, or if new characters...

No injustice in this sequel: story mode expands experience

No injustice in this sequel: story mode expands experience

by Richard Ahlgrim

November 8, 2017

In a time where it seems like everything is a shitty remake, NetherRealm Studios has broken the cycle and released one of the best fighting game sequels to date. “Injustice 2” is a sequel to the award-winning, 2013 release “Injustice: Gods Among Us.” “Injustice 2” is a fighting game set...

LSC serves “Dinner” at Twilight

LSC serves “Dinner” at Twilight

Emma Quinn

October 26, 2017

Editor’s Note: Emma is an Electronic Journalism Arts student at Lyndon State College. This article is part of a collaboration with Basement Medicine to better represent our unified community. The Lyndon State Twilight Players are in full swing with preparations for their fall production of “Th...

Jensen Beach honored with Vermont Book Award

Jensen Beach honored with Vermont Book Award

Emily Clark

October 26, 2017

Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature Jensen Beach was recently honored with the 2017 Vermont Book Award for his collection of short stories, “Swallowed by the Cold.” While Beach says the recognition is gratifying, he is even happier to be considered a Vermont writer. “It’s nice...

Battlefield DLC adds new maps and weapons with a Russian twist

Battlefield DLC adds new maps and weapons with a Russian twist

Patrick Bell

October 26, 2017

Battlefield 1’s new downloadable content (DLC) “In the Name of the Tsar” adds to the already unbelievable game that has been out for over a year. This first-person shooter game creates new life to the first world war, showing the technologies that were used at the time and historical conflicts...

Vietnam documentary doesn’t sugarcoat

Vietnam documentary doesn’t sugarcoat

Madison Doucette

October 26, 2017

The Vietnam War is a 10-part PBS documentary series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The series begins with a rewind of the Vietnam War. Bombs fall upwards through the air, bullets fly backwards into gun barrels, war casualties rise from the ground and soldiers run in reverse away from enemy lines....

“No Man’s Sky” update reinvigorates game

“No Man’s Sky” update  reinvigorates game

Richard Ahlgrim

October 2, 2017

To the dismay of many excited fans, Aug. 9, 2016, birthed one of the biggest flops in gaming history: “No Man’s Sky.”   This space survival game created a massive hype train equaled only by large titles such as “Halo,” “Call of Duty” or “Fallout.” The developers, Hello Games,...

“Dunkirk”: A truly human experience

Nellie Tamboe

October 2, 2017

On July 21, the much-anticipated World War II movie “Dunkirk” was released. It told the story of the 1940 evacuation of 400,000 trapped Allied soldiers from the beach of Dunkirk, France, after the area had become surrounded by the German army. It is a masterpiece. With the threat of enemy U-boats,...

Slam poetry group celebrates diversity

Slam poetry group celebrates diversity

Madison Doucette

October 2, 2017

The crowd that sat in Stearns Performance Space on Sept. 13 was small, yet as the four girls on stage finished their performance, the applause was nothing but loud. Muslim Girls Making Change is a slam poetry group created by four Vermont high schoolers: Hawa Adam, Kiran Waqar, Lena Ginawi and Balkisa...

I Am Vermont, Too tackles racism

I Am Vermont, Too tackles racism

Richard Ahlgrim

October 2, 2017

Currently in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery hang a collection of powerful photos, showcasing JSC students and Vermont residents wielding whiteboards full of racial microaggressions. This collection, modelled off “I Too, Am Harvard,” is on the first stride of its statewide tour under the title...

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