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“Magic for Humans” good if you’re bored

“Magic for Humans” good if you’re bored

Kylie Brown

October 2, 2018

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

Tom O'Leary

September 18, 2018

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

Kylie Brown

September 18, 2018

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

The reporter thoroughly investigates the falafel for its culinary integrity

Adriana Eldred

September 18, 2018

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

Rebecca Flieder

September 18, 2018

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

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

The General Lee

Story and photo by Adriana Eldred

May 10, 2018

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

Agathe Fredette

May 10, 2018

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

A perfect pita

Kylie Brown

May 10, 2018

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

Lida Winfield

Patrick Bell

April 26, 2018

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

Mock Eel

Agathe Fredette

April 26, 2018

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

“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

Tom O'Leary

April 26, 2018

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

Lamb and cabbage sarma

Hannah Stearns

March 29, 2018

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

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

Adriana Eldred

March 29, 2018

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

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”

Pure Comedy cover art

Patrick Bell

March 15, 2018

“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...

Red Baraat blends Latino melodies with Arabic chords

Red Baraat on the Dibden stage

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

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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

Muhammad Ali

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

Charles L. Mee, “Big Love” playwright

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...

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