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BFA students present evocative exhibit

BFA students present evocative exhibit

Hunter Mallette

May 5, 2016


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Mina Ganguly-Kiefner, Kim Anetsburger, Dylan Dalmata, and Randa Morris gathered in the Julian Scott Memorial gallery to present their BFA theses surrounding the themes off body positivity, self-worth, and acceptance on April 14. After light refreshments, Michael Zebrowski, assistant professor of...

“No Sight Required” for this BFA show

“No Sight Required” for this BFA show

Rusty Freeman

May 5, 2016


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On Thursday, April 14, Scott Caruthers’ artwork, along with multiple other JSC students’, were open for viewing in the Dibden gallery for their BFA shows. Scott’s show was titled, “No Sight Required,” because, for any who don’t know Caruthers, he is mostly blind. But that doesn’t matter....

Book explores the issue of public shaming

Book explores the issue of public shaming

Lisa Kent

May 5, 2016


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Think of your worst most private moment. The one that if it were ever exposed to the world, you’d die. Imagine that moment is suddenly plastered over social media, and now you’re left to figure out how you’ll survive this mortifying public shame. This is the heart of Ronson’s book. Ronson...

Kyle Betournay discusses music and upcoming EP

Kyle Betournay discusses music and upcoming EP

Jacob Greenia

May 5, 2016


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Uncoiling a thick mess of cables snaking around his feet to plug in his microphone, electric acoustic guitar, and amplifier to his looping station equipment, dirty blonde-haired, blue-eyed Kyle Betournay begins another cathartic recording session from his dorm room in Senators Hall between the crease...

A hoppin’ new tale from Disney

A hoppin’ new tale from Disney

Cayla Fronhofer

April 14, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

It’s a dog eat dog world, but in Disney’s newest animated feature, that dog would be arrested by a rabbit for the crime. Directed by Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”) and Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”), “Zootopia” is an hour and 48 minute film that explores themes of friendship,...

JSC Fellow blends art and technology

JSC Fellow blends art and technology

Hunter Mallette

April 14, 2016


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Dickie Cox, an inter-media artist from New Jersey, was selected from a Fellowship program established by retired college president Barabara Murphy. After staying for a week, he presented his exhibit “Layers, Cells and Constellations” in Johnson State College’s Susan Calza Black Box gallery on March...

A night of throwback pop-rock

A night of throwback pop-rock

Jacob Greenia

April 14, 2016


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Nostalgia buzzed through Burlington’s Higher Ground Ballroom on Tuesday, March 22 as co-headliners The Maine and Mayday Parade helped their devoted fan bases reminisce on the asymmetrical haircuts and neon hued clothing that they have since replaced with snapbacks and student loan debt. Remaining...

“Fuller House” tramples memory of its predecessor

Kate Abdel-Fatah

April 14, 2016


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On Feb 26, the Tanner house was filled once again when Netflix, the popular television show and movie streaming site, released a spin-off of the 1990s’ hit sitcom “Full House” with most of the original cast. “Full House” was about a single father, left with three girls to raise after his...

Makeup is his medium

Makeup is his medium

Hunter Mallette

March 25, 2016


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Zachary Bakos, a 20-something and usually-barefoot boy, is a studio art major at Johnson State College. His medium of choice? Makeup. Originally from West Hartford, Vermont, he spends a lot of time traveling to New York City. “I first started using makeup in my senior year of high school,”...

Tonight Alive breaks into a new style

Tonight Alive breaks into a new style

Jacob Greenia

March 25, 2016


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It can be a bold move for an artist to alter the sound that helped establish their career. However, on their third release, “Limitless,” Australian rock quintet Tonight Alive had the make-or-break dilemma of continuing with what is familiar or traversing new sonic territory. Fortunately, they chose...

“To the Moon”: indie game with big heart

“To the Moon”: indie game with big heart

Alteira Greene

March 25, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says the words “video game”? Probably a popular game like “Call of Duty” or maybe a controversial one like “Grand Theft Auto”? The last game that most people would think of is a small indie game called “To the Moon.” “To the...

A Wilde and earnest night of comedy in Dibden

A Wilde and earnest night of comedy in Dibden

Cayla Fronhofer

March 25, 2016


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The auditorium was filled with music reminiscent of the pre-dance socializing scenes found in Jane Austen films. The set, waiting on the stage for the actors to fill it with life, matched this theme, with its deep red color scheme and posh furniture. “The Importance of Being Earnest,” written...

Deadpool: Not your average superhero movie

Deadpool: Not your average superhero movie

Cayla Fronhofer

March 10, 2016


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When the opening title of a movie informs you that it is “Some Douchebag’s Film” and that it stars “God’s Perfect Idiot,” you know it’s not going to be your typical theater experience. “Deadpool” broke into the box office with the same vivacious hutzpah characteristic of its protagonist,...

JSC alumna exhibits artwork

JSC alumna exhibits artwork

Hunter Mallette

March 10, 2016


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Jessie Warren, a local Johnson State College alumna of 2014, is exhibiting “Living,” her first art show post-graduation at Johnson’s Dream Café from Feb. 17-March 17. As a self-proclaimed documentary photographer, Warren studied media arts and anthropology and sociology at JSC, which allowed...

Music duo Del and Dawg perform bluegrass classics

Music duo Del and Dawg perform bluegrass classics

Max Van Wie

March 10, 2016


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With the Flynn Theater filled to the last seat by eager bluegrass fans, David “Dawg” Grisman and Del McCoury took the stage Feb. 26 for a two-set duo performance. The physical contrast between Grisman and McCoury was clear on stage. Grisman’s stocky stature places him roughly four inches below...

“Eurydice” re-imagines Greek tragedy

“Eurydice” re-imagines Greek tragedy

Cayla Fronhofer

February 18, 2016


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Sitting in a place normally off limits to the audience, we wait for the show to begin. The lights cast the stage in blue and yellow hues, and the sounds of nature and flowing water fill the air around us. As showtime approaches, the sounds fade and a hush falls over the audience. The suspense is broken...

The Campbell Brothers bring sacred steel to Dibden stage

The Campbell Brothers bring sacred steel to Dibden stage

Jacob Greenia

February 18, 2016


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A lively crowd poured into Dibden Center for the Arts on Wednesday evening, Feb. 3, for an inspired celebration of gospel and blues music, courtesy of sacred steel ensemble, The Campbell Brothers. Far from feeling antiquated, The Campbell Brothers’ brand of sacred steel is a rich slice of African-American...

“Perks” brings a new dimension to coming-of-age

“Perks” brings a new dimension to coming-of-age

Briana Morin

February 18, 2016


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High school sucks. This is an almost universal truth; if it weren’t, there wouldn’t be so many films and novels centered around those four troublesome teenage years. Ask almost anyone you come across and they’ll probably tell you that their high school years were some of the most hellish they’ve...

A good year for Liz Powell

A good year for Liz Powell

Jacob Greenia

February 4, 2016


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2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Associate Professor of Writing and Literature Liz Powell. An accomplished poet, Powell has been awarded the 2015 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for poetry for her second book of poems, "Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances." In ...

Peter Boie: Magician for non-believers

Peter Boie: Magician for non-believers

Agathe Fredette

February 4, 2016


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A tall man steps onstage amid the blaring of rock music and takes a sweeping bow. Dressed in a grey t-shirt, black pants, a black blazer, and bright orange lace-up sneakers, the man—who introduces himself as the magician Peter Boie—shows the crowd his empty hands before proceeding to play a tune on...

DiCaprio faces a frozen hell in “The Revenant”

DiCaprio faces a frozen hell in “The Revenant”

Agathe Fredette

February 4, 2016


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"The Revenant," a film by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Academy Award winning director of "Babel" and "Birdman," is set within the wilderness of Utah and South Dakota throughout Arikara indigenous American territory in 1823 during the middle of a brutal winter. The film focuses on the journey of the fronti...

No Jar Jar Binks in “The Force Awakens”

No Jar Jar Binks in “The Force Awakens”

Cayla Fronhofer

February 4, 2016


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"Star Wars" is kind of a big deal. When "Episode IV: A New Hope" was released in 1977, the world was forever changed. It became a cultural touchstone that the science fiction movie industry has been living up to in the decades since, and the sheer amount of action figures and toy lightsabers sold t...

“Between the world and me” book review

“Between the world and me” book review

Lisa Kent

February 4, 2016


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This book is an intimate, personal letter from Coates, a black American father, to his fifteen-year old son Samori. It is a sobering look at whites and blacks as matters of perception, from early American history to now. Ta-nehisi offers no solutions; he simply writes to prepare his son for his futu...

Dance club performance well-rounded

Dance club performance well-rounded

Marilyn Tagliavia

December 17, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

This semester’s Johnson State College dance club performance, a campus event always highly anticipated and well-attended by the JSC community, was well-rounded and found a good balance throughout dance complexity, energy level and song selection. The show opened with a high energy mash-up of burlesque...

McKee’s offers the comforts of home

McKee’s offers the comforts of home

Travis LeClair

December 17, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

It’s that sweet smell of stale beer when I walk in. It’s that metronome of sports television – count them, 14, 15 boob tubes. It’s that jukebox playing country, or rap, or hair metal, 90’s jams, grunge (whoever’s in control, McKee’s is a haven for all). McKee’s Pub and Grill offers...

Could be a sad day: Craig’s last waltz with 007?

Could be a sad day: Craig’s last waltz with 007?

Travis LeClair

December 17, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

I speak to Daniel Craig lovers: it is a sad day. That’s not a spoiler, just a goodbye to the broody, moody Bond whose adventures have brought us through “Casino Royal,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall,” ending with the charmingly dark “Spectre.” I’ll be out front: it’s not as good...

Gunn’s “12 Angry Men” offers a provocative view of rough justice

Gunn’s “12 Angry Men” offers  a provocative view of rough justice

Briana Morin

December 17, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

The Johnson community got a glimpse into the complicated and controversial world of courtroom drama when the classic “12 Angry Men” was performed on the Dibden stage. “12 Angry Men” was written by Reginald Rose as a play broadcast on television in 1954. It was widely successful and was adapted...

“Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” offers more Panem and more Katniss

“Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” offers more Panem and more Katniss

Travis LeClair

December 17, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

So there I am, smack-dab in the middle of a theater full of fan-girls, high school groups, middle-aged loners, and families of Katniss worshippers. I wait for the fate of Panem to unravel, for Katniss to choose the right road in her love-path, for a revolution that will overthrow President Snow. “Mockingjay...

“Baraka” is hypnotically watchable

“Baraka” is hypnotically watchable

Sam Hartley

December 17, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

“Baraka” (1992) is an hour-and-a-half long visual experience that will leave you breathless or drooling from boredom, depending on whether or not you can stomach a film with no plot or characters. The film has no traditional narrative, no dialogue. What it does have is utterly gorgeous footage...

Spitz chronicles Child’s life

Spitz chronicles Child’s life

Lisa Kent

December 16, 2015


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Once. I saw her just once, for a mere five seconds as my boyfriend surfed television channels. My next encounter was through Dan Akroyd during his Saturday Night Live French Chef skit. So when I started reading about Julia Child in Spitz’s biography “Dearie,” I was unprepared for how swiftly and...

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