Basement Medicine

A horror to behold

Author with Kim Anetsburger

Hunter Mallette

October 31, 2016

As a Rocky Horror virgin, I didn’t know what to expect when I received free tickets for the Stowe Theater Guild from Kim Anetsburger, a Johnson State College alumna.   The Stowe Theater Guild is no stranger to our JSC theater students who appear in the show: Cody Logan, Mackenzie Brown, Chelsey...

An odd tale of love and death

An odd tale of love and death

Avery Bliss

October 31, 2016

As I am coming to find out, expanding your horizons isn’t such a bad thing, at least insofar as movie choices and new music are concerned. My most recent venture into the cinematic unknown was “Odd Thomas,” in honor of the Halloween spirit.   Creepy, suspenseful and kind of gross movies...

Following the cycle in “The Fourth Phase”

Following the cycle in

Ian Major

October 31, 2016

After nearly three years in the making, professional snowboarder Travis Rice’s highly anticipated snowboarding film, “The Fourth Phase,” directed by Jon Klaczkiewicz, has finally arrived.   The movie was filmed in Rice’s backyard of Wyoming and in Japan, Russia and Alaska. Red Bull Media...

Pirates, drinking and time-travel

Pirates, drinking and time-travel

Avery Bliss

October 31, 2016

A fast-paced accordion sets off the tune with a deliberately piratical feel to it. It’s upbeat and jaunty, and immediately gives way to a power metal guitar. This isn’t a joke, and you aren’t hearing things. This is Alestorm.   Hailing from Scotland, the band got together in 2004 under...

A new look at white privilege

A new look at white privilege

Lisa Kent

October 31, 2016

If reading Coates’ “Between the World and Me” wakes us up to white privilege, Debby Irving’s “Waking Up White” hammers it home. Dr. Na’im Akbar, in his appearance in the film, “White Privilege 101,” defines white privilege as “a specific set of options, opportunities, and opinions...

Artist explores metaphors of self

Hunter Mallette

October 31, 2016

Lorna Dielentheis, originally hailing from Minnesota, brings her unique illustrative style to Burlington. Dielentheis’ love of fairytales and mythology shows through her illustrations, self-portraits and paintings, and she has an abundance of new work from the internet movement of “Inktober.”   Dielentheis...

Art Hop celebrates artistic diversity in Burlington

“Boats” by Elizabeth Bunsen

Nimue Washburn

September 22, 2016

Burlington’s artistic community came together once again this year with the 24th annual South End Art Hop. Local gallery showings, live performers, games, food, and people with a passion for the arts filled the South End in a three-day event from Sept. 9-11. The South End has always done things a...

FPS, team play, character: This game has it all

gamecrate.com

Cayla Fronhofer

September 22, 2016

“Overwatch: soldiers, scientists, adventurers, oddities . . . guardians who secured global peace for a generation.” Blizzard Entertainment, creator of World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft, released Overwatch in May 2016. The quote above, from the game’s official cinematic trailer, refers...

Netflix, do thine worst

Stanley Weber as Shadow Walker

Avery Bliss

September 22, 2016

Some movies are like a train wreck: so horrible to watch, and yet you can’t seem to look away. And one of the best examples of this type of movie is “Sword of Vengeance,” which hails from the darkest corner of Netflix.   Set in England in the years following William the Conqueror’s arrival,...

Mexican for less

Hunter enjoys her companion’s meal

Hunter Mallette

September 22, 2016

Sadly, Vermont has a small selection of authentic Mexican restaurants, with the abundance being in Burlington. While going on my hunt for Mexican food, I particularly wanted fare that came with sides and was relatively cheap. My search led me to Bueno y Sano on College Street.   I got into Burlington...

A hearty, home-style meal at Dream Cafe

A hearty, home-style meal at Dream Cafe

Agathe Fredette

September 22, 2016

Nestled on Main Street in Johnson is an unimposing white building with a dark blue sign hanging out front, painted with puffy white clouds and the name of the establishment: The Dream Café. Opened earlier this year, The Dream Café offers a variety of home-style breakfast food, lunch food, tea, coffee...

New Glass Animals album

New Glass Animals album

Richard Ahlgrim

September 8, 2016

The genre-bending R&B quartet Glass Animals have finally released their sophomore album, “How to be a Human Being,” on Aug. 26, almost unnoticed. Glass Animals was formed in 2012 in Oxford, England by four friends who met during secondary school. Two years ago they released their debut album,...

“Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging”

“Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging”

Avery Bliss

September 8, 2016

Are you looking for a book that deals with issues you normally wouldn’t think about? How about heart-wrenching personal tales? If so, then “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging” by Sebastian Junger is the novel for you.   The latest offering from Junger, published in May of 2016, “Tribe”...

“A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding” a swift, solid, haunting read

“A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding” a swift, solid, haunting read

Lisa Kent

September 8, 2016

The United States dropped the atom bomb on Nagasaki, Japan on August 6, 1945. There are still survivors of that terrible day, and their children and grandchildren continue to suffer genetically and emotionally from fallout. I have never met anyone who was there, or whose parents were there, or grandparents....

Pork and Pickle pickins’

The bar of Pork and Pickle BBQ

Richard Ahlgrim

September 8, 2016

Nuzzled between a gluten-free bakery and another small shop in Essex Junction is a delectable new farm-to-table restaurant known as Pork and Pickles BBQ. In June, Chris Simard, former ecological agriculture student at the University of Vermont, created the Pork and Pickle to fill his culinary art desires....

PoGo is sticking around

PoGo is sticking around

Cayla Fronhofer

September 8, 2016

The beginning of a new semester always brings changes to the campus. Sometimes they come in the form of renovated sidewalks, sometimes in changes of staff or faculty, and sometimes when hordes of Pokèmon move onto campus to hide in the grass of the quad. “It’s been years since Pokèmon was really...

An iconic musical comes to Dibden

Cody Logan leads

Cayla Fronhofer

May 5, 2016

For their final play of the year, the cast and crew of Dibden brought to life the 1950 musical “Guys and Dolls.” The play’s main story follows a cast of characters living in New York City during the roaring era of gangsters and gambling. While the play shows its age in some awkwardly sexist...

“Concussion” details NFL’s dodgy record on head injuries

“Concussion” details NFL’s dodgy record on head injuries

Jacob Greenia

May 5, 2016

How do you piss off a sporting and media titan such as the National Football League? Well, you shoot a mainstream biographical sports drama detailing the league’s history with denying ties between its former and current players’ deteriorating mental health and the game’s aggressive, head-first...

BFA students present evocative exhibit

Mina Ganguly-Kiefner

Hunter Mallette

May 5, 2016

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

Artist at center

Rusty Freeman

May 5, 2016

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

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

Jacob Greenia

May 5, 2016

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

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

Martin de Gues manipulates the projection

Hunter Mallette

April 14, 2016

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

Mayday Parade

Jacob Greenia

April 14, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

L to R: Molly Burnett, Thomas Gunn, Rachael Garnjost, Cody Logan, Shawn Weibel, Athena Furioni, Joshua Baughn

Cayla Fronhofer

March 25, 2016

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...

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