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“The Boys Next Door” humanizes the intellectually disabled

“The Boys Next Door” humanizes the intellectually disabled

Travis LeClair

November 12, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

It seems daunting to bring any character to life. The added challenge of “The Boys Next Door” is that JSC actors had to get inside the heads of the intellectually disabled. Opening show was Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 1:00 p.m. The following shows were Nov. 5-7 at 7:00 p.m. The play was written in...

VanNorden’s Human Canvas

VanNorden’s Human Canvas

Avery Bliss

November 12, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

New on the Johnson State College art scene, coming this spring, is Abstract Attributes, the body painting project you didn’t know you were waiting for. Morrisville native and JSC sophomore Allison VanNorden, known across campus as Al, is the artist putting on this project, which is centered on...

Knives of Anger

Knives of Anger

Hunter Mallette

November 12, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“This is nothing but potential,” Johnson master blade smith Nick Anger says, holding out a piece of metal the size of a brick, a piece of metal that will eventually be transformed into a knife of otherworldly beauty. After graduating from Johnson State College with a degree in Anthropology and...

Lazy Fascist author and JSC alum returns to campus

Lazy Fascist  author and JSC alum returns to campus

Josh Lemay

November 3, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Kevin Maloney, Portland-born author and alumnus of Johnson State College, visited campus on Oct. 13 to give a Creative Audience reading. He shared several short stories and read from his debut novella “Cult of Loretta,” published in May of this year by Lazy Fascist Press. Exploring love, life, sex...

Some of the best pie in Vermont

Some of the best pie in Vermont

Travis LeClair

November 3, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

It’s been a tradition for years: climb Mount Philo then stop by the big red pizza barn and grab a Growler. You can’t miss it along route 7, about 10 minutes on the way back to Burlington. Folino’s and Fiddlehead – “Pizza and Beer –” declares the large wood placard on their shared building....

Big Daddy’s brings humor to pizza

Elena Houriet

November 3, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

If you should ever find yourself in downtown Burlington in need of late night nourishment, Big Daddy’s Pizza, located at 177 Church Street is the place to go. Open from 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. seven days a week, with a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere, Big Daddy’s is an excellent choice for affordable...

New sushi restaurant flounders for this college student

Travis LeClair

November 3, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

So why the hell does Burlington need another sushi spot? She’s already got Asiana Noodle Shop, Asiana House, HJ House, Bento, and San Sai. The newest addition– A Cuisine– has replaced the drywall and loud noises that have met mall shoppers the last few months. Unveiled is a sleek Pan-Asian...

Cheap food and good fortune

Cheap food and good fortune

Avery Bliss

November 3, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

For some reason, I have a massive love for Americanized Chinese food. In fact, I’ve eaten so much of it over the past four years that I have over 150 fortune cookie slips. If you factor in the average price of a typical combination dinner, I’ve spent roughly $1,050 on food that is terrible for me....

“Crimson Peak” a story of sadism and tragedy

“Crimson Peak” a story of sadism and tragedy

Travis LeClair

November 3, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Just in time for the ghostliest day of the year, acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro gives moviegoers a sadistic, haunted treat. It’s not his first time writing and directing hair-standing flicks— “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Mimic,” and the TV series “The Strain” are among his other tricks....

“Monster in Paris” is adorably funny

“Monster in Paris” is adorably funny

Cayla Fronhofer

November 3, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Released for English-speaking audiences in 2012 by EuropaCorp, “A Monster in Paris” is a 90-minute animated film that blends adventure, humor, and genuine compassion for a truly charming viewing experience. It was written and directed by Bibo Bergeron, who is known primarily for his directing and...

“Zealot” paints a picture of historical Jesus

“Zealot” paints a  picture of historical Jesus

Agathe Fredette

November 3, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Who was Jesus Christ? If you asked a group of people this question, you would most likely get a different answer from each person. Jesus was a prophet. Jesus was God incarnate. Jesus was a Jewish peasant. Jesus was a political rebel. Jesus was a savior. Jesus was a simply a man. Basically, many of...

I Am is here

I Am is here

Ian Major

November 3, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“I am a survivor.” “I am free.” “I am beautiful.” “I am happy to be here.” Such were just a few of the messages recorded on the large I AM installation on the quad on Oct. 21. Staff from the Office of First Year Experience and faculty from the Fine Arts Department were present...

Humor and sorrow in “Stitches”: a senior project done right

Humor and sorrow in “Stitches”: a senior project done right

Sam Hartley

November 3, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“Stitches” is a dramatic comedy written and directed by Stephanie Zello. It’s the senior project of Zello and Hannah Publicover, who designed the set. According to the program, it is a “dramedy filled with stupid patients, angry doctors and drunk idiots”; it is also heartwarming, delightfully...

Pho Dang: cheap, simple and tasty

Pho Dang: cheap, simple and tasty

Travis LeClair

October 19, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The drive home from Johnson to Burlington offers few easy-access food joints that are both yummy and cheap. To boot, I was living healthy this day, so I wasn’t going submit to gas station temptation. I was tired and didn’t feel like dealing with Burlington’s dinnertime congestion. That’s when...

Dancing in the RHAW

Sam Hartley

October 19, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Rennie Harris Awe-inspiring Works put on a performance Sept. 30 that, while not exactly what I would call “awe-inspiring,” made for a damn fine show, especially for a company of pre-professional dancers. When I learned that RHAW was going to be performing a hip-hop dance routine on campus, I had...

“Black Mass”: so good, it’s criminal

“Black Mass”: so good, it’s criminal

Sam Hartley

October 19, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” is easily the best crime-drama since “The Departed.” Based on the New York Times bestselling book “Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob,” the film focuses on the rise and fall of James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny...

“Everest” presents human struggle and unforgiveable terrain

“Everest” presents human struggle and unforgiveable terrain

Travis LeClair

October 19, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The true story of a1996 Everest expedition came to the big screen this September. The film has delightful acting, nearly tear-inducing moments, and a pace that made me feel like I was actually inching up the mountain. Baltasar Kormakur directed the film. His past work includes “2 Guns” and...

“The Normal Heart” takes the audience behind the curtain

“The Normal Heart” takes the audience behind the curtain

Briana Morin

September 29, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The mark of a timelessly relatable story is that it deals with issues and emotions that are still pertinent. HIV/AIDS is still an incurable disease that hits people and communities worldwide, and the grief and devastation it brings is still pertinent. “The Normal Heart,” written by Larry Kramer,...

16 Reasons (Tracks) Why I Love Dre’s New ‘Compton’

Travis LeClair

September 29, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

After 16 years of waiting, Dr. Dre has given us what he’s promised – a mind-blowing hip–hop album. In partnership with the release of the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” the Dr. has unveiled a music project that is masterfully constructed. His tools are nostalgia paired with immediacy, beats...

Nisht Geferlach Klezmer Band brings Eastern-Europen Jewish

Nisht Geferlach Klezmer Band brings Eastern-Europen Jewish

Travis LeClair

September 29, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

On Sept. 14, JSC hosted the Nisht Geferlach Klezmer Band. Drummer Avram Patt translated their name– literally, “Not dangerous,” and more colloquial, “Not so bad, not so good,” or, “Relax, it won’t kill you.” Patt switched from drums to front man, singing in Yiddish. He translated...

Gallery exhibit to donate pencils

Ian Major

September 16, 2015


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

Johnson State College Assistant Professor in the Fine Arts Department and Director of the Julian Scott Memorial, Michael Zebrowski held the first art talk of this school year in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery on Sep. 4. Zebrowski has teamed up with the office of First-Year Experience at the college...

“Straight Outta Compton”: Hip–Hop/America’s High and Low Notes

“Straight Outta Compton”: Hip–Hop/America’s High and Low Notes

Travis LeClair

September 16, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The biopic “Straight Outta Compton” puts a Hollywood spin on the rise and fall of NWA, one of hip–hop’s most influential groups. It shows why their line “fuck the police” has been an American anthem since the 1988 release of the retaliation song. The film begins on the poor, often murderous...

Trattoria Delia serves up an exceptional experience

Trattoria Delia serves up an exceptional experience

Travis LeClair

September 16, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

Located in a magnificently decorated basement in Burlington, Trattoria Delia has been serving authentic cuisine and memorable dining experiences for over 20 years. The Italian restaurant is built with preserved wood from an old sugarhouse; canvas paintings, wicker baskets and bright, engraved platters...

“50 shades” not all it pretends to be

“50 shades” not all it pretends to be

Amanda Carman

May 7, 2015


Filed under Movies

After reading the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series, I could not wait for the first movie to come out on Feb. 13, 2015 with a running time of 125 minutes (rated R for sexual content and language). Following its release, the film broke a box office record with $546.5 million. However, after watching...

Texas Roadhouse offers dinner and a show

Texas Roadhouse offers dinner and a show

Amanda Carman

May 7, 2015


Filed under Food

Whenever I hear Texas Roadhouse, my stomach starts to rumble. Come hungry because their food is mouthwatering. Texas Roadhouse is famous for its rolls and cinnamon bread, which are meals by themselves. The Texas Roadhouse is a chain restaurant, and while I went to the one in Nashua, New Hampshire,...

Murphy’s book explores honest aspects of humanity

Murphy’s book explores honest aspects of humanity

Marilyn Tagliavia, Managing editor

May 7, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Barbara Murphy’s poetry collection, “Almost Too Much,” opens the door for discussion on the thoughts and observations of the mid-life, and the fears that one might gain through aging. Murphy explores themes such as second-marriages, loss, parenting and childhood reflections, and life experiences...

“Grease” brings Rydell High to JSC

“Grease” brings Rydell High to JSC

Marilyn Tagliavia, Managing editor

May 7, 2015


Filed under Stage

Johnson State College’s Dibden stage became Rydell High in the school’s portrayal of “Grease” April 23-25. Director Patrick Sawyer-Houle sought to bring the musical back to its raunchy and quirky roots while still giving it an original feel. Those thinking that going back to the roots meant...

A fistful of tokens

A fistful of tokens

Sam Hartley

April 23, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Your palms are sweating. Your eyes are focused with unnatural intensity on the little silver ball pinging back and forth across the board. You can feel that last India pale ale working its magic on your eye-hand-flipper coordination, but somehow you’ve defied the odds and beaten the high score. The...

Performance a success after minimal rehearsal time

Performance a success after minimal rehearsal time

Marilyn Tagliavia

April 23, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

With dance club being one of the biggest, if not the biggest club on campus, Dibden’s 500 seat capacity auditorium is typically close to packed with the JSC community, family and friends each and every time that JSC’s dance club holds a show. These shows, which frequently happen during the last couple...

Jon Favreau’s “Chef” a spectacular movable feast

Jon Favreau’s “Chef” a spectacular movable feast

Steve Gold

April 23, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Recently released on Netflix, the indie film “Chef” is delicious! “Chef” is a highly pleasurable movie about the relationship between father and son, husband and ex-wife, creative integrity, independence and being true to one’s passion. For those desperate for enjoyable family movies, without...

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