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“Insurgent”: Hit and Miss

“Insurgent”: Hit and Miss

Gabriella Fecher

April 23, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

After last year’s “Divergent” flopped its way onto the big screens, fans of Veronica Roth’s Young Adult (YA) dystopian book series weren’t quite sure what to expect when the franchise announced the release of the sequel, “Insurgent.”  With the introduction of action-centric director Robert...

Pizza on Main brings New York style to Vermont

Pizza on Main brings New York style to Vermont

Marilyn Tagliavia

March 26, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

When it was announced that Morrisville, Vt. would be getting another pizza place, there were many residents of surrounding areas who gave a collective groan. Did Morrisville really need another pizza place? Out of all of the cuisine possibilities...pizza? After visiting Pizza on Main, located where...

Cold food for your cold cash at Lucky Buffet

Russell Freeman

March 26, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

Everyone’s been there before. It’s noon. Your stomach is rumbling, and there’s no leftovers in the fridge or burgers to thaw, and your buddies want to get lunch. Pulling your wallet from your back pocket you find a lone ten dollar bill. Holding the bill in your hand you stop and think; there’s...

“Cinderella” sparks controversy

“Cinderella” sparks controversy

John Berthiaume

March 26, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

As a lifelong Disney fan, I waited anxiously for several months to see the premiere of Disney’s new live action remake of “Cinderella.” With a little magic, bits of humor and respect for cheesy romances; director, actor, and producer Kenneth Branagh (“Thor”) enchants us with his modern adaption...

Zebrowski exhibit opens doors

Zebrowski exhibit opens doors

Ian Major, Staff Writer

March 12, 2015


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

Michael Zebrowski, a Johnson State College assistant professor in the fine arts department has his most recent pieces of work on display in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery in Dibden. The project has been named after the Polish word Otwierac, meaning “to open” or “to make something accessible.”...

Hillside Rounders span generations

Hillside Rounders span generations

Chelsea Bingham

March 12, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

It was country roots hoe-down time in Dibden when The Hillside Rounders brought its own mix of folk, bluegrass and country to the JSC community on March 4. The Rounders are a multi-generational family band from Cabot, Vermont and include Rich Sicely playing lead guitar, Mike Sicely playing bass, Jeremy...

Jupiter Ascending a downer

Jupiter Ascending a downer

Travis LeClair

March 11, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I hoped and prayed that the Wochowski duo (writers and directors) would blow my mind and create a new sci-fi action standard like they did 15 years ago with “The Matrix.” “Jupiter Ascending” was going to be a revelatory experience. Channing Tatum’s dog-ears and goatee were going to transform...

Fine dining, homey atmosphere

Fine dining, homey atmosphere

Russell Freeman

March 11, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

When driving through Jeffersonville, Vermont along route fifteen, it can be quite easy to overlook the small red structure nestled between a convenience store and the Lamoille River, which goes by the name of the Family Table. Though it may not look like much on the outside, consisting of a single small...

iPhone 6 Plus: Phone or phablet?

iPhone 6 Plus: Phone or phablet?

John Berthiaume

March 11, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Running late for class, you quickly grab your iPhone 6 Plus off of its charger and frantically try to put it into your pants pocket as you run out the door. You continue to stuff the large phone into your pocket when suddenly you hear the tearing of fabric as your worst nightmare comes to light; your...

Sodexo hosts locavore feast at JSC

Sodexo hosts locavore feast at JSC

Steve Gold

March 11, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

Luscious, succulent, flavorful, exotic, unique, ambitiously creative, exquisitely prepared and delicately presented by highly skilled, exceptionally experienced professional Sodexo chefs, The Vermont First Locavore Culinary Challenge was not an event to be missed. And speaking as a long-time professional...

Du Vernay’s “Selma” gets it right

Du Vernay’s “Selma” gets it right

Sam Hartley

February 18, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

March 7, 1965. Less than a year since the Federal Government passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 making segregation officially illegal, African-Americans still find registering to vote nearly impossible due to the arbitrary and byzantine requirements placed upon them by white-elected state and county governments...

“Streetcar” stays on track

“Streetcar” stays on track

Briana Morin, Staff Writer

February 18, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

We were warned: It was apparent before even entering Dibden Theatre that "A Streetcar Named Desire" dealt with adult themes. The sign outside the door told us as a much, warning of gunshots and rape. Directed by Professor of Performing Arts Russ Longtin, and assistant-directed by Stephanie Zello, a ju...

Netflix original programming a hit

Netflix original programming a hit

John Berthiaume

February 18, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Glued to her computer screen, her eyes glossed over. She reaches for her bowl of cheesy puffs as the next episode begins to play. She is 9 episodes in, with 12 left to go. Nothing can break her concentration as she continues to binge watch what is now her new favorite series on the streaming service, Ne...

Houle can’t wait to grease up Dibden

Houle can’t wait to grease up Dibden

Chelsea Bingham, Staff Writer

February 18, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

An iconic American musical, Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s "Grease" will be performed on the Dibden stage April 22-24. Directing the play will be Patrick Houle, JSC alumnus and part-time professor of performing arts. Houle said he chose the play for a variety of reasons. "My belief is that no musi...

Good eats, good service = good time

Good eats, good service = good time

Andrew Lotto

February 10, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

The outside of El Dorado Tavern doesn’t scream Mexican restaurant, and its interior is similiarly understated.  The only Mexican features: a few sombreros and other small south-of-the-border decorations. A welcome touch was a small basket of chips on the table with two little containers of salsa...

Leslie on exhibit at Central Vermont Medical Center

Leslie on exhibit at Central Vermont Medical Center

Marilyn Tagliavia, Managing Editor

February 10, 2015


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

On display until Feb. 13, 2015 at the University of Vermont Health Network-Central Vermont Medical Center Gallery in Berlin, Vt., is the painting and artist book exhibition called “Top of the World.” The artwork belongs to Ken Leslie, Johnson State College professor of fine arts. It consists of paintings...

Doerr’s “All the Light” illuminates

Doerr’s “All the Light” illuminates

Lisa Kent

February 10, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Imagine you are young, female, blind and living in France during World War II. Imagine again that you are young, male, have a gift for understanding radios and grow up as an orphan in the Nazi war machine. This book, an outstanding piece of historical fiction, documents the young lives of Marie-Laure...

Eastwood’s “American Sniper” hits the mark

Eastwood’s “American Sniper” hits the mark

Jeffrey Barr, Staff Writer/ Photo Editor

February 10, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

“American Sniper,” the latest film from Director Clint Eastwood, has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screen Play and Best Actor.  There’s a reason for these nominations: this is a great film. With a budget of a mere $60 million this film delivers...

The Four O’Clock Flowers keep time in Stearns performance

The Four O’Clock Flowers keep time in Stearns performance

Max Van Wie

December 4, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

JSC's own Stearns Performance Space hosted the musical talents of both Eli Smith and the Four O'Clock Flowers on Thurs., Nov. 13. New York City resident Eli Smith is a banjo player, songwriter and strong advocate for traditional folk music. Smith runs his own radio show, Down Home Radio, on which...

“Bonnie’s Diner” keeps emotions as real as its props

“Bonnie’s Diner” keeps emotions as real as its props

Amber Mcallister

December 4, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

On my way to the Dibden theater, I noticed how quiet and deserted the campus was. It made me question how many people would actually attend the show since the play was not a creative audience. Then again, it was only about 6:35pm, twenty-five minutes before the play began. Compared to the rehearsal...

“The Purge: Anarchy” should be purged, immediately

“The Purge: Anarchy” should be purged, immediately

Katelynn Richardson

December 4, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

One night a year, all kinds of crime are legal for 12 hours. The Purge seems like the perfect solution to all problems, right? In the James DeMonaco movie, “The Purge: Anarchy,” a father goes out seeking revenge on the man who murdered his son. On his mission, he ends up saving a young couple along...

Shooting stars isn’t enough

Shooting stars isn’t enough

Jeffrey Barr

December 4, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Christopher Nolan, the man responsible for “The Dark Knight Returns” and “Inception,” has provided us with a very ambitious and realistic (for the most part) sci-fi flick called “Interstellar.” Set in a not too distant future, a blight has attacked the crops and there is no cure in sight. ...

The truth is “Unpersuadable”

The truth is “Unpersuadable”

Lisa Kent

December 4, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

It all comes down to our stories, and whether we want to hold our hands fisted in the world or keep them open. In this work of nonfiction, Will Storr shows us how easily we construct unshakeable beliefs about ourselves and our world that are often wrong or limiting. Storr  speaks with creationists who...

Powell and Tomashow’s collaborative collage exhibit at Julian Scott

Powell and Tomashow’s collaborative collage exhibit  at Julian Scott

Travis Leclair

November 22, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Artists David Powell and Peter Thomashow teamed up  at JSC to deliver the collage series “Exposition of Matter & Magnetism: The Wonders of Science Revealed.” Their work displayed in the Julian Scott Gallery is the first of three upcoming exhibitions that bring their wonders to Vermont and...

Vize-Willey presents “Bonnie’s Diner”

Vize-Willey presents “Bonnie’s Diner”

Amber McAllister

November 13, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Friday, Nov.  14 and Saturday, Nov. 15, the original one-act play ‘Bonnie’s Diner’ will be performed in Dibden Center for the Arts. The play was written and directed by theater arts major, Heather Vize-Willey 24. “I thought if I’m going to do something, I should do something big,”...

“Bedroom Farce,” a tale of survival

“Bedroom Farce,” a tale of survival

Travis LeClair

November 12, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“Bedroom Farce” is a play about arguments and kisses, about food in bed and losing the ability to embrace the one that used to get you hot. It’s about feeling beautiful, marital challenge, and domestic love; it’s about honesty and the struggle and success of this virtue infiltrating the bedroom. This...

BREAKING: Scientists confirm “Birdman” a turd, man

BREAKING: Scientists confirm “Birdman” a turd, man

Tom Benton

November 12, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Using basic human tools of perception, our planet’s leading scientists have determined the actual worth of the highly acclaimed motion picture “Birdman,” directed by Spaniard Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu and starring actors Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. The film’s...

Gold, garbage and biodiversity

Gold, garbage and biodiversity

Travis LeClair

November 12, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Artists David Powell and Peter Thomashow discussed their collage series “Exposition of Matter & Magnetism: The Wonders of Science Revealed” at JSC on Nov. 6. Their work, displayed in the Julian Memorial Gallery, is the first of three upcoming exhibitions that bring their wonders to Vermont...

Trevor Hall reaches Higher Ground, physically and spiritually

Trevor Hall reaches Higher Ground, physically and spiritually

Travis LeClair

October 30, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I have been listening to Trevor Hall regularly since discovering his record nearly five years ago. A signed poster hangs in my room, and I made his last tour’s tee shirt into a sleeveless pajama top. I’ve seen his music live a few times, and every show seems to ground me mentally, and breathe freshness...

“Gulp” is alimentary, my dear

“Gulp” is alimentary, my dear

Lisa Kent

October 30, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“Gulp” is not for everyone; in fact, I’m not even sure it is for me. It’s true that author Mary Roach does a great job of explaining everything from how your taste buds perform to how your bowels work, but she adds a sense of crude humor that makes me uncomfortable. “Gulp” is like Captain...

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