Basement Medicine

Nikki Hill lays roots in Dibden

Nikki Hill lays roots in Dibden

Tom Benton

October 19, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Nikki Hill rocked Dibden in a Creative Audience event on Sept. 25. Her website advertises her music as “roots rock ‘n’ roll,” roots like the site’s look – ‘50s diner. Roots like her style, aping that of Ella Fitzgerald. But it’s accurate advertising. She plays your basic rock ‘n’...

“This is Where I” leaves you sighing

“This is Where I” leaves you sighing

Travis LeClair

October 19, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

They are unfiltered; they are dysfunctional; they are repressed; they are going to rip each other’s heads off. They are the Altmans, the centerpiece of “This is Where I Leave You.” The family is made up of Judd (Jason Bateman), who is recently separated from his cheating wife, jobless, and growing...

“Gossip” Girl

“Gossip” Girl

Tom Benton

October 19, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I don’t know if advertising is art, but I’m certain there’s an art to advertising – just like I’m certain that’s “Gone Girl”’s lone triumph: its advertising. I wager most readers know all about the movie coming into this piece. They know Ben Affleck’s dark, brooding turn is another...

McCarthy fills far-from-full Dibden with saxxy music

McCarthy fills far-from-full Dibden with saxxy music

Seth Chornyak

October 19, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Saxophonist Brian McCarthy for Johnson State College students and community members on Sept. 25. His jazz quintet consisted of trumpet player Ray Vega, a professor at the University of Vermont; pianist Adam Birnbaum, bassist Evan Gregor and Jared Schonig on drums. The Dibden Center Theater was unfortunately...

Houle’s “Illusion” students work through the summer

Houle’s “Illusion” students work through the summer

Travis LeClair

September 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“Breaking the Illusion” is an original play by Patrick Houle, a JSC performing arts instructor who is known to inspire his students to shove past barriers, to work and achieve far beyond what seems possible. The play was performed three nights, Sept. 8-10. The experience of working so hard to...

Prepare to shake booty with Hill

Prepare to shake booty with Hill

Travis LeClair

September 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Nikki Hill’s music is known to invite booty shaking and hand clapping. Her website says, “Those who have seen Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before?...

Are you feeling Lucky?

Are you feeling Lucky?

Gabe Calza-Everett

September 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Chinese food is for me possibly the greatest of the comfort foods, which is a good thing if you live in Vermont. It’s almost a guarantee that any town of respectable size will have at least one Chinese eatery. Morrisville itself has just added one more to its roster of Oriental eateries, the Lucky...

“So Little Time” has so much to offer

“So Little Time” has so much to offer

Lisa Kent

September 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“So Little Time” is a compilation regarding our current world climate issues. There are poems, reflections and photos, and they aren’t subtle. The book’s message is that we are killing our planet and we damn well better do something about it, and oh yeah, it may be too late. But in that framework,...

How will “The Silver Star” end?

How will “The Silver Star” end?

Lisa Kent

September 18, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

There’s something you must know. Half way through "The Silver Star," I read the ending. I wanted to know how the narrator and her sister landed, and I couldn’t stand the suspense.  Perhaps you’ll fare better. Two teen-aged sisters, Bean and Liz, unable to trust their mother to care for them,...

Enjoy a “Cosmopolitans,” on me

Enjoy a “Cosmopolitans,” on me

Tom Benton

September 18, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Whit Stillman gets down to the bare, naked, nymphish seduction of the romantic in “The Cosmopolitans.” It’s a mystery series -- the mystery is the absurd clueless mystery that is romance. Who’s Whit Stillman?  He’s the proto-Wes Anderson – that’s Wes Anderson of “The Royal Tenenbaums,”...

Kearney next up in fall author series

Kearney next up in fall author series

Meredith Andrews

September 18, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Award-winning writer Meg Kearney will visit campus on Tuesday, Sept. 23, the second in this fall’s author series. Kearney will follow poet, editor, and writer Mike Young, who visited campus Sept. 9. “She’s a terrific author in many genres – poetry, young adult fiction and children’s books,”...

Salute, dinero y amor

Salute, dinero y amor

Gabriel Calza-Everett

May 8, 2014


Filed under Food

Homemade food is a wonderful thing. Ever date someone else because their mother was just such a good cook? The thing is, there often isn’t time to cook something fancy during the course of a normal day: work, school, and children get in the way. Also when cooking for others, tastes don’t always match...

Cajun’s Snack Bar bringing Louisianna to the Green Mountains

Cajun’s Snack Bar  bringing Louisianna to the Green Mountains

Kayla Friedrich

May 8, 2014


Filed under Food

As a child, creemee stands and snack bars were a favorite summer destination, and though I have fallen in love with a few during my lifetime including Seb’s Snack Bar in South Hero, Joe’s Snack Bar in Jericho, and The Pine Cone Snack Bar in Richford, nothing beats Cajun’s. With my grandparents’...

JSC librarian publishes her first novel

JSC librarian publishes her first novel

Josh Lemay

May 8, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Johnson State College’s Lisa Kent, a librarian at the Willey Library and Learning Center, has turned her love of writing into a full-length novel, due out later this year. The book, “Peace Cottage,” is the story of Lucy Cook, a middle-aged woman who loses her husband and decides to pack up her...

Timeless food keeps Henry’s Diner youthfully delicious

Timeless food keeps Henry’s Diner youthfully delicious

Ben Simone

May 8, 2014


Filed under Food

Henry’s Diner is a weird-looking mint-green stucco building with a yellow wood growth jutting out of it. Above this polyp is an old neon red sign that says Henry’s Diner. When I first saw it, I thought there was no possible way that this unattractive building should have a line of 10 people coming...

“Amadeus” keeps the wolf gang of sudden complications at bay

“Amadeus” keeps the wolf gang of sudden complications at bay

Kayla Friedrich

May 8, 2014


Filed under Stage

A crowd of 48 people filed into Dibden Center for the Arts on Friday, April 25, to witness an interesting rendition of Amadeus, a play by Peter Schaffer, directed by Patrick Houle. Two of the 48 people in the audience brought with them bouquets of flowers for a few of the actors, but ended up leaving...

Bands plug in solar style on Earth Day

Bands plug in solar style on Earth Day

Max Van Wie

May 8, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Extracurricular student bands helped keep the excitement high for the Johnson Earth Day celebration Thursday, March 24. With music on the quad during the day and a bonfire concert at Lowpo in the afternoon Johnson students were able to take full advantage of the solar power provided by the Solar Bus...

“Captain America” vs. Wes Anderson

“Captain America” vs. Wes Anderson

April 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is “The Shining” as a humanistic comic fantasy. Both films are built on hotels. Both films center on their respective hotel’s distinctive caretakers. In director Stanley Kubrick’s “Shining,” Jack Nicholson played a homicidal version of himself, chasing his wife...

The Bee’s Knees, as local as dinner gets

The Bee’s Knees, as local as dinner gets

Max Van Wie

April 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

Concerned not only for the health of their meals but also for the well being of the world, The Bee’s Knees restaurant in Morrisville, Vt., offers local farm fresh food and local drinks. Opened in 2003, The Bees’ Knees has been a creative way for the Caroli family, owners of the restaurant, to sell...

Bove’s, schmove’s

Bove’s, schmove’s

Ben Simone

April 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

It’s not often I am able to go to Burlington and actually have money to spend on things. So when I do, I have to eat out, and it has to be good. On recommendation, I went to Bove’s. On the outside Bove’s was pretty unremarkable. The neon sign was the only piece distinguishing it as a restaurant,...

“Noah” goes slowah

“Noah” goes slowah

Travis LeClair

April 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“Noah” combines faith, creationism, evolution, radical environment conditions and human complexity. Writer-director Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “The Fountain,” “The Wrestler,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “Pi,”) makes the Biblical epic modern. Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe...

“Dark Souls II” is enchanted by death

“Dark Souls II” is enchanted by death

Josh Lemay

April 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

I have checked my equipment three times now in preparation for what lies behind the fog. I know my chances of surviving are slim at best, but I do not have a choice in the matter; the only way forward is through. Readying my shield, I advance into the mist. My enemy towers above me, a wooden giant composed...

White-Nelson tell tales of hard knocks, real and imagined

White-Nelson tell tales of hard knocks, real and imagined

Travis LeClair

April 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Jacob White and Jessica Hendry Nelson are smart, accomplished authors who are dear to the writing and literature community at Johnson State College. White and Nelson read in the Stearn’s Performance Space on April 1 as part of the Spring Reading Series. JSC Professor Liz Powell introduced Nelson...

“Amadeus” crescendoes toward the stage

“Amadeus” crescendoes toward the stage

Josh Lemay

April 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“Amadeus” is a tale of pride, envy, murder, and madness. However, despite the title, the famous composer is far from being the main character. “I think people will come see ‘Amadeus’ and be kind of surprised that the story is about Antonio Salieri, and his war with God through Mozart,”...

Notes on “Muppets”

Notes on “Muppets”

Thomas Benton

March 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

There’s a new Muppets movie, “Muppets: Most Wanted.” If your heart still beats and occasionally sweats sugar, you’ll be most wanting to see it. The team behind the 2011 “Muppets” is mostly reunited--no Jason Segel, who was the heart of that film. His absence is noted, but “Muppets: Most...

“Let’s Pretend” is laugh-out-loud funny

“Let’s Pretend” is laugh-out-loud funny

Lisa Kent

March 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The problem with saying that a book is really funny is that humor is subjective. And if I boldly say that this memoir is hilarious, it marks me as having a certain kind of humor. But I can’t escape that Jenny Lawson’s book “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” made me laugh out loud many times....

Parker Pie cooks up culinary originality

Parker Pie cooks up culinary originality

Gabe Calza-Everett

March 27, 2014


Filed under Food

Warm, gooey cheese, a mozzarella-cheddar blend. Delicious bacon strewn haphazardly across the pie. Sautéed onions. Thinly sliced apples. Liberal amounts of spinach. Finishing it off is an ever-so-subtle drizzle of perfectly diluted maple syrup. Interested? Aptly named The Green Mountain Special, this...

“300” sequel: 1D film, 3D sex

“300” sequel: 1D film, 3D sex

Travis LeClair

March 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

“300: Rise of an Empire” takes battle to the seas and continues the stylistic gore and glory that was introduced to audiences in the original 2006 release. The film follows the Greek General Themistocles, played by Sullivan Stapleton (“Animal Kingdom,” “Gangster Squad”) as he fights a...

Double Vision at JSC requires a double take

Double Vision at JSC requires a double take

Thomas Benton

March 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

Absurdist ballet: that’s the best description of Double Vision’s Mar. 19 performance at Johnson State College. Double Vision was co-created by intermedia artist Sean Clute and choreographer Pauline Jennings, local residents and husband and wife. Clute’s work has been presented at The Kitchen...

Thawing out “Frozen”

Thawing out “Frozen”

Ben Simone

March 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Tuesday night I made the decision to watch Disney’s newest animated film: “Frozen.” For weeks, I had been hearing people across campus singing, “DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN? IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A SNOWMAN.” So I decided, with a notably heavy heart, to take the icy plunge into “Frozen.” As...

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