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R&B group brings some soul to Burlington

R&B group brings some soul to Burlington

Anna Gibson, Cynic Correspondent
February 24
Filed under Arts, Previews

In a small 1960s North Carolina town, the talent of a local teenager was spotted for the first time. Lee Fields & the Expressions will be performing Feb. 23 at ArtsRiot. Initially, Fields did not intend to pursue a music career, he said. “I was a paperboy, and I wanted to be a busine...

BSU explores freedom with art show

BSU explores freedom with art show

Healy Fallon, Senior Staff Writer
February 23
Filed under Arts, Arts Regular

This semester, the UVM Black Student Union is making efforts to emphasize black pride and identity through various events. BSU held an art show titled “What Does Freedom Mean to You?”, a collaboration between BSU and Davis Center curators, on the fourth floor of the Davis Center Feb. 17. S...

Film captures struggles of family life

Film captures struggles of family life

Healy Fallon
February 17
Filed under Arts, Reviews

Adolescence is the first period of self-discovery, where we discovered adulthood not only through our own behaviors, but also in the people around us.   The film,  “20th Century Women,” a newcomer to American theaters, is one that approaches the process of adolescence unconventionally. T...

Coming-of-age novel examines cult lifestyle

Coming-of-age novel examines cult lifestyle

Bridget Higdon, Assistant Arts Editor
February 16
Filed under Arts, Reviews

When it’s a cold and snowy Sunday, you need a good book to read. Despite its page count, “The Girls” by Emma Cline is the kind of novel so fast-paced and suspenseful it could be read in one, perfect snow day. Cline’s debut novel is a fictional coming-of-age story. It is based loosely on th...

Local artist records premiere album

Local artist records premiere album

Kim Henry
February 15
Filed under Artist Spotlight, Arts

Vermont musicians rarely lose passion for their work despite the frequent need for travel. Brett Hughes is a Burlington based singer songwriter focused on Americana.  He performs every Wednesday at Citizen Cider and is currently recording his first album in Nashville, Tenn. After getting a guit...

Migos contribute to the culture

Migos contribute to the culture

Ben Elfand, Arts Editor
February 10
Filed under Arts, Reviews

Culture is an elusive term, one that many have seeked to define and understand. Between the dab and their latest hit “Bad and Boujee,” the role of Migos in pop culture is undeniable. A staple of the notorious Atlanta trap music scene, the group was first introduced to the mainstream world when...

Fleming reveals Asian art

Fleming reveals Asian art

Isabella Alessandrini
February 9
Filed under Arts, Previews

After more than a century of being hidden away in the private collection of the Fleming, dozens of Asian artworks have been put on display in the Gallery of Asian Art. The product of curator Andrea Rosen’s year long process, the Fleming’s newest addition features works from all over Asia, som...

Artist sets mood in Burly

Artist sets mood in Burly

Anna Gibson
February 8
Filed under Arts, Arts Regular

"I don’t cry at shows, but I cried tonight,” senior James Biddle said after the performance. Lady Lamb, beloved angel of angst, sang out her soulful blessings to Pine Street music lovers Wednesday evening. Amidst the frustration many people feel about the current political climate, the ev...

Celebrity pregnancy delivers joy in very trying times

Kim Henry
February 8
Filed under Arts, Arts Regular

In a political climate that feels to some like the world is spinning further and further into darkness, Our Lady of Perpetual Flawlessness is here to brighten the day. Last week, Beyoncé announced that she is pregnant with twins by releasing a maternity photo shoot full of vibrant colors, beds of ...

Muslim girls use spoken word to tell story

Bridget Higdon, Assistant Arts Editor
February 8
Filed under Artist Spotlight, Arts

Four girls stand at four microphones. Even though they are only 16 years old, their voices and words reverberate with power. Hawa Adam, Kiran Waqar, Lena Ginawi and Balkisa Abdikadir make up the poetry group Muslim Girls Making Change. MGMC was formed in March 2016 when Adam asked her friends ...

Series return is fortunate event

Kim Henry, Staff Writer
February 3
Filed under Arts, Reviews

Netflix is gaining ground in its steady lumber toward media domination with the release of its adaptation of the hit children’s saga, “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The show follows the story of three orphans as they tumble through a series of guardians, evade a dastardly villain, and t...

R&B artist delivers female power on her first album

Healy Fallon, Senior Staff Writer
February 2
Filed under Arts, Reviews

Making music is the most effective outlet for personal expression, and a single lyric or melody often reveals a vivid profile of the artist themselves. With the recent release of her new album, titled “SweetSexySavage ” Jan. 27, up-and-coming R&B artist Kehlani Ashley Parrish, aka “Kehlan...

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