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The Vermont Cynic

‘Snowden’ fails to live up to the drama

Colin Kamphuis
October 13
Filed under Arts, Reviews

Despite featuring some of the fresher names in the film world, “Snowden” is a tired rehashing of an old formula. The film was directed by Oliver Stone and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley. “Snowden” details the professional career of one of America’s most infamous whistleblowers, Edwar...

Artists find room to learn on campus

Artists find room to learn on campus

Bridget Higdon
October 12
Filed under Arts, Arts Regular

While hanging out in the fireplace lounge of Living/Learning Center, you are bound to be sitting next to someone who is passionate about their interests.   In L/L, students integrate their passions and academic interests with their residential experiences. Students apply to programs, and, if acc...

UVM galleries: art adorns the campus

UVM galleries: art adorns the campus

October 12
Filed under Arts, Arts Regular

From a fine arts museum to “hole-in-the-wall” galleries, campus is filled with artwork worth exploring. The exhibits are in constant rotation, so these places can be visited regularly. Each location is hosting an array of new and exciting exhibits this fall, so there is something to satisfy any art...

Collective creates new local concert spaces

Collective creates new local concert spaces

Gus Slater-Dixon
October 11
Filed under Arts, Arts Regular

Something’s afoot below the homes  of Burlington. UVM students can experience live music without having to leave the comfort of their apartments, as basements offer an alternative venue for local bands. These shows can be planned or a complete surprise.  First-year Nora Johnson said she “didn’t know ...

Directors digress from work into art

Directors digress from work into art

Healy Fallon
October 7
Filed under Artist Spotlight, Arts

Going outside of a personal comfort zone is always challenging, yet results of these “detours” are often memorable and very rewarding. These detours, or digressions, are explored in the current exhibit at the Amy E.Tarrant Gallery, “Director’s Digressions.” The show, which opened Sept. 10 and wi...

Octet brings the party into Burly

Octet brings the party into Burly

Ben Elfland
October 5
Filed under Arts, Previews

Described as one of the greatest party acts in years, one genre-bending group will bring their energy to Burlington. Red Baraat, an octet lead by Sunny Jain, is performing Oct. 7 at Club Metronome. Jain began his musical career as child, studying jazz drumming in school.  It was not until later in l...

Professor pursues the truth in poetry

Professor pursues the truth in poetry

October 5
Filed under Artist Spotlight, Arts

At its root, the intent of poetry can be seen as the pursuit of truth. Genuine and explicit about her past experiences, Elizabeth Powell’s poetry reminded an audience at the Fleming Museum of that original purpose. At the first installment of this year’s Painted Word Poetry Series, Elizabeth Po...

Cover band to recreate vibes in Burly

Bridget Dorsey
September 30
Filed under Arts, Previews

Year after year, one band reincarnates the sweet sounds of psychedelic Americana originally spun by the Grateful Dead in their heyday. On Oct. 11, Higher Ground is once again hosting Dark Star Orchestra. The band’s creativity and devotion have led them to surpass the Dead themselves in number of...

Author returns to a painful past

Bridget Higdon
September 29
Filed under Arts, Previews

Literature lovers and history buffs alike will be interested in a spectacular event coming to Burlington next week. Local author Mary Fillmore will be speaking at Phoenix Books in Burlington Oct. 4. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will celebrate the release of her new book, “An Address in Amste...

Film renews typical trope

Film renews typical trope

Colin Kamphuis
September 28
Filed under Arts, Reviews

Comedic, charming and heartfelt, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” tugs the heartstrings without bordering on sappiness. “Hunt for the Widerpeople” tells the story of a young foster child who, after spending his life living in cities, is sent to live on a farm in rural New Zealand. Despite...

Local teenagers go behind the scenes

Local teenagers go behind the scenes

Ben Elfland
September 27
Filed under Arts, Previews

  A new program is allowing students from Burlington’s local refugee community to collaborate with an iconic African refugee music group. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars will be performing at Signal Kitchen in a concert Oct. 1 that is the product of a youth internship through King Street ...

Indie rock band perfects act

Indie rock band perfects act

Bridget Dorsey
September 23
Filed under Arts, Reviews

Only one band is able to rock their audience down to the ground only to throw them back up into the air through amazing sound and incredible theatrics.   of Montreal, who is actually from Athens, Georgia, played at Higher Ground Sept. 13.   The indie rock staple is known for thei...

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