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Bohjalian back in Burlington

Caroline Shea

January 27, 2016

Filed under Arts, Reviews

Last Thursday a bestselling author and Vermonter returned to his home state. On Jan. 21, Chris Bohjalian gave a reading and answered questions about his new novel, "The Guest Room," at the Fletcher Free Library.  Despite his international success, Bohjalian said he’s never forgotten where he started.  “It wasn’t al...

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Funk band boils up Burly

January 26, 2016

Higher Ground pulsated with the enormous sound of a seven-piece band Jan. 20. As the band Lettuce rocked ...

‘Spotlight’ displays hard journalism at its greatest

Colin Kamphuis

December 9, 2015

Filed under Arts, Reviews

The new journalist-centric film “Spotlight” deftly handles the stomach-turning story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering of the Catholic Church’s protection of pedophile-priests. The story focuses on the newspaper’s “Spotlight” team, America’s oldest continually operating investigative journal- ist team. ...

<p>Folk artist sells out at Signal Kitchen</p>

Folk artist sells out at Signal Kitchen

December 8, 2015

On a rainy Wednesday night, Vermont’s own folk singer and songwriter played a sold-out show at Signal...

<p>White Fang Album Review</p>

White Fang Album Review

November 19, 2015

They call themselves the “stupidest band in the world.” Their Twitter picture is their band name ill...

Rock the Kasbah Review

Rock the Kasbah Review

November 19, 2015

Even a predictably funny performance from Bill Murray isn’t enough to save this promising movie fr...

Nosferatu: A symphony of Horror review

Nosferatu: A symphony of Horror review

November 19, 2015

While the prospect of watching a silent, black and white movie from 1922 might sound frighteningly borin...

<p>Underachievers review </p>

Underachievers review 

November 16, 2015

One thing that I have learned from attending a multitude of concerts is that a crowd can make or break the experience. I’ve never seen such a pathetic excuse of a crowd at T...

The US and Soviets team up in a new spy movie

Colin Kamphuis

November 6, 2015

Filed under Arts, Reviews

In “Bridge of Spies,” James Donovan (Hanks) is an insurance lawyer charged to defend captured Soviet spy Rudoph Abel. Despite the clamoring of the entire United States to see him sentenced to death in a kangaroo court, Donovan is determined to give Abel a fair trial. Devoted to the Constitution, Donovan wants the U.S. to mainta...

Modest Mouse Hits Burlington

Autumn Benjamin

October 28, 2015

Filed under Arts, Reviews

Burlington finally got its much needed indie-rock fix when hundreds of fans gathered at the Memorial Auditorium for the sold out Modest Mouse concert Oct. 19. With a diverse fan base of old and young, the energy of the crowd was calm, yet excitement ruled the air. Isaac Brock, lead vocalist of the band, took the stage and ...

He Named Me Malala Review

Colin Kamphuis

October 28, 2015

Filed under Arts, Reviews

From distinguished director Phillip Davis Guggenheim comes the film “He Named Me Malala,” the story of a young Pakistani girl attacked by Taliban fighters for seeking an education.   The documentary details the life and family of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The movie obje...

Interview with the pied piper of church street

Catie Owen

October 25, 2015

Filed under Arts, Reviews

Tourists and Burlington residents alike stop on Church Street and stare in wonder at the “one-man band with accoutrements.” There is almost no way to categorize street performer M. “Tree” Sampson. “I first thought he was very strange and eccentric, and it [the performance] almost made me uneasy,” sophomore C...

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