The Vermont Cynic

‘Born Ruffians’ Spotlight

October 30, 2015

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With plenty of spunk, enthusiasm and fresh music, this Canadian indie band resurfaces in Burlington. Born Ruffians made their second visit to Signal Kitchen Oct. 27, which was their first stop on the U.S. leg of the RUFF Tour. “[Signal Kitchen does] a great job recording and filming shows and collaborating with the artists,” b...

Venue showcases regional talent

October 30, 2015

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A unique sort of ‘do it yourself’ style art show was held Oct 24 at Signal Kitchen.John “Jack” Moore, a UVM graduate who studied political science, curated the event and also displayed his own work in the show.“I just felt like there was a need for an art show that people wanted to go to for people that don’t have...

Studio 5 Spotlight 

October 25, 2015

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From mothers coming in with their 7-year old daughter to 72-year old retirees looking for new hobbies, the art of DJing is rapidly increasing in popularity in every demographic.John “DJ Johnny Utah” Jones and Russell “DJ Mashtodon” founded the Studio 5 DJ school in Burlington about a year and a half ago. “A lot of fol...

John Mulaney

October 25, 2015

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You may recognize the name John Mulaney from his sitcom, “Mulaney,” but he is better known for his work as a writer on “Saturday Night Live.” Here, he co-created the character of Stefon as well as his hilarious standup specials, “The Top Part” and “New In Town.”John Mulaney’s new standup special is called “The...

Art exhibit explores aspects of horror

October 6, 2015

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Unsettling, disturbing and horrific are usually not flattering ways to describe art. But to the unconventional artists who are showcasing their work at the SPACE gallery’s “The Art of Horror,” these are among the highest of compliments. The show contains 113 pieces and features 75 artists, making this one of the largest sh...

Students create own original clothing label

Allie Osorno

October 6, 2015

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Tired of being limited to the clothing selection available in stores, two UVM juniors opted out of the standard options and decided to create their own style. Matt Beier and Ben Hamilton started their own clothing line called Indigo Intellect. “For me, buying clothes from stores stiffens your creativity; you’re limited to...

Jazz band sells out Higher Ground

October 1, 2015

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Defying all genres, Lake Street Dive traversed soulful, jazzy ballads to rock and roll-country-pop tunes that brought the crowd off of their feet and into the air.Jaw-dropping vocals, tight musical interplay and uplifting enthusiasm from the audience set the scene of Lake Street Dive’s sold out show at Higher Ground Sept....

Rapper commits to peace

September 23, 2015

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UVM senior Dan Batista is a new generation hip-hop rapper and songwriter. Going by the name “Chosin,” Batista strives to make a change in his community.“I spell my [rap alias] ‘Chosin’ with an ‘i’ instead of an ‘e’ because I’m a part of this generation; I have a chance to be a leader and take this generati...

Burlington venue attracts UVM students

April 28, 2015

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Since opening in 1998, one music venue has been a standby for UVM students and Burlington residents alike.“I think Higher Ground more than elsewhere is for calmer crowds,”  sophomore Gemma Rossi said. “The shows are kind of for everyone.” Higher Ground, on Williston Road, attracts concert goers and musicians from all w...

Future students crave the stage

April 21, 2015

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The UVM theater department attracts hundreds of prospective students every year, many from local high schools.One student is Burlington High School alumna and junior Kaitie Bessette. “I’ve been seeing UVM shows since I was four, especially the ‘Toys Take Over Christmas’ shows,” Bessette said. “I really wanted to go ...

Artist captures campus in watercolor

Josh Holz

April 7, 2015

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A local painter has given UVM’s snowy campus some color. Peter Huntoon painted UVM in watercolors as a part of his “A Day in Vermont” project. “What pops out to me is the green in the trees,” senior Kelly Ramos said, commenting on the painting. “I like the contrast a lot.” “I think he’s getting the essence ...

DJ spins the Native American genres

DJ spins the Native American genres

April 7, 2015

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History has distorted the truth about America’s native people, and one WRUV DJ is giving them their vo...

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