The Vermont Cynic

A look inside the Pottery Co-op

First-year Grace DiGiacoma shapes a piece, Feb. 12. Spinning clay on the wheel is called “throwing.”

Anya Kauffman, Staff Writer

February 29, 2020

As students enter and exit the Marché, pottery wheels and giant bins of clay mark the entrance to an art studio. These materials belong to the Living/Learning Center’s Pottery Co-op, a space that hosts a variety of pottery classes for its members all year long.  The Pottery Co-op is a feature...

Fleming opens season with costume ball

UVM provost and senior vice president, and husband Billy Prelock pose for a photo in costumes by the Wood Gaylor exhibit in Fleming Museum, Feb. 20. The exhibit is open from Feb. 7 to May 8.

Sarah Robinson, Culture Editor

February 28, 2020

UVM Provost Patricia Prelock was dressed in a knee-length flapper dress with sequins arranged to look like peacock feathers.  The sequins shone green and gold, which Prelock said was an intentional choice to represent UVM’s school colors and the peacock features of “Animal Transformation...

Stage managers make magic backstage

John Forbes, professor and resident lighting designer, monitors computer readouts during a rehearsal of the theater department’s “Shakespeare in Love,” Feb. 18. Forbes has a Master of Fine Arts in theatre lighting design from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Marjorie McWilliams, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

While actors take the mainstage, stage managers are the movers and shakers of the UVM theatre department.  The department puts together three mainstage shows each academic year, and this month, they are putting on “Shakespeare in Love,” Feb. 26-29 and March 1.  The show has the largest ...

Play about young Shakespeare comes to Royall Tyler

Alicia Wolfram, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

Filled with singing, dancing and swordfights, “Shakespeare in Love” is hitting the UVM stage. UVM’s Royall Tyler Theatre department is putting on “Shakespeare in Love” at the end of the month. The show tells the story of how a young William Shakespeare, struggling with writer’s block, finds inspir...

Dance faculty presents work at Flynn

Lecturer Julie Peoples-Clark performed a dance that expressed her experience as a mother at the UVM Dance Faculty Showcase Feb. 13 at the Flynn Space.

Jean Macbride, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

The dance faculty at UVM spend their days teaching students about and how to dance. This time, the faculty had a chance to show off their own work. The UVM Dance Faculty Showcase was held at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Flynn Space, a performance space next to Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.  ...

UVM professor helps create living bots

UVM professor helps create living bots

Anna Kolosky, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

The computer screen showed a livestream of a green, stick-like animation flailing around.  That flailing stick is actually a virtual robot that served as a model for xenobots, or the first computer-designed living organisms. The xenobots were co-created by a robotics team from UVM and a biology team from Tu...

The issue with posthumously released albums

The issue with posthumously released albums

Connor Adams, Culture Columnist

February 20, 2020

Posthumously-released albums may seem like a noble idea to continue an artist’s spirit, but more often than not, they disrespect what the artist would want. Once an artist dies their name becomes a commodity. An infamous example of this is Frank Zappa, the virtuosic multi-instrumentalist famous in ...

Senior curates art event to showcase black creatives

Senior Ivana Djiya performs onstage at Nectar’s, Feb. 13. Djiya also showcases her work on SoundCloud.

Willow Scherwinski, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Booming notes of energetic hip-hop mixed with R&B rhythm echoes from Nectar’s each week. Every Thursday night, Burlington bar and music venue, Nectar’s, hosts an event called First Taste.  It is an artist curated event that showcases live performance, visual art and $2 PBRs.  For...

Burlington native Ace$world writes his own raps

Senior Andrew “Ace” Trainor-Clark stands against a tree outside the Davis center, Feb. 6. Trainor-Clark’s music is produced by Burlington-based producer Rajit Sachdeva.

Natalie Charron, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

Rapper Ace$world was “born light, light as a feather.” Senior Andrew “Ace” Trainor-Clark, who records his rap music under the name “Ace$world, puts his finished work on Apple Music and Spotify.  Trainor-Clark was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Burlington. He has been recording rap music for the p...

Comedians talk death and perform live

Gordon Clark tells jokes during his set at Death Talks, Jan. 28. Clark was one of a number of performers at the event, which took place at Light Club Lamp Shop.

Sophia Venturo, Staff Writer

February 8, 2020

Low-top vintage booths and beat-up red velvet loveseats were occupied by patrons leaning forward, ready to ponder mortality together. “Death Talks” is a monthly variety show centered on death, its witnesses and fallouts.  Local comedians, musicians and death industry workers contemplated the end of life ...

Scorsese’s most recent film doesn’t live up to the hype

Scorsese's most recent film doesn't live up to the hype

Evan Peck, Culture Columnist

February 7, 2020

Even with all of the Oscar acclaim for Martin Scorsese’s historically-based three-and-a-half-hour drama, “The Irishman,” disappoints despite its all-star cast and iconic director.  Released on Netflix and in select theaters, the film depicts the life of Frank Sheeran, played by Robert DeNiro, a...

Three new Fleming exhibits unveiled for Spring 2020

Three new Fleming exhibits unveiled for Spring 2020

Anna Kolosky, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

Fleming Museum’s Spring 2020 catalogue is covered in brightly colored, dancing people. It features a painting by Wood Gaylor, the inspiration for one of the museum’s exhibitions.   According to Fleming’s website, the “Wood Gaylor Exhibition” and “Warp: War Rugs of Afghanistan” will run ...

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