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Comedian Steven Wright to perform at the Flynn

Comedian Steven Wright to perform at the Flynn

Sophia Venturo

November 13, 2019

The comedian’s voice seeped out of the phone in a low, vibrating register to talk about his return to the Burlington comedy scene.  Stand-up comedian Steven Wright will perform at Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 15,  as the second stop on a two-week tour along the East C...

Tracking the progression of the unpredictable Kanye

Tracking the progression of the unpredictable Kanye

Connor Adams, Culture Columnist

November 9, 2019

Kanye West has always gone through phases, but his latest may just be his least creatively fruitful. In the past few months, Kanye has found new meaning in his religion and showed promise in improving his mental state with his new advocacy for sustainability. However, his new album, “Jes...

“Untitled Goose Game” beats recent game releases

Allie O'Connor, Assistant Arts Editor

November 7, 2019

The months leading up to winter are some of the best when it comes to massive video game releases.  Just take a look at the high profile games that have hit the stands in recent weeks: “Borderlands 3,” “The Outer Worlds” and “Gears 5,” to name a few. However, one recently release...

Composer performs in protest for 24 hours straight

The artist known as DBR performs at 1 a.m. Oct. 27 in front of Burlington City Hall. His performance was part of a 24-hour demonstration meant to call attention to U.S. immigration policy.

Willow Scherwinski, Staff Writer

November 3, 2019

In the middle of the night Oct. 24, young Burlingtonians hopped from bar to bar along Church Street while a lone violin song fought to be heard. Violinist, composer and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain began his 24-hour performance at noon Oct. 24 outside of Burlington’s City Hall. Roumain hoped his song “Protest Song...

Diwali brings light to UVM

Suresh Garimella (Kneeling) and his wife Lakshmi light the ceremonial lamp that signifies the start of Diwali, Oct. 27. This year’s celebration falls on the exact day of Diwali.

Sarah Robinson, Culture Editor

November 1, 2019

Silence permeated the audience as UVM President Suresh Garimella and his wife,  Lakshmi, knelt to light the ceremonial lamp that signals the beginning of the festival.  The Indian Students Association held their annual Diwali celebration Oct. 27 in Grand Maple Ballroom. Diwali is the Hindu festi...

Production of Halloween classic does the time warp

(Left to Right): Junior Cobalt Tolbert, junior Em Lyden and sophomore Zoe Silverman practice for the UPB production of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oct. 22. The student-run show will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Roxy Cinema.

Anya Kauffman, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

A group of UVM students are preparing to leave their audience invincibly fabulous this Halloween season. The cast will perform a cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Roxy Cinema. The show is free for UVM students. The group will perform the show in its t...

Boys Cruise brings more than music

Members of Boys Cruise perform during the Abolish ICE concert in the Davis Center, Oct. 18. The band’s new album is available on music streaming services or can be digitally purchased on Bandcamp for $7.

Emma Adams, Staff Writer

October 26, 2019

The four members of Boys Cruise knocked one another to the floor and kicked in synchrony as they performed songs from their first album, “Jerry.” Sophomores Jake Flaherty, Joey Krouse, Jackson Halus and Jake Moran go by their stage names Johnny Clarke, Joey Rolo, Jack Parker and Jake Scott, resp...

“Joker” evokes sympathy for the ultimate anti-hero

Evan Peck, Culture Columnist

October 25, 2019

A roar of laughter erupts from a dimly lit comedy club. As the comedian sets up the next joke, one distinct high-pitched cackle inappropriately isolates itself from the crowd.  This sad and lonely man with no sense of humor is soon to become known as the infamous villain, the Joker. The movie “...

Behind the scenes of Fallfest’s lineup

Coast Modern plays to an almost sold-out crowd. UPB’s FallFest took place Oct. 19 in Patrick Gym and featured the indie duo as well as Burlington’s own 99 Neighbors and Princess Nostalgia.

Kellyn Doerr, Staff Writer

October 24, 2019

Princess Nostalgia, 99 Neighbors and Coast Modern have already left the stage of FallFest 2019, but there’s more to these performers than the set they gave on Saturday. Coast Modern, a duo hailing from the West Coast, consists of members Luke Atlas and Coleman Trapp. The duo said they were excite...

Literary magazine hosts reading at downtown venue

Image Courtesy of The Gist (Left to Right): Senior Lauren Sky, Senior Sunny Nagpaul, Junior Aiden Blasi, Junior Alicia Tebeau-Sherry, Senior Keana Moreau, Senior Chris Soychak and Senior Seth Wade pose on stage at the Light Club Lamp Shop, Oct. 14.

Sabrina Fiore, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

Student poets walked onto the stage, stood straight in front of the glitzy golden curtain, faced the audience and began to speak.  Light Club Lamp Shop hosted a poetry reading evening Oct. 14. The Gist, UVM’s literary arts magazine, was the featured act for students to share their poetry with the great...

Newest “Big Mouth” season answers the questions you’re afraid to ask


Emma Shapera, Culture Columnist

October 20, 2019

I think it’s safe to say that getting older never stops being terrifying, but as college students we have maybe half our shit figured out.  Thankfully, your favorite animated middle school squad is back. Netflix’s original series “Big Mouth” is back to keep answering the questions we still might be too afraid to ask about sexuality and growing up.  “Big M...

Classical duo strikes a chord at UVM

Cellist Matt Haimovitz (Left) and pianist Simone Dinnerstein (Right) rehearse before their performance in the UVM Recital Hall, Oct. 11. Dinnerstein has performed with ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, and Haimovitz made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic at age 13.

Sophia Duplin, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

As musicians tuned their instruments, classical music lovers and Lane Series regulars filed in for an unforgettable performance.  Cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Simone Dinnerstein performed Oct. 11 in the UVM Recital Hall.  As part of the Lane Series, a Friday night concert series presented by UVM , the c...

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