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Five recent tracks to jam to

October 29, 2013


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?Y.A.L.A.? ? M.I.A.?Y.A.L.A.,? which stands for ?You Always Live Again,? is a track off of M.I.A.?s predictably polarizing November album release, ?Matangi.?With a sleek, squealing synth background and rattling percussion perfect for bouncing in the club, this song is ripe for rocking on a party stereo....

Growing up Rockefeller

October 29, 2013


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Though Nick Carraway, protagonist in F. Scott Fitzgerald?s classic novel ?The Great Gatsby?, utters a now famous belief about the rich??They are different from you and me,?? Eileen Rockefeller Growald does not see it that way as she writes in her memoir ?Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself.? Rockefeller...

Flynn hosts unorthodox ‘The Graduate’

October 29, 2013


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? The L.A. Theatre Works production of "The Graduate" at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 23 took a somewhat novel approach toward a classic film.  Its theatrical format did away with traditional sets, as the cast instead performed in the style of a radio play solely perfor...

Characters fleshed out

October 29, 2013


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? "Catherine," this week's episode of Showtime's "Masters of Sex," proved to be another excellent installment of a show that's starting to get a handle on the emotional depth of its characters.   It was much less focused on the research at the epicenter of the show and rather explored the emotiona...

Vincent’ puts Van Gogh’s life on stage

October 29, 2013


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On Thursday, the story of tormented artist Vincent Van Gogh came to Burlington in a play, "Vincent," written by renowned actor and writer Leonard Nimoy.  Vincent Van Gogh was a mid-19th century artist known for his impressionist paintings, particularly "Starry Night" and "Sunflowers," as well as...

With soaring costs, film questions diploma value

Kevin Santamaria

October 22, 2013


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In solidarity of Campus Equity Week 2013, UVM is sponsoring the viewing of the film, "For Profit" to be screened in Waterman 427 on Tuesday, Oct. 29th at 7 PM.  The film discusses the for-profit values that the US public higher education has absorbed from the corporate world, associate professor of romance l...

Rush to ‘Rush’

October 22, 2013


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Sex, money, fame and speeds approaching 200 miles per hour.To describe ?Rush? accordingly wouldn?t be inaccurate, but it would certainly be a shallow summary.Ron Howard?s latest film covers one of the fiercest rivalries in sports history, between Formula 1 drivers Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl), a meticulous,...

UVM alums launch bumping blog

October 22, 2013


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Music blogs today are like the front page of the Internet. If you can make it there, you might as well be on TV. Or so says Chris Garafola ?09, who launched the music blog Stop Breathe Bump with fellow UVM alum Kyrie Weiss ?10. It?s mantra? ?Life?s too short for bad music.?After three years of hard work,...

Film’s special effects worth the ticket price

October 22, 2013


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Completely devoid of oxygen, containing debris traveling faster than the speed of sound, and with average temperatures ranging from -168 to 280 Fahrenheit, outer space is the most inhospitable environment mankind has yet explored. Alfonso Cuar??n's newest film, "Gravity," depicts the harrowing story of...

Joan Jett’s latest reveals her depth

October 22, 2013


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? "Joan Jett is still alive?" You bet she is, and the eighties superstar with a bad reputation is ready to jump back into the rock 'n' roll pond.  When Joan Jett first entered the rock scene, as the lead guitarist in the all girl band The Runaways, it was clear that she wasn't your typical seven...

Carrie’ reboot lacks in imagination

October 22, 2013


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??Carrie? is exactly the film you would expect, as the re-remaking of an adaptation of Stephen King?s first published novel of the same name: money on the screen.Okay ? let?s get the good things out of the way: this film stars a stellar cast. Chlo? Grace Moretz is fantastic as Carrie, and proves that...

DJs bring good vibrations

October 22, 2013


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Higher Ground was quickly swamped with throngs of people as they surged into the venue in preparation for the sold out Wolfgang Gartner & Tommy Trash concert Oct. 15.The night began with talented openers Charlie Darker and Bass Kleph, who utilized a wide variety of samples and managed to keep their songs...

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