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Grand Point North festival lights up Burlington

September 17, 2013

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?Homegrown music, local food and breathtaking Lake Champlain made the Grand Point North Festival at Waterfront Park on Sept. 14 and 15 a Burlington dream come true.Saturday?s lineup featured an array of local talent, including bands like the Dupont Brothers, Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, Alpenglow, Josh Panda & the...

Grand Point Weird exhibits national artwork

September 17, 2013

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?A prominent feature of the Grand Point North Festival this year, ?Grand Point Weird,? provided concertgoers with an exposition of visual art to accompany the weekend?s musical performances and was curated by Grace Potter?s sister Charlotte.Modeled after a three-ring circus, the exhibit included sculptures, such as an enormous...

Ozymandias’ unforgettable

September 17, 2013

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?What does it mean when the villain cries? Towards the end of ?Ozymandias,? the third-to-last episode of ?Breaking Bad?? and the finest hour the show has ever seen?Walter silently weeps as he viciously attacks Skyler over the phone, unleashing hatred and fury on his newest betrayer while simultaneously and consciously exonerating...

Fallfest line-up disclosed

September 10, 2013

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?GRiZ, 3LAU and Chali 2na are set to take over Patrick Gym for this year?s annual Fallfest, hosted by UVM Program Board?s Concert Bureau. Grant Kwiecinski, better known by his stage name GRiZ, is a 23 year-old producer from Detroit, Mich. So far GRiZ has released one record, ?Mad Liberation? in September 2012, and is currently...

John Mulaney brings ‘hilarious’ show

September 10, 2013

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John Mulaney?s Labor Day comedy set in the Davis Center proved to be another successful installment of the annual comedy show run by UVM Program Board. Both longtime fans and first-time viewers could easily laugh at his unassuming and often self-deprecating humor.After the mysterious announcement a few weeks ago that Amy Schumer...

Local company ArtsRiot opens gallery

September 10, 2013

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?Energetic jazz songs drew people in from the streets on Friday night?s Art Hop as the ArtsRiot gallery celebrated its opening Sep. 6. Staff members stood at the front, welcoming guests who seemed eager to discover Pine Street?s latest attraction.The gallery was made up of two rooms: one serving food, one featuring artwork and...

McCombs’ raw soul

September 10, 2013

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?Hidden behind a dark silhouette stood a man in a flannel. Loose curls of dark, disheveled hair could be seen against a wall of soothing yellow dots that gently pulsed alongside the crooning of singer-songwriter Cass McCombs. Sept. 7 at Signal Kitchen was the scene for the soft, groovy ballads of three musicians cloaked in...

Boston Calling: two days, two different vibes

September 10, 2013

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?Boston?s City Hall Plaza was the destination for a variety of festivalgoers this past weekend for the second Boston Calling music festival.Warm sunny weather and indie rock bands welcomed attendees on Saturday while electronic and hip-hop artists closed the show in a daylong dance party Sunday.?I volunteered with the Work Exchange...

Audience ‘gets silly’ at Rubblebucket

September 3, 2013

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??Do you guys want to get silly?? yelled Rubblebucket lead singer Kalmia Traver, eliciting an overwhelming response of hollers and cheers from an ecstatic mass of fans. On Friday night, UVM students old and new gathered into the Davis Center?s Grand Maple Ballroom to kick off a new school year to the tune of some of Burlington?s...

Best albums yet of 2013

September 3, 2013

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Music has been kind to 2013: the year is a little more than halfway over, and already we have a bounty of great albums to take us into the fall, winter and beyond. Here are five incredible albums released this year:??Modern Vampires of the City? Vampire WeekendReleased earlier this year, first single ?Step? is all you need to...

Between black & white: ‘Breaking Bad’ nears the end

September 3, 2013

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With four episodes to go in the series? run, Jesse gets to the heart of the problem in ?Rabid Dog,? Sunday night?s episode of ?Breaking Bad:? ?He can?t keep getting away with it.? He?s talking about Walter White, of course, but that?s the thing: can he?In terms of Shakespearian tragi-comedy ?Breaking Bad? has always excelled,...

Blue Jasmine’ one of Allen’s best

September 3, 2013

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?In 1966, Woody Allen released his first full-length picture. Forty-seven years have passed and he has had well over 40 films in theaters. He has had flops and hits. He has seen the good side of the press and the bad. He has been one of the strongest sources of laughter, controversy and cerebral brain-food in modern cinema....

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