The Vermont Cynic

It’s not about meth

February 17, 2015


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If you’re trying to find a sweet new TV show to watch, “Better Call Saul” should be your choice.Vince Gilligan, the creator of “Breaking Bad,” also directs the exciting new spinoff, starring one of the show’s most popular characters, Saul Goodman.“Better Call Saul” airs 10 p.m. on Mondays on AMC with ...

Cracking the code of the war

Colin Kamphuis

February 17, 2015


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The year was 1939. Hitler and his war machine were steamrolling through Europe and the British secret service recruited a mathematical genius to help stop him. The Nazis employed the use of the Enigma machine, one of the most complex devices ever used for communication. Using the device, they publicly distri...

‘Birdman’ nails it

Colin Kamphuis

February 10, 2015


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Great pacing, an endearing cast and brilliant writing left me fixated for the entire 119-minute run. The movie is about former action hero Riggan Thomson, played by Michael Keaton, who at the end of his career puts on a play adaptation of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About L...

Wild Child

Cara Zhuang

January 27, 2015


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Since their 2011 debut, this indie-folk-pop group has been enchanting audiences with their upbeat energy and unique mixture of sounds. Wild Child played a sold-out show at Higher Ground Jan. 23 as a part of their 2015 winter tour. Lead vocalists and Texas natives Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins...

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...

Tuesday’s night of the living Dead

February 26, 2013


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Club Metronome is the perfect place for an event like Dead Set Tuesdays. The Dead Set, a weekly jam session that includes Grateful Dead cover band Cats Under the Stars and special guests, began as a throwback to the Dead Sessions that Nectar's promoter Alex Bundey and Cats Under the Stars band member Zach "Jerry Jr." Nugent use...

Jon Stewart draws 3,800

April 27, 2009


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Late night comedy icon and media commentator Jon Stewart performed a cheeky and uncensored stand-up routine to a capacity crowd at Patrick Gymnasium at the end of March.Touching on topics from local Burlington culture to the announcement of Vermont Governor Jim Douglas' promise to veto the same-sex ...

Combat paper: The Art of Reconciling Wartime experiences

March 2, 2009


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"War is hell," opined General William T. Sherman while speaking to Military Academy graduates in 1879. Judging by their pieces on display at Church Street's Firehouse Gallery, the artists featured in the gallery's new exhibit, "Combat Paper," couldn't agree more. The exhibit, running through April 11,...

Chekhov’s “The Sea Gull” flies, but can’t quite soar

February 23, 2009


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Anton Chekhov's demands are met, not conquered in UVM's production of "The Sea Gull," which premiered Feb. 18 at the Royall Tyler Theater.Chekhov's Sea Gull is a story of dreams and disappointments, illusions and the disillusionment that is bound to follow. With its sarcasm, sadness and bad weather,...

The Philistine

September 8, 2008


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David CarrWriting to take drugs to recover from taking drugs to work at The New York Times to write a book about taking drugs and recovering and working at The New York Times.With little to report on in the month of August besides presidential hopefuls and the summer Olympics, media junkies and vaca...

The Philistine

September 2, 2008


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At the movies with a pocket full of posies.The best movie you never saw this summer - or maybe you did, I don't know - is The Fall. But if you're like me and got caught up in The Dark Knight of Indiana Jones' Pineapple Express Mamma Mia! Tropic Thunder-fever this summer, you might have missed it.The Fa...

Iggy Records and Destroys

March 20, 2007


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What is it about aging rock stars who, with drooping skin and sunken eye sockets, continue to wear previously appreciated tight pants and attempt rocking in a studio instead of chairs designated for rocking? (I'm looking at you, Mick and Keith). Iggy Pop is no exception, as he is joined by former St...

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