The Vermont Cynic

Local Burlington author to release her debut novel

Bridget Higdon

January 21, 2017


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For many writers, inspiration is in the air all around them. This is certainly true for one local author whose world travels and diverse studies influenced her debut novel. Katherine Arden will be hosting a book talk about her first novel, “The Bear and the Nightingale,” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Phoenix...

2000’s TV comedy returns

2000’s TV comedy returns

January 20, 2017


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In the case of many movies and TV shows, the sequels and reboots that follow rarely live up to the quality of their predecessors. Netflix’s four-part miniseries “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” revisits the trials and tribulations of television’s favorite mother-daughter duo, and prove...

New J.K. Rowling film has same old magic

New J.K. Rowling film has same old magic

Bridget Higdon

December 7, 2016


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New Yorkers bustled and Model Ts chugged down the cobblestone streets of Manhattan in the fantasy film that turns the clock back to 1926 New York City. Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s debut screenplay  “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” hit theaters Nov. 18. The film is another ...

Rap trio makes triumphant return

Rap trio makes triumphant return

December 6, 2016


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Every ‘90s-loving hipster’s favorite rap group is back. After an 18-year hiatus, A Tribe Called Quest returned Nov. 11 with their sixth and supposedly final album, “We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.” Following the death of group emcee Phife Dawg in March, the album, which has been i...

Comedian records special in Burlington

Comedian records special in Burlington

November 18, 2016


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Not only is this comedian hilarious, but he is philanthropic, generous, open-minded and holds close ties to Burlington. Mike Finoia recorded his live album Nov. 12 at the Vermont Comedy Club. Finoia quickly captured the minds of Vermonters by promoting the legalization of marijuana. He took...

Hip-hop history tale gets down to business

Hip-hop history tale gets down to business

Alex LeRose

November 16, 2016


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Calling all music lovers; Netflix just brought an era of music to television like never before. “The Get Down,” created by filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, is a series set in the Bronx in the 1970s. This show is a musically- driven drama that tells the story of the emergence of hip-hop after disco began to...

Folk artist gets nostalgic in new project

Folk artist gets nostalgic in new project

November 3, 2016


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An album about nostalgia, “Ape in Pink Marble,” leaves listeners longing for places they have never been to and people they have never met. “Ape in Pink Marble” is freak folk artist Devendra Banhart’s ninth studio album and features 13 tracks. It succeeds in transporting listeners to...

Folk artist gets nostalgic in new project

Folk artist gets nostalgic in new project

November 3, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

An album about nostalgia, “Ape in Pink Marble,” leaves listeners longing for places they have never been to and people they have never met. “Ape in Pink Marble” is freak folk artist Devendra Banhart’s ninth studio album and features 13 tracks. It succeeds in transporting listeners t...

Mystery thriller burns up

Colin Kamphuis

November 2, 2016


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Despite a strong cast and experienced director, “Inferno” continues the downwards spiral in quality characteristic of recent films following a similar formula. Tom Hanks returns as Professor Robert Langdon in the film adapted from Dan Brown’s most recent novel. Like “The Da Vinci Code” and...

‘The Accountant’ doesn’t add up despite great cast

Colin Kamphuis

October 27, 2016


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Perhaps an attempt to reimagine the story of the awkward genius in “Good Will Hunting,” “The Accountant” presents its own oddball math whiz, but falls soundly into the mediocre category. Ben Affleck takes on role similar to Matt Damon’s mathematically-gifted janitor in “Good Will Huntin...

Solange sets the table: take a seat

October 25, 2016


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How often does a genuinely personal, political and narrative album come along? It takes a truly talented artist to compose a record that gives the listener a feeling of actual dialogue–a coherent communication of life, struggle and philosophy from musician to audience. That is what Solange Knowles...

West Coast rapper delivers at FallFest

West Coast rapper delivers at FallFest

Bridget Dorsey

October 18, 2016


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This year’s FallFest delivered the hype and mayhem hip-hop-hungry students have been long waiting to receive from UVM Program Board. Vince Staples is an emerging rapper characterized by West Coast Crip roots and a cool attitude with a streak of unapologetic goofiness. Staples wrote on Twitter, “I ge...

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