The Vermont Cynic

‘Huntsman:’ a good laugh

‘Huntsman:’ a good laugh

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

"The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is entertaining for all the wrong reasons.Despite the $170 million budget, the film is laughably ill-conceived and poorly executed.Even the film’s all-star cast, comprised of Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain and Liam Neeson’s narration, can...

Pike rewarded by Seth Rogen

Pike rewarded by Seth Rogen

Bettina Cataldi

April 27, 2016


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To hear the deep-belly laugh of Seth Rogen reverberate through a cinema is a privilege not many receive in their lifetime. Unless, of course, you’re a member of UVM’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Rogen, an actor, comedian, charity founder and beloved pot icon, visited Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity an...

Electronic duo creates electric atmosphere

Allie Osorno

April 22, 2016


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Higher Ground overflowed with love and EDM April 10. Big Gigantic, the EDM power duo consisting of Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, took the stage on their most recent visit to Burlington. The sold out show left a ticket line stretching outside to the curb. While the lobby was crowded with teenagers b...

Brazilian band rocks local venue

Brazilian band rocks local venue

April 21, 2016


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A little known, but highly influential Brazilian psych-rock band took a pit stop at the Monkey House on their way to Montreal April 9, only to rock the house to a crowd who had mostly never heard of them. Boogarins started as a high school recording project of two friends living in the small Brazilian ...

Untold stories displayed in local cafe

Untold stories displayed in local cafe

Bettina Cataldi

April 20, 2016


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One local homeless shelter is attempting to change the community’s perception of homelessness. ANEW Place, a homeless shelter that has served Burlington for the past 34 years, is telling the stories of their guests through their #IAmMoreThanHomeless project, which is currently on display at...

Country biopic fails to impress

April 15, 2016


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Even without any prior knowledge of country music, this film is sure to disappoint.“I Saw the Light” is a biographical film depicting the rise and fall of the legendary musician Hank Williams.Williams overcame a number of challenges before reaching fame and widespread recognition during his lifetime.He was born...

Hamburger helper: mom’s favorite rapper?

Hamburger helper: mom’s favorite rapper?

April 13, 2016


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The April Fools’ mixtape, “Watch the Stove” by Hamburger Helper fooled us all, garnering four million plays on Soundcloud in its first three days. And for good reason – it’s surprisingly alright. The title of the mixtape parodies Kanye and Jay-Z’s  “Watch the Thrown.”  The album is...

Film tells a touching story

Film tells a touching story

April 9, 2016


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A stubborn homeless woman and an introverted playwright make an unlikely pair in “The Lady in the Van.”The film is based off the true story of Mary Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman who lived in Alan Bennett’s (Alex Jennings) driveway for 15 years.Jennings also plays Bennett’s imagine...

Young comedian laughs off travel dilemma

Young comedian laughs off travel dilemma

April 8, 2016


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Although audience members had to wait for over an hour, Friday’s comedy show was better late than never. Comedian Jermaine Fowler’s free performance in the Grand Maple Ballroom was originally set to start at 7 p.m. Fowler’s arrival was delayed after he missed his flight from New York to Burlington and e...

Author analyzes history of symphony

Author analyzes history of symphony

April 7, 2016


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The interplay between art and history is often overlooked.Bestselling author M.T. Anderson reminded his audience of the remarkable way art and history can intertwine during an evening of literature and classical music at the Fletcher Free Library March 31.Anderson read the prologue of his new nonfict...

Artist interprets America

Artist interprets America

March 31, 2016


Filed under Arts, Previews, Reviews

Art is often up for interpretation, evoking ideas unbounded in space or time. Erik Hougen, a young artist living and working in Brooklyn, describes his new exhibition as taking place in a “floating time period.” “It could have taken place a year ago or 20 years ago, and it could be the story that ta...

Funk band takes over Higher Ground

Funk band takes over Higher Ground

Allie Osorno

March 31, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

A local Burlington venue was taken over by funk junkies last Friday.     Turkuaz, a nine-piece band from Brooklyn, brought their “powerhouse” funk to Higher Ground March 25. The band released their latest album, “Digitonium,” Oct. 2015. Fans gathered near the stage, cheering as the band o...

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