The Vermont Cynic

This little piggy should not go to markets

January 25, 2012


Filed under Life

An independently organized TEDx talk entitled "Changing the Way We Eat" was broadcast live from NYC to UVM students on Jan. 21 to teach about the concerns and advances surrounding the U.S. food system today. The day began at 10:30 a.m. and was broken into three sections: Issues, Impacts and Innovations. ...

Take a minute, take a breather, meditate

January 19, 2012


Filed under Archives, Campus Life, Life

  At the Laughing River Yoga studio, overlooking the Winooski River, an intimate crowd gathers every week to meditate.  Sarah Snow, a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1995, leads the small class every Sunday from 1-3 p.m. The class is different each week, but usually consists of guided medita...

Recapping 2011 in food

January 19, 2012


Filed under Life

  While I am not one for establishing resolutions simply because we are able to plaster a new calendar on the fridge, I am a proponent of reflecting on the year past. 2011 has been crowded with both exciting and discouraging news, as well as various revelations and issues concerning farming and...

Musicians’ Summit mixes local talent

January 18, 2012


Filed under Arts

The first annual Vermont Musicians' Summit took place at Higher Ground on Saturday, Jan. 14. The summit consisted of a discussion about the local music community followed by an all-star concert.  Joe Adler, Jim Lockridge of Big Heavy World and Justin Hoy of Halogen Media Works were the key organizers...

Band revamps bluegrass

January 18, 2012


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Five-piece bluegrass act Greensky Bluegrass was formed in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2000.  Twelve years later, the band is still on the road. Their tour to kick off the new year will bring them to Burlington's Higher Ground on Saturday, Jan. 21. Greensky Bluegrass features Dave Bruzza on guitar and...

A Very Dark ‘Game of Shadows’

January 18, 2012


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  Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are back again as the infamous duo Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.Taking on a new case, Holmes and Watson are after Moriarty, a professor who wants to take over the greater part of the Western Hemisphere.  The cunning, intellectually untouchable Holmes ju...

Jenke Recordings promotes local muscians

January 18, 2012


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  Jenke Recordings is a Burlington-based record label that promotes 19 local artists. The label, which is handled by Tommy Alexander, is releasing a compilation album this month that will feature all of its artists. A compilation album is generally an excellent one: it showcases every artist's...

Real Estate the band is keepin’ it real

January 18, 2012


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    "Our careless lifestyle/it was not so unwise, no," sings Martin Courtney on Real Estate's song "Green Aisles."  The "not so unwise" lifestyle captured on Real Estate's breezy, immaculately crafted pop rock songs have been turning heads and setting feet a'tapping throughout the ind...

Mighty Be Our Powers’ by Leymah Gbowee

January 18, 2012


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  "Mighty Be Our Powers" was written by Leymah Gbowee, one of the 2011 recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.  She is the winner of the Gruber Prize for Women's Rights and the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and is co-creator of the Women's Peace and Security Network.  Gbowee is ...

Levinson’s new tracks stir memories

December 7, 2011


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  Vermont native singer/songwriter Justin Levinson is on a roll, and he's rocking hard.  His third album, featuring his band The Valcours, is quick to get stuck in your head and even quicker to cause reflection on every single one of your past relationships in a shockingly positive way for an album so somber.   The...

Breaking Dawn Disappoints

December 7, 2011


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  Various reviews of the new Twilight Saga film "Breaking Dawn: Part I," seem to excuse some amount of ridiculousness in the film due to the fact that it is part of the Twilight series. As someone who has — don't judge me — read the books and seen the movies from their beginning, I ...

Quartets in tune

December 7, 2011


Filed under Arts

  On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the UVM Music and Literature Series presented "Four Quartets: Variations" to over 200 Burlington residents, UVM professors and students.  The program weaved together elements of poetry reading, acting and music to create a unique viewing and listening experience for the audience. ...

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