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Rain doesn’t dampen SpringFest fun

Rain doesn’t dampen SpringFest fun

Eleanor Webster, Staff Writer

May 1, 2018


Filed under Arts, Arts Regular, Culture

Glitter-covered UVM Program Board members scanned tickets as the crowd filed in to Jeffords parking lot. SpringFest 2018 started at 2 p.m. April 28. It was sixty-five degrees and sunny as a sea of students milled around the stage.   They waited in anticipation for Adventure Dog, UPB’s ...

Review: “A Quiet Place” captivates audiences

Review: “A Quiet Place” captivates audiences

Allie O'Connor, Culture Columnist

April 27, 2018


Filed under Arts, Culture, Reviews

My ears were ringing the moment the credits rolled, a distant hum that stayed with me as I caught the late-night bus back to campus. Though I’d seen the movie with friends, the feeling of isolation and fear throughout the film stuck with me. It wasn’t the jarring scares or the sight of bloody monsters t...

Hit rapper deserves criticism

Hit rapper deserves criticism

Dahlia Maleh, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Arts, Arts Regular, Culture

Music media and its consumers are facing a moral dilemma:  whether they can continue to separate artists from art. XXXTentacion’s 2018 album title, “?” fits for how he should be looked at as an artist:  with question and caution. To call the Florida rapper problematic is an understateme...

Gender studies professor comes to UVM

Gender studies professor comes to UVM

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

April 25, 2018


Filed under Arts, Arts Regular, Culture

Queer, trans, binary; some people call them buzzwords, others a liberal conspiracy, but to Jack Halberstam they are deeply personal. Halberstam, a professor at Columbia University, gave a lecture April 19 at the Davis Center. The visit was sponsored by the English department and the James and Mary B...

Recommendations: podcasts to listen to

Recommendations: podcasts to listen to

Culture Staff

April 25, 2018


Filed under Arts, Arts Regular, Culture

With finals approaching, you might want a podcast to listen to while you're hunkered down in the library. The Culture staff has got you covered with four podcast recommendations. Check the Culture section weekly for our staff's latest picks. Song Exploder Hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway Hunter McKenzie’s...

Adventure Dog to open for SpringFest

Adventure Dog to open for SpringFest

Eleanor Webster, Staff Writer

April 24, 2018


Filed under Artist Spotlight, Arts, Culture

Wires snaked around the feet of the band as they walked into their rehearsal space, a chaotic basement littered with craft beer cans, amps and drum kits. Amps were pulled up to sit on as senior Andrew Tonra, guitarist and vocalist of Adventure Dog, began to speak. Adventure Dog won UVM Program Bo...

Women dealers change weed culture

Women dealers change weed culture

Autumn Lee, Staff Writer

April 23, 2018


Filed under Culture, Life

One UVM student is out to change the stoner stereotype from bong-ripping bros to be more friendly towards women. Olive, a pseudonym, first sold psychedelics when she came to UVM, then began selling weed when she realized she could smoke for free, she said. She has since stopped smoking because it ...

Review: “Blockers” falls flat on plot, brings feminism

Review: “Blockers” falls flat on plot, brings feminism

Hunter McKenzie, Culture Columnist

April 19, 2018


Filed under Arts, Culture, Editor's Picks, Reviews

If you enjoy feminist perspectives and John Cena butt chugging beer, “Blockers” might be the film for you. “Blockers” stars Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz, and follows three parents as they try to prevent their daughters from losing their virginities on prom night. Although it...

Creating magic with scent: a look into Alice & the Magician Cocktail Apothecary

Creating magic with scent: a look into Alice & the Magician Cocktail Apothecary

Kailey Bates, Video Editor

April 19, 2018


Filed under Culture, Editor's Picks

Brothers Aaron and Sam Wisniewski are the founders of "Alice and the Magician," a cocktail apothecary that creates powerful elixirs and mists that spark imagination and elicit scent memories. In this video, they serve up their magical cocktails at Stella Mae's Anniversary Bash and talk about the process....

Burly chefs pledge to serving local

Burly chefs pledge to serving local

Addie Beach, Assistant Arts Editor

April 18, 2018


Filed under Arts, Arts Regular, Culture, Editor's Picks

Rich chocolate, creamy soups, French pastries — all of it local.  It doesn’t take much of a walk down Church Street to get a sense of what the Burlington food scene and its chefs have to offer. One of these restaurants is Revolution Kitchen, which specializes in vegan and vegetarian food. ...

Culture Staff Recommends: Books

Culture Staff

April 18, 2018


Filed under Arts, Arts Regular, Culture, Reviews

Summer is only a few weeks away and beach reads will soon be a necessity, so the Culture staff has five book recommendations for you. Check the Culture section weekly for our staff’s picks.   “Bluets” by Maggie Nelson Autobiography, $12.63 Hunter McKenzie’s pick This gorgeous, experime...

Q&A: Four student artists talk creativity on campus

Q&A: Four student artists talk creativity on campus

Sarah Robinson, Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Artist Spotlight, Arts, Arts Regular, Culture

Student artists can be found all over campus. Culture writer Sarah Robinson sat down with a few to talk about their work and get their take on the arts at UVM. First years Riya Padukone and Keerthi Onkaram are dancers from New Hampshire. They grew up together and are roomates. Onkaram specializes in classica...

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