The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic


Grooving with the Mountain Goats

Caroline Slack, Features Editor April 29, 2018

Four men in suits ran on stage, looking like a band of dads  hurrying from a business meeting to this gig. For a second I wondered what I was getting myself into. Then I felt the pulse of the bass...

Central Market Taste of Asia. RYAN THORNTON. The Vermont Cynic.

Extra Spice in the Old North End

November 8, 2015

“I’ll do medium spice, just to be safe,” said the server at Central Market Taste of Asia on North Winooski Avenue in Burlington’s North End. I tried again. “No, I really do want it hot....

Sugar Shack Celebrates Syrup

Sugar Shack Celebrates Syrup

April 24, 2015

 [dropcap style="normal or inverse or boxed"]I[/dropcap]t takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup, and 30 to fuel Misery Loves Company’s springtime Sugar Shack event.That figure...

RYAN THORTON The Vermont Cynic
An array of textures and flavors are available every week.

Eat a Real Donut: Ren Wiener at Scout & Co

March 29, 2015

[dropcap style="normal or inverse or boxed"]D[/dropcap]o you ever find yourself dwelling on cartoon depictions of ordinary food items, taking in their eye-popping colors and lushly plump contours and wishing...

2013: a musical spectrum

January 14, 2014

In 2013, a musical evolution took place among the characters that create it.  New sounds dominated many of the genres that were becoming stale.  The prevailing sounds of the past couple of years...

‘Her’ takes top honor

January 14, 2014

Around 70 minutes into Spike Jonze's "Her," two principal characters have sex for the first time.  It's an intense rush of feeling, full of desire, surprise and instinct. The movie fades to black...

Beat gets louder in New Zealanders’ latest album

March 22, 2010

On March 5, Clark Derbes' "A Family Gathering: Sculptures and Relatives" debuted at JDK Design Studio.His latest work features wooden sculptures, ink paintings and gouaches on birch panels by the Burlington...

“Finding Our Voices: Stories of American Dissent” premieres at the Roxy, Wed March 18

March 26, 2009

"Tell me what you need. What you really want," cried out anti-war protestors in NYC, 2008. Their answer: "Justice." Nothing selfish about that.Providing the most accurate portrayal of American dissenters...

You can’t kill the boogeyman

March 2, 2009

The most important thing to remember about the psycho-killer is that they never stay dead for long. And just like the unstoppable monsters they showcase, slasher films have also refused to curl up and...

“Taken” for a ride

March 2, 2009

If you were a 17-year-old teenage girl who has been kidnapped in Paris, drugged and sold into the sex-slave trade, who would you want your father to be? Only one man: Bryan Mills.The events of "Taken"...

“How I Learned to Drive” fails to rev engines

September 22, 2008

How I Learned to DrivePaula VogelDir. Joanne FarrellChamplain CollegePaula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "How I Learned to Drive," premiered last Wednesday at the Champlain Alumni Auditorium. Directed...

Will Sheff’s river flows on

September 22, 2008

Okkervil River The Stand Ins (Jagjaguar Records) 3.5 StatsWhile the indie world is wrapped up in the nondescript jaunt of synth-pop and dance rock, Okkervil River has released another intricate,...

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