The Vermont Cynic

Beer and Baseball Hats in the Berkshires: Solid Sound 2017

Beer and Baseball Hats in the Berkshires: Solid Sound 2017

Maggie Richardson, B-Side Editor

July 4, 2017


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On a muggy Friday evening in the rolling hills of the western Massachusetts Berkshires, a crowd of L.L. Bean-clad festival goers descended slowly on the sleepy town of North Adams. Though its main street is spare and some of its sidewalks are old and wearing, the town is home to one of New England’s...

Cricket Blue’s Io: An Exploration of Music, Myth and Agency

Cricket Blue’s Io: An Exploration of Music, Myth and Agency

Caroline Shea

April 22, 2016


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“Myths and old stories feel unresolved. You want to explain them,” Taylor Smith told me as we sat down to discuss Burlington folk duo Cricket Blue’s new EP “Io.” Their new EP opens as Smith and the duo’s other half Laura Heaberlin softly croon: “When the woods were full of wolves, t...

DIY Humanitarianism Hits UVM

November 5, 2015


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No matter what day of the week, walk through the Davis Center atrium or past the library steps and you’re likely to be asked for a moment of your time by a group of activists. In an atmosphere where everybody cares, it’s tricky finding the right fit for your world saving ambitions. One UVMer, thoug...

Indie Films Showcase Labor and Love at Vermont Filmmaker’s Showcase

Caroline Shea

November 5, 2015


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“Indie filmmaking has never had it so good,” John Summa told me. We were sitting in his Old Mill office, surrounded by stacks of towering books. Summa, an Economics professor at UVM, wrote one of the films featured at the Vermont International Film Festival’s Vermont Filmmaker’s Showcase. His...

Burlington’s Haunted History

Caroline Shea

November 5, 2015


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Halloween season is in full swing and it’s not unusual to see ghosts prowling the streets, usually sporting bedsheets and various party paraphernalia. However, collegiate mischief is not the only spooky thing afoot in Burlington. “Surprisingly, Burlington has more haunted restaurants in one place than many other cities I've visited,” said Thea Lewis, an exper...

Witches Get Snitches

October 20, 2015


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Where can you play the most lighthearted, full-contact sport on campus? Only through club quidditch, the most unique sports craze to sweep college campuses in the last decade.Quidditch, originally a fictional sport from the “Harry Potter” series — played with flying broomsticks — was adapted f...

“Bald Bill” Henshaw: Inside the Mind of a Body Artist

Caroline Shea

October 17, 2015


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My parents started placing bets on what my first tattoo would be after I left for college. I’m still leaving them hanging. Bill Henshaw, affectionately known as “Bald Bill” by his friends and coworkers, guesses he’s a little bit ahead of me. He’s been tattooed by over 100 tattoo artists and ...

The Internet at Signal Kitchen

October 11, 2015


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If you have never heard of Odd Future or Tyler the Creator, then you’ve missed some truly artful hip hop. Tyler, specifically, has been brought into the spotlight for his satirical crudeness. His tracks are either rowdy and full of hyperbolic violence towards women and himself, or serious reflection...

Lit Club at the Light Club

Cleo Rohn

October 11, 2015


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Walk into the Light Club Lamp Shop on any night and you’ll be greeted with an immediate sense of serenity. The intimate space, with its dark wooden bar counter and lamp-lined walls, stays quieter on most nights than its adjacent older siblings, ¡Duino! (Duende) and Radio Bean. But on Monday nights...

Ying Yang Twins Come to UVM

<p>Ying Yang Twins Come to UVM</p>

October 9, 2015


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In the Harris-Millis dining hall last week, I overheard a snippet of conversation above the din of the crowd. "Are you going to see the Ying Yang Brothers?" asked a voice directly behind me."Nah, they're, like, outdated," said the voice’s counterpart. Both voices had the lilting, spliff-cured huskiness that...

Pingala: Vegan Food for Omnivores

Pingala: Vegan Food for Omnivores

September 14, 2015


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   As both an omnivore and a nitpicky jerk, it’s always bothered me a little to be called a carnivore. The confusion, if that’s what it is, likely stems from the fact that I eat meat with obvious enthusiasm. I’ve heard the term directed at other people who eat meat, usually by those who do n...

Fun with Friends and Family

Fun with Friends and Family

September 14, 2015


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In warehouses, coffee shops and living rooms across town, a local collective of musicians and music-lovers called Friends and Family is working to bring live music from concert venues to the community. “We're an outlet for DIY performance in Burlington,” said Dana Heng, UVM alumna and member of ...

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