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Scary video games to play this Halloween

Scary video games to play this Halloween

Allie O'Connor, Assistant Culture Editor

November 4, 2018


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Monroe Cromis Another year, another Halloween, another excuse to go home, shut off the lights, sit yourself down in front of your TV and break out some spooky video games. You’ve just survived midterms, so why not subject yourself to more emotional terror? Here’s a list of recommendations...

Comedian Jen Kirkman on life at 44 and Louis C.K.

Comedian Jen Kirkman on life at 44 and Louis C.K.

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

October 18, 2018


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Tommy Lau Comedian Jen Kirkman took over the stage at Vermont Comedy Club with bootcut jeans and plenty of stories to tell. Although best known for being a regular roundtable panelist on “Chelsea Lately,” Kirkman had plenty of new material about life as a woman and comedian. She relished...

Lorde hypnotizes Boston with new album

Lorde hypnotizes Boston with new album

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

April 11, 2018


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Whenever I attend a concert, the aftermath is the only thing I remember clearly: running up cement staircases into cement garages, holding onto a new t-shirt and sweating. My mind always unable to catch up with itself, spinning from the lights, the sounds and the stage. These were the events that unfolded after I ...

“Black Panther” brings black superheroes into the spotlight

Alec Collins, Arts Columnist

February 28, 2018


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The latest addition to Disney’s sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Panther,” is the most important superhero blockbuster since “Iron Man” reinvented the genre in 2008. “Black Panther,” released Feb. 15, has a majority-black creative team and cast, as well as an unabashedly...

“Phantom Thread” enchants and surprises

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

February 8, 2018


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Silk, lace, muslin, taffeta, chiffon and satin. In every instant of “Phantom Thread,” fashion pours out of the frame and couture overwhelms the eye with bold elegance. There are sleeves, crisp collars, bow ties, trimming, devilish coats and dress trains trailing behind. Fabric, and the bodies th...

“Call Me By Your Name” transports audience

“Call Me By Your Name” transports audience

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

January 31, 2018


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I am stumbling out of a movie theater, turning a line of dialogue from the film I’ve just seen around in my head, over and over: “Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot.” In the process of trying to understand what it means, I’m met by brutal winter wind. I’m stunned, having...

Spooky video games to play this Halloween

Spooky video games to play this Halloween

Allie O'Connor, Cynic Columnist

November 2, 2017


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Video games are one of my favorite pastimes, whether I want to have fun with friends or wind down after a rough exam. With Halloween coming up, I’ve compiled a list of games to try out between the spooky parties and candy binges. Make some popcorn, shut out the lights, put Spooky Scary Skeletons...

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...

Marvel’s witty superhero makes it to the big screen

Marvel’s witty superhero makes it to the big screen

March 24, 2016


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From lines like, “Time to make the chimi-fucking-changas!” to masturbation references, Deadpool is definitely not a typical superhero movie.  The movie follows Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), an ex-special forces operative turned mercenary, who is diagnosed with cancer. In order to stay with his girlfriend ...

Ben & Jerry’s widens milk horizons

Ben & Jerry’s widens milk horizons

Chris Leow

March 2, 2016


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Vermont’s ice cream icons, Ben and Jerry, want everyone to be able to enjoy their delicious ice cream flavors. After much prompting from fans and months of development, Ben & Jerry’s has finally revealed the highly anticipated dairy-free ice cream pints for consumers who are vegan or can’t t...

‘Carol’ crosses social barriers but misses nomination

February 17, 2016


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Abeautiful and sensual love story between two women is making waves this Academy Award season.Set in 1952 in New York City, “Carol” begins when Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) and Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) meet in a department store.Carol, who has a young daughter and is going through a divorce, in...

Comedian doubles the fun for local comedy club

February 4, 2016


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Off-beat and off-the-cuff comedy was on full display at Vermont Comedy Club the weekend of Jan. 22. Canadian comedian Phil Hanley paid a visit to Burlington both Friday and Saturday night. Hanley’s set was equal parts written bits and improvised crowd work.Hanley began his set by talking to members of ...

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