Bobby Bruderle: Uncomfortable art

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words // Taylor Morse || photos // Bobby Bruderle

Some artists find their place, their comfortable nook of creation, and remain steady within those constraints, continuing forever in a style that becomes easy and reliable. Other artists find a possibility, take it and race forward toward the unknown of a new idea; a risk for the sake of possibility. Bobby Bruderle is one such artist, who rushes against the tide of creating comfortable art. Continue Reading

John Stork: Pushing the limits of street performing

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words // Evan Johnson

It’s John Stork, but to most people that walk the brick-lined thoroughfare on a daily basis, he’s simply the guy with the chairs. He’s pushed the limits of street performing in this city as well as the nerves of Church Street’s management and businesses. His is a story of how far a person can go with his own determination and skill. It’s also a story of what happens when one of Burlington’s best outgrows his roots.

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You may go to hell, and I will go to Texas: A Yankee in Fort Worth

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words + photos // Evan Johnson

Outside of the limits of Fort Worth, the Texas sky seems to swallow the earth from all sides. The landscape is scattered with short, scrubby trees. This is the prairies and lakes region, the geographic area of Texas that features more vegetation and low, undulating hills. Hills aside, the experience left me feeling strangely vulnerable and exposed, as if any minute an anvil or some object could fall out of the sky and land on the hood of the car.

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Smooth Antics: Suave and spirited

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words + photos + video // Ben Zackin

They’re not like any band you’ve heard before, they don’t fit comfortably into any genre and once you give a listen to this septet, you won’t be able to get them out of your head. It’s booty-shakin’ soul-pop, brought to you by Smooth Antics.

The band brings together a full instrumental set and diverse background of cultural influences to create a sound that has something to please everyone. And their live shows are one hell of a good time. Continue Reading

Pagan rite: Skinny dipping in Lake Champlain

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words + photos // Benjamin Welton

The Norwegian lyrics of Enslaved’s “Havenless” were running through my brain like a litany. For what I was about to do, I needed Odin on my side. In fact, when it was my turn to step on the slippery rocks overlooking Lake Champlain, I bellowed out the name of the one-eyed god right before taking the frigid plunge. The thought of my ancestors kept me from going into complete shock as the cold, autumnal water seemed to touch every inch of my naked body. Continue Reading

Vermont Wild Life: Animal Instincts

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words + photos // Benjamin Welton

The Eastern Bobcat. The Striped Skunk. Muskrats. Yes, this is Vermont wildlife. But, in truth, it is not Vermont Wild Life — Wild Life Clothing, that is. Hidden upstairs above 161 Main Street, Wild Life Clothing is an interesting shop — “boutique” might be a good word for it, but then again what Wild Life Clothing sells seems more than just the highly specific. And frankly, they’re selling a lot of it. Continue Reading

Sangha Studio: Finding your vinyasa

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words + photos + video // Ben Zackin

Starting a business is no small undertaking. It takes months of planning and sometimes years to turn a profit.  But it took Caitlin Pascucci just nine days to launch Sangha Studio, and in six months she owned one of Burlington’s top yoga studios.

Pascucci opened Sangha in February 2014 and has since assembled a solid team of instructors who offer a full schedule of classes in a number of different yoga styles like Fluid, Flow, Vinyasa, Acro and more. The studio has receivedan immensely positive response from the greater Burlington community, and Pascucci plans to continue growing its offerings in the coming months. And hell, she can arm balance with the best of them.  Continue Reading

The Dupont Brothers: The essence of harmony

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words // Ariel Henley

When you first meet them, Sam and Zack DuPont appear to be polar opposites, but onstage, the duo has a bond that older brother Zack calls unmistakable. Five-and-a-half years apart in age, the DuPont Brothers officially teamed up a little more than a year ago.

­The brothers, ages 23 and 28 respectively, are quickly becoming known for, as Zack puts it, their “lighthearted banter and heavy-hearted songs.” Continue Reading

WYSIWYG: An festival for everyone

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 words // Liz Cantrell | photos // Alex Hackenson

After days of rain and a too-soon fall chill, the weather has rallied for a sunny, end-of-summer weekend, which makes the long walk up North Avenue toward Burlington College pleasant and bearable. From a distance, we see the yellow and red vintage-lettered sign. Its cheeky — and, to the uninitiated, confusing — acronym welcomes us. WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get. We have arrived. Continue Reading