Doll Selfie at LSA

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2015

    Story by Morganne Cameron
    Photos courtesy of Darien Orr

    Barbie Does Dentoning!

    Greetings from Little d, the cool North Texas city packed with creative aesthetics, culture, history, and unforgettable experiences. Denton is an original culture of arts, music, entertainment, shopping and community. Visitors are captivated by the city’s local businesses, shops, and deep-seated history, because it is here that self-discovery and inspiration permeate the city’s sense of […]

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    Arts & Jazz crowd courtesy Denton Festival Foundation

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2015

    Story by Olivia Sylvain

    Getting Jazzy with It

    The sounds of saxophones, trumpets and drums resonate through Quakertown Park and electrify the city. Crowds gather on the grass to see all-day music. Nightly concerts feature world-renown headliners, this year Randy Brecker, Dr. John the Night Tripper and Denton’s own Grammy winners Brave Combo. An array of cold beer combines with aromas of everything […]

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    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, July-Dec 2015

    Sit Down & Make Noise

    Story by Tyler Murphy Photos courtesy of Ed Steele Photography LLC It’s a typical night on Colorado Avenue. The bar is dimly lit and filled with phosphorescent smoke. Soldiers fresh back from the nightmares of Vietnam crowd around the stage sucking back beers. Exotic dancers swivel their hips up on the stage in time with […]

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    Campus Theater by Wesley Clark

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2015

    Story by Kathryn Krevo

    Toe the line

    Thin Line Fest can show you what life is really made of with documentaries, live music and photography The neon marquee beckons as you walk up to the ticket booth. After purchasing your ticket, you enter through the double doors of the historic Campus Theatre. You purchase popcorn and a Coke at the theatre’s original, […]

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    CALL FOR ENTRIES | Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition @ Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Jul 1 all-day

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    The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2016 Call for Entries for the 29th annual Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard & Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Drawing hundreds of applications from across the United States each year, approximately 70 works will be selected for exhibition by our 2016 Juror, Elizabeth Kozlowski. As the curator of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Kozlowki has over 12 years of curatorial and gallery experience with a specialty in contemporary ceramics. Of the works selected, Juror Awards in the amounts of $1,000, $750, $500 and $250 will be presented.
    NEW! Online submissions and prospectus available at
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE | September 4, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
    2016 EXHIBITION | February 5 – April 1, 2016 at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, Texas.
    Inquires may be directed to the Arts Council at (940) 382-2787 or

    Other Visions: 10 Short Films @ tAd gallery
    Jul 1 all-day

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    This exhibition features 10 outstanding short films selected from the juried competition organized by The 13th Festival of Film Animation in Czech Republic.

    For more info, please visit:

    Woodturning: Traditional to Modern @ Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Jul 1 all-day

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    Works by the Golden Triangle Woodturners
    Reception on Friday, June 12, 5:30 – 7:30 PM; FREE
    Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, Meadows Gallery
    Join us for the opening reception of recent works by the Golden Triangle Woodturners, on view through July 24, 2015.

    Watercolors by Dorothy Bertine @ Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Mu
    Jul 1 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Graham Lomax House on Oak StOn Tuesday February 17th, the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum opens a new exhibit featuring watercolors by Dorothy Bertine. The Dorothy Bertine paintings will be displayed on the second floor of the Courthouse-on-the-Square. This exhibit sponsored by Historic Denton is ongoing through September 30th.

    Dorothy Bertine, a native of Southern Oklahoma, is an artist known for her works in watercolor. Her art follows the California Watercolor School of painting developed in the first half of the 20th Century. Her studies in watercolor include nature scenes and historic houses. Dorothy Bertine received her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Texas Woman’s University and she resides in Denton. Her work is inspired by the architecture of the historic homes in Denton, and many of these artworks will be featured in this exhibit.

    All Courthouse Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public.  The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance. The Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum is located in the historic Denton County Courthouse at 110 W. Hickory in Denton, TX.

    Dorothy Bertine Map - 1976 - Significant Historical Architecture still remaining in Denton.

    Dorothy Bertine Map – 1976 – Significant Historical Architecture still remaining in Denton.

    Life Through the Lens: Pictures that tell a story @ UNT on the Square
    Jul 1 @ 9:00 am

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    Life Through the Lens: Pictures That Tell a Story

    Photography by Joe Clark and Junebug Clark

    June 1 – July 22

    Gallery Hours:

    Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 -5 pm, with extended hours until 8 pm on Thursday

    Saturday 11am – 3 pm

    Sunday CLOSED

    Introductory Classes on Finale Music Notation Software @ Bayless-Selby Museum
    Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

    History, Denton County

    Learn how to use Finale Music Notation Software in introductory classes taught by Joseph Pinson, ASCAP. Dates of the classes are June 17 & 19 from 10AM to 2PM and July 1 & 3 from 10AM to 2PM. Classes will be held at the Bayless-Selby House Museum at the Denton County Historical Park, located at 317 W. Mulberry Street in Denton, TX.

    Anyone interested in participating in these introductory classes should have a basic understanding of music, including the names of notes, value of notes, time and key signatures. Participants can use standard Finale ($) or Finale NotePad (FREE online). Participants will need to bring a sack lunch and stay for discussion during lunch from 12PM until 12:30PM. The class fee is $10.

    Joseph Pinson is a songwriter, composer, and retired TWU Assistant Professor with over 100 compositions commercially recorded & published. Mr. Pinson is currently the Denton County Composer-in-Residence.

    Please contact Mr. Pinson by phone at 940-453-3273 or by email at to sign up for classes. You can also find more information at his website:

    School’s out, SCRAP’s in @ SCRAP Denton
    Jul 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    3616-0069 Scrap Denton

    School’s Out, SCRAP’s In is back this summer each Wednesday afternoon throughout the summer (with the exception of July 22nd and July 29th during Camp SCRAP).  Sessions are $20 each and are held from 1-4 pm every Wednesday here at SCRAP.  Registration for School’s Out, SCRAP’s In is now open!  Sign up for one session or for all 8!

    Game on Athletic Camps @ Game on Athletics
    Jul 1 @ 1:55 pm

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    Join the Summer Fun at Game On

    GRADES K-6th


    Monday – Thursday

    9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm


    $95/week half day; $175/week full day


    Early Drop-Off or Late Pick-Up – $10 extra

    Sibling and member discounts available
    June 8th-June 11th                                July 13th-July 16th

    June 15th-June 18th                              July 20th-July 23rd

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    July 6th-July 9th                                   August 3rd-August 6th

    • Athlete Training  for all levels
    • Sports Programs in basketball, flag football, soccer & more!
    • Games and activities


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    Summer Training Program

    Grades 7th through 9th


    Specialized training programs to improve running mechanics, speed, agility, explosiveness, acceleration, core & flexibility


    Tuesday & Thursday




    $200 per session

    member discounts available


    Session 1:   June 9th-July 9th

    (no camp week of 6/29)


    Session 2:  July 14-August 6th




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    High School and Collegiate Athletes


    Monday  – Thursday



    Session 1:   June 9th-July 9th

    (no camp week of 6/29)

    Session 2:  July 14-August 6th



    FOCUS:  Speed, Power, Agility, Strength,

    Flexibility & Explosiveness



    2 days/week – $210 per session

    3 days/week – $280 per session

    4 days/week – $350 per session

    member discounts available






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    Joe Pat Hennen @ Dan's Silverleaf
    Jul 1 @ 5:00 pm

    Dan's Silverleaf

    Joe Pat Hennen is playing at Dan’s Silver Leaf!

    Come out to enjoy the local music.

    Mick Burson Mural Reception @ SCRAP Denton
    Jul 1 @ 5:00 pm


    Keep Denton Beautiful, Inc. and SCRAP have collaborated on a beautification project that resulted in some amazing public art from local artist Mick Burson. Please join us for the official unveiling and reception to celebrate the partnership and SCRAP’s new, beautiful mural. 



    Denton Live Magazine Spring-Summer 2015

    Welcome to Denton, Texas.

    Guests in Denton, like the nearly 125,000 people who choose to live here, have something quite definitive in common: we all seek uniquely-customized, Dentoncentric adventures within the cool vibe for which Denton has gained international acclaim. We call it original, independent.

    Original is a spirit manifested in the physical fabric of our city. It is energy fueled by our universities, arts community, music industry, business community, the North Texas Horse Country, and our vibrant, no-faux-about-it downtown square. We hold originality in high regard.

    Independent is more of the same spirit and springs from the same attributes as original. Consider our burgeoning music scene. Denton is known around the world for the music that’s been organically evolving here for many years. Interestingly, though, there is not a specific “Denton sound” that anyone can identify in a word. That is the result of original and independent. The sound is a combination of individual sounds where writers, musicians, poets and venues have their own messages, rhythms, tunes and atmospheres. Listeners get the entire breadth, as varied or not as they choose. And again, in the surrounding horse country, we have the most diverse equine population and disciplines in one area than anywhere else on Planet Earth. That’s independent, and it results in a lively, energetic culture.

    People come to Denton in pursuit of their passions. Take local artist Darien Orr. She gained Etsy fame when her “Barbie and Ken Live the Denton Life” photographic note card series took off several years ago. Now Barbie is stepping out of the note cards and authentically “dentoning” (the experience of enjoying/discovering/exploring all that the great City of Denton, TX has to offer). Scores of female and male Barbie dolls in various states of restyle sit in neat lines in her studio. Clothing and shoes just their size are piled to the side, all part of her new product line called Dentoning Dolls. Every doll is unique, rescued from someone’s discards then thoughtfully bathed, styled and dressed to fit into the many nuances of Denton life. People adopt their Dentoning Doll, each with a name, a background, an official dentoning tee shirt, and a hashtag for sharing its dentoning adventures on Instagram. The dolls come packaged in a clear box, the background an artistic image of our Courthouse.

    “Denton has cool things to offer,” Darien says while showing off a doll whose body was made in 1966. “Dentoning Dolls are a cool way of getting people interested in the bigger Denton experience.”

    See what I mean? Original. Independent. And Darien is one among hundreds whose expressions are visual or musical or architectural or environmental or something that is so unique it has no label or category.

    Now it’s your turn. This is your adventure. So, create! Make it original. Embrace independence. Go enjoy Denton!

    Kim Phillips,

    Vice President
    Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau

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