Arts Jazz 2014

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2014

    Story by Krystal Maestas: Photos courtesy of Festival

    Jazz: More than a Four-letter Word

    As you walk throughout Quakertown Park, the sound of trumpets trill in your ears; little girls run around with fairy wreaths in their hair, ribbons blowing in the air behind them; a family rests under a large tree enjoying the shade while deciding which stage they will venture to next; delicious smelling tasty treats lure you through the crowd toward myriad […]

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    Denton Airshow

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2014

    Story by Renee Hansen

    Photos by Lynn Cromer

    The Show Must Go On

    Nothing will ground Denton’s annual high-flying production An array of planes gracefully soar over the horizon each Father’s Day Weekend – year after year – like clockwork. On June 14, 2014, the one-day Denton Airshow comes to town, entertaining the 13,000-plus visitors with aspirations as wide as the wing spans of a B25-J Mitchell. Since the show’s inception in the mid-1980s, the […]

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    Photo by Caroline Basile

    Denton Live Issue:

    Story by Lauren Williamson

    Photos by Jun Ma and Caroline Basile.

    Walk the Thin Line

    It started off as a small project making a music video and ended up an anticipated annual event for the Denton community, but the Thin Line Film Festival isn’t stopping there. The festival is evolving into a complete entertainment experience by expanding beyond only featuring documentary films and wading into music festival territory. And right now, festival founder and coordinator […]

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    All Events

    October – November 2014

    Made in Denton County @ Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
    Oct 21 – Sep 11 all-day
    Made in Denton County @ Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum | Denton | Texas | United States

    History, Denton County

    Have you ever passed an eighteen wheeler, sipped a drink from a paper carton, put on a high school class ring, or walked by a brick home and wondered where those items were made? The answer could very well be right here in Denton County. The way that a community’s identity and character are perceived can be strongly connected to what a place makes or produces. Music, food, clothing, and culture are just a few of the items that can establish a location’s personality in the mind of the outside world. Denton County has built a large and colorful reputation through the things made right here in our community. From semi-trucks to ecofriendly packaging, beer to brats, our county’s legacy is one of craftsmanship and complexity with innovation that is as diverse as its innovators. .

    A new exhibit highlighting “Locally Made” in Denton County opens October 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM with a ribbon cutting by the Denton County Commissioner’s Court and the Museums’ Committee. A reception with light refreshments will follow the tour of the exhibit.

    This exhibit will be provided in English and Spanish. A hands-on corner will provide children with tangible learning through interactive activities and creative play. The west gallery theater room will be screening various “how it’s made” videos that feature the local companies in the exhibit.

    The Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum is located at 110 West Hickory, Denton, Texas. All Courthouse Museum programs are free and open to the public. Handicapped parking and accessibility are through the north entrance.

    Museum Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Winstar World Casino 350, O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge & AAA Texas 500 @ Texas Motor Speedway
    Oct 30 – Nov 3 all-day
    Winstar World Casino 350, O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge & AAA Texas 500 @ Texas Motor Speedway | Fort Worth | Texas | United States

    Come to Fort Worth, Texas to see the Winstar World Casino 350, O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, AAA Texas 500 and enjoy great food, drinks and company. Ticket prices and times are various.

    Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, racing, NASCAR, indy car

    Bent by Martin Sherman @ University of North Texas - RTFP Building - University Theater
    Nov 1 all-day
    Bent by Martin Sherman @ University of North Texas - RTFP Building - University Theater | Denton | Texas | United States

    Bent /bent/: adjective. A derogatory term used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals.

    This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominated play powerfully portrays endurance of love, and the necessity of human dignity during World War II. Max’s harrowing journey from liberal Berlin to the confines of the Nazi concentration camp Dachau unveils the rudimentary plight of humanity.

    DISCLAIMER: This play contains sexual content, graphic violence, and nudity.

    October 30 & 31 @ 7:30 pm
    November 1, 6, 7, & 8 @ 7:30 pm
    November 2 & 9 @ 2:00 pm

    $7.50 Students, UNT Faculty/Staff, Seniors
    $10.00 Adults

    Tickets can be ordered with a credit card over the phone by calling (940) 565-2428 or Metro (817) 267-3731 ext. 2428. We are located in the RTFP building in the first floor lobby of the University Theatre (room 104). At our box office location, we can accept cash, checks and credit cards.

    Tickets to an individual production may be purchased approximately two weeks before that show opens.

    Vann Victorian Exhibit @ Willis Library, Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437
    Nov 1 all-day
    Vann Victorian Exhibit @ Willis Library, Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437 | Denton | Texas | United States
    Vann Victorian The Vann Victorian Collection is a treasure of the University of North Texas Libraries and an exceptional resource for the study of Victorian literature. This exhibit showcases some pieces from the collection, including rare first editions, part-issue editions and association copies. Dr. J. Don Vann, Professor Emeritus at UNT, curated this exhibit. Don and Dolores Vann began collecting Victorian books in 1962, when they acquired a first edition of Dickens’s Bleak House. They spent the summer of 1965 in London, conducting research in the British Library and buying first editions of works by Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray. During their subsequent trips to London, the Vanns came to know many of the city’s booksellers and were offered first editions they kept hidden from all but their most favorite customers. In 2004 Don and Dolores established the Vann Victorian Endowment to provide a permanent fund to purchase Victorian books for the Vann Victorian Collection in Special Collections at the University of North Texas Libraries. Since 2004 the Vanns have made additional contributions to the collection, most recently in 2014. The exhibit runs September 2nd – January 9th in the Judge Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room of the Special Collections Department, located on the 4th floor of Willis Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the normal hours of the reading room. Please check the reading room schedule in advance before planning a visit. A digital version of the exhibit, as well as videos of Dr. Vann talking about his life as a collector may be viewed at University Libraries Exhibits, The Vann Victorian Collection.
    Event Location: Willis Library
    Room Number: Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437
    Event Date(s): September 2 to January 9
    Exhibit hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed during some holidays and school breaks, check website for hours)
    Run for the Health of It @ South Lakes Park
    Nov 1 @ 8:00 am
    Run for the Health of It @ South Lakes Park | Denton | Texas | United States

    Marching for Health 5K Fun Run Walk

    This event will raise funds for Health Services of North Texas, where our mission is: Improving the quality of life for all North Texans through medical care, support services, and advocacy.

    The Run will be a chip-timed event with awards for the top male and female finishers as well as the top three male / female finishers in age categories.

    Registration deadline is October 30th. Registration fee of $25 includes t-shirt.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. (the 5K race will kick off at 8:00, and the Walk will start at 8:15)

    Denton Community Market @ Historical Park of Denton County
    Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Denton Community Market @ Historical Park of Denton County | Denton | Texas | United States

    Denton Community Market

    The Denton Community Market is every Saturday April – November, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    The market is local art and produce market located @ Carroll Blvd. and Mulberry St. near downtown Denton, Texas. We are a community gathering space alive with live music by local artists, fresh local produce, locally-produced handmade arts and crafts, delicious on-site food, local business, community groups and more! We encourage you to come to any of our market days to join in on the fun.

    For more information, visit the Denton Community Market’s website at

    Guided Tour of the North Texas Horse Country @ Historical Park of Denton County, Carroll Blvd. at W. Mulberry in Downtown Denton
    Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Guided Tour of the North Texas Horse Country  @ Historical Park of Denton County, Carroll Blvd. at W. Mulberry in Downtown Denton | Denton | Texas | United States

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    The North Texas Horse Country, one of the largest concentrations of horse farms in the United States, offers a variety of breeds and disciplines. Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, Paints, Arabians, Appaloosas, Warmbloods… they’re here… and world champion horses abound in cutting, halter, western pleasure, reining and many other disciplines. Large breeding farms, training facilities and equine specialist can be found, making this area a mecca for professional horsemen and horse enthusiasts from all over the world.

    2014 Horse Country Tour Dates:
    March 1, 2014
    April 5, 2014
    May 3, 2014
    September 13, 2014
    October 4, 2014
    November 1, 2014

    Visitors can enjoy the beautiful Horse Country of North Texas by joining one of our six behind-the-scenes guided tours or by downloading a self-guided driving tour.

    For groups of 20 or more contact the Denton Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for an arranged private tours, at 1-888-381-1818.

    National Bison Day Observance @ Meritt Bois D’ Arc Buffalo Ranch
    Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    National Bison Day Observance @ Meritt Bois D’ Arc Buffalo Ranch | Denton | Texas | United States

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    Meritt Bois D’ Arc Buffalo Ranch has always had a wonderful herd of Bison on their 100 acre ranch. Many Weddings and Events have been surrounded by the beauty of the ranch and the bison. This year we are proud to celebrate National Bison Day with an open gate to anyone wishing to come see and learn about the new educational endeavors that Meritt Bois D’ Buffalo Ranch will be incorporating into their lives from 9:00-12:00pm. The Bison herd is a Registered Conservation Herd with the North American Bison Registry under the management of Frasier Bison LLC. Pastures will be benefiting from habitat restoration under the careful eye of Mr. Ben Tyler – Naturalist-Agro Ecology Consultant of Texas Ecologix. This year will be a small open to the public information session with preparations already underway for Next Year’s Gala. Stay tuned for more details!

    North Lakes Driving Range Grand Opening @ North Lakes Park
    Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    North Lakes Driving Range Grand Opening @ North Lakes Park | Denton | Texas | United States

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    The City of Denton Parks and Recreation Department invite the community to the Grand Opening of the North Lakes Driving Range on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

    The ribbon cutting will be at 10 a.m. Following the ribbon cutting, family friendly activities will begin. Free hot dogs and golf towels will be available until supplies are gone. Kids can play in a bounce house, or dance to music provided by a DJ. There will also be giveaways every 30 minutes.

    From 10 a.m.-noon anyone may try the driving range for free; they will receive one small bucket of golf balls, and a 30 minute time limit. There will also be putting and chipping contests, with prizes, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 10 and under, 11-16, and 17 and older. The closest to the pin contest is for all ages, and from 12:30-1 p.m.

    Golf pros will be on hand to demo clubs and provide free swing tips. The Junior Golf Academy class will be accepting registrations and providing more information.

    The driving range is normally open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

    Lost Poet Lounge @ Banter
    Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Lost Poet Lounge  @ Banter | Denton | Texas | United States

    Banter, tapas, coffee house, bistro, american food, music, Denton, TX

    Lost Poet Lounge. Where your thoughts unravel amongst the gifted with thought. Where the unspoken becomes spoken. Where you are amused by the mused.


    Letter from the Mayor

    Denton recently ranked first of only two Texas cities on’s 2014 list of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live in America,” coming in at number 55 nationally. It’s clear that the word is out: Denton is vibrant, hip, safe, creative, artistic, historic, original, independent and a happening place to live and visit.

    Downtown is dynamic, teeming with local musicians and artists showcased among 25 live music venues located within two blocks of our celebrated city square. Some of our most significant regional  events like the Thin Line Film Festival (now including a live music component to complement the 80-plus documentaries) and the giant, three-daylong, seven-stage-large Denton Arts & Jazz Festival spotlight raw creativity at its best.

    While music is a major theme in Denton year-round, spring and summer bring numerous events that highlight other attributes of our city. Cinco de Mayo and Juneteenth celebrations focus food and fun around cultural and historical commemorations of our nation’s diversity exemplified in Denton’s own rich heritage. Dog Days of Denton honors man’s best friend. The Denton Air Show boasts  aerial daredevils and stunt pilots at the Denton Airport, Texas’ eighth largest.

    Spring is a perfect time to try the A-Train, our two-year-old commuter rail connecting visitors between Denton and the rest of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Big city musical shows, theatre and  dining opportunities are clustered within blocks of each other in the new Hickory and Industrial Street arts and entertainment corridors, a short walk from the square. Our galleries offer world-class art  of every medium, and our international award-winning live theatre productions are far beyond that of other cities our size.

    Our two great universities are at the heart of our unique vivacity. Drawn by our creative wealth and energetic vibe, University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University students fuel Denton with a perpetual stream
    of new talent. While we are one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, we cherish our character that
    says, “we’re still small enough to be people-friendly with a ‘care about your neighbor’ attitude.” Our safe and conveniently-located entertainment venues, parks and public facilities make Denton a truly walkable city.

    While other cities try to replicate old-town charm, Denton’s famous 150-year-old courthouse square is like a Norman Rockwell painting, but one set to jazz and indie music. It has character. And it has characters. But it’s not as much the personalities of this place as it is the personality of Denton that hooks you. I love it here. We all
    do. And I believe you will, too.

    Now, relax and kick back. Then come out and experience for yourself why Denton is the place to be.

    Mark Burroughs,

    Mayor of Denton

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