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:
    Featured

    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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    COMING UP

    All Events
    Oct
    21
    Tue
    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.

    Oct
    25
    Sat
    Cirque du Horror @ Dan's Silverleaf
    Oct 25 all-day
    Cirque du Horror  @ Dan's Silverleaf | Denton | Texas | United States

    Cirque du horror

    Showtimes: 
    Saturday, October 25: 4:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
    Sunday, October 26: 5:00 p.m.

    Cirque du Horror is meant to harken back to that earlier, simpler time. A time of youth, and of make believe. Let Cirque du Horror take you on a musical journey, transporting you to another time and place. Perhaps a time where sideshows and gypsy carnivals traveled the countryside performing where they could, often on grassy clearings just outside of town, right before the deep, dark woods. Or maybe where oil lamp and candlelight guided you through rain-soaked muddy streets and dark alleyways, dodging horse and buggy, to a massive, striped tent where there waited both wonders and horrors alike. Inside, perhaps a bearded lady and a hall of mirrors awaited to make you laugh and chuckle, or perhaps you would find grisly tales and ghostly visions to send chills down your spine…

    All of this is Cirque du Horror, a show that screams ( if you’ll pardon the pun ) Halloween. A little fright and a little laughter, with a touch of eye of newt and tail of rat. It was created with the sole intention of providing Halloween entertainment that lies somewhere between “too scary” and “not enough.” Appropriate for the entire family, it is a delightful descent into the macabre – a collection of bone-chilling poems, spine-tingling short stories and spooky songs, guaranteed to have you jump from your chair with fright, split your sides with laughter, and raise every hair on the back of your neck.

    All images from  http://www.cirqueduhorror.com/ 

    The Red Dots @ tAd gallery
    Oct 25 all-day
    The Red Dots @ tAd gallery | Denton | Texas | United States

    tAd is pleased to present an art exhibition, The Red Dots, featuring the current works by Kalee Appleton, Brianna Burnett, Patricia Earl, eMott, Tesa Morin, Irma Sizer, and Renee Weekley. The artists belong to a Texas-based all female artist collective, Red Dots.

    Vann Victorian Exhibit @ Willis Library, Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437
    Oct 25 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)
    Day of the Dead Festival @ Industrial & Hickory Street
    Oct 25 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Day of the Dead Festival @ Industrial & Hickory Street | Denton | Texas | United States

    Day of the Dead Festival

    Held outside on Hickory and Industrial St, Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival captures the very essence of Denton’s artistic spirit : a true collaboration of the eclectic art and music community that only the northernmost tip of the golden triangle can provide. As is the artistic scene in this ever growing “little” town, Denton’s DOD Festival is a wonderful smorgasbord, paying homage to many of fall’s treasures such as cooler weather, the harvest, the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween. It harkens to an earlier, simpler time, when communities gathered outdoors to celebrate life through song and dance, good food and drink, and camaraderie.

    Denton’s DOD Fest is a free-to-the-public, family friendly event, with a portion of the sponsorships donated to a local charity. Plenty of vendors will line the streets, both arts & crafts as well as many of Denton’s homegrown chefs to provide food and drink. Children will have many activities to choose from, such as trunk or treating and their very own “Pumpkin Patch,” full of many activities and games. A salsa cook-off, music & dancing, street performers and side show entertainers, Denton’s original Halloween Cabaret “Cirque du Horror,” as well as Denton’s very own Coffin Races and a lantern-lit twilight parade all help make this event truly magical, and one you won’t soon forget!

    For more information, check out the Denton Day of the Dead Facebook page!

    Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival @ Industrial Street
    Oct 25 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Denton's Day of the Dead Festival @ Industrial Street | Denton | Texas | United States

    This free family festival is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, outside on Industrial & Hickory streets in beautiful Denton, Tx.

    Hot Rods & Hot Dogs Car Show @ Super Dents & Details
    Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Hot Rods & Hot Dogs Car Show @ Super Dents & Details | Denton | Texas | United States

    hot rods & hot dogs flyer

    Big Car Show!!!! Hot Rods and Hot Dogs! October 25th at noon! Come for free hot dogs and free entertainment from Hares on the Mountain! Bring your hot Rod or bring your Jalopy! Brought to you by: Denton Vape Shoppe, O’Riley’s Auto Parts, and Bobby Gentrys Mufflers And Brakes.

    Featured image from https://www.facebook.com/superdentsanddetails

    Crochet Class @ SCRAP Denton
    Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Crochet Class @ SCRAP Denton | Denton | Texas | United States

    yarn

    Always wanted to learn how to Crochet?  Now is your chance!  We are having a Beginners Crochet Class on October 25.  Learn the basic technique from an expert crocheter in a supportive environment.  Cost is just $15 and all guidance and materials are provided by SCRAP.

    Irish Sessions @ Banter
    Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Irish Sessions @ Banter | Denton | Texas | United States

    Banter has Irish music every other Saturday!
    Come out and enjoy the music with a drink or some afternoon grub.

    Les Misérables @ Campus Theatre
    Oct 25 @ 3:56 pm – 4:56 pm
    Les Misérables @ Campus Theatre | Denton | Texas | United States

    Les Miserables

    Music Theatre of Denton presents Les Misérables

    In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.

    Performances:
    October 17-26
    Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30PM
    Sundays at 2PM

    THE MAGAZINE

    Letter from the Mayor

    Denton recently ranked first of only two Texas cities on Livability.com’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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