Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, July-Dec 2015

    All Dogs Go to Dog Days of Denton

    Story by Laura Cortez Photos courtesy of Sheila Wilson I take center stage, wearing nothing but my hiking backpack and a bandana tied around my neck. Self-conscious? Naw. I’m feeling good. It is, after all, a warm September day. The sun even makes me glow, and everybody’s looking at me. Hey! I smell a corndog […]

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    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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    MURAL_Mick_HousesMural- Kristen Watson

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, July-Dec 2015

    In Living Color: A Mural Tour of Denton

    Story and photos by Kristen Watson Welcome to Denton, an art mecca that’s home to painters, sculptors, printmakers and designers. Denton’s creative community cultivates the best art around, especially fantastic public art. From Fry Street to the Historic Downtown Denton Square to the halls of UNT, there’s a wall, fence or building to display every […]

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    All Events
    Take Ten @ POINTBank Black Box Theatre
    Jul 31 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm

    black box theatre

    Denton Community Theatre presents a unique theatrical event as the final selection of this Black Box season! Nine directors have each selected a very short play to present that range in length from 7 minutes to 20 minutes long. From drama to comedy these works from playwrights Christopher Durang, Samuel Beckett, Woody Allen and others grab the audience’s attention and get to the point quickly. There is bound to be something for just about everyone. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the Campus Theatre Box office or at the door one hour prior to each performance (subject to availability). For mature audiences.

    CALL FOR ENTRIES | Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition @ Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Aug 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 dentonarts.com/materials-hard-and-soft
    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 exhibit@dentonarts.com

    Cosmic Visions: Works by John Calabrese @ Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Aug 1 all-day

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    The Greater Denton Arts Council invites you to explore Cosmic Visions, an exhibition of over thirty original graphite works by John Calabrese. Beneath their classically calm beauty and romantic atmosphere, Calabrese’s drawings depict figures in surroundings that are realistic and appealing to basic human instincts.

    Dr. John Calabrese received his PhD in Comparative Arts from Ohio University and a MFA in Painting and Art History from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is currently Professor of Art History at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

    An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 10, 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Cosmic Visons will be on display in the Gough Gallery through September 13 – 2015 at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, Texas. To learn more, please visit dentonarts.com

    Summer Movement Series | TAI CHI @ Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, Ema Ruth Russell Rehearsal Studio
    Aug 1 all-day

    Greater Denton Arts Council

    Tuesdays, July 14 – August 4, 12:15-1:00 PM

    $40 GDAC Members & Students, $50 Non-Members, $15 Drop-In Classes

    GDAC presents a four week Tai Chi wellness series with instructor Brett Thompson of Denton’s Gold Horse Academy. Classes will be based on Yang style Tai Chi, the most popular and widely practiced style in the world today. The Yang Style Tai Chi forms have slow, steady, and soft movements suitable for general practitioners as well as beginners. To register, visit www.dentonarts.com or call (940) 382-2787.

    The American Dream – Exhibition by Artist Bin Feng @ tAd gallery
    Aug 1 all-day

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    tAd is pleased to introduce The American Dream, a solo exhibition that features the cinematic photography of artist Bin Feng. His work has already won numerous nation-wide competitions and awards since its completion earlier this year.

    Creative Women’s Conference @ Denton Public Library North Branch
    Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Denton Public Library

    The Creative Women’s Conference is an event to celebrate and promote women in their creative endeavors. The event will be 11am-5pm on Saturday, Aug 1st, at the Denton Library North Branch in Denton, TX. We are putting out a call for presenters to take part in our ongoing series of events on the arts and society.

    In addition to an exhibitor room, where female creators will be displaying and selling their wares, their will also be a speaker’s room, where their will be various discussions on women in the artistic fields. These presenters will look at not only the various ways in which female creators have already been successful in the arts world, but what that success has meant for society as a whole.

    You’re invited to join and examine various women’s takes on the artistic creative process and its place in the larger world.

    The goal of the CWC is to support not only current creators in the field, but also educate and assist new, up and coming female creators. We encourage artists and art scholars at all levels to take part in our free event. Not only supplying networking opportunities and moral support, we hope the CWC will provide these young creators with the tools and encouragement they need to succeed in the sometimes difficult creative fields. CWC will try to focus on as many media formats as possible from comics, to fine arts, to film making, to acting, and so on. There is so much crossover potential in this day and age we want female creators have as many options as possible for them. We invite you to help make this inaugural event a wonderful experience for everyone interested in women in the arts.


    Paint Nite @ Hailey's Club
    Aug 1 @ 11:00 pm – Aug 2 @ 2:00 am

    paint nite

    Hailey’s is having paint nite! They will have a special Wine & Martini Menu with tapas. The paint night professional artist will guide to painting  a masterpiece in two hours.

    Come out, bring your friends, sip a cocktail and paint!

    Paint Nite is the third Thursday and first Saturday of event month.

    DentonRadio.com at LSA Burger @ LSA Burger
    Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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    Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday DentonRadio.com brings local acts to LSA Burger! 90% of all of the talent you see at LSA Burger is local Denton talent! Check the DentonRadio.com Calendar to see who’s playing.

    Free Denton Summer Movie Night @ Denton Town Square
    Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm

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    The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Dallas Chapter, in association with the Dallas Film Society is proud to present a free screening of The Notebook on the Denton Downtown Square! Bring your blankets and snacks and enjoy a fantastic film with family and friends ! The film begins after sunset so come out early and get your spot!
    Based on Nicholas Sparks best selling novel, The Notebook stars Ryan Gosling , Rachel McAdams , and james marsden in a #romantic tale of the power of #love set against the backdrop of South Carolina in the 1940’s.

    Ghosts of Denton @ Downtown Denton
    Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm

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    Make reservations to take a Ghosts of Denton tour with supernatural tour guide Shelly Tucker. The Ghosts of Denton tours meet at Jupiter House Coffee (on the east side of the courthouse square) for a 90 minute haunted history tour at 8:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night.  There are so many stories, that Shelly tells different ones each night.  On any night you might hear the tales of the ghostly hooligan, the dead Comanche’s bones, the librarian who never “checked out,” or the man who survived the Goliad massacre to die in a suspicious fire.  Perhaps you’ll hear tales of Sam Bass and his friend/nemesis Jim Murphy (who some say still haunt the streets of Denton), or the blind sheriff who protects and serves from beyond the grave.  Does John Denton’s ghost protect the town that bears his name?  Take a tour and find out! These tours are fun for visitors and residents alike.

    For more information, visit ghostsofdenton.com.


    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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