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
    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
    Oct 31 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
    Oct 31 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)
    Guest Artist Clinic: Robert Chappell, World Percussion @ UNT College of Music Recital Hall
    Oct 31 @ 1:00 pm
    Guest Artist Clinic: Robert Chappell, World Percussion @ UNT College of Music Recital Hall

    Robert Chappell’s career has encompassed an inclusive range of musical styles and genres in performance, education and composition. After receiving degrees in percussion performance from Ohio State University and the University of North Texas, Chappell’s interest in world percussion resulted in continued study of Ugandan amadinda xylophone, West African drumming, and East Indian tabla (Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri). He received an Indo-American Research Fellowship in 1990 for study with renowned tabla master Ustad Alla Rakha in Bombay, India.

    Robert has performed with the Columbus, Ft. Worth, Dallas and Indianapolis Symphonies, and toured internationally and recorded with the Paul Winter Consort and his own group, Rhythmic Union. Since 1998, Chappell has been performing with steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague in Liam Teague + Robert Chappell and the Latin/Indo/Caribbean jazz group, Panoramic. Their duo CD, For Lack of Better Words, was released in July 2002 and the Panoramic CD in 2005.

    Chappell taught at Indiana State University, and was a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University for 29 years. In 2003, Chappell received NIU’s highest teaching honor, the Presidential Teaching Professorship Award.

    A composer in contemporary, jazz, and cross-cultural idioms, Robert’s works are noted for integrating seemingly unrelated genres into a musical totality. His works have been published by Marimba Productions, Panyard, Drop6 Media, and Pan Press and he was the winner of the 2006 Percussive Arts Society composition competition for Open Window, a duet for steelpan and marimba.

    Admission $5 at the door.
    UNT Percussion Club members are free admission.

    Trick-or-Treat @ Unicorn Lake
    Oct 31 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Trick-or-Treat @ Unicorn Lake | Denton | Texas | United States

    Trick or treat flyer

    Looking for some Halloween fun this year for the kids? Bring them over to Unicorn Lake for some Trick-or-Treating fun on Halloween night from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be bounce houses, hotdogs, face painting, a cupcake walk, a balloon artist, coupons, games, cotton candy, gift basket drawings, costumes… and LOTS OF CANDY!

    Jazz at Banter @ Banter
    Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm
    Jazz at Banter @ Banter | Denton | Texas | United States

    Banter has live jazz every other friday!
    Come listen while you eat dinner, or just to hear some great music.

    Trick or Treat around the Denton Square @ Historic Downtown Denton Square
    Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm
    Trick or Treat around the Denton Square @ Historic Downtown Denton Square | Denton | Texas | United States

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    Join us this Friday from 6-8pm around the square as local businesses will be handing out candy to the little ones that are in costume. There will be about 50 downtown shops that will be giving out candy. Stop by all of these places and grab some candy and support Local Businesses!

    This is a fun and safe alternative and a great way to bring the citizens of Denton together for a fun night. Plan on coming hungry and grab a bite to eat at your favorite restaurant and maybe some yogurt or ice cream after you get done trick or treating with the little ones.

    Maps will be available to let you know where to go and which downtown businesses are participating. All of the bars will have a setup outside so the kids will not have to enter. Happy Halloween!!

    Weinberger’s Denton
    Oak St. Drafthouse (outside)
    Dan’s Silver Leaf (outside)
    Mellow Mushroom Denton
    Rooster’s Roadhouse-Denton
    Mulberry Street Cantina (outside)
    Vigne Wine Shop & Delicatessen (outside)
    Hickory St Lounge (outside)
    Dusty’s Bar and Grill (outside)
    Haileys Club (outside)
    Fuzzys Taco Shop
    Monster Moto
    Sweetwater Grill and Tavern
    The Loophole (outside)
    Beth Maries Old Fashioned Ice Cream
    Cartwrights Ranch House
    Hooligans (outside)
    La Di Da
    Jupiter House
    Paschalls (outside)
    Recycled Books
    East Side Denton (outside)
    The Pickled Carrot at Austin St Truck Stop
    Serendipity on the Square
    Wine Squared (outside)
    Ghost Note
    Dark Age Tattoo
    West Oak Coffee Bar
    A Creative Art Studio
    The LABB
    Cultivar Coffee/Hypnotic Donuts 
    Barefoot Denton
    Yogurt Fusion
    Thai on the Square
    Circa 77
    Abbey Inn Restaurant and Pub
    Garden Gate
    Atomic Candy
    The Chestnut Tree
    More Fun Comics and Games
    Mad World Records


    Trunk or Treat @ Denton County Historic Park
    Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Trunk or Treat  @ Denton County Historic Park | Denton | Texas | United States

    denton Trunk or treat from their Facebook

    Join us on Friday, October 31st from 6-8pm for an awesome night of games, costumes, crafts, face painting, prizes, and of course CANDY! This is a family-friendly event for the Denton community. Visit for more information!

    Denton Halloween Costume Bike Ride @ Courthouse-on-the-Square
    Oct 31 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
    Denton Halloween Costume Bike Ride @ Courthouse-on-the-Square | Denton | Texas | United States

    Join the Denton Green Mile October 31 from 6:30 – 10:30 for a bike ride around town! Starting at the Courthouse-on-the-Square.

    Along with the Costume Bike Ride will be the Festival of Lanterns.

    Costume Bike Ride 2014


    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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