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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    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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    All Events
    CALL FOR ENTRIES | Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition @ Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Jul 2 all-day

    Center for Visual Arts, GDAC, Denton, TX, art gallery, galleries, downtown, train station, square, date night, greater denton arts council

    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

    Other Visions: 10 Short Films @ tAd gallery
    Jul 2 all-day

    tAD gallery-FB

    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: http://www.tadgallery.org/?page_id=2361

    Woodturning: Traditional to Modern @ Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Jul 2 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 2 @ 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.

    Twilight Tunes @ Downtown Denton Courthouse on the Square
    Jul 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Hoola hoopers by Sharon Jared

    Denton Main Street Association presents its award-winning concert series in downtown Denton starting April 23rd this year.  The concert event sets the tone for fun downtown every Thursday beginning Thursday, April 23rd at 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will run every Thursday evening through July 2nd, with a bonus concert on Saturday, July 4th in the morning  immediately following the 4th of July parade through downtown Denton.

    Join the fun on Thursday evenings on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The concert is held on the west side of the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, alternating between the east and the west side during the season.  Admission is FREE(Please note, the July 4th concert is a mid-morning concert and not an evening concert).

    Bring your friends and family, get a meal-to-go from one of the many downtown eateries, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown Denton.  The 2015 series offers an eclectic assortment of music for all listeners.  Thursday Twilight Tunes is the perfect way to kick off the weekend early and listen to some of the best local bands in the Denton area.

    This is the 22nd season for this long-standing tradition in historic downtown Denton.  Below is the concert schedule, with April 23rd through July 2nd concerts set for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.. *The July 4th concert will follow the 4th of July Parade and begin approximately 10 a.m..


    April 23-          Lone Star Attitude – Country (East side of lawn)

    April 30 –         Woody’s Rampage – New Orleans style Rock/Blues (East side of lawn)

    May 7 –            The Holler Time – Americana (West side of lawn)

    May 14 –          Chris Watson – Southern Soul (Sweetwater Grill and Tavern)

    May 21 –          A Taste of Herb – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Tribute Band (West side of lawn)

    May 28 –          The Poor Kings – Singer Songwrite/Pop (West side of lawn)

    June 4 –            The Bird Dogs – Country  (East side of lawn)

    June 11 –          The Raised Right Men – Classic Country (East side of lawn)

    June 18 –          Maylee Thomas – Blues/Rock (East side of lawn)

    June 25 –          Bonnie & Nick Norris Band – Country/Acoustic/Multi-Styles (East side of lawn)

    July 2 –            BoomBachs – Hip Hop (East side of lawn)

    July 4 *10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.             JR Byrd  – Pop/Funk (West side of lawn)

    The 22nd annual Twilight Tunes is presented by the Denton Main Street Association with Presenting Sponsors:  Denton Record-Chronicle, First United Bank, Northstar Bank, Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain, First State Bank, North Texas Athletics, Texas Woman’s University and the support of Greater Denton Arts Council, The Arts Guild of Denton, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Feature sponsors for the concert series include: The Abbey Inn, Beth Marie’s Ice Cream, Cartwright’s Ranch House, Dan’s Silver Leaf, East Side Social Club, Denton Community Theatre, Jupiter House, LSA Burger Co., Mellow Mushroom, More Fun Comics & Games, Paschall’s Bar, and Sweetwater Grill & Tavern.

    For more information and a complete schedule of activities each week, please visit the website at www.dentonmainstreet.orgEvent takes place rain or shine. Please check the website or Facebook page Downtown Denton – Denton Main Street Association, for any schedule and other event details, including changes to location due to rain or inclement weather.  A sign will also be placed on the lawn to notify of the move to the rain location for that evening.

    UNT String Institute @ UNT College of Music Voertman Hall
    Jul 2 @ 7:30 pm


    UNT String Institute Student Concert

    Chris Simmons @ Dan's Silverleaf
    Jul 2 @ 8:00 pm
    Chris Simmons @ Dan's Silverleaf | Denton | Texas | United States


    It didn’t take long before Simmons realized he wanted to be a professional musician. He joined his first band at 15. At age 20, he decided one day to load up his musical gear and whatever else would fit in his van and hit the road. From there, Simmons roamed the southeast playing southern rock and blues in bars, house parties, etc. Later, he was introduced to the musical mecca of Austin, Tx. He made Austin his new home in 2001. There, Simmons started Ultrasonic, and spent five years playing legendary venues such as The Steamboat, Antone’s and the “Saxon Pub.”

    He now lives just south of Huntsville, AL in the Lacey Springs community when he’s not traveling.

    Leon Russell, Simmons’ former employer from 2007- 2012, has had a very strong influence.
    Russell is an American musician and songwriter who was inducted into the Rock and Roll
    Hall of Fame in 2011.
    His interest in guitar was initially sparked by ANGUS YOUNG, guitarist of AC/DC. His longing for more knowledge of the blues led him on to, CHUCK BERRY, ERIC CLAPTON with Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes and DUANE ALLMAN and the Allman Brothers Band. Also on the list are DEREK TRUCKS, Aubrey Ghent, and PETER GREEN. It was these guitar legends that further led him to study the older blues pioneers like, ROBERT JOHNSON, MUDDY WATERS, FREDDIE, ALBERT AND BB KING. Johnson is at the top for acoustic blues, Waters for the real electrified blues, the 3 Kings when it comes to the blues solo guitar.

    He has been playing the guitar now for more than a quarter of a century. He’s been traveling and performing professionally for the last 18 of those years. Over the 5 years sharing the stage with Leon, he traveled the world, making friends and fans at every stop.
    “We have fun. We take the music seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too
    seriously … we have fun with it, and we have fun with the audience” said Simmons.

    Thursday Night Music @ UNT on the Square
    Jul 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Thursday night music- updated


    Thursday Night Music Summer Edition

    This is an extension of the existing Thursday Night Music program. The summer concerts will be from 8 to 9 (as opposed to the Spring and Fall concerts which occur from 7 to 9pm).  The performances are primarily, but not exclusively, jazz and feature students and faculty from the UNT College of Music.

    Check the UNTSQ website or Facebook for updated information about performers.

    Admission:  Free


    Contact: Herbert.holl@unt.edu or Meredith.buie@unt.edu  Phone: 940-369-8257


    UNTSQ Thursday Night Music – Summer Edition Schedule

    All program begin at 8 pm.


    June 18 – Amanda Ekery, vocal jazz

    June 25 – Wesley Case and Fred Hamilton – jazz guitar

    July 2 – Morgan Wallace – Rock, singer & songwrtier

    July 9 – Elliot Scozarro – Jazz

    July 16 – Sergio Pamies – instrumental jazz

    July 23 – Camille DeVore – vocal jazz

    Trivia Night @ Mulberry St Cantina
    Jul 2 @ 8:00 pm

    Courthouse cantina from their FB

    Join us for a fun night of trivia game play. Create a team and win prizes. 

    First place – $40 in bar cash
    Second place – $20 in bar cash
    Third place – $10 in bar cash

    Throwback Thursdays @ Hailey's Club
    Jul 2 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

    Throwback Thursday's from their FB

    Join us every THURSDAY for a journey through everything from Rob Base to Vanilla Ice with DJ Question Mark

    $1 Well Drinks til 11pm


    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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