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
    Award winning Pianist and Singer Toni Garsh @ Golden Triangle Mall
    Dec 6 @ 2:00 pm – Dec 27 @ 2:00 pm
    Award winning Pianist and Singer Toni Garsh @ Golden Triangle Mall | Denton | Texas | United States

    1 Full free hour of live Christmas soliloquies, mixed in with a touch of songs like “Bring Me To Life” Evanescence, “Titanic”, “In My Life” Beatles. As if that’s not enough, Toni also includes a few classical pieces such as March of the Toys (Nutcracker) and Clair De Lune, by Debussy. Her music is upbeat yet soothing during this busy season. Jazz style on several Christmas pieces. Something for everyone! Every Saturday from 2-3pm through December. Toni is appearing at the piano in the center of the mall.

    Art and Photography Show @ A Creative Art STUDIO
    Dec 19 all-day
    Art and Photography Show @ A Creative Art STUDIO | Denton | Texas | United States

    Our featured artist of the month is digital artist Marie C. Jones.  Marie is originally from France and attended Universite Francois Rabelais, Tours, France and completed her PHD at the University of North Texas.  She is a writer, a philopher and artist and will be reading some of her original works during the opening.  Her beautiful artwork is created by layering intricate and colorful images.

    The Studio Hours are:
    Monday- 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
    Tuesday- 9:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
    Wednesday- 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
    Thursday- 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
    Friday- 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
    Saturday- 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
    Sunday- 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Not open on Christmas.

    Made in Denton County @ Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
    Dec 19 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.

    Photos with Santa @ Golden Triangle Mall
    Dec 19 all-day
    Photos with Santa  @ Golden Triangle Mall  | Denton | Texas | United States


    Meet santa 2014

    Bring the kid’s to Santa’s Chalet at Center Court for a jolly holiday visit! It’s a memory they’ll cherish forever.

    Santa’s hours are:

    Monday – Saturday 10am – 9pm
    Sunday 12pm – 6pm

    Santa Breaks to feed his reindeer daily at:
    Noon – 1PM
    5PM – 6PM

    The mall is closed on Thanksgiving and has modified hours on Friday, November 28th: 9AM – 10PM

    Thad Bondrius @ Sweetwater Grill & Tavern
    Dec 19 all-day
    Thad Bondrius @ Sweetwater Grill & Tavern | Denton | Texas | United States

    Live Acoustic Show

    Vann Victorian Exhibit @ Willis Library, Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437
    Dec 19 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)
    William Joyce Guardian of Childhood @ Meadows Gallery
    Dec 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    William Joyce Guardian of Childhood @ Meadows Gallery  | Denton | Texas | United States

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    The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the exhibition, William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood. Opening November 14th in the Meadows Gallery, this incredible exhibit features the original works of William Joyce, the internationally acclaimed author, illustrator, filmmaker and animation pioneer. Over seventy of his original drawings, paintings and lithographs will be on display featuring work from his award winning creations including the Guardians of Childhood series, Meet the Robinsons, Epic, Rolie Polie Olie, Dinosaur Bob, Santa Calls and more!

    Join us a for a dual Gallery Opening Reception on Friday, November 14th at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. with a special video introduction from William Joyce and a viewing of his Academy Award winning short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore!

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    Classical Guitar @ Banter
    Dec 19 @ 5:00 pm – Dec 19 @ 6:30 pm
    Classical Guitar @ Banter | Denton | Texas | United States

    Banter has classical guitar every other Friday!
    Come listen while you eat dinner or just to listen to the great music.

    Faculty and Staff Exhibition @ UNT on the Square
    Dec 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Faculty and Staff Exhibition @ UNT on the Square | Denton | Texas | United States

    CVAD- faculty and staff exhibition 2014

    The Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition showcases artworks in all media by the accomplished artists working in the College of Visual Arts and Design, one of the most comprehensive university art programs in the nation. Reflecting the CVAD mission, the spirit of the region, and the dynamic growth of UNT and CVAD, this exhibition’s ever-expanding inclusiveness affords continuing opportunities for students and others to see and learn from all the CVAD offers.

    Gallery Hours:

    Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 -5 pm, with extended hours until 8 pm on Thursday

    Saturday 11am – 3 pm

    Sunday CLOSED

    A Christmas Carol @ The Campus Theatre
    Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm
    A Christmas Carol @ The Campus Theatre | Denton | Texas | United States

    Campus Theatre, Denton, plays, performing arts

    If you are looking for a family holiday event to get you in the “spirit” of the of the season, what better way than with Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his life-changing visits from the spirits of Christmas, past, present and future? This adaptation by Lynn Stephens incorporates seasonal music to enhance theatre goers’ experience while keeping the familiar characters of Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the Fezziwigs, and all the rest. A holiday family treat for ages 6 to 106, this inspirational story will have audiences feeling uplifted by the magic of Christmas.


    Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20 performances are at 7:30pm – Dec. 14, 21 performances are at 2:00pm

    Ticket prices – $22 – Adults

    $18 – Seniors (62+) 

     $15 – Students

    $10 – children ages 12 and under

    Tickets on sale starting Oct. 27, 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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