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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    Campus Theater by Wesley Clark

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2015

    Story by Kathryn Krevo

    Toe the line

    Thin Line Fest can show you what life is really made of with documentaries, live music and photography The neon marquee beckons as you walk up to the ticket booth. After purchasing your ticket, you enter through the double doors of the historic Campus Theatre. You purchase popcorn and a Coke at the theatre’s original, […]

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    Courtesy of 35 Denton

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2015

    Story by Patrick Malone
    Photos courtesy of 35 Denton

    World, Meet 35 Denton.

    Index and pinky fingers fill the surrounding void of air above energetic fans and bystanders. The sounds of deep, slow-tempo bass chugs roll through hundreds of the “rock-on” symbols, as the distorted guitar riffs rip through the crowd’s eardrums. The scruffy vocals of Al Cisneros, bassist and singer of the rock band Sleep, flatters the […]

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    Made in Denton County @ Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
    Feb 28 all-day

    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.

    Materials: Hard & Soft @ The Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Feb 28 all-day
    Materials: Hard & Soft @ The Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts | Denton | Texas | United States

    The Greater Denton Arts Council presents the 28th Annual Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition.

    This exhibition, which has run continuously since 1987, was the idea of local artist, Georgia Leach Gough. The name, Materials: Hard & Soft, refers to the entire range of fine craft. This competition and ensuing exhibition still draws the attention of fans of contemporary craft across the country. In 2006, the Texas Commission on the Arts designated this show as a “must see” exhibition in Texas. It is one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country.

    The juror this year is Ana M. Lopez, a metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including a major commission for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She is the author of the reference book Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia. Ana organized the 2007 international biennial exhibition of the Enamelist Society, chaired the 2010 Education Dialogue for the Society of North American Goldsmiths’ annual conference and served as a Beta Site Testing Faculty for the craft textbook Makers: A History of American Studio Craft. She holds a MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a MA in the History of American Decorative Arts from The Smithsonian Associates and Parsons School of Design. Ana is currently Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Metalsmithing & Jewelry at the University of North Texas where she teaches The History of Crafts.

    This year, we received entries from 222 artists from all over the country, with a total of 592 pieces. Our juror chose 70 pieces for the exhibition.

    As usual, the work submitted stretches the typical definition of craft. Typically, craft is defined as having a functional purpose to separate it from fine art. While there may be a reference to a purpose, these artists have stretched the boundaries of the craft definition. The skill of the artist in manipulating their chosen material is readily apparent. This opportunity to see first-hand the mastery of technique and manipulation of material draws viewers from many parts of the country.
    The quality of work, as well as the duration of this exhibition, promotes Denton’s extraordinary artistic community. Drawing exhibitors and visitors nationally advances the perception that for two months Denton showcases the best craft in the country. The excellent work continues to stretch the boundaries of artistic expression. The member’s opening reception is Friday, February 6, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, recognition of awards at 6:45 pm.

    To obtain additional information about the exhibit either visit the GDAC’s website,, or call 940-382-2787. The Meadows Gallery is open Tuesday – Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

    UNT Men’s Basketball vs. Old Dominion @ The Super Pit
    Feb 28 all-day

    UNT Basketball

    Catch a UNT Men’s Basketball home game at the Super Pit. Go Mean Green!

    Individual-game tickets are $12 for Premium Reserved seats and $7 for Reserved seats.
    The Family Pack is $35 for one game, and includes four tickets, four food items, and four drinks from the concessions stands.
    Click here to purchase single-game tickets.
    Click here for the Super Pit seating chart.

    UNT Men's Basketball 2014

    St. James A.M.E Church to Celebrate African American History and Host Health Fair @ St. James A.M.E. Church
    Feb 28 @ 11:00 am – Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm
    St. James A.M.E Church to Celebrate African American History and Host Health Fair @ St. James A.M.E. Church | Denton | Texas | United States

    St. James A.M.E. Church holds its fourth annual African American History Celebration and Health Fair on February 28-March 1, 2015, at 1107 E. Oak, in Denton, TX. This event will recognize the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the 150th year of Juneteenth. It will also include a community health fair.

    Health Fair is slated for Saturday, February 28, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. It will feature FREE hearing screenings, dental education, cooking demonstration, nutrition and fitness, and health care information. There will be history presentations, voter education, skits, poster displays, inventors’ exhibit, and music. Lunch served.

    The program ends on Sunday, March 1, from 3-5 p.m., with a musical a concert. Choirs from area churches, University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University will perform traditional gospel songs that represent the essence and journey of the African American experience. It will also include a skit, dance, poetry and readings.

    African attire welcomed. Arrive early, as seating is limited. The community is invited.

    North Texas Derby Revolution Season Opener @ House of Quad
    Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm
    North Texas Derby Revolution Season Opener @ House of Quad | Denton | Texas | United States

    Your favorite North Texas Derby Revolution home teams are preparing to hit the track for the first time in 2015! For the opening bout the pretty in pink, cat lovin’ TRAUMA QUEENS will be duking it out against the tough ladies of the MAIN STREET MAFIA who finished 2nd last season! Then, as if that won’t be enough action,you will have the 2014 Champions, the Hickory Street HOOLIGANS who will be facing off against the metallic gold dead chicks, the MUERTAS LOCAS! Will the HOOLIGANS have what it takes to keep their title? Or will the MUERTAS come back stronger than ever?? These are two games you DON’T want to miss!

    On Saturday, February 28th, the NTDR home season game #1 will kick off at the House of Quad with doors opening at 6:30 and the first whistle blowing at 7pm. All HOQ bouts are BYOB (no glass, 21+ only) and BYOC (chair). Kids 12 and under are FREE! at LSA Burger @ LSA Burger
    Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at LSA Burger @ LSA Burger | Denton | Texas | United States

    Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday brings local acts to LSA Burger! 90% of all of the talent you see at LSA Burger is local Denton talent! Check the Calendar to see who’s playing.

    Gospel Singing, Prairie Wind @ New Life Tabernacle
    Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm
    Gospel Singing, Prairie Wind @ New Life Tabernacle | Little Elm | Texas | United States

    For over 30 years, New Life Tabernacle has hosted a 4th Saturday Night gospel singing. With a “house band” that plays great Christian country music and a special guest each month, there’s always something great to hear. This month’s special guest is bluegrass gospel group, Prairie Wind. Singing begins at 7pm and pot-luck food and fellowship will follow.

    Ghosts of Denton @ Downtown Denton
    Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm

    Ghosts of Denton Flyer

    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

    Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm




    An Original Sundown Creation

    Directed by Collin Miller

    Sadists. Masochists. Lovers. No matter what you call them, those who choose to love are, by default, risk-takers. To celebrate these brave, insane people, Sundown’s latest show creates a performance with plenty of words, but no set script, order, or plan. Lovers is a kaleidoscope of couples interacting in improvised sketches which illustrate what happens to human communication when love is its main conduit. This show contains adult language and situations.

    Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 students/seniors. House will open 15 minutes before performance. Group prices are available; please contact us for more information.

    There will be a small RECEPTION and TALKBACK after the February 20 show.

    To reserve tickets or pay in advance, call 940-220-9302 or email


    Cupid: Shabnam Kuraishi

    Musician: Cesar Velasco

    Ensemble: Halie Evans, Kelsey Johnson, Julie Phillips, A.W. Sikes, Robert Torres


    Director: Collin Miller

    Assistant Director: Jacob Valle

    Choreographer: Claire Bruce

    Stage Manager: Rachel Svatos

    Costume/Makeup Designer: Bethany Burnside

    Lighting Designer: Paul Vaughn

    PR Consultant: Tori Cornuaud

    Producing Members: Tiffany Hillan, Tashina Richardson

    Star Stories @ Sky Theatre in the UNT Environmental Sciences Building
    Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
    Star Stories @ Sky Theatre in the UNT Environmental Sciences Building | Denton | Texas | United States

    People from around the world and through time have seen the same stars but they have seen different pictures in the sky. Each culture has made up stories to explain the star patterns they saw in the night sky. Let the Sky Theater take you on an adventure through space and time to discover some of these “Star Stories”.


    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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