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
    Day of the Dead: Una Exhibicion @ Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
    Oct 13 all-day

    center for visual arts

    In partnership with Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, the Greater Denton Arts Council presents an exhibition of traditional and contemporary ofrendas honoring departed loved ones and ancestors. Altars will be presented by the Tri County Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, students of the Hispanic Honor Society and Denton Independent School District, Denton Public Library, Ghosts of Denton and more. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar.

    Permanence and Impermanence @ UNT Art Gallery
    Oct 13 all-day

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    The work in this exhibition has been organized around ideas of permanence and impermanence, with each of the selected artists challenging our expectations of what is constant and what is mutable. The notions of permanence and impermanence influence our observation and comprehension and may be measured in terms of a lifetime (ongoing) or half-life (decreasing). The artists remind us that when considering environmental change, what may appear to be temporary may in fact inadvertently become longstanding; and conversely, the ground underneath our feet, although seemingly steadfast, may be shifting.

    Counter Narratives @ UNT on the Square
    Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


    This Homecoming 2015 Alumni Showcase features UNT Alumni who have achieved regional and national recognition in their careers, this exhibition celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the University of North Texas’ founding in 1890. The College of Visual Arts and Design began as the Art Department at North Texas State Normal College in the early 1900s, offering one drawing course in 1901 and growing since the 1940s to support 16 degree programs and large-scale exhibitions of art, making the visual arts program at UNT one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the nation.

    Closed daily from noon to 1 P.M.

    THE BOXES – Art Exhibition by CHUNG CHAK @ tAd Gallery
    Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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    tAd presents THE BOXES, featuring the work by Chung Chak, who is Associate Professor of Graphic Design at The College of New Jersey. His large-scale photomontages are created by randomly connecting numerous photographs of unrelated people, events, and environments. The aftereffects of the process are the deconstruction of the “ordinary” world into abstract visual codes, or the hyperreal.

    Light, Space and Beauty @ Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
    Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    center for visual arts

    Explore the playful, airy, sculptural and multi-media works of Cathy Breslaw. Breslaw holds an MFA from Claremont Graduate University and degrees from Howard University and George Washington University.

    Recent Works by Matthew Bourbon + Michael Furrh @ Murchison Performing Arts Center
    Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


    Murchison Performing Arts Center, University of North Texas
    Explore recent works by artists Matthew Bourbon and Michael Furrh. Matthew Bourbon is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas. Bourbon holds degrees in art history and studio art from the University of California, Davis and earned his Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Michael Furrh received his MFA in Sculpture from the University of North Texas. He has taught at the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, and currently works in the Art Department at Texas State University, San Marcos.
    A concurrent show of Matthew Bourbon’s work, Post Script, will be on display at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center throughout the duration of the Murchison exhibition.

    Footgolf @ Behind TWU soccer field
    Oct 13 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Footgolf @ Behind TWU soccer field  | Denton | Texas | United States


    FootGolf is a combination of the popular sports of soccer and golf. The game is played with a regulation #5 soccer ball at a golf course facility on shortened holes with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf. FootGolf as a game is played throughout the world in many different forms, but as a sport, it is regulated by the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG). The American FootGolf League (AFGL) is the exclusive member of the FIFG and governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the United States. The AFGL is organizing tournaments throughout the country working with golf courses to bring FootGolf to their clubs as another avenue for revenue and to develop the game further.

    Twilight Toddler Time @ Emily Fowler Central Library
    Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm

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    Stories, songs, and activities in this evening StoryTime for toddlers ages 1-3 and their caregivers.

    Tuesday Open Mic – Music Edition @ The White House Denton
    Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

    The Whitehouse, Denton, Coffee, Espresso, Beer Garden

    Welcome to the first Tuesday Open Mic – Music Edition.

    Sign Up Starts at 6:30pm & music starts at 7:30pm.

    Tuesday Open Mic is strictly music. Come sing A Capella or bring your full band! Just be ready to set up in under 3 minutes & you can play two songs (No longer than 9 minute sets).

    Open Mic Night @ Muddy Jake's
    Oct 13 @ 9:00 pm

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    Every Tuesday is Open Mic Night at Muddy Jake’s at 9 p.m.!


    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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