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:
    Featured

    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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    COMING UP

    All Events
    Oct
    21
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    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.

    Oct
    30
    Thu
    Bent by Martin Sherman @ University of North Texas - RTFP Building - University Theater
    Oct 30 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 30 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)
    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

    We’re Fixin’ to Party! @ East Side
    Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    We're Fixin' to Party! @ East Side | Denton | Texas | United States

    We're Fixin' to Party!

    If you haven’t heard yet, Texas Highways Magazine has named Denton the Reader’s Choice No. 2 best destination in the state of Texas. So, we are celebrating!

    We will be at East Side for happy hour with games, giveaways, and T-shirts to commemorate the occasion.

    Texas Highways will also be joining us with plenty of “Texas Highways” memorabilia (Examples: http://shop.texashighways.com/).

    Nino Ruzevic Cello Studio and Bancroft String Quartet @ UNT on the Square
    Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Nino Ruzevic Cello Studio and Bancroft String Quartet @ UNT on the Square | Denton | Texas | United States

    A native of Croatia, Nikola (“Nino”) Ruzevic has established himself  internationally as a performer and teacher, as is recognized in his numerous awards, especially from the World Association of Young Businessmen, the Croatian String Teachers Association, the University of Southern California as well as the Rose Pollack, Bell T. Richie and Mu Phi Epsilon Awards. He received first prize in the Colorado Symphony National Orchestra and Yugoslav String competitions.A recording artist for A Classics and Croatia Records, Ruzevic has performed as soloist and chamber musician with the Prague Radio Symphony, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Solisti di Zagreb, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Bartók String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Sebastian String Quartet, and the Zagreb String Quartet. He earned his B.M. degree (magna cum laude) and M.M. degree at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, under the instruction of Professor E. Schoenfeld. Ruzevic has held teaching positions at USC, the University of Zagreb, Croatia, the University of Texas at Arlington, the Zagreb Music School, Croatia, Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival, and principal cellist positions in he following orchestras: Fresno Philharmonic, Fresno Opera, and Los Angeles Guild Opera.

    Featured Image from http://music.unt.edu/faculty-and-staff/detail/94

    Thursday Night Open Mic @ The Whitehouse
    Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm
    Thursday Night Open Mic @ The Whitehouse | Denton | Texas | United States

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    Come hone your performance skills in a relaxed atmosphere at The Whitehouse coffee, bistro, beer and wine bar! Every Thursday, sign-up is 7:00pm, 7:30pm start.

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    Bent @ Radio, Television, Film and Performing Arts Building (RTFP) - University Theater
    Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Bent @ Radio, Television, Film and Performing Arts Building (RTFP) - 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.

    Wood and Wire @ Dan's Silverleaf
    Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm
    Wood and Wire  @ Dan's Silverleaf | Denton | Texas | United States

    Dan's Silverleaf

    Anyone wondering about Wood & Wire’s sound need not look any further than the four-piece band’s name, which honors the purity of acoustic instruments and the gorgeous music a skilled artist can coax out of just simple wood and wire.

    Founded in 2011, Wood & Wire’s core members are Tony Kamel on lead vocals and guitar, Dominic Fisher on Bass, and Trevor Smith on Banjo.  Their sound, as Smith puts it, is “a modern take on traditional mountain, hillbilly, and country music”.  In just a few short years, the band has had the honor of playing notable festivals and venues across the country like The Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Old Settlers Music Festival.  Later in 2014, they’ll make their way across the country playing Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, NY and the IBMA Street Fair in Raleigh, NC.  After that the guys will make their way home to Austin to play the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

    In February 2013, the band released their self-titled debut album to much critical acclaim. In March of this year, the guys began work on their follow up album working again with Grammy nominated producer/engineer Erick Jaskowiak in Nashville, TN.  Their second effort is a coming of age collection of original songs based on real and personal experiences with a coastal theme and is set for release in early 2015.  While Kamel is the primary songwriter and vocalist, his tunes become Wood & Wire tunes when coupled with the talents, insight, and ideas of Fisher and Smith.  The album will also feature an original song written and sung by Fisher and an eclectic instrumental composed by Smith.

    Touring heavily to round out the second half of 2014, the band has recently enlisted the talents of Billy Bright on the mandolin.  Billy is a veteran in the acoustic music world having toured with Peter Rowan for many years and worked with heavy hitting legends like Tony Rice and Vassar Clements.

    Wood & Wire is poised to have a another breakout year; as they bring fiery bluegrass footstompers and loose, acoustic jams to packed venues across the country, it’ll be hard to say who’s having a better time: the band or the crowd.

    Featured image from http://www.woodandwireband.com/photos/

    Live Jazz @ Wine Squared
    Oct 30 @ 8:00 pm
    Live Jazz @ Wine Squared | Denton | Texas | United States

    Wine Squared

    Come out to Wine Squared every Thursday to sip on a glass of wine and listen to live jazz music!

    THE MAGAZINE

    Letter from the Mayor

    Denton recently ranked first of only two Texas cities on Livability.com’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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