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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    All Events
    2015 Little Miss Pretty Pageant @ MLK Jr. Rec Center
    May 30 all-day

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    Little Miss Pretty Pageant, Saturday, May 30

    Pageant Check-in

    10-11 a.m. (no late check-ins accepted)
    Pageant Awards Ceremony
    11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    This pageant has four age divisions and includes various prizes and awards for the first, second, and third place winners in each division. All pageant contestants will receive a certificate.

    Register by May 22!


    Made in Denton County @ Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
    May 30 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.

    Nutrition Culinary Camp @ TWU Food Prep Lab
    May 30 all-day
    Nutrition Culinary Camp @ TWU Food Prep Lab

    Food Science lab experiments and other creative culinary activities for children ages 9 to 14 are on the menu as the Texas Woman’s University Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences hosts its inaugural Summer Nutrition Culinary Camp June 22-26 on the university’s Denton campus.
    “We wanted to create a camp where kids could learn how to incorporate nutrition principles into making culinary delights,” said camp coordinator Angie Griffin, a visiting assistant clinical professor at TWU. “Food is a universal language that brings families and friends together.”
    Registration for the camp currently is under way. Early bird registration (before April 30) is $395. Regular registration is $450 and ends June 5. For more information or to register, visit and click on the “Summer Nutrition Culinary Camp” link.
    The camp is open to boys and girls. Classes will take place in TWU’s recently remodeled Food Prep Lab. Campers will participate in food science lab experiments, culinary nutrition cooking, exercise, healthy snacks and creative activities. The week will end with campers leading a culinary presentation for their parents.
    Campers will receive a spatula, recipe book, apron and a backpack.
    For more information, contact Angie Griffin at (940) 898-2658 or

    Other Visions: 10 Short Films @ tAd gallery
    May 30 all-day

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    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:

    Simply Complex: Works by Gail Williamson Cope @ Appleton-Patterson Center for the Visual Arts
    May 30 all-day

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

    presented by TWU Office of Alumni Relations
    Reception on Friday, May 15, 5:00 – 7:00 PM; FREE
    Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, Gough Gallery
    Opening reception of recent works by Denton artist and TWU Alumni Gail Williamson Cope, on view through June 28, 2015.

    Denton Community Market @ Denton County Historical Park
    May 30 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    community Market- From FB

    The Denton Community Market is every Saturday April – November, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    The market is local art and produce market located @ Carroll Blvd. and Mulberry St. near downtown Denton, Texas. We are a community gathering space alive with live music by local artists, fresh local produce, locally-produced handmade arts and crafts, delicious on-site food, local business, community groups and more! We encourage you to come to any of our market days to join in on the fun.

    For more information, visit the Denton Community Market’s website at

    NTDR Meet and Greet @ House of Quad
    May 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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    Have you ever thought about playing roller derby? Curious to see what it would be like to strap on a pair of skates? Then come join us for a Meet and Greet! You’ll get a chance to watch a practice while chatting with a roller derby girl about all your questions and concerns.

    Stop by House of Quad on Saturday, May 30th and hang out with the Muertas Locas! They’ll be able to show you around, introduce you to everyone and answer all of your questions.

    We welcome all kinds of skaters! We have The Rolling Rebellion for skaters under 18 plus Texas Men’s Roller Derby for the dudes. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t skated since that one kid’s birthday party in elementary school because we will teach you everything you need to know! We’ve also got some gear you can borrow too.

    We’ll see you there!

    May 30 @ 1:00 pm


    The Robson Ranch Women’s Club (RRWC) presents Outdoor Living Spring Patio tour, which is a self-guided excursion that winds its way through the verdant Robson Ranch community. Individuals can travel at his/her own pace and begin the tour at any participating home. Each residence will showcase its horticulture prowess and along the festooned circuit, gardening and home style vendors will be on site providing advice while also selling al fresco adornments. Tickets, which will include brochure with a tour map, are $10 each and can be purchased, prior to the event, at the Robson Ranch Clubhouse (Monday, Wednesday or Friday – except 5/25) or at each participating home 5/30.
    The Outdoor Patio Tour is fundraiser that benefits Denton’s VNA Ann’s Haven, and Hearts for Homes,

    Star Stories @ Sky Theatre in the UNT Environmental Sciences Building
    May 30 @ 2:00 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”.

    Lil’ D Bike Scavenger Hunt @ UNT Language Building
    May 30 @ 3:00 pm

    Pretopia-scavenger hunt from FB

    Ladies and Gentlemen, 
    The time is nigh for you to assemble your team to participate in our city wide scavenger hunt. You will win prizes that will make your bike and stomach smile for miles. These prizes include, but are not limited to free/heavily discounted items from:

    Beth Marie’s Ice Cream
    Big Mikes Coffee Shop
    Bullseye Bike Shop
    Freaks and Geeks
    Mad World Records
    J&J’s Pizza
    Tickets to 2 different music fest festivals in town 

    The hunt will consist of stops around Denton Texas, where you will find someone wearing an Oaktopia T-shirt and receive a prize, a clue to the next stop and a bracelet proving that you’ve made the stops in order. First team to Bullseye Bike Shop for Pretopia with all of their bracelets will receive a REAL NICE PRIZE. (cough, tickets, cough)


    There are only a few RULES you need to follow:

    • EVERY TEAM MUST ALL WEAR SOMETHING THAT DISTINGUISHES THEM AS A TEAM. (ie. matching bandannas, hats, shirts, necklaces, ascots… etc.)




    Game on, your move Denton.
    IG & Twitter: @oaktopiafest

    Presented By:
    Monocle, Inc.
    IG & Twitter: @Monocle_Inc


    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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