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
    TWU Community Dance Center Begins! @ TWU Dance Building
    Sep 2 – Nov 10 all-day
    TWU Community Dance Center Begins! @ TWU Dance Building | Denton | Texas | United States

    TWU offers affordable dance classes for all ages and abilities. Styles include Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical Modern, Ballroom and more!

    The program runs September 2 – November 10. Registration is open through September 8. The registration fee includes 10 weekly classes. Contact TWU for more information at 940-898-3466 or

    North Texas Giving Day Donation Station Event @ Downton Denton Square
    Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 6 @ 1:30 pm
    North Texas Giving Day Donation Station Event  @ Downton Denton Square | Denton | Texas | United States

    This year 83 Denton County nonprofits are participating in North Texas Giving Day. With the hopes of raising even more money and elevating awareness of the day in the county, Denton is hosting a North Texas Giving Day Donation Station event from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm on September 18th at the Denton Square on the Courthouse Green. The celebration will include music from Denton Radio, live entertainment from the Denton non-profit community, comments from city officials and special activities for children. On September 18, 2014, donations can be made 6 a.m. to midnight to more than 1,500 certified nonprofits listed on the new website Donations $25 and above will be amplified by $2 million dollars in bonus funds and prizes.

    UNT Family Weekend @ University of North Texas
    Sep 19 – Sep 21 all-day
    UNT Family Weekend @ University of North Texas | Denton | Texas | United States
    UNT Family Weekend

    Family Weekend is the first big event of the year for students and their families on September 19-21, 2014.  A variety of activities make Family Weekend a special time for students to share their new environment with friends, parents, and family members.  Whether you live near or far, we want you to join your UNT family for a weekend of fun!  This three-day event will be packed with numerous activities, meals, and the opportunity to cheer on the Mean Green football team as they take on Nicholls State.  There’s something for everyone!

    Why should I attend Family Weekend?

    • Experience student life first-hand
    • Enjoy a wide variety of family events
    • Learn more about the UNT campus and services offered
    • Explore and get to know the city of Denton, Texas
    • Network with other parents and families of students attending UNT
    • Mingle with members of the UNT community
    • Find out how much your student loves UNT!
    • Compete for fun prizes!
    • Cheer on the Mean Green!

    What’s included?

    Included with each registration is:

    • Dinner and entertainment at Scrappy’s Extravaganza
    • President’s Breakfast
    • Mean Green Tailgate
    • Football Game (tickets available to first 1000 registrants – current students get in free with student ID)
    • Farewell Breakfast
    • There is an additional fee associated with the 5K Fun Run ($10 per runner with pre-registration)

    Registration Process

    Registration for Family Weekend is now open! Click here to register today!

    Denton Blues Fest @ Quaker Town Park
    Sep 20 – Sep 21 all-day
    Denton Blues Fest  @ Quaker Town Park | Denton | Texas | United States

    Denton Blues Festival 2014

    The Denton Black Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual Denton Blues Fest. Come out and join the fun. We will have music for everyone, and a bounce house for the kids.

    Blues Festival 2014

    Open Mic with Bone Doggie @ The Abbey Underground
    Sep 21 @ 9:00 pm
    Open Mic with Bone Doggie @ The Abbey Underground | Denton | Texas | United States

    bone doggies open mic at abbey underground

    Bone Doggie’s Open Mic Showcase at the Abbey Underground at 9:00 p.m.

    For info on all events at the Abbey Underground, see their Facebook page here.

    Jazz at The Greenhouse @ Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar
    Sep 22 @ 10:00 pm – Sep 23 @ 12:00 am
    Jazz at The Greenhouse @ Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar | Denton | Texas | United States


    Greenhouse Restaurant has live jazz music every Monday from 10PM to 12AM!

    Come on out to enjoy a drink and great music.

    See the schedule for the month on the GreenHouse website.

    Boxcar Bandits @ Mulberry Street Cantina
    Sep 22 @ 11:00 pm – Sep 23 @ 1:00 am
    Boxcar Bandits @ Mulberry Street Cantina | Aubrey | Texas | United States

    boxcar bandits

    Boxcar Bandits play every Monday night at Mulberry Street Cantina!

    Come out to enjoy a drink and great local music.

    Denton County Farmers’ Market @ Bayless-Selby House Museum parking lot at the corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard
    Sep 23 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Denton County Farmers’ Market @ Bayless-Selby House Museum parking lot at the corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard | Denton | Texas | United States

    farmers market

    Stop by for some fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits from local farmers. Open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or sellout from May through September. Located on the corner of Carroll and Mulberry.


    American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity @ Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts
    Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity @ Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts | Denton | Texas | United States

    The Greater Denton Arts Council exhibit American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity will be on display June 27 – October 24.

    Read the full story from the 2014 Spring issue of Denton Live magazine.

    Gallery hours:
    Tuesdays through Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

    Free admittance.

    American Brides

    Paper Flower Workshop @ SCRAP Denton
    Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Paper Flower Workshop @ SCRAP Denton | Denton | Texas | United States

    paper flower

    PaperflowersThis will be an excellent workshop for adults to learn multiple different techniques for making lovely paper flowers.  We will use scrapbooking paper, pattern paper and other materials to create some unique paper flowers.  The cost for this class is $15 and all materials are provided.


    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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