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
    Play Your Soul @ Amitea Deck
    Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Play Your Soul @ Amitea Deck | Denton | Texas | United States

    August Play Your Soul

    Amitea Presents: Play Your Soul along with a 2nd Anniversary Celebration!

    There will be free teaccinos, live music and 50% off select merchandise.

    The Lead Pipes
    Work in Progress
    The Mothers
    Jordan Higginbotham
    Nils Mossblad

    Music starts at 6, so come on out to celebrate!

    On My Own Time: UNT Employee Exhibition @ UNT on the Square
    Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    On My Own Time: UNT Employee Exhibition @ UNT on the Square | Denton | Texas | United States

    The reception and award ceremony for On My Own Time: UNT Employee Exhibition.

    On My Own Time (OMOT) is an annual, regional art competition featuring the artistic talents of people who work for companies, non-profit and governmental agencies throughout North Texas. Each year, area companies and organizations hold in-house exhibitions featuring artwork that was created outside of working hours by their employees. Winners in each of eleven categories such as painting, black and white photography and sculpture, are selected by arts experts who act as jurors. In addition, the jurors select a Best of Show winner. Employees are asked to vote for a “People’s Choice” awardee.

    Works that have been awarded a First Prize and Best of Show in each category are selected to move on to the regional exhibit, where the best artworks from all of the companies involved are exhibited together at NorthPark Center during September 2014.

    Classical Guitar @ Banter
    Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm
    Classical Guitar @ Banter | Denton | Texas | United States

    Banter has classical guitar every other Friday!
    Come listen while you eat dinner or just to listen to the great music.

    First Friday Denton
    Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    First Friday Denton

    FF Aug 1

    First Friday at DIME:
    1. Lemonade Stand-Off!
    A few of the makers are putting their culinary creativity to the test and whipping up a batch of lemonade! Come try them all and vote for your favorite– you can even shop handmade goods from our participating makers in their lemonade stands! Starts at 6:00pm and goes until it’s dark out there. (Participating makers TBA).

    2. Succulents That Don’t Suck!
    Come craft a felt succulent that is sure to outlive your other cacti and agaves. This craft is free, but there will have a donation jar to cover supplies, if you’d be so kind as to drop in a bit of change.

    First Friday at A Creative Art Studio:
    You are invited to join the studio for a celebration of the arts with music and Art Opening at A Creative Art STUDIO. The event begins at 7:00 pm with E.T. and the Dreamcatchers, The Dream Catchers is a collaboration of cover songs/mash-ups and original compositions by singer-songwriter Erin Thelen. Inspired by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, and Nickel Creek, The Dreamcatchers focus on haunting harmonies mixed with percussive elements. This soulful, folk, and acoustic group of UNT music students and alumnus enjoys performing in the Denton community. Following the Dreamcatchers, will be the performance of The Fleurettes, comprised of musicians Alexandra Tayara and Richard Haskins. Alexandria and Richard will perform individually as well as a duet. Featured Artist of the month is printmaker and mixed media artist Crystal Nelson. Crystal teaches art in Lewisville ISD as well at the studio. Come see her latest work and other work carried by the studio, listen to music, do some art or just hang out and make some new friends. 

    First Friday is a monthly art walk that happens in downtown Denton. Many businesses are open late and host gallery openings, music, sales, and other family friendly fun. Night @ LSA Burger Co.
    Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Night @ LSA Burger Co. | Denton | Texas | United States

    LSA Burger Co from FB

    Karyna Micaela & The Guys are playing at LSA Burger!

    Come out to enjoy a delicious burger and listen to great local music.

    Twice Around the Park @ POINTBank Black Box Theatre
    Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Twice Around the Park @ POINTBank Black Box Theatre | Denton | Texas | United States


    Twice Around the Park

    Author, Murray Shisgal has crafted two one-act comedies, both set in New York, which makes for one very amusing theatrical event. The first, A Need For Brussels Sprouts features an unemployed actor’s adventures in trying to get out of a ticket from his annoyed neighbor, who happens to be a policewoman. The second, A Need for Less Expertise, concerns a couple who attempt to spice up their 26-year marriage with a special “workout” audio tape. The results in both cases are hilarious.

    Directed by the father/daughter team, Dennis and Melanie Welch, each of the acts looks at how people navigate relationships. In the first act, the characters are meeting for the first time, while the second act reveals that communication can be a challenge even with long term, close relationships. Recommended for mature audiences due to mild adult themes.

    Performances are August 1, 2, 3, 2014 at the POINTBank Black Box Theatre at 318 E. Hickory, Denton. Tickets are $15 – no reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at the Campus Theatre Box Office 1-5 Mon. through Friday 940-382-7014 or on line.

    Dome Dwellers @ Andy's Bar
    Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 2 @ 2:00 pm
    Dome Dwellers @ Andy's Bar | Denton | Texas | United States

    Aug 1 Andy's

    Dome Dwellers are playing at Andy’s Bar with Chase Ryan and the Grave, Earnest Matthew, and Devils in the Belfry.

    Come on out to enjoy the music!

    Ghosts of Denton @ Downtown Denton
    Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm
    Ghosts of Denton @ Downtown Denton | Denton | Texas | United States

    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.

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    Mariachi Quetzal @ La Milpa
    Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm
    Mariachi Quetzal @ La Milpa | Denton | Texas | United States

    La Milpa Mexican Restaurant, Mexican food, Denton, TX

    Mariachi Quetzal performs every Friday night at La Milpa Mexican Restaurant at 8:00 p.m. – no cover.

    Marionettes et Musique @ The LABB
    Aug 1 @ 8:30 pm
    Marionettes et Musique @ The LABB | Denton | Texas | United States

    Marionettes et Musique

    Join us as we celebrate the end of summer with an event featuring two puppet shows, a special appearance by Matthew the Genius and live music from voltREvolt and others yet to be confirmed. 

    Performances from:
    Denton Performance Lab
    Puppets for the Planet 
    Matthew the Genius

    Doors at 8:30
    Show at 9:00
    Suggested donation of $5


    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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