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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    Made in Denton County @ Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
    May 27 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.

    Merging Visions 2015 @ The Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    May 27 all-day

    Greater Denton Arts Council

    Merging Visions, A Collaborative Exhibit of Art and Poetry will open with a reception on April 23, 5:30 – 7:30 at the Patterson Appleton Center for the Visual Arts (PACVA). This exhibition consists of art and poetry produced by poets from the Denton Poets’ Assembly (DPA) and art by artists of the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST). A highlight of the reception will be a presentation of poetry readings by the DPA poets while images of art are on view.

    The reception will also feature music by the Le Not-So-Hot Trio including Thad Bonduris, Drew Phelps, and Leoncarlo Canlas formerly of Seryn. Le Not-So-Hot Klub du Denton is an acoustically-oriented early Jazz ensemble, which has been a fixture in Denton for over a decade. The band, made up sometimes with as many as 10 stellar musicians, is accustomed to “downsizing” in various combinations

    The 2015 exhibit marks the eighth year that DPA and VAST have collaborated to present this exhibit in the spring to celebrate National Poetry Month and showcase the visual, written, and spoken arts in the community. There are 62 participants including 24 poets and 38 artists in the exhibit.

    An upgraded catalog, thanks to a grant from the Denton Benefit League, will commemorate the exhibit. The catalog Collections is in the fifth year of production. A small number of catalogs will be for sale at the reception.

    This year’s exhibit of 44 paired works of art and poetry will be on exhibit in the Meadows Gallery at the PACVA through May 29, 2015. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday: 1 – 5 pm. A selection of work will then go on extended exhibit at the branch libraries of the Denton Public Library, June 8 – August 15. It will be on view during regular library hours.

    Patrons visiting the Meadows Gallery will be invited to vote for the artist and poet they think made the “best pairing” of their works. Ballots will be counted May 11. The organizations will honor the top 3 artists and poet pairings by publishing their work in the DRC, placing their names on a plaque, and announcing their award in both organizations’ newsletters and website.

    The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Denton Poets’ Assembly, Visual Arts Society of Texas, Denton Public Library, Greater Denton Arts Council, and Denton Benefit League.

    Nutrition Culinary Camp @ TWU Food Prep Lab
    May 27 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

    Simply Complex: Works by Gail Williamson Cope @ Appleton-Patterson Center for the Visual Arts
    May 27 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.

    Watercolors by Dorothy Bertine @ Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Mu
    May 27 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Graham Lomax House on Oak StOn Tuesday February 17th, the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum opens a new exhibit featuring watercolors by Dorothy Bertine. The Dorothy Bertine paintings will be displayed on the second floor of the Courthouse-on-the-Square. This exhibit sponsored by Historic Denton is ongoing through September 30th.

    Dorothy Bertine, a native of Southern Oklahoma, is an artist known for her works in watercolor. Her art follows the California Watercolor School of painting developed in the first half of the 20th Century. Her studies in watercolor include nature scenes and historic houses. Dorothy Bertine received her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Texas Woman’s University and she resides in Denton. Her work is inspired by the architecture of the historic homes in Denton, and many of these artworks will be featured in this exhibit.

    All Courthouse Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public.  The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance. The Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum is located in the historic Denton County Courthouse at 110 W. Hickory in Denton, TX.

    Dorothy Bertine Map - 1976 - Significant Historical Architecture still remaining in Denton.

    Dorothy Bertine Map – 1976 – Significant Historical Architecture still remaining in Denton.

    Thin Line Fest Fiesta! @ Mulberry Street Cantina
    May 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Thin Line Fest Fiesta!  @ Mulberry Street Cantina | Denton | Texas | United States

    Thin Line Film Fest has missed you so much that they are throwing a party at a favorite spot, Mulberry Street Cantina!

    Invite all your friends and co-workers to spend happy hour with this fun group. Drink hand-crafted margaritas, bid on very cool silent auction items, hang out with your favorite Thin Line Fest team & board members, eat delicious mexican cuisine from Big Fatty’s Flaming Foods/Spanking Shack ($10/plate) and have a great time!

    Mariachi Quetzal will be playing from 6-7 PM!

    Uver @ Dan's Silverleaf
    May 27 @ 5:30 pm

    Dan's Silverleaf, live music, Industrial Street

    UVER started when Band Schmand ended. Venues played: Dan’s Silverleaf, Banter, A Creative Art Studio, Art 6, The Hydrant, Andy’s Bar, Barnes and Noble, a Twight Tunes on the Courthouse Square the day Micheal Jackson died. Veterans of Denton bands for the last 20 years and love to write and perform our own music. Cheers!

    Meditation Class @ Seven Mile Cafe
    May 27 @ 6:30 pm – May 27 @ 7:30 pm

    Seven Mile Cafe, Denton

    The meditation classes we offer are suitable for all individuals whatever their level of interest, from those who seek simple relaxation and stress relief, to those who wish to learn about Modern Buddhism. Everyone is welcome regardless of belief. You do not need to be a Buddhist to attend.

    A typical class consists of a simple relaxation meditation, teaching, and final meditation. The meditations are guided and are suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Each class is self-contained so feel free to start at any time. Everyone is welcome- just drop in!

    For more information, visit the Meditation in Texas website. at LSA Burger @ LSA Burger
    May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at LSA Burger @ LSA Burger | Denton | Texas | United States

    Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday brings local acts to LSA Burger! 90% of all of the talent you see at LSA Burger is local Denton talent! Check the Calendar to see who’s playing.

    Jazz at The Whitehouse @ The Whitehouse
    May 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

    The Whitehouse, Denton, Coffee, Espresso, Beer Garden

    Jeffry Eckels presents Jazz at The Whitehouse every Wednesday from 8-10:30 PM. Every week features a different jazz artist playing with Jeffry!
    Never a cover, just come out and enjoy great coffee and jazz music.



    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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