Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, July-Dec 2015

    All Dogs Go to Dog Days of Denton

    Story by Laura Cortez Photos courtesy of Sheila Wilson I take center stage, wearing nothing but my hiking backpack and a bandana tied around my neck. Self-conscious? Naw. I’m feeling good. It is, after all, a warm September day. The sun even makes me glow, and everybody’s looking at me. Hey! I smell a corndog […]

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    MURAL_Mick_HousesMural- Kristen Watson

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, July-Dec 2015

    In Living Color: A Mural Tour of Denton

    Story and photos by Kristen Watson Welcome to Denton, an art mecca that’s home to painters, sculptors, printmakers and designers. Denton’s creative community cultivates the best art around, especially fantastic public art. From Fry Street to the Historic Downtown Denton Square to the halls of UNT, there’s a wall, fence or building to display every […]

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    Muttin Bustin'

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, July-Dec 2015

    It Ain’t Their First Rodeo

    Story by Danielle Garcia Photos courtesy of North Texas Fair & Rodeo Clouds of dirt fly through the air as the rodeo crowd goes wild. Samantha Tippit’s adrenaline rushes through her veins as the speed of her horse and the noise of the crowd picks up. Her blonde hair is blowing behind her. One wrong […]

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    MUST CREDIT Christopher Blumenshine 5

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, July-Dec 2015

    It is the Best of Times

    Story by Brittany Fholer Photos by Christopher Blumenshine ‘Tis a magical time. For thousands of years in the cold of winter, two symbols have come together as a celebration of life. Amidst the dreariness of the season, when many living things sleep or die off, evergreen trees stand out in their starkly contrasting color. Festooned […]

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    All Events
    Afternoons at Audacity @ Audacity Brew House
    Nov 28 all-day

    audacity beers

    Cold beer and hot tunes, every Saturday afternoon at Audacity Brew House.
    Brewery tours at 3 and 7pm (always free)
    Live music from 4 to 6 pm.

    Shop Small at The Bearded Monk @ The Bearded Monk
    Nov 28 all-day

    bearded monkey

    #SmallBizSat is Nov 28, and The Bearded Monk is going to celebrate with a #ShopSmallDenton Selfie event. Show your support by taking selfies with The #PlushedMonk or with your beer. Tag us in each photo and share them with #ShopSmallDenton.

    We’ll have great deals for your Holiday Shopping on amazing craft beer and locally made products from local artisans!

    Denton Community Market Final Day @ Denton County Historical Park
    Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Denton community mkt

    The Denton Community Market is every Saturday April – November, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is the last Denton Community Market of the season, and will have extended hours, staying open until 3pm.

    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 dentonmarket.org

    When The Well is Dry, We Know the Worth: Neal Paustian @ Patterson Appleton Arts Center
    Nov 28 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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    Starting November 13th, the Greater Denton Arts Council will present the thought provoking work of native Texan, Neal Paustian. In When the Well is Dry, We know the Worth, Paustian uses both steel and glass to highlight and raise awareness of the socio-political issue of water conservation, a growing problem across the United States. Using glass as a metaphor for water, the artist transforms glass and steel into poignant explorations of the fragility of both glass and our nation’s water supply.

    Neal Paustian received a BFA in Graphic Arts in 2002 from the University of Texas, Arlington, returning in 2011 to pursue an MFA in Glass. This exhibit will run through December 30th.


    Light, Space and Beauty @ Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
    Nov 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    center for visual arts

    Explore the playful, airy, sculptural and multi-media works of Cathy Breslaw. Breslaw holds an MFA from Claremont Graduate University and degrees from Howard University and George Washington University.

    UNT vs. UTEP @ Apogee Stadium
    Nov 28 @ 2:30 pm

    UNT football

    Come support the UNT Mean Green when they take on UTEP! Shuttles will start running at 12:30 p.m. and kick-off is at 2:30 p.m.!

    Mean Green Game Day is Winning

    Denton Originals, Dentoning, Family Friendly, Sports, Uniquely Denton by

    MGGD COC past Board Chair Larry Parker Kim UNT Prez Neal Smatresk Chamber Pres Chuck Carpenter at MGGD (2)- WEBEveryone is talking about it.  Not enough touchdowns.  A head coach change mid-season.  It has looked to laymen like an unusual flurry of activity in what is obviously not the Mean Green’s most stellar season.  I’ll be honest:  I don’t know the whys about all that. I can talk with authority about how things appear […]

    Published on: Sun, Oct 25, 2015

    How the Mean Green Reinvented Game Day

    Denton Live, Dentoning, Family Friendly, Sports by

    Mean Green, UNT, North Texas, Apogee

    Mean Green fans at Apogee Stadium

    Story by Tim Cato Denton Live Fall-Winter 2015 Going spot to spot allows him to catch up with the dozens of friends he’s made throughout the years, thanks to Mean Green Athletics. He might linger at one tent for a bit longer than another, but he never stays put for long. It’s always off to […]

    Published on: Mon, Jun 22, 2015


    UNT College of Visual Arts + Design Annual CVAD Faculty & Staff Exhibition @ UNT on the Square
    Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    The Annual Faculty & Staff Exhibition showcases artworks in all media by the accomplished artists working in the College of Visual Arts and Design, one of the most comprehensive university art programs in the nation.

    Reflecting the CVAD mission, the spirit of the region, and the dynamic growth of UNT and CVAD, this exhibition’s ever-expanding inclusiveness affords continuing opportunities for students and others to see and learn from all that CVAD offers.

    Typically shown concurrently in both the UNT Art Gallery on campus and UNT on the Square in Denton’s historic downtown, this year the exhibition will be entirely at UNT on the Square.

    Participating Artists:
    Jerry Austin | Martin Back | Laura Beard | Rachel Black | Ed Blackburn | Harlan W. Butt | Li-Fen Anny Chang | Susan Cheal | Kate Colin | Lauren Cross | Andrew DeCaen | Laura Drapac | Alicia Eggert | Christian Fagerlund | Vincent Falsetta | Rachel Fischer | Lari Gibbons | Karlyn Griffith | Robert Jessup | Bumin Kim | Liss LaFleur | Tom Leninger | Ana M. Lopez | Kathy Lovas | Adam Neese | Jill O’Brien | Deanna Ooley | Cassie Phan | Johnny Robertson | David Stout | Benjamin Terry | Michelle Thomas | James Thurman | Umut Demirguc Thurman |Watts | Ursula Willias

    UNT College of Visual Arts and Design

    30 for $30 @ SCRAP Denton
    Nov 28 @ 6:30 pm

    Scrap Denton

    SCRAP will showcase pieces by local artists who utilize at least 75 percent upcycled or reclaimed materials in their art. Each of these pieces will be selling for just $30. This will be a great opportunity to snag a unique holiday gift or a piece to spruce up your own home. 30 for $30 is a fundraising event wherein a portion of the proceeds will go to support the organization’s mission of inspiring creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior.

    Live Music at LSA Burger @ LSA Burger
    Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


    There will be live Music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night at LSA Burger on the Downtown Denton Square!

    Music starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m.

    J.R. Byrd @ Audacity Brew House
    Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm

    Audacity Brew House

    J.R. Byrd is an acoustic “funk-pop” singer-songwriter based out of Denton, Texas, J.R. (James Robert) Byrd has always been the mysterious, creative boy-next-door type. One that you might see gently placing a baby bird back in its nest or walking the neighbor’s dog. While he is not out saving the animals, though, J.R. fills his time with songwriting and performing. If you asked J.R. what he is thinking at any time of the day, the answer is always the same, Music.

    J.R.’s music has been said to have the “essence” of John Mayer, the improvisational quality of the Dave Matthews Band, and lyrics as silly as Jack Johnson. This is not surprising as he has been greatly influenced by the likes of John Mayer, Ben Folds, Dave Matthews, Chicago, and Billy Joel. The songwriters he admires include Jon Brion, Glen Phillips, and local Austin artist Bob Schneider. Currently he has been inspired by the songs of Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz.

    J.R. was born in a small town near Seattle, WA named Woodenville. He was born December 8th– the same exact day John Lennon was assassinated. Coincidence? At the age of five, J.R. (AKA “Robby”) moved to his hometown of Littleton, CO. He started his musical journey on no less then the piano, dreaming of being the next Billy Joel. Playing in several high school bands, J.R. learned the basics of the guitar and bass. The boy now known as “J.R.” recorded his first original compositions at the age of 16 with his high school band known as “Sneaky Petes.” One of J.R.’s most harrowing experiences in his life was during the shootings at Littleton High School. As a senior in high school, J.R. lost several friends in this horrible tragedy. Leaving Littleton behind, J.R. attended the famed jazz school at the University of North Texas, where both Norah Jones and Eagle’s drummer Don Henley got their start. At the University of North Texas, J.R. majored in Jazz Studies, refining and learning many instruments along the way including saxophone, bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitar, and drums.

    In 2005, he attended the University of North Texas pursuing a master’s degree in jazz arranging. Concurrently, he recorded his first album Step Into the Shade. His freshman album was his first stab at creating his own original style, complete with full strings, brass, and the retro Hammond B3 organ heard throughout. The jazz solo in the song “Control” authentically conveys the intensity of his deep love for jazz. The album is filled with songs of love won, love lost, and even a song about meat! The song “Give Meat a Chance,” a rock song with hip hop vibes, shows that J.R. is always creating new styles and experimenting with different genres. The style in this album, although adult contemporary in nature continually channels the stylistic influences of the UNT jazz school.

    As J.R. began getting involved in the Dallas cover band scene and his own original band “By Starlight”, he also began recording his second album Limitless. Four years in the making, J.R. presents his multi-instrumental prowess by playing every instrument on the record himself. Limitless is driven mostly by the piano, brimming with rock songs, love ballads, and funky tunes, he demonstrates that he can meld different styles seamlessly and with grand dexterity.

    In 2010 J.R. released his third album Planted. Planted is permeated with songs of positivity such as “2.0,” “Everybody’s Got One,” and “Light It Up.” Partnering with several co-writers, he forged a deep relationship with songwriter Bob Paterno. This creative duo has since partnered in many successful co-writes such as “Robot Monkey,” “2.0,” and “Wait for Me.” Bob has now relocated to Nashville, but that did not stop their writing relationship. The pair are currently working on a rock musical and write over Skype. Continually active in the Dallas cover band scene, J.R. became friends with Dallas bass giant Peter Champagne and the talented Dallas drummer Ryan Brown. All hailing from UNT, the boys hit it off at once and began recording “Brown, Byrd, and Champagne,” a name echoing the jazz trio “ Medeski, Martin, and Wood (or MMW) “BBC” took many of J.R.’s most popular songs and arranged them into a trio setting. Although his other albums were produced with a clean, deliberate sound, this album possesses a gritty, unpolished quality reminiscent of The Black Keys. Brown, Byrd, and Champagne played in the Denton and Dallas area from 2010-2013, as J.R. also balanced the band with his solo acoustic shows.

    J.R. really delved into the “song-writer” style in his record Afternoons with Maya. Although never officially released, the album is named after his Weimaraner Maya. Not surprisingly, the record has songs about dogs, one of J.R.’s continuous loves throughout his lifetime. (He now has four.) During this time J.R. played throughout the DFW area as a one-man-acoustic act. Proven as a seasoned professional, he won “best artist” at the Texas Independent Music Expo through the Dallas Songwriter’s Association. During 2012 he began performing in house concerts throughout the United States. Passionate about the house concert movement in America, J.R. always encourages musicians to do the same. Many talented songwriters are delegated to playing wine bars and empty coffeehouses. With the house concert movement booming, once again we see that America craves genuine, authentic musicians in which they can experience original music in a “listening room” environment and get to know the artists personally. This inspired him to make Down Home Son, a compilation of his songs with just a man and his guitar.

    Currently J.R. continues to tour throughout the US and play with his band, “JR Byrd and the Tracks” in Denton and Dallas clubs and festivals. He is currently working on retooling his album Down Home Son to be released in 2015 with new compositions on piano and guitar and planning a house concert tour in the Fall of 2014. J.R. is busy helping other young artists in the Denton area, mentoring and producing as much as possible. He has partnered with dentonradio.com to help boost the visibility of music in the Denton community. Highly involved in the Denton community, you can find him and his wife at the Denton Community Market every Saturday with their dog Giraffe.

    J.R.’s lyrics and music are a bit more complicated then the average pop song.

    Upbeat and amusing, you can’t listen to J.R.’s music without feeling a little pep in your step! Watch out, because these tunes will get stuck in your head for days.



    Denton. Original. Independent.

    Mull it over for a minute. Look at the image. Think about the words. What does it mean? What is it saying?

    This is our brand. It conveys in a single image the essence of this place:  Denton, Texas. Understanding our brand is the first step to understanding our vibe. And tuning to our vibe is the key to unlocking your own uniquely-customized, Denton-centric adventure.

    The word original is a broad application. It’s more a description of spirit than physical attribute, though the spirit is manifested in the physical fabric of our city. The creative energy fueled by our universities, arts community, music industry, small business community, the North Texas Horse Country – it drives originality. Another example of our originality is our vibrant downtown. It’s the real thing, no faux about it. We hold fast to our history while progressively moving ahead. 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, for instance. Denton is known around the world for the music movement 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.

    The weathered appearance of the brand is quite intentional. Think about your favorite pair of jeans.

    They’re likely a bit worn-looking, because they are your favorite. They fit you perfectly, comfortably. And they wouldn’t fit anyone else in just the same way. Our brand says that’s how Denton fits too.

    Denton is a place where people come to pursue their passions, and we’ve shared their dreams and journeys for more than 150 years. You’ll see it in our year-round festivals, museums, galleries and shops. You’ll taste it in the delectable art of local chefs and unique dining.  You’ll feel it in our vibe.

    Welcome to Denton. Now get ready for something different, an experience no other has had before, because this one is yours: Original. Independent.

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