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

    September – October 2014

    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

    Vann Victorian Exhibit @ Willis Library, Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437
    Sep 2 – Jan 9 all-day
    Vann Victorian Exhibit @ Willis Library, Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437 | Denton | Texas | United States

    Vann Victorian

    The Vann Victorian Collection is a treasure of the University of North Texas Libraries and an exceptional resource for the study of Victorian literature. This exhibit showcases some pieces from the collection, including rare first editions, part-issue editions and association copies. Dr. J. Don Vann, Professor Emeritus at UNT, curated this exhibit.

    Don and Dolores Vann began collecting Victorian books in 1962, when they acquired a first edition of Dickens’s Bleak House. They spent the summer of 1965 in London, conducting research in the British Library and buying first editions of works by Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray. During their subsequent trips to London, the Vanns came to know many of the city’s booksellers and were offered first editions they kept hidden from all but their most favorite customers.

    In 2004 Don and Dolores established the Vann Victorian Endowment to provide a permanent fund to purchase Victorian books for the Vann Victorian Collection in Special Collections at the University of North Texas Libraries. Since 2004 the Vanns have made additional contributions to the collection, most recently in 2014.

    The exhibit runs September 2nd – January 9th in the Judge Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room of the Special Collections Department, located on the 4th floor of Willis Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the normal hours of the reading room. Please check the reading room schedule in advance before planning a visit.

    A digital version of the exhibit, as well as videos of Dr. Vann talking about his life as a collector may be viewed at University Libraries Exhibits, The Vann Victorian Collection.

    Event Location: Willis Library
    Room Number: Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437
    Event Date(s): September 2 to January 9
    Exhibit hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed during some holidays and school breaks, check website for hours)
    M-Power Community Job Fair @ The Mill
    Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    M-Power Community Job Fair @ The Mill | Denton | Texas | United States

    Free Job Fair
    Sponsored by Serve Denton

    M-Power Community Job Fair @ The Mill/Denton Assistance Center
    Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    M-Power Community Job Fair @ The Mill/Denton Assistance Center | Denton | Texas | United States

    M-Power is a Denton Community Job Fair, hosted by Serve Denton! Join us on October 2nd, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm at 2200 Nottingham Drive. It is completely free for job seekers and very low cost for employers.

    American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity @ Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts
    Oct 2 @ 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

    Thursday Night Open Mic @ The Whitehouse
    Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm
    Thursday Night Open Mic @ The Whitehouse | Denton | Texas | United States


    Come hone your performance skills in a relaxed atmosphere at The Whitehouse coffee, bistro, beer and wine bar! Every Thursday, sign-up is 7:00pm, 7:30pm start.

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    ICEM Conference Concert: @ UNT College of Music Voertman Hall
    Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm
     ICEM Conference Concert: @ UNT College of Music Voertman Hall

    On October 1-4, 2014, the UNT College of Music and its Division of Composition Studies and Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) will host the 2014 International Confederation for Electracoustic Music (ICEM) conference. A number of international delegates from participating countries will attend. Electroacoustic music (art music created using computers or other electronics), installations, and papers will be presented with representation from Argentina, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Greece, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Ukraine and the USA.
    Free admission.

    Live Jazz @ Wine Squared
    Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm
    Live Jazz @ Wine Squared | Denton | Texas | United States

    Wine Squared

    Come out to Wine Squared every Thursday to sip on a glass of wine and listen to live jazz music!

    Open Mic Night @ Banter
    Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 3 @ 12:00 am
    Open Mic Night @ Banter | Denton | Texas | United States

    Locals, college students & everyone in-between!!! Come out & enjoy the show…or signup for your 7 minutes/2 songs of fame. Poets & comedians are also welcome!

    TWU Family Weekend @ Texas Woman's University
    Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
    TWU Family Weekend @ Texas Woman's University | Denton | Texas | United States

    Schedule for Family Weekend
    •Friday, October 3rd ◦5:00pm: Check In Begins
    ◦5:00-7:00pm: Tailgate with Catering, Live Music, & Tailgate Games
    ◦7:00pm: TWU Volleyball Game versus Eastern New Mexico University
    ◦9:00pm: Late-Night Movie, Maleficent

    •Saturday, October 4th ◦9:00am: Check In Begins
    ◦9:00-10:00am: Coffee & Light Breakfast with the TWU Former Students Association
    ◦10:00-11:00am: University Welcome
    ◦11:15am-12:15pm: Academic College Panels
    ◦12:30-1:30pm: Luncheon with Faculty & Staff
    ◦1:30-2:30pm: TWU Resource Fair
    ◦2:00pm: TWU Volleyball Game versus West Texas A&M University
    ◦2:00-5:00pm: Campus Tours
    ◦2:00-5:00pm: Campus Open House: Art Galleries, Mobile GO Center, & Pioneer Center for Student Excellence
    ◦2:00-5:00pm: Family & Children’s Stations
    ◦2:00-5:00pm: Family Photo Booth
    ◦2:00-5:00pm: TWU Traditions Exhibit
    ◦5:00-9:00pm: Shuttles to Downtown Denton for Dinner

    •Sunday, October 5th ◦9:30am: Check In Begins
    ◦10:00-11:00am: Brunch in the Gardens
    ◦9:30am-12:00pm: Little Chapel in the Woods Open for Reflection

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    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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