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:
    Featured

    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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    COMING UP

    All Events

    October – November 2014

    Oct
    21
    Tue
    Made in Denton County @ Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
    Oct 21 – Sep 11 all-day
    Made in Denton County @ Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum | Denton | Texas | United States

    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.

    Nov
    7
    Fri
    Art and Photography Show @ A Creative Art STUDIO
    Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm
    Art and Photography Show @ A Creative Art STUDIO | Denton | Texas | United States

    A Creative Art STUDIO Art Show: Featured Artist Lily Mirsky
    Join us for our monthly art show with featured Artist Lily Mirsky. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Lily came to the USA in 1980 to pursue her dream of living in a free country. She feels that the art of presenting the beauty of the world through the eye of the camera has unlimited potential. Come see her beautiful photography and the art of over 60 local and regional artists currently on display at A Creative Art STUDIO. Opening night will be Nov 7, 7 – 10 pm.

    Nov
    22
    Sat
    Photos with Santa @ Golden Triangle Mall
    Nov 22 @ 10:00 am – Dec 24 @ 9:00 pm
    Photos with Santa  @ Golden Triangle Mall  | Denton | Texas | United States

     

    Meet santa 2014

    Bring the kid’s to Santa’s Chalet at Center Court for a jolly holiday visit! It’s a memory they’ll cherish forever.

    Santa’s hours are:

    Monday – Saturday 10am – 9pm
    Sunday 12pm – 6pm

    Santa Breaks to feed his reindeer daily at:
    Noon – 1PM
    5PM – 6PM

    The mall is closed on Thanksgiving and has modified hours on Friday, November 28th: 9AM – 10PM

    Nov
    25
    Tue
    Vann Victorian Exhibit @ Willis Library, Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437
    Nov 25 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)
    One O’Clock Lab Band: Jay Saunders, director with Guest Artist Chuck Findley, trumpet @ Murchison Performing Arts Center
    Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    One O'Clock Lab Band: Jay Saunders, director with Guest Artist Chuck Findley, trumpet @ Murchison Performing Arts Center | Sanger | Texas | United States

    Baroque Orchestra

    Chuck Findley (born Charles B. Findley, 13 December 1947, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA), is an American session musician. Most widely known as a trumpet player, he also plays other brass instruments such as flugelhorn and trombone. His technical abilities and versatility are renowned even among other session players, with the celebrated session horn player and arranger Jerry Hey saying “Chuck Findley can play anything”.

    A graduate of Maple Heights High School in Ohio in 1965, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Findley’s first professional work was with the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band before joining the Buddy Rich Band on a world tour. In 1989 he joined the Tonight Show band led by Doc Severinsen. He was also a member of the band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1994 to 2001.

    A regular collaborator on recordings by artists such as B. B. King and Steely Dan, he has also played and/or recorded with Nancy SinatraMiles DavisStanley TurrentineTotoPat BooneChristopher Cross,Jaco PastoriusJames LastLee RitenourJackson BrowneGeorge BensonGeorge HarrisonElton JohnCarole KingRickie Lee JonesJoni MitchellThe Rolling StonesDionne WarwickDiane SchuurTom WaitsRandy NewmanTina TurnerAl JarreauSarah Vaughan,Narada Michael WaldenBuddy Rich and many others.

    Salsa Dancing @ Mulberry Street Cantina
    Nov 25 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Salsa Dancing @ Mulberry Street Cantina | Aubrey | Texas | United States

    Mulberry Street Cantina Hosts free Salsa Dancing Classes every Tuesday at 8:30!

    The class lasts until 9PM, and then there is an open dance floor.

    Location:
    110 W Mulberry St
    Denton, TX 76201

    MSC Salsa Dancing

    Nov
    26
    Wed
    Vann Victorian Exhibit @ Willis Library, Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437
    Nov 26 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)
    William Joyce Guardian of Childhood @ Meadows Gallery
    Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    William Joyce Guardian of Childhood @ Meadows Gallery  | Denton | Texas | United States

    william joyce flyer

    The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the exhibition, William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood. Opening November 14th in the Meadows Gallery, this incredible exhibit features the original works of William Joyce, the internationally acclaimed author, illustrator, filmmaker and animation pioneer. Over seventy of his original drawings, paintings and lithographs will be on display featuring work from his award winning creations including the Guardians of Childhood series, Meet the Robinsons, Epic, Rolie Polie Olie, Dinosaur Bob, Santa Calls and more!

    Join us a for a dual Gallery Opening Reception on Friday, November 14th at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. with a special video introduction from William Joyce and a viewing of his Academy Award winning short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore!

    Featured image from http://www.williamjoyce.com/

    Meditation Class @ Seven Mile Cafe
    Nov 26 @ 5:30 pm – Nov 26 @ 6:30 pm
    Meditation Class @ Seven Mile Cafe | Denton | Texas | United States

    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.

    DentonRadio.com at LSA Burger @ LSA Burger
    Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    DentonRadio.com at LSA Burger @ LSA Burger | Denton | Texas | United States

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

    THE MAGAZINE

    Letter from the Mayor

    Denton recently ranked first of only two Texas cities on Livability.com’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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