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
    Fri Night @ LSA Burger Co.
    Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Night @ LSA Burger Co. | Denton | Texas | United States

    LSA Burger Co from FB

    Steve Stanley and the Mercs are playing at LSA Burger!

    Come out to see this great local musician and enjoy a delicious burger.

    Magnatite @ The Abbey Underground
    Jul 25 @ 9:00 pm
    Magnatite @ The Abbey Underground | Denton | Texas | United States

    Magnatite is playing at The Abbey Underground!

    Come out to enjoy the music.

    The Guru @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
    Jul 25 @ 10:00 pm
    The Guru @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios | Denton | Texas | United States

    The Guru, Dome Dwellers, Biscuit Head, and Losing are playing at Rubber Gloves.

    There is a $5/$7 cover, doors open at 10PM.

    Denton County Farmers’ Market @ Bayless-Selby House Museum parking lot at the corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard
    Jul 26 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Denton County Farmers’ Market @ Bayless-Selby House Museum parking lot at the corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard | Denton | Texas | United States

    farmers market

    Stop by for some fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits from local farmers. Open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or sellout from May through September. Located on the corner of Carroll and Mulberry.


    Summer Muddin’ Run
    Jul 26 @ 7:30 am
    Summer Muddin' Run @ Pilot Point | Texas | United States

    2nd Annual Summer Muddin’ Foam and MUD Run! There will be mud and nearly 20 obstacles. There will be food, beer, and of course the run.

    All proceeds go to Sharkarosa WildLife Ranch of Texas.

    The parking lot opens at 7:30AM.
    There are six waves of runners:

    The Kids 1 mile dash is at 12:15.

    Wildfire Half @ C.H. Collins Stadium
    Jul 26 @ 7:30 am
    Wildfire Half @ C.H. Collins Stadium | Denton | Texas | United States

    Wildfire Half Marathon, Denton, race

    Ever dreamt of crossing the 50 yard line and getting your name called over the PA system to crowd of cheering fans? The Wildfire Half Marathon will provide you with a great, challenging supported course near the Denton Greenbelt as well as your chance to revel in the admiration of others as you cross the finish line inside C.H. Collins Football Stadium.
    Ready, Set, Hut!

    Event Schedule
    6:00 a.m. – Packet Pkup Opens
    7:30 a.m. – Half Marathon Start
    8:30 a.m. – Post Race Festivities
    10:00 a.m. – Half Awards

    Entry Fees
    $65 - Through June 1, 2014
    $75 - June 2 thru July 24, 2014
    $85 - July 25 & 26

    For more information, visit the Wildfire Half website.

    Comic Books in Action @ Willis Library
    Jul 26 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Comic Books in Action @ Willis Library | Denton | Texas | United States

    Comic Books in Action

    The Comic Books Collection at the University of North Texas was developed after Doug Campbell’s donation of 1,600 comic books on behalf of his grandmother, Floydine Campbell (1917-2014). The collection also includes the 98Classics Illustrated comic books donated by Clifford and Shaun Seibel in 2008.

    In 2011, Doug Campbell offered to donate his entire set of comic books in honor of his grandmother, Floydine Campbell. Campbell’s grandmother had been instrumental in growing his personal collection. She purchased the comic books at her job at The Leonard Pharmacy in Leonard, Texas. When he visited his grandmother, she would often have more comic books for him to read and enjoy. Campbell wanted to share that joy with others by donating his comic books to the library’s special collections.

    The UNT collection of Classics Illustrated Comics was donated by Sean and Clifford Seibel in 2008. These comics retell famous novels by a wide range of classic authors. In addition to Stephen Crane’sThe Red Badge of Courage, we have nearly 100 other issues to read!

    Comic books are the subject of study across multiple disciplines at UNT are regularly used as research and teaching tools.  UNT is home to the annual Comic Studies Conference which brings together faculty, students and librarians to discuss the diverse ways that comic books influence our culture.

    This exhibit will feature a display of our comic books from UNT Special Collections including DC, Marvel, and other classic publishers.

    Denton Community Market @ Historical Park of Denton County
    Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Denton Community Market @ Historical Park of Denton County | Denton | Texas | United States

    Denton Community Market The Denton Community Market is every Saturday April – November, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. will be providing music this week. J.R. Byrd 9-10 Ellie Meyer 10-11 Caleb Coonrod 12-1 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

    Yoga @ Banter
    Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    Yoga @ Banter | Denton | Texas | United States

    Yoga, Denton, seniors, exercise

    Free yoga at Banter every Saturday from 9-10AM!

    Bring a mat! No charge, donations are welcome.

    Southern Music Fest @ North Star Dragway
    Jul 26 @ 10:00 am
    Southern Music Fest @ North Star Dragway | Denton | Texas | United States

    Music Festival at North Star Dragway July 25 & 26!

    Music all day July 26.
    Admission is $20 + $5 parking.

    Tickets are on sale now!


    Southern Music Fest Day 2


    There is a steak cookoff with prizes for the top 5! Also an appetizer cookoff with prizes for the top 3.

    Southern Music Fest Steak Cookofff


    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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