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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    All Events
    Adaptive Reuse @ tAd gallery
    Mar 26 all-day
    Adaptive Reuse @ tAd gallery | Denton | Texas | United States

    tAd gallery presents an art exhibition entitled Adaptive Reuse. Curated by Tesa Morin, the exhibition showcases the works of three local artists, Chris Demiglio, eMott, and Paul Greco.

    Made in Denton County @ Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
    Mar 26 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.

    Materials: Hard & Soft @ The Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Mar 26 all-day
    Materials: Hard & Soft @ The Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts | Denton | Texas | United States

    The Greater Denton Arts Council presents the 28th Annual Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition.

    This exhibition, which has run continuously since 1987, was the idea of local artist, Georgia Leach Gough. The name, Materials: Hard & Soft, refers to the entire range of fine craft. This competition and ensuing exhibition still draws the attention of fans of contemporary craft across the country. In 2006, the Texas Commission on the Arts designated this show as a “must see” exhibition in Texas. It is one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country.

    The juror this year is Ana M. Lopez, a metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including a major commission for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She is the author of the reference book Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia. Ana organized the 2007 international biennial exhibition of the Enamelist Society, chaired the 2010 Education Dialogue for the Society of North American Goldsmiths’ annual conference and served as a Beta Site Testing Faculty for the craft textbook Makers: A History of American Studio Craft. She holds a MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a MA in the History of American Decorative Arts from The Smithsonian Associates and Parsons School of Design. Ana is currently Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Metalsmithing & Jewelry at the University of North Texas where she teaches The History of Crafts.

    This year, we received entries from 222 artists from all over the country, with a total of 592 pieces. Our juror chose 70 pieces for the exhibition.

    As usual, the work submitted stretches the typical definition of craft. Typically, craft is defined as having a functional purpose to separate it from fine art. While there may be a reference to a purpose, these artists have stretched the boundaries of the craft definition. The skill of the artist in manipulating their chosen material is readily apparent. This opportunity to see first-hand the mastery of technique and manipulation of material draws viewers from many parts of the country.
    The quality of work, as well as the duration of this exhibition, promotes Denton’s extraordinary artistic community. Drawing exhibitors and visitors nationally advances the perception that for two months Denton showcases the best craft in the country. The excellent work continues to stretch the boundaries of artistic expression. The member’s opening reception is Friday, February 6, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, recognition of awards at 6:45 pm.

    To obtain additional information about the exhibit either visit the GDAC’s website,, or call 940-382-2787. The Meadows Gallery is open Tuesday – Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

    Nutrition Culinary Camp @ TWU Food Prep Lab
    Mar 26 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

    Sarah Jaffe @ Dan's Silverleaf
    Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm

    Dan's Silverleaf

    Sarah Jaffe started work on The Body Wins the day she bought a bass and a drum set at a pawnshop.That day, she wrote the rhythmic “A Sucker For Your Marketing,” and her second full-length began to take shape. It had been building up inside her; she just didn’t have an outlet. Jaffe had been writing songs on her acoustic guitar since she was a teenager. She knew everything she could do on it, and everything she couldn’t do. It wasn’t a creative tool for her anymore.

    There was a side to Jaffe that didn’t exist on Suburban Nature, the part of her that liked to dance and listen to hip-hop and cover Robyn songs live. That’s not to say The Body Winsis a party record. It isn’t. But it has a pulse to it, more than a heartbeat, not quite a breakbeat. “Glorified High,” the first single, perfectly captures that, the energy she’d built up and the energy that had always been there, with a chorus that smacks you in the chest and lingers like a hug.


    Taste of North Texas @ UNT Coliseum
    Mar 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Taste of North Texas

    The Denton Kiwanis Club will once again present its most popular fundraiser, Taste of North Texas, on Thursday, March 26, 2015. For the cost of one admission, the public can sample foods and beverages from some of the Denton area’s best restaurants, caterers, and food service providers. More than 40 vendors will participate, bringing samples of their finest cuisine. This year, First United Bank is the naming sponsor of the 26th Taste of North Texas.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students (age seven -university with ID), seniors, and military; children under six free. Tickets may be purchased at the door, but advance purchase is recommended. They will be available from the Denton Kiwanis Club office at 1001 N. Elm Street, the Denton Chamber of Commerce, Crouch Realty, UNT Union Ticket Office, and UNT Athletic Ticket Office. You can also purchase tickets at all four First United Bank branches located at: 1517 Center Place Drive, Suite 100 in Denton, 2730 University Drive in Denton, 960 East McCart Street in Krum and 1403 West Chapman Drive in Sanger. Tickets are also available online from and the club website,

    Proceeds from the event benefit the Denton Kiwanis Club Children’s Clinic, which provides medical, dental, and prescription assistance to disadvantaged children in Denton County. The Clinic anticipates that more than 600 children will be served this year.

    For more information, call the club office at 940.387.6323 or visit

    Open Mic Night @ Banter
    Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    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!

    Thursday Night Open Mic @ The Whitehouse
    Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm


    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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    Trivia Night @ Mulberry St Cantina
    Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm

    Courthouse cantina from their FB

    Join us for a fun night of trivia game play. Create a team and win prizes. 

    First place – $40 in bar cash
    Second place – $20 in bar cash
    Third place – $10 in bar cash

    Milk Drive @ Dan's Silverleaf
    Mar 26 @ 8:00 pm

    Dan's Silverleaf

    Brian Beken-Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Lead vocals
    Noah Jeffries-Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Harmony vocals
    Dennis Ludiker-Mandolin, Fiddle, Harmony vocals
    Jesse Dalton-Double Bass

    While most bands point solidly to one member on fiddle, another on mandolin and so on, such limited designations only give half the story on MilkDrive. This Austin-based, acoustic power team features skilled multi-instrumentalists versed in a variety of musical styles.

    Indeed, swapping instruments comes most naturally for the band’s three founding members, who grew up steeped in musical community – particularly the fiddle contest scene. Brian Beken, Dennis Ludiker and Noah Jeffries met as youngsters and co-contestants in the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest in Weiser, Idaho. Late-night jams resulted in musical kinship for the friends who eventually joined forces to start MilkDrive. Fourth member, bassist Jesse Dalton, joined recently, rounding out the low-end for the band’s sophisticated sound.

    The band’s third studio album, Places You’ve Not Been, is available for purchase in March of this year. Recorded at Austin’s Bismeaux Studio (Asleep at the Wheel) and self-produced by the band, the project features predominantly original material that is indicative of the group’s extensive influences and talents. An audible treat for the senses, Places features refreshing arrangements decked with strong, tight harmonies.

    Previous albums include Waves (June 2012), which received notable press mentions; a debut studio album, Road From Home, released in April 2011; and a live album, MilkDrive Live ’09, spotlighting the band’s vigorous picking technique and charismatic writing style.

    MilkDrive is a musical extravaganza that joins genres and generations. A talented and progressive blend of bluegrass, jazz, and folk, the band has been categorized and recategorized over the years by itself and others. However, as a Bluegrass Today pointed out in a 2011 review of the group, “labels can get us into trouble sometimes.”

    Why not put aside labels and simply listen? Listen to what led Ray Benson heard when he dubbed these guys “some of the finest musicians in the world.” Listen to what Twangville called “a music lover’s delight.”

    Listen early and often to MilkDrive. It’s real music and it does a body good.


    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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