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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    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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    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, July-Dec 2015

    Sit Down & Make Noise

    Story by Tyler Murphy Photos courtesy of Ed Steele Photography LLC It’s a typical night on Colorado Avenue. The bar is dimly lit and filled with phosphorescent smoke. Soldiers fresh back from the nightmares of Vietnam crowd around the stage sucking back beers. Exotic dancers swivel their hips up on the stage in time with […]

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    All Events
    CALL FOR ENTRIES | Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition @ Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Jul 4 all-day

    Center for Visual Arts, GDAC, Denton, TX, art gallery, galleries, downtown, train station, square, date night, greater denton arts council

    The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2016 Call for Entries for the 29th annual Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard & Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Drawing hundreds of applications from across the United States each year, approximately 70 works will be selected for exhibition by our 2016 Juror, Elizabeth Kozlowski. As the curator of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Kozlowki has over 12 years of curatorial and gallery experience with a specialty in contemporary ceramics. Of the works selected, Juror Awards in the amounts of $1,000, $750, $500 and $250 will be presented.
    NEW! Online submissions and prospectus available at dentonarts.com/materials-hard-and-soft
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE | September 4, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
    2016 EXHIBITION | February 5 – April 1, 2016 at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, Texas.
    Inquires may be directed to the Arts Council at (940) 382-2787 or exhibit@dentonarts.com

    Woodturning: Traditional to Modern @ Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Jul 4 all-day

    Center for Visual Arts, GDAC, Denton, TX, art gallery, galleries, downtown, train station, square, date night, greater denton arts council

    Works by the Golden Triangle Woodturners
    Reception on Friday, June 12, 5:30 – 7:30 PM; FREE
    Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, Meadows Gallery
    Join us for the opening reception of recent works by the Golden Triangle Woodturners, on view through July 24, 2015.

    Denton Community Market @ Denton County Historical Park
    Jul 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    community Market- From FB

    The Denton Community Market is every Saturday April – November, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    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

    Karma Yoga @ Audacity Brew House
    Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am




    Karma Yoga is a community of Inspire Yoga 200 RYT Teacher Trainees, who are partnering with local small business to offer donation based yoga classes.

    Free yoga sessions in the Audacity Taproom every Sunday at 10 a.m. Then replenish those calories with a cold beer as we open at 11 a.m.

    Twilight Tunes @ Downtown Denton Courthouse on the Square
    Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

    Twilight Tunes crowd, Denton concerts on the square

    Denton Main Street Association presents its award-winning concert series in downtown Denton starting April 23rd this year.  The concert event sets the tone for fun downtown every Thursday beginning Thursday, April 23rd at 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will run every Thursday evening through July 2nd, with a bonus concert on Saturday, July 4th in the morning  immediately following the 4th of July parade through downtown Denton.

    Join the fun on Thursday evenings on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The concert is held on the west side of the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, alternating between the east and the west side during the season.  Admission is FREE(Please note, the July 4th concert is a mid-morning concert and not an evening concert).

    Bring your friends and family, get a meal-to-go from one of the many downtown eateries, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown Denton.  The 2015 series offers an eclectic assortment of music for all listeners.  Thursday Twilight Tunes is the perfect way to kick off the weekend early and listen to some of the best local bands in the Denton area.

    This is the 22nd season for this long-standing tradition in historic downtown Denton.  Below is the concert schedule, with April 23rd through July 2nd concerts set for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.. *The July 4th concert will follow the 4th of July Parade and begin approximately 10 a.m..

    April 23-          Lone Star Attitude – Country (East side of lawn)

    April 30 –         Woody’s Rampage – New Orleans style Rock/Blues (East side of lawn)

    May 7 –            The Holler Time – Americana (West side of lawn)

    May 14 –          Chris Watson – Southern Soul (Sweetwater Grill and Tavern)

    May 21 –          A Taste of Herb – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Tribute Band (West side of lawn)

    May 28 –          The Poor Kings – Singer Songwrite/Pop (West side of lawn)

    June 4 –            The Bird Dogs – Country  (East side of lawn)

    June 11 –          The Raised Right Men – Classic Country (East side of lawn)

    June 18 –          Maylee Thomas – Blues/Rock (East side of lawn)

    June 25 –          Bonnie & Nick Norris Band – Country/Acoustic/Multi-Styles (East side of lawn)

    July 2 –            BoomBachs – Hip Hop (East side of lawn)

    July 4 *10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.             JR Byrd  – Pop/Funk (West side of lawn)

    The 22nd annual Twilight Tunes is presented by the Denton Main Street Association with Presenting Sponsors:  Denton Record-Chronicle, First United Bank, Northstar Bank, Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain, First State Bank, North Texas Athletics, Texas Woman’s University and the support of Greater Denton Arts Council, The Arts Guild of Denton, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Feature sponsors for the concert series include: The Abbey Inn, Beth Marie’s Ice Cream, Cartwright’s Ranch House, Dan’s Silver Leaf, East Side Social Club, Denton Community Theatre, Jupiter House, LSA Burger Co., Mellow Mushroom, More Fun Comics & Games, Paschall’s Bar, and Sweetwater Grill & Tavern.

    For more information and a complete schedule of activities each week, please visit the website at www.dentonmainstreet.orgEvent takes place rain or shine. Please check the website or Facebook page Downtown Denton – Denton Main Street Association, for any schedule and other event details, including changes to location due to rain or inclement weather.  A sign will also be placed on the lawn to notify of the move to the rain location for that evening.


    Star Stories @ Sky Theatre in the UNT Environmental Sciences Building
    Jul 4 @ 2:00 pm
    Star Stories @ Sky Theatre in the UNT Environmental Sciences Building | Denton | Texas | United States

    People from around the world and through time have seen the same stars but they have seen different pictures in the sky. Each culture has made up stories to explain the star patterns they saw in the night sky. Let the Sky Theater take you on an adventure through space and time to discover some of these “Star Stories”.

    Drag Racing – Pro Mods vs. Fuel Altereds @ North Star Dragway
    Jul 4 @ 4:00 pm
    Drag Racing - Pro Mods vs. Fuel Altereds @ North Star Dragway | Denton | Texas | United States

    The 3rd Annual Pro Mod vs. Fuel Altered Showdown is our feature event of the year. A full line-up of super fast drag racing machines is set up to wow the crowd July 3-4th! Don’t miss this one folks! Bring the family with the grill and a cooler and enjoy the holiday weekend at the drag races with us!

    Freedom Fest @ Rancho De La Roca Retreat Ranch
    Jul 4 @ 5:30 pm

    Freedom Fest 2015

    Freedom Fest is back on July 4, with returning guitar soloist Mark Alexander! Come enjoy the inflatables, hayrides, mechanical bull, rock climbing wall, pedal boats, canoes, Kids crafts, and Fishing (BYO Gear).

    The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. $7 per person and kids under 3 are FREE!

    The Chick’n Coop Cafe will be open serving hot dogs, chili dogs, frito pie, nachos, BBQ Sandwich, chips, candy, soft drinks, powerade, bottled water, and Shave Ice!

    BYO Picnic Blankets, lawn chairs, and bug spray!

    Paint Nite @ Hailey's Club
    Jul 4 @ 11:00 pm – Jul 5 @ 2:00 am

    paint nite

    Hailey’s is having paint nite! They will have a special Wine & Martini Menu with tapas. The paint night professional artist will guide to painting  a masterpiece in two hours.

    Come out, bring your friends, sip a cocktail and paint!

    Paint Nite is the third Thursday and first Saturday of event month.

    Kiwanis Firework Show @ Apogee Stadium
    Jul 4 @ 6:30 pm

    Fireworks by Tim Phillips (10)

    It’s Denton County’s most spectacular night, and has been for over forty years! UNT’s beautiful new Apogee Stadium is the place for live music, followed by an awesome array of fireworks that light up the sky. The event is FREE, but donations are gladly accepted by our energetic “Bucket Brigade” before, during, and after the show.


    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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