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
    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.

    The Red Dots @ tAd gallery
    Oct 21 all-day
    The Red Dots @ tAd gallery | Denton | Texas | United States

    tAd is pleased to present an art exhibition, The Red Dots, featuring the current works by Kalee Appleton, Brianna Burnett, Patricia Earl, eMott, Tesa Morin, Irma Sizer, and Renee Weekley. The artists belong to a Texas-based all female artist collective, Red Dots.

    Vann Victorian Exhibit @ Willis Library, Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437
    Oct 21 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)
    Baby Clay Visits the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square @ Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Mu
    Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Baby Clay Visits the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square @ Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Mu | Denton | Texas | United States

    Baby Clay, a brick that is 116 inches long (9 ft. 8 in.) created by Acme Brick in Denton was born on July 4, 2007 and set the world record for the world’s largest brick.

    This “baby” sets all kinds of records because he weighs in at over three tons and is 116 inches long (9 ft. 8 in.) – one inch for every year that Acme has been in business as of 2007.  The brick measures 39 inches tall and 39 inches wide. That makes Clay nearly 3,000 times the size of a standard brick).

    The newborn was named Clay because he is comprised of clay materials from each of Acme’s 23 brick plants around the Southwest.

    Baby Clay was Acme’s fifth attempt to create this world record brick. The first four attempts, beginning in September 2004, were tremendous learning experiences for the determined brick makers.

    The crew made adjustments, and the fifth time was the charm. Acme’s Denton plant required 13 months to create Baby Clay compared to the normal time of a week for a normal brick.

    Baby Clay will make his first downtown Denton appearance for the opening of the new exhibit, “Made in Denton County” at the Courthouse on the Square Museum. The Baby is available for picture taking from 8:00 am until 1:00 PM on the Elm Street side of the Courthouse Square.

    All lectures are free and open to the public.  The Courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.  The Denton County Office of History & Culture is located in the historic Denton County Courthouse at 110 W. Hickory St. in Denton, TX.

    American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity @ Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts
    Oct 21 @ 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

    Public talk: Israeli-Arab legal scholar Professor Mohammed Wattad on the Gaza War and Terrorism @ UNT Gateway Center room 43/37
    Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Public talk: Israeli-Arab legal scholar Professor Mohammed Wattad on the Gaza War and Terrorism @ UNT Gateway Center room 43/37 | Denton | Texas | United States

    The UNT Jewish and Israel Studies Program invites you to attend a free public talk by Professor Mohammed Wattad titled “An Israeli-Arab Legal Scholar Discusses the Gaza War and Terrorism.”

    County Rexford @ The Abbey Inn
    Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm
    County Rexford @ The Abbey Inn | Denton | Texas | United States

    county rexford

    County Rexford plays at The Abbey Inn every other Wednesday at 7:30!

    Come eat delicious traditional English Food and listen to great music!

    Jazz Repertory Ensemble: Chris McGuire, director @ UNT College of Music Kenton Hall
    Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm
    Salsa Dancing @ Mulberry Street Cantina
    Oct 21 @ 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

    Oct
    22
    Wed
    Rawlins Fine Arts Series: Alice Giles, harpist @ UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center; Winspear Performance Hall
    Oct 22 all-day

    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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