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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    Made in Denton County @ Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
    Jan 29 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.

    VAST 125-Mile Exhibition @ The Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
    Jan 29 all-day
    VAST 125-Mile Exhibition @ The Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts | Denton | Texas | United States

    Please join the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) for the 9th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition. The exhibition will open in the Gough Gallery at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory, on January 16, 2015 and will run through February 27. The opening reception will take place on January 16th from 5:30-7:30 pm with the awards presentation at 6:30 pm.

    The 125-Mile Exhibition was initiated in 2006 to establish a regional, high-quality juried art exhibition for artists living within a 125-mile radius of Denton, TX, to compete and show their work.

    This regional exhibition will feature 30 pieces of art chosen from 171 entries by Juror James Thurman. The exhibit is structured to include six categories: 1) oil, watermedia on canvas/board, pastel 2) watermedia on paper 3) mixed media, collage, drawing 4) hand-pulled graphics, photography, prints, 5) ceramic, textiles, fiber 6) sculpture.

    James Thurman is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas’ College of Visual Arts & Design, where he coordinates the 3D core program as well as teaches in the Metalsmithing and Jewelry area. He received his MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and his BFA in Sculpture from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2010, he completed a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and is now currently serving as Editor of Technical Articles for the organization. In 2012, he was a Fulbright Specialist Scholar, working with Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey, on curricular development.

    Of the 30 exhibition artists, 10 are members of VAST. They are: Rhonda Barefield (Fort Worth), Deborah Boschert (Lewisville), Lynne Buchanan (Arlington), Robin Butt (Denton), Kathy Elliott (Garland), Terry Karloff (Denton), Tonya Littmann (Denton), Ingrid Scobie (Denton), Jo Williams (Denton), and Deanna Wood (Denton).

    The opening reception and exhibition are free to the public.

    Vincent Falsetta @ UNT on the Square
    Jan 29 all-day

    vincent falsetta exhibition

    College of Visual Arts and Design Professor Vincent Falsetta, an institute for the advancement of the Arts emeritus fellow has painted abstractions since the 1970′s.

    The exhibition shows the evolution of Falsetta’s work – From the 1970s to the present. Although Falsetta’s studio practice includes paintings, index card drawings and color studies- it will be the paintings that are featured in this ehibition.

    Because the exhibition spans four decades, gallery visitors will be able to see progression of similar themes as well as the departure from those themes and advancement of others. I want to give people a visual and conceptual experience that keeps a sense of mystery about how the paintings were created so it broadens their perception of the artwork. I hope that when viewing my work they see a fresh, new way to look at and think about painting. – Vincent Falsetta


    The free exhibition is open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The gallery is located on the downtown square in Denton.

    Mame @ Denton High School Auditorium
    Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm

    MAME Logo for Website

    Join the Denton High School International Thespian Society Troupe 5358 with Mr. Tom Stratton – Theatre and Technical Theatre Director Ms. Kerri Peters – Assistant Theatre Director for the musical Mame!
    Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
    Friday, January 30th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
    Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 2:00 pm
    Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Tickets are $5/$10



    Thursday Night Open Mic @ The Whitehouse
    Jan 29 @ 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
    Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

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    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

    Open Mic Night @ Banter
    Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 30 @ 12:00 am
    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!

    Dwight Smith, Hikes (Solo Acoustic), The New Rainbows @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
    Jan 29 @ 9:00 pm


    Dwight Smith developed his catalog of songs while roaming The Americas over the past decade–from the wetlands of southern New England to the deserts California, from the snow capped volcanoes of Alaska to those of Peru–an itinerant bard and restless sojourner in search of community and creative purpose as potent antidotes to the modern specters of estrangement and spiritual atrophy. His work has been called “haunting and delightful” (Terrascope), “wise, sobering, refreshing” (The Freequency), and “a fascinating personal take on folk” (Folk World)

    The amoebic orbit of Smith’s voice swings between the gravities of Jeff Mangum, David Longstreth, Tim Kasher, and Tallest Man on Earth. His finger picking style and chord diction recall such disparate influences as Seu Jorge, Erik Satie, and Nick Drake. He will be performing songs from his forthcoming release on punctum records.

    Throwback Thursdays @ Hailey's Club
    Jan 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

    Throwback Thursday's from their FB

    Join us every THURSDAY for a journey through everything from Rob Base to Vanilla Ice with DJ Question Mark

    $1 Well Drinks til 11pm

    West and the Grooves @ Dan's Silverleaf
    Jan 29 @ 9:00 pm

    Dan's Silverleaf

    To try and describe West and the Grooves with language found in the human vocabulary is nearly impossible, but an attempt to do so would cause one to summon the likes of Bootsy Collins and B.B. King with the utterance of such soulful and sexy adjectives. When playing in harmony their notes have the power to impregnate even the most lifeless souls with the spirits of ROCK, BLUES and most importantly FUNK.


    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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