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

    October – November 2014

    Giving Hope Holiday Poinsettias @ First Presbyterian Church, Irwin Hall
    Oct 21 – Dec 5 all-day
    Giving Hope Holiday Poinsettias @ First Presbyterian Church, Irwin Hall | McKinney | Texas | United States

    It is poinsettia time again! Start making plans to order your 2014 Christmas Poinsettias from Giving HOPE, Inc.

    Red, white, and pink 10″ plants are $20 each and may be ordered by calling the Giving HOPE office at (940) 380-0513.

    *Pick up dates are December 3-5, beginning at 3:00 pm on the 3rd at First Presbyterian Church, Irwin Hall, 1114 W University, Denton, TX 76201.
    *Delivery is available for large orders

    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.

    Art and Photography Show at A Creative Art STUDIO @ A Creative Art STUDIO
    Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm
    Art and Photography Show at A Creative Art STUDIO @ A Creative Art STUDIO | Denton | Texas | United States

    A Creative Art STUDIO Art Show: Featured Artist Lily Mirsky
    Join us for our monthly art show with featured Artist Lily Mirsky. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Lily came to the USA in 1980 to pursue her dream of living in a free country. She feels that the art of presenting the beauty of the world through the eye of the camera has unlimited potential. Come see her beautiful photography and the art of over 60 local and regional artists currently on display at A Creative Art STUDIO. Opening night will be Nov 7, 7 – 10 pm.

    Vann Victorian Exhibit @ Willis Library, Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437
    Nov 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)
    William Joyce Guardian of Childhood @ Meadows Gallery
    Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    William Joyce Guardian of Childhood @ Meadows Gallery  | Denton | Texas | United States

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    The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the exhibition, William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood. Opening November 14th in the Meadows Gallery, this incredible exhibit features the original works of William Joyce, the internationally acclaimed author, illustrator, filmmaker and animation pioneer. Over seventy of his original drawings, paintings and lithographs will be on display featuring work from his award winning creations including the Guardians of Childhood series, Meet the Robinsons, Epic, Rolie Polie Olie, Dinosaur Bob, Santa Calls and more!

    Join us a for a dual Gallery Opening Reception on Friday, November 14th at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. with a special video introduction from William Joyce and a viewing of his Academy Award winning short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore!

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    Classical Guitar @ Banter
    Nov 21 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm
    Classical Guitar @ Banter | Denton | Texas | United States

    Banter has classical guitar every other Friday!
    Come listen while you eat dinner or just to listen to the great music.

    Oui Bis @ Banter Bistro
    Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Oui Bis  @ Banter Bistro  | Denton | Texas | United States


    Oui Bis plays at public and private gatherings, coffee houses, and contra dances in Dallas and outward as far as Austin, Houston or Oklahoma City.

    Oui Bis feature a variety of styles of music. Much of what they play is in the American Old Time tradition as well as Irish, Scottish and English folk dance music. They love to add to our mix Old Standards (that is to say jazz from the early to mid 20th century), Latin American jazz tunes of various sorts, Balkan and Slavic tunes and a handful of original tunes that might lean heavily on all of the above.

    Featured Image from their Facebook page 

    Santa’s Arrival @ Golden Triangle Mall: West main mall entrance (Food Court)
    Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm
    Santa's Arrival @ Golden Triangle Mall: West main mall entrance (Food Court) | Denton | Texas | United States

    Meet santa 2014

    Get Ready for a sleigh full of fun when Santa arrives for the holidays at Golden Triangle Mall, with UNT cheerleader “elves” handing out treats from Great American Cookie, plus music, and merriment. Afterwards, Santa will be available for visits and photos through Christmas Eve.

    Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers: Paul Leenhouts and Richard Sparks, conductors @ UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center; Winspear Performance Hall
    Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm
     Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers: Paul Leenhouts and Richard Sparks, conductors @ UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center; Winspear Performance Hall

    Ticketing Information:
    $10 Adults
    $8 Senior Citizens 55+, Non-UNT Students, Children, UNT Faculty/Staff/Retirees and Groups of 10+
    Free to UNT Students (limit 1, UNT Student ID required, must be picked up in person at the MPAC Box Office) at LSA Burger @ LSA Burger
    Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at LSA Burger @ LSA Burger | Denton | Texas | United States

    Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday brings local acts to LSA Burger! 90% of all of the talent you see at LSA Burger is local Denton talent! Check the Calendar to see who’s playing.


    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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