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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    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 Dark Path Haunt @ Goatman's Bridge
    Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 1:00 am
    The Dark Path Haunt @ Goatman's Bridge | Denton | Texas | United States

    Dark Path Haunt

    The Dark Path Haunt is a haunted path surrounding Goatman’s Bridge open for Halloween!

    Come on out to get scared!

    The Red Dots @ tAd gallery
    Oct 26 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.

    Fall Festival @ Cross Timbers Community Church- Denton Campus
    Oct 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    Fall Festival @ Cross Timbers Community Church- Denton Campus | Denton | Texas | United States


    Join us for service at 9:30 or 11:15 , and then immediately following the 11:15 we will have a chili cook off, bounce houses, free food, and a tour of our new kids space!

    Les Misérables @ Campus Theatre
    Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Les Misérables @ Campus Theatre | Denton | Texas | United States

    Les Miserables

    Music Theatre of Denton presents Les Misérables

    In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.

    October 17-26
    Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30PM
    Sundays at 2PM

    Make an Abstract Stained Glass Suncatcher Workshop @ A Creative Art STUDIO
    Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Make an Abstract Stained Glass Suncatcher Workshop @ A Creative Art STUDIO | Denton | Texas | United States

    Make an Abstract Stained Glass Suncatcher Workshop Instructor: Robin Huttash
    Create a unique stained glass suncatcher in this 3 hour Sunday afternoon class. Learn the basics of stained glass in this fun make a suncatcher workshop. In this workshop you will learn to cut glass and solder using the tiffany method and learn to do a simple wire wrap technique to add glass pieces to your abstract. Leave the class with your finished project. All supplies and tools provided. Cost: $35 Date: Sunday, October 26 2 – 5 pm

    Sigma Alpha Iota Annual Benefit Musicale Featuring Stephen Morscheck @ Trinity Presbyterian Church
    Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm
    Sigma Alpha Iota Annual Benefit Musicale Featuring Stephen Morscheck @ Trinity Presbyterian Church | Denton | Texas | United States

    The Sigma Alpha Iota Denton Alumnae Chapter is raising money to fund scholarships that support talented music students at The University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. We will be holding a benefit musicale featuring bass baritone Stephen Morscheck on Sunday, October 26th at 3:00pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton, Texas. Donations can be made at the recital. Please consider sharing the event with anyone who may be interested in attending. Thank you for your support and donations, every dollar makes a difference!

    Cirque du Horror @ Dan's Silverleaf
    Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm
    Cirque du Horror  @ Dan's Silverleaf | Denton | Texas | United States

    Cirque du horror

    Saturday, October 25: 4:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
    Sunday, October 26: 5:00 p.m.

    Cirque du Horror is meant to harken back to that earlier, simpler time. A time of youth, and of make believe. Let Cirque du Horror take you on a musical journey, transporting you to another time and place. Perhaps a time where sideshows and gypsy carnivals traveled the countryside performing where they could, often on grassy clearings just outside of town, right before the deep, dark woods. Or maybe where oil lamp and candlelight guided you through rain-soaked muddy streets and dark alleyways, dodging horse and buggy, to a massive, striped tent where there waited both wonders and horrors alike. Inside, perhaps a bearded lady and a hall of mirrors awaited to make you laugh and chuckle, or perhaps you would find grisly tales and ghostly visions to send chills down your spine…

    All of this is Cirque du Horror, a show that screams ( if you’ll pardon the pun ) Halloween. A little fright and a little laughter, with a touch of eye of newt and tail of rat. It was created with the sole intention of providing Halloween entertainment that lies somewhere between “too scary” and “not enough.” Appropriate for the entire family, it is a delightful descent into the macabre – a collection of bone-chilling poems, spine-tingling short stories and spooky songs, guaranteed to have you jump from your chair with fright, split your sides with laughter, and raise every hair on the back of your neck.

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    N’awlins Gumbo Kings @ Sweetwater Grille & Tavern
    Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm
    N'awlins Gumbo Kings  @ Sweetwater Grille & Tavern | Denton | Texas | United States



    We are excited to welcome back the N’awlins Gumbo Kings on Sunday October 26th at 6:30 p.m. Get here early and for some Sunday Fun Day! Happy hour begins at 4:00 p.m.


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    Hares on the Mountain @ Dan's Silverleaf
    Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm
    Hares on the Mountain @ Dan's Silverleaf | Denton | Texas | United States

    Dan's Silverleaf

    Hares on the Mountain is a band that throws together influences from traditional American, English and Irish folk song, punk, psychedelic noise, rock and country music. We believe folk music should have balls. We are DANGER FOLK!

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    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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