Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2018

    A safe haven

    Opening night was brisk, somewhere in the mid-40s, but if the chilly weather scared anyone away from showing up, you wouldn’t know it from the line that formed outside the Campus Theatre. The queue of people stretched down Hickory, turned on to Elm and came to an end near First People’s Jewelers. And that was […]

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    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2018

    Home is Where the Art Is

    Susan Carol Davis comes back to her roots I’m banished to a brown, wooden booth with a big, black X on the top of each of my hands, still searching the room for her face. Just a few feet away, two bartenders are serving drinks to East Side’s Thursday evening crowd. “Where is she?” I […]

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    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2018

    ‘If I could survive that’…

    Storm chasing photographer Al Key brings his years of experience to Thin Line Fest More than anything else, photographer Al Key loves shooting lightning. And he would do anything to get a good shot, even if it means being struck by lightning. Back in the early 1980s, around midnight somewhere between Watauga and Haslet, Key […]

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    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2018

    ‘It’s going to be fantastic’

    Local postman ready to show off hometown to state brethren “Do you want a frosty mug or plastic, Marvin?” Patrick Webb asks his guest. “Why, a frosty mug, of course,” answers Denton postman Marvin Ruyle. The jukebox against the wall was lit up, playing songs from the 1950’s. The place hasn’t changed much since Marvin […]

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    COMING UP

    All Events

    Feb
    23
    Fri

    Festival De Cine Latino Americano @ University of North Texas

    Feb 23 – Feb 25 all-day

    Festival De Cine Latino Americano @ University of North Texas | Denton | Texas | United States

    Celebrate Latin America’s countless contributions to the silver screen at the annual Festival de cine Latino Americano Feb 23-25 at the University of North Texas!

    Dozens of films from all over the world—from Texas to South America, and everywhere in between—are being screened to bring attendees the best of the best from short films to documentaries to feature-length pieces.  Entries will be judged and winners will be chosen to win awards that will be presented on the final night of the Festival (Sunday, the 25th).  Entries should feature Latin talent and/or be filmed in the Spanish language.

    Please check website for Festival Information.

    Festival schedule

    At UNT Media Arts Building #184
    1179 Union Circle

    OPENING NIGHT: Friday Feb 23, 2018, 6 p.m.
    “La Habitacion”-(Drama Feature)-Mexico, 2017
    Eight different stories that take place in the same room and in different period of modern Mexican history (Talent from the film will be in attendance)

    At UNT Media Arts Building #184
    1179 Union Circle

    11:00 am
    “1950: The Nationalist Uprising”- (Documentary Feature)-Puerto Rico, 2017-Jose Davila
    Five Puerto Ricans who participated in the Nationalist Uprising of 1950 to free Puerto Rico from the United States of America, speaks about the history of this forgotten struggle and the consequences in their lives. (filmmaker will be in attendance)

    2:00 pm
    “Vanished”- (Drama /Action Feature)- Peru, 2016- Dorian Fernández-Moris
    Vanished tells the mysterious disappearances that are terrorizing the Peruvian jungle. In the middle of a trip, Milena (Virna Flores) also disappears while on a con dential investigation. Her boyfriend Giovanni (Ismael La Rosa) undertakes an intensive search in the heart of the Amazon, amid dangers, adventures and sinister revelations.

    5:00 pm
    “Nunca Jures Por La Luna” (Romance Feature) Spain, 2016-Teo Tellez
    Two lovers face the adversities of modern days in a story full of magic realism.

    At Lyceum in the University Union
    1155 Union Circle

    12:00 pm
    “Paz, Amor, Y Musica the Alex Ruiz Story” -Texas (Documentary Feature)-Israel Marquez
    Austin Texas based singer Alex Ruiz talks about his beginnings as a ditch digger to becoming the lead vocalist for Del Castillo, and Robert Rodriquez’s band Chingon. (Director and Alex Ruiz will be in attendance)

    2:00 pm
    Tejano Shorts Showcase
    “Missing Peace” Texas- Grey Acuna
    When the Rodriguez family is left with uncertainty of their loved one, they must discover how to hold on to their faith. (Director and cast will be in Attendance)
    “Good Persons” Texas- Daniel Garcia
    Samantha pretends to be tough and street wise but in fact she has never had power over anybody. Without planning to, she terrifies a young undocumented man about her age, and in his eyes she sees and understands fear. After chasing him for a while she might discover a friend. (Director and cast will be in Attendance)
    “Small Shoes” Texas- Cloud Corredor
    Manuela falls into the abyss of depression after failing at motherhood. Through the memoirs of her grandma´s diary, she finds the strength to Let go and continue forward.

    3:00 pm
    Tejano Features
    “Border Land” Texas- (Drama Feature)-Andrew Jara
    Borderland tells the story of Sara, who finds herself in a world she never imagined. After murdering her abusive husband, she finds out about his double life of working for the Juarez Cartel. Now in debt for his murder, Sara will have to team up with an outsider to find some missing money before the night is over.

    5:00 pm
    Las Tesoros De San Antonio A Westside Story- Texas (Doc Feature)- Robb S Garcia
    Las Tesoros de San Antonio – “A Westside Story”, examines the personal toll and legacy of four South Texas singers of yesteryear. Rita “La Calandria” Vidaurri, Blanquita Rodriguez “Blanca Rosa”, Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas, and Anita Janet Cortez “La Perla Tapatia. (Director and cast will be in Attendance)

    At UNT Senate Room
    1155 Union Circle

    11:00 am
    Narrative Shorts Showcase
    “Divine Justice” Honduras, 2016- Alejo Irias
    A homicide detective from the Honduras Police Department with a strong sense of justice and the law, closes a case in which the delinquent dies before even being arrested. That same night he easily solves another case in a poor part of town: a woman confesses of killing her husband without remorse. But when he hears the circumstances of the crime, the detective doubts of his own concept of justice and his work ethics.
    “Pulga (Flea)” Honduras, 2017-Alejo Irias
    Set in the 1969 war between El Salvador and Honduras –better known as “The Soccer War”– an Honduran foot soldier finds a lonely survivor in a raided border town during a recon mission. Moved by mercy, the soldier takes him in and looks after him. Soon enough, the survivor’s presence draws empathy from the Honduran soldier and even from the enemy, who forget about war for an instant as soon as they see him.
    “Janaxapacha” Brazil, 2016-Dimitre Lucho
    Janaxpacha, a curto narrates through dance the story of Inti, a tormented viajante who ventures into the desert to find its guardian Thunupa. During his journey Thunupa challenges Inti by transforming him in a new man. Devoid of memory, Inti has to rescue his identity, An invitation to wander through the universe of Dali and Magritte, in a reflection about recognition within human relationships, as well as the origin and destiny of humans in search of evolution.
    “Chispita” Mexico, 2017-Mario Garza
    After immigrating to the US from Tijuana when she was only 15 years old, Alma is now facing an identity crisis. Lost in limbo, she decides to visit her family, with the hope of finding herself again.
    “Carol” United States, 2017- Rogelio Almeida
    Peter (Ben Richardson), a young man with moderate to severe autism that has been searching the country for his mom, and Jose (Joe Cardenas) an illegal alien taking care of his family become an unlikely duo when an act of kindness turns into a mission to reunite Peter with his lost mother Carol.
    “Los Dos” Uruguay, 2016-Emiliano Umpierrez
    Ana, Cecilia and their bunch of friends go out at night. An unexpected person shows up and makes them question their trust to each other.
    “Pezcal” Switzerland/Cuba, 2016-Pablo Briones
    Taking care of pigeons, going fishing, being friends… A day in the life of Leonel and Antuán, two young boys living in the Cuban countryside.
    “That’s My Boy” United States, 2016-Rudy Cervantez
    A baby is fed his favorite dish.
    “Medico De Monstro” Brazil ,2017- Gustavo Teixeria
    Dudu has already chosen his future profession, now will have to face his fears to become a doctor of monsters.

    2:00pm
    Young Filmmakers Shorts Showcase
    “White Lies” United States, 2017- Mario Villavicencio
    An interconnected story of several immigrants working in the United States and the white lies they tell their loved ones.
    “Fuera De Serie” Mexico, 2017- Cristo Fernandez
    Mexico City, 1940. Despite peoples´ disbelief in him, and rejection, having been called “Crazy”, Guillermo (a young mexican scientist), creates a new, revolutionary electromagnetic transmision system for television in the basement of his house.
    “Sonadora” United States, 2016- Maria Altamirano
    A hardworking high school senior faces circumstances beyond her control that may hinder her path to college.
    “(Latin)American Dream” United States, 2017-Pedro Peria
    Gladys and her family try to balance the Latin world with the American one.
    “Jacqui” United States, 2017- Sarah Taborga
    After suffering an attack, an immigration rights activist is tasked with keeping herself safe.
    “Kaleidoscope Days” United States, 2017- Jasnick Moreno
    Dolores, a recently divorced mother, forces her two resentful teenagers on a road trip in a desperate attempt to escape the choices she’s made in the past year and bond with her kids after the recent death of their father.

    5:00 pm
    Documentary Shorts Showcase
    “Artemio” Mexico, 2017-Sandra Luz Lopez Barroso
    Artemio was born in U.S.A. Now he lives in a small town in Guerrero with his mother and his new family. Despite his roots are in Mexico, he still doesn’t feel like a part of it. Together, they will show us a reality where the distance from those they left behind will come to life in every phone call.
    “Brasiguaios” Brazil, 2017- Marcos Estrada
    The life story and identity of this group of Brasiguaios is marked by the pursuit of land for agricultural production in Brazil or Paraguay. Those individuals who call themselves and / or are called as Brasiguaios, emigrated to Paraguay decades ago, and returned to Brazil, share socio-cultural ties spanning both countries.
    “Contigo” United States, 2016-Dan Boord
    Contigo is a waltz with family and tradition, close to the South Texas border. While the Alamo has been designated, by the United Nations, as a World Heritage site, equally noteworthy is the cultural heritage in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Contigo is a Sunday afternoon in San Antonio and a weekend at a conjunto music festival in San Benito. The project is based on a song written by one of the pioneers of conjunto music, Don Santiago Jiménez. It is performed in this video by his son, Santiago Jiménez Jr
    “Ninas De Uchituu” Colombia, 2016- Helena Salguero Velez
    Sonia and Yelitza are two indigenous girls that grow under the influence of a foreign world that threatens the permanence of their ancestral wayuu traditions.
    “Histoires Maternelles” Switzerland/Brazil, 2015-Anok Dominguez Degen
    “Maternal histories” is an inward journey based on the author’s family film archive. The film explores intimacy, words and silence, to inspect the arious shades of so-called ‘maternal instinct’. The author questions the implicit inheritance which passes down from generation to generation and the conflicting desires that haunt her as a woman and a mother.

    At UNT on the Square
    109 N Elm St

    12:00 pm
    Master Class (Script Writing) in Spanish
    With Edui Tijerina Chapa (Cantinflas, Juan Apostol: El Mas Amado, Selena Vive, etc)

    2:00 pm
    “Corazon Latino Award Achievement Award”
    Jesse Borrego (Fame, Blood In Blood Out, Fear of the Walking Dead, La Misson)

    4:00 pm
    Panel Discussion (The Latino Image in Hollywood)
    Danny De La Paz (Miracle Mile, American Me, Barbarosa, Boulevard Nights)
    Billy Blair (Machete Kills, Sin City, Jonah Hex, Queen of the South, Dead Awake)
    UNT Professor (TBA)
    Guest #4 (TBA)

    At UNT Media Arts Building #184
    1179 Union Circle

    12:00 pm
    “La Sargento Matacho” (Drama Feature) Colombia, 2016-Willam Gonzales
    In 1948, a young Colombian peasant witnesses how police officers murder her husband. A victim of the fratricidal conflict known in Colombia as The Violence, she turns herself out into Sergeant Matacho, first female protagonist of outlaws troops.

    At Senate Room
    1155 Union Circle

    5:00 pm
    “Truenos De San Juan” (Documentary Feature) Mexico, 2017- Santiago Maza Stern
    Darkness fades as a train crosses the humble town of San Juan de la Vega. In hiding, Jose and his gang assemble ‘truenos’ -explosives made up of sodium chlorate- and blow them up with their sledgehammers onto the tracks. At home, San Juan’s Delegate is worried for the safety of the townsfolk. At the town’s square, Saul, a devout cowboy, urges the people not to defy the authorities during the carnival. San Juanito, a harmless wooden saint, lies calmly on its altar. The apparently conventional five-day tradition is dramatically transformed on Shrove Tuesday. The people follow San Juanito during the final pilgrimage while the war-like blasts are heard from afar. When the saint arrives to the pitch filled with ‘truenos’ enthusiasts, the clamorous ovations blend in with the explosions. Jose, exhausted from revelling with countless blasts, goes to pay tribute to his patron saint. Meanwhile, the Delegate gathers the number of injured followers. Saul, holding a glass of tequila, unwinds.

    At Lyceum in University Union
    1155 Union Circle

    2:00 pm
    Tribute to “Cantinflas”

    3:00 pm
    “Cantinflas” (Drama Feature) Mexico, 2014- Sabastian Del Amo
    The untold story of Mexico’s greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time, from his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood. (Edui Tijerina –Writer will be in attendance)

    6:00 pm
    Closing Night Awards/ Celebration
    Awards Ceremony (5 awards) presented by Miss Texas Latina- Mercedes Olivares, Miss Teen Dallas Latina- Leslie Lesdesma, Miss Teen Fort Worth- Candy Villalba, Miss Teen Grand Prairie- Crystal Franco
    Tribute to Pedro Infante (With Miguel Angel García Aventurero de Guanajuato & Mariachi Quetzal)
    La Rondalla Romantica De Dallas (Honor a nuestra cultura)
    FDCLA Presentation (Speech)Gabriel Duran, Vicente Moctezuma, Lance De Los Santos
    Raices Peruanas Flockoricas DFW
    Mexican Folklorico Dancers

    Feb
    24
    Sat

    In Sickness @ TWU Visual Arts Building - East Gallery

    Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    In Sickness @ TWU Visual Arts Building - East Gallery | Denton | Texas | United States

    In Sickness, curated by Benjamin Terry, brings together artists Jonathan Molina Garcia and Emily Peacock. Each artist deftly navigates between photography, collage, performance, installation, video, and other various modes of making. They are motivated by their own experiences and relationships, and ultimately dedicated to constructing and revealing moments of humanity through pain, intimacy, loss, and love.

    Opening Reception February 24th from 5 PM – 7 PM

    More information

    TWU Community Dance Center classes @ TWU Community Dance Center

    Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

    TWU Community Dance Center classes @ TWU Community Dance Center | Denton | Texas | United States

    Classes for Children, Teens, and Adults

    Welcome to the Community Dance Center at Texas Woman’s University. TWU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance. We offer dance instruction for community members of all ages to explore the art of dance with our professionally trained teachers. Our classes, from beginning levels to advanced, teach dance technique and the creative process while promoting individuality, positive self-esteem, and teamwork among our students. Come dance with us!

    Spring 2018 Dance Classes

    10 Week Session: Saturday, January 20th – Friday, April 6th

    Recital Date: Sunday, April 8th

    Schedule

    Visit our Class Descriptions page for details about each class.

    DayTimeAge GroupClass
    Monday4 – 5 PMKindergartenCreative Dance II
    5 – 6 PMGrades 1 & 2Ballet/Modern I
    5 – 6 PMGrades 3 & 4Ballet/Modern II
    6 – 7 PMAdult/TeenBeginning Ballet
    6 – 7 PMGrades 5, 6, 7Hip Hop III
    Tuesday7 – 8 PMAdult/TeenTap
    Wednesday5 – 6 PMGrades 1 & 2Hip-Hop I
    6 – 7 PMGrades 3, 4Hip Hop II
    6 – 7 PMAdult/TeenIntermediate Modern Dance
    Friday10:30 – 11:15 AMWalking toddler to 3 yr.Creative Dance for Families
    Saturday9 – 9:45 AMPreschool, 3 to 4 yr.Preschool Creative Dance
    9:45 – 10:30 AMPre-K, 4 to 5 yr.Creative Dance I

    Register Online

    • Registration open NOW!
    • Online registration closes January 27, 2018.

    To sign up, visit our Online Registration page, select “Community Dance Center at TWU” and then “Spring 2018” and follow the onscreen instructions.

    Questions?

    Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Ilana Morgan, director of the Community Dance Center, at imorgan@twu.edu or (940) 898-2003.

    Follow us on Facebook for the latest news, schedules, as well as photos and videos from our classes!

    Denton Mini Maker Faire @ Denton Civic Center

    Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Denton Mini Maker Faire @ Denton Civic Center | Denton | Texas | United States

    Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

     

    Tickets for the 2018 Denton Mini Maker Faire are are on sale now!

    NEW FOR 2018 – everyone 18 and under is FREE! Adults tickets will be $7 at the door and can also be purchased in advance online.

    Early Bird ticket pricing through the end of January. Get your tickets today!

    Interested in participating in the show as a maker? Click here for the registration form.

    We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

    Jazz Brunch @ The Chestnut Tree

    Feb 24 @ 10:00 am

    Chestnut Tree

    The Chestnut Tree hosts a Jazz Brunch weekly on Saturdays! Enjoy some delicious bistro food and great jazz music.

    12th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition @ Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

    Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    12th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition @ Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center | Denton | Texas | United States

    The Visual Arts Society of Texas Opens Its 12th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition
    January 13 – February 24, 2018

    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, Texas to compete and show their work at the Gough Gallery in the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory, Denton, TX 76201.

    Gallery Hours

    Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
    Thursday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
    Friday and Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
    Sunday and Monday: Closed

    Opening Reception

    January 12, 2018
    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
    400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX, 76201

    Featured artists

    Allison Baldwin, Denton, TX
    David Blow, Hickory Creek, TX
    Deborah Boschert, Lewisville, TX
    Megan Ruth Bowdon, The Colony, TX
    Buck Buchheister, The Colony, TX
    Nel Dorn Byrd, Aubrey, TX
    Gail Cope, Farmers Branch, TX
    U Crosby, Arlington, TX
    Lisa Daniels, Oak Point, TX
    Noriko DeWitt, McKinney, TX
    Kathy Elliott, Garland, TX
    Kady Epley, Denton, TX
    Mindy Faubion, Denton, TX
    Carey Frazier, Frisco, TX
    John Guest, Dallas, TX
    Elaine Jary, Bedford, TX
    Thomas Judd, Denton, TX
    Yuni Lee, Denton, TX
    Tonya Littmann, Denton, TX
    Steve Miller, Grand Prairie, TX
    Crystal Nelson, Denton, TX
    Courtney Nixon, Denton, TX
    Rachel Robic, Fort Worth, TX
    Eloise Sears, Denton, TX
    Sharon O’Callaghan Shero, Dallas, TX
    Denise Smith, Grapevine, TX
    Elisha Smith, Frisco, TX
    Pradeep Vayalali, Irving, TX
    Jo Williams, Denton, TX

    31st Annual Materials Hard + Soft @ Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

    Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    EXHIBITION INFORMATION

    February 2, 2017 | Opening Reception 6-8 p.m., Award Ceremony with Juror Perry A. Price at 7 p.m.
    February 3 – May 5, 2018 | Exhibition on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center’s Meadows Gallery

    ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

    Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 31st year, the exhibition shows the top national and international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media.

    The 2018 exhibition drew over 1,000 submissions from 8 countries around the world. Juror Perry A. Price selected 70 works for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center including works from 27 states in varying media including metal, wood, plastic, ceramic, fiber, glass, and mixed media.

    This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Denton. Special thanks to Best Western Premier for their continued sponsorship. Materials will be on view February 3 – May 5, 2018 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Cost of entry is $5 for public, FREE for GDAC members, students and children under 12. Learn more about our current and upcoming exhibitions at dentonarts.com/exhibitions.

    This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the ArtsTexas Commission on the Arts and the City of Denton.
    Special thanks to Best Western Premier for their continued sponsorship.

    Robert Jessup: Squares @ Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

    Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Robert Jessup: Squares @ Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center | Denton | Texas | United States

    Robert Jessup: Squares
    Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
    February 3 – May 19, 2018

    Known for his narrative paintings, Robert Jessup has eschewed a representational style in his recent work in order to create ambitious paintings and drawings that aim to reconfigure his world of imagery. Barely decipherable figures navigate a wild and colorful pictorial space that churns with a furious plasticity. the very visceral paint application can range from the most delicate whisperings of a fine brush’s touch, to the brutal scrapings and trowelings of the widest knife. Jessup states: “the configurations arise from the battle between the charged forces of the rectangle, the impetuosity of my flailing physical self, and the persistence of my desire to configure in spite of my many doubts and dissatisfactions.”

    Gallery Hours

    Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
    Thursday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
    Friday and Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
    Sunday and Monday: Closed

     

    TWU Basketball vs Midwestern State @ TWU - Pioneer

    Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm

    TWU Basketball vs Midwestern State @ TWU - Pioneer | Denton | Texas | United States

    Come out and support your TWU Basketball team as they host Midwestern State.

    Admission is FREE for all TWU Students / Staff / Faculty, with faculty and staff also granted three free admission passes for guests.

    Ticket Prices for Non-TWU

    Adults – $5
    Senior/Youth – $3
    12 & Under – FREE

    A Heart for the Hungry @ The Clubhouse at Robson Ranch

    Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

    A Heart for the Hungry @ The Clubhouse at Robson Ranch | Denton | Texas | United States

    Dance the night away to the music of The Denton Community Band. Enjoy an elegant dinner and bid on both live and silent auction items. All this fun while you support Our Daily Bread, Denton’s community soup kitchen

    THE MAGAZINE

    #DENTON: Where Original Meets Independent

    CVB LogoDenton.  Original.  Independent.

    Mull it over for a minute.  Look at the image; think about the words.  What does it mean?  What is it saying?

    This is our brand.  It conveys in a single image the essence of this place:  Denton, Texas.  Understanding our brand is the first step to understanding our vibe.  And tuning to our vibe is the key to unlocking your own uniquely-customized, Denton-centric adventure.

    The word original is a broad application.  It’s more a description of spirit than physical attribute, though the spirit is manifested in the physical fabric of our city.  The creative energy fueled by our universities, arts community, music industry, small business community, the North Texas Horse Country – it drives originality.  Another example of our originality is our vibrant downtown.  It’s the real thing, no faux about it.  We hold fast to our history while progressively moving ahead.  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, for instance.  Denton is known around the world for the music movement 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.

     

    The weathered appearance of the brand is quite intentional.  Think about your favorite pair of jeans.  They’re likely a bit worn-looking, because they are your favorite.  They fit you perfectly, comfortably.  And they wouldn’t fit anyone else in just the same way.  Our brand says that’s how Denton fits too.

    Denton is a place where people come to pursue their passions, and we’ve shared their dreams and journeys for more than 150 years.  You’ll see it in our year-round festivals, museums, galleries and shops.  You’ll taste it in the delectable art of local chefs and unique dining.  You’ll feel it in our vibe.

    Welcome to Denton.  Now get ready for something different, an experience no other has had before, because this one is yours:  Original.  Independent.

    Guests in Denton, like the 128,000 people who choose to live here, have something quite definitive in common: we all seek uniquely customized, Denton-centric adventures in our internationally acclaimed way-cool vibe. We call this vibe original, independent.

    Original is a spirit manifested in the physical fabric of our city. It is creative energy fueled for the past 125 years 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.

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