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It turns out that the Kroger at University Drive and Carroll Boulevard has another nickname (aside from the popular "Murder Kroger" we love.) Reader Georgiane Burlage told us "many of my friends refer to the University Drive Kroger as 'the seventh level of hell.'" How come? "Mainly due to that obstacle course parking lot. The ongoing and never-ending construction on University Drive doesn't help, either. ... That parking lot is one reason that I bought a car with a rearview camera." 

Is this like arriving early at a junior high school party? Apparently Park7, a nationwide developer of college student housing, is so sure of their project at Scripture and Normal streets that they've already created a pin for it on Google Maps. Less clear is what happens now that the Denton City Council denied them the zoning change they requested.

The College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism at University of North Texas usually brings a chef to the Denton campus. This year UNT hospitality students had Nick Ocando, the executive chef of the Old Hickory Steakhouse at the Gaylord Texan, whip up some specialties for the Club at Gateway Center. Ocando cooked with students on Tuesday. 

Denton-based dancer and choreographer Rebecca Lopez performs at an Art Talk at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas. Lopez joins other Dallas-Fort Worth dancers in perform a verse of Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise" in Morse code. The performances are part of an interpretation of artist Alicia Eggert's exhibit "Partial Visibility." The performers will use tap, step and other rhythmic dance to respond to and communicate the text. 

The performance will take place in the gallery in the company of Above and Beyond, a large-scale steel sculpture that takes the form of a staircase constructed of the words "RISE" and "TREAD," which Eggert made in collaboration with Joshua Williams. Lopez and the other dancers perform from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the MAC,  1601 South Ervay St. in Dallas. "Partial Visibility" is on view through Sunday. Gallery hours are noon to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with extended hours from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.

Longtime Denton residents Eugenia and Bill King lent two very old cars to the upcoming AMC drama The Son (starring Pierce Brosnan). One of the cars is the Kings' 1911 Model T Ford Touring Car. The other is a 1925 Model T Roadster

The cars were sitting side by side at Riney's Used Car building on South Locust Street in 1968 when Bill King shopped the lot -- ready to start and drive without a lick of repair.  The 1925 model is restored, but the 1911 model is entirely original. "Mr. Riney would not sell them separately," Eugenia King said. And he made Bill promise not to sell one of them immediately. The Denton couple has had the two cars for 48 years.  There's no telling whether the cars will end up in a first-season episode, though they were driven on the Austin set and filmed. The series premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Maj. Gen. Mary Saunders, a Texas Woman's University Distinguished Alumna
joined TWU students Nicole Miller and Haley Penn recently  on CBS 11 News (KTVT-TV). A member of the Texas Women's Hall of Fame, Saunders currently serves as the executive director of the TWU Leadership Institute. You can view the story on the CBS 11 website at http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/03/31/ones-to-know-mary-saunders/.

Lift to Experience keeps gathering up accolades for its one and only album, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, released in 2001. The short-lived Denton band — Josh T. PearsonAndy Young and Josh "Bear" Browning — has seen the release of a box set featuring that fateful album plus the original and new mixes of the album; the band's debut EP, available for the first time on vinyl; the 2001 John Peel session from BBC Radio 1 (previously unreleased), a large-format photo and lyric book, and a digital copy of all the audio. Now, you can watch a short film about the band's history and the music here: http://bit.ly/2n96EbN.

Little Elm resident Jason Galbraith, Democratic candidate for the 26th Congressional District, announced on Facebook Wednesday that he was withdrawing from the 2018 race. The seat is now occupied by Republican Michael Burgess. Galbraith said "relative lack of interest" in his candidacy played a role in his decision to cancel his run. He endorsed Democratic candidate Linsey Fagan, of Keller, who plans to file in November. Conservative Democrat Michael Callaway, of Roanoke, is also making a bid for the seat, and urged Galbraith to reconsider.

 "I am not running against her, you or any Democrat," Callaway said. "We are all running against a GOP machine that has ruled the district for 34 years."

 Burgess was first elected in 2002. 

Parting Shot

"When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive." — President George W. Bush

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at cbreeding@dentonrc.com.