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Have you ever tried to fix your own printer only to end up in tears? Well, the Koan School hosted Adulting Olympics.The private school, located on a farm in Denton, keeps classes small and curriculum personalized. High school students were tested on real-world, practical skills we sometimes overlook: changing a tire and checking oil on a car, writing a check (with tip), filling out a W-4 form, finding a polling place, sewing a button on a garment, haggling and mincing garlic.

They also learned to do those things you always end up doing when you have five minutes to get to a meeting: downloading a driver and setting up a printer,and fixing a plumbing emergency. Maybe the school should offer Adulting Olympics as a weekend community outreach workshop. We're suggesting this for a friend who can't get her lug nuts off.

Speaking of sewing buttons ...

Bet you didn't know that Denton is part of the largest concentration of members of the Texas State Button Society. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is where most button fanatics in the state live, the society said. And yes, the button society promotes the collection and preservation of buttons -- not the messages you pin to your lapel, but the fasteners on your clothing. The society states: "Buttons are little bits of artwork made over the centuries that reflect fashion, politics, culture and technology. We collect antique, vintage and modern buttons for display, to use in competition and just to treasure." Argyle has members in the club, too.

An example of the buttons collected by the Texas State Button Society.Texas Stater Button Society
An example of the buttons collected by the Texas State Button Society.
Texas Stater Button Society

Hollywood transplant Jason Lee has a selection of his photographs on exhibit at the Kettle Art Gallery in Dallas' Deep Ellum. The Denton resident is among 25 artists and writers with art in "Significance Imposed," which runs through June 3. Lee's work comes from his upcoming book of photography, A Plain View.

Lee opens a solo show of 42 photographs from A Plain View at Artspace 111 in Fort Worth on June 2.

Right before Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, we published a story about the glory that is Fletcher's Corny Dogs, a staple of the jazz fest food court. Rudy Ray Seward, a UNT emeritus professor of sociology, told us recently that one year at the festival, his daughter-in-law volunteered to fetch a corny dog for Seward's son so he wouldn't miss a second of Brave Combo. Then, Seward said, "she seemed to be gone for an extra-long period of time."

When she finally returned, she wasn't empty-handed. "She had adopted a large shepherd-lab mix puppy dog that was of course immediately named Fletcher. They have lived happily ever since with their Fletcher 'Corny' Dog."

Denton native Nolan Goff is heading back to his hometown this summer to shoot a short film. "Nobody Knows" is about a Texas teenager named Ross who plays a prank on his younger brother, a rising high school football star. The prank goes tragically wrong. Goff launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $6,500 for the shoot. With eight days to go, Goff had raised more than $8,250. Tommy O'Brien, who appeared in DJ Snake and Justin Bieber'smusic video for "Let Me Love You," will play Ross.

Goff writes in his Kickstarter campaign: "While the story itself isn't about Denton or any town specifically, you're going to see some iconic and familiar locations throughout that will hopefully mean something to you too." Learn more and see a clip at

It looks like Denton Community Theatre might be changing the name of its children's outreach program. The clumsily named Denton Community Theatre Theatre School is now referred to as DCTedu in online promotion of the upcoming children's show Reynard the Fox. Much better, don't you think?

At least 10 new ducklings are nesting behind Denton City Hall.

You know that hot new mattress, Casper? It's all the rage because it arrives at your house or apartment in a box. (Once you open the box, you still have to lug a mattress down steps or up into a truck, obviously). Well, Target announced that it will be selling the mattresses, a lounger and a $195 mattress topper.

BQNT, a supergroup featuring Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Fran Healy of Travis andEric Pulido of Denton's Midlake, played Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday. Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith and guitarist Joey McClellan joined the band in NYC.

Parting Shot

"So, how many days after the end of the semester am I supposed to accept extra credit?"

-- Ben Vail, UNT instructor

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