Celebrity spotted on the Denton Country Club golf course last Friday: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the nation's top diplomat, spends most of his time globe-hopping between hot spots. He came home to Bartonville last weekend and was spotted playing a round of golf with local buddies. Needless to say, members of Tillerson's security team were positioned behind every blade of well-tended grass.
Looks like some state officials got their directions mixed up when they made the signs pointing to local state Rep. Lynn Stucky's office. Recently installed around the downtown Square, the signs said Stucky represents District 67. Any informed voter (or anyone with access to Google) knows it's Jeff Leach who represents parts of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in District 67. Denton Record-Chronicle staffer Caitlyn Jones shot this photo Tuesday, and as of Wednesday morning, a new sign said what we already know: We're District 64 'round these parts.
You can't say that Denton businessman and longtime activist Willie Hudspeth doesn't have a sense of humor. During the citizens' report portion of the City Council meeting, Hudspeth played the theme song of Sanford and Son in rebuttal to his critics. Hudspeth has a longstanding conflict with the city's code enforcement over the items outside his three-year-old resale shop. On Wednesday, Hudspeth was arraigned on one misdemeanor charge for displaying items, such as bikes, strollers and barbecue grills, in front of the shop at West Oak and Bonnie Brae streets. He faces another charge for excess trash and debris behind the shop. Each is a Class C misdemeanor with a fine of $360.
Denton's LGBT community keeps nudging the city to make official moves to acknowledge transgender residents (and visitors) and improve the city's profile for LGBT folks. Tuesday night, Denton activist Kat Ralph and Denton resident Brandy Pounds gave citizen reports urging the city to host a transgender summit. (See our cover story about this weekend's Pride events.) Denton does have an LGBT resource, OUTreach Denton . The resource connects LGBT locals to one another, advocates for youth and teens, and hosts socials for LGBT locals, their friends, advocates and families.
Denton's old-fashioned burger joint Mr. Frosty's has a cameo a recent Valero commercial ("Life between fill-ups" is the slogan). A car full of people pulls up to the local drive-in at the 8-second mark. See for yourself. At the 15-second mark, the Fine Arts Theatre and nearby businesses on the Denton Square flash onto the screen. The spot caught the eye of ex-Denton dude David Koen, who posted about it on Instagram.
It's true that we antagonize the government in this space on a regular basis (today is no exception, apparently). So now is as good a time as any to thank the state for completing the infernal construction on University Drive (a.k.a. U.S. Highway 380). We felt a flash of unfamiliar pleasure on the thoroughfare -- sans the cones, barrels and barriers -- on Tuesday. Seriously. Some days, it felt like University would be clogged by construction until the Rapture.
Ben Esely, owner of the Bearded Monk, made a promise to local beer lovers when he opened the downtown growler bar. If you get a tattoo of the craft beer shop's logo through Dark Age Tattoo Studio, Esely will pay for it. Esely is good for it. Don't believe it? Tune into #FreeBeerFriday, the DentonRadio.com segment Esely co-hosts each week, to see a tattoo done live on Facebook. The recipient? Tait Lifto, the marketing manager of Founders Brewing Co. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday over at www.facebook.com/DentonRadio. And that's the hour you can watch the live tattoo.
The University of North Texas athletic department unveiled upgrades to the Ernie Kuehne Basketball Practice Facility on Monday that include a photo of booster Ernie Kuehne on the wall. But it's not just any photo. It includes green lights in Kuehne's eyes that light up and can be turned on and off via remote control. Kuehne has contributed more than $900,000 toward the venue that first opened in 2013.
Speaking of UNT, why did the college choose #NewDenton for the Mean Green football marketing?
Wow. Denton indie goth-pop artist Jessie Frye has upped the ante for local music marketing. Frye announced that her latest single, "Honey," will drop soon. And boy, does her single poster look David LaChapelle-slick.
Frye sits, doll-like, on a bright blue floor, wearing what looks like a bright pink patent leather dress. Hair and makeup are on point, as always, and an army of decapitated Barbie-esque dolls creep toward her (one doll has managed to work its torso under her skirt). The dolls' heads are stowed in an old-fashioned gumball dispenser.
The poster is emblematic of Frye's approach to her music: accessible and smart, and expertly staged. What's not to love about a Denton musician who insists that pop music can sound as sweet as a candy coating, and still have something to say? Dallas photographer Corey S. Bomar shot the poster, Dallas designer Michael Houlihan composed it and Dallas makeup artist Ashley Nicole Whitby enhanced Frye's considerable natural gorgeousness.
Argyle resident and retired American Airlines pilot Beverley Bass has wanted to take her grown children to Gander ever since she diverted her passenger jet to the Newfoundland town on Sept. 11, 2001, when American airspace was closed following the terrorist attacks. Bass, who is portrayed as a character in the Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away, will make the trip with her children "in tow" at the end of July.
"I watched people begin to adopt Dan's [the original Dan's Bar south of the Square, in the mid-1990s], and it was art rockers, punk rockers, country people. It was this eclecticism in the room — we'd have lawyers and librarians and grannies, and skinny ranchers that would drive in from 20 miles out. The old bar, it was this amalgam where we all had our differences but we all got along."
— Baptist Generals' Chris Flemmons, in his history/benediction/toast for Dan's Silverleaf, marking its 15th anniversary this month
Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at firstname.lastname@example.org.