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We're Denton Dammit: Oct. 5, 2017

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The North Texas Comedy Festival is coming up this weekend, so naturally we went to the Denton Comedy Festival website to find out when the next festival might be. The site's placeholder is a letter from MoneyDog, a local collective, saying they bought the domain from founder R.J. Avery. Avery was the man behind the first Denton Comedy Festival in 2016. MoneyDog's letter explains it is surveying readers to gauge interest and to find out if locals would spring for a $10 all-access admission.  

It appears that Denton County Judge Mary Horn will not be running for re-election in 2018. County Commissioner Andy Eads is running hard to position himself to succeed her. And that means he will vacate his commissioner seat. Names in the wind of those who might run in the Republican primary to succeed Eads are Brenda Latham, a former Lewisville school board member, and Itamar Gelbman, a former member of the Flower Mound Town Council. Keep in mind, however, that we will not know who is running for what in 2018 until the end of the monthlong candidate filing period on Dec. 11. Horn could always change her mind.

The Greater Denton Arts Council finished its renovation of Festival Hall at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. It's pretty spiffy. To restore the space to its 1929 motif, crews removed drywall to expose the original brick walls. The hall has new lighting and a new acoustical ceiling.

The council — a nonprofit that supports and promotes the fine arts and art education — will have two site-specific installations. Local artists Amie Adelman and Neal Paustian are creating pieces for the space. Paustian's piece will debut during the opening. Adelman will complete her piece later this month. The official "reveal" will be part of the opening reception of  "Narrative Threads: The AIDS Memorial Quilt." The event will also include the first Festival Hall exhibition post-renovations, "Color Coded," a series of paintings examining fear and violence in contemporary times by Vagner Mendonca Whitehead.  

Apparently, G. Brint Ryan, Donald Trump Jr. and UNT President Neal Smatresk are all going to dinner together this month. We'd love to be there too! Let's rewind to why this is awkward and funny: A University of North Texas official sent an official invitation to Trump Jr. to speak at the Kuehne Speaker Series in March, and the note was made public by The Dallas Morning News. The letter accompanied a story saying Smatresk told faculty members in emails he tried to stop Trump's speech, set for Oct. 24, which is sponsored by Ryan's company (Ryan is also the chairman of UNT's governing board). Those pesky emails ...

Dark Age Tattoo Studio was on Tuesday night's episode of Ink Master Angels. Tattoo artist Deanna Smith appeared in the Spike TV series, which showcases women tattoo artists.  The show airs at 9 p.m. Central on Tuesdays. 

Local musicians found that last week's death of Arkansas bluesman CeDell Davis had an added sting to it.  Davis, known for using a butter knife to play slide guitar (polio contorted his hands in childhood), recorded an albumin Denton with a band including R.E.M. bassist Peter Buck and guitarist Scott McCaughey, who toured with R.E.M., and former Denton percussionist Joe Cripps. For locals, Davis' passing is a reminder of Cripps' disappearance in Arkansas almost a year ago in Little Rock, his hometown. 

Paschall Bar celebrates its sixth anniversary today. Ownership will celebrate by turning the downtown Denton joint into a speakeasy. (That's OK. We can all pretend that drinking is verboten in town for one night.)

Tom Petty, who died on Monday, told Rolling Stone he regretted  using the Confederate flag in the marketing of his tour after the 1985 release of his Southern Accents album. "I wish I had given it more thought. It was a downright stupid thing to do," Petty told the music magazine. 

Denton resident and former UNT music professor Lenora McCroskey is featured in the latest edition of "Center Stage" on the Early Music America's website. McCroskey is still active as a concert musician, playing organ and harpsichord for the Denton Bach Society, and she is the music director at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Denton. 

Hank, Peggy, Bobby and the gang celebrate the 250th episode of "King of the Hill." 
Hank, Peggy, Bobby and the gang celebrate the 250th episode of "King of the Hill." 

You had to be near Jody's Fountain near the UNT College of Music to hear it on Monday afternoon. A group of spirited folks gathered at the fountain to shout "Bwahhh!" in the manner of Hank Hill, the animated Texas star of King of the Hill. Don't believe us? Here's a video. Participant McKenna Hyde said: "We came. We Bwahhed. We conquered." If you want to learn from the master, this is the definitive Compilation of Bwaah.

Parting Shot

"You get into your late fifties, people start falling like flies all around you. I don't take life for granted anymore. I'm really glad to be here."Tom Petty, 1950-2017

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