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We're Denton Dammit: Dec. 21, 2017

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Lucinda Breeding

Denton has gained back an all-ages music venue on the Square. J&J's Pizza posted Wednesday on Facebook a simple message with some emojis and booking info: "Hey Y'all! The Ol' Dirty Basement is back!!!" The pizzeria had to close off its subterranean space, which had long hosted both upstart and established bands, in summer 2016 after a disagreement with the building's owner. Score one for underground music.

We've been meaning to brag on one of the hardest-working men in Denton's art scene: John Riegelman, the facilities manager for the Greater Denton Arts Council. A lot of people don't appreciate or even know how busy the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center is — with everything from exhibitions, events, board meetings for a number of nonprofits, fundraisers, church worship services and more keeping the place jumping. The arts center is pretty much a community center. 

Well, last summer and fall, when the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco hired a chunk of the staff away, Riegelman took over as the acting interim director of the council until Georgina Ngozi took the reins. Also, he's the chief cook and bottle washer for the council's 2018 music series, which opens with Grammy winner John Paul White in concert. If you see Riegelman around town, shake his hand. He's good people.  

Speaking of the arts council, the next renovation project for the arts center is the kitchen

The famous — or infamous Flat Earth Guy — reportedly will be featured at "What It Is Is: The Drunk Talk Show," host Scott Porter's irregular event at Dan's Silverleaf. You've seen the Flat Earth Guy's truck parked on the downtown Denton Square, and if you've cruised down Panhandle Street toward the interstate, you've probably seen his house. Also at tonight's live interview show: Will Fisher, a Democrat running for House District 26. If you get there a bit late, no worries. You can catch live music by Ariel Hartley of Pearl Earl and Dahlia Knowles, a.k.a. Lorelei K.  Ritchy Flo will perform some magic tricks, too. The talk show is from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21.

Three Denton nonprofits got a stocking stuffer from Target. The national retailer gave grants totaling $10,270 to Serve Denton, Giving Hope Inc. and Explorium Denton.

Serve Denton will use part of the money to buy furniture for the classroom and conference room in the Serve Denton Center. Explorium will buy furniture for its party room and  Giving Hope will replace the floor in the nonprofit's office. 

Anyone hunting for a last-minute gift for a fancier of the United Kingdom can just stop panicking right now. Highland Titles will sell you a title for the holidays. For the bargain basement price of $44, you can make your loved one a lord or lady of Glencoe. The purchase gives you a souvenir plot of land (which you can actually visit) and the Scottish land conservation company's permission to style yourself as a laird (the Scottish term for "lord"), lord or lady of Glencoe. The $44 will buy you a title to a square foot of land. You can buy 1,000 square feet for $735. 

University  of North Texas Fibers Collective students created "sustainability service cord" for last weekend's graduating seniors. Students Madison Burrell, Rachel McGee, Molly Beaufait and Jennifer Silvey made the honor cords — worn as part of graduates' commencement regalia — using sustainable methods to make the gold cords. The students dyed the cords using indigo, yarrow, marigold and goldenrod, which were grown and harvested from the UNT Natural Dye Garden and processed in the dye research lab in the Department of Studio Art in the College of Visual Arts and Design.

They worked under the mentorship of studio art technician and adjunct faculty member Abby Sherrill, and they all partnered with the UNT Office of SustainabilityThe honor cords commemorated students' advocacy for sustainable change exemplified during their studies.

Big-time publisher Random House approached Argyle resident Beverley Bass for a book about her life story. Bass was the one of the first three female pilots hired at American Airlines. She was piloting an international flight from Paris back to the States when the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center compelled the government to divert international flights. She landed her bird in Gander, Newfoundland. Later, her story was included into the Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away

But Bass demurred on committing her life story to a book. Instead, Bass will co-write a children's book with Cynthia Williams. It will be illustrated by a woman, too. 

Local parents of dance students took to Facebook on Monday to spread the news that Dance World, a boutique that sells shoes, tights, leotards, hair nets and more, will close on  Saturday. The shop has operated out of Golden Triangle Mall for years.  

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the video for "Honey," the sugar-dusted pop number by Jessie Frye. On its own, "Honey" is a typical pop song about a girl crushing on her elusive lover. The video, though, shows a huntress' heart beating beneath the shiny, pink patent leather Frye dons to pursue her heart's desire. 

Parting Shot

"Are there no prisons? ... And the Union workhouses, are they still in operation?"

— The unrepentant Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens'  A Christmas Carol

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.