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We're Denton Dammit - March 8, 2018

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Lucinda Breeding

Update: An earlier version of this column described Our Daily Bread as an interfaith-supported soup kitchen. The soup kitchen became a secular nonprofit in 2014. 

We give former city councilman Kevin Roden some grief in this column, and so we'd like to give him some credit for walking his talk. Well, for riding his talk. On Saturday night, Roden was ferrying his children east on Hickory street in an Urban Tribe bike — one of those locally made and sold bike-cart hybrids. We'd be intimidated by the busy traffic downtown, but Roden pedaled like a pro and saved the city's air from a few more particles of auto emissions. 

Kim Reed's day job is the director of senior living at the Good Samaritan Society's Lake Forest Village. But Reed is applying her energy to another worthy local cause as a member of the board of directors of Our Daily Bread, the city's nonprofit soup kitchen. Before coming to Denton, Reed was the director of the single parent ministry at Houston's iconic Lakewood Church, where Joel Osteen is the senior pastor. Reed is an ordained minister herself and will find her talents much-needed in feeding the hungry of Denton. 

No one in Denton County needed this confirmation, but Allstate, the insurance company, listed Denton County as the second stormiest county in Texas. The company tallied the top Texas counties affected by severe weather, focusing on areas with the most wind- and hail-related property damage claims from 2007 to 2017. We hope to be spared the hail, tornadoes and straight-line winds this spring. 

Did you hear? Los Lobos will play the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival this year. The iconic band plays at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28 on the Jazz Stage. Randy Brecker opens the festival at 9 p.m. Friday, April 27 on the Jazz Stage. As always, Brave Combo shuts down the fest at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29. 

Know what tickles us? Hearing from Carl Finch, the frontman of the Denton Grammy-winning polka band Brave Combo, that he's tinkering with hymns and exploring themes from the Ten Commandments.  Finch has been on the scene here in Denton longer than he wants us to say. But he's still challenging himself, and he still sounds really sharp in his latest electronic project. (He's given a percolating, electro treatment to a 1900s Russian-Yiddish song about selling bagels. It will make you hungry when you hear it.) Impressive. 

You already know that Denton is officially a music-friendly city. And to celebrate this new certification (that was stamped by the Governor's Office of Music, thank you) the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau is making a splash page on the bureau's site for "Make Music Day" on Thursday, June 21. The idea is to publicize all of the shows and concerts happening that day, and Julie Glover, the economic development program administrator, is looking to market music planned to celebrate the day. Glover had some totally Denton ideas: a 30-minute guitar lesson on the Square (paging Polly Maynard), drumming lessons (oh, hey, Ghost Note and Music Academy of Denton) and "kazoos for everyone." Who could we tap to lead a kazoo choir? Saxophone and clarinet whisperer Jeffrey Barnes?

University of North Texas student filmmaker Ciara Boniface won Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" Visionary Filmmaker Award. Boniface's short film, "Dirty Money," just screened at the Denton Black Film Festival. The 19-year-old won $100,000 to make her own film, a trip to the Hollywood premiere of A Wrinkle in Time and a brand new Nissan Leaf.  

Denton theater patrons know Theresa Buntain through her work as a director and actress for Denton Community Theatre. Buntain, an alumna of Texas Woman's University, earned the Parent Teacher Student Association Lifetime Achievement Award at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton. 

Mary Becton-Crouse, a nurse practitioner and sometimes wildlife rehabilitator from Krum, will travel to Uganda on Saturday with her daughter, Jessi, where they will spend a week on a medical mission. Crouse has traveled on medical missions before, but this is the first time her daughter will accompany her on a mission trip. 

The Boys and Girls Club of North Central Texas is doing something special for its upcoming golf tournament. The club is asking golfers and other individuals to sponsor a veteran to play in the 12th annual Benefit Golf Tournament, scheduled for Thursday, April 26 at Lantana Golf Club in Argyle.  Donors can sponsor a single vet for $135, or four veterans for $525. Professional golfer Fiamma Felitch will be at the tournament. 

Parting shot

"This used to be a government of checks and balances. Now it's all checks and no balances." — Gracie Allen, comedy writer of the 1950s and '60s. 

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