The showy redbud tree gets a lot of love in Denton, but another tree — a more humble member of the oak family — will get its own ceremony to kick off the 22nd annual Redbud Festival on Saturday.
American Idol Live is bound for Dallas. The top five contestants of Season 14 — who will be named on Wednesday — are slated to stop in Dallas on Aug. 12 at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place. Tickets go on sale on Friday. Purchase tickets online at axs.com or by calling 1-888-929-7849. The final 12 are: back row, from left, Quentin Alexander, Maddie Walker, Adanna Duru, Clark Beckham, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Joey Cook and Tyanna Jones; front row, Nick Fradiani, Jax, Daniel Speavey and Rayvon Owen.
Jonathan Larson’s Rent is riddled with death and dying. But the show is about life. Messy, prodigal life spending itself on itself. Rent’s lead characters get soaked in sin and pestilence, but in Denton Community Theater’s staging of the blockbuster rock musical, their frailty might be the secret ingredient that makes them heroic.
The Demigs’ schedule is packed pretty tightly these days. With a double album to promote (and Welcome to Hard Times comes complete with a lot of regional critical raves), the Denton four-piece has a lot of new tunes to shop around for fans and the uninitiated.
Denton folk musician Doug Burr is among the lineup for next month’s Untapped Fest in Fort Worth. Burr released his fifth album, Pale White Dove, on Tuesday. The local artist, whose work blends alt-country and Americana, picked up positive buzz for this latest release.
Texas Woman’s University opens its staging of Henry V next week. Steven Young, a TWU drama faculty member, directs the Shakespearean drama. The play, one of the playwright’s most oft-produced, is about a king living down his reputation as a rash young man in the face of a major battle.
Junie B. Jones is starting first grade, and her life is hardly simple. In the upcoming musical presented by the Artisan Children’s Theatre in Hurst, Junie B. (Katie Blanton) finds that her best friend no longer wants to be best friends, she reaches out to a new kid on the school bus and she can’t seem to make out the scribbling on the blackboard.
The upcoming concert by the Denton Bach Society is noteworthy for two reasons. The Sunday concert will be the second time the society — made up of a choir with about 40 voices and a baroque orchestra — will perform the entirety of J.S. Bach’s sprawling St. Matthew Passion.