Upon the Ecliptic marks a dramatic step away from the polished piano-blues-rock that Denton musician Andrew Tinker distilled onto his debut record in 2009, It Takes the World. Upon the Ecliptic will be released on Friday, and Tinker will celebrate with a local release show.
Darren Aronofsky is just one of many filmmakers with an obsession with one of the Bible’s epic tales. If Aronofsky’s Noah impressed you, circle one of these dates on your calendar. The Denton Cinemark will screen the Cecil B. DeMille classic The Ten Commandments at 2 p.m. Friday and again at 2 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday. The Ten Commandments screen a final time at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Role models can be found in the unlikeliest of places. And they can come in some unlikely forms. Take the title character in Joe, played by a laconic yet often volcanic Nicolas Cage. By any measure, he’s a despicable person. But in the eyes of an abused 15-year-old boy, he can be a savior.
Texas Woman’s University presents the French farce A Flea in Her Ear next week. Adapted by David Ives, A Flea in Her Ear begins with a suspicious wife who is convinced her husband is having an affair after she receives a mysterious pair of suspenders in the mail. The wife conspires with her best friend to test her husband’s fidelity. How? By inviting him to an anonymous rendezvous at the Frisky Puss Hotel.
Jimbo Mathus stayed close to his Mississippi home when he crafted Dark Night of the Soul, his latest release with his band, the Tri-State Coalition. The record is a swamp-rock soundtrack, shooting the ache of Delta blues into a well-used vein of raging juke-joint rock.
Ambrose (Logan Broker), Dolly (Stephanie Felton) and Ermengarde (Leanne Finnegan) put on a performance during Tuesday night’s dress rehearsal of Hello, Dolly! Denton Community Theatre opens the classic musical — which tells the story of a matchmaker (Felton, also shown above) searching for a wife for grouchy Horace Vandergelder — on Friday.
Oaxacan-born Denton painter Aurora Cabrera is the featured artist during the First Friday arts mixer from 6 to 9 p.m. at A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak St. Cabrera uses vibrant color when she is creating in watercolor, making mixed media art or re-styling furniture. Locals can see her paintings and listen to the Oui Bis, a local ensemble that plays Irish, Scottish and English folk dance music, old-time American music, traditional jazz and more. The monthly arts mixer is a free promenade of art galleries and creative shops in downtown Denton. Locals can also check out the latest show at Re:Vision Gallery, which features art made with mostly re-used material at SCRAP Denton, UNT on the Square, Banter Bistro, the DIME Store and others.
Austin quartet Band of Heathens hasn’t worn out the band’s fourth studio album, Sunday Morning Record. The group will play tunes from the record, and older material, too, on Tuesday night at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St.