Texas health officials haven’t changed their minds — or their positions — on childhood immunizations. Get your children vaccinated, they say. “I personally think that vaccinations are one of the greatest public health triumphs of human history,” said Witold Migala, a professor of epidemiology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. “I’ve worked extensively on polio immunization. Polio is a disease which only exists in the human pool.
Most of us think of jewelry, clothing, furniture and quilts are branches of fashion or trends. In the Greater Denton Arts Council’s flagship yearly exhibit, “Materials: Hard & Soft,” jewelry and furniture, ceramics and quilting transcend their functional roots to be decorative.
Two filmmakers took a deep dive into the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. After a white police officer killed an unarmed black 18-year-old, the Missouri city erupted in protest and riots in the late summer of 2014. Both films will screen on Saturday during the Denton Black Film Festival.
An award-winning local poet will host a poetry open-mic for the upcoming mixer for the Artists Enclave of Denton County. Spoken-word artist Joaquin Zihuatanejo will be the guest host for “Love Me. Love Me Not: An Evening of Poems about Adoration and Heartache” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Walnut Street Annex of Sweetwater Grill & Tavern.
The University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra will perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 in A minor at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Winspear Hall at UNT’s Murchison Performing Arts Center. David Itkin, a UNT professor and the College of Music’s director of orchestral studies, will conduct.
Organizers of the Denton Black Film Festival slipped another film into the three-day lineup this week, and it has a deep connection to Denton. The latest film, Family Dinner Volume Two, finds the Grammy-winning band Snarky Puppy holed up in a church-turned-recording studio in New Orleans. During Mardi Gras. And with a stable of impressive guest artists in tow.
Rising Texas music artist Adrian Johnston headlines the Pilot Point Opera House’s Winter Music Fest on Saturday at 110 S. Washington St. in Pilot Point. She’s opened for the likes of Jack Ingram, Zane Williams, Turnpike Troubadours, Reckless Kelly, Johnny Cooper and others. Winter Music Fest includes two show times: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door, cash only. For more information, call 469-446-6546 or 214-405-4708.
A one-day festival will keep youths and adults busy on Saturday. “Building Bridges: A Community Celebration” is a daylong family event with film, dance, art, crafts and activities. The Denton Black Film Festival’s pre-festival event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. Performing acts include the 432 Hertz Ensemble, a world music group with members of the UNT African Dance Ensemble, shown at the arts center last year. Adults can enjoy music and food trucks throughout the day, with drinks in the evening. Advance tickets cost $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12. For tickets and more information, visit www.dentonbff.com. Tickets at the door will cost $10. The celebration promotes the Denton Black Film Festival on Jan. 29-31 at the Campus Theatre.
Neo-vaudeville performer Magnolia Strange dances with fiery hoops. She’s part of the lineup of Weasel Roadshow, a touring act of burlesque and vaudeville performers based in St. Louis. The troupe stops in Denton for two shows this weekend: 9 p.m. Friday at J&J’s Pizza, 118 W. Oak St. on the Square, and 9 p.m. Saturday at Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory St. Both variety shows will feature a burlesque performance by Blyre Cpanx, juggling by Lee Mai, escape artist duo Dr. Judas Lynch and Ms. Magnolia Strange, sword swallower Lila Wolf and hoop dancing. Guest artists Poppy Xander and her band will perform at the Friday show at J&J’s Pizza. Tickets for both performances will be $5 at the door.
The Denton Parks and Recreation Department presents the annual My Little Valentine family dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Denton Civic Center for children up to age 12 and their families. Advance tickets cost $7, available at the Civic Center and online at www.dentonparks.com. Tickets will cost $10 at the door. Photos will be available at the event for $3, roses for $2, and glow products for $1. Light refreshments will be available, and the event will feature a live DJ.
Alexander Heffner, the host of the PBS public affairs show The Open Mind , has covered the voting patterns of millennials since 2012. Next month he’ll visit the University of North Texas to talk about the expectations of millennial voters this year. Heffner’s talk is at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in Room 382 at the University Union, 1155 Union Circle. The free lecture is sponsored by the UNT Mayborn School of Journalism.
When it comes to playing royalty in Denton Community Theatre’s The Lion in Winter, actors Connie Lane and Greg Phillips said the trick was to find the Everyman (and the Everywoman) in King Henry II and...
Denton’s School and Community Reuse Action Project will have a daylong program for kids on Monday. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a government holiday and schools are closed, but SCRAP Denton will host “School’s Out, SCRAP’s In” on Monday, a day of exploration for ages 6 to 12. Children who participate will consider the possibilities of discarded materials, play games, experiment and make something infused by their own creative ideas.
Local growler bar the Bearded Monk will host a “stout and shout” from 6 to 11 p.m. on Jan. 23. That night, the local bar will tap a rare stout on the hour. Among the promised beers are Karbach Brewing Co.’s Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter, Lakewood Brewing Co.’s 2015 Bourbon Barrel Temptress, To Ol’s Goliat Imperial Coffee Stout, Mikkeller’s Black Hole and Blue Owl Brewing’s Professor Black sour cherry stout.