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People get ready

It’s not too early to start thinking about that four-day space next March called 35 Denton. Volunteer Craig Flory said the festival hopes to whip up some excitement for the music festival — and move some discounted tickets for the event — with a packed party starting early Saturday afternoon at Hailey’s Club.

Good threads

Sarah Wells plans to relaunch her business in style. Which makes sense, considering Threadwell Clothing is in the business of dressing women in the kind of fashions that trend on Pinterest.

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Honest living

Billy Joe Shaver has been writing what he knows long before young pups slung a guitar over their shoulder and made a fetish of all things authentic.It took six years for Shaver to make Long in the Tooth,...

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Revelations from a star

Three years ago, Denton music teacher and newly minted writer Randy Schmidt published a definitive book about Karen Carpenter in Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter.

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Mr. ‘November’

Judging from The November Man, based on a novel by Bill Granger, the CIA’s operations in Eastern Europe are a friends-and-family affair. Former colleagues plot one another’s deaths. A junior officer interrogates her superior. A scorned pupil takes aim at his mentor’s loved ones. Geopolitical intrigue ranks second to daddy issues.

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Plank by plank

To call Redwood a DIY recording studio is almost an insult to the love and sweat owners McKenzie Smith and Joey McClellan put into the 1,200-square-foot space.

Watson still riding with ‘Real Good Time’

Amarillo-born country music artist Aaron Watson will rock the crowds at the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo on Friday — but he’ll rock easily.

Generous noise

Dan’s Silverleaf has seen its share of benefit concerts.Come noon on Saturday, the downtown bar and music venue is the spot where a new organization will host its inaugural event.“Lisapalooza” is the party,...

Podcast goes live

The Dolly Llamas, a two-piece band from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will kick out some jams to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on Aug. 28 in downtown Denton. Whiskeyboy Radio, a Fort Worth music, comedy and variety podcast, will be staging a benefit show at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Andy’s Bar, 122 N. Locust St. “Music vs. MS” also features performances by Dallas and Fort Worth rock and punk groups Cold Bloom, the Circle, The Last Place You Look and No Weapon Formed. Attendees can buy raffle tickets for prizes from the Frisco Rough Riders, Golden Triangle Mall, Circa 77 Vintage and more. For more information, visit www.whiskeyboy.us/shows/mvms .

Huge noggin gets in the way

Looking below the surface is mandatory for Frank, a strange new film that is unequal parts comedy, satire, allegory and fantasy. Or maybe it’s just something else entirely.

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Quality over quantity

Jamie Richards will make his way to the North Texas Fair and Rodeo from his home in Shawnee, Oklahoma, but most of his band will have a much shorter trip.

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Think pink

Denton Community Theatre closes its run of the oh-so-pink and incurably hopeful Legally Blonde this weekend. The musical comedy is a buffet of Americana. There’s a bevy of buxom sorority sisters sporting Pinterest-worthy hair (read: long and meticulously messy), dance numbers so buoyant they’re feats of athleticism and a libretto that sacrifices none of the original film’s (like totally) California-speak.

Seasonal special

Armadillo Ale Works is perfectly aware of what day it is. It’s a dog day of summer.

Waylon, the boys, and Hank

The music scene is going old school this weekend in Denton. The Raised Right Men — a motley collection of Denton’s best-loved songwriters and musicians Justin Collins (Hares on the Mountain), Brian Wright, Hank W. Early, Andy Rogers (Boxcar Bandits) and Grady Don Sandlin (Boxcar Bandits, RTB2) — host Denton Does Waylon at 9 p.m. today at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. The free show features covers of music by Jennings, the godfather of outlaw country.

If they could mark time with a garment rack

Greater Lewisville Community Theatre means to raise some scholarship money with its upcoming comedy Love, Loss and What I Wore.

Worth taking a look

Big Brother is alive and well in The Giver, a science-fiction fantasy with plenty to offer young audiences. Adults, too, might appreciate the democratic pleas for individuality and free thinking.

August procedure

The laughs are loud, lewd and low in Let’s Be Cops, a spoof of cop “buddy pictures” that is pretty much the definition of “an August comedy.”

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Social network

Keldrick Scott doesn’t claim to be a rapper. The Denton High School alumnus doesn’t count himself among the city’s many musicians. The CEO of the newly minted Denton label Gitmo said he just had a vision and some hustle.

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Blond ambition

Clay White admits he felt some pressure to raise the bar with Denton Community Theatre’s Legally Blonde. White earned an armload of awards for the company’s 2012 summer staging of Hairspray and then racked up more awards for the 2013 staging of Monty Python’s Spamalot for Greater Lewisville Community Theatre from The Column, a Dallas-Fort Worth theater blog.

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Exhuming love

The story of how sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene wrote the latest Casket Girls album, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale, sounds like something a publicist might cook up if such a thing were allowed.

Creating and ‘volunbeering’

Denton’s School and Community Reuse Project — better known as SCRAP — isn’t just for kids. The local nonprofit plans plenty of outreach for crafty grownups. SCRAP Denton has two upcoming workshops planned for adults.

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Half-baked heroes in a half-shell

The steroidal title characters in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles look as if they’re going to end up on a cartoon version of the Mitchell Report. Some day, historians will look back at this generation’s baseball...

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Old rugged cross

What might not be apparent at first glance is that the new movie Calvary is a mystery. In the opening scene, an anonymous voice tells a priest during confession that he will kill him in two weeks. The voice also states the time and place.

Give and take

Fathom Events joins the Weinstein Co. and Walden Media in broadcasting the red-carpet premiere of The Giver at select theaters on Monday. Participating Texas cinemas will broadcast a tape delay of the event at 7 p.m. Monday, including a screening at the AMC Highland Village 12 cinema, 4090 Barton Creek.

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Arts mixer features music, color

First Friday Denton has music and art on tap for its monthly arts mixer.A Creative Art Studio will have its festivities from 7 to 10 p.m. The music starts with E.T. and the Dreamcatchers — Angie Holliday,...

Two of a kind

Melanie Welch grew up in the Campus Theatre. As a tot, she played the title role in the company’s production of The Littlest Angel. Her mother, Kyla Welch, has performed in Denton Community Theatre shows and works in the Campus Theatre box office. Her dad, Dennis, has been in dozens of shows for a handful of North Texas theater companies and has directed for the local community theater.

Pop goes the heart

Walker Lukens’ latest record, the warmly received Devoted, was born from the Austin artist’s utter exhaustion with his ride on the indie-folk train.

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Hitching his wagon

Sam Riggs and the Night People return to Denton for a show at 10 p.m. today at Rockin’ Rodeo, 1009 Ave. C. Since his last local show, the Austin musician has seen his video “When the Lights Go Out” hit No. 1 on CMT Pure. He’s had a music spot on the hit show Nashville and a top five single on the Texas Music chart.

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Beyond belief

We need our illusions to live, or so says the main character in Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen’s clever new release. The romantic comedy is set in the south of France in 1928, and, although it is beguiling, charming, thoughtful and even challenging, it is neither overtly romantic nor terribly funny.