By Wednesday afternoon, the Denton Holiday Festival Association had announced its plan for the icy conditions predicted for Friday night, which is also Denton’s 25th annual date with the winter holidays.
The Denton Benefit League decided to merge two off its successful fundraisers in time for the holidays. “Tea & Trumpets” is a combination of the exhibit of tabletops that the league called “Sensational Settings” and the afternoon teas the league hosted the afternoon of its annual charity ball and the afternoon of “Settings.”
The holiday weekend promises two things in Denton: strained waistbands and a buffet of music. Hailey’s Club will host a “turkey bash” on Friday night featuring the Merry Chrisfits, McKinney trio Shaka and Fort Worth folk-punksters Not Half Bad. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $5 for ages 21 and older and $10 for ages 18 to 20. The club is located at 122 W. Mulberry St.
Philomena asks the unanswerable question of how far would we go to find the truth about something if we might not like the answer? The new drama from sure-handed director Stephen Frears discovers that sometimes the truth might be best, however painful. And, in Philomena, the truth is unbearably painful.
Lisa Racina admits that Denton City Contemporary Ballet is starting the holidays off a little early. The company’s annual holiday fantasia in dance, A Gift for Emma, officially kicks off the season this weekend. “It’s the only time we can get the space,” Racina said. The space is the performing arts center at Krum High School, an auditorium that’s inspired a growing fondness among Denton performing arts companies.
Dallas artist Sarah Jaffe returns to her Denton stomping grounds for two engagements this weekend. The one-time Denton songwriter booked two shows at Dan’s Silverleaf, with one at 9:30 p.m. Saturday with Son of Stan opening, and another at 5:30 p.m. Sunday with Bethan opening. Jaffe will likely float a new song or two in addition to performing songs from Suburban Nature and The Body Wins. Tickets for each show cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To buy tickets online, visit www.danssilverleaf.com
Anyone who felt that the workmanlike adaptation of the first Hunger Games missed the bull’s-eye, take heart. Catching Fire is the new The Empire Strikes Back, a smashing sci-fi sequel that takes its blockbuster franchise into deeper, smarter, more dramatically engaging territory.