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Buffet of blockbusters

The kids will soon flee school for their annual sabbatical, and they’re ready to impose their collective will on the box office. Fewer movies will be on more screens. Déja vu will rule the roost.Ah, summertime....

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Within Reach

Denton will be home to a new art and music festival, The Reach, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Texas Fairgrounds.

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We’re Denton Dammit

Rumors swirled that Gov. Greg Abbott might sign House Bill 40 — the law that prohibits Texas cities from banning fracking — while in Denton for the University of North Texas commencement last Saturday. He didn’t. He waited until he returned to Austin to put his signature on the bill.

Going beyond

Local families can join the first robotic space probe duo in ExoPlanets: Worlds of Wonder at noon on Saturdays at the University of North Texas Sky Theater at the Environmental Sciences Building, 1704...

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Theater school to stage ‘Stuart Little’

A mouse about town will be onstage for Denton Community Theatre’s Theatre School production of The Adventures of Stuart Little this weekend. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St.

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H-Town hero

Houston rap pioneer and production mogul Paul Wall will performing tonight at Hailey’s Club, 122 W. Mulberry St. Wall, known for his hits “Sittin’ Sidewayz” and “I’m Throwed,” has been a mainstay in the hip-hop and rap scene for years. He’s collaborated with artists like Nelly and Kanye West, and he was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. Tonight’s show starts at 9 p.m. and is hosted by hip-hop collective Gitmo Music. The night also includes performances by Fab Deuce, Baconomics, Duke, KoolBrz and the Boxer’s Brain, with host Tokin’ White Guy. For ticketing information, visit prekindle.com.

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Princes of rhythm

It might look like a gimmick, but Minneapolis four-piece the 4onthefloor takes its four bass drums seriously when the group performs live.

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A dose of Dylan

Tex Zimmerman and His All-Star Revue present the seventh annual Dylanfest with a concert of Bob Dylan’s gospel music at 7 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Denton, 1114 W. University Drive.

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Herb-al essence

A Taste of Herb isn’t your typical tribute band. With a lineup of heavy hitters — both Danny O’Brien and John Weir on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Robert Hokamp on guitar, and a revolving stable of guests — the local band takes the music of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and puts its own spin on it.

Cinemark offers summer deal

The Cinemark 14 in Denton has a deal for families who love movies this summer.

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Six-string extravaganza

The Dallas International Guitar Festival, which claims to be the largest and oldest guitar show in the world, is next weekend at Fair Park.

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Ties that bind

Denton native Regina Rogers started out looking for a small venue for her wedding. “We’d been looking for a place to get married,” Rogers said. She and her fiance, Jim Lawrence, first thought they could have a small ceremony in Regina’s parents’ backyard. “It wasn’t big enough,” Rogers said.

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Lone Star heat

Twilight Tunes continues today with a concert by the Chris Watson Band, a blues act out of Fort Worth. Because of recent rains, today’s concert will be at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St. Twilight...

We’re Denton Dammit

First things first: Last week we inadvertently omitted Trinity Presbyterian Church from our mention of the Interfaith National Day of Prayer service. Trinity Presbyterian has long been an agent of reconciliation in Denton’s faith landscape.

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Neon icon

Houston hip-hop artist and muckraker Riff Raff (yep, that’s the blue-eyed, blond rapper who sports all the accoutrements of the form — braids, decorative facial hair shaving, sharp-tooth grillz) will stop by Denton in all his neon glory.

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Park sounds

Volunteers from the Keep Aubrey Beautiful Committee will open Music in the Park, a free concert series, with a show Saturday headlined by artists Josh Grider and Crystal Yates.

Artisan Children's Theater

Turning the tables

The tables get turned in Artisan Children’s Theater’s new musical. The youth outreach of Artisan Center Theater in Hurst is presenting The Three Little Wolves & the Big Bad Pig, a musical based on the popular book of the same title by Eugene Trivizas.

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Bring back the Bellas

In the age of hip-hop, the rise of glee club cool seems anachronistic and impossible. But with the advent of Glee, the TV series about a high school a cappella group, and Pitch Perfect putting a college...

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Animal camp

Registration is now open for Summer Safari Day Camp sessions at the Frank Buck Zoo, 1000 W. California St, Gainesville.

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Birthday visit

The Dalai Lama, renowned spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel laureate, will speak in a moderated discussion at 1:30 p.m. on July 1 at Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum, 3009 Binkley Ave. on the SMU campus.

Artisan Center Theater

Company revives ‘The Music Man’

No ‘Trouble’ here: The Artisan Center Theater in Hurst opens Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man on May 22.

Greater Denton Arts Council

Not so simple

The Greater Denton Arts Council opens “Simply Complex: Works by Gail Williamson Cope” with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Gough Gallery at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts,...

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Maximum overdrive

The silences in Mad Max: Fury Road are unsettling. The moments are few and infrequent, but it’s not until the fiery roar of the engines and the thrashing of the guitars are suddenly stripped away that you can fully feel how deeply the film has flooded your being. The theater — and your heart — pulsates with the lack as you recover and wait for more.

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Frack-tious film

University of North Texas graduate student Garrett Graham saw the energy building around Denton’s anti-fracking movement last year.He assembled a production team for his documentary filmmaking class and...

Sawdust & dreams

Twilight Tunes continues today with a concert by Denton indie/alt-country band the Holler Time at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

We’re Denton Dammit

Corporate mogul Warren Buffett recently stopped by Denton and took a photo with Verus Real Estate Advisors CEO Greg Johnson for the opening of Nebraska Furniture Mart in The Colony.

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Bust a move

Top athletes will show off their wakeboarding skills on Friday and Saturday at the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour at Stewart Creek Park in The Colony on Lewisville Lake.

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Outdoor flair on view

The Robson Ranch Women’s Club will have a spring patio tour from 1 to 5 p.m. May 30. The outdoor spring patio tour is a self-guided circuit of some of the neighborhood’s best tended patios. Each residence on the tour will feature landscape design by the homeowner.

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Lo-fi spell casters

Do you like your rock shaken and stirred with the messiness of shoegaze? Philadelphia four-piece Creepoid’s got your poison. Anna and Patrick Troxell mix it up with Sean Miller and Nick Kulp, and the band stops in Denton at 10 p.m. Friday at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 E. Sycamore St. The band gathered buzz with its 2010 debut, Horse Heaven , and last year’s self-titled follow-up. The band is getting ready to release its next full-length record in June. Lovers of gritty lo-fi should take a crack at the show, which also features Narrowhead and Glasir. Cover is $10 for ages 21 and older, $12 for those 20 and younger.

Fest honors songs, creators

The Pilot Point Community Opera House plays host to the seventh annual North Texas Songwriter Festival this weekend.

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Play within a play

Denton produces its fair share of plays. Whether it’s community theater, college theater or something entirely different, Denton is not a place that shies away from artistic expression.

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Back to the classics

Jacy Harold figures he might be able to hold the line against what’s been dubbed “bro country.” That’s the latest permutation that blends the kind of lyrical content hip-hop is famous for — drugs, booze and sex — into pop-rock country music.

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More lukewarm than ‘Hot’

Cheap, short and slow, Hot Pursuit is a comedy that never lets your forget that pairing up Sofia Vergara with Reese Witherspoon should have worked better than this.

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Denton Dammit

Council member Kevin Roden, the political darling of Denton’s creative class, found himself in the cross hairs of a few bar owners last week.

Denton City Contemporary Ballet

Creature feature

Denton City Contemporary Ballet is headed back into the woods. For the third year, the local dance company revives two classics popular with little ones: Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals.

Sundown Collaborative Theatre

House management

Sundown Collaborative is known for its experimental fare, and the company’s latest piece, Caryl Churchill’s Far Away, falls into that category. The play is set in a workshop where characters make elaborate hats for a sinister purpose. The company augments the setting with video projections to immerse the actors and the audience into the world Churchill has created.