Abuzz with ideas

Denton guitarist and bassist Robert Hokamp just released two full-length albums at the same time. One album, Jungle Team, is a quirky, instrumental concept record, full of color and sunshine. The second, Bees, is a traditional “straight-ahead jazz record” the musician said he’d been wanting to write.

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Spring in swing

It’s this weekend: Denton’s biggest festival of the year. The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is the city’s signal that spring has sprung. Should you wander into Quakertown Park during the last weekend of...

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Down Low

Denton singer-songwriter Lydia Low opens the 21st annual Twilight Tunes, the free Thursday night music series on the downtown Square.

In search of emotional Kevlar

For Susan Sponsler, the only way to make sense of the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager shot to death in Sanford, Fla., in 2012, was to make art.

Holocaust survivor to share story

Holocaust survivor Zsuzsana Oszvath, now the Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, will present a free lecture today in Denton.

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Bloodless lust

Not many people know this, but 17th-century playwright Christopher Marlowe is alive, sort of, relatively well, and living in Tangiers, Morocco. Oh, and he is a drug-pushing vampire whose most popular product is O-negative Popsicles.

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Third rock from the sun

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.

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The vinyl countdown

It won’t be loud, but Denton will celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday. Dave Koen, a staffer at Mad World Records downtown, said the special-edition records that’ll be for sale will be a surprise for the staff and customers alike.

Rhapsody before retiring

In her final University of North Texas concert before retirement, regents professor Linda DiFiore will perform in Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody as a soloist with male chorus and orchestra at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

UNT event questions gender conventions

The 10th Gender Fair at the University of North Texas campus aims to provoke conversations on Wednesday.

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Haunted soldier

The rich are different from the rest of us, but so are those who have gone to war. They have seen, felt and experienced what we have not.

Passover epic

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.

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Holler Time rings true

Pretty much every member of local Western swing-rock sextet the Holler Time agrees: Miles Franklin made the difference between Holler Time past and Holler Time present.

Transfer credit

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Janis Siegel joins the University of North Texas Jazz Singers in concert on Friday and Saturday.

Rebound record

Cody Bryan cops to it. His band’s 2013 album, Wreck Me, is a breakuprecord. That’s not to be confused with a heartbreak record, though.

Healthy priorities

Roslyn M. Brock is the fourth woman to serve at the head of the NAACP national board of directors — and she’s also the youngest. Brock will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 52 of the University of North Texas Gateway Center, 600 Ave. D. Earlier that day,

Grand finale

The Lewisville Lake Symphony has big plans for Friday night for its closing concert of its 30th season: one popular symphonic work performed by the full orchestra, a lesser-known work by a famous composer and one exhilarating overture.

Jolting ‘Joe’

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.

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Handmade harvest

Hand crafters hit a milestone on Friday. The Denton Independent Makers Exchange celebrates one year of brisk business at its first bricks-and-mortar storefront.

Clowning around with love

The University of North Texas Opera Theatre bookends a night of music with an Italian sampler: the comic opera Gianni Schicchi by Puccini and the tragic opera Pagliacci by Leoncavallo.

Lie down with dogs

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.

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In search of art’s value

Minnesota-based dance company Black Label Movement and Science magazine correspondent John Bohannon will perform A Modest Proposal at 8 p.m. April 10 as part of the Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts...

‘Dark Night’ well spent

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.

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Make me a match

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.

Festival of words

The 14th annual North Texas Book Festival will open at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. Admission is free.

Color and motion

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.

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Oh captain, our captain

Blame it on climate change, blame it on marketing patterns or blame it on the variable school year. Whatever the reason, the arrival of Captain America: The Winter Soldiersignals the beginning of an ever-earlier summer movie season.

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