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Twinkle & glow

When the city’s official Christmas tree blinks into life on Friday at the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival, the crowd will answer back with applause and the traditional “oohs” and “ahhs.”

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Wassail on!

Winter hasn’t nudged its cold wet nose into Denton just yet. But just in time for the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival and Wassail Weekend, temperatures are expected to dip just a bit on Friday and Saturday night.

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Unscripted holidays

Denton Community Theatre’s Theatre School opens its first-ever devised show, "A Christmas Stocking," this weekend.

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Under the sea, through the garden

Denton City Contemporary Ballet & Denton Dance Conservatory join forces to present the 18th staging of the company’s original holiday fantasia in dance, "A Gift for Emma."

We’re Denton Dammit

Denton musician and conductor Arturo Ortega went to a local post office on Monday only to be greeted by 48 roosters awaiting shipment. Ortega said the post office stowed the roosters in the customer area of the building, just behind the counter. “The sight and sound were not for the faint of heart,” he said.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story doesn’t have the buzz The Force Awakens had this time last year. But no other American film franchise inspires the loyalty and fervor of Star Wars, and the upcoming movie is getting its own love from fans.

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No need to fear

Krampus, the horned Christmas demon, won’t be haunting the downtown Denton Square this year.

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Chances are if you ask a veteran what the most realistic war film is, you’ll be told there isn’t one. As lived-in and frightful as Steven Spielberg’s highly acclaimed "Saving Private Ryan" may have been, there is no film that captures the totality of the military experience.

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Opera moments with women at helm

There’s a cliche about opera singers shattering glass by belting out long, loud high notes.

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Old turns meet new twists

Senior dance majors at the University of North Texas put news twists on old turns in their upcoming new choreography performance.

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Ignorance is bliss in ‘Ballyhoo’

The Freitag family isn’t worried about Adolf Hitler rattling a saber in Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo.

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House divided?

Are you hours away from Thanksgiving dinner? Are you the sole Bernie Sanders supporter in a family full of devoted Republicans? Or maybe you’re a quiet but devoted Catholic prepping for hors d’oeuvres...

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Denton County Commissioner Hugh Coleman told his Facebook followers he’s in the crosshairs of an Austin lobbyist who wants him to turn his attention away from the upcoming legislative session and get busy raising campaign funds instead.

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Flaunting ‘Rules’

If you grew up in Denton, you’re bound to have heard a few different stories about Warren Beatty and his 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The infamous couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were known for using secluded areas in and around Denton County as hideouts between their crime sprees in the 1930s, and portions of the 1967 film starring Beatty were naturally shot in the area, too.

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Hooked on a feeling

This weekend may be dedicated to Black Friday shopping and the latest Gilmore Girls episodes, but if you find yourself craving the kind of movie that makes you smile through the tears and hold your loved...

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More and more ‘Gilmore’

Here at The Dallas Morning News, we love bringing you the news, but we also love indulging in popular culture. When the new Netflix revival of the cult classic Gilmore Girls was announced, Gilmore girls and guys behind the Rock of Truth slowly came out of the woodwork.

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Crunch time!

Texas Woman’s University has never had a football team. But just the same, the Denton university has a connection to the cheesy, spicy and crunchy concoction sold at football games across the country.

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Will Johnson, the Austin musician who founded one of Denton’s most successful indie-rock bands, Centro-matic, announced his actions to soothe the lefty universe after the election via social media.

Save the date

For at least the last 20 years, New Year’s Eve in Denton has been the province of music venues, restaurants and house parties. But there’s never been a big New Year’s Eve bash in a bigger space, with a mass champagne toast and countdown.

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Sean Jones sits in with One O’clock

If the upcoming One O’clock Lab Band concert has a youthful zing to it, it’s because guest artist Sean Jones guest solos for the group in its first major on-campus gig under the direction of new bandleader Alan Blaylock.

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Samplers all around

Beaujolais and More, a yearly fundraiser for the Campus Theatre, is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.

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Triggers for a work of drama

An original play by Texas Woman’s University Associate Professor Steven Young titled Gun Show premiered Wednesday.

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Down to the gallows

Bryan Patrick kept things simple when he took on The Crucible. Arthur Miller’s classic dramatization of the Salem witch trials has the potential to be messy, and the director of Denton Community Theatre’s staging wanted all eyes on the story. The drama closes this weekend.

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Smells like teenage spirit

No matter your age or year of graduation, there will be one high school movie that sticks out as your ultimate viewing experience.

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‘Beasts’ of the northern wild

There’s no doubt the Harry Potter series has instilled magic into the lives of many. There’s a cozy and inviting place it takes you to. It provides a sense of escapism that is rare for movies to offer these days, where one can leave their worries outside the door, live in the moment and cherish what unfolds on screen.

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Hat full of tunes

Names go in the hat, and fresh music is the result. Rock Lottery 15 unfolds Saturday according to local tradition. The lottery was born in Denton, and now happens in a couple other cities across the country, planted by alumni of Good/Bad Art Collective, the group that dreamed up the daylong project. The lottery brings hip-hop, rock, country, punk and experimental musicians together for an evening of new music — and some covers.

Tinsel town

We know, we know. You just got your Halloween decorations put away. Who wants to think about the holidays?

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Salem burning

Denton Community Theatre opens its staging of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible this weekend. The drama revives the story of the Salem witch trials, which find Abigail Williams retaliating against her married...

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Someone has a very devoted dog. This black sporting dog — it looks like a Labrador retriever — jumped back and forth from the bed of this parked truck to its roof. It’s not clear if the dog was whining at a murder of crows on the courthouse lawn, or if the dog missed its best two-legged friend. It was raining, too. What a good, good dog.

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Historic organ to make its UNT debut

The oldest playable organ in Texas has found a home in Denton. Last November, the Raisin Organ came to the UNT College of Music. The college will host an inauguration for the instrument at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Organ Recital Hall in the Music Building, 415 S. Ave. C. A free concert follows at 4 p.m.

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Chrome and rust

The 15th annual Pistons & Paint car show will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. The car show features lovingly maintained classic hot rods, cars, trucks...

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Close encounters of the preferred kind

The demands of sci-fi filmmaking often require massive sums of money, because when aliens arrive on screen, humanity has to blow them up. Thankfully, there are some movies that land without breaking bank or depending on smash-and-grab space conflict to warrant your attention.

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Where’s the love?

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving is no doubt an important one: They’re the couple at the center of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court ruling that overturned laws against interracial marriage. But oftentimes in movies that are based on true stories, we hope they say more than what we can read in a newspaper article or book. As we’ve come to know, film is a visual medium and it gives filmmakers the opportunity to impact us in ways we could never get from words on a page.