BUILDER’S BLOCK

Last weekend, a certain Danish-made stackable, snap-on plastic brick figured heavily into the No. 1 movie in America’s multiplexes: The Lego Batman Movie. The movie builds its universe — digitally and physically — with the famous plastic bricks. The film is populated with Lego figures, down to their C-shaped hands, lantern-jawed, cylinder heads and plastic hair. It wasn’t just moviegoers who loved Lego Batman. Critics gave the movie a hearty thumbs-up.

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City Council member Kevin Roden tweeted Monday that Dallas Morning News columnist Dave Lieber is a mouthpiece for the tea party and its state political action committee, Empower Texans, after Lieber’s column about property tax reform appeared in the newspaper and Monday’s Record-Chronicle. Roden appears to be unfamiliar with Lieber’s work, but if the accusation sounds familiar, it’s because he said the same exact thing about fellow council member Sara Bagheri. Before those Twitter fingers get itchy, Councilman, rest assured we’re not getting any fat checks from the tea party.

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Evicted with no destination

“The Eviction” tells the story of the final month of Tent City, a sprawling community of homeless men and women under the intersection of Interstates 45 and 30 in Dallas.

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Lewisville has lots to offer

Lewisville isn’t the best-known city in Dallas-Fort Worth. But if you take the time, you’ll discover a cool drive-in theater, a scenic lake and plenty of delicious restaurants. Here are seven gems in Lewisville that you don’t want to miss.

‘Wolf’ on the trail

The Lewisville Lake Symphony will present Peter and the Wolf at 3 p.m Sunday, March 5, at Frederick Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle in Lewisville.

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War of the words

The Artists Enclave of Denton County and 7Feathers will host “Enclave Royale Poetry Slam” from 6 to 9 p.m. March 3 in the Walnut Street annex of Agua Dulce Mexican Kitchen, 115 S. Elm St.

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First black ‘Bachelorette’ will be Dallas contestant

Rumors had been swirling across social media since the beginning of the 21st season of The Bachelor, as signs (and spoilers) suggested ABC may be making a move toward diversification on its popular romance reality series. According to Hollywood Reporter, the new star of the upcoming season of The Bachelorette is a departure from the all-white-everything norm that has long plagued the network.

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A spring getaway

NEW YORK — Spring break is right around the corner. For some travelers, that means seeking out beaches and sunshine. Others may be tempted by Europe, which has become more affordable for Americans, or by spring skiing.

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Shock treatment

Imagine the twisted nature of Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island crossed with the swashbuckling supernaturalism of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and you have a notion of Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness.

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Gamed by the system

The curiously titled Sword Art Online is one of the most popular anime series ever produced. The series finds a hero and heroine at the center of a glitch in the system in the year 2022. Thousands of people have begun playing a multiplayer online role-playing game, and are trapped within it. A young man and woman — Kirito and Asuna — try their hardest to escape.

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After the chocolates

Happily ever after is the stuff of fairy tales and romantic comedies, which are just the kinds of fantasies people entertain on Valentine’s Day. Real-life love takes commitment, forgiveness and a lot of attention to the all-important “little things.”

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Social media isn’t the only barometer for the electorate’s opinions on legislation and public servants who make or enact it. But it is a powerful one.

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A few local couples who’ve made it work

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Beyonce or Adele?

NEW YORK — Though dozens are nominated at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, we all know the real showdown is between Beyonce and Adele.

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Throwback nod

LOS ANGELES — In the 20 years since her groundbreaking debut Baduizm, Erykah Badu has only gotten more creative. Besides continuing to make music, she’s been a TV host and producer, performed with her daughter in the Lone Star Circus and delivered dozens of babies as a certified doula. She even changed her Twitter handle to @ErykahBadoula.

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New slang

NEW YORK — Attention, word nerds: This is your bonus round, courtesy of Merriam-Webster. In addition to elevating “surreal” in 2016 to word of the year, the dictionary company on Tuesday added about 1,000 new words and new definitions to existing listings on its website, Merriam-webster.com.

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Sweet date deals

With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, many are confronting the possibility of a night on the town with their special someone or a pleasant evening among friends brushing their shoulders of their single status.

Benefit concert to help drummer battling cancer

Friends of Denton High School graduate Kerri Luker are staging a benefit concert for the Austin rockabilly drummer this weekend. Luker — the longtime drummer of Austin trio the Flametrick Subs — was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. The benefit show, “Halloween in February,” starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Three Links, 2704 Elm St. in Dallas’ Deep Ellum.

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Meta-meta-meta-meta Batman

Living in a post-Batman v. Superman and “sad Affleck” world, hope for a bright future involving the Caped Crusader didn’t seem likely until now. Following filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy is an impossible feat, no matter who you are. So when you can’t make something fly with a $250 million budget and the best talent in the biz, maybe turning beloved characters into plastic bricks isn’t the worst idea.

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Another hit, man

Keanu Reeves always seems to pop up in places you’d least expect him. Whether it’s a sleazy motel owner in Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon or caught in a dangerous game of seduction in Eli Roth’s bizarre Knock Knock, the “whoa” boy is not afraid to go against the grain and surprise viewers with his choices.

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Surfacing

“Materials: Hard & Soft” turns 30 on Friday. For an anniversary present, the Greater Denton Arts Council’s flagship exhibit goes global. In years past, the exhibit showcased the best of contemporary American craft, which encompasses traditional forms with roots in function, such as pottery, textiles and fiber, metalsmithing, glass and furniture making. Craftsmen and women, though, render these everyday, useful forms into decorative pieces through graceful interpretation and the occasional winking use of materials.

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Big, bloody mess

This weekend will probably mark the first time Denton Community Theatre has a “splash zone.” But when you stage Evil Dead: The Musical, you plan for fountains of stage blood spewing all over the stage — and into the audience.

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Denton resident Jean Tunnell’s mailbox was struck down last month by none other than her friendly postal carrier. It turns out the postman had a good reason for accidentally backing into her mailbox. “After delivering our mail,” Tunnell said on Facebook, “he had spied a book he wanted from our Little Free Library next to the mailbox and backed up to get it.”

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Back at the ‘Crossroads’

A Denton band with something of a cult following plans to release a reissue of its one and only album.

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Shine bright

The University of North Texas Fine Arts Series will present UNT alumna Shara Nova, known as My Brightest Diamond, at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

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Denton’s famous

Denton Main Street Association has announced the 2017 Denton Arts Walk of Fame inductees.

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Phenomenal Lee

Stan Lee, the mind behind Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Man, is set to make his final Texas convention appearance this spring at Fan Expo Dallas. At 94, the creator’s career has spanned over seven decades and was the driving force behind bringing Marvel Comics to its position as a front-runner in the comic book industry.

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Galentine’s Day, a made-up holiday for the ladies

NEW YORK — Move over Friendsgiving. Galentine’s Day is on the way. Designating Feb. 13 for the ladies has endured since 2010, when Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation character, Leslie Knope, declared the fictional holiday her favorite day of the year on the NBC show:

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Failure to launch

The Space Between Us had a lot of promise. The concept is a unique premise to explore on film: A child born on Mars longs to live a normal life on Earth, but cannot because his body won’t allow him to.

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Extra! Extra!

Newsies is a musical with truly proletarian undertones. Based on the true story of a rabble-rousing newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenage “newsies,” the musical follows the young men as they dream of a better life far from the streets of turn of the century New York City. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike and take a stand for what’s right.

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Booties, blankets and want

Maisie Crow learned about the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi in 2012. That was the year that the state Legislature passed House Bill 1390, a law that would require the two physicians performing abortions at the clinic to secure admitting privileges at a hospital, or face closure.

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We owe Marylin Elliott an apology. She’s married to William A. “Buck” Elliott, a man who was featured in the Denton Record-Chronicle in 2012 for his friendly habit of waving to motorists at his former home on Mayhill Road. (The Elliotts had to move when the widening of Mayhill claimed their home.) But Buck Elliott isn’t the same man who volunteered for Denton Community Theatre and died last December.

History is present

Though the silver screen often explores racism and the fight for equality, few have exposed the subject in as sensitive and personal a manner as Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro.