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Heads up

May is National Water Safety Month, and as the weather turns warmer and pools and lakes begin opening for summer, the threat of Texas’ historically high rate of drowning incidents looms.

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Sounds of the American dream

Music Theatre of Denton’s In the Heights brings a little salsa, merengue and bachata to the Campus Theatre stage this weekend.

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Everybody, chicha!

The core members of Denton’s Los Patos Poderosos don’t speak Spanish, but that hasn’t prevented the band from crafting Peruvian chicha music.

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Justice for all

In March, the lukewarm reception of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice proved that well-rendered visuals don’t necessarily save formulaic blockbusters. Thankfully this week’s Captain America: Civil War promises to enthrall moviegoers with big-budget filmmaking on a more cerebral level.

Prison break

Fans of martial arts flicks have a rare chance to catch a Tony Jaa film before it hits theaters.

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Showers or shine

Get out the rain ponchos and galoshes. The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival opens Friday, rain or shine.

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Fest for all

Kids at the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival this weekend can visit SCRAP Denton’s Children’s Art Tent to make arts and crafts projects and learn a bit about creating art at home from reused materials.

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Go West

Twilight Tunes continues today with Denton country artist Kody West.

We’re Denton Dammit

So, how many of you got your cars in your garages for the first time in a decade at the hint of grapefruit-size hail? The impending doom is responsible for cleaner garages and responsible music-making. Local hip-hop emcee Pudge Brewer finally backed up his music files in anticipation of the storms.

Celebration in song

Denton singer and teacher Dianne Randolph will perform a recital, “Love and Joy Through Songs,” at 4 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Bell Ave.

Artists Enclave plans evening out

Artists Enclave of Denton County will mark its first six months with a mixer meetup at 5:30 p.m. May 6 in the Walnut Street Annex at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St. Admission is free.

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Fancy, funny feast

In the game of sketch comedy, few have proven themselves funnier than Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Their Comedy Central series Key & Peele had a prosperous five-season run as one of the more consistently funny, short-form comedy shows on television, with their writing and their performances always on point.

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Zombie flick sets action in Texas

From the living dead to the walking dead, our fascination with zombies has completely infiltrated 21st century culture. What was once a small genre has developed into something that has infected cinephiles and has given us frightening scenarios to explore.

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Wavemakers find their frequency

For Denton residents Peter Salisbury, Erin Findley and Sashenka Lopez, there’s something charming about terrestrial radio.

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Look for the blue phone booth

Fan Expo Dallas, a convention celebrating comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming, will run June 3-5 at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St. in Dallas.

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Roots & shoots

To get a free oak tree on Saturday, locals need only 30 minutes, proof that they live in Denton and room in the back seat or pickup bed.

We’re Denton Dammit!

Did you know there’s a Facebook group just for talking about local politics? It’s named Denton Free Speech Matters (groan), and has already seen one status update and comment thread deleted, and one dust-up over one of the group administrators cautioning members to check snark, name-calling and general rudeness at the virtual door.

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Big bugs

Watercolor artist Walt Davis will give a presentation during the Visual Arts Society of Texas’ monthly meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. May 5 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

Tunes to end the day

Twilight Tunes will return for its first show of the year in downtown Denton from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Lone Star Attitude Burger Co. on the Square, 113 W. Hickory St.

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Moments immortalized

For the Instagram-loving generation — and anyone who loves to take pictures — the arrival of digital photography brought forth innumerable benefits: Images became cost-effective, ready to preview instantly, easier and quicker to share. The list goes on.

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Let it go

Visual supervisor turned director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (who’s supposedly directing the upcoming Highlander remake) treats us to another adventure in the most recent world of Snow White, to some excitement and applause.

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Bone tired

For Denton resident Paul Blair, the best recipe for a long day is a sleepless night. And he’s had more than a few of them. “I’ve had trouble sleeping for a long time,” said Blair, 53. For the last 20 years, Blair said he’s slept fitfully, often waking up groggy only to head into his demanding workday and full family life on something less than full steam, energy-wise.

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Stitch in time

For university fashion design students, clothing is more than a commodity — it’s a time capsule. The spring fashion show season starts with the student-run University of North Texas event “Digital Glitch” and rounds out with ArtWear in May.

We’re Denton Dammit!

Sources told us that the Bill Nye appearance at UNT on April 6 brought in so many people that “only about 50 or 60 people” attended the UNT Symphony concert the same night.

Go for a spin

Lots of Denton’s little ones and not-so-little ones have already stormed the brand-new slides, the flywheel spinner, the monkey bars and bridges at Eureka 2, the new playground at South Lakes Park. And the new zip lines? Those have already been a big hit.

Italy gets some love in film fest

The Italian Film Festival USA Denton, a free, two-evening festival, will take place April 22-23 at the University of North Texas. Screenings will be in Room 184 at the Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts...

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Hart ache

David Liebe Hart is best known for his work on Adult Swim’s Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! The comedian and musician behind the faux commercials, fake phone calls and comedy sketches brings his angular music, mushy-faced puppets and egghead humor to Dan’s Silverleaf at 8 p.m. Monday.

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Romantic shenanigans

The University of North Texas drama department plans to do some gender bending in its upcoming staging of William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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Punk heavyweights

Shaun Colón has always had a love for two things: film and punk rock. Four years ago, he decided it was time to find a way to incorporate both passions into one project that even he admits is A Fat Wreck.

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Jungle love

The summer movie season is officially in full swing with The Jungle Book, a beautifully crafted live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s collective works gathered under the same name.

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