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The long goodbye

Hearts broke across the alt-rock community when Denton band Centro-matic announced its farewell tour. With a prolific recording output and countless brilliant live performances since the band’s humble beginnings in the mid-’90s, its four members have stayed tightly connected against rock ’n’ roll odds.

Rock and roll eyes

We asked a handful of people for their firsthand recollections of Centro-matic, on the eve of the long-running Denton band’s final shows.

Combo classic

Carl Finch thought it was time to get the old band back together — sort of. The founder of Denton’s two-time Grammy-winning polka band started the group with Tim Walsh 35 years ago. But before the anniversary year’s end, Finch said he wanted to revive one of the earliest incarnations of the band for a special show at Dan’s Silverleaf.

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Ho ho ho

Denton’s Fab Deuce isn’t likely to let a good thing drop. The local hip-hop crew is prepping for its ninth annual Christmas Party, and its affair for the naughty kids.


Maybe not

It’s impossible to talk about Annie without admitting up front that you first experienced John Huston’s 1982 film.


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Feast of ‘Carols’

Denton can choose between two stage adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this weekend and next.

Flights of fancy

The art in the Meadows Gallery is mounted at about 4 feet from the floor — quite a bit lower than usual. A pair of comfy couches on an area rug are tucked behind a display wall, and the coffee table between them is piled with books.


Rock aquatic

Dallas art-punk band Sealion plays Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios on Saturday with Pink Smoke and the Lash Outs. Cover is $5 for patrons age 21 and older, $7 for those 20 and younger. The band is Cole Denton on guitar, Hunter Moehring on guitar and vocals, Alex Poulos on drums and Samantha Villavert on bass guitar and vocals. Rubber Gloves is at 411 E. Sycamore St.


Holiday bump and grind

Denton burlesque dancer Lemme Adams is planning a little something special for Santa’s cookie plate on Saturday. Adams, the grande dame of Whiskey Tongue Burlesque, has gathered her chicks for a seasonal show, “Naughty Noel,” at 10 p.m. Saturday at Mable Peabody’s Beauty Parlor and Chainsaw Repair, 1125 E. University Drive. The lineup features the troupe’s dancers and guests: Sapphire De La Noche, Adelaide Rene Gade, Eve Vocative, Beth A Lishus, Ginger Rockafella, Zenda LaBelle, Kurtz Frausun, Draconis von Trapp, Pashionata Fair, Kitty Martini, Chordella Smash and Avalouna. The star of the show is Vivienne Vermuth. Cover is $8.

Shakespeare down South

Family Friendly Productions, a Pilot Point theater company for children and teens, stages a musical romp about the residents of Stratford Corners, Alabama, in 1955.


Triumphant trek

Wild examines what can push someone into confronting and then surmounting a seemingly impossible task. In her best-selling memoir of the same name, Cheryl Strayed chronicles her journey of hiking the many miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.



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Syncopated holiday

Two of the top jazz ensembles at the University of North Texas College of Music will make history on Saturday night.

Putting on the lights

Denton will get dressed up for the winter holidays on Friday. The annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival starts just after the workday on the downtown Denton Square.

Merry meal and music

Festival Hall will be filled with sounds of gospel Christmas music, and the smells of a hot breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts.

Start at the end

"Said and Done" is about everything that could happen after — wait for it — all has been said and done.

‘Emma’ in wonderland

This weekend marks the 15th year Denton City Dance Conservatory will stage "A Gift for Emma," a holiday fantasia in dance.

Profiles in real life

Five first-year graduate students in the University of North Texas Department of Media Arts will show documentaries they directed and produced at 7 p.m. today.

Alabama bound

Florence, Alabama, quartet Belle Adair plays Dan’s Silverleaf on Sunday.

The shirts off their backs

The real-life women of "Calendar Girls" were all ladies “of a certain age.”

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Man without a mask

Daniel Markham dropped his fifth full-length project on Halloween. Pretty Bitchin’ joined the 2014 local music scene without much fanfare. After playing with guitarist Ryan Thomas Becker, bassist Tony Ferraro and drummer Grady Don Sandlin for the last two-and-a-half years, Markham’s outfit has a record full of solid songwriting and assured ensemble playing.

Talk turkey

What if there’s not enough Thanksgiving wine to dilute that rant gathering in the wrong corner of your brain?


In living color

If you’ve seen Rise of the Guardians from DreamWorks Animation, or Epic from Twentieth Century Fox, you’ve been immersed in the imaginings of artist William Joyce.

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Hurd mentality

Cornell Hurd brings his western swing, classic and boogie woogie to Dan’s Silverleaf at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. The Austin band leader has been shaking sawdust off of boots since 1997. After Hurd swings, Denton’s Stage Fright -- Grady Don Sandlin, Ryan Thomas Becker and Tony Ferraro and guests -- perform the music of The Band starting at 9 p.m.


Sucker punch

Foxcatcheris hard to embrace. The new film from director Bennett Miller lacks any humor, and it never falsely strains to engage viewers. Few of its characters are even remotely likable. But it’s impossible not to be swept up in its narrative, right up until its slowly building, explosive finale.


Harebrained schemes

The characters of the modern workplace comedy, like the rest of us, don’t know how to make a living anymore. Having haplessly tried to murder their bosses in the first Horrible Bosses, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis return in Horrible Bosses 2 as hopeful inventors. “Let’s bet on ourselves,” they tell each other, making a clearly questionable wager. They go into business with a bath product dubbed “Shower Buddy,” and with their abysmal guest spot on a morning show promoting it, it’s clear they may have backed the wrong horse.


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