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Redbud Festival branching out

The showy redbud tree gets a lot of love in Denton, but another tree — a more humble member of the oak family — will get its own ceremony to kick off the 22nd annual Redbud Festival on Saturday.

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Sunset sounds

Denton Main Street Association opens the 22nd season of Twilight Tunes early this year. The award-winning concert series opens at 6:30 p.m. April 23 on the east lawn of the downtown Courthouse on the Square.

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Golden oldies

The top jazz ensembles at the University of North Texas join forces again for a concert that celebrates a collection of Grammy-winning music that the College of Music and the UNT Music Library received last fall.

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Yellow brick road

Follow the yellow brick road to Fort Worth, where Casa Mañana Theatre is staging The Wizard of Oz as part of its 2014-15 Children’s Theatre season, presented by Northstar Bank. The production opens this weekend.

Young Rembrandts

Denton Parks & Recreation has a class for little ones who love color and texture. The Young Rembrandts courses teach age-appropriate techniques and coach participants as young as 3 to discover and test their abilities.

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Tinseltown goes talkie

Next weekend, the University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre opens Once in a Lifetime, a comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

Brick-and-mortar music

Saturday’s Record Store Day celebrates vinyl releases at shops around the country, and local artists are putting their own spin on the day.

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The reign goes on

American Idol Live is bound for Dallas. The top five contestants of Season 14 — who will be named on Wednesday — are slated to stop in Dallas on Aug. 12 at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place. Tickets go on sale on Friday. Purchase tickets online at axs.com or by calling 1-888-929-7849. The final 12 are: back row, from left, Quentin Alexander, Maddie Walker, Adanna Duru, Clark Beckham, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Joey Cook and Tyanna Jones; front row, Nick Fradiani, Jax, Daniel Speavey and Rayvon Owen.

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Beyond the surf

American rock icon Brian Wilson is bringing the “No Pier Pressure Tour” with special guest Rodriguez to the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie on June 24. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday. Purchase tickets online at axs.com or by calling 1-888-929-7849.

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Uncomfortable truths

The only undeniable truth in the surprisingly compelling new True Story is that a mother and her three young children were senselessly murdered. After that, everything else becomes murky.

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Lust for life

Jonathan Larson’s Rent is riddled with death and dying. But the show is about life. Messy, prodigal life spending itself on itself. Rent’s lead characters get soaked in sin and pestilence, but in Denton Community Theater’s staging of the blockbuster rock musical, their frailty might be the secret ingredient that makes them heroic.

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Environmentally friendly fun

Denton sure knows how to celebrate Arbor Day. Keep Denton Beautiful will present the 22nd annual Denton Redbud Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday, April 18, at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.

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Word’s worth

The 15th annual North Texas Book Festival will bring signings, speakers, readings and workshops to the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts on Saturday.

UNT continues Saturday Art Gallery series

Students in kindergarten through high school can tour the University of North Texas Art Gallery with their families and a faculty member from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The tour is free.

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Gridiron grace

Dallas Theater Center opened its world premiere of Andrew Hinderaker’s Colossal, a play about Texas’ true religion: football.

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‘Hard Times’ to the masses

The Demigs’ schedule is packed pretty tightly these days. With a double album to promote (and Welcome to Hard Times comes complete with a lot of regional critical raves), the Denton four-piece has a lot of new tunes to shop around for fans and the uninitiated.

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Doug Burr tapped for Untapped Fest

Denton folk musician Doug Burr is among the lineup for next month’s Untapped Fest in Fort Worth. Burr released his fifth album, Pale White Dove, on Tuesday. The local artist, whose work blends alt-country and Americana, picked up positive buzz for this latest release.

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Heavy is the head

Texas Woman’s University opens its staging of Henry V next week. Steven Young, a TWU drama faculty member, directs the Shakespearean drama. The play, one of the playwright’s most oft-produced, is about a king living down his reputation as a rash young man in the face of a major battle.

A little of Italy

The University of North Texas plays host to the Italian Film Festival starting April 16. Three films will be screened over three days on the university campus. All screenings will take place in Room 184...

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Not much of a ‘Ride’

Ever since The Notebook made moviegoers swoon in 2004, Nicholas Sparks’ name has been synonymous with teary-eyed romance.

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Spring sprouts

Denton Community Market vendors — a collection of growers and makers from around the region — are preparing for the market’s sixth season.

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DIME makes it a double

The DIME Store — the shop representing the Denton Independent Makers Exchange — will celebrate its second birthday with a sale and party.

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Flat-track fast track

A local coed junior roller derby league stages its first tournament on Saturday. The Rolling Rebellion, a junior roller derby league, will host the first “Spring Fling” tournament at the House of Quad rink in Denton.

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Funny on command

Three Austin funnymen — Mac Blake, Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady — stop in Denton during possibly the most depressing time of the week: Sunday night (just as you’re jonesing for The Walking Dead, on hiatus until October).

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Junie gets schooled

Junie B. Jones is starting first grade, and her life is hardly simple. In the upcoming musical presented by the Artisan Children’s Theatre in Hurst, Junie B. (Katie Blanton) finds that her best friend no longer wants to be best friends, she reaches out to a new kid on the school bus and she can’t seem to make out the scribbling on the blackboard.

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Texas true

Zane Williams -- a rising star in Texas music -- is considered an alternative to “bro-country.” Williams stops in Denton at 10 p.m. on Thursday at Rockin’ Rodeo, 1009 Ave. C.

The Promise

Easter special

The famous faith-based musical The Promise opens for the first-ever spring season in its 27-year run on Friday. The family musical is performed in the outdoor Texas Amphitheater in Glen Rose, a 90-mile drive from Denton.

Success story

Water Tower Theater opens the one-woman show O’Keeffe! on April 25. Flower and Bone Productions will stage the play about the famous American painter in the North Texas theater.

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‘Furious 7’ goes into overdrive to please fans

Fast-moving fight scenes, outrageous auto antics and a sprinkling of ridiculous one-liners make Furious 7 a campy, crowd-pleasing escape.

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A little bit of thievery

The Denton Benefit League will be a little bad to do a lot of good. The nonprofit agency borrows the theme for its spring charity ball from a dastardly duo.“The theme is 1930s with a nod to Bonnie and...

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Art after hours

When Tracy Bays-Boothe took over leadership of the Greater Denton Arts Council, she had a lot of ideas from her time spent in Dallas museums.

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A highlight ahead of Holy Week

The upcoming concert by the Denton Bach Society is noteworthy for two reasons. The Sunday concert will be the second time the society — made up of a choir with about 40 voices and a baroque orchestra — will perform the entirety of J.S. Bach’s sprawling St. Matthew Passion.

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‘Flight’ takes kids on wing

Soar up high with Flight Adventures. The latest show at the University of North Texas Sky Theater follows a girl and her grandfather as they explore how kites, birds, planes and models stay aloft.