A plate so full

By the time the aroma-wafting holidays are set before us on the table, we can hardly smell their goodness. Seems we’ve been inhaling this scent since before Halloween, and its cloying guilt is wearing us out. If we haven’t finished with our shopping and all the et cetera by now, it reminds us, we must have severe character flaws or, at the very least, be extremely disorganized.


Dino might

If dinosaurs were still around, there’s no doubt many of us would probably have one as a pet. Whether small and friendly to cuddle with or big and mean to scare unwelcome guests, these prehistoric animals would make great companions. In its latest animated tale, however, Pixar reverses the idea and crafts a wonderful world where dinos can keep humans as pets. The Good Dinosaur had all the signs of being a doomed movie: delayed release, production fumbles and a story that doesn’t exactly roar “original.” But, as usual, Pixar manages to shock, surprise and pack an emotional wallop in its cannon.

Improv night

The holiday weekend culminates in Denton’s legendary music event: Rock Lottery. By now, the daylong music event is old hat: 25 musicians see their names put into a hat, and five bands-for-a-day are drawn from it. Tradition dictates that participating musicians hail from all over the local and regional music landscape — indie rock, alt-country, hip-hop, pop-punk and everything in between. This year, Dallas hip-hop darling Sam Lao’s name will be thrown in the hat with the likes of Western swing chanteuse Bonnie Norris, Dallas avant-pop artist Lily Taylor and Denton composer David Pierce.


We’re Denton Dammit

A reader granted us permission to share a photo of the tattered Texas flag at the Denton County Jail. From the looks of it, the flag flies close enough to the razor wire and barbed wire to snag and tear. Someone lowers this flag every night, and someone raises it every morning. How hard is it to replace a flag?

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Cotton-headed ninny-muggins

Elf the Musical has the same winning ingredients that made the 2003 film a seasonal favorite: Santa Claus, an eternally plucky oversized elf and indomitable Christmas spirit.


Stings like a bee

We all know the rote formula of boxing films, and Creed doesn’t push those boundaries much. An underdog wants to make a name for himself, undergoes training montages, pays lip service to a throwaway love story and enters one big bout to reach the top. However, every now and then a sports film finds that sweet spot of balancing both action and drama. Once in a while, the fights in a film are justified with stories full of enough crushing emotion that they become all the more intense and gratifying. Creed is that film. Extending the highly regarded Rocky franchise into a spinoff involving the previously unseen son (Michael B. Jordan


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Dr. Feelgood is in

Plano resident Aaron Green has played Dr. Frank N. Furter before. But the aspiring professional actor said he slipped into the good (and bad) doctor’s stilettos to get reacquainted with the iconic, lonely alien at the center of The Rocky Horror Show for Denton Community Theatre. He literally spent a week in sky-high heels.

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Cheers to the arts

Denton Community Theatre will uncork bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau tonight at the Denton Civic Center in an annual wine and food tasting fundraiser for the Campus Theatre.


We’re Denton Dammit

Local Denton ISD teacher and photographer Will Milne is the subject of an enthusiastic sponsored Instagram photo in McDonald’s breakfast-all-day campaign. He’s all about those flapjacks. The ad campaign was the work of Dallas photographer Ben Garrett.

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Animated music

Little Jack Melody and His Young Turks make an appearance on Friday night at the Abbey Underground, sharing the bill with a couple of Austin bands, art-rockers the Invincible Czars and Opposite Day.

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Creation process

The annual New Choreographers Concert, featuring original dances choreographed by graduating seniors, will run Friday through Sunday at the University of North Texas’ University Theatre.Performances are...

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Quiet as a mouse

Dallas Children’s Theater will present Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’ production of “Not a Creature Was Stirring” by B. Wolf Nov. 27 through Dec. 23. at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, located at 5938 Skillman Street in Dallas.

Grace & music

Austin singer-songwriter Sam Baker plays Dan's Silver Leaf at 8 p.m. today. Baker’s latest release, say grace, was named one of the top 10 country albums back in 2013, and Baker scored an interview with All Things Considered with Terry Gross on National Public Radio last year.

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Mackrel sits in with One O’clock

The University of North Texas’ One O’Clock Lab Band’s fall concert will take place 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center.


Grand finish

If you favored the gladiatorial action of the first two Hunger Games and disliked Mockingjay — Part 1 for its lack thereof, odds are you might not appreciate Part 2’s politically charged human drama and grim tone.

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Ellie May makes debut

Ellie May was found last may, and finally, the nearly-intact Columbian mammoth skeleton will make her public debut at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on Saturday in Dallas.


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Gas lit

Two Denton university professors have just published books about the local movement that banned hydraulic fracturing — for a while — in the city limits. Adam Briggle’s book, A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas, chronicles both his exercise in taking philosophy from academia into the neighborhood — and his transformation from academic to activist.

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Working artists

The University of North Texas’ annual College of Visual Arts and Design Faculty and Staff Exhibition opens tonight with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.

We’re Denton Dammit

Denton Redditors have seen the future. And the future is self-driving cars navigating the streets for Uber, the popular app-operated car service. Several locals noticed camera poles on a small fleet of parked Uber vehicles — possibly driverless, definitely bizarre-looking.

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Painter opens up studio for visits

Local watercolor artist Nel Dorn Byrd will open her studio to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for free tours. Byrd’s studio space is at 3800 Elm Bottom Circle in Aubrey, off FM428.

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Scope out the situation

Buying a home telescope — for school-age children or for adults looking to start scanning the skies — can be confusing.

Country, minus cliches

Jason Boland & the Stragglers just dropped the band’s latest album, Squelch, last month, and will shop some of the tracks to fans at 9 p.m. on Friday at the Mule Barn, at 215 FM 156 in Justin.

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All hail to the freaks

Ringling Road makes you wonder if William Clark Green might have binge-watched American Horror Story: Freak Show.

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Pre-holiday flurries

Artisan Center Theater opens its latest musical, White Christmas, on Friday night at its Hurst theater.

R&B icon

Smokey Robinson, the American R&B and pop icon, performs at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Global Events Center at WinStar World Casino, 777 Casino Drive in Thackerville, Oklahoma.


Stale eggnog

It’s that holiday time of year again when we obsess over family, stuff our faces fuller than Augustus Gloop, compete with our Pinterest frenemies in decor. And, of course, time for the annual obnoxious Christmas movies.


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Thumbs down

After opening bottles of water every day for most of your life, one time you give a twist and yelp in pain. Or you turn the key to start your car and — whoa, mama! Why does your thumb hurt? Quite possibly, your smartphone — or some other tech device — is the culprit.

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Local haul

So you can get a sneak peek at Denton’s Handmade Harvest on Friday — for a price.


We’re Denton Dammit

Celebrity chef Tim Love, a Denton native, has announced that he’s branching outside of Texas and opening another Lonesome Dove Western Bistro. The new restaurant will open in Knoxville, Tennessee, and will reflect the style and flavor of the original bistro, located in Fort Worth’s Stockyards.

Brew it yourself

Local homebrew supply store Baron’s Brewwerks will host a Learn to Homebrew Day event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Love and money

The University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre will present The Philadelphia Story, a screwball comedy by Philip Barry, in the RTVF building Nov. 5 though 8.

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Soothsayer country

Dallas country quintet Prophets & Outlaws plans to make a trip north for a Saturday night show at the Mule Barn in Justin.

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Stay golden, Ponyboy

Plano teens will take a well-loved novel to the stage this weekend. Plano Children’s Theater opens The Outsiders, a play based on the popular novel of the same name by S.E. Hinton. Ponyboy Curtis is a “greaser,” a member of a gang associated with the poor side of the tracks, and he is the audience’s emissary into a story about conflict between his gang and “the socials,” a gang of rich kids.

Rosy look back

Mickey Gilley plays the Global Events Center at WinStar World Casino Resort, 777 Casino Ave. in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Sunday.