Music, comedy, art on tap for Oaktopia

Oaktopia turns 2 on Friday. The music and art festival got a humble start last fall, but it’ll pack downtown Denton with more than 100 acts this Friday and Saturday.

Anatomy of a man

“I’m a competitive dude.” Southeast Denton’s AV the Great makes no excuses and he doesn’t mess with apologies. But the man he feels driven to beat is himself. The artist doesn’t acknowledge laurels to rest on, just footholds to keep climbing

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Denton Blues Fest celebrates 16 years

While downtown Denton will be thumping with indie rock and hip-hop, Denton’s Quakertown Park will be whooping and hollering with the blues.

Children’s gallery

School is in, and the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design is opening the school’s main gallery for a program for children and teens.

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Really green thumbs

A local organic farmer will break down the particulars of organic gardening on Saturday. Amanda Austin, co-founder and director of Cardo’s Farm Project community farm and education center, will teach the basics of planning, starting and maintaining an organic garden from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, 3310 Collins Road.

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Left in a mess

This Is Where I Leave You assembles some of the best comedic talent available to talk about poop, masturbation, Jane Fonda’s breasts, and that old reliable laugh-getter, penis size.

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Men behind the hoop skirts

If you asked Ben Hecht, a journalist and novelist who earned the nickname “the Shakespeare of Hollywood” in the late 1930s, Gone With the Wind didn’t merit a movie.

Flash back to the past

The cars, trucks and motorcycles are the big attraction for the Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza on Saturday on the historic downtown Denton Square.

High hair and glitter

Glam-rock sextet Prom Date drops by Denton next week on a tour of the Southwest.

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Childhood music classes expand

Christina Svec joins Warren Henry in the University of North Texas College of Music’s ongoing childhood music courses starting Friday. Svec is a UNT doctoral candidate in music education.

Indelible sounds

Love Inks, an Austin minimalist group, makes music that harkens back to early ’80s U.K. — think Marine Girls and Young Marble Giants — and David Lynch’s “Road House.” The trio plays Denton tonight, Sept. 11, 2014, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio, 411 E. Sycamore St. Love Inks opens for Baathaus and Big Dipper. Doors open 9 p.m., and cover is $1 for ages 21 and older, $3 for ages 10 and younger.

One O’clock plans CD release show

The University of North Texas’ premier jazz group will play an album release concert at 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson.

On the money

Building menace takes the place of brainless gunplay and excessive violence in The Drop, a new crime drama with an emphasis on the drama. The film does have its violence, and its gunplay, but it achieves its effects elsewhere.

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Shared struggle

Movies and guest speakers are at the center of the second annual Recovery Film Festival and Conference on Sept. 18-20 at the University of North Texas Gateway Center.

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Fear the repo man

Denton writer Darin Bradley said he didn’t have to look too hard to find inspiration for his second novel, Chimpanzee. The novel is about Benjamin Cade, an unemployed professor facing the repossession of his education. With a combination of cognitive science and chemical therapy, creditors are literally reclaiming the knowledge and experience graduates gained in college when student loan payments stop coming in.

Crazy little thing called love

Accordion player Ginny Mac — known by most in Denton for her work in the local two-time Grammy winning polka band Brave Combo — loves the 1970s rock group Queen because the band could make music that was...

Fresh brewed art

Denton’s First Friday arts mixers starts at 7 p.m. Friday in downtown galleries and venues. A Creative Art Studio, the unofficial headquarters of the monthly mixers, will offer its usual mixer menu of music and art.

35 flavorful years

Brave Combo continues its celebration of the Grammy Award-winning band’s 35th anniversary. The show is the first 35th birthday bash the band has hosted in Denton, its humble hometown.

Fake news mogul

Scott Dikkers, one of the founders of the popular satirical news site The Onion, will present “Funny Story Behind the Funny Stories,” part of the 2014-15 Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series, on Sept. 18 at the University of North Texas. the Onion — which bills itself as “America’s Finest News Source” — takes aim at everything from religion to pop culture fluff. Dikkers’ talk will be at 8 p.m. in the UNT Main Auditorium, 1401 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $10 for the general public, $5 for UNT faculty, staff and alumni. Admission is free for UNT students, but tickets must be reserved in advance or purchased online at http://untuniontickets.com. For information about other Fine Arts Series events, visit www.facebook.com/UNTFineArtsSeries.

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Good show

Denton resident and artist Randall M. Good gets his first-ever solo Denton exhibition at Oxide Gallery and Flower Shop. The solo show opens at gallery night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

In the King’s shadow

Earnest and well-intentioned, The Identical is based on a “what if” that straddles the line between ingenious and loopy: Suppose Elvis Presley’s stillborn twin had lived, been raised separately and unaware that he had a brother, and eventually turned into a world-class Elvis impersonator?

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People get ready

It’s not too early to start thinking about that four-day space next March called 35 Denton. Volunteer Craig Flory said the festival hopes to whip up some excitement for the music festival — and move some discounted tickets for the event — with a packed party starting early Saturday afternoon at Hailey’s Club.

Good threads

Sarah Wells plans to relaunch her business in style. Which makes sense, considering Threadwell Clothing is in the business of dressing women in the kind of fashions that trend on Pinterest.

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Honest living

Billy Joe Shaver has been writing what he knows long before young pups slung a guitar over their shoulder and made a fetish of all things authentic.It took six years for Shaver to make Long in the Tooth,...

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Revelations from a star

Three years ago, Denton music teacher and newly minted writer Randy Schmidt published a definitive book about Karen Carpenter in Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter.

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Mr. ‘November’

Judging from The November Man, based on a novel by Bill Granger, the CIA’s operations in Eastern Europe are a friends-and-family affair. Former colleagues plot one another’s deaths. A junior officer interrogates her superior. A scorned pupil takes aim at his mentor’s loved ones. Geopolitical intrigue ranks second to daddy issues.

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Plank by plank

To call Redwood a DIY recording studio is almost an insult to the love and sweat owners McKenzie Smith and Joey McClellan put into the 1,200-square-foot space.

Watson still riding with ‘Real Good Time’

Amarillo-born country music artist Aaron Watson will rock the crowds at the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo on Friday — but he’ll rock easily.

Generous noise

Dan’s Silverleaf has seen its share of benefit concerts.Come noon on Saturday, the downtown bar and music venue is the spot where a new organization will host its inaugural event.“Lisapalooza” is the party,...

Podcast goes live

The Dolly Llamas, a two-piece band from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will kick out some jams to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on Aug. 28 in downtown Denton. Whiskeyboy Radio, a Fort Worth music, comedy and variety podcast, will be staging a benefit show at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Andy’s Bar, 122 N. Locust St. “Music vs. MS” also features performances by Dallas and Fort Worth rock and punk groups Cold Bloom, the Circle, The Last Place You Look and No Weapon Formed. Attendees can buy raffle tickets for prizes from the Frisco Rough Riders, Golden Triangle Mall, Circa 77 Vintage and more. For more information, visit www.whiskeyboy.us/shows/mvms .