Spirited away

Melinda King and Gina Hill chalk up the success of Denton Benefit League’s Boots, Bling & Bourbon night to a particular interest.The bourbon. The American spirit is enjoying such a surge in popularity...

In Pearl’s memory

The Lewisville Lake Symphony will present a free piano concert Friday evening in Flower Mound as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days.

We’re Denton Dammit

In case you missed it, there’s a video of Denton’s Problem Dogg getting the plug pulled from its now infamous Sept. 3 show at the Abbey Underground.

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Quiet country

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors made Rolling Stone’s list of “30 Great Country Albums of 2015 You Probably Didn’t Hear” with their latest record, Medicine. The artist and his band headline at Rockin’ Rodeo...

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Moving in the moment

Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance will host the seventh annual Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, a three-day festival that starts today and concludes with a performance Saturday evening in Margo Jones Performance Hall.

‘Jewish Wife’ takes the stage

The University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre faculty members Sally Vahle and Bob Hess will star in Bertolt Brecht’s one-act play The Jewish Wife next week. Performances are at 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and and Oct. 17 in Room 127 of the Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, 1179 Union Circle.

Pause for a beloved playground

The last day to play on Eureka playground has come and gone, but Denton folks young and old are invited to a decommissioning ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday at South Lakes Park, 556 Hobson Lane. The playground is being torn down to make way for a new structure.


Shadow dance

The Peter Pan tale is an eternal favorite that infuses just a little bit of magic into everyday life for those who don’t want to grow up.


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Scary? Depends on who’s watching

It’s easy to assume that the best way to judge a horror film is to determine how scary it is, but that’s easier said than done. While it’s possible to nail down core attributes and figure out what doesn’t work or is easy to brush off, everyone experiences fear differently, and everyone is scared by different things.

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Pretzel party

You don’t have to wear a dirndl or lederhosen to enjoy Oktoberfest in Denton. All is takes is a jaunt to downtown Denton for a German-style party on Walnut Street.

We’re Denton Dammit

What. A. Hunk. University of North Texas football coach Dan McCarney was spotted on his routine shirtless circuit around Apogee Stadium on Sept. 23 during a major political event on campus.

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Much ado about the zoo

The Frank Buck Zoological Society will presents its Zoobilee 2015 fundraiser, “Tribe to Survive,” from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Sante Fe Depot, 605 E. California St. in Gainesville.

Run, then hoist steins, brats

The ninth annual Fry Street Oktoberfest on Saturday will expand with two new events this year — a fun run and a costume contest, organized by local fundraising group Friends With Benefits.

Studio reopens in time for First Friday

First Friday Denton is back this week with a familiar place: A Creative Art Studio is finally reopening after a fire upstairs forced the business to shut its doors in mid-March.

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Eva eternal

Greater Lewisville Community Theatre continues its run of Evita, the musical biography of Argentina’s beloved first lady Eva Perón by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice.


Lonely astronaut

Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed. Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut stranded on the red planet, the Oscar-nominated actor is the winning heart of Ridley Scott’s epic space adventure, The Martian.


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Hometown sounds

Oaktopia Fest turns three years old on Friday, and when the gates open, the festival includes about 100 local acts across about a dozen stages.That’s more than any festivalgoer can fit in with a single...

Bringing home the Baconomics

Denton rap act Baconomics dropped its first record in February. Stacked fat with 13 tracks, the self-titled EP was missing two things: choruses and hooks.

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Loss flavors ‘Swan City’

Austin musician Will Johnson said he and his family faced a lot of loss and change in 2014. The artist buried his mother and saw the breakup of his Denton-based band Centro-matic after 18 years.

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Some kind of sonic superhero

Denton’s Jessie Frye said she doesn’t want people to think she came out of nowhere.“I’ve been doing this for six, seven years,” Frye said.


Dog Days turns 22 in human years

Billed as Texas’ original festival for pooches and their people, Dog Days of Denton celebrates its 22nd anniversary from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd.


This is Denton Dammit

Well, this is awkward. Billy Ayers, also known as hip-hop artist Wild Bill (and who is also part of our Oaktopia preview) reportedly broke local comedian and hip-shop showcase host Tony Snow's nose and eye socket in a dust-up at Hailey’s Club on Tuesday night.


Outdoors on stage

The annual outdoor festival Greenfest on the Greenbelt will return for its fourth year from noon to 6 p.m. on September 26 at Greenbelt Park in Denton, Texas.

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Just folks

Amy LaVere and Will Sexton perform Saturday at Denton’s premier Americana house show venue, Denton Domino Hall.

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Of Marat and madness

Denton Community Theatre opens its black box season with an audacious play that has challenged audiences and beguiled actors.


Surface tension

Nicely acted by Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, the artificial sweetener titled The Intern has its bright spots but is practically blinded by its own privileged perspective of life among the landed gentry of Brooklyn.


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There’s the rub

Artisan Children’s Theater presents Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” running Friday through Oct. 17 at the Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Road in Hurst. Ben Cervantes stars in the title role in the show, which features songs from the Disney film of the same name. It’s all adapted into a stage show for children, performed by young theater students. Shows are at 5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. and noon Saturdays and noon Sept. 22 and 29. There will be a performance interpreted for the deaf and hard-of-hearing at 5 p.m. Sept. 25. Tickets cost $5 for children 12 and younger and $10 for adults, available at For more information, or to reserve tickets, call the box office at 817-284-1200.


The Great Pumpkin Spice Divide

That tremor you felt on Sept. 8?It was the simultaneous rumble of foot traffic by Starbucks customers hurrying to pick up their first pumpkin spice latte of the season.


Festival in blue

Forget pumpkin spice for a moment. The Denton Blues Festival is the city’s harbinger of fall. The weather is almost always cooler — though the forecast for this weekend warns of rain.

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We’re Denton Dammit

Mayor Chris Watts wasn’t ready with his board and commission nomination this week. Every council member names folks to fill a seat (or two) on each of the many volunteer boards and commissions that serve the city.

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After the sun

Texas transplant and country artist Sam Riggs just played Denton during the North Texas Fair and Rodeo, and he’s back in town tonight for a date at Rockin’ Rodeo. Riggs, a protege of Ray Wylie Hubbard, is getting ready to drop his next full-length, Breathless, in early 2016. The record is the follow-up to 2013’s Outrun the Sun.


Trial run

Denton Community Theatre closes its run of Agatha Christie’s Witness to the Prosecution on Sunday. The play is a murder trial that twists and turns to the end. Director Sharon Veselic’s straightforward...


If you build it, they’ll have fun

Super Mario Maker marks 30 years since the iconic plumber and his green-with-envy brother made their debut on the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

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Ein prosit!

The annual Addison Oktoberfest runs from today through Sunday in Addison Circle Park. Guests can enjoy music, German food and beer throughout the weekend. Denton polka band Brave Combo will perform at the festival at 9 tonight and 10 p.m. Friday. General admission tickets for one day cost $10 for adults and $5 for children, and include free Sunday admission. Admission to the Chamberlain’s Brau House costs $49.99 and includes a commemorative stein and a $25 gift card for either Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House or Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill. And anyone who registers to run in Saturday’s Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer Oktoberfest 5K will receive free tickets. Tickets are available at


‘Mass’ appeal

Shakespeare had his tortured Hamlet, his ambitious Macbeth, his malevolent Iago, his warring Montagues and Capulets. But what would the Bard have done with the tale of James “Whitey” Bulger, and all the supporting players around him?