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List makers

Photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders remembers the tete-a-tete that resulted in the 2008 HBO film The Black List: Volume 1. Greenfield-Sanders hit up film critic Elvis Mitchell for lunch.

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Short, but sweet

Thin Line, Denton’s annual documentary film, music and photography festival, has always celebrated brevity in storytelling.

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Burlesque with a punch

Denton blues-rocker Beth Heffernan is staging her second breast cancer research benefit show, “Rockers and Knockers,” at 9 p.m. Saturday at Hailey’s Club, 122 W. Mulberry St. Heffernan’s band, Lovesick Mary, will provide the accompaniment for a burlesque show featuring Denton and Dallas dancers. The show is free, but donations are welcome. The dancers appearing include Scarlet Peach, Bettie Martini-Vermuth, Cat de Lynn, Candy Von Jameson, Kitty Martini, Chordella Smash, Lemme Addams, Ruby Manhattan, Honey Bordeauxxx, Pixie O’Kneel, Ginger Rockafella, Divertida Devotchka, Anala Dances and Janie Slash. The burlesque performances will be hosted by emcee Violet O’Hara.

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Brootal bash

Stu Brootal’s got a birthday coming, so the Denton hip-hop artist plans to celebrate by giving Denton two nights of righteous hip-hop.

Council hosts reception for new director

The Greater Denton Arts Council will host a reception for its new executive director, Tracy Bays-Boothe, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Performing Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

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‘Cake’ crumbles

Ah, to de-glam. It’s one of the surest shortcuts to newfound artistic appreciation: a bedraggled deviation into dowdy drama by a beautiful star. Acclaim by way of sweatpants.

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Scope and focus

The Denton Black Film Festival started as a conversation among friends about movies they loved over the years — dramas starring Sidney Poitier, blaxploitation movies, classics like Carmen Jones.

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Strange Vision

California filmmaker Kyung Lee turned her lens on California Architect Eugene Tssui in TELOS.

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Different strokes

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‘Reputation’ precedes him

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Biting and bickering

Denton Community Theatre is starting the year off with a familiar kind of funny.Texas playwright Horton Foote is best known for poignant dramas — Trip to Bountiful, The Young Man From Atlanta. Dividing...

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Buy a three-month gym membership and get a fourth month for free at North Lakes Recreation Center, Denia Recreation Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center or the Denton Senior Center. The offer expires Feb. 28.

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Sparse ‘Parts’

Spare Parts is a pleasant enough run-of-the-mill outsiders-beat-the-odds dramedy in the Race the Sun mold. It’s about undocumented high school kids who enter a big robot-building competition, and make a splash in that state most hostile to illegal immigration — Arizona. So it’s a little more concerned with making a statement than with covering new ground in an original and entertaining way.

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35 Denton announces growing lineup

Fresh from a one-year hiatus, 35 Denton music festival has announced the 2015 lineup — a roster organizers will likely develop until the event opens on March 13 in downtown Denton.The big reveal so far...

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Well-connected friends

In 2004, actor Jason Lee discovered Midlake, a Denton indie rock band with a mild British prog-rock pastiche.Ten years later, Lee considers himself a friend of the musicians (they return the favor) and is now the producer of Eric Noren’s documentary about the band. Midlake: Live in Denton, TX is a 90-minute concert film peppered with footage of Denton, its landmarks and residents.

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Vampy anniversary

Whiskey Tongue Burlesque, Denton’s homegrown troupe of lovely ladies (and a gentleman or two), has been winking and flirting with local audiences for four years now.

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Mmm-mmm, good

The greens aren’t peeking through the soil just yet, but Cardo’s Farm Project is selling shares of the spring yield.

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Long, winding road

In the wandering new Inherent Vice, director Paul Thomas Anderson tackles the work of author Thomas Pynchon (Bleeding Edge, The Crying of Lot 49). Or maybe it’s the other way around?

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Dare to tread into dark ‘Woods’?

NEW YORK — “Into the Woods, who knows what may be lurking on the journey?” goes a lyric from the beloved 1987 Stephen Sondheim musical. It also sums up the fears many ardent Sondheim fans had when they learned a movie version was coming.

State park plans New Year’s hike

Get a breath of fresh air for the new year.

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Gritty ‘Year’

In his exciting first three films, writer-director J.C. Chandor, the son of a Merrill Lynch investment banker, has proven to be a canny, clear-eyed studier of capitalism, sensitive to its strivers and alert to its ethical storms.

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New space opens up possibilities

Denton’s creative reuse retail shop is getting a new space for Christmas. SCRAP Denton — the local School and Community Reuse Action Project — has taken donations that were bound for a landfill for the last three years. It’s been teaching all ages how to take discarded materials and turn them into new objects and art just as long.

New year brings new film fest

Denton adds a new film festival to its busy early 2015 calendar. The Denton Black Film Festival makes its debut on Jan. 30 at the Campus Theatre, 214 E. Hickory St. The film schedule isn’t yet final. Discount passes are available through Dec. 31 on the festival website, www.dentonbff.com.

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Familiar sights

Clint Eastwood goes to war in the new drama American Sniper. And then he goes several more times in telling the true story of Chris Kyle, the celebrated soldier who became the legendary American sniper of the title.

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Through new eyes

Director Tim Burton’s new Big Eyes tells the true story of a woman whose dreams came true, and then lived to regret it. But artist Margaret Keane has had the last laugh, living longer and becoming more successful and acclaimed than the man who almost ruined her life.

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Sad camouflage

The corrosive effects of secrets and lies inform The Imitation Game, a biopic about a man who had many secrets and told many lies. But those misdeeds were in service first to winning a war, and second, to keep from going to jail.

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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.