Norah Jones was a reluctant sage at a closed question-and-answer session with University of North Texas jazz studies majors Wednesday afternoon. The Grammy-winning artist is a UNT alumna (she learned that term and others from moderator John Richmond, the brand new dean of the College of Music) who’s in town for Oaktopia music festival. The College of Music invited her to spend about an hour with jazz students and to award her the UNT Presidential Medal of Honor.
Belarusian pianist Dzmitry Ulasiuk will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Flower Mound. The event is the opening concert in the Lewisville Lake Symphony’s International Chamber Series. Ulasiuk will open the concert season with Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite and selected works of Frederic Chopin.
Drag City band Neil Michael Hagerty and the Howling Hex have been gigging all over Europe, but Denton isn’t too small for a date by the rock band (which evokes the Pixies and the Violent Femmes, but with poppier phrases and bubble-gum melodies). The band would make for a nice bookend show with Denton’s the Demigs, what with the fuzzed-out guitars and Hagerty’s semi-shouted, half-sung lyrics.
Fraternities and sororities offer many benefits to students — leadership, participation in college activities, and bonds that run deeper than blood. Although being inducted into Greek organizations can lead to profitable results, the pledging process and practice of hazing rituals can prove otherwise.
Is it weird to ask for a moment of silence? Michael Seman announced that he’s headed to Denver to join the University of Colorado Denver, where he’ll be the director of Creative Industries Research. He’s been a senior research associate at the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research.
Belinda (Andrea A. Ray) is shocked — shocked! — at Philip (Caleb Norris), parading around in his underwear and mistaken for having an affair, in Denton Community Theatre’s Noises Off . The Michael Frayn comedy ends its run this weekend. Noises Off follows a troupe of English actors embroiled in personality clashes, ill-fated romances and really bad writing as they tour with a farce. The play-within-a-play shows the audience what can happen backstage when things go very, very wrong. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $22 for adults, $18 for seniors 62 and older, $15 for students with ID and $10 for children 12 and younger. For reservations, call 940-382-1915.
The theater department at the University of North Texas opens its season next month with a play about abortion. Melissa’s Choice is a drama about a 28-year-old attorney who has to deal with an unplanned pregnancy. The play will run Oct. 6-16 in the Studio Theatre at the Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building.
It’s no question filmmaker Oliver Stone loves his country, but he’s also made a career out of going against the established order. Whether he’s tackling history in films like Platoon or Born on the Fourth of July, or profiling presidents with JFK, Nixon and W., Stone portrays America in his own unique way.
Josh Rose said he probably never would have ended up teaching art if it weren’t for comic books. Rose is a University of North Texas graduate and El Centro College art history professor who loves comics. As a kid, Rose said, he savored the stories and the drawings of caped crusaders, masked villains and garden-variety human beings who became greater than they believed they’d be — whether from a spider bite or childhood trauma.
Is it too soon for Sully? Is this a mere cash grab for Warner Bros. to adapt a true account and snag a few Oscars in the process? The importance of its story says otherwise. Seven years ago, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully executed an emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan, after it was disabled by striking a flock of birds.
The humble cactus is having a moment. Prickly pears, barrel cactus, pincushion cactus and fairy castle cactus — all of these (and others) have long been an emblem of the American Southwest. For decades, cactuses have been the stuff of cheap plastic souvenirs in convenience stores and rest stop visitor centers that stretch from Arizona to New Mexico, and across parts of Texas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California.
Oklahoma indie artist Hannah Wolff didn’t write a breakup record in Super Collider, the 1980s-influenced rock EP she drops on Sept. 6. Instead, the indie-pop artist wrought a record about dropping her ego and looking for higher love — after ending a marriage and leaving St. Louis. The six-track record is jam packed with buzzing guitars and satisfyingly plastic-y keyboards.