The Dark Path Haunt is a new attraction that transforms an outdoor trail, a Denton County legend, mythical creatures and infamous killers into a realistic terror-fest. It’s Friday night, roughly 9 p.m. I’m spending the weekend alone; my girlfriend is out of town. I head out to the haunt.
The most frightening thing about Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler — even more than those sallow, sunken cheeks, those googly eyes, and that unkempt hair tied into a greasy bun — is his smile. They invented the word “creepy” for that smile, a goofy, confident grin that reaches its full breadth just when you’re starting to realize how deranged this guy really is.
Actor Patrick Stewartnever hid his affinity for the Bard. Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men) co-founded an English company, London Stage, that uses major British theater companies as feeders to tour as an educational outreach. The company, which focuses exclusively on Shakespeare, will visit Denton next week for two minimalist performances of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
Gala night for the Lewisville Lake Symphony is heading over into a touch of the “pops.” “Music of the Night: The Phantom’s Gala,” hints that at least one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbusters will get a good turn at the gala (in theme, and perhaps by special guest vocalist Don LeBlanc). The regional symphony has had a relationship with the University of North Texas College of Music since its founding 31 years ago.
Music Theatre of Denton took on an ambitious project in the finale of its 2013-14 season. Les Miserables is a huge show in just about every way. The libretto is a demanding score of opera and “popera,” a marathon for the principals and anything but a trifle for the chorus.
Organizers lovingly call the Industrial Street International Pop Festival “Geezerpalooza.” And the nickname seems more fitting than the part about being an international pop festival. But then the title is a hat tip to the Texas International Pop Festival, staged in Denton County in 1969.
Brad Pitt and his tank crew single-handedly win World War II in the new action-drama film Fury. Someone had to do it. Writer-director David Ayer (Training Day) draws on nearly 70 years of World War II movies, and the latest special effects, to render a conventional but engaging story about a determined sergeant and his men.
PILOT POINT — She sounds like a country music legend, a mixture of Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker and Barbara Mandrell. It’s a raspy voice tinged with a lifetime of experience raising kids in the country. It takes you back in time, to an era when the Highwaymen were still rowdy and the women of country dominated the music charts.
Actor, social justice activist and social media mega-power George Takei will speak Oct. 27 as part of the University of North Texas Distinguished Lecture Series. Takei will speak at 8 p.m. Oct 27 in the UNT Coliseum, 600 Ave. D. Tickets are on sale now. With a career spanning five decades, Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. Takei appeared in three seasons of Star Trek and reprised his iconic role in six movies. Tickets for the general public cost $15, available online at http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/takei.
Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Nancy and Ronald Reagan and John Kerry are all featured in Kill the Messenger, a taut, fact-based thriller with an apt title. And at its center lies a subversive conspiracy that could only be uncovered with an old-fashioned journalistic investigation.
North Branch Library is the place to be for creative types Friday night and Saturday. The branch will host the Better Denton Hackathon and 24-Hour Comics Day, both of which start at 5 p.m. on Friday and end on 5 p.m. Saturday. Together, the events make up the Denton Public Library’s “Up All Night” event.
It doesn’t seem possible that From Here to Eternity could get more sultry than the film’s iconic passionate kiss on the beaches of Pearl Harbor. But Tony Award-winning musical-maker Tim Rice adapted the film for the stage, and if reports are true, audiences had to fan themselves through the big numbers. A filmed version of the musical — about young Army men in 1941 and the women they love — was made of this spring’s production on London’s West End, starring Darius Campbell as First Sgt. Milton Warden and Rebecca Thornhill as Karen Holmes. The company men doff their shirts and the women play peek-a-boo with pinup-style curves while the band plays on. Fathom Events screens the musical at 7:30 p.m. today at theaters including the Denton Cinemark, 2825 Wind River Lane. A repeat screening is at 7 p.m. Oct. 9. The musical is rated R for adult situations. For tickets, visit www.fathomevents.com.