Man without a mask

Daniel Markham dropped his fifth full-length project on Halloween. Pretty Bitchin’ joined the 2014 local music scene without much fanfare. After playing with guitarist Ryan Thomas Becker, bassist Tony Ferraro and drummer Grady Don Sandlin for the last two-and-a-half years, Markham’s outfit has a record full of solid songwriting and assured ensemble playing.

Talk turkey

What if there’s not enough Thanksgiving wine to dilute that rant gathering in the wrong corner of your brain?


In living color

If you’ve seen Rise of the Guardians from DreamWorks Animation, or Epic from Twentieth Century Fox, you’ve been immersed in the imaginings of artist William Joyce.

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Hurd mentality

Cornell Hurd brings his western swing, classic and boogie woogie to Dan’s Silverleaf at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. The Austin band leader has been shaking sawdust off of boots since 1997. After Hurd swings, Denton’s Stage Fright -- Grady Don Sandlin, Ryan Thomas Becker and Tony Ferraro and guests -- perform the music of The Band starting at 9 p.m.


Sucker punch

Foxcatcheris hard to embrace. The new film from director Bennett Miller lacks any humor, and it never falsely strains to engage viewers. Few of its characters are even remotely likable. But it’s impossible not to be swept up in its narrative, right up until its slowly building, explosive finale.


Harebrained schemes

The characters of the modern workplace comedy, like the rest of us, don’t know how to make a living anymore. Having haplessly tried to murder their bosses in the first Horrible Bosses, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis return in Horrible Bosses 2 as hopeful inventors. “Let’s bet on ourselves,” they tell each other, making a clearly questionable wager. They go into business with a bath product dubbed “Shower Buddy,” and with their abysmal guest spot on a morning show promoting it, it’s clear they may have backed the wrong horse.


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Out of the hat, into the fire

The Rock Lottery hat isn’t a hat to be messed with. Chuck Crosswhite, one of the curators of Rock Lottery 13, describes the hat that drummers draw names out of.

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Once-a-year wine

Mike Barrow said Beaujolais & More helps the Campus Theatre afford expenses that aren’t celebrated in the space’s neon marquee.

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Students’ work onstage

Both University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University present new dance concerts this weekend.

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Top-class trumpet

Chuck Findley can make jazz music in a pinch, and in the best venues around the world. He’s just as facile in the studio. On Tuesday night, Findley stops in Denton to play with the University of North...


Fire goes dim

The revolution lives on in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, the new release based on the last novel in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. Part 2, also based on the single novel, will end the series next November.


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Beast of burden

An Elephant, Fishboy’s new album and book about the ghost of a pachyderm, is a study in the 12 stages of revenge — where Stage 1 is the bloodthirsty desire to avenge your death; Stage 10 is forgiveness, paving the way for the final stage, redemption; and Stage 5 is revulsion and disgust over discovering that your body’s been repurposed as an electrical vessel to keep Thomas Alva Edison alive.


The house wins

It’s casino night at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts on Saturday. No matter how you bet, the Greater Denton Arts Council wins.

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‘Celebration’ bookends Benge’s TWU career

Sharon Benge said Texas Woman’s University’s Celebration is a bookend to The Fantasticks, the show she directed to open the Redbud Theatre Complex when it was moved into a renovated space in Hubbard Hall about 10 years ago.

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Label mates

Evia Music is a small shop out in Sanger, but the indie label is making the most of its nascent roster.


A love defiant

In the early parts of the touching new biopic The Theory of Everything, it’s easy to see why Jane falls in love with fellow Cambridge University student Stephen.


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Love conquers greed

University of North Texas Opera Theatre had a clever plan for the second opera for its 2014-15 season.


Temporary shop

University of North Texas faculty artists, students and alumni are joining the Denton Main Street Association’s open house promotion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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‘Best’ bet

Denton Community Theatre follows its comical look at the making of Gone With the Wind with an amusing story about ambitions of presidential proportions. So if you’re weary of the untempered electoral screed...

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Something borrowed

Erin Elders said his Chicago-based band didn’t go into the studio with an elaborate plan for Desperate Glow, the full-length debut by Wedding Dress.


Fanciful journey

No matter how long you’re gone, you can always go home again. And in writer-director Christopher Nolan’s new space adventure Interstellar, you’re gone a long, long time.

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Torn in Middle America

An Oklahoma couple grapples with the suicide of their openly gay son in Broken Heart Land. The University of North Texas Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Studies Program will screen the 2014 documentary at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 184 in UNT’s Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, at 1155 Union Circle.


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Are you afraid of the dark?

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.

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Other victims

While European Jews bore the brunt of the nationalistic cant and torture of the Holocaust, the authorities also tried their best to stamp out sexual deviants.


Halloween and Fall Events



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.



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