It’s not too early to start thinking about that four-day space next March called 35 Denton. Volunteer Craig Flory said the festival hopes to whip up some excitement for the music festival — and move some discounted tickets for the event — with a packed party starting early Saturday afternoon at Hailey’s Club.
Judging from The November Man, based on a novel by Bill Granger, the CIA’s operations in Eastern Europe are a friends-and-family affair. Former colleagues plot one another’s deaths. A junior officer interrogates her superior. A scorned pupil takes aim at his mentor’s loved ones. Geopolitical intrigue ranks second to daddy issues.
The Dolly Llamas, a two-piece band from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will kick out some jams to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on Aug. 28 in downtown Denton. Whiskeyboy Radio, a Fort Worth music, comedy and variety podcast, will be staging a benefit show at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Andy’s Bar, 122 N. Locust St. “Music vs. MS” also features performances by Dallas and Fort Worth rock and punk groups Cold Bloom, the Circle, The Last Place You Look and No Weapon Formed. Attendees can buy raffle tickets for prizes from the Frisco Rough Riders, Golden Triangle Mall, Circa 77 Vintage and more. For more information, visit www.whiskeyboy.us/shows/mvms .
Denton Community Theatre closes its run of the oh-so-pink and incurably hopeful Legally Blonde this weekend. The musical comedy is a buffet of Americana. There’s a bevy of buxom sorority sisters sporting Pinterest-worthy hair (read: long and meticulously messy), dance numbers so buoyant they’re feats of athleticism and a libretto that sacrifices none of the original film’s (like totally) California-speak.
The music scene is going old school this weekend in Denton. The Raised Right Men — a motley collection of Denton’s best-loved songwriters and musicians Justin Collins (Hares on the Mountain), Brian Wright, Hank W. Early, Andy Rogers (Boxcar Bandits) and Grady Don Sandlin (Boxcar Bandits, RTB2) — host Denton Does Waylon at 9 p.m. today at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. The free show features covers of music by Jennings, the godfather of outlaw country.
Clay White admits he felt some pressure to raise the bar with Denton Community Theatre’s Legally Blonde. White earned an armload of awards for the company’s 2012 summer staging of Hairspray and then racked up more awards for the 2013 staging of Monty Python’s Spamalot for Greater Lewisville Community Theatre from The Column, a Dallas-Fort Worth theater blog.
Fathom Events joins the Weinstein Co. and Walden Media in broadcasting the red-carpet premiere of The Giver at select theaters on Monday. Participating Texas cinemas will broadcast a tape delay of the event at 7 p.m. Monday, including a screening at the AMC Highland Village 12 cinema, 4090 Barton Creek.
Melanie Welch grew up in the Campus Theatre. As a tot, she played the title role in the company’s production of The Littlest Angel. Her mother, Kyla Welch, has performed in Denton Community Theatre shows and works in the Campus Theatre box office. Her dad, Dennis, has been in dozens of shows for a handful of North Texas theater companies and has directed for the local community theater.
Sam Riggs and the Night People return to Denton for a show at 10 p.m. today at Rockin’ Rodeo, 1009 Ave. C. Since his last local show, the Austin musician has seen his video “When the Lights Go Out” hit No. 1 on CMT Pure. He’s had a music spot on the hit show Nashville and a top five single on the Texas Music chart.
We need our illusions to live, or so says the main character in Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen’s clever new release. The romantic comedy is set in the south of France in 1928, and, although it is beguiling, charming, thoughtful and even challenging, it is neither overtly romantic nor terribly funny.