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Jonesing for the music

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.

We’re Denton Dammit!

A reader tells us that Denton resident and diehard Texas Rangers fan Claire Bartee will throw out the first pitch at the team’s game on Tuesday.

Man behind popular blog to speak at UNT

Chances are you’re more familiar with Brandon Stanton’s work than with the man himself.

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Sealed with a kiss

In their upcoming show, Denton couple Buster and Cindy Maloney have only each other. That, and A.R. Gurney’s quiet but powerful script for Love Letters.

Lone Star creatures

The Critterman is back at North Branch Library at 4 p.m. on Sept. 30.

UNT student to perform in chamber concert

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.

Day for dancing

“Day of the Dance,” a short performance featuring a variety of dance works and live music, is set to take place at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the PointBank Black Box Theatre in Denton, 318 E. Hickory St.

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Bay at the moon

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.

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‘Shrek’ on deck

He’s the green-skinned monster who just wants to be left alone. When exiled fairy-tale characters disrupt his treasured quiet, the ogre heads off to ask Lord Farquaad to let the characters return to their rightful places — with his good friend, Donkey.

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Bublé on the big screen

Michael Bublé and his tour crew come to the big screen for one night with Michael Bublé — Tour Stop 148 at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Greek tragedy

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.

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Feast of fests

This weekend, it begins. Fall festival season is upon us. The season promises more music than one fan get to, but it also offers free family fun and outdoor temperatures that are generally bearable — if not rainy.

We’re Denton Dammit!

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.

Common man’s fanfare

Nearly 10,000 people are expected to attend the 18th annual Denton Blues Festival this weekend at Quakertown Park, said longtime festival organizer John Baines.

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Upstairs, downstairs

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.

Symphony series to feature UNT pianist

The Lewisville Lake Symphony will feature a performance by Boalong Zhang, winner of the biannual International Piano Contest, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville.

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Big-top evening

SCRAP Denton, a local nonprofit that promotes creative reuse, will present its fourth annual Masquerade Ball Fundraiser.

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Varied voices

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.

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Snowpocalypse

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.

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Into the woods again

What made the original Blair Witch Project such a hit was that it was the first of its kind. Since then, it’s been superseded by a host of other horror filmmakers coming in our wake who’ve overdone the found footage concept since it came out of the woods.

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Comics pack a punch

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.

We’re Denton Dammit!

Last week’s announcement of the Briggle-Paxton dinner had everyone in the newsroom asking, “What are butter bars?” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and hiswife, Angela, brought a plate of the goodies to share.

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Hot wheels

Hot rods, motorcycles and trucks of yesteryear will be on full display for Denton’s 17th annual Arts & Autos Extravaganza this Saturday.

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Backstage bedlam

Denton Community Theatre opens its 2016-17 season with the Michael Frayn comedy Noises Off.

Choreography master class next week at UNT

Dancers will have a unique opportunity through the University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre, which is providing a master class taught by choreographer Bill Evans.

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Kicking up a ruckus

Denton roots-rockers Buffalo Ruckus just released a new single to Red Dirt radio. “Hills and Valleys” is a teaser for the band’s sophomore album, Peace & Cornbread, due out Sept. 16 on Shiner Records.

Music on the house

Just as Denton’s indie music makers have bemoaned venue closures, a local music and culture blog has slated a house show festival for 2017.

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Brace for impact

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.

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Prickles go plush

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.

We’re Denton Dammit!

Argyle resident Sheila Flanagan did something a lot of us do in a crisis these days. She took to Facebook.

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Youth drama courses get new focus

As Denton has evolved through the generations, so too have the mediums of local expression. For years, Little D has fostered an artsy environment for all ages.

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Down and dirty

Bad Sports, a punk outfit that got its start in Denton, just released their third album.

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Higher frequency

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.