By the time the aroma-wafting holidays are set before us on the table, we can hardly smell their goodness. Seems we’ve been inhaling this scent since before Halloween, and its cloying guilt is wearing us out. If we haven’t finished with our shopping and all the et cetera by now, it reminds us, we must have severe character flaws or, at the very least, be extremely disorganized.
If dinosaurs were still around, there’s no doubt many of us would probably have one as a pet. Whether small and friendly to cuddle with or big and mean to scare unwelcome guests, these prehistoric animals would make great companions. In its latest animated tale, however, Pixar reverses the idea and crafts a wonderful world where dinos can keep humans as pets. The Good Dinosaur had all the signs of being a doomed movie: delayed release, production fumbles and a story that doesn’t exactly roar “original.” But, as usual, Pixar manages to shock, surprise and pack an emotional wallop in its cannon.
The holiday weekend culminates in Denton’s legendary music event: Rock Lottery. By now, the daylong music event is old hat: 25 musicians see their names put into a hat, and five bands-for-a-day are drawn from it. Tradition dictates that participating musicians hail from all over the local and regional music landscape — indie rock, alt-country, hip-hop, pop-punk and everything in between. This year, Dallas hip-hop darling Sam Lao’s name will be thrown in the hat with the likes of Western swing chanteuse Bonnie Norris, Dallas avant-pop artist Lily Taylor and Denton composer David Pierce.
A reader granted us permission to share a photo of the tattered Texas flag at the Denton County Jail. From the looks of it, the flag flies close enough to the razor wire and barbed wire to snag and tear. Someone lowers this flag every night, and someone raises it every morning. How hard is it to replace a flag?
We all know the rote formula of boxing films, and Creed doesn’t push those boundaries much. An underdog wants to make a name for himself, undergoes training montages, pays lip service to a throwaway love story and enters one big bout to reach the top. However, every now and then a sports film finds that sweet spot of balancing both action and drama. Once in a while, the fights in a film are justified with stories full of enough crushing emotion that they become all the more intense and gratifying. Creed is that film. Extending the highly regarded Rocky franchise into a spinoff involving the previously unseen son (Michael B. Jordan
Plano resident Aaron Green has played Dr. Frank N. Furter before. But the aspiring professional actor said he slipped into the good (and bad) doctor’s stilettos to get reacquainted with the iconic, lonely alien at the center of The Rocky Horror Show for Denton Community Theatre. He literally spent a week in sky-high heels.
Austin singer-songwriter Sam Baker plays Dan's Silver Leaf at 8 p.m. today. Baker’s latest release, say grace, was named one of the top 10 country albums back in 2013, and Baker scored an interview with All Things Considered with Terry Gross on National Public Radio last year.
Two Denton university professors have just published books about the local movement that banned hydraulic fracturing — for a while — in the city limits. Adam Briggle’s book, A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas, chronicles both his exercise in taking philosophy from academia into the neighborhood — and his transformation from academic to activist.
Denton Redditors have seen the future. And the future is self-driving cars navigating the streets for Uber, the popular app-operated car service. Several locals noticed camera poles on a small fleet of parked Uber vehicles — possibly driverless, definitely bizarre-looking.
Celebrity chef Tim Love, a Denton native, has announced that he’s branching outside of Texas and opening another Lonesome Dove Western Bistro. The new restaurant will open in Knoxville, Tennessee, and will reflect the style and flavor of the original bistro, located in Fort Worth’s Stockyards.
Plano teens will take a well-loved novel to the stage this weekend. Plano Children’s Theater opens The Outsiders, a play based on the popular novel of the same name by S.E. Hinton. Ponyboy Curtis is a “greaser,” a member of a gang associated with the poor side of the tracks, and he is the audience’s emissary into a story about conflict between his gang and “the socials,” a gang of rich kids.