Photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders remembers the tete-a-tete that resulted in the 2008 HBO film The Black List: Volume 1. Greenfield-Sanders hit up film critic Elvis Mitchell for lunch.
Denton blues-rocker Beth Heffernan is staging her second breast cancer research benefit show, “Rockers and Knockers,” at 9 p.m. Saturday at Hailey’s Club, 122 W. Mulberry St. Heffernan’s band, Lovesick Mary, will provide the accompaniment for a burlesque show featuring Denton and Dallas dancers. The show is free, but donations are welcome. The dancers appearing include Scarlet Peach, Bettie Martini-Vermuth, Cat de Lynn, Candy Von Jameson, Kitty Martini, Chordella Smash, Lemme Addams, Ruby Manhattan, Honey Bordeauxxx, Pixie O’Kneel, Ginger Rockafella, Divertida Devotchka, Anala Dances and Janie Slash. The burlesque performances will be hosted by emcee Violet O’Hara.
Spare Parts is a pleasant enough run-of-the-mill outsiders-beat-the-odds dramedy in the Race the Sun mold. It’s about undocumented high school kids who enter a big robot-building competition, and make a splash in that state most hostile to illegal immigration — Arizona. So it’s a little more concerned with making a statement than with covering new ground in an original and entertaining way.
In 2004, actor Jason Lee discovered Midlake, a Denton indie rock band with a mild British prog-rock pastiche.Ten years later, Lee considers himself a friend of the musicians (they return the favor) and is now the producer of Eric Noren’s documentary about the band. Midlake: Live in Denton, TX is a 90-minute concert film peppered with footage of Denton, its landmarks and residents.
Denton’s creative reuse retail shop is getting a new space for Christmas. SCRAP Denton — the local School and Community Reuse Action Project — has taken donations that were bound for a landfill for the last three years. It’s been teaching all ages how to take discarded materials and turn them into new objects and art just as long.
Denton adds a new film festival to its busy early 2015 calendar. The Denton Black Film Festival makes its debut on Jan. 30 at the Campus Theatre, 214 E. Hickory St. The film schedule isn’t yet final. Discount passes are available through Dec. 31 on the festival website, www.dentonbff.com.
Hearts broke across the alt-rock community when Denton band Centro-matic announced its farewell tour. With a prolific recording output and countless brilliant live performances since the band’s humble beginnings in the mid-’90s, its four members have stayed tightly connected against rock ’n’ roll odds.
Carl Finch thought it was time to get the old band back together — sort of. The founder of Denton’s two-time Grammy-winning polka band started the group with Tim Walsh 35 years ago. But before the anniversary year’s end, Finch said he wanted to revive one of the earliest incarnations of the band for a special show at Dan’s Silverleaf.