We’re Denton Dammit!

Denton Community Theatre’s Theatre School announced it won’t be staging Elf, Jr. this holiday season. The musical is a kid-sized version of the Broadway musical based on the charming 2003 holiday film starring Will Ferrell.

Fest of fall

Denton’s own Day of the Dead festival has returned to North Texas, and will take place on Saturday with activities running throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The outdoor event takes place around East Hickory Street and Industrial Street.

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Home’s sweet sound

Chris Bullard lived in Denton for seven years. He played gigs, committed to making music. Then the Ardmore, Oklahoma, native went to Nashville five years ago with an EP’s worth of music.

Cervantes classic with a twist

The University of North Texas presents the classic play The Siege of Numantia by Miguel de Cervantes in November.

Laughable engagement

The University of North Texas Opera and Symphony Orchestra will present Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), a comedic tale of love, infidelity and forgiveness.


Sexy’s out, and slugs are in

SEATTLE — This Halloween, sexy is out and slugs are in. Pokemon trumps politics, and gory is sought by kids and older adults with millennials looking for Instagram-worthy beauty, according to novelty shops, costume emporiums and thrift stores.

Attorney general warns: Fashion contacts require Rx

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has cautioned consumers about the dangers of wearing decorative contact lenses for Halloween. The decorative lenses, also marketed as “costume,” “fashion” or “colored” lenses, can pose serious risks to eye health, including infections and loss of vision.

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Drawing from life (and death)

Austin artist Ladi Loera never covered his eyes to keep from seeing devils or skeletons when he was a kid.

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Batty goings-on

The Greater Denton Arts Council stretches children and family activities from Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival into the nearby Patterson-Appleton Arts Center on Saturday.

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Gothic cleanse

There is a special admiration reserved for movies that top two hours, maintaining their momentum and intrigue. They earn their lengthy running time by drawing you into a complicated story featuring compelling characters and seasoned with damn good filmmaking.

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‘Carnival’ skewered

The guys at RiffTrax Live won’t let the 1962 cult horror film Carnival of Souls get too scary.


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Hands of stone, heart of gold

The pugilist A buzzer shrieks. His hands drop from in front of his face. A smile runs over the length of his mouthguard as he plops himself down on the edge of the ring. As he sits, other fighters in the ring approach to bid him goodnight.

We’re Denton Dammit!

Denton wasn’t highlighted in Texas Highways’ recent story about small Texas towns with iconic bookstores, but we were mentioned in passing. Recycled Books Records CDs on the downtown Square was noted in Kay Ellington’s article about literary destinations in Texas. If you want to drop some pins in your map, read the article here: http://bit.ly/2emb1J5.

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Not so straight and narrow

Sketch comedy group the Upright Citizens Brigade, which has in past years included comedians such as Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Adam McKay, will be coming to Denton at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the University of North Texas’ Union Lyceum.

XX vs. XY

Denton Comedy Festival founders R.J. Avery and Joe Coffee join the Denton Black Film Festival, Denton Community Theatre and the theater’s Black Box Presents Series to bring a stand-up comedy “Battle of the Sexes” to the stage Friday night.

Jazz plus poetry

The Lewisville Lake Symphony will perform William Walton’s Facade at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in Lewisville. Conductor Adron Ming will lead the performance using six instrumentalists and two narrators.


Bourbon with a twist

When it comes to fall fundraising, the Denton Benefit League leaves the ball gowns of spring in the closet. Those high heels and wingtips? They can wait for another day.

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Working artist

New York artist Sarah Sze takes on big questions, usually using whatever she has on hand to puzzle through the answers.

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Island time

The final concert in the Denton Main Street Association’s free Twilight Tunes series might make audiences feel like those tiny bubbles in the wine have gone straight to their heads.

Jaffe at it again

Sarah Jaffe returns to her old stomping grounds this weekend for two shows at Dan’s Silverleaf.

‘Nightmare’ really hits Elm Street

The weekend before Halloween just got another free family festival. 7Feathers, a Denton-based music and art collective, stages “Nightmare on Elm Street” at 3 p.m. Oct. 30.

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Ogre it

Sure, Shrek the Musical is a charming tale of love and romance between a certain green ogre and a princess.

‘Reacher’ sequel exceeds grasp

Sometimes a relatively generic story can be redeemed by a confident central performance, as proven with 2012’s Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise. What appeared to be a bombastic action flick in the same vein as Cruise’s other stealthy crime franchise Mission: Impossible, wound up being a rather smart, low-key, stylish and — most notably — fun thriller. While it has many action set-pieces that feel borrowed from M:I films, Cruise’s movie star charisma shined through with a fascinating character who outsmarted and beat his way out of every corner he was backed into.


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Have pail, will travel

Trick-or-treating conjures up a nostalgic magic. As soon as homeowners start putting giant cobwebs in the trees, fidgeting with skeletons — and, more recently, dead-eyed zombies — and buying pumpkins for the porch, we think back to our childhood and Halloweens of the past.

We’re Denton Dammit!

The Bradetich Foundation took its sweet time about it and announced the second International Double Bass Solo Competition for Sept. 1-5, 2017. The inaugural international competition was back in 2010.

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Performance with teeth

Roomful of Teeth, a Grammy-award winning ensemble group and the current UNT College of Music artist-in-residence, brings its brew of choral music, indigenous vocals and intricate harmonies to UNT’s Voertman Hall on Monday night.

Pop Fest gives love to ’60s, ’70s

Soulful acts take their turn at this year’s Industrial Street Pop Festival.

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Wry notes

Josh Bradford and Steve Harlos share a love of Erik Satie. The French composer and pianist did the bulk of his most memorable work in the early 20th century, and for the 150th anniversary of Satie’s birthday, Bradford and Harlos are celebrating with a “Satie-Ricon.” Satie-Ricon — a riff on Comic-Con — is a four-day festival honoring the composer and celebrating music. The first concert was Tuesday, and the event continues today, Friday and Saturday morning.


Please touch the instruments

If there was a sign on the walls of the University of North Texas College of Music on Saturday, it would declare: “Please touch.”


Back to school

The downtown Twilight Tunes concert series continues Sunday afternoon at the Courthouse on the Square lawn, 110 W. Hickory St.


Fun for little ghouls

Looking for some Halloween and fall festival fun for little ones?

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Calculated execution

We crave those deliciously entertaining mysteries that deliver a number of fruitful issues to chew on. They are reminders that stirring dramas can be just as thrilling as the next big superhero sequel.

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Roadless map

A24 is one of the best film studios working today. It’s responsible for cinematic juggernauts such as Ex Machina, Room and TheWitch. Never does it represent narratives that are safe, traditional or capable of generating a nice cash flow. A24 is more about the art and filmmakers’ unique voices. You know, what movies should be about.

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Lifetime movie features UNT grad

University of North Texas graduate Kedrick Brown will appear in a Lifetime Original Movie premiering at 7 p.m. Sunday.


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