5 to 8 p.m. — Opening reception for the Annual College of Visual Arts and Design Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition in the UNT Art Gallery, on the first floor of the Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry St., and at UNT on the Square, 109 Elm St. Free. Visit http://gallery.unt.edu and http://untonthesquare.unt.edu.
7 p.m. — Artist Christie Wood presents encaustic art techniques during a meeting of the Visual Arts Society of Texas, at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. Admission is free for society members, $3 for visitors. Visit www.vastarts.org.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — “Shape the Future of Denton,” a forum for sharing opinions or ideas about the city’s future over the next five to 10 years, at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St. For Denton residents 18 and older who are interested in recreation opportunities. To register, call Julia Wolfe at 940-784-3780.
10 a.m. to noon — Preschool Junior Master Naturalists program on birds at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, 3310 Collins Road. For ages 3-6. Cost is $8. Registration required; call 940-349-8285.
5 p.m. — “Skate for NF” at Lone Star Indoor Sports Center, 1800 Shady Oaks Drive. Skating party, silent auction and raffle will benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation and the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation. Admission is $10. Visit http://on.fb.me/IHXZnE.
5:30 p.m. — Sunset hike at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM3002, 7 miles east of I-35. Half-mile hike starts at Pavilion 1. Bring water and a flashlight. Free with regular park entrance fee of $7 for ages 12 and older. Call 940-637-2294.
6 to 10 p.m. — First Friday Denton at art venues around the downtown Square, including A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak St., Suite 101; Imagine Gallery at Denton Square Donuts, 208 W. Oak St.; SCRAP Denton, 215 W. Oak St.; UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.; and others. Free gallery viewings, live music, art projects and demonstrations. Visit www.firstfridaydenton.com.
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday — Texas Outdoor Family overnight family camping workshop at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM3002, 7 miles east of I-35. Families can learn basic camping techniques and take part in outdoor activities. Fee is $65 per family, which includes some supplies. Reservations are required; call 512-389-8903. For more information, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/texas-outdoor-family-lake-ray-roberts-jb-north-texas-open.
10 a.m. to noon — Free math tutoring for students in kindergarten through 12th grade at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Registration is required; forms are available at all library locations. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 a.m. to noon — “Birding 101” for ages 50 and older at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, 3310 Collins Road. Cost is $5. Advance registration is required; call 940-349-7784.
6 to 9 p.m. — Gallery Night at Oxide Gallery, 115 W. Eagle Drive, Suite A. Opening reception for December exhibition, with featured artist Ruben Miranda. Free. Call 940-483-8900 or visit www.oxidegallery.com.
6:30 p.m. — Thin Line Film Series presents a free screening of When Dallas Rocked at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. Call 940-320-2000 or visit www.danssilverleaf.com.
6 p.m. — Chess Night at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Players of all ages and skill levels welcome. Free. Call 940-349-8752.
9:30 a.m. — Mother Goose Time at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Stories and activities for infants (birth to 18 months) and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752.
9:30 a.m. — Toddler Time at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Stories, puppets and activities for toddlers (12-36 months) and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752.
10:30 a.m. — Toddler Time at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Stories, puppets and activities for toddlers (12-36 months) and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752
7 to 8:45 p.m. — North Branch Writers’ Critique Group, for those interested in writing novels, short stories, poetry or journals, meets at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Free.
9:30 a.m. — Toddler Time at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Stories, puppets and activities for toddlers (12-36 months) and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752.
11 a.m. — Story Time at Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St. Stories, songs, puppets and more for children age 1-5 and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com.
7 to 8:30 p.m. — Exploring Philosophy at North Branch Library, 3020 Locust St. Join the ongoing discussions of time-honored philosophical issues with Dr. Eva H. Cadwallader, professor of philosophy. Free. Call 940-349-8752.
The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub Each Wed, County Rexford, 7-9pm, free. 101 W. Hickory St. 940-566-5483.
The Abbey Underground Weekly events: Each Sat, “’80s and ’90s RetroActive Dance Party”; each Sun, open mic hosted by Bone Doggie, signup at 7:30pm; each Mon, karaoke. 100 W. Walnut St. www.facebook.com/TheAbbeyUnderground.
American Legion Post 550 Each Fri, free karaoke at 9pm; each Tues, free pool. Live band on the last Sat of the month, free. 905 Foundation St., Pilot Point. 940-686-9901.
Amitea Fri: “Play Your Soul” with Rachel Hamm and Derek Premenko, David Shy Guy, Claybourne, Jackson Strecher, Darby Christine, 7-9pm. 708 N. Locust St. 940-382-8898. www.amitea.org.
Andy’s Bar Fri: Darlington, the Vatican Press, Perdition, 8pm. Sat: The Faps, Electric Vengeance, Samuel Caldwell’s Revenge, Richard Haskins, Anger House, 8pm. 122 N. Locust St. 940-565-5400.
Banter Bistro Thurs: Keith Karns Quintet, 6pm. Fri: Son Slim’s Gems, 6pm; Ellie Meyer and Richard Gilbert, 8pm. Sat: Isabel Crespo and Elliot Liebman, 6pm; Nick Reibach, 8pm; the Knocking, 10pm. Each Thurs, open mic at 8pm; each Sat, live local jazz at 6pm. 219 W. Oak St. 940-565-1638. www.dentonbanter.com.
Dan’s Silverleaf Fri: Milkdrive, 9pm, $12. Sat: “A Spune Christmas” with Chambers, Robert Gomez, Moonbather, the Days, Savage & the Big Beat, Camp David, 8:30pm, $5-$8. Sun: Hares on the Mountain, 5pm, free; Thin Line Film Series presents When Dallas Rocked film screening, 6:30pm, free. No smoking indoors. 103 Industrial St. 940-320-2000. www.danssilverleaf.com.
Denton Square Donuts Fri: Opening reception for “amalgam d(8)” art exhibit, with music by Chris Caruvana and Rance Parrott, 6-10pm. 208 W. Oak St. 940-220-9447. www.dsdonuts.com.
Fry Street Public House Each Tues, karaoke, 9pm, free. 125 Ave. A. 940-323-9800. www.publichousedenton.com.
The Garage 113 Ave. A. 940-383-0045. www.thedentongarage.com.
Gerhard’s German Restaurant 222 W. Hickory St. 940-381-6723. www.gvrestaurants.com.
The Greenhouse Mon: Pete Wiese. Live jazz each Mon at 10pm, free. 600 N. Locust St. 940-484-1349. www.greenhouserestaurantdenton.com.
Hoochie’s Oyster House Live local music each Mon at 6pm. 207 S. Bell Ave. 940-383-0104.
Hailey’s Club Fri: The Crypt Creeps, Nerdface, the Gypsy Bravado, New Voodoo. Sat: Andrew W.K., Codetalkers, Space Camp Death Squad, Nootropic, DJ Yeahdef, 8pm, $15-$30. Each Tues, ’90s music, 10pm, free-$5. 122 W. Mulberry St. 940-323-1160. www.haileysclub.com.
Lone Star Attitude Burger Co. Thurs: Tom Faulkner and Michael Hearne. Fri: Jon Christopher Davis. Sat: Joe Tucker. Shows at 8pm, free. 113 W. Hickory St. 940-383-1022. www.lsaburger.com.
Rockin’ Rodeo Thurs: Cory Morrow, Bleu Edmondson, $12-$15. 1009 Ave. C. 940-565-6611. www.rockinrodeodenton.com.
Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios Thurs: Tony Ferraro and the Satans of Soft Rock, Old Warhorse, Daniel Markham, 9pm, $5-$7. Fri: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, the Calmative, Danny Rush and the Designated Drivers, 9pm, $9-$11. Sat: AV the Great presents “Raw and Underground 9,” 9pm, $5-$7. No smoking indoors. 411 E. Sycamore St. 940-387-7781. www.rubberglovesdentontx.com.
Sweetwater Grill & Tavern Sun: Foo McBubba holiday show. Tues: Sweetwater Jazz Quartet (Neil Slater, Jim Riggs, Ron Fink and Lou Carfa). Wed: Mario Cruz & Friends holiday show. Shows on the patio, 7-9pm, free. 115 S. Elm St. 940-484-2888. www.sweetwatergrillandtavern.com.
VFW Post 2205 Free karaoke at 8pm each Thurs, Fri and Sat. 909 Sunset St.
The Whitehouse Espresso Bar and Beer Garden Each Thurs, open mic hosted, 7:30pm, signup at 7pm. 424 Bryan St. 940-484-2786.
Banter Bistro 219 W. Oak St. 940-565-1638.
Center for the Visual Arts Greater Denton Arts Council’s galleries, meeting space and offices. 400 E. Hickory St. Free. Tues-Sun 1-5pm. 940-382-2787. www.dentonarts.com.
* “Dancing by the Light of the Moon: The Art of Fred Marcellino,” through Jan. 17 in the Meadows Gallery.
* “Dance With Life: Works in Fiber” through Dec. 29 in the Gough Gallery.
The Chestnut Tree 107 W. Hickory St. Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm; dinner Thurs-Sat 5:30-9pm. 940-591-9475. www.chestnuttearoom.com.
A Creative Art Studio Gallery, classes and workshops. 227 W. Oak St., Suite 101. Mon-Sat 12-6pm, Sun by appointment only. 940-442-1251. www.acreativeartstudio.com.
Cupboard Natural Foods and Cafe 200 W. Congress St. 940-387-5386.
The DIME Store Denton Independent Maker Exchange’s store carrying local art, crafts and vintage items, plus workshop/gallery space. Tues-Sat 10-6. 510 S. Locust St. 940-381-2324. www.dimehandmade.com.
Farmer’s & Merchant’s Gallery Early and contemporary Texas art. 100 N. Washington St., Pilot Point. Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Appointments encouraged. 940-686-2396. www.farmersandmerchantsgallery.com.
Gallery 010 in the TWU student union, at the corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive. Mon-Thurs 8-9; Fri 8-5; Sun 1-9. Free.
Green Space Arts Collective Studio/gallery available for rental. 529 Malone St. 940-595-9219. www.greenspacearts.com.
Imagine Gallery at Denton Square Donuts, 208 W. Oak St. www.face<code_dp>book.com/imaginegallerydenton.
* “Amalgam d(8),” through Dec. 30. Group show includes works by Kaitly Arnold, Maren Henson, Caroline Irvin, Maxx Martinez, Jordan Miller, Justin Nguyen, Catherine Parkinson and Katie Vallee. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.
Impressions by DSSLC Ceramics by residents of Denton State Supported Living Center. 105 1/2 W. Hickory St. 940-382-3399.
Jupiter House 114 N. Locust St. 940-387-7100.
* Spiderweb Salon and Koan School collaborative gallery exhibit, through early February.
La Meme Gallery At Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 E. Sycamore St. www.lamemegallery.com.
Oxide Fine Art & Floral Gallery 115 W. Eagle Drive. 940-483-8900. www.oxidegallery.com.
* Ruben Miranda, featured artist for December. Opening reception at 6 p.m. Saturday.
PointBank Black Box Performing Arts Center Denton Community Theatre’s black box performance space. Mon-Wed 1-4pm, Fri 10:30am-1pm, and during performances. 318 E. Hickory St.
SCRAP Denton Nonprofit store selling reused materials for arts and crafts, with the Re:Vision Gallery featuring art made of reused and repurposed items. Classes and workshops. 215 W. Oak St. 940-391-7499. www.scrapdenton.org.
* “Crafternoon,” open workshop each Thursday, 3-6pm.
Sweetwater Grill & Tavern 115 S. Elm St. 940-484-2888. www.sweetwatergrillandtavern.com.
tAd The Art Den, a small, artist-run space inside the Bowllery, 901 Ave. C, Suite 101. Tues-Sun 11am-9pm. www.tadgallery.org. 940-383-2695.
* “Out of Touch,” new work by Tesa Morin, through Sunday.
TWU Blagg-Huey Library Mon-Thurs 7:30am-midnight, Fri 7:30am-10pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 2pm-midnight. 1322 Oakland St. 940-898-3701. www.twu.edu/library.
TWU East and West galleries in the TWU Fine Arts Building, at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle. Free. Mon-Fri 9-4, weekends by appointment. 940-898-2530. www.twu.edu/visual-arts.
UNT Art Gallery in the UNT Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry St. at Welch. Tues noon-5pm, Wed-Thurs 9:30am-8pm, Fri-Sat noon-5pm. Free. 940-565-4316. http://gallery.unt.edu.
* Annual CVAD Faculty and Staff Exhibition, works by artists in the College of Visual Arts and Design, through Dec. 14.
UNT Cora Stafford Gallery In UNT’s Oak Street Hall, 1120 W. Oak St. Tues-Fri 10am-2pm or by appointment. 940-565-4005.
UNT on the Square 109 N. Elm St. Free. Mon-Fri 9am-noon & 1-5pm, with extended hours Thurs until 8pm; Sat 11am-3pm. 940-369-8257. http://untonthesquare.unt.edu.
* Annual CVAD Faculty and Staff Exhibition, works by artists in the College of Visual Arts and Design, through Jan. 9.
UNT Union Gallery Level 3, UNT Union, 400 Ave A. Mon-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun noon-10pm. 940-565-3829. www.unt.edu/union/gallery.htm.
Visual Arts Society of Texas Member organization of the Greater Denton Arts Council offers community and continuing education for local visual artists, professional and amateur. Meetings are at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. Monthly meetings include mini-shows and demonstrations by visiting artists. Two annual juried exhibits. Critique groups and workshops. Visit www.vastarts.org or call Executive Director Lynne Cagle Cox at 972-VAST-ORG.