Opening a tuba tradition

It took a handful of decades and the suggestion of a middle school tuba student to create Denton’s Tuba Christmas.

DVD reviews: Sleight of heart

Woody Allen travels to the picturesque south of France in his latest release to explore why we need our illusions.

Jim Stodola: Take some flying tips from ‘Captain Cowboy’

Some of you have told me that you have a fear of flying, while others have at least an anxiety.

Message of dignity

DALLAS — Clothes make the man in Zoot Suit, the Luis Valdez musical that opened Saturday at Cara Mía Theatre. They can also lead to persecution.

Evening with Ellen

Production assistant Jeanmarie Klisiewicz introduces students to Ellen DeGeneres appearing via satellite during a taping of a segment for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday at the Library Mall on the University of North Texas campus. During the segment, DeGeneres gave students a chance to participate in a scavenger hunt for five prizes hidden across campus, with the top prize being a $5,000 gift card to J.C. Penney Co. The segment will air locally during her show at 3 p.m. today on KXAS-TV (Channel 5).


DVD reviews: Ever-expanding universe

This week, we begin in a galaxy far, far away: Guardians of the Galaxy

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Syncopated holiday

Two of the top jazz ensembles at the University of North Texas College of Music will make history on Saturday night.

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DVD reviews: Taking the lead

This week, we begin with a team: The Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Collection: Volume One

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All bundled up

This week, we offer holiday gift suggestions for movie lovers. Which is everyone. We mix in some new with some old and maybe even something that might appeal to you.

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Final ‘celebration’

Sharon Benge thinks her lifelong love of theater probably started in church.

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DVD review: Masterwork remastered

This week, we begin with a princess:

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Lucinda Breeding: ‘Les Mis’ changed Denton scene

Just before Halloween, Music Theatre of Denton closed its production of Les Miserables.


DVD reviews: Before ‘Thor’

This week, we begin in England:

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Jim Stodola: Florida’s west coast rich with history

Many of you have already traveled to Florida, to Walt Disney World and Epcot Center near Orlando, to beaches in Destin in the Panhandle, to South Beach near Miami, to Daytona for the beach or speedway,...

DVD reviews: Darkly enchanting

Only the team of expert technicians at Disney could bring life to a project such as this fanciful reworking of a cherished fairy tale.

Pam Rainey: Be ruthless with party leftovers to avoid illness

When November winds blow and leaves begin to fall, we might as well get our party duds cleaned and ready to wear. Holiday festivities and get-togethers are just ahead.

Ghost means business

His are the footsteps in the dark that cause stage lights to flicker as he approaches. He’s been called an optical illusion when he appears sitting in the auditorium, as if he were watching an old movie.



DVD reviews: Survivor’s guilt

This week, we begin in Rome:

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Jim Stodola: Even when it’s overcast, Seattle shines

If you have watched movies like Sleepless in Seattle or read about Seattle, you know it to be rainy and drizzly. If you want Seattle in the sun, go between July and mid-September. But as with all places we travel to, we experienced a thunderstorm with hail at July’s end.


Mothers love

The Mothers haven’t staged an official album release party for the local band’s self-titled debut album, which came out over the summer.

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DVD reviews: ‘La Dolce Vita’ still vital

This week, we begin in Rome: La Dolce Vita (5 stars) Not rated, 174 minutes.

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Burning bright

For McMath Middle School band director Travis Harris, that his Tiger Jazz Band won the Foundation for Music Education’s top honor for middle school jazz isn’t so much a trophy as it is a fulfillment of...

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DVD reviews: Chocolate and intrigue

This week, we begin at Lake Geneva.

Chasing the other

Lazarus Averbuch in 1908 Chicago. Jean Charles de Menezes in 2005 south London. Mike Brown in 2014 Ferguson. Novelist Aleksandar Hemon, the artist-in-residence at the University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, said he doesn’t have to strain to connect the three men.

DVD reviews: White trash noir

This week, we begin in East Texas. In the gritty "Cold in July," a white trash noir set in a small East Texas town in 1989, Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") plays Richard Dane.

Pam Rainey: Weigh whether to say ‘I do’ again

Recently, I was having lunch with a lively group of ladies near my age. I was new to the group, but the other women seemed to say in unison: “Show us, show us.”

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Oktoberfest on Walnut today

Loosen those belts and flex your wrists: Beer and Bavarian fare will be plentiful at Denton’s Oktoberfest on Walnut from 5 p.m. to midnight today.

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Rainbow connection

A local elementary school music teacher learned a lot about his first musical crush when he edited a collection of her interviews.

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Stylish accessories

This week, we begin with Audrey: Audrey Hepburn Blu-ray Collection

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Alumna back to direct dark comedy at TWU

Vickie Washington is coming back to her alma mater to direct the opening play of the Texas Woman’s University 2014-15 season.Speech and Debate is in the vein of Moliere’s Tartuffe — shedding light on hypocrisy...


Tiny but mighty

Dallas musician Conner Youngblood crouches in front of a Mini Cooper. He’s not looking at the tires or admiring the diamond-hard clear coat that gives the car’s hood a high shine. The car is tempting. There isn’t a speck of dust on it.

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They rise again

This week we begin in Scotland: Macbeth (****) Not rated, 140 minutes.

Peso for your thoughts

FORT WORTH — Rodney Parker is of two minds when it comes to the 10th anniversary of his band, Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward.


Up from the depths

This week, we begin with the big fellow: Godzilla (***) Rated PG-13, 123 minutes.

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Jim Stodola: Up and down with wonders

Whether you are planning a honeymoon, renewing your vows, or simply wanting to spend time in one of America’s most wondrous cities, I suggest that you don’t short yourself. Schedule an entire week for the San Francisco area.

Men behind the hoop skirts

If you asked Ben Hecht, a journalist and novelist who earned the nickname “the Shakespeare of Hollywood” in the late 1930s, Gone With the Wind didn’t merit a movie.

DVD reviews: Capital Captain

Nothing marks the end of the summer movie season better than the home entertainment arrival of summer’s first big blockbuster.

Into the wild blue

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