Art world avenger visits TWU

Complain, complain, complain. Artist Kathe Kollwitz got one of her biggest laughs of the night — and it was an evening with lots of laughter — when she shared one of her many weapons against an art world that is, in the words of environmentalist John Muir, too male, too pale and too stale.

DVD reviews: Mad wrestlers and animated fairies

In this fact-based, five-time Oscar-nominated film directed by nominee Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball), Channing Tatum plays Olympic wrestler Mark Shultz, with nominee Mark Ruffalo as his brother and co-medalist Dave Shultz.

Owner of iconic venue earns arts award

Dan Mojica, the owner of one of Denton’s most venerated music venues, said he was “stunned” when the Greater Denton Arts Council told him he won the 2015 Community Arts Recognition Award.

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Oscar speeches touch on numerous causes

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood is smarter than you thought. Whether by design or chance, the 87th Academy Awards elegantly and subtly shifted the tone of the season from a reductive fixation on snubs and fact-checking to a positive celebration of original filmmaking and purposeful advocacy for causes as diverse as immigration, suicide and equal rights.

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Market trends

DALLAS — You might think nothing’s going on at the Dallas Farmers Market right now, given the midwinter farmer slump and the daunting construction forming a mud moat around enclosed Shed No. 2, now called The Market.


Host: ‘The crazier the better’

LOS ANGELES — Neil Patrick Harris might use his job as Oscar host as a way to meet his favorite stars.


The envelope, please

LOS ANGELES — The 87th Academy Awards will be handed out tonight, and Associated Press film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for a ceremony that could be a nail-biter.

Briefly in the community

How does an intense workout and a night of drinks mix together with your body? That’s a question University of North Texas researchers hope to answer.

Briefly in the arts

Graduate students at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design will host a graduate open studio night from 4 to 8 p.m. March 5 at Oak Street Hall, 1120 W. Oak St.

Sony Pictures Classics

DVD Reviews: High hat and mean bass

This week, we begin in rehearsals: Miles Teller stars in this five-time Oscar-nominated film, which is up for awards including best picture, but Oscar-nominated J.K. Simmons steals the show from his younger co-star.

Midlake documentary fills Campus Theatre to capacity

Actor Jason Lee preferred to give one of his favorite bands the spotlight — both in the documentary he directed about Denton’s Midlake — and in the question-and-answer session afterward.

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Kilgore fans cheer on doc

Flips, kicks, spins and the good old red, white and blue — these are the things that inspired the documentary Sweethearts of the Gridiron, which will play to a sold-out audience during this year’s Thin Line, a five-day local film, music and photography festival in Denton.

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DVD review: Wartime thriller

This week we begin in the Civil War: A relatively unknown but highly talented cast and crew combined to create this excellent period piece filled with dynamic characters and compelling themes.

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Picture show

For the first time, Denton’s Thin Line festival will feature a photography portion, showcasing photographers and their work from all over the world.

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Afflictions hold sway over Oscar voters

LOS ANGELES — Oscar envelopes have been full of surprises over the years, yet one pattern persists: Academy voters are moved by affliction.

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Eddie Murphy keeps busy

LONDON — Eddie Murphy’s biggest success in music came on his first try, with the 1985 smash “Party All the Time.” After that, not much was heard from the entertainer on the musical front — but he kept on plugging away at it out of the spotlight.

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Big talk

Denton resident Sonny Strait has talked his way out of plenty of situations, but for the past 17 years, he’s been talking his way into them.

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Sam Smith takes home 4 Grammys

LOS ANGELES — Sam Smith was the king of the Grammys, taking home three of the top four awards, including song and record of the year for “Stay With Me,” and best new artist, while Beck won album of the year.


On his agenda

Vincent Falsetta said the mid-career solo show he had at University of North Texas in the 1990s spurred him to start painting differently.


Tidbits about tonight’s Grammys

NEW YORK — The Grammy Awards, airing live tonight, include predictable nominees like Beyonce and Taylor Swift, and awards like best rap song and best country album. Grammy nomination.

Reboot of ‘Hee Haw’ to debut in Dallas

NEW YORK — Get ready for a familiar mix of gentle, cornball jokes and country music when a stage version of Hee Haw lands in Texas this fall.

Briefly in the arts

Denton author Darin Bradley will read from his new novel at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Forum at Willias Library, 1506 W. Highland St., on the University of North Texas campus.


Finance book grounded in values

Money can be a touchy subject for people of all income levels, but a new book on the importance of teaching kids to handle their finances suggests parents stop avoiding the topic and start talking turkey.

A24 Films

DVD reviews: ‘Laggies’ has rewards amid few missteps

Director Lynn Shelton works from Andrea Seigel’s script to set up a ridiculous premise before turning it into a film that’s decently entertaining — and at times insightful. Shelton also has help from a trio of likable performers who bring some levity to a series of awkward situations.


Strong start

Organizers said the inaugural Denton Black Film Festival was a success, and audiences seemed to agree.

Australian obit soundly mocked

SYDNEY — Australia’s main national newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight.


Guthrie caters to calls for ‘Alice’s Restaurant’

Nearly 50 years ago in western Massachusetts, an 18-year-old back from his first year at college celebrated Thanksgiving with friends in an old church. After dumping the trash from dinner in the next town, he and a friend were arrested for littering.

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Arrow Films

DVD reviews: Behind ‘Close’ doors

This week, we start in front of the television: According to an accompanying 20-page English-language booklet, by the start of 1870, Paris had 3,656 “kept” women, with 1,066 of them situated in registered “houses.”

With 9 shots, Lambert leads ACM nomination pack

NEW YORK — Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen with eight nominations at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

Voices chime in on NPR sound

WASHINGTON — It’s a question sometimes whispered but never boldly confronted: Does NPR, and public radio in general, sound too “white”?


Book review: Sports guy knows how to craft a fine story

Mike Greenberg knows sports. And talking about them.


Book review: Sequel follows memoirist’s discovery of U.S.

In 2011, memoirist Elena Gorokhova described her coming-of-age in St. Petersburg, then known as Leningrad, and her decision to marry an American to emigrate to the U.S., in A Mountain of Crumbs.In her...

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DVD reviews: Fully drawn

This week, we begin in Tokyo: This excellent Japanese documentary examines the people of and the inner-workings at Tokyo’s Studio Ghibli.

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Wider expanses

For folk band Seryn, 2014 was a transition period. At the beginning of the year, the group of young Denton residents was forced to shuffle its roster after losing two founding members. Then, in the fall, the six musicians left town and headed for Nashville, Tennessee.

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Elder Willie

LAS VEGAS — Another Saturday night on Earth. How is this one different? “Honestly, nothing is distinct after a while,” Willie Nelson confesses. He’s talking about life on the road at 81, when wisdom makes the totality of life feel intensely connected to the present — but also when age makes the details feel slippery.


Misery, swag and tacos

PARK CITY, Utah — The Associated Press is all over the Sundance Film Festival, from its premieres to the Hollywood glitz. Here’s what they’ve seen and heard:

Denton High School Theatre Arts

Life’s a banquet

Denton High School theater arts director Tom Stratton said the 2014-2015 students were the right group to choose from when the time came to cast Mame. “Well, nobody does Mame,” Stratton said. “It is a...

The New York Times

DVD reviews: About a boy

This week, we begin online:The Internet’s Own Boy (3 1/2 stars) Not rated, 105 minutes.

Briefly in the arts

Lucinda Breeding: Community mourns loss of ballerina

When I first met Lilia Valieva, she looked to me to have ballet in her sinews.

Fox Searchlight

Intrigue, if not diversity, in Oscar race

The Oscar nominations added intrigue if not diversity to an Academy Awards race by favoring one late-season release (American Sniper) over another (Selma).