Hometown accolades

The team behind local arts and culture blog the Dentonite is made up mostly of millennials. The young blog announced a big awards ceremony for 2017 late last year. If you’re thinking of cracking a joke about participation trophies, maybe bite your tongue.

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Essence magazine to honor ‘the genius that is Erykah Badu’

Dallas’ resident diva and claim to neo-soul fame Erykah Badu will soon have another accolade under her hat — err, belt. Essence magazine is honoring the singer at its eighth annual Black Women in Music, an event that celebrates the achievements of black women in the industry.

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Broadway stars to sing on day of inauguration

NEW YORK — Some of Broadway’s biggest stars — including Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Betty Buckley, Jessie Mueller and Billy Porter — will be spending Inauguration Day at a concert in New York City that raises money for human rights organizations.


Jude Law stars as a disruptive pontiff in HBO’s ‘Young Pope’

NEW YORK — In HBO’s absorbing new drama The Young Pope, Jude Law plays the title character, American-born Lenny Belardo, who, through divine intervention or woeful human error (this will be hotly debated), is made supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church at the tender age of 47.


China beats U.S. in screens, cinemas empty

ZHUOLU TOWN, China — The brightly decorated 3-D cinema in this town outside Beijing is showing the latest Chinese and Hollywood films, to row after row of empty red seats. So few people come to watch films here that the theater manager rents out the halls to traveling sales companies or music teachers.

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Everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch

It’s been nearly six years since Nintendo’s last portable system, the 3DS. It’s been more than four years since their last home console, the Wii U. In March, Nintendo will release the successor to both hardware lines in one unified platform: The Nintendo Switch.

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Going overboard

The ‘70s had a number of groundbreaking shows. It’s when television really pushed the limits of what could be shown. Series like All in the Family and The Jeffersons changed the game by including social commentary in between roars of laughter.


‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight’ win top Golden Globes

La La Land steamrolled, Moonlight swooped in at the last minute and Meryl Streep offered a stirring rebuke to President-elect Donald Trump at a Golden Globes ceremony that pivoted between heartfelt moments of protest and a desire to sing and dance.

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A leaner lore

The Angelus’ third record will surprise longtime fans of the Denton-born band. There Will Be No Peace is due out Jan. 13. Gone are the sprawling songs that undulate past the seven-minute mark.


News flash

While journalism is not the most exciting career (trust me, I know), Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday sure does a bang-up job of making it glamorous, dangerous and fun.

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Guests attend memorial for Reynolds-Fisher

Friends and family members gathered at the next-door homes of Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher on a gloomy Thursday in the Hollywood Hills for an intimate memorial to mourn the late actresses.

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Coming attractions

With each new year the moviegoing cycle is reset. It may not always be for the better, but 2017’s titles show a lot of promise. Here are 10 movies that have me eager for what’s to come in the new year.

Pam Rainey: Grace given is grace received

It’s been one of those whirlwind weeks for me. I don’t mean the partying and fun trips to exotic places. I’ve been here, there and yonder in Denton taking care of business.


Potion brew

What made the original Blair Witch Project such a hit was that it was the first of its kind. Since its release in 1999, it’s been superseded by a host of other horror filmmakers coming in our wake who’ve overdone the found footage concept since it came out of the woods.

In the name of the father: Filmmaker traces impact of father’s suicide

It was like any other normal day when 9-year-old John Finch’s father dropped him off at school. John’s father gave him a big hug and kiss before driving away that day.


Creative Change

Denton’s arts and creative scene had its fair share of highs and lows in 2016.

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The Greater Denton Arts Council announced the hours for the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in 2017.

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Miranda named AP entertainer of year

NEW YORK — Winning a Pulitzer Prize and a clutch of Tony Awards in one year would be enough for anyone. Not Lin-Manuel Miranda. Not in 2016.

Pearl Jam, Yes, Tupac Shakur set for Rock Hall

NEW YORK — The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam lead a class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees including folkie Joan Baez and 1970s favorites Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra.

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Socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 99

Zsa Zsa Gabor, the jet-setting Hungarian actress who made a career out of multiple marriages, conspicuous wealth and jaded wisdom about the glamorous life, has died. She was 99.

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Sounds of the season

Adam Millard and Marissa Hunt, a Denton couple who makes music together as the Monkberries, love Christmas.

A Denton Christmas playlist

Need to put Mariah on pause for a minute? Check out these Christmas tunes played by Denton artists and bands — or bands who started here.

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‘Bachelorette’ couple isn’t breaking up, they swear

Stick and stones may break bones, but words? Those don’t hurt. Unless you’re a made-by-TV couple whose only recent newsworthy-ness is about whether or not you’ll stay together.

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Extra credit: Hits get added writers as lawsuits loom

NEW YORK — What do Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and the Chainsmokers’ “Closer” have in common?


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Under fire

DALLAS — Back in the heat of August, more than 60 owners of Dallas-based art galleries gathered at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, and boy, were they mad. They spent more than an hour hurling heated objections. The target of their collective rage? Deputy fire chief and fire marshal Christopher Martinez, who had instigated what many called an unjust crackdown on code violations.

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A new look for ‘Dick Van Dyke’: Two classic and newly colorized episodes of the 1960s TV sitcom will air on CBS

Here’s a spoiler alert TV fans didn’t see coming in 2016 — the ottoman Dick Van Dyke trips over in the opening titles of his classic 1960s sitcom is olive green.

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Bob Dylan’s hometown seeks way to honor him

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — The city of Hibbing has long struggled with how it should honor its most famous son, Bob Dylan. There is a street sign, a small exhibit in the public library, but little more.

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Dallas-developed video game 'Doom' wins Best Action Game, Best Music at The Game Awards

The latest game in the classic shooter series Doom, made by Richardson developer Id Software, is very good. It succeeds at the monumental task of taking a decades-old video game and rebooting it in a way that feels both fresh and nostalgic at the same time.

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Weird science

Anthologies are all the rage these days. From American Horror Story to Black Mirror, this popular form brings together new talents and endless possibilities.


Review: Childish Gambino gets immersed in the funk

It’s OK not to “get” Childish Gambino’s third studio album Awaken, My Love! With its lush soundscapes and sparse lyrics, one can only gather that the funk-drenched latest release from the multi-talented Donald Glover is a collection that is to be felt first and understood second — if understanding is possible at all.

Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Nov. 25, to Thursday Dec. 1, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

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Billboard event features emotional speeches

NEW YORK — The annual Billboard Women In Music event featured emotional and heartfelt speeches about the uphill battles women face in the music industry, including personal stories from top honoree Madonna and pop singer Kesha.


Ease and grace

Smiles adorned, toes cramped and excitement evident in each face, members of the Denton Dance Conservatory power through the final days of preparation before their annual holiday ballet, "A Gift for Emma."

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Miserly madam

DALLAS — It turns out that the big surprise in Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol at the Wyly Theatre isn’t the casting of a woman as Scrooge, but the way Sally Nystuen Vahle’s performance of a miserly boss proves that Charles Dickens has created a universal role not specific to gender.

Pam Rainey: Holidays evoke sweet memories

Holiday movies began at the end of October. While I love them, they all have snow, a kiss under the mistletoe and end with a newfound love. They are not too realistic, do you think? So why do I find myself watching them over and over? I suppose it’s the same reason the commercial for bubble bath caught on years ago that went something like this: “Take me away …”

Final Fantasy gets listless installment

During the all-too-brief golden age of Final Fantasy, from 1997 to 2001, the Tokyo-based studio Square cranked out four memorable installments that are widely regarded as the pinnacle of the Japanese role-playing game.

Tinsel on TV

It’s time to start looking out for those shows and films that you can catch on TV to help you get into the holiday spirit. Sure, you can find some of them elsewhere, but watching while everyone else does gives the whole thing a little bit of charming, grandma’s-house feel.

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Netflix now allows downloads

If you’ve been cutting cords, there’s a high chance that Netflix is a go-to spot for watching movies and TV shows. Trouble is, if you’re on the road, binge-watching The Crown can result in you going over your monthly mobile data plan. And if you’re on an airplane? Who wants to pay a high price just to get a grainy stream of Supernatural, assuming Wi-Fi is even available on your flight?

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For artists, Castro was a contradiction

NEW YORK — As a prominent advocate for human rights, the poet Rose Styron knew well the abuses in Fidel Castro’s Cuba and the censorship of artists and publications with dissenting views. But when she and her husband, author William Styron, were invited to meet him in 2000 she didn’t hesitate to accept.

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Twinkle & glow

When the city’s official Christmas tree blinks into life on Friday at the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival, the crowd will answer back with applause and the traditional “oohs” and “ahhs.”

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Wassail on!

Winter hasn’t nudged its cold wet nose into Denton just yet. But just in time for the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival and Wassail Weekend, temperatures are expected to dip just a bit on Friday and Saturday night.

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Brighten your holiday spirit

Put on your hat and gloves, fill that thermos with cocoa and pack some cookies (but prepare to strip some of it off, as temperatures are mild). It’s time to take in all things twinkly. We’ve rounded up some top Dallas-Fort Worth light displays to help you plan a perfectly merry and bright outing. For the neighborhood displays, note that it’s early in the season and things might get sparklier as Christmas draws near.

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Byrds of night

DALLAS — Byrd Williams freely admits he belongs to a gang. The gang, in this case, consists of four members — Byrd Williams I, II, III and IV.

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50 artists join for shared ‘Hallelujah’

DALLAS — Looking to lift spirits, Ashley White expected 10 people at most to respond to her Facebook post asking if people wanted to help her shoot a music video of “Hallelujah.”