Actor Paul Iwanicki knows it’s not easy being green. But taking on hard work doesn’t deter the 38-year-old Carrollton resident from filling the lead ogre’s shoes in Music Theatre of Denton’s upcoming show, Shrek the Musical, director Bill Kirkley said.
NEW YORK — The shorthand for Norah Jones’ new Day Breaks album is that it’s a “return to roots.” Like most such sound bites, that’s simplistic. Yet the jazzy, piano-based vibe is closer to Jones’ blockbuster Come Away With Me debut than anything she’s made since, giving her record company some 25 million reasons to be excited.
Kings of Leon have grown up. The once shaggy-haired, wild-eyed Followills’ brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared and cousin Matthew look far more wholesome now, perhaps, in part, due to the influence of singer Caleb’s wife, supermodel and Taylor Swift squad member Lily Aldridge. And they sound more wholesome, too.
The Box Company features a massive white cube, with 14-foot high walls, set in the midst of a raw industrial backdrop. In 2012, Jason Koen’s grandfather, Gabriel Camacho, left his family a 15,000 square foot warehouse in South Dallas.
Heidi Easley has three art businesses, and she describes one of them as an accidental success.
PolaCon 2016, a three-day convention surrounding the re-emergence and use of instant film, had its inaugural run this past weekend in Denton and Dallas.
The other day my husband’s phone rang and he said, “Oh, that’s Jan calling.” Up, up and away went my antennas. I don’t know “Jan.” Then, after giving me time to pout a bit he said, “Jan calls every afternoon to offer me a $250,000 loan, no questions asked.”
Surrounded by loved ones, admirers, friends and likely several fans, Dorothy Bertine blows out her three birthday candles, taking her time to extinguish each individually with a gentle kiss of air: On Wednesday, she will be 100 years old.
LOS ANGELES (TNS) — The Exorcist is the Fox network’s second series this season to be based on a 20th century film franchise. (Legal Weapon debuted Wednesday). It also doubles the number of current Fox shows with a demonic foundation, joining Lucifer, in which the Devil runs a Hollywood nightclub and solves crimes.
NEW YORK — It’s become a natural extension of New York Fashion Week: For the last five years, noted designers have been recruited to costume dancers performing new works at the New York City Ballet fall gala. As if to underscore the fusion of the two disciplines, the fashion designer takes a bow at the end along with the choreographer.
TORONTO — The offer to star in Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven came to Chris Pratt while he was on a hunting trip with friends, listening to an audio book of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. Having recently learned some card tricks of his own, the part — a gun-slinging card sharp — felt like kismet.
LOS ANGELES (TNS) — Hudson Yang, breakout star of the hit ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat, was in a funk. The third episode called for Yang, then 11, to grab the behind of a grown-up neighbor. Sensing his inexperienced star’s unease, executive producer Jake Kasdan called a timeout.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brangelina is no more. Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, bringing an end to one of the world’s most star-studded, tabloid-generating romances.
DALLAS — There is an old saying that Rachel Schulze knows by heart: “Every parent with a child of autism knows where the exit is.” Her oldest son, Dennis, was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When Dennis was younger, Rachel would walk into every store and think about where she could take him if he got upset.
Word on the blog street is that a second season of The Real Housewives of Dallas will (soon?) be upon us.
DALLAS — Texans look forward to the State Fair nearly year-round, but they also need to save for just as long to get the most out of the event. Consider that a general admission ticket costs $18 for adults and $14 for kids. That means mom, dad and little one are spending $50 to get in the gates.
David Gerrold has almost written a book for every one of his 72 years.
Time is short for artists to submit entries for the flagship exhibition of the Greater Denton Arts Council. “Materials: Hard & Soft” will celebrate its 30th anniversary when it opens Feb. 3 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St.
There’s nothing quite like writing a first draft. The rush of sitting down and letting all our raw ideas flow free. But as Dr. Seuss once said, “the writer who breeds more words than [he or she] needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.” Genius is very much about the pain of the creative process, how we often have to let go of those words we hold so dear and how pretty much no one makes a living off of rough drafts.
Doug Bruce, a country music artist, is coming back from Australia to his roots in Aubrey. The musician plans to help celebrate his grandmother’s 100th birthday. While he is in the area, he will be performing a concert you do not want to miss on Sept. 24.
Say what you will about their politics and views, but the Obamas’ love was made for movie screens. Southside With You is not a political-driven narrative. It quite simply is a walk-and-talk feature that follows a young Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) as they fall for each other during their first date.
Organizers only recently finished their inaugural Denton Comedy Festival, but they are already working on the 2017 fest.
LOS ANGELES — The hateful hack of comedian Leslie Jones’ personal website reveals the tricky cyber landscape celebrities tread and the murky legal protections that exist for personal digital content.
BOYLSTON, Mass. — The towering, whimsical shapes Patrick Dougherty creates by twisting and weaving sticks together have gained him an international following. Now, the artist who lives in a log cabin near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is back in New England to build two more of his almost cartoon-like stick sculptures.
NEW YORK — Weeks into the Pokemon Go craze, demand remains strong for Pokeball-shaped treats made by a high-end doughnut company, one of many businesses and organizations coming up with creative ways to lure players in their search for the elusive “pocket monsters.”
Denton County musician and University of North Texas alumnus Andrew Tinker stopped by the Denton Record-Chronicle recently to perform the song he and Toby Halbrooks wrote for the Disney film, Pete’s Dragon. The film, starring Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard, opened Aug. 12.