Light and connections: UNT art building addition links past to future

One in 17 students at UNT are pursuing a degree in the College of Visual Arts and Design. College officials hope that the new addition to the university art building will accommodate degree seekers in the year 2067.

Are 'gay moments' in 'Beauty' and 'Power Rangers' progress?

A hug. A wink. A dance. A non-answer. These are the so-called gay moments in a handful of recent high-profile studio movies that have sparked both rapturous celebration and startling backlash.

Misty Copeland's next leap: Giving us all better bodies

If you've ever binged on a box of doughnuts — yep, the whole blessed thing — ballerina Misty Copeland can relate. She's done it too, lots.

Sao Paulo engages in street art debate over what makes cities livable

When completed in 2015, the mayor's office hailed the graffiti panels along Avenida 23 de Maio as Latin America's largest open-air mural — 70 works of street art stretching for more than 3 miles along a boulevard connecting a well-to-do district with the city center. Then this January, they were painted over.

Netflix/Marvel's 'Iron Fist' epic fail, say viewers, critics

If your web connection seems sluggish while you're watching Iron Fist, don't blame your internet provider. The problem is the listless pace of this new Netflix series.

Frisco's National Videogame Museum celebrates first anniversary with free admission

First for free: National Videogame Musem celebrates one year of business in Frisco with free admission.

Tears for fears: Home releases go straight for the feels

New releases offering everything from patriotism to magical beasts.


Dinner and a show

Movie Tavern Denton saw a huge turnout for its VIP Experience, the big party the local multiplex threw to celebrate the completion of its expansion. The specialty movie theater grew from four screens to nine in a project that began in 2016.


Rigged system

Texas Woman’s University’s Margo Jones Performance Hall, a staple of the college for nearly a century, has firmly arrived in 2017. The performance hall, on the first floor of the university’s Music Building, got some new technology.

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Radio station changes its tune

On a recent Friday afternoon, KFWR 95.9 The Ranch seemed to be doing something a bit different, and some on Twitter took notice. It seemed as though some fancy-pants mainstream interlopers had infiltrated its sacred airwaves as songs from Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley played.

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What we know about the return of ‘Real Housewives of Dallas’

Rumors about The Real Housewives of Dallas are running amok through the internet streets leading up to its second season.

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Dystopian fiction selling like there’s no tomorrow

BOSTON — Save the light reading for later. In 2017, dystopian fiction is all the rage.


Blaze of glory

Friday marks the beginning of Austin’s South by Southwest Film Festival, where movie lovers line up to watch films ahead of their releases and see the world’s greatest talents in the flesh.


Whole new world

At the beginning of the new chapter of The Legend of Zelda, longtime hero Link awakens from a 100-year coma to find that his beloved homeland, Hyrule, has changed into a vastly more dangerous place.


For your binge-watching pleasure

There are so many new offerings this spring that it could be hard to narrow your viewing down. Let’s call it what it is: paralysis by analysis.

Pam Rainey: Leaving a longtime home can be fraught

Recently, a widowed friend of our family who lives in a large city sold his home. He and his late wife had lived in their beloved home full of family portraits and memories for over 50 years.

Oscars flap eclipses ‘Moonlight’ win, but civility reigns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 89th Academy Awards got off on the right foot, with a song and dance, but ended with the most stunning mistake ever to befall the esteemed awards show when the best picture Oscar was presented to the wrong movie. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, holding an incorrect envelope, wrongly presented the top prize to “La La Land,” instead of “Moonlight.”


For the win

LOS ANGELES — The 89th Academy Awards should be an affair with equal parts pomp and politics.

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Writing the fight

Clare Hollingworth had been hired three days before by the London Daily Telegraph as a correspondent in Poland. She was 27.


Catching up with ‘Hurt Bae’ and her viral breakup fame

NEW YORK — What does a truly nasty breakup get you? Internet fame, for some, or is it more like notoriety?

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Nintendo Switch system provides smooth interface

Nintendo’s latest video game system is unconventional. But Nintendo is an unconventional company.


Master of movement

Denton Dance Conservatory will host a master class in musical theater dance on Saturday, and the local studio is bringing in a teacher with skill and a family history of dance excellence.


Cram session

NEW YORK — Movie fans, rejoice! You can watch about two-thirds of the Oscar-nominated flicks from your couch before the ceremony on Feb. 26.

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Animal Support Foundation chooses new board members

Denton Animal Support Foundation elected three new board members to two-year terms each.

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‘Golden Girls’ is back — but for some, it never left

Every morning, even before he has breakfast, Elliott Powell starts his day with four piano chords and a sunny view of Miami ushering in another rerun of The Golden Girls.

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Pokemon Go gets long-awaited update

Pokemon Go is still really popular, but it’s not being played by the same massive amounts of people who were opening the app every day last summer when the game first launched.


Adele sweeps Grammy Awards with 5 wins

LOS ANGELES — Even though Adele flubbed during her live performance at the Grammys, she walked away the belle of the ball: She took home five awards Sunday night, including album, record and song of the year.

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Grammys for Denton

When the Grammy Awards air today, University of North Texas alumni will be waiting to hear their names. The university is no stranger to Grammy nominations, thanks to the College of Music in general and the jazz studies program in particular.


Late-night comedy rushes in to the Trump presidency

NEW YORK — HBO’s ads promoting John Oliver on Last Week Tonight depict him cowering behind a desk, with the tag line “Scary times call for a scared man.”


Art in bloom

Mellow Mushroom started searching for its third mural for the downtown Denton pizzeria last May. With the help of an online poll on its Facebook page, the restaurant chose its new mural by Savannah Keller, a Guyer High School student who studies art with teachers Christian Reid and Tiffany Fitzsimmons.


Randy Travis honored by artists

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A near-fatal stroke couldn’t take away the signature baritone of country star Randy Travis, and dozens of his friends, from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers, used their voices and his songs to honor the legend.


Palestinian writer afraid to go home amid uproar over novel

RAMALLAH, West Bank — A young Palestinian author is stranded in Qatar after Palestinian authorities in the West Bank confiscated all copies of his latest novel and issued an arrest warrant for him — accusing him of including “sexual terms” in a provocative work that takes aim at taboo issues such as fanaticism, religious extremism and homosexuality.

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Imagine Dragons, Skrillex to lead ACLU concert

NEW YORK — Outrage over President Donald Trump’s travel ban has prompted a spring fundraising concert for the American Civil Liberties Union that will feature a diverse lineup, including Macklemore, Imagine Dragons, Incubus, Miguel and Skrillex.

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Game platforms ripe for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate is cliche. A night at the movies isn’t very intimate. Dinner? Don’t you eat every day? All that stuff pales in comparison to spending Valentine’s Day playing a great video or tabletop game with that special someone.

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Finnish art teacher to talk future

A Finnish professor will present a lecture about the future of art education at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 223 of the University of North Texas Art Building, 1201 W Mulberry St.

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The stage is theirs

NEW YORK — At the forefront of this year’s Oscar race are two filmmakers in their 30s with seemingly limitless careers ahead of them: Damien Chazelle, the 32-year-old wunderkind behind La La Land and Barry Jenkins, the 37-year-old writer-director of Moonlight.

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Pam Rainey: Artist turns treasure hunt into history book

I’m especially proud of newly-released The Great American Turquoise Rush 1890-1910 by Philip Chambless and Mike Ryan.


Wave of women hits country music

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Female artists may often be overlooked on country radio, but the one place where they feel the love is at the Grammy Awards. This year, two newcomers, Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris, are leading a wave of country women dominating the Grammys this year.

Super Bowl LI ads feature some talkers

NEW YORK — The Super Bowl isn’t just played on the field. Just as intense is a battle off the field to win viewers’ attention.

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LeAnn Rimes a sultry survivor on ‘Remnants’

Somewhere in between a debut, a multi-platinum album at 13 and coming out of an emotional spin cycle called real life 20 years later, a humbled LeAnn Rimes has grown up. The evolution is obvious, sometimes painfully, on Rimes’ latest album, Remnants.


Resident Evil hits reset button — with VR

The Resident Evil series of video games has had a lot of highs and lows over the years, but lately, it’s been a lot of lows.

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An unexpected friendship

Denton Community Theatre is headed to the state contest of the American Association of Community Theatre’s biennial national festival and competition.

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North American rhapsody

Queen has clearly found somebody to love in Adam Lambert. Since joining forces with the American Idol runner-up for a series of shows in 2012, the band that ruled rock radio in the 1970s and early ’80s has enjoyed tremendous success, with audiences embracing Lambert as the heir to Freddie Mercury’s onstage legacy.


The challenges female filmmakers face post-Sundance

NEW YORK — When Armando Lucas Correa was a child in Havana, his grandma would say that “for the next 100 years Cuba would pay for what it did to the Jewish refugees.”

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To stand out at Super Bowl 51, ads are going for stunts

NEW YORK — Lady Gaga is reportedly entertaining an unusual twist on her Super Bowl halftime show, which — though it’s not confirmed — she could perform from the roof of the stadium. If that comes to pass, she won’t be the only one making a big play for attention this year.


Novel tells tragedy of Jewish passengers on the St. Louis

NEW YORK — When Armando Lucas Correa was a child in Havana, his grandma would say that “for the next 100 years Cuba would pay for what it did to the Jewish refugees.”

Pioneering actress Mary Tyler Moore dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mary Tyler Moore didn’t have it all on her 1970s sitcom, but what she had was enough. A husband and kids, long the stock TV recipe for female contentment, were absent from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Instead, Mary Richards combined work, friends and lovers into an alternative version of a modern young woman’s full life.