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.

Oscars go gaga for ‘La La Land’ with record-tying 14 nods

The candy-colored love letter to musicals “La La Land” on Tuesday landed a record-tying 14 nominations to the Academy Awards, which fielded a notably more diverse list of nominees following two straight years of “OscarsSoWhite” backlash.


Comfort vibes

Search the term online and nearly 10 million results roll in. It’s being touted by this winter’s shelter magazines, decor retailers and lifestyle mavens. What’s so huge? It’s hygge.

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Hygge bites

It can be difficult to translate the Danish buzzword hygge, or even pronounce it (hoo-gah), but you have probably felt it. Snuggled up on the sofa while a storm rages outside. At a cozy restaurant where the lighting is just right. The smell of freshly baked bread.


With these toys, science is in eye of the beholder

With everyone talking about STEM these days, we’re always on the lookout for great science-themed toys, games and activities. Here are four that focus on vision that you and your family will love.

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A year later, Sundance grapples with ‘Birth of a Nation’

PARK CITY, Utah — What started as a Sundance celebration turned into a cautionary tale.

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.