Los Angeles County prosecutors say they’ve charged a former Days of Our Lives actor with selling cocaine out of his Agoura Hills, Calif., home.
DALLAS — At 4-foot-9, Dakota Ratliff said, “I love being short. “It doesn’t limit me onstage, and I like surprising people.” The 17-year-old Ryan High School senior with the big voice certainly delighted the crowd Tuesday night at Dallas’ Fair Park Music Hall by winning best actress for her touching turn as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Dallas Summer Musicals was presenting its second annual High School Musical Theatre Awards.
Denton Calvary Academy converted its art classroom into a gallery Thursday night to showcase work by students. Students invited family and friends for a reception during the event. Elementary and secondary students were included in the art show, which featured painting, drawing, three-dimensional art, paper mosaics and more. After refreshments and gathering, students and their families were free to view the art. The private Christian school’s art teachers are Kellee Cash and K’Lynn Grant.
Students and ensembles in the jazz studies program of the University of North Texas College of Music were recognized 16 times with DownBeat Student Music Awards this year — more than any other institution. The prestigious awards will be announced in the June issue of the national jazz magazine.
Justin Weed was the youngest and least established guitarist at the Texas Top 10 Under 20 contest during the Dallas International Guitar Festival a week ago. Neither age nor experience kept the contest’s three judges from awarding first place to the Calhoun Middle School student, though.
DALLAS — It’s hard to believe that Ben Patton needs help from a TV dating show to find a mate. He’s a successful business pro, currently the CEO of Integrity Transitional, a private hospital in Denton. He has matinee-idol good looks. And — this is very important — he’s not afraid of commitment. In matchmaker terms, he’s what you call a real catch.
With a couple of hundred thousand people crowding into Quakertown Park for the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, the Denton Festival Foundation is in the market for more volunteers to help keep the crowds fed, watered and dazzled by the music and fine arts that glut the three-day event on the last weekend of April.
For poet Paisley Rekdal, her latest collection of writings is an intimate admission of a very human tendency. When people look at animals, the poet said, they humanize them. And when people look at other humans — especially humans with whom they don’t easily relate — they dehumanize them. In some of our more shameful scenarios, we reduce other people to simple beasts.
PILOT POINT — The idea to shoot a short film about a giant tomato worm that served as a soldier in World War I started as a joke among a few friends in Pilot Point. But as scenes were written and ideas were bounced around, sometimes over alcohol, many felt that the idea was “so crazy that it just might work” as a short feature.
A local student has learned that making monsters real has some perks for children. University of North Texas communications design senior Katie Johnson has been turning those creepy, crawly, slimy things that can scare kids into works of art with the help of friends, artists and lots of schoolchildren.
The 28th annual Texas Storytelling Festival concluded Sunday with storytellers sharing personal and intimate details about their lives to illustrate that behind everyone’s outward appearance, the same fears, responsibilities and desire to be loved exist.
Local ears are set to hear some new music from the Baptist Generals today. The Denton band is releasing its long-awaited record, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart, in May after a 10-year wait. The album will get its public debut with a listening party at 2 p.m. today at Dan’s Silverleaf.
Hickory Street will be closed to traffic east of the Square from today through Sunday for 35 Denton. No street closures are planned for the Texas Storytelling Festival, which is also being conducted today through Sunday two blocks away at the Denton Civic Center.
Storytelling time is here again and it’s not just for children. Entering its 28th year, the Texas Storytelling Festival will feature ghost stories, story concerts, workshops and more from an assortment of accomplished storytellers including DeCee Cornish, Willy Claflin, Andy Offutt Irwin and Motoko.
Most people who come to 35 Denton are there to see their favorite musical acts — and to discover new ones. That doesn’t keep the day panels from drawing standing-room-only crowds during the four-day festival that begins Thursday in the heart of Denton.
Denton Community Theatre was nominated for the 2013 Column Awards in 17 categories and brought home two awards from Monday’s ceremony in Irving.
Pam Chittenden takes food seriously. Her eyes narrow behind thick-rimmed glasses as she mixes salt, pepper, garlic, butter, olive oil and red wine vinegar for her Basque green beans. She says it’s one of her uglier dishes, but what it lacks in visual appeal, it makes up for in taste.
From orphaned children in India, to the story of a young man with Autism and a Denton costume shop owner, Denton cinephiles had a lot of movies to choose from when it came time to announce award winners at the sixth annual Thin Line Film Fest closing reception.