Final ‘celebration’

Sharon Benge thinks her lifelong love of theater probably started in church.

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DVD review: Masterwork remastered

This week, we begin with a princess:

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Lucinda Breeding: ‘Les Mis’ changed Denton scene

Just before Halloween, Music Theatre of Denton closed its production of Les Miserables.


DVD reviews: Before ‘Thor’

This week, we begin in England:

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Jim Stodola: Florida’s west coast rich with history

Many of you have already traveled to Florida, to Walt Disney World and Epcot Center near Orlando, to beaches in Destin in the Panhandle, to South Beach near Miami, to Daytona for the beach or speedway,...

DVD reviews: Darkly enchanting

Only the team of expert technicians at Disney could bring life to a project such as this fanciful reworking of a cherished fairy tale.

Pam Rainey: Be ruthless with party leftovers to avoid illness

When November winds blow and leaves begin to fall, we might as well get our party duds cleaned and ready to wear. Holiday festivities and get-togethers are just ahead.

Ghost means business

His are the footsteps in the dark that cause stage lights to flicker as he approaches. He’s been called an optical illusion when he appears sitting in the auditorium, as if he were watching an old movie.



DVD reviews: Survivor’s guilt

This week, we begin in Rome:

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Jim Stodola: Even when it’s overcast, Seattle shines

If you have watched movies like Sleepless in Seattle or read about Seattle, you know it to be rainy and drizzly. If you want Seattle in the sun, go between July and mid-September. But as with all places we travel to, we experienced a thunderstorm with hail at July’s end.


Mothers love

The Mothers haven’t staged an official album release party for the local band’s self-titled debut album, which came out over the summer.

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DVD reviews: ‘La Dolce Vita’ still vital

This week, we begin in Rome: La Dolce Vita (5 stars) Not rated, 174 minutes.

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Burning bright

For McMath Middle School band director Travis Harris, that his Tiger Jazz Band won the Foundation for Music Education’s top honor for middle school jazz isn’t so much a trophy as it is a fulfillment of...

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DVD reviews: Chocolate and intrigue

This week, we begin at Lake Geneva.

Chasing the other

Lazarus Averbuch in 1908 Chicago. Jean Charles de Menezes in 2005 south London. Mike Brown in 2014 Ferguson. Novelist Aleksandar Hemon, the artist-in-residence at the University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, said he doesn’t have to strain to connect the three men.

DVD reviews: White trash noir

This week, we begin in East Texas. In the gritty "Cold in July," a white trash noir set in a small East Texas town in 1989, Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") plays Richard Dane.

Pam Rainey: Weigh whether to say ‘I do’ again

Recently, I was having lunch with a lively group of ladies near my age. I was new to the group, but the other women seemed to say in unison: “Show us, show us.”

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Oktoberfest on Walnut today

Loosen those belts and flex your wrists: Beer and Bavarian fare will be plentiful at Denton’s Oktoberfest on Walnut from 5 p.m. to midnight today.

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Rainbow connection

A local elementary school music teacher learned a lot about his first musical crush when he edited a collection of her interviews.

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Stylish accessories

This week, we begin with Audrey: Audrey Hepburn Blu-ray Collection

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Alumna back to direct dark comedy at TWU

Vickie Washington is coming back to her alma mater to direct the opening play of the Texas Woman’s University 2014-15 season.Speech and Debate is in the vein of Moliere’s Tartuffe — shedding light on hypocrisy...


Tiny but mighty

Dallas musician Conner Youngblood crouches in front of a Mini Cooper. He’s not looking at the tires or admiring the diamond-hard clear coat that gives the car’s hood a high shine. The car is tempting. There isn’t a speck of dust on it.

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They rise again

This week we begin in Scotland: Macbeth (****) Not rated, 140 minutes.

Peso for your thoughts

FORT WORTH — Rodney Parker is of two minds when it comes to the 10th anniversary of his band, Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward.


Up from the depths

This week, we begin with the big fellow: Godzilla (***) Rated PG-13, 123 minutes.

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Jim Stodola: Up and down with wonders

Whether you are planning a honeymoon, renewing your vows, or simply wanting to spend time in one of America’s most wondrous cities, I suggest that you don’t short yourself. Schedule an entire week for the San Francisco area.

Men behind the hoop skirts

If you asked Ben Hecht, a journalist and novelist who earned the nickname “the Shakespeare of Hollywood” in the late 1930s, Gone With the Wind didn’t merit a movie.

DVD reviews: Capital Captain

Nothing marks the end of the summer movie season better than the home entertainment arrival of summer’s first big blockbuster.

Into the wild blue

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Pam Rainey: More info, not less, crucial for health care

I really don’t want my column to be about me. However, at 66 years old, I’ve had some “incidents” in my life that could be learning experiences for some readers. So after much debate, I’m willing to share.

Comedian Joan Rivers dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

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‘Past’ back to haunt

This week, we begin in Lake Tahoe:Out of the Past (****) Not rated, 97 minutes.

Yearning to be miserable

James D. Laney said he was ready for a big turnout. The director of Music Theatre of Denton’s fall show, "Les Miserables," said the musical has a special place in the hearts of musical theater performers.

DVD reviews: Chereau’s ‘Margot’ still radiant

This week, we begin in 16th-century France. The Cohen Film Collection gives a Blu-ray debut to Patrice Chereau’s original vision of his 1994 epic "Queen Margot" (when released in the U.S., it played half an hour shorter).


Being Elle

Kristi Smith figured she’d get cast in the chorus of Denton Community Theatre’s "Legally Blonde."

DVD reviews: Both sides of the bars

This week, we begin in prison:Lost for Life (**1/2) Not rated, 74 minutes.

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Quality over quantity

Jamie Richards will make his way to the North Texas Fair and Rodeo from his home in Shawnee, Oklahoma, but most of his band will have a much shorter trip.

DVD reviews: In the den

Disneynature travels to a remote Alaska island to document the birth of two bear cubs and the first year they spend with their nurturing mother, quaintly given the name Sky.