The Bachelorette: Week 5 recap

Former Argyle resident Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher, 25, is the latest leading lady on ABC’s reality show The Bachelorette. She lives in Dallas and is a real estate agent.


Denton’s dusty past

North Texas State Fair and Rodeo director Nanci Kimmey and local historian and author Georgia Caraway have teamed up to produce Images of America: North Texas State Fair and Rodeo, a book covering the fair’s history from its beginning to present day through photographs.


Unwanted pets find home in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — As the director of Austin Pets Alive!, Ellen Jefferson gets a lot of urgent phone calls. Agency heads from municipal animal shelters across the country want to know how her nonprofit group, which adopts the sickest, least-loved dogs and cats, helped to make Austin the largest city in America with “no kill” shelters.

Briefly in the arts

Arts council needs entries for 2017The Greater Denton Arts Council has announced a call for entries for the 30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft in 2017.


Park Service project shares stories of women on Route 66

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It was a man’s world nearly a century ago when one of America’s most famous highways got its start, opening up vast expanses of the West as it created an automobile artery that stretched roughly 2,400 miles from Chicago to the West Coast.

Lucas abandons plan to build museum in Chicago

CHICAGO — Star Wars creator George Lucas announced Friday that he has abandoned plans to build his art museum in Chicago, blaming delays over a lawsuit from a parks group opposed to development along the city’s prized lakefront.


AP reporter takes trip on 1,000-foot slide

LOS ANGELES — I’ve jumped out of a plane from 13,000 feet. I’ve ridden 400-foot-tall roller-coasters that top speeds of 100 mph, and I once found myself using my fingernails to clutch the side of a rock face way too steep to climb without gear.

Jury finds Led Zeppelin did not steal riff for 'Stairway'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental tune to use for the introduction of its classic rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven," a federal court jury decided Thursday.

The Bachelorette: Week 4 recap

JoJo’s task: to narrow the group of 13 bachelors to eight.

Triggered: In 2011, professor made diamond from gunpowder; mass shootings keep gem’s gleam relevant

Artist Shane Mecklenburger turned gunpowder into a diamond back in 2011.

Empty spectacle: An ambitious sci-fi that’s at odds with itself

Jeff Nichols has become one of those filmmakers who makes you stand up and take notice with each new feature. Writing and directing three great and thought provoking films before — Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud — there’s no denying my ears perked up when word got out he was releasing a fourth, and a studio film nonetheless.

A love for Disney sets filmmaker’s heart ablaze

When you watch any given film, you are witness to every ounce of time and energy a filmmaker devoted to their labor of love.

Nintendo’s Kirby: Planet Robobot the mecha-Kirby you’ve always wanted

In a gaming world full of first-person shooters and open-world action role playing games, sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and embrace what Nintendo continues to be fantastic at: making fun and fantastic games.

Briefs: New from UNT Press

The University of North Texas Press’ The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 3, an anthology collection of the 10 winners of the 2014 Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest, was published this month, and will be available for purchase soon.

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‘Hamilton’ wins big at Tonys, fails to break record

NEW YORK — Hamilton, the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, won the 2016 Tony Award for best new musical, capping an emotional night in which many in the Broadway community rallied to embrace the LGBT community after a shooting at a gay Florida nightclub.

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Punchy patterns

Just a few years after landing her dream graphic design job, Kristi Schroeder knew she had to quit. It wasn’t that the job wasn't great — it was. It wasn’t that she didn't still have a passion for design — she did. It was that she had a creative hobby that consumed her thoughts.


What will tonight’s Tony Awards telecast be missing? Suspense.

NEW YORK — The one thing that fuels most awards shows won’t really be present at the Tony Awards today — suspense. The night’s top award for best musical is a virtual lock for Hamilton.

Briefs: Denton quilt show to honor early American tradition

The Greater Denton Arts Council will open the exhibit “Not From Baltimore Album Quilts: Recent Works By the Denton Quilt Guild on June 17.

The Bachelorette: Week 3, Part 2

The Bachelorette: Week 3 Recap

Former Argyle resident Joelle “Jojo” Fletcher, 25, is the latest leading lady on ABC’s reality show The Bachelorette. She lives in Dallas and is a real estate agent.


Ring of fire

Isn’t it always the way? Just when some of us felt ready for the zombie apocalypse — mountain cabin near lake, water purification system, flame throwers — turns out we’ve been prepping for the wrong apocalypse.

Pam Rainey: Farewells sting, but savor the memories

There are folks who cross our paths who make quiet, reverent differences in our lives. Perhaps it is because we observe the way they live their lives. Or perhaps we receive an encouraging note or word...


‘UnREAL’ returns to crack its devilishly entertaining whip

The slaughterhouse exposé is back with a vengeance. Last season of Lifetime’s groundbreaking series UnREAL exposed how the manipulative sausage of dating-competition shows like ABC’s The Bachelor get made.


Lines to the ‘Max’ for ‘Saved by the Bell’ pop-up restaurant

CHICAGO — Fans of the old TV show Saved by the Bell are getting a chance to step back in time and feel like part of their favorite ‘90s high school sitcom gang.


Rockabilly sideman Haymes reminisces on his career

LONGVIEW (AP) — Jerry Haymes is as rare of a gem that you could find in East Texas. He’s a music legend living right under the noses of East Texans.

Briefly in the arts

Former Denton resident publishes novel


Fletcher boots some in ‘Bachelorette’

Former Argyle resident JoJo Fletcher started the second episode of The Bachelorette insisting that choosing her future husband from a bevy of toothy guys with washboard abs was “a dream come true.”


Festive artistry

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The 40th season of the Spoleto Festival USA opened Friday amid tributes to the men who established the internationally known art festival and remembrances of the nine people fatally shot in a city church last year during a Bible study.


All smiles

NEW YORK — If you doubt that Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are funny together — indeed, a match made in heaven — just recall their memorable number on the 40th anniversary special for Saturday Night Live.

Mark Lamster: Undignified fountain will make wrong kind of splash

The news release seemed so innocuous I didn’t pay it mind until a co-worker suggested I take a closer look.

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DVD reviews: Appetizing revivals

When the zombie genre runs out of brains, might as well eat at a classic literary tale.

Aspiration Media

Film review: Heroine of biopic lives up to name

Ever dream of being a superhero with superpowers? In the biopic Noble, you will meet a true hero with tenacious powers almost beyond belief.

id Software

Powerful ‘Doom’ packs all the wallop FPS buffs could want

Sometimes gaming really is just about simple pleasures. On some occasions, it’s the swish of the net in a game of NBA 2K or the sound of hit markers in Call of Duty. But for many, it’s the bloody, gory and gut-filled mayhem of the Doom franchise.

Briefly in the arts


‘Shield’ actor’s words used against him in murder trial

LOS ANGELES — An actor who played a police officer on television is guilty of murder because of numerous statements he made about the killing, a prosecutor told a jury Friday.

Visual Arts Society of Texas

Poet, painter charmed by allure of river

Denton artist Lin Hampton and area poet Masood Parvaze are paired in the joint exhibition of Denton Poets Assembly and the Visual Arts Society of Texas, “Merging Visions.”

Brave Combo

Outsider no more

Carl Finch has spent the past 36 years bending the rules of polka with his band Brave Combo, even as he grew to love the folk music more than any other. Thirty-six years later, the International Polka Association has announced it will induct Finch into its Polka Hall of Fame.


Beyond ‘Pale’: Director hopes to shatter expectations

A small audience at the University of North Texas’ Lyceum Theater got a first look at North Texas-based director Brett Bentman’s new independent film "Pale" on Saturday night.


Pizza painting

Mellow Mushroom is ready for its next mural, general manager Levon Juarez said, and the Denton restaurant is looking for a young artist enrolled in school in Denton ISD.

Fall shows not quite up to snuff

NEW YORK — Something seemed missing this week when the major broadcast networks gathered advertisers to preview their new programming for the fall.

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Entering Hollywood, Bryant gets advice from Spielberg

BEVERLY HILLS, California — Kobe Bryant is getting advice from Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Jerry Bruckheimer as he redirects his competitive drive from professional basketball to his publishing and production company.

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Traveling around Ohio

If you have missed my travel columns, I have missed you too.

Paramount Pictures

DVD reviews: Ridiculously ridiculous

This week’s home viewing serves as one of the worst.

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Uncharted builds on charm

The Uncharted series has long been known for its bombastic set pieces, from derailed trains to sinking ships, but it’s also always been a vehicle for wonderful character design and interaction, beautiful level design and a ton of platforming.

Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions

Movie review: Stillman finds his voice with a little help from Jane Austen

Every year, dozens of best-selling novels and works of literature are brought to the screen by filmmakers and production companies who want to capture the magic of a story and share it with a broader audience.

‘Casablanca’ actress dies at age 92

ROME (AP) — French actress Madeleine LeBeau, best known for her small but impactful role in Casablanca as Rick’s pushed aside girlfriend Yvonne who passionately sings “La Marseillaise” at a pivotal moment in the film, has died. She was 92.

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Joke’s on the house

A local comedy scene has been growing — quietly but steadily.


Spielberg flirts with love story in 'BFG'

CANNES, France — Steven Spielberg, a giant in the world of cinema, landed at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday with his gentle Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG.

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Big-city living causes unease for celebs

NEW YORK — When famed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates backed away from moving into a Brooklyn brownstone, he gave voice to celebrities’ qualms about city living.

Visual Arts Society of Texas

‘Visions’ of beauty

Artist Lori Garner and poet Marjorie Chesebro are paired in the joint exhibition of Denton Poets Assembly and the Visual Arts Society of Texas, “Merging Visions.”