Denton resident earns award for best children's program
Denton resident Stephen Griffin recently earned accolades for his film The Planeteer during the 32nd annual College Television Awards, held in Los Angeles.
The film, of which Griffin was a co-producer, won the award for outstanding children's program.
The Planeteer tells the story of 11-year-old Bradley Maguire, whose solar system model may be the key to solving the mysterious disappearance of a Mars-bound spaceship that lost contact with NASA.
Each year, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation searches the nation for the best film, video and digital works by college students. The College Television Awards, referred to by many as the "student Emmys," provides broad industry recognition for outstanding films and videos.
Griffin earned his Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University in 2010.
Brave Combo to play show at Dallas Arboretum on Thursday
Brave Combo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road.
The summer concert series runs Thursday nights through July 28, with a lineup of music for all ages. Gates open at 6 p.m., and lawn seating is available.
Advance tickets cost $9 for Dallas Arboretum members, $16 for adult nonmembers and $9 for children ages 3-12. Ticket prices are $2 higher the night of concert. Parking, which normally costs $7, is complimentary for concert attendees.
Outside food and beverages are permitted. Guests also can order a dinner at www.highlandparkcafeteria.com/the_dallas_arboretum.php.
The on-site Restaurant DeGolyer by Wendy Krispin Caterer will serve its full menu until 8 p.m. and offer a 10 percent discount. The menu is available at www.restaurantdegolyer.com with reservations at www.opentable.com.
Arboretum memberships start at $68. For more information, call 214-515-6518 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.
UNT arts institute names faculty fellows for 2011-12
The University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts has named two faculty fellows for the 2011-12 school year.
Mark Ford, coordinator of percussion in the UNT College of Music, will compose a percussion concerto that will be performed and may be recorded by the UNT Wind Symphony. Ford also plans to create a version of the concerto for orchestra, and Innovative Percussion Inc. has agreed to publish his composition.
During his fellowship, he will expand his composition skills by studying with internationally known composer Edward Gregson, who is retired from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and Jack Stamp, wind ensemble director and composer at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Corey Marks, an English professor at UNT, will use the fellowship to work on his third manuscript of poetry. Marks will concentrate on writing a sequence of six poems that will explore the theme of modern zoos and "how zoos embody a complicated set of impulses: intellectual curiosity, preservation, entertainment, titillation, the performance of power," he wrote in his fellowship application.
He also proposes to write a poem about real estate mogul Harlan Crow's collection of sculptures of 20th-century dictators.
Residents invited to greenbelt meeting
Denton County residents are invited to learn about proposed changes to the Greenbelt Trail, located between FM455 and FM428 near Ray Roberts Lake State Park.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. June 9 at the Lantana Resort, located at the park's Jordan Unit, 2200 FM1192 in Pilot Point.
The plan is to relocate the equestrian trail to the same side of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River as the hard-surface multiuse trail.
- Staff report