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 ‘Library Larry’ show marks 30th episode

Library Larry’s Big Day, a monthly local television show, is celebrating its 30th episode, “The Larry Awards.” The episode will be hosted by the show’s hippo, Mr. Chompers.

The show features awards for best joke, best book and best “Puppet on the Street” segment. Library Larry himself might be performing a special song.

Library Larry’s Big Day started in 2010 and is aimed at preschool and early elementary school audiences. It is a collaboration of Denton Television, the Denton Public Library and the Denton school district.

The episode will air all throughout July and August. You can catch the show at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day on DTV — Channel 26 on Charter, Channel 28 on Verizon and Channel 12 on Grande.


UNT grad’s drawing nets Hunting prize

Michael Bise, an alumnus of the University of North Texas, was awarded the 2012 Hunting Art Prize for a graphite drawing.

The 32nd annual Hunting Art Prize award program, sponsored by Hunting PLC, a global oil services company, was held at the Friedkin Companies Campus, Gulf States Toyota, in Houston.

Bise’s work was among more than 1,600 entries. Winners were decided by judges from across the country.

The prize was established for amateur, emerging and established artists in Texas. It is considered the most generous annual art honor in North America for drawing and painting, awarding the winner $50,000.

Bise has had solo exhibits in Texas and Oregon, in addition to being a member of group exhibitions around the country and abroad. His most recent solo exhibition was “Epilogues,” featuring large-scale drawings of his youth, at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts.


Musician’s album gets spins on roots radio

Pleasure and Pain, the new album from the Chris Watson Band, has been on the Texas Roots Radio Airplay Chart for five weeks, reaching No. 10 overall last week.

The Roots Music Report’s chart features the top artists from their respective home states and the new albums receiving airplay. Airplay is reported by member radio stations around the world.

The Chris Watson Band was founded by Denton musician Chris Watson in 2006. In 2010, Watson won the Future of the Blues Award from the Blues Underground Network.

The band will perform at Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pa., in early August.

— Meredith Diers


Professor to perform in Dallas Beethoven event

The fourth of the five-concert series of the 32nd annual Basically Beethoven Festival will be at 2:30 p.m. July 22 in Dallas, and a University of North Texas faculty member is among the performers.

The Fine Arts Chamber Players’ Basically Beethoven Festival offers a free recital and concert every Sunday in July.

Eugene Osadchy, a cello professor in UNT’s College of Music, will perform Beethoven’s Septet, Op. 20, with violinist Gary Levinson, who is the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s senior principal associate concertmaster, and five other musicians.

The event starts at 2:30 p.m. with a Rising Star Recital, and the main performance begins at 3 p.m. The performance is in the Grand Hall of the Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

All Basically Beethoven concerts are free to the public, including admission to the Texas Discovery Gardens and parking.


Photography group exhibits in gallery

Sun to Moon Gallery in Dallas will be featuring the art of photographers independent of the gallery for the first time starting Thursday.

The exhibit, “Antiquarian Avant-Garde Photography,” demonstrates the melding of contemporary, unconventional and antique photography methods.

The featured photographers are members of the North Texas Alternative Process Group, a group of professional artists and photography educators who meet monthly to discuss new ideas and film development methods. The show runs through Aug. 18.

The gallery is owned and operated by Denton native Scot Miller and his wife, Marilyn.

Sun to Moon is at 1515 Levee St. in Dallas.The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

— Meredith Diers


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