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Denton represented at Dallas music awards

Denton’s independent musicians reprised their success at the Dallas Observer Music Awards earlier this week.

The alternative weekly surveys the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s diverse music scenes — and sub-scenes — in a number of categories. Denton fared well. Winners with local ties include:

* Mind Spiders, “Wait for Us,” Best Song

* Sarah Jaffe, Best Solo Act

* Sarah Jaffe, The Body Wins, Best Album

* Mind Spiders, Best Punk Act

* Hares on the Mountain, Best Folk Act

* Sarah Jaffe, Best Female Vocalist

* Petra Kelly of Hares on the Mountain, Best Instrumentalist

* The Paul Slavens Show, KKXT-FM (91.7), Best Radio Show

* Sarah Jaffe, “Glorified High,” Best Music Video


Art professor considers heirloom piece of furniture

University of North Texas art faculty member Kathy Lovas has an exhibition at UNT on the Square.

In “The Dining Room Chair,” Lovas, who teaches photography, examines a chair that has been in her family for several generations.

“It is a saved artifact and an index to the past,” Lovas writes in her artist’s statement. “I have disassembled, reassembled, traced, embroidered and juxtaposed it with a variety of materials and texts.”

The exhibit will run through Nov. 26 at the gallery, at 109 N. Elm St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with hours extended to 8 p.m. each Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

UNT on the Square is a visual and performing arts venue, as well as the headquarters of the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts.


Krum furniture maker included in Texas show

The work of Kevork Orchanian of Krum was part of the 13th annual 2012 Texas Furniture Makers Show, held recently at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center in Kerrville.

The show curates and exhibits furniture made by the state’s best craftsmen and women. The show attracts crowds from near and far to view handcrafted, one-of-a-kind furniture.

The artists show their work for a month, with some of their most coveted pieces selling in the first weeks of the show.


Polyphonic Spree seeks directors for holiday track

The Polyphonic Spree, a choral symphonic pop band based in Dallas and borrowing musicians generously from Denton, has an assignment ripe for the city’s fledgling filmmakers.

The band has invited the camera-carrying public to take a crack at making a video for the Spree’s rendition of “Silver Bells,” a song the group recorded with guest band School of Seven Bells. The track is on the Spree’s just-released Holiday Dream.

The band’s version of the holiday classic is nontraditional, but the aesthetic for the video is up to the directors who want to give it a shot.

There are a few rules: Entrants have to read and sign the terms and conditions of the contest, available at

Every entry will receive an exclusive Nevada Hill limited-edition art print signed by band leader Tim DeLaughter — whether the clip is used or not.

Once the downloadable video is uploaded, entrants should send their physical addresses and Vimeo user names to

Videos must be uploaded by Dec. 17. Listen to the song by visiting

One grand prize winner will be selected and will receive $1,500 and the video will premiere at on Dec. 20.

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