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Series to focus on Nobel winner’s short stories

Lei Zhang, an adjunct English professor at Texas Woman’s University, will present and discuss the short stories of one of China’s most critically acclaimed authors at “Professor’s Corner” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane.

Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner for literature, came of age in abject poverty among a peasant family in the Shangdong province. Having achieved only an elementary school education, Mo Yan writes that hunger and loneliness were his muses.

Zhang will present and discuss Mo Yan’s short stories “Soaring,” “Shen Garden” and “Abandoned Child” in a presentation about the way the author combines satire, the supernatural and the mundane.

The monthly “Professor’s Corner” literary series invites residents and visitors to discuss readings with a local professor. Reading the works in advance is suggested but not necessary. For more information, call the library at 940-349-8752.

SCRAP to help youths make spring break creative

Denton’s SCRAP (School and Community Creative Reuse Project) will conduct a spring break camp for ages 6 to 12 from Tuesday through Thursday at the nonprofit group’s boutique, gallery and workshop at 215 W. Oak St.

The camp, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, will guide children to make something from donated materials at SCRAP. Each camper should bring a lunch and dress to take a break on the Courthouse on the Square lawn.

Tuition costs $105. To register or for more information, visit www.scrapdenton.org.

‘Lady Revealed’ moves to Dallas for workshop staging

Professor and playwright Andrew Harris will see his latest play produced for the second time later this month.

Harris based The Lady Revealed on the life and works of Shakespeare scholar A.L. Rowse. Harris’ play is about Rowse’s discovery of the identity of the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

The University of North Texas, where Harris teaches, produced the world premiere of the play during the 2012-13 season. Theatre Three in Dallas has “workshopped” the play, an exercise that allows producers to further study and revise a new work. The company will stage free performances of the show at 7 p.m. March 18 and 19 at 2800 Routh St. in Dallas.

For more information, call 214-871-3300.

Oxide Gallery announces art submission dates

Oxide Gallery will take submissions of jewelry and free-standing three-dimensional art on March 21-22 at 115 Eagle Drive. A jury selects pieces that will be on exhibit during the gallery’s regular shows.

Before bringing art for evaluation, artists must read all guidelines online at http://oxidegallery.com/open-calls.

Artist Nick Lokken releases debut album

Denton resident Nick Lokken released his debut album, Life Is Good, through Tate Music Group last week.

The album offers eight indie-folk and acoustic pop tracks. Lokken is an up-and-coming musician influenced by Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Jack Johnson.

Lokken grew up enamored by his grandfather’s Gibson guitar, and he eventually studied the instrument. He made his first performance two years after learning the guitar and had joined SHINE, a national talent competition hosted by Actors, Models, and Talents for Christ, where he qualified as a finalist with original song.

He’s attending the University of North Texas, and writes and performs his songs. He is on the praise team at First Baptist Church of Denton.

Life Is Good features melodies mixed with spiritual undertones about God, love and life. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon.com and TateMusicGroup.com.

Lokken will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Old Texas Brewing Co., 112 W Ellison St. in Burleson.

Snarky Puppy album follows Grammy win

Just weeks after receiving the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance, mammoth jazz-R&B band Snarky Puppy released its latest album, We Like It Here.

The band, which was founded in Denton by students in the University of North Texas jazz studies program, recorded the album live at Kytopia Studios in the Netherlands.

The album includes eight new tracks and a video, which is Snarky Puppy’s signature release style.

We Like It Here is meant to capture the band at its most explorative — both in terms of composition and improvisation. The accompanying film contains more than an hour of interviews, behind-the-scenes tour footage in Europe and alternative solo takes from the recording sessions.

Snarky Puppy has more than 73,000 “likes” on Facebook, more than 5.5 million views of its videos on YouTube and more than 184 tour dates under its belt in 2013.

We Like It Here is available on Spotify, iTunes and the band’s website, www.snarkypuppy.com.

— Staff reports


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