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University of North Texas philosophy professor Adam Briggle will be on an Earth Day Texas panel with the Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton and others from 2 to 2:45 p.m. April 23 at Fair Park in Dallas. Briggle was invited because of his leadership in Denton’s effort to ban fracking in the city limits, which led to his book, A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil. Earth Day Texas, which runs April 22-24, is free.

Denton made another “Top 5” list, but we doubt the local Convention & Visitors Bureau will spread the word on this one. Humor website ClickHole listed Denton as No. 2 (snicker!) on its list of “The Five Most Affordable Places to Raise Your Kid ...” But this list has a caveat — these are cheap places to move if you already know your brat is going to be a shiftless, binge-drinking basket case. The Onion’s sister site notes: “Denton boasts short commutes, affordable public transit, and plenty of gas station parking lots for your dimwitted son or daughter to hang out in all summer long.”

Someone tweeted a photo of Deborah Armintor, a candidate for the Denton City Council’s Place 5 seat, next to a photo of the Joker from Batman. It’s likely from someone who doesn’t agree with Armintor’s political positions, but clearly mocks the candidate’s appearance. Someone disagrees with a woman on the Internet and takes shots at her looks? How novel and clever.

The Denton City Council approved the Public Art Committee’s recommendation to purchase a black granite fountain by the late sculptor Jesus Moroles for $65,000. The sculpture will be installed in the courtyard at City Hall. Moroles, an artist of international renown and a UNT graduate, was killed in a car accident last June.

Texas Woman’s University will be the first university in the state to offer a Culinology degree. What’s culinology? TWU will offer a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in culinary science and food service management, which means students interested in both food product development and food science could benefit from the degree. Community college students with an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in culinary arts are automatically accepted into the program.

Denton dream-pop band Pageantry released an album titled Influence on April Fool’s Day through Southern Haven Records. The album release show is on Saturday night at Dan’s Silverleaf.

French electronic band M83, which recently hired Denton-turned-Dallas solo artist Kaela Sinclair as its keyboardist, releases its new album, Junk, on Friday.

Have you heard of Je Suis Superhero? California filmmaker Harleen Singh is making a documentary that spotlights three people who are re-imagining what and who a superhero can be — Eileen Kaur Alden, a comic book artist who reframes comic books through the eyes of unlikely characters; Keith Knight, a black cartoonist who draws from his own life; and Vishavjit Singh, a Sikh cosplayer who dons the Captain America costume without removing his turban or shaving his beard. The documentary surpassed its original fundraising goal on Kickstarter. Learn more about the film at http://kck.st/1qpJewd.

Snarky Puppy, the R&B-jazz fusion supergroup born in Denton, is on its grind, as the kids say. Fresh off of its second Grammy Award, the band releases its 11th album on April 29. Did you get that? Its 11th record. The album, Culcha Vulcha, is being released on founding member Mike League’s GroundUp Music (through Universal Music Classics). Snarky Puppy gets creative with composition and performance on its latest, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The band plays the Granada in Dallas on May 19.

Ah, Bob Clifton. He’s Denton’s favorite civic antagonist and the local version of “old man yells at cloud” from The Simpsons. And oh, how the thunderheads gather during election season.

Parting Shot

“I just want Texas to be number one in something other than executions, toll roads and property taxes.”

— Kinky Friedman, entertainer

and erstwhile Texas politician

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