Community theater to open 'Sordid Lives' next weekend
This brief has been updated with the correct dates of the two matinee performances.
Denton Community Theatre opens Sordid Lives, Del Shores' black comedy about white trash, on Friday, Sept. 15 at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.
Eric Ryan directs the comedy about an upstanding matriarch, Peggy, who dies in a compromising position.
Her daughters LaTrelle and LaVonda (Melisa Brown and Connie Lane), along with their Aunt Sissy (Sharon Barnhill) are left to deal with the scandal while planning the funeral and trying to keep other family secrets.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday Sept. 15-16, and Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 21-23. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17 & 24.
Tickets cost $22 for adults, $18 for seniors ages 62 and up, $15 for students and $10 for ages 12 and under. For reservations, call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncomunitytheatre.com.
The production contains explicit adult language, situations and themes.
Fall theater school classes offered
Denton Community Theatre's educational outreach to children and teens, DCTedu, opens for fall classes on Saturday. Sept. 9.
Ages 4 to 7 can enroll in creative drama class, which will focus on shadow play this semester. The students explore the power of lightness and darkness by creating shadow puppets. The class meets 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Oct. 28.
Ages 8 to 11 can enroll in Acting 1, which will focus on pantomime movement. Students will work in groups to create pantomimes set to music. The class meets 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 28.
Ages 12 to 18 can enroll in Acting 2, which will focus on an original play project. Students will devise a play inspired by visual art and surprise props. The students will write and produce a short play. The class meets 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 28.
Each class will end the semester with a 1 p.m. showcase on Oct. 28 at the Campus Theatre. Classes meet at the Pointank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St.
Tuition for all classes is $150. For more information, call 940-783-2014.
Arts center to open exhibits of African art
The Greater Denton Arts Council will open a major exhibition of African art in partnership with the Houston-based Menil Collection next week.
"Dogow Adouron Bew (The Components of the Dogon World) by Amahigueré Dolo" and "l'Univers Dogon: La Fondation (The Dogon Universe: The Foundation)" will open in the Gough Gallery at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center on Sept. 15. The two shows, presented together, will run through Dec. 2.
The artists explore Dogon culture in Africa through paintings and wood sculptures. Malian sculptor Amahigueré Dolo is internationally recognized for his expressive wood forms and drawings on the crumpled surfaces of re-purposed cement paper. His installation Adouron Bew (Components of the World), 2007, just ended an exhibition at The Menil Collection. It was Dolo'sfirst presentation of work in an American museum and travel to the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center this fall.
The exhibition will also feature work by Malian artist, Souleymane Ouologuem.
An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. The reception and admission to the show is free.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.
For more information, call 940-382-2787 or visit www.dentonarts.com.
UNT Early childhood music program opens Friday, Saturday
The University of North Texas College of Music's Early Childhood Music Program opens the fall semester on Friday.
The Early Childhood Music program exposes children - infants to age 5 - to a rich, music-filled environment. The children participate through listening, vocal exploration and music babble. These skills eventually lead to beat competency and accurate singing.
The fall 10-week sessions will be held Fridays from Sept. 8 to Nov. 10 and Saturdays from Sept. 9 to Nov. 11 in Room 115 of the Music Annex Building, which is located at the corner of Avenue C and Highland in Denton on 1630 W. Highland St.
Friday attendees will have to pay for parking, which is available in the Parkmobile lot at the corner of Highland Street and Avenue C. Parking is free on Saturday. For more information on parking, visit the transportation website or view the UNT parking map here.
The sessions will be divided into four different age groups:
· Infant - 0 to 24 months
· Toddler - 2 to 4 years
· Pre-K - 3 1/2 to 5 years
· Multi-age - 0 to 5 years
The 10-week program is $150 for infants and $170 for all other age groups.Families who enroll more than one child will receive a 50 percent discount for each additonal child. The sessions for infants will be 30 minutes in duration, and the other sessions will be 40 minutes.
The schedule for the classes is as follows:
· Infant: 9:30 - 10 a.m.
· Toddler: 10:10 - 10:50 a.m.
· Infant: 8:30 - 9 a.m. and 9:10 - 9:40 a.m.
· Toddler: 9:50 - 10:30 a.m.
· Multi-age: 10:40 - 11:20 a.m.
· Pre-K: 11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Parents are required to be present with their children for each class. To register, visit https://musiced.music.unt.edu/ecmusic/registration. For more information, call 317-213-3763 or contact Kateri Lavacek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNT Visiting Writers series to bring two authors to campus in fall
The University of North Texas Visiting Writers Series opens this fall with a reading and book signing by author Jaquira Diaz on Thursday, Sept. 21.
Diaz' work appears or is forthcoming in The Best American Essays 2016, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Kenyon Review, The Sun, Brevity, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications.
She earned two Pushcart Prizes, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant and NEA fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts.
She also earned fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation. She teaches at Kenyon College, where she is the 2016-18 Kenyon Review Fellow in prose.
Diaz will attend a Q&A session at 4 p.m. at Willis Library, 1506 W. Highland St. She will give a reading and book signing at 8 p.m. in Rm. 180 at the UNT Business Leadership Building, 1307 W. Highland St.
Padma Viswanathan will visit campus at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Willis Library.
Viswanathan's The Toss of a Lemon, was published in eight countries and a bestseller in three. The book was a finalist for the Commonwealth First Book Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Prize and the Pen Center USA Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, has been published in Canada, the USA, India and Australia. In Canada, it was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a national bestseller.
Viswanathan's short fiction appears in various journals. Her story "Transitory Cities" won the 2006 Boston Review Short Story Contest. Her plays include House of Sacred Cows and Disco Does Not Suck. She has published cultural journalism and reviews in such venues as Elle Canada, The National Post, The Rumpus and Guernica. She has also published several short translations of Brazilian fiction.
Viswanathan teaches fiction-writing and literature in the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She has served on juries for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Neustadt Prize, and others.
Viswanathan will attend a reading and book signing at 8 p.m. on Nov. 15 in Rm. 116 of Sage Hall, 400 Union Circle.
TWU adds digital research studio to art building
The Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman's University finished a new digital research studio, as well as a multipurpose project space, n the Visual Arts Building on TWU's Denton campus.
The Digital Craft Research Studio, located on the third floor of the Visual Arts Building, will bridge new technologies with traditional art materials and approaches. The space was developed under the supervision of Colby Parsons, associate professor of visual arts, and Vagner Mendonça Whitehead, professor and chair of visual arts at TWU.
A new project space also has been added to the basement of the Visual Arts Building, where extra-curricular activities, including performances, club meetings, presentations, temporary installations, community workshops and pop-up art exhibitions will take place.
TWU to open art exhibit
Opening Sept. 2, 2017, The End and The Beginning will feature work by Morehshin Allahyari, Martin Back, Sean Miller and Jenny Vogel. The exhibition is part of an ongoing dialogue about the intersections of humanity, technology, spirituality, and the possibility of magic and mythos amidst chaos.
Morehshin Allahyari is an artist, activist, educator, occasional curator, and the recipient of the leading global thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions of daily life.
Martin Back is a sound artist, performer, video artist and educator. He is a Senior Lecturer in New Media at the University of North Texas.
Sean Miller is an artist working with video, sculpture, installation, live media, performance, and sound art. He currently teaches at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas.
Jenny Vogel works in video, photography and computer arts. Vogel's art explores the world as viewed through new media technology using web-cameras, blogs and Google searches as source material.
Arts group to host evening of art, music inspired by animals
Artists Enclave and UNT on the Square have teamed up to present an interdisciplinary show featuring music and the visual arts from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.
"Menagerie" includes music by Denton composers about the world of animals. Original two and three dimensional artwork representing or inspired by animals will be on exhibit at the space.
A percentage of artwork sales benefits the Animal Rescue Foundation House.
The event is sponsored by Companion Animal Hospital.
For more information, visit the event Facebook invitation.
Lewisville theater to open farce next weekend
Greater Lewisville Community Theatre recently opened the Georges Feydeau classic farce, A Flea In Her Ear.
To test her husband's fidelity, Yvonne sends a letter from an imaginary admirer suggesting a hotel rendez-vous. The fake letter sets off a dizzying string of madcap mix-ups.
Performances are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 17. All performances are at 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville.
Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 65 and over and ages 18 and under. For reservations and more information, visit www.GLCT.org or call the box office at (972) 221-7469.
Greater Lewisville Community Theatre is located at 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville. The entrance and parking are in the rear off of Elm Street. Tickets are $20 for Adults and $18 for 65 and over and 18 and under.
FEATURE IMAGE: This illustration of a sea turtle by Denton artist Matthew Sallack will be part of the interdisciplinary exhibit, 'Menagerie' from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm. Courtesy photo.