The University of North Texas College of Music hosted its annual gala concert on Sunday. Maestro David Itkin provided expert stage patter during "Leading Ladies of Broadway," which joined UNT vocal students with the UNT Symphony. At the dinner afterward, UNT President Neal Smatresk interrupted the dean of the College of Music, John Richmond, to drive up the bids for the first three vinyl pressings of the upcoming Lab 2017, the 2017-18 recording by the UNT One O'clock Lab Band. Richmond had just announced that the minimum bid for the vinyl albums — the first pressed for the One O'clock in 30 years — was $100.
Smatresk took the microphone to tell the donors that he and his wife would be bidding $1,000 on a record, and that the crowd should consider that the new minimum.
The gala raises money for scholarships given to music students, so Smatresk was priming the pump.
If you're a fan of Wheel of Fortune, tune in on Friday to see Denton resident Parker Stansel. The local woman takes her shot at the famous wheel and its many word puzzles at 6:30 p.m. Friday on KTVT-TV (Channel 11).
The City Council's newest member wants Denton's first responders to know they are appreciated, so Don Duff is inviting residents to a new appreciation event at Robson Ranch. Meet this month's honorees, Denton police Officers David Acrey and Paul Weatherford, beginning at noon Monday at Wildhorse Grill. Meals and drinks will be available for purchase, and reservations are required. Call 940-246-1080 to reserve a spot.
Chick-fil-A customers ate 300 million sandwiches last year. The biggest group of Chick-fil-A sandwich-eaters live in Atlanta, Georgia. After that, Dallas and Houston are home to most of the chain restaurant's frequent flyers. We did our part to represent for North Texas by eating lots of waffle fries and chicken minis — nuggets sandwiched between halved rolls — for breakfast.
Denton County Friends of the Family hosted Taste for a Cause at Witherspoon Distillery on Sept. 23. The event attracted about 350 people and has brought in more than $75,000.
Let it be known that Corinth residents like to read (and listen and watch). The city doesn't have a library, so Corinth city leaders decided to subsidize cards for their residents at the Denton Public Library. (Fun fact: If you don't live in Denton, borrowing privileges cost $50 a year.) Corinth residents still must pay half the annual fee, but that hasn't slowed them down. More than 800 Corinth residents have paid the annual fee, many of them cheerfully renewing every year since the program started in 2014.
Deanna Smith, a tattoo artist at Denton's Dark Age Tattoo Studio, won a spot on the upcoming 10th season of Ink Master. The reality television show is a competition to find the best tattoo artists. It airs on Spike TV.
Denton residents are still stinging from the loss of music festivals. On a recent Facebook post by Denton's Day of the Dead Festival, a friend commented "at least this hasn't moved down to Deep Ellum." Oaktopia, a popular downtown music festival, moved from Denton to the Dallas neighborhood, where it'll take place Nov. 17-19.
Overheard at Dog Days of Denton:
Concerned citizen to sheriff's office employee: "Do you see that coyote on a leash?"
County employee: "I see nothing. This is the city of Denton."
Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at email@example.com.