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Denton’s festival of documentary film, photography and music gets into full swing tonight through this weekend. (Photo by Kristen Watson) Story on Page 8

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Wu-Tang Clan founder GZA, also known as the Genius, will speak March 2 at the UNT Union.

Bill Nye will speak April 6 in the UNT Coliseum as part of the UNT Distinguished Lecture Series.

Genius and the Science Guy UNT will hear talks from GZA, Bill Nye

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he University of North Texas is bringing two popular figures to campus as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series. GZA, founder of the iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan (who is also known as the Genius), will speak at 8

EVENTS THURSDAY 9:30 a.m. — Crafters’ Corner at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Work on projects and learn new techniques. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.denton library.com. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. — Story Time at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Stories, songs, puppets and more for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752. Noon — Rose Taylor presents “African-American Spirituals,” a lecture on the history and cultural significance of spirituals and a brief performance, at the Courthouse on

p.m. March 2 in in the ballroom at the University Union, 1155 Union Circle. Tickets are on sale now at http:// untuniontickets.universitytickets.com. UNT students can get in free, with $5 tickets for student guests. Tickets cost $10 for the general public, $8 for UNT staff, faculty and alumni. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor, will speak at

the Square, 110 W. Hickory St. Free. Call 940-349-2850 or visit www.dentoncounty.com/chos. Noon to 1 p.m. — Denton Together Coalition town hall meeting in Room 207 at the TWU Student Union, 304 Administration Drive. Group works to engage the public in a dialogue about the community and diversity. Visit www.cityofdenton. com/departments-services/ denton-together-coalition. 1:30 to 3 p.m. — Design Principles class at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Learn the components of communication pieces and how they work together: fonts, colors, images and layout. Free, but registration is required. Email randy.simmans @cityofdenton.com. 2 to 4 p.m. — Homeschool Coding Club for ages 8-17 at North

8 p.m. April 6 at the UNT Coliseum, 600 Ave. D. Student tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Feb. 29. Tickets for the general public go on sale at 9 a.m. March 4. Tickets are free for UNT students and $5 for student guests; $10 for UNT staff, faculty and alumni; and $20 for the general public. All tickets can be purchased online at http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/dls.

Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Learn how to code and collaborate on projects at this primarily self-directed, weekly gathering. All skill levels and coding languages welcome. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.denton library.com. 2:30 p.m. — Homeschool Art Club for ages 6-11 at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Read Starry Night by Neil Waldman and make art inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. Free, but registration is required. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com. 3:30 p.m. — “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs,” best for ages 5-8, at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Learn about insects and create a flyswatter painting. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com. 7 p.m. — Panel discussion on

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homelessness in Denton, at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave. Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Denton. Panel includes Alice Masciarelli, chairwoman of the Denton Mayor’s Housing the Homeless Task Force; Danielle Shaw, human services coordinator for the city; and Courtney Cross, community impact coordinator for the homeless at the United Way of Denton County. Free. Visit http://lwvdenton.org. 8 p.m. — Baumer String Quartet in Voertman Hall at the Music Building, at Avenue C and Chestnut Street. With Susan Dubois on viola and Eugene Osadchy on cello. Free. Call 940-565-2791 or visit www.music. unt.edu.

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FRIDAY Today — All Denton Public Library branches are closed for staff development. Visit www.denton library.com. 5 p.m. — Baumer String Quartet in Voertman Hall at the Music Building, at Avenue C and Chestnut Street. With UNT students Josip Kvetek on viola, Dominic Kyung Seu Na and Sally Murphy on cello and Yalira Machado Montejo on violin; and clarinetist Stephen Ahern from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Free. Call 940-5652791 or visit www.music.unt.edu. 8 p.m. — UNT Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers present “Les Concerts Royaux,” works by Couperin, Lully, Charpentier and more, in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard. Conducted by Paul Leenhouts and Richard Sparks. Tickets cost $8-$10. Call 940-369-7802 or visit www.thempac.com.

SATURDAY 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for low- to moderate-income families at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. To qualify, annual income must be $50,000 or less. Free. Call 940-5662688. 10 a.m. — Story Time at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Stories, songs, puppets and more for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752. 10 to 11:30 a.m. — “Start a Pollinator Garden,” a free workshop at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, 3310 Collins Road. Visit www.clear creekdenton.com or call 940-3498152. 10 a.m. to noon — “Learn to Conserve: Install and Program Your Thermostat,” sponsored by the city’s Sustainability Department, at Home Depot, 1900 Brinker Road. Free. Reserve a spot at http://on.fb.me/ 24axHjo. Call 940-349-7733. 2 to 4 p.m. — Open Computer Lab at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Get help with basic questions about Windows, Internet, email, Microsoft Office programs or online library services. Free, but registration is required. Call 940-3498752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com. 2 to 4 p.m. — Basic Statistics class at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Learn the basics of statistics from Anna Pechenina, a Ph.D. candidate at UNT. Free. Call 940-3498752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com. 3 to 5 p.m. — Free online genealogy resources class at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Free, but registration is required. Call 940-349-8752.

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re you ready for a ding to your Lone Star pride? The American Lung Association has given Texas a failing grade in tobacco reduction. The association looked at statewide efforts to reduce tobacco use in 2015 and gave us an “F” in tobacco prevention and control funding, tobacco taxes, smoke-free air and access to cessation services. The association advocates for Texas to bump up funding for prevention and cessation programs, increase the current tobacco tax by $1 per pack of cigarettes, and pass a statewide smoke-free law. ■ Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires will headline 35 Denton in March. This might be the best 35 Denton show since Mavis Staples brought down the house in 2011. ■ Argyle resident Jojo Fletcher, a finalist on the television reality show The Bachelor, is supposed to bring titular contender Ben Higgins to meet the family for an upcoming episode. For those who don’t know, The Bachelor is a show about a telegenic guy who auditions his future bride in a sort of Darwinian game show. It involves hot tubs and bikinis and lots of tear-stained confessions. ■ Wayne Johnson at Unique Barber Stylists saved some commemorative bricks from the old McKinney Street fire station, which was demolished a few weeks ago. Customers said Johnson had urged the city to demolish the building for years. The Denton Fire Department vacated the building in 2001 after inspectors found Stachybotrys, a hardy and noxious black mold. Spritz those bricks with some water and bleach, Wayne. ■ Riding Unlimited therapeutic riding center is looking for volunteers for its stable in Ponder. The nonprofit will have volunteer training for the spring session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27. The nonprofit is looking for horse handlers and side walkers, who walk beside the horse and rider. Volunteers help during lessons held on Wednesday mornings and evenings, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. The spring session starts Feb. 29. To register for the training, email volunteer@ridingunlimited.org or call 940479-2016. ■ Denton activist pastor Jeff Hood announced he will join a Christian seminary in Zimbabwe as a visiting faculty

member this year. The seminary is affiliated with Great Zimbabwe University. ■ The Southern Poverty Law Center lists 84 hate groups in Texas on its “hate map.” There are 52 chapters of the Ku Klux Klan; 10 black separatist Nation of Islam groups; five white nationalist groups; four neo-Nazi groups; four anti-GLBT groups; three groups identified as “general hate” groups; two neo-Confederate groups; two anti-Muslim groups; one anti-immigrant group; and one racist skinhead group. A KKK chapter meets just up the road from Denton in Gainesville. Check out the map: www.splcenter. org/hate-map. ■ A source tells us that no one from We Denton Do It, the host of debates for state Republican and Democratic state House District 64 candidates this week, attended the Tuesday night debate for Democratic candidates. Glen Farris Squibb, the founder of the blog, was presiding over a meeting of TechMill at the same time as the debate. Another blog stakeholder, Will Milne, was hanging artwork for Thin Line’s photography exhibitions. There’s plenty to keep the Denton bloggers busy this week. ■ Dammit, Dentonites, when you vote for road work, you’re going to get road work. Residents in the Southridge and Forrestridge neighborhoods are still seething on social media about road work on Teasley Lane and Lillian Miller Parkway. They have good reason, because construction is adding a big chunk of time to commutes toward downtown Denton and Interstate 35E. District 4 City Council member Joey Hawkins posted a timeline of the construction projects on Nextdoor, and notes on why the two roads — which are thoroughfares that run parallel toward I-35E — are being torn up at the same time. In summary: Work schedules, weather and budget timelines conspired to make for ugly gridlock. (Kudos to Hawkins, though, for postponing the Lillian Miller construction when crews were ready to dive in during Thanksgiving and Christmas last year.) Readers, it’s time for you to do your homework. Pull up those Google maps, find a few alternate routes, and make peace with the inconvenience. Our city is growing, and elected officials are tending to our streets as schedules and budgets allow. It will take you longer and annoy you. ■ Benjamin and Jade Chessman are raising money for farm equipment to move their livelihood, Jubilee Farm in Denton, into a more favorable business position. The couple (who keep up a steady stream of artsy photos of their homestead on Instagram) is hoping for $25,000 by March 1. The fundraiser has brought in nearly $14,000 so far on Kick starter.com. The skinny: Jubilee Farms produces local, non-GMO, sustainably grown vegetables and eggs, and rears sheep, pigs and cattle. Learn more about the fundraiser at http://kck.st/1Qn6eAC.

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“If you paid rent on a crap bungalow and threw up in a backyard, we get to claim you forever.” — Local musician and radio host Paul Slavens, congratulating Denton-born Snarky Puppy on receiving its second Grammy on Monday Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at cbreeding@dentonrc.com.

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EVENTS Continued from Page 3 Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com.

MONDAY 11 a.m. to noon — UNT’s The Club at Gateway Center opens for the spring semester through April 29. Student-run restaurant serves threecourse meals at UNT’s Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd. Seating is available from lunch from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. $8 per person ($10 on Guest Chef Day on April 5). Cash or check only. Call 940-565-4144 for reservations. For schedule and menu, visit https:// htm.unt.edu/content/club. 6 to 8:45 p.m. — Chess Night at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Players of all ages and skill levels welcome. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com. 7 to 9 p.m. — Arduino meetup at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com. 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Town hall meeting on Article V convention of the states, presented by Tom Dowdy, at Cabela’s, 12901 Cabela Drive in Fort Worth. Question-andanswer session will follow. Free. Email Dowdy at tnd.shrs@live.com or call 972-839-6157. 7:30 p.m. — UNT Brass Band, conducted by Nicholas E. Williams, in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets cost $8-$10. Call 940-369-7802 or visit www.the mpac.com.

TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. — Mother Goose Time at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Stories and activities for infants (birth to 18 months) and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752. 10:30 a.m. — Toddler Time at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Stories, puppets and activities for toddlers (12-36 months) and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — “From Zero to Awesome in 5 Weeks:

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he Texas Woman’s University Drama Program will open Madhuri Shekar’s In Love and Warcraft on Wednesday at the Redbud Theater Complex, on the north side of Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. The production runs through Feb. 28. Shekar’s original play looks at the clash between the perfectible virtual selves and the messier nature of reality. War-

How to Create a Beast of a Website That Takes Your Business From Meh to Mighty” at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Free. Call 940349-8752. 4 to 5 p.m. — Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group meets at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Caregivers can share their feelings, struggles and successes while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Free. Call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 1-800272-3900. 5 to 7:30 p.m. — Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for low- to moderate-income families at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. To qualify for the program, participant’s annual income must be $50,000 or less. Free. Call 940-566-2688. 7 p.m. — Anime Club for high school and college students at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com. 7 to 8:45 p.m. — North Branch Writer’s Critique Group at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. For writers of fiction or creative nonfiction, ages 17 and older. Free. Visit http://dentoncritique.wordpress.com. 7 to 9 p.m. — Play Readers of Denton meets upstairs at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Free.

craft tells the story of Evie Malone, a gamer girl whose side job is writing love letters patching up her fellow college students’ love lives. Her experiences with love and war don’t prepare her for Raul, who wants more from her than she thinks she knows how to give, and online identities and realworld complexities clash. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday; 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25; 8 p.m. Fri-

Call 940-382-7014, ext. 3, or visit www.playreadersandwritersof denton.blogspot.com. 7:30 p.m. — UNT Wind Symphony in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets cost $8-$10. Call 940-369-7802 or visit www.the mpac.com. 9 p.m. — Tuesday Night Jazz Series: UNT small vocal groups at The Syndicate at the UNT Union, 1155 Union Circle. Free.

WEDNESDAY 9:30 a.m. — Toddler Time at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Stories, puppets and activities for toddlers (12-36 months) and their caregivers. Free. Call 940349-8752. 11 a.m. — Dinosaur Story Time at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Stories, songs, puppets and more for children age 1-5 and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-3498752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com. 1 to 3 p.m. — Homeschool Teen Gaming Club for ages 11-17 at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com. 2 p.m. — Ray of Sunshine’s Coffee with Friends in Suite 200

Play riffs on gaming, real life day, Feb. 26; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Admission to the Saturday matinee is paywhat-you-can. The play is not suitable for children. To reserve tickets or for more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama or call the box office at 940-8982020. — Staff report

of the Chase Bank Building, 1204 W. University Drive. Cardiologist Daniel Caldwell speaks about the early signs of a heart attack. Call Donna Raney at 940-368-9230. 7 p.m. — Baby and Toddler Story Time for children 3 and younger at North Branch Library, 3020 Locust St. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com. 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Exploring Philosophy at North Branch Library, 3020 Locust St. Join the ongoing discussions of time-honored philosophical issues with Dr. Eva H. Cadwallader, professor of philosophy. Free and open to the public. Call 940-349-8752. 9 p.m. — UNT Seven O’clock Lab Band with bandleader Elliot Scozzaro at The Syndicate in the UNT Union, 1155 Union Circle. Free. Followed by the Six O’clock Lab Band with bandleader Conner Eisenmenger.

MUSIC The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub Each Wed, County Rexford, 7-9pm, free. 101 W. Hickory St. 940-5665483. The Abbey Underground Thurs: Gypsy Bravado, Girls on Bikes, Off World. Fri: Delmar Dennis, Trees Marie, the Heavy Hands. Wed: Song swap. Feb. 25: Basically Basie Big

Band. Feb. 26: Gravity Feed and Friends. Weekly events: Each Sat, “’80s and ’90s Retro Dance Party”; each Sun, open mic hosted by Bone Doggie, sign-up at 7:30pm; each Mon, karaoke. 100 W. Walnut St. www.face book.com/TheAbbeyUnderground. American Legion Post 550 Each Fri, free karaoke at 9pm; each Tues, free pool. Live band on the last Sat of the month, free. 905 Foundation St., Pilot Point. 940-686-9901. Andy’s Bar Each Thurs, “The Rotation” (jazz, blues, funk, fusion); each Mon, open mic, sign-up at 9 pm; each Wed, karaoke. 122 N. Locust St. 940-565-5400. http://andys.bar. Audacity Brew House Sat: Kelly Nygren, 4pm. Feb. 27: Caleb Coonrod, 4pm. March 5: Tori Sloan, 4pm. Each Thurs, open mic with host Caleb Coonrod, 7-10pm, sign-up at 6:45pm. Each Sat, live music. Each Sat & Sun, yoga at 10am, $5. 1012 Shady Oaks Drive. 940-218-1987. www.audacity brewhouse.com. Dan’s Silverleaf Thurs-Sun: Thin Line (see Page 10). Mon: Paul Slavens and Friends, 9pm, free. Tues: E.C. Jacobs and the Green Hour Residency, 9pm, free. Wed: Isaac Hoskins’ “Little D Hoedown, Guitar Pull & Song Soiree” featuring Charlie Shafter and more, 8pm, $10. Feb. 25: Love and Happiness: The Nightowls present a tribute to Al Green, 9pm, $10. Feb. 26: Kaela Sinclair, Relick, Leoncarlo, Beth//James, 9pm, $10. Feb. 27: The Vandoliers, AM Ramblers, Kim Nall, 9pm, $10. Feb. 28: Pinebox Serenade, Spitfire Tumbleweeds, Marc Williams, 5pm, free. Feb. 29: Paul Slavens and Friends, 9pm, free. March 1: LZ129 Led Zeppelin tribute, 8pm, $7. March 3: Ray Wylie Hubbard, 8pm, $20. 103 Industrial St. 940-320-2000. www.danssilverleaf.com. The Garage 113 Ave. A. 940-3830045. www.thedentongarage.com. The Greenhouse Mon: Daniel Matthews Sextet. Feb. 29: Ararat. Each Mon, live jazz at 10pm, free. 600 N. Locust St. 940-484-1349. www. greenhouserestaurantdenton.com. Harvest House Fri & Sat: Thin Line (see Page 10). Feb. 27: The Sideshow Tragedy, RTB2, 9pm. Feb. 29: “Kitchen Sync” monthly poetry open mic, 7:30-10pm. 331 E. Hickory St. 214-5787499. www.dentonharvesthouse. com. Jack’s Tavern Fri: Renegade Coun-

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DENTON PARKS & RECREATION Get in shape with unlimited access to Denton Parks & Recreation gyms. Cost is $40 for four months. Gyms are at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive; Denia Recreation Center, 1001 Parvin St.; and Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. The promotion includes group exercise classes at North Lakes: Les Mills BodyPump, BodyCombat and more. Register in person at any rec center by Feb. 29. For more information, call 940-3497275. ■

Adult sport leagues are open for registration. All leagues include eight games and playoffs for competitive divisions. Sign up as a team, or register as an individual. Leagues include flag football, coed kickball, basketball, softball, racquetball and volleyball. Visit www.denton parks.com or call 940-349-7275. ■ The Les Mills Grit Challenge takes place throughout February at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive. During the month, participants will have access to a pre-

and post-fitness assessment, certified trainers, customized meal plans and a challenge T-shirt. Classes last 30 minutes and are offered seven times a week. Classes use high-intensity interval training that is ideal for jump-starting fitness goals. Cost is $50 per person. Register online or call 940-349-8287. ■ A Blastball league for 3- and 4-year-olds starts practice on March 14 and games begin March 19 at the softball fields at Denia Park, 1001 Parvin St. The $55 fee includes

six games, practices, a T-shirt and cap and awards for all players. Register online or call 940-349-7275. ■ A girls softball league for ages 5-14 is starting up, with practices beginning March 14. ● Ages 5 and 6 play T-ball, $55 per player. ● Ages 7 and 8 play coach-pitch, $65 per player. ● Ages 9 to 14 are divided by age and all play fast pitch, $75 per player. Games begin the week of March 28. Fee includes eight games, one prac-

tice per week, T-shirts and more. Age determination is as of Dec. 31. Registration closes today. Visit www.dentonparks.com or call 940-349-7275. ■ Outdoor soccer is a coed league for ages 5 to 10. The league includes eight games, practices and jerseys. Leagues are divided into three age groups. Practices begin March 21 and games begin March 26 at Mack Park, 400 Audra Lane. Fee is $65 per player. Register by March 1 at www.dentonparks.com or by calling 940-349-7275.


EVENTS Continued from Page 4 try Band, 8:30pm. Sat: Jay Parr Band. Wed: Kody West, 8:30pm. Feb. 27: Shaun Outen Band, 8:30pm. March 2: Stacey Shope, 8:30pm. March 4: Raised Right Men, 8:30pm. March 5: Cliff Temple, 8:30pm. 508 S. Elm St. 940-808-0502. www.jacksdenton. com. J&J’s Pizza 118 W. Oak St. 940-3827769. www.jandjpizzadenton.com. The LABB 218 W. Oak St. 940-2934240. www.thelabbdenton.com. Lone Star Attitude Burger Co. Shows on the upstairs patio, 7-10pm, no cover. 113 W. Hickory St. 940-3831022. www.lsaburger.com. Mable Peabody’s Beauty Parlor and Chainsaw Repair Each Thurs, Glitterbomb variety show, 9pm, $5. Each Sun, The Grand Review, 10pm. 1125 E. University Drive, Suite 107. 940-566-9910. Mulberry Street Cantina Each Mon, Boxcar Bandits, 9pm. 110 W. Mulberry St. 940-808-1568. http:// mulberrystcantina.com. Rockin’ Rodeo Fri: Kyle Park, $12-$15. Sun: Justin Furstenfeld, $25-$30. Feb. 26: Matt Roberts and the Stay at Home Gypsiez, $8-$10. March 4: Matt Kimbrow, Steve Helms, $10-$12. March 11: Zane Williams, $10-$12. 1009 Ave. C. 940565-6611. www.rockinrodeo denton.com. Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios Thurs: Busdriver, S. Good, Tornup, Terrence Lindsey, 9pm, $12-$15. Fri: Thin Line (see Page 10). Sat: Denton Zine Fest, 9pm, $5. Feb. 25: Rareluth, Felt and Fur, Ethereal and the Queer Show, Fake Parts, 10pm, $1-$3. Feb. 29: The Toasters, Madaline (CD release), Johnny’s Big Red Rocket, Big News, 9pm, $12-$15. March 1: Pale Dian, Psychic Killers, Wave Swinger, Honor System, 9pm, $5-$7. March 2: Flesh Born, Creeping Death, Orcanaut, Black Sea, 9pm, $1-$3. 411 E. Sycamore St. 940-3877781. www.rubberglovesdentontx. com. Sweetwater Grill & Tavern Tues: Los Wedos, 8pm. Shows on the patio, no cover. 115 S. Elm St. 940-4842888. www.sweetwatergrilland tavern.com. VFW Post 2205 Free karaoke at 8pm each Thurs, Fri and Sat. 909 Sunset St. Zera Coffee Co. 420 E. McKinney St., Suite 106. 940-239-8002. www.zeracoffeecompany.com.

IN THE AREA 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday — Vegetable gardening class presented by Keep Lewisville Beautiful in Class-

room 1 at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theatre, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville. Make reservations by Wednesday by calling 972-538-5949 or email info@ keeplewisvillebeautiful.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday — Lewisville Lake Symphony performs Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga’s Symphony in D Major at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville. Johnathan Wu, winner of the 2016 Vernell Gregg Young Artists Competition, will perform Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, Opus 53. Tickets cost $10-$25. Visit www.lewisvillesymphony.org. 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday — North Texas Universities Film Festival featuring the best of work from UNT, SMU and UT-Arlington, at Alamo

Drafthouse DFW, 100 S. Central Expressway in Richardson. Coordinated by the Video Association of Dallas. Non-competitive festival lets students see each others’ work, meet local actors and find talent. Free. To register, visit http://bit.ly/1QrSKEc.

VISUAL ARTS Brick Haus Collective Artist organization and incubator space for emerging artists. 215 S. Woodrow Lane. www.brickhauscollective.com. The Chestnut Tree 107 W. Hickory St. 940-591-9475. www.chestnuttea room.com. A Creative Art Studio Gallery, classes and workshops. 227 W. Oak St., Suite 101. Mon-Sat 12-6pm, Sun by appointment only. 940-442-1251.

www.acreativeartstudio.com. The DIME Store Denton Independent Maker Exchange’s store carrying local art, crafts and vintage items, plus workshop/gallery space. TuesSat 10-6. 510 S. Locust St. 940-3812324. www.dimehandmade.com. First Friday Denton on the first Friday evening of the month at art venues and businesses around the downtown Square. Free gallery viewings, live music, art projects and demonstrations. For more information, visit www.firstfridaydenton.com. Green Space Arts Collective Studio/gallery available for rental. 529 Malone St. 940-595-9219. www.greenspacearts.com. Impressions by DSSLC Store selling ceramics by residents of Denton State Supported Living Cen-

ter. 105 1/2 W. Hickory St. 940-3823399. Jupiter House 114 N. Locust St. 940-387-7100. Patterson-Appleton Arts Center Greater Denton Arts Council’s galleries, meeting space and offices. 400 E. Hickory St. Tues-Fri 11am-5pm, SatSun 1-5pm. 940-382-2787. www. dentonarts.com. ● 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition, the Visual Arts Society of Texas’ 10th annual regional exhibition, through Sunday in the Gough Gallery. Free. ● “Materials: Hard & Soft,” the Greater Denton Arts Council’s 29th annual national contemporary craft competition, through April 1 in the

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Continued from Page 5 Meadows Gallery. $5 admission; free for GDAC members, children 11 and younger, and students with valid ID. PointBank Black Box Theatre Denton Community Theatre’s black box performance space. Mon & Wed 1-4pm, Fri 10:30am-1pm, and during performances. 318 E. Hickory St. ● Work by Isabel Cano, through April 8. Exhibit of acrylic paintings from Cano’s flower series. SCRAP Denton Nonprofit store selling reused materials for arts and crafts, with the Re:Vision Gallery featuring art made of reused and repurposed items. Classes and workshops. 420 S. Bell Ave. Daily noon6pm 940-808-1611. www.scrap denton.org. tAd The Art Den, a small, artist-run space inside the Bowllery, 901 Ave. C, Suite 101. Tues-Sun 11am-9pm. www.tadgallery.org. 940-383-2695. TWU Blagg-Huey Library MonThurs 7:30am-midnight, Fri 7:30am-10pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 2pm-midnight. 1322 Oakland St. 940-898-3701. www.twu.edu/library. TWU East and West galleries in the TWU Fine Arts Building, at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle. Free. Mon-Fri 9-4, weekends by appointment. 940-898-2530. www.twu.edu/ visual-arts. TWU Gallery 010 Student-run exhibition space in the lower level of the Student Union, on Bell Avenue at Administration Drive. Mon-Thurs 8-9; Fri 8-5; Sun 1-9. www.twu.edu/ visual-arts. UNT Art Gallery in the UNT Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry St. at Welch. Building also includes the North Gallery and the Lightwell Gallery. Tues noon-5pm, Wed-Thurs 9:30am-8pm, Fri-Sat noon-5pm. Free. 940-565-4316. http://gallery.unt.edu. ● “Collections, Cultures, and Collaborations: German Expressionist Prints from the Collection of Gus Kopriva,” through Saturday. ● “Blue Like Me,” an exhibit by Siona Benjamin, from March 3 through April 2. Opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 3, with a gallery talk by Benjamin at 6 p.m. UNT Cora Stafford Gallery In UNT’s Oak Street Hall, 1120 W. Oak St. Tues-Fri 10am-2pm or by appointment. 940-565-4005. UNT on the Square 109 N. Elm St. Free. Mon-Fri 9am-noon & 1-5pm, with extended hours Thurs until 8pm; Sat 11am-3pm. 940-369-8257. http:// untonthesquare.unt.edu. ● “Harlan Butt: National Parks Project,” through Feb. 27. Visual Arts Society of Texas Member organization of the Greater Denton Arts Council offers community and continuing education for local visual artists, professional and amateur. Meetings are at the PattersonAppleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. Monthly meetings include minishows and demonstrations by visiting artists. Annual juried exhibits, critique groups and workshops. Visit www.vastarts.org or call Executive Director Jo Williams at 940-383-1092. Voertman’s Gallery Art space

DIY publishers join together for page-turning fest

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Tenor Martin Clark Jr., who’s studying at the University of North Texas, will compete in the upcoming Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.

Singing for a win

UNT student in semis for Dallas Opera competition

Tenor Martin Clark Jr., a University of North Texas student working toward a graduate artist certificate, will compete in the 28th annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition on April 29-30 at the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St. in Dallas. Clark will be one of 20 semifinalists from opera programs across the country competing inside bookstore near UNT. 1314 W. Hickory St. www.facebook.com/ voertmansgallery. Zera Coffee Co. 420 E. McKinney St., Suite 106. 940-239-8002. www.zeracoffeecompany.com.

POINTS OF INTEREST Bethlehem in Denton County Small gallery in Sanger displaying a personal collection of 2,900 nativities. Open evenings and weekends, by

for thousands of dollars in prize money as well as People’s Choice Award, which is selected by audience ballot. The semifinals, scheduled for 11 a.m. April 29, are free to attend. Tickets to the finals rounds, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 30, cost $5. Parking in the Lexus Red parking lot is $5. This year, the competition will be incorporated into the Dallas Opera’s Spring Gala. Tickets for the gala cost $500. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www. dallasopera.org/vocal. — Staff report

appointment only. Free. Small groups and children welcome. To schedule your visit, call 940-231-4520 or e-mail jkmk@advantexmail.com. www.bethlehemindentonco.com. Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum Denton County’s 1896 courthouse features rotating exhibits on county history. Visitors may walk the halls to discover the history of the settlement of Denton County, learn about ancestors in the museum’s Research Room, and step into the

ubber Gloves gives some love to the written word on Saturday with a smaller, quieter festival: Denton Zine Fest. Zines are to magazines what sampling is to music. Makers mix appropriated and original images and text to create fan fiction, political commentary, poetry, design and personal journals. Zine creators reproduce zines using photocopiers and scanners, and distribute them in tiny batches — and almost never for profit. These days,

historical courtroom on the second floor. 110 W. Hickory St. 10am-4:30pm Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm Sat; closed holidays. Free. Handicapped accessible. Call 940-349-2850 or visit www. dentoncounty.com/chos. ● “Quilt as Art: Works by Barbara McCraw,” through March 31. A gallery talk by McCraw will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday. ● “Behold the People: R.C. Hickman’s Photographs of Black Dallas,” through March 11. Denton County Historical Park Home to historic Denton structures, including the Bayless-Selby House and the Quakertown House museums. Both historic houses feature exhibits and displays on Denton County life in the early 20th century. 317 W. Mulberry St. Tours available Tues-Sat 10am-2pm, closed holidays. Free. Call 940-349-2865 or visit www.dentoncounty.com/chos. Denton Firefighters Museum Collection at Central Fire Station, 332 E. Hickory St., displays firefighting memorabilia from the 1800s to the present. 8am-5pm Mon-Fri. Closed on city holidays. Free and handicapped accessible. Hangar Ten Flying Museum Nonprofit museum displays, maintains, preserves, flies and shows antique, classic and contemporary classes of aircraft. Mon-Sat 8:30am-3 pm. 1945 Matt Wright Lane at Denton Enterprise Airport. Free. 940-5651945. www.hangar10.org. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area Three hiking trails; camping, fishing and more on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River; restored 1870 log home. Winter hours: Fri-Sun 7am-5pm. Admission is $5, free for children 5 and younger. Front gate is at Jones Street and North Kealy

you can find zines for sale on Etsy and on artist sites on the cheap, but on Saturday you can come face-to-face with zine makers. Denton Zine Fest starts at 9 p.m. Saturday. Zines by the following will be available: Franz Guerrero, Meredith Grace White, Ari Brielle, Maria Razo, Daisy Salinas, Kat Johnson, Shape Zines, Rachel Weaver, Andi Harman, Gino Dal Cin, Ethan Draws Stuff, Space Ratz of Wasted Space, Waleria Petruschenko, Mueve, Cadence of Guilloteen, Adult Video Repair, and Julia Arredondo of Vice Versa Press. Cover is $5. Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios is at 411 E. Sycamore St. — Lucinda Breeding

Avenue in Lewisville. Call 972-2193930 for directions. www.ias.unt.edu/ llela. Little Chapel-in-the-Woods Built in 1939, one of 20 outstanding architectural achievements in Texas. Daily 8am-5pm, except on university holidays or when booked for weddings, weekends by appointment only, TWU campus. 940-898-3644. Texas First Ladies Historic Costume Collection Created in 1940, exhibit features garments worn by wives of governors of Texas. 8am-5pm Mon-Fri. Administration Conference Tower, TWU campus. Free. 940-898-3644. www.twu.edu/ gown-collection. Texas Women’s Hall of Fame Permanent exhibit includes biographies and photographies of the 140-plus honorees, in Hubbard Hall on the TWU campus. Open 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, except on university holidays. 940-898-3644. www.twu.edu/ twhf. UNT Rafes Urban Astronomy Center UNT’s astronomy center, open to the public once a month. 2350 Tom Cole Road. For directions and more information, visit www.astronomy.unt.edu/obsv.html. ● Star Party on the first Saturday of the month, beginning 30 minutes after sundown, weather permitting. Admission is $5, free for children 4 and younger. UNT Sky Theater Planetarium in UNT’s Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, 1704 W. Mulberry St. 940-369-8213. www.skytheater.unt.edu. ● “Exploding Universe,” 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. each Saturday. Tickets cost $3-$5, cash only.

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Circus coming to Lake Dallas in March The Kelly Miller Circus will come to Lake Dallas for two performances next month. Both shows will be on March 17 at Lake Dallas City Park, with one performance at 4:30 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought at Lake Cities United Methodist

EVENTS Continued from Page 6 ● “Solar System Tours,” children’s matinee at noon each Saturday. Tickets cost $3, cash only.

SENIORS American Legion Hall Senior Center 629 Lakey Drive in Fred Moore Park. 10am-3pm Mon-Fri, 6-9pm Thurs. 940-349-8298. Denton Senior Center offers daily lunches, classes, travel, health services and numerous drop-in activities. 8am-9pm Mon-Fri; 9am-1pm Sat. 509 N. Bell Ave. 940-349-8720. Ongoing activities: ● Aletha’s Craft Store, open 9am-1pm Mon-Sat. ● Social dancing, live bands and refreshments every second and fourth Friday, 7-9:30pm, $6. ● Movies 6pm each Wed, free for Denton seniors. ● SPAN noon meal each Mon-Fri, $2 for seniors 60 and older, $5 for those younger than 60. ● Bridge Party bridge, 12:30pm Thurs; duplicate bridge, 12:30pm Wed ● Bingo 12:45pm first and third Fri ● Triangle Squares square dancing 7pm first and third Fri, $6 ● Ed Bonk Workshop woodshop 9am-noon Tues-Thurs, $6 annual membership plus $1 per visit. RSVP Referral and placement service for volunteers age 55 and older. 1400 Crescent St. 940-383-1508.

ACTIVITIES Acoustic Lawn Jam from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday, weather permitting, on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St. Open acoustic jam for all levels of musicians. Denton Celtic Dancers meets from 5 to 7 p.m. each Sunday at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. Beginners’ class starts at 6 p.m. Call 940321-0012 or visit www.dentonceltic dancers.org. Denton Area Dulcimers meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on the third

Church, TX Great Cuts, Northstar Bank’s Corinth and Lake Dallas branches or Ace Hardware in Lake Dallas, or online at www.kellymillercircus.com. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. The circus big top can seat up to 1,100 people. — Staff report

Saturday of each month in the community room at Denton Good Samaritan Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive. Dues are $3 per month. Participants may bring a sack lunch. Call 940-565-9331 or email donnasgregory@gmail.com. Friday night community dances at Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave., from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of each month. Dances are open to all adults and include live music and refreshments. Dance hosts will be present to dance with unaccompanied ladies. Admission is $6. Call 940-349-8720. Green Space Arts Collective Ballet, tap, modern, and hip-hop dance classes for children and adults. 529 Malone St. 940-595-9219. www.greenspacearts.com. Harps Over Texas Autoharp Club Jamming as well as help for new and experienced players. All acoustic instruments welcome. 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1424 Stuart Road. 940-382-3248. The Triangle Squares Local square dancing group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Fridays each month at Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave. Starts with early rounds and workshops. Grand march starts at 8pm. Non-members pay $6 per person, members get in free. Call 214-288-6883. www.trianglesquares danceclub.com.

SPORTS AQUATICS

Denton Natatorium Indoor pools with open and lap swimming, swim lessons for children and adults, water exercise available. 2400 Long Road. Mon-Fri 5:30am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. Admission for city residents is $4 for ages 16 and older, $3 for ages 3-15. Nonresidents pay an additional $1. Free for ages 2 and younger. Passes and punch cards available. 940-349-8800.

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Wiggly Field Dog Park at Lake Forest Park, at 1400 E. Ryan Road, between Teasley Lane and FM1830 (Country Club Road). Free. Closed 7am-3:30pm Wed for mowing and maintenance. Call 940-349-8731.

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FUTURE BOOKINGS 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25 — Denton Quilt Guild meets at the PattersonAppleton Arts Center. Becky Goldsmith will give a lecture based on her book, The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color. Free for guild members, $5 for visitors. Visit www.dentonquiltguild. org. 7 p.m. Feb. 25 — Sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell presents “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: How to End Racism in About an Hour,” in the ballroom at the UNT Union, 1155 Union Circle. Tickets cost $10 for the general public. Visit www.unt.edu/fas. 8 p.m. Feb. 25 — Beethoven Series: “Piano Trios,” a faculty recital with Pamela Mia Paul on piano, Felix Olschofka on violin and Nikola Ruzevic on cello, in the Recital Hall at the UNT Music Building, at Avenue C and Chestnut Street. Free. Call 940565-2791 or visit www.music.unt.edu. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 26 — “The Murder at the Four Deuces,” a 1920s-themed murder mystery show presented by the UNT chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon American Criminal Justice Association, in UNT’s Gateway Center Ballroom, 801 North Texas Blvd. Win prizes for 1920s costumes or guessing the identity of the murderer. The 5 p.m. dinner show costs $45 for individuals and $70 for couples. 8 p.m. dessert show costs $40 for individuals and $60 for couples. For tickets, visit http:// bit.ly/1TBCvJT. Event also includes a silent auction and a canned food drive for the Denton Community Food Center. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 — UNT trombone showcase in Voertman Hall at the Music Building, at Avenue C and Chestnut Street. Free. Call 940-5652791 or visit www.music.unt.edu. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 — Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce’s Gala Vintage 1951 at St. Thomas Parish Hall, 914 N. Charcut Ave. in Pilot Point. Chamber’s 65th anniversary celebration and community awards dinner. Tickets cost $30 per person, or $240 for a table of eight. Reservations must be made by Friday, Feb. 19. Email chamber@pilotpoint.org or call 940-686-5385. 8 p.m. Feb. 26 and March 4, and 3 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 6 — UNT Opera Theatre presents The Mother of Us All, Virgil Thomson’s opera about the life of Susan B. Anthony, with a libretto by Gertrude Stein. In Lyric Theatre at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets cost $15-$35. Optional “In the Know” lecture starts 45 minutes prior to each show in the Instrumental Rehearsal Room. Call 940-369-7802 or visit www.the mpac.com. 9 a.m. Feb. 27 — Primary election candidate forum held by NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. Meet-and-greet starts at 9 a.m., followed by the forum at 10 a.m. Candidates in Denton County and statewide races are being invited to participate. For more information, call Willie Hudspeth at 940-465-4321

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Calhoun Middle School is planning its Color Fun Run for March 5 at South Lakes Park. Runners in the 5K will pass through color splash zones. or Alfred Sanchez at 940-453-1505. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 — Free SKYWARN class on storm preparedness, presented by National Weather Service meteorologists, at the Denton Public Safety Training Center, 719 E. Hickory St. Visit www.weather.gov/fortworth. 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 — Denton Organic Society field trip to Pendleton Ranch. Caravan together from the old Piggly Wiggly at 619 E. Sherman Drive to visit the ranch north of Valley View. Free. Call Mike Mizell at 940-382-8551, email myfrabjousday@gmail.com or visit www.dentonorganicsociety.org. 6 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 27 — Our Daily Bread’s “A Heart for the Hungry” at the UNT Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd. Dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, music by the Denton Community Band and a cash bar. Tickets cost $50 each, or $500 for a table of eight. Visit http://ourdailybreaddenton.org or call 940-566-1308. 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 — Black History Month Gospel Concert at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1107 E. Oak St. Oak St. Concert features local choirs, musical drama, poety, readings, African attire, door prizes and soul food. Call 940387-1223. 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 3 — Early Western Philosophy, a free interactive class taught by Eva Cadwallader, philosophy professor emeritus, at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Class will meet on Thursdays starting March 3. Call 940-3498752. 5 to 7 p.m. March 3 — Opening reception for “Blue Like Me,” an exhibit by Siona Benjamin, at the UNT Art Gallery in the Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry St. Benjamin will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m. Free. 8 a.m. to noon March 5 — Calhoun Middle School Color Fun Run at South Lakes Park, 556 Hobson Lane. Untimed 5K run includes color splash zones, where runners will be doused in colorful powders. Fundraising run open to all ages. Register by

Feb. 19 for $25; includes T-shirt, race bib and color packet. Student and teacher discounts available. Late registration is $30. To register or make a donation, visit http://CMS colorrun.eventbrite.com. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5 — Touch a Truck at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, 1500 Long Road. Children can explore trucks and other vehicles up-close. Event also includes other children’s activities, food trucks and other concessions for sale. Admission is a suggested $2 donation per person, benefiting Explorium Denton. Visit www.explorium denton.org. 9 p.m. March 9 — UNT Nine O’clock and Eight O’clock Lab Bands perform in the Syndicate at the UNT Union, 1155 Union Circle. Directed by Luke Wingfield and Payton Stevens. Free. 5 to 11 p.m. March 11 — St. Paddy’s Day on Walnut, a free street festival at Walnut and Elm streets just off the downtown Square. Music, food, face painting and pub crawl. Admission is free; concessions and merchandise will be sold. Benefits the Denton Kiwanis Children’s Clinic and Walnut Off the Square. Event includes a children’s costume contest, children’s activities, Show Us You’re Irish, a beard contest, pub crawl and more. March 11-13 — 35 Denton, a three-day music festival at venues and on outdoor stages in downtown Denton. More than 250 acts, including Biz Markie, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Electric Six, Eliot Sumner and Will Johnson. Three-day passes cost $65 for a general-admission wristband, $100 for VIP fast-track pass. Singleday general admission is $25-$35. Visit www.35denton.com. April 9 — 27th annual TWU Science Fair, for all students in public, private and home schools in grades K-9. Registration is underway through March 31. Entry fee is $10 per student. Visit www.twu.edu/artssciences/science-fair.asp or contact Anna Ryan at 940-898-3325 or aryan1@twu.edu.


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COVER

Not-so-slim picking Four noteworthy documentary features to premiere at Denton film festival By Preston Barta Film Critic

Denton’s Thin Line film festival kicked off things in a big way Wednesday night with the invigorating documentary film How to Let Go of the World. The festival shows no signs of slowing down either, with its impressive lineup of films and events scheduled to run strong through Sunday. Here are a few quick thoughts on the diverse and admirable films set to premiere in the coming hours and days at the fest.

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James Davis struggles to reconnect with the people he loves after a mysterious blow to the head in “The Man With Four Legs.” Tensions grow, though, as his loved ones appear to not know him. The film screens tonight during Thin Line.

The Man With Four Legs ★★★

10:15 p.m. today. 86 minutes.

Occasionally you’ll watch a reality show or documentary where you begin to question whether or not what you’ve seen is genuine. How can a camera capture such a raw moment from multiple angles and look as good as it does? How does a stranger not freak out when a camera is in his face? Maybe it’s real, maybe it’s exaggerated for dramatic effect. The Man With Four Legs constantly toys with this line. Following a trio of documentary filmmakers, the film explores the life of an amnesiac fantasist named James. After receiving a curious and severe blow to the head, James is plagued by the demons of his past and the bizarre life he leads in the present. The delusions and mystery lurking beneath the covers are easily the most compelling aspect of The Man With Four Legs. The film has a way of making you feel comfortable and uneasy simultaneously, and for that reason alone, you know you’re witnessing something unique.

Steven Lockmoore lives for busking in Leeds, England. But when another street performer encroach on. “Busking Turf Wars” screens at 10:15 p.m. Friday during Thin Line.

Busking Turf Wars ★★★ ⁄2 1

73 minutes. 10:15 p.m. Friday.

Director Peter Trifunovic and his filmmaking crew set out to make a documentary about busking in the streets in Leeds, England. However, when they met Steven Lockmoore and observed his passion for music

and his strength as a street performer, it quickly b came a story about him. It’s easy to see why they decided to change thei course of action. Lockmoore’s music and personali are unique and magnetic. His energy and humor, arguably comparable to Jack Black, is a sight to se alone. His improvised lyrics, spot-on rhythm, eage ness and charisma are all equal parts moving and intoxicating, especially when Lockmoore includes


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gs at Thin Line Time Simply Passes ★★★

54 minutes. 2 p.m. Saturday.

A documentary’s presentation can take it from ordinary to exceptional. Throwing out the conventional talking-head approach is one refreshing option, as proved by the Oscar-nominated Amy, which consists exclusively of archival footage and audio interviews. When hewing to the traditional mold, however, the potency of the story is given primacy of place, and the story within Time Simply Passes is as powerful as it is poignant. The film puts viewers in the position of imagining

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what it would be like to be accused of killing your children and serving two decades behind bars. In Florida in 1967, James Joseph Richardson was wrongfully convicted in the deaths of his seven children. While Time Simply Passes adopts the ailing structure of a Dateline crime report, it touches on ticklish modern topics by delving into racism in the justice system and the way law enforcement and courts can conspire to punish the innocent. No one wants to imagine the pain Richardson endured, but the film shows in vivid detail the arduous process of proving his wrongful incarceration.

The “Man” sculpture is illuminated after sunset at the 2013 Burning Man festival in Nevada, one of the festivals visited in “The Festifull Summer.” Andy Barron, Reno Gazette-Journal/AP file photo

The Festifull Summer ★★★ ⁄2 1

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passer-by into his tunes for the sole reason of making them feel special. It’s hard not to smile. We’re told we can do what we want, but reality tends to eat at our ambitions, leaving us to question our standing and direction in life. Do we pursue what we love, or do we settle for safety? This amiable film encourages viewers to let go of the expected and do what makes you happy.

94 minutes. 6 p.m. Saturday.

There’s so much more to music festivals than music — and I’m not referring to the overpriced beer and tacos. I’m talking about the overall experience — what you take with you long after the bands have left the stages and your sunburn has faded. The ambiance and adrenaline rush attached to a festival can spark a light inside even the most jaded attendee. This is the high-note highlight of The Festifull Summer. During the summer of 2011, a group of friends from San Diego embark on a journey of a lifetime by driving an old Greyhound bus across the U.S. to attend 11 major music festivals. Through the window of their adventure, we jump into the fascination of festivals and how the experience can change lives and

strengthen the bond between friends. If you’ve been to 35 Denton or Austin City Limits, you know what I speak of. The film shows how a good festival consists of meeting people you normally wouldn’t, jamming to melodies from bands you’ve never heard of and making memories you can keep for the rest of your life. Featuring sets and astute interviews from Denton favorites such as Local Natives and the Flaming Lips, The Festifull Summer is a one-of-a-kind documentary that makes you feel as though you’ve befriended the subjects and come out changed on the other end. Like festivals themselves, this sly wonder of a film may cause you to hug a stranger and sing high praises. PRESTON BARTA is a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Read his work on FreshFiction.tv.


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N. Locust St.; and Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 E. Sycamore St. Photo exhibits: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, with free daytime music, 400 W. Hickory St., and Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Free workshops: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center and UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.

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What: a five-day documentary film, music and photography festival When: Today through Sunday Where: Film screenings: Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Live music: Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St.; Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory St.; Andy’s Bar, 122

5 p.m. — Denton shorts: “Betty Kimble’s Legacy,” “Library Larry” 6 p.m. — Nature, history and photography shorts: “A Passion of Gold and Fire,” “Chasing Light,” “Excising the Heart,” “Getting Away With It,” “Hummingbirds: Feeding and Fighting at Flower Beds,” “Light Study,” “Look a Little Closer,” “Moving the Giants” and “Radio Orson.” Q&A follows. 8 p.m. — The Jones Family Will Make Away. Q&A follows. 10:15 p.m. — The Man With Four Legs. Q&A follows.

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Festival passes: An all-access pass costs $150. A film festival pass is $75; a music festival pass is $75. (Pass prices will drop with each day of the festival.) Day passes: Single-day passes, which allow access to film and music events, cost $20-$45. Single tickets: Individual screening tickets cost $4-$10, and individual concert tickets cost

$10-$30. Freebies: Certain events are free and open to the public: photography exhibits, Photography Gallery Experience concerts, Saturday workshops, Sunday’s Community Drum Walk and Sunday Funday (live music at Dan’s Silverleaf). On the Web: http://thinline.us

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2 p.m. — Marisol. Q&A follows. 4 p.m. — Life on Bitcoin. 6:15 p.m. — Performance shorts: “Boardwalk Musico,” “Clyde’s Place,” “Just a Cigar,” “One Million Steps” and “The Best Medicine.” Q&A follows. 8:15 p.m. — Written on Water. Q&A follows. 10:15 p.m. — Busking Turf Wars. Q&A follows.

10 a.m. — Disney Nature: Monkey Kingdom. Noon — Social awareness shorts: “A Higher Road,” “Juvenile Justice: The Road to Reform,” “Keeping Balance,” “Like If,” “Lockdown,” “The Silence,” “The Society” and “Where We Stand.” 2 p.m. — Time Simply Passes. 4 p.m. — You See Me. Q&A follows. 6 p.m. — The Festifull Summer. Q&A follows. 8:15 p.m. — Secret screening. Q&A follows. 10 p.m. — Awards ceremony 11 p.m. — Re-Kill. Q&A follows.

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PATTERSON-APPLETON ARTS CENTER

PATTERSON-APPLETON ARTS CENTER

PATTERSON-APPLETON ARTS CENTER

Photography Gallery Experience (free) 6 p.m. — Hale Baskins 7:30 p.m. — Ginny Mac

1 to 3 p.m. — Instant Film Workshop & Walk led by Daniel Rodrigue and Armand Kohandani. Free. 2 p.m. — Denton Steps Together: A Dance Workshop, inspired by the Thin Line documentary “One Million Steps.” Upstairs in the dance room. Free and open to teens and adults, no experience necessary. Photography Gallery Experience (free) 3 p.m. — Ellie Meyer 4:30 p.m. — Chris Caruvana 6 p.m. — Richard Gilbert 7:30 p.m. — Ms. La

Noon — Strange shorts: “Alienation,” “Community Cryptid,” “Eat White Dirt” and “High Signs.” 2 p.m. — Dare to Drum. After the film screening, join in a free Community Drum Walk at 3:30 p.m. (Drum lessons start at 1 p.m.) 4:15 p.m. — Voyagers Without a Trace 6:15 p.m. — City Streets shorts: “A Certain Type of Freedom,” “Ave Rats,” “Hora Di Bai” and “Hustler of Providence.” Q&A follows. 8 p.m. — Skip Stones for Fudge.

Photography Gallery Experience (free) 1 p.m. — Mathew Grigsby 2:30 p.m. — Vanessa Peters

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Betty Kimble, in “Betty Kimble’s Legacy”

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9:15 p.m. — King Pap 10:15 p.m. — Wild Bill 11:15 p.m. — Tomkat 12:15 a.m. — The BoomBachs

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9 p.m. — Dangle Dixon 10 p.m. — Isaac Hoskins & the Glass Mountain Orchestra 11 p.m. — Micky & the Motorcars

8 p.m. — Birds of Night 9 p.m. — Daniel Markham 10 p.m. — Alejandro Escovedo

HARVEST HOUSE

9 p.m. — Poppy Xander 10 p.m. — Friday’s Foolery 11 p.m. — The Sunsets

9 p.m. — Heavy Glow 10 p.m. — Sonar Lights 11 p.m. — The Effinays

RUBBER GLOVES REHEARSAL STUDIOS

The BoomBachs

1:30 p.m. — Documentary Cinematography Workshop led by cinematographer Linda J. Brown. Free. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Our Town Denton Documentary Workshop for children and adults. Learn how to tell family stories and document events by producing your own movies. Free.

9:30 p.m. — Durty Chin 10 p.m. — BMBG 10:30 p.m. — Jetson Gang 11 p.m. — Elijah Heaps 11:30 p.m. — Alsace Carcione Midnight — Crit Life 12:30 a.m. — Quentin Miller

Sunday Funday (free) 4:30 p.m. — Freemode. Free. 5:30 p.m. — Jessie Frye. Free.

HARVEST HOUSE

ANDY’S BAR

9 p.m. — T. Lindsay 9:30 p.m. — Kool Brz 10 p.m. — Ritchy Flo 10:20 p.m. — Swerve’N’Hitz 10:50 p.m. — 88 Killa 11:20 p.m. — Nature Nate 11:50 p.m. — Fab Deuce 12:20 a.m. — Your Old Droog 1 a.m. — A-F-R-O

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By Lucinda Breeding Features Editor cbreeding@dentonrc.com

Though the music portion of Thin Line is a relative newcomer to Denton’s five-day festival centered around documentary film, the music programming has hit its stride. The music portion hasn’t strayed far from its roots. Evenings of local, regional and national acts are planned in venues within walking distance of the Campus Theatre, where all films will screen. And over the next three days, fans of just about any musical genre can sate their appetite for live sets that deliver everything from pop to country to jazz-hip-hop fusion. Though the program is full of buzz-worthy shows, there are a few sets patrons ought to make a point to see. Courtesy photo

Tomkat

Alsace Carcione

11:30 p.m Friday at Rubber Gloves

Alsace Carcione is carving out a space for her assured, fiery rhymes in the Dallas-Fort Worth hip-hop scene. She was one of the finalists in last year’s Masters of the Mic contest, and instead of getting chewed alive by the guys who spit bangers, the artist spun socially conscious verses that burn with naked desire to best the rap game. “Been Grindin’” starts off like a typical rap-battle anthem, but unearths Carcione’s command of the double entendre. Hip-hop has a reputation for sidelining women as trophies the big boys can love and leave, and there’s a certain pleasure in seeing a gifted woman kick that table over. And like the top-tier rappers, Carcione bears her soul on tracks like “Have Mercy,” a prayer for the artist’s ailing mother that is spun into a spiritual.

Tomkat

11:15 p.m. Thursday at Dan’s Silverleaf

You know how Jhene Aiko was a flesh-andblood reminder that, in the age of Beyonce and Fantasia, a singer can captivate without that take-it-to-church belting? Tomkat, an emerging Denton pop outfit, manages to impress without the stiletto-stomping, sing-it-sister choruses. Don’t get us wrong. The power vocals of R&B are a hallmark of American pop music, from ’Yonce to Christina. But Tomkat frontwoman Katrina Cain casts a spell with her velvet-smooth mezzo. Forget posturing and bluster. Cain sets out to tell a story with serious jazz and R&B chops. And her competent singing is fleshed out by a band

that knows how to paint with sound. While Cain harmonizes flawlessly with herself in a live recording of “Walls,” the drums surprise with some ’80s rock runs, and guitar and bass that draw on jazz while respecting the rhythmcentered sound of contemporary pop — hence the hand claps on “Big Love” woven around a subtle, grooving bass. And on the yet-to-berelease “Stay,” the band tips its hat to the funky cool of Meshell Ndegeocello. Tomkat was one of our choices to perform in the Denton Record-Chronicle showcase at Thin Line. The band is sure to slow things down from the powerful verses of Denton’s hip-hop bad boys King Pap and Wild Bill before the BoomBachs close down the showcase.

Micky and the Motorcars

11 p.m. Friday at Dan’s Silverleaf

Micky and the Motorcars Courtesy photo

They hail from Idaho, but Micky and the Motorcars play a Texan’s Americana: tight harmonies, serious guitar and drums that lure people to the dance floor. That’s probably why brothers Micky and Gary Braun got to Austin as fast as they could. The brothers are sons of Western swing vet Muzzie Braun. Their earlier bandmates (and best pals) Travis Hardy and Mark McCoy eventually formed Reckless Kelly, and then the Braun boys moved their toys to Texas. Micky and the Motorcars are at their best when churning out up-tempo swingers that are long on charm. “Hearts From Above” is a infectious love song that makes you think of footloose proms and stargazing in the bed of a pickup. That’s not to say the band can’t trade in wistful tropes. “Once in a Lifetime Girl” is wide-eyed tune about having to lean in and have faith when the magic seems a little far off. The song uses trademark country fiddle to make things blue. But hope springs eternal, because the drums still dance.

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Busking Turf War

9 p.m. Friday on the downtown Square

Thin Line is banking on both the spontaneity and creativity of Denton in a predocumentary turf war. Festival officials have thrown down the gauntlet: If you’re a street performer — musician, juggler, comedian, magician or mime — register for the Thin Line Busking Turf War at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Campus Theatre. Performers will get signs, and will then be loosed onto the Square where they will perform. The stakes: Performers will do their thing for pocket change that will be collected to benefit music scholarships in and around Denton. Whoever gets the most votes — that is, whoever gets the most money for charity — wins. The prize will be a $100 Visa gift card. The turf war preps audiences for the screening of Busking Turf Wars at 10:15 p.m. Friday. The documentary is about a street performer in Leeds, England, who must defend his turf and his audience from the charms of a competitor.

Alejandro Escovedo

10 p.m. Saturday at Dan’s Silverleaf

You could call Alejandro Escovedo a musician with pedigree. He’s related to Santana percussionist Pete Escovedo and Pete’s daughter and Prince

DMN file photo

Alejandro Escovedo drummer Sheila E. But he took a different path to get to his present station, where he writes and performs dusty Americana about regretful men and difficult women. After burning time in the ’70s with punk band the Nuns, Escovedo started the cowpunk band Rank and File.

Today, Escovedo blends a kind of sound that conjures the ghosts of Roy Orbison and George Harrison (and the rest of the Traveling Wilburys) in “Always a Friend,” with poppy ooh-oohs and a hooky chorus. He has an easy, plain voice devoid of pretense. And he loves his jokes. In “Castanets,” a burning rock number that revives the guitar licks of Chuck Berry, Escovedo admires a dancer’s saucy skills. Then comes the punchline: “I like her better when she walks away.” Escovedo can coordinate a good time while paying attention to the little things. Take, for instance, the sweet and unexpected swells of strings in “I Was Drunk,” a familiar song about how breaking up is hard to do. If you like roots music, rockabilly or punk, Escovedo will take you for a ride.


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MOVIES THEATERS

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Cinemark Denton 2825 Wind River Lane off I-35E. 940-535-2654. www. cinemark.com. Movie Tavern 916 W. University Drive. 940-566-FILM (3456). www.movietavern.com. Carmike Hickory Creek 16 8380 S. I-35E, Hickory Creek. 940-3212788. www.carmike.com. Silver Cinemas Inside Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. 940-3871957. www.silvercinemasinc.com.

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OPENING FRIDAY Race Track star Jesse Owens competes in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, a living affront to Adolf Hitler’s ideas of Aryan supremacy. With Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons. Directed by Stephen Hopkins. Rated PG-13, 134 minutes. — Los Angeles Times Risen Rome orders a military tribune to investigate Jesus’ final weeks and quell a potential uprising in Jerusalem. With Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis. Directed by Kevin Reynolds. Rated PG-13, 107 minutes. — LAT

NOW PLAYING The Choice (★★ 1⁄2) What makes a movie “so bad, it’s good”? The latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel is one such movie. This roll-in-the-hay schmaltz involves a highly original story: Guy (Benjamin Walker) meets girl (Teresa Palmer), and neither likes the other, but give it an hour and they fall in love. Rated PG-13, 111 minutes. — Preston Barta Deadpool (★★★ 1⁄2) Long-awaited R-rated comic-book movie recounts the life and times of one Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), a blabber-mouthed ex-Special Forces operative turned sociopathic mercenary. After learning he has late-stage cancer, Wade discovers a mysterious offer from a stranger: Join a program that will rid him of his cancer and replace sickness with superhuman abilities. Directed by Tim Miller. Rated R, 108 minutes. — P.B. Hail, Caesar! (★★★) Brothers Ethan and Joel Coen’s dark and twisted sense of humor is their calling card. Their latest, Hail, Caesar!, is about as odd as their films come. Led by George Clooney and Josh Brolin, this 1950s satire follows a group of Hollywood something-or-others who are tasked with finding one of their own after he’s been kidnapped. Rated PG-13, 100 minutes. — P.B. Where to Invade Next (★★) In his latest whimsical documentary, Michael Moore plays the invader by examining, with a heavy hand of course, several U.S. policies and comparing them with those of other countries. With love, and much humor, he travels to Germany, Italy and France for perspectives on various social policies before ending in Slovenia to look at its free college system. Rated R, 110 minutes. — Boo Allen

A24

Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) is the eldest child of a troubled family in “The Witch.”

Slow-burn horror

By Preston Barta Film Critic

The Witch is the type of film for which you cannot prepare someone, no matter how much time and effort is spent laying the groundwork. Since its premiere last year at the Sundance Film Festival, it has caused much of a stir — and now that it’s hitting theaters nationwide this week, people can witness how impressive a debut filmmaker Robert Eggers conjures up. It’s a historical exploration that ferociously ratchets up dread, superstition and paranoia to a grand degree. Set in 1600s New England, The Witch follows a family as they leave their settlement to live alone in the wilderness. Once a witch steals their youngest child, however, wickedness enters their lives, making their brave new life a grave mistake. If you’re expecting the film to constantly scare in the moment, prepare to be disappointed. There will be audiences who will deem it slow and not as chilling

‘The Witch,’ an unsettling exercise, stirs the cinematic cauldron

as anticipated, no doubt. Instead of relying on jump scares, this is a film that gets underneath your skin and brings those desperate chills later once your thoughts fully form. It’s nearly a sure fact that it’ll take over your mind and invade your dreams. Just you wait. Audiences will largely benefit from brushing up on their folklore, as this story is a Puritan’s nightmare transmitted into viewer’s minds. Eggers, who made an appearance at Austin’s Fantastic Fest (where The Witch held its regional premiere) last fall, told festivalgoers that the story that unfolds on screen is “the same stuff you would find in the historical accounts and court records.” The slow-burn structure and emphasis on mood over mania make it all the more frightening. However, the sheer terror mostly comes in the details — chart-

ing the historical with bizarre sequences of physical mutilation, psychological ploys, and one terrifying goat named Black Phillip (can you give an Academy Award to an animal?). The fierce and committed ensemble cast only strengthens the film’s effect — chiefly Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie, whom you may recognize from their brief work on Game of Thrones. In The Witch, they are seamlessly cast and deserve much credit for the film’s power, playing frontier parents who grow threatening and unpredictable as their family shatters around them. The children, on the other hand, carry the true weight of the film. As the oldest child in the family, Anya Taylor-Joy (who’ll be in the upcoming film Morgan) gives a breakthrough performance, justifying the dense and rich dialogue her

The Witch Rated R, 90 minutes. Opens Friday.

character speaks. Equally as reputable is Harvey Scrimshaw (Oranges and Sunshine) as the middle child. While remaining spoiler-free, one key scene cements Scrimshaw as one of the best child performers in the industry. He and the rest of the cast will leave you staggered and in awe. It’s said that a good horror film is one that sticks with you, one that you can’t shake for days, possibly even years. A good horror film makes you scared to turn off the light and run when you could walk. The Witch will undoubtedly be one of those films. PRESTON BARTA is a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Read his work on FreshFiction.tv.


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Weekly entertainment magazine of the Denton Record-Chronicle.

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