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ON THE COVER MUSIC AND DANCE Odysseus Chamber Orchestra and Denton City Contemporary Ballet present Peter and the Wolf and The Carnival of Animals this weekend. (Courtesy photo/Bruce Davis) Story on Page 9

FIND IT INSIDE MUSIC Concerts and nightclub schedules. Page 8 DINING Restaurant listings. Page 10 MOVIES Reviews and summaries. Page 12


Staghorn ferns, named because they resemble deer antlers, are offered for sale at the Southwestern Fern Society’s booth during the 2011 Denton Redbud Festival.

Down to earth By Bj Lewis Staff Writer

rganizers of the Denton Redbud Festival are hoping to shine a spotlight on the problem of litter in the water with the 20th annual event this weekend. “Our main objective is to raise awareness in the community about waste, and particularly this year we want to get the word out that litter often ends up in our waterways,” said Alana Presley, the city’s recycling education coordinator. “I think a lot of people don’t make that connection.” There will be plenty of opportunities for people to learn about that connection, about recycling, reuse and other ways to


THURSDAY 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — “Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death,” presented by the

help make the environment better, during Saturday’s festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. “It’s a community event and we love to foster that festival atmosphere,” said Lauren Barker, program manager for Keep Denton Beautiful. “Fundamentally, the message is on point with Keep Denton Beautiful.” Keep Denton Beautiful, which helps present the festival, is a nonprofit organization that focuses on litter prevention, community beautification and educational programs. Saturday’s free festival will have more than 60 booths selling trees and plants, gardening products, and landscaping and home improvement items. Denton Area Partnership for End-ofLife Care, at Foundation Management Services, 2800 Shoreline Drive. Registration and breakfast begin at 9 a.m., and the program starts at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $30, which includes

Redbud Festival cultivates ways to keep city green and clean

There will also be children’s environmental exhibits and activities, live music and festival foods. Barker said the festival always has a good variety of things to do for people of all ages, including a kids’ zone with a bounce house and face painting, as well as the various booths and activities. Live music will be provided by several local acts: the Purl SnapShirts, Polly Maynard and the AM Ramblers. A series of workshops will be presented by community partners Cardo’s Farm Project and Earthwise Gardens on topics including composting and community-supported agriculture. SCRAP Denton will offer a hands-on workshop in which breakfast and lunch. To register, visit DAPEC, 300 N. Elm St., Suite 203. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Texas Fashion Collection sale in UNT’s Scoular Hall, next to the University Union. Props, mannequins, books and other

attendees can create their own reuse accessories at a cost of $10. All other workshops are free. Another new twist to the festival will come courtesy of the city’s solid waste and recycling department and the Denton Public Library, which will present this year’s “TRASHion Fashion Runway Show” at noon. Designers of all ages have been challenged to turn discarded items into fashion that promotes reuse, recycling and art. The festival is presented by Keep Denton Beautiful, the city, the Denton Record-Chronicle and Sleepin’ Dogs Website Designs. For more information, visit or contact Barker at 940-349-8738. non-artifact items will be sold. Proceeds will pay for needed items for the collection. Visit

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EVENTS Continued from Page 2 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 10 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 to 1 p.m. — Jimmy Ruth Hilliard Martin, author of a pictorial history book on Flower Mound, will speak about the area’s heritage in a lecture planned by the Denton County Office of History and Culture, in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St. Free. 3:30 p.m. — Afternoon Adventure Club, stories and a handson workshop for kids in kindergarten through third grade at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Free. Call 940-349-8752. 4 p.m. — TWU Drama presents Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard in the Redbud Theater Complex, on the north side of Hubbard Hall. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Visit or call 940898-2020. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — B.O.Y.S. (Boys Only Yucky Stories) at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Book club for boys in grades 2-5. Free. Call 940-349-8749 or e-mail laura.douglas@cityof 7 to 9 p.m. — Thursday Night Music at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. Free. For more information, call 940-369-8257. 8 p.m. — UNT Collegium Singers and Baroque Orchestra perform in Winspear Hall at Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets cost $8-$10. Call 940-3697802 or visit

FRIDAY 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Texas Fashion Collection sale in UNT’s Scoular Hall, next to the University Union. Props, mannequins, books and other non-artifact items will be sold. Proceeds will pay for needed items for the collection. Visit 9:30 a.m. — Mother Goose Time at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Stories and activities for infants (birth to 18 months) and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752. 11 a.m. — Story Time at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Stories, songs, puppets and more for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752. 11:15 a.m. — TWU Accolades Luncheon, honoring Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Carolyn Ann “Cad” Dennehy and other award winners, in Hubbard Hall, northwest of Administration Drive at Bell Avenue. Ticket deadline has passed. Call 940-898-2586.

San Francisco composer Jake Heggie is back in Denton and on the University of North Texas campus for the final rehearsal period before his commission, “Ahab Symphony,” premieres here in an 8 p.m. concert Wednesday at Winspear Performance Hall. Karen Almond/ Courtesy photo

Singular pursuit omposer Jake Heggie said he didn’t think it would take three years to write the Ahab Symphony for the University of North Texas College of Music and the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts. Three years later, the rising America opera composer is plunged headfirst into the rehearsals for the piece. The UNT Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus will perform the symphony on Wednesday night, with tenor Richard Croft singing the solo portions, which are Captain Ahab’s observations on the final day he will pursue the white whale. “Three years ago, I’d had the opera Moby-Dick premiered at the Dallas Opera,


1 p.m. — “Fore the Future,” Selwyn College Preparatory School’s golf tournament and barbecue dinner fundraiser, at Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch, 9400 Ed Robson Blvd. Golf tournament at 1 p.m. costs $100

Composer returns to see ‘Ahab’ make final stand in symphony and it went really well. A composition professor had me come talk to his students, which I love to do, and I was in the hallway after one of those classes when I ran into [College of Music] Dean James Scott,” Heggie said. Scott told Heggie that the college had reached its turn to suggest an artist for the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts residency program. The dean suggested the composer consider the program. Heggie agreed, and then accepted a commission. He said he wanted to revisit Captain Ahab from his opera,

per player. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. costs $30 per person, or $50 for two. Call 940-382-6771 or visit www.selwyn 4 p.m. — Lego Builders Club for ages 6 and older at Emily Fowler

based on Herman Melville’s famous novel Moby-Dick. “I could have suggested a song cycle. I could have suggested a new work. I could have suggested just about anything, but I really wanted to revisit Ahab,” Heggie said. “Opera is very much tied to action. I felt that there was so much inside of the character of Captain Ahab that I could explore. And Richard Croft is on the faculty here, and he’s a major singer — an incredible singer. I just felt like I needed to take advantage of that.” — Lucinda Breeding

Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Free. Call 940-349-8718 or e-mail stacey. 4:30 to 8 p.m. — Denton Breakfast Kiwanis’ annual pancake supper and silent auction at Immac-

AHAB SYMPHONY What: Tenor Richard Croft, the UNT Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Itkin, and the UNT Grand Chorus conducted by Jerry McCoy present composer Jake Heggie’s work. When: 8 p.m. Wednesday Where: Winspear Performance Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard Details: Tickets cost $10 for adults; and $8 for seniors, UNT faculty and staff, non-UNT students, children and groups of 10 or more. Admission is free for UNT students with valid ID (must be picked up at the box office). To buy tickets, visit or call 940-369-7802. On the Web: The concert will be streamed online at www.

ulate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St. Tickets are available at DATCU and online at

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s comic opera, “Le devin du village,” is part of a weekend packed with early music gems by the University of North Texas Baroque Orchestra, the Collegium Singers and UNT Opera Theatre.

The UNT Braoque Orchestra performs Handel’s “Dixit Dominus” tonight at Winspear Hall. The College of Music is one of very few university early music programs able to perform the work, along with a concerto grosso by Giuseppe Valentini.

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Smorgasbord of song ew university music programs could pull off what the early music division of the University of North Texas College of Music plans to do this weekend. The UNT Collegium Singers, the Baroque Orchestra and UNT Opera Theatre are working on projects that show the depth and breadth of the early music program, not to mention the focus and dedication of the students involved. The Collegium Singers and Baroque Orchestra present a program today. The concert is built around George Frideric Handel’s Dixit Dominus. The 30-minute-long psalm setting is a virtuosic piece for soloists, chorus and orchestra, said Richard Sparks, who will conduct. Handel wrote Dominus in 1707 at age 22, after he had best-

ed Alessandro Scarlatti in a keyboard competition and started his rise to fame. The choir and the orchestra will also perform a concerto grosso by Giuseppe Valentini, written around the same time as the Handel piece. It will feature four solo violins playing with the Baroque Orchestra. It’s a piece that might have influenced Handel and a good complement to Dixit Dominus, Sparks said. While some members of the Baroque Orchestra prepare for that concert, others are preparing for the UNT Opera production of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Le devin du village. The fact that Baroque Orchestra has enough members to support two early music events in the same weekend is unique, Sparks said.

“There aren’t many other universities that could offer this opportunity,” Sparks said. Directed by Paula Homer, Le devin du village (The Cunning Man) is the tale of two lovers, each of whom suspects the other of cheating. They each visit the village soothsayer, who tricks them into loving and trusting each other again, and they marry. The opera was so popular in its day that it was performed at the wedding of the future Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. It will be performed in French with English supertitles. Brad Bennight and Veronika Vassileva will conduct the Baroque Orchestra in the place of Paul Leenhouts, who directs the early music program.


6 p.m. — “Lighting the Way,” Opening Doors International Services Inc.’s celebration of a decade of service, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1700 Riney Road. Event includes a silent auction, dinner and program. Call 940-382-0096 or e-mail kate@ 8 p.m. — UNT creative writing faculty reading in Room 130 at the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, 1704 W. Mulberry St. Free. 4 p.m. — TWU Drama presents


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UNT COLLEGIUM SINGERS AND BAROQUE ORCHESTRA What: Concert featuring Handel’s “Dixit Dominus” When: 8 p.m. today Where: Winspear Performance Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard Details: Tickets cost $10 for adults; and $8 for seniors, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty, staff and retirees, and groups of 10 or more. Admission is free for UNT students with valid ID (must be picked up at the box office). To buy tickets, visit or call 940-3697802. On the Web: The concert will be streamed online at www.untmusic

LE DEVIN DU VILLAGE What: UNT Opera and the Baroque Orchestra present a comic opera by Jean-Jacques Rousseau When: 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. An “In the Know” lecture will precede the performances at 7:15 p.m. Friday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday Where: Lyric Theatre at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard Details: Tickets cost $15 for adults. Seating is general admission. To buy tickets, visit or call 940-369-7802.

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Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard in the Redbud Theater Complex, on the north side of Hubbard Hall. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Visit www.twu. edu/drama or call 940-898-2020. 8 p.m. — UNT Opera and Ba-

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EVENTS Continued from Page 4 the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets cost $15. Call 940-369-7802. 8 to 11 p.m. — Junior High Jamz for students in Denton ISD middle schools, at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. Supervised event includes a live DJ, concessions and games. Student IDs are required for entry. Cost is $7. Call 940-349-8575.

SATURDAY 10 a.m. — Music and Movement Story Time at North Branch Library,

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This Balenciaga evening ensemble, from around 1961, is part of the Texas Fashion Collection. It’s not for sale, but some of the collection’s mannequins will be. The Texas Fashion Collection is parting with some props, mannequins and books to raise money for new items.

Get your fashion fix rops, mannequins, books and other non-artifact items from the Texas Fashion Collection will be on sale at the University of North Texas on Thursday and Friday in Scoular Hall. The collection, which will be temporarily moved while the new University Union is built, contains more than 18,000 items, including significant historical fashion pieces. The move will take place this summer. The items for sale will not include the preserved artifacts, but will be other items no longer in use or needed. The sale will take place from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the hallway and Room 129 of Scoular Hall, next to the University Union. Money from the sale will pay for newer mannequins and other needed items for the Texas Fashion Collection. For more information, visit the Texas Fashion Collection’s website at


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3020 N. Locust St. Sing, dance, play instruments and enjoy musical books. For ages 1-5 and their families. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Denton Redbud Festival at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney Street. Keep Denton Beautiful’s festival offers workshops, children’s environmental exhibits and activities, live music, food and more than 60 booths. At noon, “TRASHion Show” presents garments made from recycled and used items. Free. Visit 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Spring Home and Garden Show at Robson Ranch, 9501 Ed Robson Blvd. Noon to 10 p.m. — Cool Beans’ “BeanStock” at 1210 W. Hickory St. Event includes live music by Honky

and others, plus Denton Beard Club’s beard and mustache competition ($10 contest entry). Bring pet products to donate for the Denton Animal Shelter. For ages 21 and older. Visit www. or call 940-382-7025. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. — TWU Drama presents Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard in the Redbud Theater Complex, on the north side of Hubbard Hall. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Visit or call 940898-2020. 3 to 4 p.m. — “Using Newspapers for Genealogical Research,” a class at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit to register. 5 to 9 p.m. — Making a Differ-

ence Dinner and Auction sponsored by Solutions of North Texas at UNT’s Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd. Tickets cost $60, and the deadline is Friday. Call 940-898-6202.

SUNDAY 2 p.m. — TWU Drama presents Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard in the Redbud Theater Complex, on the north side of Hubbard Hall. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Visit www. or call 940-8982020. 3 p.m. — UNT Opera and Baroque Orchestra present Rous-

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EVENTS Continued from Page 5 seau’s Le devin du village (The Cunning Man) in Lyric Theater at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets cost $15. Call 940-369-7802.

MONDAY 7 p.m. — Chess Night at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Free. Call 940-349-8752.

TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. — Mother Goose Time at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley

Lane. Stories and activities for infants and their caregivers. Free. Call 940349-8752. 10:30 a.m. — Toddler Time at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Free. Call 940-349-8752. 4 p.m. — Afternoon Adventure Club, stories and a hands-on workshop for kids in kindergarten through third grade, at Emily Fowler Central

Library, 502 Oakland St. Free. 7 to 8:45 p.m. — North Branch Writers’ Critique Group, for those interested in writing novels, short stories, poetry or journals, at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit

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. 10 to 11 a.m. — “Art and Me” for ages 2-5 at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Read A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle and create

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Austin’s Crooks makes a stop in Denton today.

Time bandits ustin band Crooks is a big outfit. The five-piece blends the torchy twang of Texas country with bluesy swing. Crooks released their latest album, Rain Will Come, late last year with guest artist and accordion legend Flaco Jimenez lending some of his signature Texas Tornados sound. The band crafts songs about your ordinary working man, the kind who likes cowboy boots and worn-in jeans, and about drinking, weathering the bad times and resisting temptation until you just can’t take it any more. There’s a touch of old Southern folk, too. In the title track, it sounds like someone turned on


the radio and tuned into 1939. The band plays Rockin’ Rodeo today with Jason Boland & the Stragglers. Tickets cost $15. Doors open at 8 p.m. Rockin’ Rodeo is located at 1009 Ave. C.

Crooks get a little retro, a little outlaw Sounds like: Outlaw country passed through El Paso, flirted with the border and had an unexpected come-uppance for its wandering ways. — Lucinda Breeding

artwork inspired by the book. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit 11 a.m. — Story Time at Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St. Stories, songs, puppets and more for children age 1-5 and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit 1:30 p.m. — Argyle Eagle Classic golf tournament, benefiting the Argyle High School Athletic and Band Booster clubs, at the Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth. Four-person scramble tournament, followed by an awards dinner and live auction. Cost is $150 per golfer. Call 214-212-7936 or 817-925-5679, or visit

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DENTON PARKS & RECREATION Registration is open through Friday for “Women’s Self-Defense.” Classes will be from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. every Monday, April 22 through May 20, at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive. The course will empower women in both passive and aggressive threat by teaching proper striking techniques, kicks, locks, chokes and restraints. Advanced topics will be introduced as the class progresses. To register, call 940-349-7275 or visit www.denton ■ Denton celebrates the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival on April 26-28 in Quakertown Park, 321 E.McKinney St. The free event presents food and drink booths, fine arts booths, music and community performances. Headliners are the David Sanborn Trio at 9 p.m. April 26, the “Original” Blues Brothers Band at 9 p.m. April 27, and Brave Combo at 7 p.m. April 28. ■ Kids Rock Friday Night will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. May 3 at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Cost is $10 per child. Children in grades 1-5 can take part in activities including a bounce house, basketball and soccer tournaments, Xbox Kinect on a giant screen and more. A DJ will provide music, and glow products and confessions will be sold. For more information, call 940-349-7275. ■ Denton Cinco de May will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St. The free family festival includes mariachi and Latin music, lots of Mexican food, La Reina contest, a parade and more. ■ Water exercise classes are ongoing at the Denton Natatorium, 2400 Long Road. Season passes to the Natatorium cost $132 for residents, $147 for non-residents. Annual passes are $396 for residents, $426 for non-residents. Cheaper options are available through punch cards that allow entry for 10 to 20 classes. To register or for more information, call 940-349-8800. Included are: ● Deep challenge — interval training, stretching and strength training in the deep end of the natatorium competition pool — from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. ● Shallow water workout — kickboxing, water walking, yoga and tai chi in the shallow end of the competition pool — from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Water shoes are recommended. ● Senior water workout — strength training at 9 to 10 a.m. and water exercise from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The classes are designed for senior citizens but are suitable for anyone who needs to exercise at a slower pace. The class is in the leisure pool, which is heated to 88 degrees, in the colder months, and moves to Water Works Park’s lazy river in the warmer seasons.


Symphony taps young violinist iolinist Shannon Lee, who reached critical acclaim soon after her debut performance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at age 12, will perform Friday and Sunday with the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra. Soon after her debut with the Dallas Symphony in 2005, she became a featured soloist on the group’s Texas tour. She continues to gain high praise, having performed with several more


symphonies in the U.S. and Europe. Lee began taking violin lessons at age 4 and is now a junior at Columbia University. She has performed for artists including Itzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, Elmar Oliveira and Arnold Steinhardt. Lee and the Lewisville Lake Symphony will perform Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 Unfinished at 7:30 p.m. Friday

and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The performances will be at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. in Old Town Lewisville. The Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Maestro Adron Ming Tickets cost $25 for the Friday performance and $20 for the Sunday performance and are available at www.lewisville — Staff report

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Violinist Shannon Lee performs this weekend with the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra.

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sounds New Collection blends voices on stage, in studio he New Collection has a new collection of music to plug, and the group’s founder said a Denton concert this weekend is a good chance to hear what the ensemble does. “As good as this group is, they’re better when they record,” said Paris Rutherford, the founder and conductor of the Dallas-Fort Worth vocal jazz group. “We’ve grown in so many ways. We’re in our fourth year, and not only are these good lyric and music people, but they’re friends.” Rutherford spent more than 30 years building the University of North Texas Jazz Singers, the school’s top vocal jazz group. Over the last four years, he’s been busily writing and arranging music, all while conducting and leading the 30-voice New Collection, which includes some UNT voice faculty as well as businessmen and women, doctors and teachers. The group recently released its debut album, My Romance, a volume of a cappella arrangements of jazz numbers. The choir performs Miles Davis’ “Nardis,” the Beatles’ “Come Together,” and “Windmills of Your Mind” with tight harmonies and atmosphere. Rutherford said the New Collection rehearses intensely and follows the credo he pressed when he was coaching singers at UNT.


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MUSIC The Abbey Underground Thurs: Afro Deezy Axe. Fri: My Kickdrum Heart, Remain, Green Lights. Sun: Open mic hosted by Bone Doggie. 100

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Members of the New Collection perform at a recent concert at the Kessler in Dallas. “It gets down to the lyric,” Rutherford said. “There’s just singing the lyrics in tune, of course, but what’s really important is to really dig into the lyrics and sing the story.” The New Collection records routinely, usually near a performance date. My Romance is an exhibition of a group’s ability to sustain sound without the help of accompaniment, and it’s way of making a song a narrative that connects immediately with an audience. “The song that’s brought a lot of people to tears in concert is

‘Windmills of Your Mind,’” Rutherford said. The Sunday concert in Denton includes Gene Purling’s arrangements of “My Romance,” “Michelle” and “Both Sides Now.” The group will also perform an arrangement of “Scarborough Fair” by former UNT jazz singer Kerry Marsh. The show is at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. For reservations, visit YWFDpb.

W. Walnut St. Andy’s Bar Sat: David Shabani. Mon: Sphynx. 122 N. Locust St. 940-565-5400. Banter Bistro Fri: Oui Bis, 6pm; Landon Taylor, Andrea Young, Rob Edwards, Elliott Liebman, 8pm. Sat: Jimin Lee (jazz), 6pm; Matt Grigsby Band, 8pm; Leonard Cohen tribute, 10pm. Each Thurs, open mic at 8pm. 219 W. Oak St. 940-565-1638. Cool Beans Sat: “Beanstock” with Honky, Bukkake Moms, Bitch Teeth, Deep Throat, Brent Best, Daniel Folmer, Maricopa County, noon-10pm.

1210 W. Hickory St. 940-382-7025. Dan’s Silverleaf Thurs: Ignacio Berroa, Lynn Seaton, Stefan Karlsson, 8pm, $10. Fri: Kim Simpson, Dana Falconberry, Seth Sherman, 9pm, $7. Sat: David Lindley, 9pm, $15-$25. Sun: Hares on the Mountain, 5pm, free; Now Now, Lonely Forest, 9pm, $11-$14. Mon: Lloyd McCarter and the Honky Tonk Revival, 8pm. Tues: The See, Daniel Markham, RTB2, 9pm, $7. Wed: Molotov Dogs, Woody’s Rampage, Kerry Davis Band, 8pm, free.

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‘Wolf’ gang Two Denton arts groups pair up children’s classics in music and dance By Lucinda Breeding Staff Writer

isa Racina and Jason Lim say they get the feeling they might have been destined to work together. The two artists are the creative force behind the local staging of two short ballets, The Carnival of the Animals and Peter and the Wolf. Both famous pieces of music have long been companion pieces, performed back-to-back for eager children who enjoy both the clever music and the bright, colorful characters. Prokofiev’s Peter went down in modern history thanks to Walt Disney’s animated treatment. And Saint-Saens’ Carnival has entertained audiences for ages as a ballet or symphonic concert. But if the pieces have ever been done in Denton, it’s been a long, long time. And it took Jason Lim’s risk in forming a professional chamber orchestra in Denton — Odysseus Chamber Orchestra — to get the proverbial ball rolling. “Jason formed the orchestra in 2011, and it was in the paper,” said Racina, the artistic director of Denton City Contemporary Ballet and the founder and chief faculty member of Denton Dance Conservatory. “My mom brought the paper in and showed it to me. She was like, ‘There’s an orchestra in town! You need to perform with this group!’” Racina said she agreed with her mother, and then went on about running a busy dance studio and developing A Gift for Emma, which went on hiatus that same year to give her resident dance company time to prepare for its trip to Europe — a sign that Racina’s young dancers were maturing artistically. “I didn’t really think too much about it,” Racina said. “And then one day I was walking around the studio humming. I kept humming this music and it was bugging me. I couldn’t stop humming it, and I finally asked Mom, ‘What is this music?’ She answered right off the bat: ‘That’s Peter and the Wolf.’” The music, Lim confirmed, was the musical motif for Peter, a young hero of the classic narrated piece of music. The story finds Peter growing up at his grandfather’s house in the clearing of a forest. Peter ventures out of the house one day, forgetting to close the gate behind him. That one omission leads to Peter’s escapade with a duck, a bird, a cat and, eventually, a wolf. About the time Racina was humming Prokofiev to distraction, Lim was attending a Denton Chamber of Commerce meeting.


The gang’s all here. Dancers from Denton City Contemporary Ballet perform the role of animals, meadow grasses, trees and water for a performance of “Peter and the Wolf” this weekend. A live orchestra accompanies the dancers in this all-ages story about a boy, the creatures around him and a big bad wolf. Courtesy photo/Bruce Davis

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DINING RESTAURANTS ASIAN Gobi Mongolian Grill and Asian Diner 717 S. I-35E, Suite 100. 940387-6666. Little Asia 7650 S. I-35E, Corinth. 940-269-1110. Mr. Chopsticks This pan-Asian eatery does a little Chinese, Japanese, Thai and even Indian food. Offers a plethora of tasty appetizers and entrees. Many vegetarian dishes. Beer and wine. 1633 Scripture St. Mon-Sat 11-10, Sun 11:30-9. $-$$. 940-3825437. Royal East Hefty Japanese offering (including sushi bar) plus Korean and Chinese dishes. Pleasing Fire Mountain Roll. Beer, wine and sake. No smoking. 1622A W. University Drive. Mon-Sat 11-10. $-$$. 940-383-7633.

BARBECUE Metzler’s Bar-B-Q Much more than a barbecue joint, with wine and beer shop, deli with German foods and more. Smoked turkey is lean yet juicy; generous doses of delightful barbecue sauce. Beer and wine. 628 Londonderry Lane. Daily 10:30am-10pm. $. 940-591-1652. Old House BBQ 1007 Ave. C. 940383-3536. The Smokehouse Denton barbecue joint serves up surprisingly tender and juicy beef, pork, chicken and catfish. Good pies and cobblers. Beer and wine. 1123 Fort Worth Drive. SunThurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10. $-$$. 940566-3073. Sweet Y Cafe 511 Robertson St. 940-323-2301.

BISTROS AND CAFES Banter Bistro Gourmet sandwiches and salads, breakfast items, coffee and espresso, plus traditional Spanish tapas by reservation only. Beer and wine. No smoking inside. 219 W. Oak St. Daily 10am-midnight. $. 940-5651638. Bochy’s Bistro Fusion menu grabs elements of European cuisines with many salad and sandwich selections. Winning Greek chicken lisi panini. Artful desserts: tuxedo cake, cream cheese brownie. No smoking. 2430 I-35E, Suite 136. Mon-Thurs 8-3, Fri-Sat 8-9, Sun brunch 8-3. $$. 940-387-3354. Cachette Bistro 144 N. Old Town Blvd., Suite 1, Argyle. Mon-Fri 7:30am-5pm, Sat 8am-3pm. 940464-3041. The Chestnut Tree Salads, sandwiches, soups and other lunch and brunch options served in back of small shop on the Square. Tasty quiche. Decadent fudge lava cake and rich carrot cake. Revolving dinner menu. No smoking. 107 W. Hickory St. Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm; dinner Thurs-Sat 5:30-9pm. $-$$. 940-591-9475. www.chestnuttea Sidewalk Bistro 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 132. Sun-Mon 7am-3pm, Tues-Sat 7am-9pm. 940-591-1999.

BRUNCH Cups and Crepes Eatery serves up

both traditional American and European breakfasts and lunch. Specialty coffees. Smoking on patio only. 309 Fry St. Tues-Sun 8am-3pm. $. 940387-1696. Loco Cafe Casual breakfast/lunch cafe that’s a sister restaurant to the Greenhouse Restaurant across the street. Signature plate is the Loco Moco: stacked hash browns topped with eggs, cheese, salsa or gravy with a fresh biscuit. No smoking. 603 N. Locust St. Mon-Fri 6am-2pm; Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. $-$$. 940-387-1413. Royal’s Bagels & Deli 503 W. University Drive. Daily 6:30am-2pm. $. 940-808-1009. Seven Mile Cafe Breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, including vegan options. 311 W. Congress St. Daily 7am-3pm. 940-808-0200. www.

ECLECTIC The Club at Gateway Center Three-course meal for $7 at restaurant run by hospitality management students. Spring season runs through April 26. For schedule and menu, visit In UNT’s Gateway Center across from Fouts Field. No smoking. 940-565-4144. Mon-Fri, with seating 11am-12:15pm. $. 940-565-4144. Denton Square Donuts 208 W. Oak St. 940-220-9447. www.ds All About Mac This “macaroni and cheese emporium” near UNT offers more than two dozen flavors. 1206 W. Hickory St. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11am-3am. 940-808-1003.

FINE DINING The Great American Grill at Hilton Garden Inn, 3110 Colorado Blvd. Dinner: Daily 5-10pm. 940-891-4700. The Greenhouse Restaurant Casual dining atmosphere complements fresh seafood, beef and chick-

en from the grill. Even vegetarian selections get a flavor boost from the woodpile. 600 N. Locust St. MonThurs 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 12-11, Sun noon-9 (bar stays open later). $-$$. 940-484-1349. www.greenhouse Hannah’s Off the Square Executive chef Sheena Croft’s “upscale comfort food” puts the focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Steaks get A-plus. Tempting desserts. Full bar. Smoking on terrace only. No checks. 111 W. Mulberry St. Lunch: Mon-Sat 11-3. Brunch: Sun 10:30am-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Mon 4:30-9; Tues-Thurs 4:30-10; Fri-Sat 4:30-11. $$-$$$. 940-566-1110. www.hannahsoffthe The Wildwood Inn Elegant dining room tucked away in a bed and breakfast. Excellent food like hearty soups, Angus rib-eye, meal-size salads and daily specials. Beer and wine. No smoking inside. 2602 Lillian Miller Parkway. Thurs-Sat 6-10pm. $$$. 940-243-4919.

HOME COOKING Babe’s Chicken Dinner House 204 N. Fourth St., Sanger. Tues-Fri 4:30-9pm, Sat 11-9 and Sun 11-3. $-$$. 940-458-0000. Cartwright’s Ranch House Restaurant on the Square serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring chicken-fried steak, hamburgers and steaks. Family-style service available. 111 N. Elm St. 940-387-7706. Jay’s Cafe 110 W. Main St., Pilot Point. 940-686-0158. Krum Diner Offers homestyle cuisine, seafood and Italian food, along with Greek and assorted desserts, and sandwiches, burgers, dinner plates and more. 145 W. McCart St., Krum, Mon-Sat 7am-8pm, Sun 9am-2pm. $. 940-482-7080.

OldWest Cafe As winner of the Best Breakfast and Best Homestyle Cooking titles in Best of Denton 2009 through 2012, this eatery offers a wide selection of homemade meals. Denton location: 1020 Dallas Drive. Mon-Sat 6am-2pm, Sun 7am-2pm. $. 940-382-8220. Sanger location: 711 N. Fifth St. Daily 7am-2pm. 940-458-

7358. 817-442-9378. Prairie House Restaurant Open since 1989, this Texas eatery serves up mesquite-grilled steaks, baby-back ribs, buffalo burgers, chicken-fried rib-eyes and other assorted dishes. 10001 U.S. Highway 380, Cross Roads. Daily 7:30am-10pm. $-$$. 940-4409760.

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Wolf “I happened to be sitting next to Janet Latham,” said Lim. “She asked me what I was working on, and I told her I was interested in doing Peter and the Wolf. She hooked me up with Dalton Gregory.” Latham worked as a librarian in the Denton school system before turning her focus to storytelling. Lim recruited Latham to narrate The Carnival of the Animals. Gregory, an accomplished storyteller, City Council member and former school principal, agreed to narrate Peter and the Wolf. And Lim met Racina, who said she was shocked when he asked if her dance company would join the chamber orchestra in bringing the two popular children’s stories to the stage. She didn’t hesitate, she said. “Of course, it’s not easy to fit this into the studio schedule or the dancers’ schedules, but how could we say no?” Racina said. “It’s just a good opportunity to see how another organization works, and to meet someone of Jason’s caliber.” Racina is the daughter of a professional musician: jazz musician John Racina. But as Denton’s community-based orchestras came and went, the dance teacher and choreographer hadn’t been able to bring live music and her company together. Lim said the project has challenged his usual approach to conducting. “I’ve been attending their rehearsals,” he said. “I take my metronome, and I listen really carefully to the recording they’re rehearsing with. “That’s not my approach. I have a habit of not listening to recordings. When I conduct, I want to give the audience my interpretation of the music. But for this project, it’s important for me to really know the music the dancers are using.” Educators lean on both Peter and Carnival because it introduces musical instruments to children through a story. Peter is accompanied by fresh, mezzo strings, while the bird flits along to the flute. The duck paddles and preens to the reedy sound of the oboe. The

‘PETER AND THE WOLF’ & ‘THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS’ What: Odysseus Chamber Orchestra with Denton City Contemporary Ballet present Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” with narrators Janet Latham and Dalton Gregory When: 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Krum High School Performing Arts Center, 811 E. McCart St. Details: Tickets cost $15 at http://peterandthewolfdenton.brown, or $18 at the door. The two short ballets are presented in two acts. Suitable for all ages.

cat is accompanied by the smooth, sneaky lightness of clarinets. Grandfather’s character is explained through the sage sound of the bassoon. And the wolf leaps and creeps with the brash flash of French horns, trumpet and trombone. Racina flexed her creative muscle and fleshed out Peter by bringing in dancers to dance the parts of long meadow grasses and the trees. Younger dancers also play the roles of dew drops. “I took a hint from the Royal Ballet,” she said. “The water droplets dance with the duck, and it’s all based on the Esther Williams choreography from the old movies.” In other words, there will be lots of color and movement for young eyes. Lim said Racina’s dancers have entertained him. “The dancer who plays the grandfather is perfect for the role,” he said. “So funny, and such perfect facial expressions.”

Racina staged Carnival in compact scenes set to SaintSaens’ music. The old fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” gets a funny ballet makeover. “The hare is dressed up like a 1970s jogger, doing a lot of stretching,” she said. Lim said the music for the tortoise should tickle some funny bones, too. “The tortoise song is the cancan, just slowed way down,” he said. Racina said she included some gags for the adults, too. “We’ve got dancers playing the crowd at the race, cheering in slow motion,” she said. “And after the hare comes around for the second lap, there’s a bunny following. And then the hare comes back around again, this time with more bunnies. “You gotta do something for the grown-ups, too, right? You have to give them something to laugh about.” LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877.

EVENTS Continued from Page 8 103 Industrial St. 940-320-2000. Denton Square Donuts Thurs: Brian Lambert, 8:30am. Sat: Tau Blon, 5pm; Miles Johnson, 7pm. Sun: Kent Shores Group, 5pm; Zach Merritt, 7pm. 208 W. Oak St. 940-220-9447. Gerhard’s German Restaurant Fri: Ron and the Finkensteiners, 6:30-9pm. Sun: Quentin Bohrer, 11am-3pm; A Taste of Herb, 6:308:30pm. 222 W. Hickory St. 940-3816723. Hailey’s Club Thurs: Sydney Wright, Stormy Durant, free-$5. Fri: Ghosts of Industry, Moxy Crimefighter, Evening Crowd, Icarus the Owl,

Skyling Luxury, Caterpillars, Bryce Gilbertson, 7pm, $5-$10. Sat: The Orange, Old Snack, Chase Ryan, 9pm, $5-$7. Sun: Am Feel Good, Agents of Solace, Tamarron, Shapes & Faces, War Torn Johnny, 9pm, free-$5. Mon: Boxcar Bandits, 10pm, free-$5. Wed: Arcane Timpani, Tabula Rosa, Daniel Ziegler, Dharma, 9pm, $2-$5. 122 W. Mulberry St. 940-323-1160. Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios Fri: San Soleil, Bludded Head, Akkolyte, Cerulean Giallo, 9pm, $3-$5. Sat: Heavy Baby Sea Slugs, Linear B, The Fear of the Sun, 9pm, $1-$3. 411 E. Sycamore St. 940-387-7781. Sweetwater Grill & Tavern Sun: Official Texas Jazz Orchestra, 7-9pm, free. Tues: Ron & the Rowdies, 7-9pm, free. 115 S. Elm St. 940-4842888.

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MOVIES THEATERS Cinemark Denton 2825 Wind River Lane off I-35E. 940-535-2654. www. Movie Tavern 916 W. University Drive. 940-566-FILM (3456). Rave Cinemas 8380 S. I-35E, Hickory Creek. 940-321-2788. Silver Cinemas Inside Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. 940-3871957.

OPENING FRIDAY Home Run After a DUI arrest and a team suspension, a pro baseball player is sent to his hometown in the sticks, where he is forced to coach a local youth team and enter a recovery program. With Scott Elrod, Vivica A. Fox and Dorian Brown. Rated PG-13, 113 minutes. — Los Angeles Times Oblivion After humans have evacuated a decimated Earth, one of the last drone repairmen on the planet has a startling encounter that causes him to question the past. With Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. Rated PG-13, 124 minutes. — LAT The Place Beyond the Pines When a motorcycle stunt rider commits a robbery to support his infant son, he’s thrust into a conflict with a police officer that has far-reaching consequences for both their families. With Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Rose Byrne. Directed by Derek Cianfrance. Rated R, 140 minutes. — LAT

NOW PLAYING Admission (★★★) Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) meets a high school teacher (Paul Rudd) who aims to obtain admission for a certain student — who has an unknown connection to Portia. Paul Weitz directed from Karen Croner’s script from Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel, bringing mature themes to complement the humor. Rated PG-13, 110 minutes. — Boo Allen The Croods (★★★) Cavemen — they’re just like us! — or so The Croods seems to be saying. The animated adventure features a strong, star-studded cast and dazzles visually in wondrously colorful, vibrant 3-D. It’s the prehistoric era, and while her family prefers the comforting safety of hiding fearfully inside a cave, teenager Eep (voiced by Emma Stone) longs to see what’s outside those stone walls. With the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman. Rated PG, 92 minutes. — The Associated Press Evil Dead In this remake of the 1981 horror film, five 20-something friends holed up in a remote cabin discover a strange book and unwittingly summon dormant demons from the nearby woods. Directed by Fede

Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko haunt the screen in “To the Wonder.” AP/Magnolia Pictures

Into the mystic

Malick tells absorbing tale of ordinary marriage in ‘Wonder’

The first dozen or so minutes of To the Wonder, the strange new puzzler from Terrence Malick, unfold like a lovely dream. With little or no spoken dialogue, two enchanted lovers (Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko) slowly walk through the sculpted gardens of Paris, stroll across the fabled Normandy beaches, and gradually wind their way through Mont SaintMichel’s mystic surroundings. Then they go to Oklahoma. In only his sixth feature film in 40 years, writer-director Malick may be suggesting an antiDorothy adage: Home is not necessarily where the heart is. His story does not become a maudlin one of love conquering

all despite one character, Marina (Kurylenko), leaving her beautiful homeland to land in the middle of anonymous tract housing surrounded by barren fields and oil rigs. Instead, To the Wonder cradles a disaffected longing that can never be relinquished, either by the characters or by viewers. And, as Malick did with his last film, The Tree of Life, he paints this picture of estrangement with a moving camera, ethereal

voice-overs, and a rapid succession of fleeting images that refuse to build a strict chronological narrative. Consequently, To the Wonder may infuriate and divide audiences much in the same way as Tree of Life. In nearly two hours, the couple returns from France to the U.S., where Neil (Affleck) works as some kind of onsite chemical engineer for an oil company, while Marina is left adrift, tending to her young child. They attend a church with an alienated preacher (Javier Bardem), a character who adds little beyond having his own Malick-induced state of voice-over reflection. Religious difficulties temporarily prevent Marina and Neil from marrying, an obstacle that leads to Neil briefly reuniting

Alvarez. Rated R, 87 minutes. — LAT 42 A biopic about the legendary ballplayer Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. With Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie and Christopher Meloni. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland. Rated PG-13, 128 minutes. — LAT G.I. Joe: Retaliation Members of an elite special-ops force face off against an international terrorist organization

while dealing with threats from within their own government. With Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Adrianne Palicki. Directed by Jon M. Chu. Rated PG-13, 110 minutes. — LAT The Host On a future Earth occupied by alien parasites that take over human bodies, one of humanity’s last survivors fights to protect her loved ones. With Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel and Chandler Canterbury. Written and directed by Andrew

Niccol. Rated PG-13, 125 minutes. — LAT Jurassic Park 3D A new 3-D conversion of the 1993 adventure film about an island theme park inhabited by cloned dinosaurs. With Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. Written by Michael Crichton and David Koepp. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Rated PG-13, 127 minutes. — LAT Side Effects (★★★★) If this is indeed Steven Soderbergh’s final film, then it feels like he’s coming full circle

By Boo Allen Film Critic

To the Wonder Rated R, 112 minutes. Opens Friday at the Angelika Dallas.

with Jane (Rachel McAdams), another diversion quickly picked up and dropped — just like in life. Malick has made a film filled with wonder, one that seems plucked out of dreams and hidden thoughts. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki enables this vision with a succession of striking visuals, enough so that the film transcends its impressionistic tableau and instead becomes a fully pointillist portrait, made up of individual colors to create a sprawling canvas that obviously could not be captured with mere dialogue, exposition and conventional narrative storytelling. Malick must trust his audience to go along with him to provide this rare yet not-totally-embraceable cinematic experience. in some ways to the film that put him on the map: the trailblazing, 1989 indie Sex, Lies and Videotape. Both movies are about danger, secrets and manipulation, filled with characters who aren’t what they initially seem. Rooney Mara is chilling as a troubled Manhattan woman who starts taking a new drug at the urging of her psychiatrist (Jude Law). Bad things happen. Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones co-star. Rated R, 106 minutes. — AP

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Weekly entertainment magazine of the Denton Record-Chronicle.

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