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THURSDAY See Pages 9-10 for Fourth of July events.


FRIDAY 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. 10 a.m. — Splish Splash Story Time at Water Works Park, 2400 Long Road. Free, but participants are limited to the Children’s Play Pool and must leave by 10:45 a.m. or pay admission. 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. 7 p.m. — First Friday Denton at art venues around the downtown Square, including A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak St., Suite 101; SCRAP Denton, 215 W. Oak St.; the DIME Store, 510 S. Locust St.; UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.; and others. Free gallery viewings, live music, art projects and demonstrations. Visit

SATURDAY 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Splash Day at the Denton Community Market, at Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard, by the Bayless-Selby House Museum. Free water slide for all ages, plus live music. Visit www.denton 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 a.m. — Toddler Dance Party at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Toddlers ages 1-4 can dance and sing to silly songs. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit 10 a.m. to noon — Denton Herb Society presents a lecture by Heather A. Taylor on how to make herbal soaps and scented candles, at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Free. Visit www.dentonherbsociety. org. 3 to 4 p.m. — “Shark Attack” for ages 6-8 at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Get ready for Shark Week by showing off your shark knowledge, reading shark stories and making crafts. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.denton

SUNDAY 2 to 4 p.m. — Opening reception for “Paper + Wood,” an exhibit by artists Shelley Scott and Delaney Smith, in the Gough Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. Presented by the Greater Denton Arts Council. Exhibit runs through Aug. 23. Free. Visit www.


Bubba Hernandez y Los Super Vatos heat up the patio tonight at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern in downtown Denton.

Anyone can march in Denton’s annual Yankee Doodle Parade, which returns to the Square this year. (Photo by Al Key) Story on Page 9

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Hot salsa on the patio Celebrate July Fourth with Bubba Hernandez’s band f the Fourth of July calls you to more intimate fireworks, you won’t have to go farther than the downtown Square today. Bubba Hernandez y Los Super Vatos play the patio at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern from 7 to 9 p.m. The Denton artist and his band will reheat Hernandez’s latest album, Big


Pounding Heart. The album takes all of the two-time Grammy winner’s countless musical experiences and influences and puts them together in a playful album glazed with Latin touches. Los Super Vatos usually includes Denton’s crack guitarist Robert Hokamp and drummer Chris Hokamp, but guests occasionally sit in. Big Pounding Heart has its share of winking, autobiographical stuff, such as “Testosterone,” as well as more aching fare, such as “Baby Please

Come Home.” Hernandez wears reggae like a second skin in “Naturally.” Sweetwater, at 115 S. Elm St., has made it a priority to put dance-worthy music on its patio on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Bubba Hernandez y Los Super Vatos promises to deliver. Music on the patio is free, though audiences can have dinner and drinks while listening. Coming up on Sunday at Sweetwater: Mario Cruz & Friends.

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MONDAY 6 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.

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. 9:30 a.m. — Toddler Time at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Stories, puppets and activities for toddlers (12-36 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.

3 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. 3 to 4 p.m. — “Dig Into Reading!”, an interactive mix of stories, songs and poems presented by Denton Community Theater at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Best for ages 3 and older. Free tickets will be available starting at 2 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 940-349-8752 or visit 6:30 to 8 p.m. — Teen Advisory Board meets at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. For teens in grades 6-12. Call Juli Gonzalez at 940-3498741 or visit 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.

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WEDNESDAY 9:30 a.m. — Toddler Time at Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St. Stories, puppets and activities for toddlers (12-36 months) and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752. 11 a.m. — Story Time at Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St. Stories, songs, puppets and more for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit 3 to 4 p.m. — Art Explorers program for ages 6-8 at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Read a story, look at and discuss artwork and create works of art. Registration is required; call 940-349-8752.

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3 to 4 p.m. — Zooniversity at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. For ages 6 and older. Meet a variety of live animals in this educational, interactive program. Free tickets will be available starting at 2 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit 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.

07 4 13 Singer-guitarist Cassie Kidder will perform Friday night during the downtown First Friday Denton arts mixer. She’s shown in front of a mural by Mick Burson, the featured artist at A Creative Art Studio.

MUSIC The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub Wed: County Rexford, 7-9pm, free. 101 W. Hickory St. 940-566-5483. The Abbey Underground Thurs: The Knocking, the Green Lights, Lovesick Mary, Deadpan Poets. Fri: A Night to Disremember, I Am Man I Am Monster, Cerulean Giallo. Weekly events: Each Sat, “’80s and ’90s Retro Dance Party”; each Sun, open mic hosted by Bone Doggie, 7pm; each Mon, karaoke. 100 W. Walnut St. Andy’s Bar Fri: Magic Astro Cult, Liv and the Drummer, Psymatix, 10pm, $5-$7. 122 N. Locust St. 940-5655400. Banter Bistro Fri: Seth Weaver, 6pm; Link et al., 8pm; the Bone Handle Set, 10pm. Sat: Lauren Pierce, 6pm. Live local jazz at 8pm each Fri and 6pm each Sat. 219 W. Oak St. 940-565-1638. www.dentonbanter. com. Cool Beans 1210 W. Hickory St. 940-382-7025. Dan’s Silverleaf Thurs: Bonnie & Nick Norris Band, 10am, free; performance of the Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, Devil’s Progress (Sparklehorse tribute), 9pm, $10-$13. Fri: Danny Rush & the Designated Drivers, the Demigs, Hi Jr., 10pm, $5. Sat: Possessed by Paul James, Delaney Davidson, 9pm, $10. Sun: Hares on the Mountain, 5pm, free. Tues: A Taste of Herb, 5:30pm, free. Wed: Joe Pat Hennen, 5pm, free. No smoking indoors. 103 Industrial St. 940320-2000. Denton Community Market Sat: Lauren Hunt, 10 am; Daniel Watts’ Garden Folk, 11am; Levi Cobb & the Big Smoke, noon. Local artists and farmers market every Saturday at Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard, by the Bayless-Selby House Museum. Free. Visit Denton Square Donuts 208 W. Oak St. 940-220-9447. www.ds Fry Street Public House Fri: Colin Michael Band. Each Tues, karaoke, 9pm, free. 125 Ave. A. 940-323-9800. Fry Street Tavern 940-383-2337. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 115 Industrial St. 940-380-8226. The Garage Fri: Jay Muse. Sat:

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Get mixed Monthly event shines light on art, music and crafts uly’s First Friday Denton continues the series’ monthly meet-and-greet tradition of art, music and refreshment in downtown Denton. A Creative Art Studio, the unofficial headquarters of the monthly mixer, features the voices of two singer-guitarists, Cassie Kidder and Denton newbie Julia Runge. As usual, the event will also feature a local artist, this time Mick Burson, whose work pops up often in the lives of Denton residents. Burson, the creative mind behind about 20 murals in Denton, has geometric pieces featured at a variety of locations: A Creative Art Studio, Ruth’s Room, Voertman’s and most recently the Denton Camera Exchange. The paintings on display this Friday come from Burson’s series “Should Have Stayed Home.” He describes his work,


Julia Runge plays A Creative Art Studio for First Friday Denton. painted on wooden panels, as “honest, abstract and explanation of life.” This First Friday will also provide an opportunity for observers to engage in art themselves. Artist Crystal Nelson will demonstrate her collage techniques, offering a sample of her July class, “Principles of Collage.” And in the spirit of summer, the studio will offer chalking activities, a great primer for the chalk art event during this fall’s Arts,

Denton artist and muralist Mick Burson will be on hand Friday night during the monthly downtown arts mixer at A Creative Art Studio. Burson uses strong angles and geometric shapes in his explorations of home and belonging. Auto & Antiques Extravaganza. Those who attend the mixer can stop by any and all of the participating downtown spaces: SCRAP Denton, Cherry Kandy Studio & Boutique, Circa 77 Vintage and Banter Bistro — all on Oak Street — and the DIME

Store, 510 S. Locust St.; and UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. To find participating businesses and more information, visit http://firstfridaydenton. com. — George Joseph

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KNTU airs ‘Lab Band Madness’ all day The University of North Texas radio station will broadcast “Lab Band Madness” all day today. Tune into to KNTU-FM (88.1) from 11 a.m. to shortly after 8 p.m. today to hear all nine lab bands from the UNT College of Music jazz program. The program was recorded during the Denton Arts & Jazz

Festival on April 27. The daylong program begins with the UNT Nine O’clock Lab Band at 11a.m. and ends with the One O’clock Lab Band at 7 p.m. Each band’s set lasts about one hour. Listeners can stream the program on the Internet by visiting


dios Thurs: Weedeater, ASG, Terminator 2, 9pm, free-$6. Fri: Starparty, Black James Franco, Ghost Daddies, 9pm, $10-$12. Sat: The Fabled Few, Evening Crowd, 9pm, $5-$7. Mon: Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, 9pm, $5-$7. Tues: Flesh Lights, War Party, Doom Ghost, 9pm, $3-$5. 411 E. Sycamore St. 940-387-7781. Sweetwater Grill & Tavern Thurs: Bubba Hernandez y Los Super Vatos. Sun: Mario Cruz & Friends. Shows on the patio, 7-9pm, free. 115 S. Elm St. 940-484-2888. www.sweet Trail Dust Steak House 26501 E. U.S. 380 in Aubrey. 940-365-4440. Two B’s and a V: Coffee House and Comfort Zone 424 Bryan St. 940-484-2786.

Continued from Page 3 Yeahdef. 113 Ave. A. 940-383-0045. Gerhard’s German Restaurant Thurs: The Texas Sky Band, 7-9pm. Fri: Ron & the Finkensteiners, 7-9pm. Sat: Riggs/Slater Jazz Quartet, 7-9pm. Sun: The Umpahs, 11am-3pm. 222 W. Hickory St. 940-381-6723. The Greenhouse Live jazz each Mon at 10pm, free. 600 N. Locust St. 940-484-1349. www.greenhouse Hailey’s Club Fri: First Things First, Under Dog House, the Boxcar Gypsies, the Hollow Empire, 7pm, $10-$12. Sat: Old City Lights, Catamaran, Dome Dwellers, 9pm, free-$5. Sun: Space Goose, Telemegasounds, Injured Starship Princess, 9pm, free-$5. Wed: Jess J., Lady Cam, Jasic, Bate$, Band Nerds, Arson D, JC Seals III, 9pm, $10-$14. Each Tues, ’90s music, 10pm, free-$5. 122 W. Mulberry St. 940-323-1160. J&J’s Pizza 118 W. Oak St. 940-3827769. The LABB Fri: Erik Chandler (of Bowling for Soup), Mariachi Quetzal, 9pm, free. 218 W. Oak St. 940-2934240. La Milpa Mexican Restaurant Each Fri, Mariachi Quetzal, 8pm. 820 S. I-35E, Suite 101. 940-382-8470. Lowbrows Beer and Wine Garden 200 S. Washington St., Pilot Point. 940-686-3801. www.low Mable Peabody’s Beauty Parlor and Chainsaw Repair Each Tues, open mic with Bryan Burns, 9pm. 1125 E. University Drive, Suite 107. 940566-9910. Mad World Records 115 W. Hickory St. 940-591-3001. Mellow Mushroom 217 E. Hickory St. 940-323-1100. www.mellow mushroom/store/denton. Oak Street Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor 308 E. Oak St. 940-395-1950. www.oakstdraft Rockin’ Rodeo 1009 Ave. C. 940565-6611. www.rockinrodeo Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Stu-

DENTON PARKS & RECREATION Two drawing classes for children will be offered Mondays, from July 15 to Aug. 5, at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive. ● Kids ages 3 to 6 can develop their “image vocabulary” by drawing familiar images in “Preschool Drawing,” from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Instructors will guide children through drawing, coloring and developing fine motor skills, patience, focus and spatial organization. ● Ages 6 to 12 can learn basic drawing techniques, art history and

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IN THE AREA 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday — Lewisville Summer Musicals presents Red

Skelton’s American Way at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. Presented by Texas Family Musicals. Tickets cost $26-$30, with discounts for seniors and groups. Visit www.texas or call 1-800-5474697. 7 p.m. Tuesday — Sounds of Lewisville free concert series, every Tuesday in June and July in the courtyard of Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. Visit VFW Post 2205 Free karaoke at 8pm each Thurs, Fri and Sat. 909 Sunset St.

FUTURE BOOKINGS Through August — Denton Community Theatre’s Theatre School presents summer creativity camps at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Call 940-382-7014 or visit ● “Play & Pretend With Puppets”

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cartooning in “Elementary Drawing” from 3 to 4 p.m. Cost for each class is $52. Register online at ■ Water Works Park, at 2400 Long Road off Sherman Drive, is open for the summer. Park hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. (Park hours will change Aug. 12-25.) Park visitors can enjoy four giant slides outside, one big indoor slide. Season passes cost $75 for individuals

($90 for non-Denton residents). Family passes — for two adults and up to four dependent children — cost $225 ($275 for non-residents, $25 for each additional child). ■ Admission to Civic Center Pool is just $1 today for July Fourth. The pool is open daily through Sept. 2, from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Ages 18 and older get in for $3, ages 2 to 17 pay $2.25. Children younger than 2 get in free. The pool is located at 515 N. Bell Ave. For information, call 940-349-8279.

EVENTS Continued from Page 4 for ages 4-6 meets from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 5-9; tuition is $225. ● “Putting It Together” for ages 7-9 meets from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 5-9. Campers will produce a show with music. Each session costs $275. Through July 19 — Elm Fork Education Center summer camps, for children in grades 2-8 at UNT. Half-day and full-day camps available. Prices are $100-$130. Visit http://, or contact Brian Wheeler at or 940-565-4912. July 19-21 — Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, presented by UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism, at the Hilton DFW Lakes Exec-

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See how teen artists turned this into a work of art at the upcoming exhibit hosted by SCRAP Denton and the public library.

Art, delivered The upcoming exhibit at the Re:Vision Gallery started as a cost-cutting measure at Denton’s North Branch Library. SCRAP Denton, a spinoff of the School and Community Reuse Action Project in Portland, Ore., opens an exhibit of “Up-Cycled Wall Art” on Friday during First Friday Denton. The exhibit features art made of pizza boxes. Librarian Juli L. Gonzalez, who leads the Teen Crafting Club at North Branch Library, was on the hunt for supplies she needed for last month’s club meeting. She planned to have the teens decorate a canvas using different techniques and media. Then she priced the canvas — and she knew she’d have to be resourceful. Enter the pizza boxes. Specifically, the five or so boxes of pizza the library orders for its regular Teen Advisory Board meetings. Gonzales reserved the boxes, then presented them at the recent crafting meeting. She issued a challenge: Decorate a box (or a piece of a box) with paint, fabric, scrapbook or tissue paper, glue, glitter and anything else the teens had on hand. Heather Gregory, the community engagement coordinator

for SCRAP Denton, said the art would make up the July gallery show. The gallery is dedicated to work that is mostly made of reused or recycled material. The gallery previously displayed another city-affiliated show, “Trashion Fashion,” an exhibit of clothing and accessories made from trash.

Cost of canvas inspires exhibit The wall art show opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the SCRAP Denton reuse center, 215 W. Oak St., which also houses its gallery and boutique. The exhibit runs through July 31. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. — Lucinda Breeding

utive Conference Center in Grapevine. Keynote speakers are Susan Orlean, Rick Atkinson and Skip Hollandsworth. Registration costs $250-$295. Visit maybornconference. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6 — Food Truckin’ Tuesdays at the Downtown Denton Transit Center, 604 E. Hickory St. Visit 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10 — Southeast Denton Back 2 School Health Fair, presented by Heavenly Supply Depot at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 3100 Wilson St. Event for economically disadvantaged children includes health screenings and immunizations, dental information, haircuts, sports physicals and

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EVENTS Continued from Page 5 more. Registration session will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the recreation center. Visit www.hsd Sponsors, donations and vendors are still needed. Contact Kim Teamer at 972-9989798 or e-mail

VISUAL ARTS Banter Bistro 219 W. Oak St. 940565-1638. Center for the Visual Arts Greater Denton Arts Council’s galleries, meeting space and offices. 400 E. Hickory St. Free. Tues-Sun 1-5pm. 940-382-2787. ● “Paper + Wood,” an exhibit by Scott and Delaney Smith, runs Sunday through Aug. 23 in the Gough Gallery. Opening reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Chestnut Tree 107 W. Hickory St. Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 9am-2:30 pm, Sun 11am-2pm. 940-591-9475. A Creative Art Studio 227 W. Oak St., Suite 101. Mon-Sat 12-6pm, Sun by appointment only. 940-442-1251. Cupboard Natural Foods and Cafe 200 W. Congress St. 940-3875386. Farmer’s & Merchant’s Gallery 100 N. Washington St., Pilot Point. Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. 940686-2396. www.farmersand Jupiter House 114 N. Locust St. 940-387-7100. Oxide Fine Art & Floral Gallery 211 N. Cedar St. 940-483-8900. SCRAP Denton Nonprofit store selling reused materials for arts and crafts. 215 W. Oak St. 940-391-7499. 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. visual-arts. ● Visual Arts Society of Texas annual members exhibition runs through Aug. 2. UNT Art Gallery in the UNT Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry St. at Welch. Tues noon-5pm, Wed-Thurs 9:30am-8pm, Fri-Sat noon-5pm. Free. 940-565-4316. 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:// ● “Intersections: Collaborative Inquiries in Painting,” a group show of paintings by graduate students in the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design, through July 17. 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 Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. Visit or call Executive Director Lynne Cagle Cox at 972-VAST-ORG.

Artist Delaney Smith works with paper and bookmaking. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in fibers at the University of North Texas. Courtesy photos

Against the grain iber — both in its rustic and manipulated forms — is the star of the latest exhibit in the Gough Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts. “Paper + Wood” brings the work of two artists together. Delaney Smith and Shelley Scott consider the fragility of paper and the versatility of wood in the Greater Denton Arts Council show. Both artists play with traditionally functional fiber mediums, transforming bits of wood and paper into aesthetic curiosities. Scott’s focus is on wood sculpture, but her approach is not what you learned in high school wood shop. Scott collects twigs, branches and just about anything that strikes her imagination. Inspired by their forms, she patches together wood pieces using a stack-lamination process, relying on her artistic hunch to guide her to her goal. Stack laminate is a process that presses Scott’s finds — whether they’re nearly identical or disparate — into a smooth, whole surface. This unconventional process results in pieces of ambiguous beauty that challenge our conceptions of what wood needs to be. The sculptures suggest a fa-

Artists challenge ideas about paper, wood


Artist Shelley Scott makes her works using a process called stack lamination. miliar form — maybe a piece of furniture — but compel viewers to consider the decorative nature of what she’s made. In a similar vein, Smith explores the idea of the book in its purely physical form, encouraging viewers to abandon their conceptions of books. Smith’s

pieces begin with no words, no script to follow. Soft and malleable, her works seem to bend to the viewer’s will. “Paper + Wood” will begin with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, with both artists in attendance. The exhibit runs through Aug. 23.

Admission is free. The Center for the Visual Arts is located at 400 E. Hickory St. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit — George Joseph


DINING RESTAURANTS AMERICAN CUISINE Central Grill 1005 Ave. C. 940-3239464. Dusty’s Bar and Grill Laid-back bar just off the Square serves a beltbusting burger and fries, a kitchen homily for meat and cheese lovers. 119 S. Elm St. Daily noon-2am. $-$$. 940-243-7300. Hooligans 104 N. Locust St. 940442-6950. The LABB 218 W. Oak St. 940-2934240. The Loophole Square staple has charming menu with cleverly named items, like Misdemeanor and Felony nachos. Decent range of burgers. 119 W. Hickory St. Daily 11am-2am; food served until midnight. Full bar. $-$$. 940-565-0770. www.loopholepub .com. Pourhouse Sports Grill Classy sports bar and restaurant boasts large TVs and a theater-style media room and serves burgers, pizza, salads and generous main courses. Full bar. Smoking on patio only. 3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-12. $-$$. 940-484-7455. Rocky’s Sports Bar Big games on big screens plus some pretty big tastes, too. Now open for lunch. For finger food, roll chicken chipotle and battered jalapeno and onion strips are standouts. Homestyle burgers; savory Caesar salad with chicken. Full bar. 2000 W. University Drive. Daily 11am-2am. $. 940-382-6090. Rooster’s Roadhouse “We Ain’t Chicken” is what the eatery claims, though the menu kindly includes it on a sandwich and in a wing basket — plus barbecue, burgers and hangout appetizers (cheese fries, tamales, and queso and chips). Beer. 113 Industrial St. Sun-Wed 11-10; Thurs-Sat 11midnight. $. 940-382-4227. RT’s Neighborhood Bar 1100 Dallas Drive, Suite 124. 940-381-2277. Sweetwater Grill & Tavern It may claim a place among the world’s other memorable pubs, rathskellers, hangouts and haunts where the food satisfies as much as the libations that wash them down. 115 S. Elm St. Tues-Sat 11-2am, Sun-Mon 11-midnight. $-$$. 940-484-2888. Treehouse Bar & Grill 1512 W. Hickory St. Mon-Sat 11am-2am, Sun noon-midnight. 940-484-7900. II Charlies Bar & Grill 809 Sunset St. 940-891-1100.

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 (some with egg). Beer and wine. 1633 Scripture St. Mon-Sat 11-10, Sun 11:30-9. $-$$. 940-382-5437.

DINING PROFILE AND LISTINGS POLICY Restaurant profiles and listings are compiled by the Denton Record-Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News. A comprehensive list of Dallas-Fort Worth area restaurants is available at Denton Time publishes restaurant profiles and a guide of restaurants that have been featured in the weekly dining section and online at Profiles and listings are not related to advertising and are published as space is available. Denton Time does not publish reviews. Incorrect information can be reported by e-mail to, by phone to 940-566-

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. Tender, well-priced chicken-fried steak. Hot sausage sampler has a secret weapon: spicy mustard. Beer and wine. 628 Londonderry Lane. Daily 10:30am-10pm. $. 940591-1652. 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 sauces, bulky sandwiches and mashed potatoes near perfection. Good pies and cobblers. Beer and wine. 1123 Fort Worth Drive. SunThurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10. $-$$. 940566-3073.

BISTROS AND CAFES Banter Bistro Gourmet sandwiches and salads, breakfast items, coffee and espresso, plus traditional Spanish tapas (small savory dishes) by reservation only. Beer and wine. No smoking inside. 219 W. Oak St. Daily 10ammidnight. $. 940-565-1638. 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. Chicken pot pie is stellar. Tasty quiche. Deca-

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PRICE KEY Average complete inner per person, including appetizer, entree and dessert. $ Less than $10 $$ $10-$25 $$$ $25-$50 $$$$ More than $50

dent 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. $-$$. 940-5919475. 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. Get biscuits and gravy or test a crepe filled with rich hazelnut spread. Specialty coffees. Smoking on patio only. 309 Fry St. Tues-Sun 8am-3pm. $. 940-3871696. 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. www.facebook. com/RoyalsBagels. Seven Mile Cafe Breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, including vegan options. 311 W. Congress St. Daily 7am-3pm. 940-808-0200. www.

CHINESE Buffet King Dining spot serves more than 200 items of Chinese cuisine, Mongolian grill and sushi. No smoking. 2251 S. Loop 288. Mon-Thurs 11-9:30, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun 11-9. $-$$. 940-387-0888. Chinatown Cafe Bountiful buffet guarantees no visit need taste like another. Good selections include cucumber salad, spring rolls, orange chicken, crispy pan-fried noodles,

beef with asparagus, steamed mussels. Beer and wine. 2317 W. University Drive. Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri 11-10, Sat 11:30-10, Sun 11:30-10. $. 940-3828797. Golden China Small restaurant boasts quick and friendly service. Nice selections on buffet tables include wonton and egg drop soups, teriyaki chicken and hot pepper chicken. Beer and wine. 717 I-35E, Suite 100. Daily 11-10. $. 940-566-5588. Taipei Railroad Restaurant 4405 Pockrus Paige Road. Mon-Sat 5-9pm. 940-387-3871. 299 Oriental Express 1000 Ave. C. 940-383-2098.

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 chicken from the grill. Even vegetarian selections get a flavor boost from the woodpile. Starters are rich: spinachartichoke dip, asiago olives. Refined cocktails and rich desserts. Patio dining available. 600 N. Locust St. Mon-Thurs 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.

GERMAN Gerhard’s German Restaurant 222 W. Hickory St. 940-381-6723.

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN Caesar Island Mediterranean Food 7650 S. I-35E, Suite 112, Corinth. 940-269-4370. Michael’s Kitchen Family-owned restaurant offers a Greek/Lebanese menu — hummus, gyros, dolmas and kafta — plus American food, for all three meals. Breakfast buffet weekdays. BYOB. 706 Fort Worth Drive. Daily 5:30am-10pm. $. 940-382-3663. Yummy’s Greek Restaurant Small eatery with wonderful food. Tasty salads, hummus, falafel, dolmas and kebabs. Good veggie plate and gyros. Yummy cheesecake and baklava. BYOB. 210 W. University Drive. Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun noon-9. $-$$. 940-383-2441.

HAMBURGERS Burger Time Machine 301 W. University Drive. 940-384-1133. Burguesa Burger 214 E. Hickory St. 940-442-6113. Cool Beans Funky atmosphere in old building. Menu offers foodstuffs that go well with a cold beer — fried things, nachos, hamburgers, etc. Veggie burger too dependent on salt, but good fries are crispy with skin still attached. Full bar. 1210 W. Hickory St. Daily 11am-2am. $. 940-382-7025. Denton County Independent Hamburger Co. Custom-built burgers with a juicy, generous patty, fresh fixings on a worthy bun. Also available: chicken sandwich and limited salad bar. Beer. 715 Sunset St. Mon-Sat 11-8. $. 940-382-3037. Mr. Frosty Old-timey joint has all your fast-food faves but with homemade quality, including its own root beer. Atmosphere and jukebox take you back to the ’50s. 1002 Fort Worth Drive. Tues-Sun 11am-11pm. $. 940387-5449. RG Burgers & Grill 2430 S. I-35E, Suite 172. Sun-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10. 940-383-2431. rgs.html.

HOME COOKING Babe’s Chicken Dinner House 204 N. Fourth St., Sanger. Tues-Fri 4:30-9pm, Sat 11-9 and Sun 11-3. $-$$. 940-458-0000. Bonnie’s Kitchen 6420 N. I-35. 940-383-1455. Cartwright’s Ranch House Restaurant on the Square serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring chicken-fried steak, hamburgers and steaks. Family-style service available. 111 N. Elm St. 940-387-7706. Jay’s Cafe 110 W. Main St., Pilot Point. 940-686-0158. Krum Diner 145 W. McCart St., Krum, Mon-Sat 7am-8pm, Sun 9am-2pm. $. 940-482-7080. OldWest Cafe As winner of the Best Breakfast and Best Homestyle Cooking titles in Best of Denton 2009 through 2012, this eatery offers a wide selection of homemade meals. Denton location: 1020 Dallas Drive. Mon-Sat 6am-2pm, Sun 7am-2pm. $. 940-382-8220. Sanger location: 711 N. Fifth St. Daily 7am-2pm. 940-4587358. 817-442-9378. Prairie House Restaurant Open since 1989, this Texas eatery serves up mesquite-grilled steaks, baby-back ribs, buffalo burgers, chicken-fried rib-eyes and other assorted dishes. 10001 U.S. Highway 380, Cross Roads. Daily 7:30am-10pm. $-$$. 940-4409760.

ICE CREAM Beth Marie’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream and Soda Fountain Parlor with lots of yummy treats, including more than 40 ice creams made on premises. 117 W. Hickory St. Mon-Wed 11-10pm; Thurs 11-10:30; Fri-Sat 11-11:15; Sun noon-10pm. 940-384-1818. Unicorn Lake location: 2900 Wind River Lane. Mon-Wed 11-9; Thurs 11-10; Fri-Sat 11-11; Sun noon-9pm. 940-5911010.

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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). Cinemark Hickory Creek 8380 S. I-35E, Hickory Creek. 940-321-2788. Silver Cinemas Inside Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. 940-3871957.

OPENING FRIDAY Blancanieves (★★★1⁄2) Pablo Berger wrote and directed this odd yet captivating and charming blackand-white, mostly silent Spanish film based on the Snow White legend but transposed to 1920s Seville. Played extravagantly and to large effect, Maribel Verdu (Y Tu Mama Tambien) plays Encarna, a female bullfighter with the nickname Blancanieves (Snow-White). The beautiful photography creates an elegiac mood. With Daniel Cacho and Angela Molina. Rated PG-13, 104 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — Boo Allen Despicable Me 2 Stealing the moon can be a tough act to follow. Despicable Me 2 finds reformed criminal mastermind Gru (voiced by the innately animated Steve Carell) more or less embracing his newly domesticated life after adopting Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and little Agnes (Elsie Fisher), even swapping his more nefarious activities for a startup jelly-and-jammaking operation. But he soon finds himself in a stickier situation when he’s dispatched by the top-secret Anti-Villain League to track down the perpetrator of a fresh heist involving a ginormous electromagnet. Returning directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud and the returning writing team of Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul again maintain the energy at a brisk, buoyant clip, while Carell and the rest of cast add an extra layer of dimension to those expressively drawn characters. Rated PG, 98 minutes. — The Hollywood Reporter Just Like a Woman (★★1⁄2) Contrivances and gross improbabilities mar this unexceptional melodrama from director Rachid Bouchareb about two young women who meet and bond in a Chicago belly-dance class. Marilyn (Sienna Miller) works at and then is fired from a dead-end job and has a worthless live-in husband. Mona (Golshifteh Farahani) takes abuse from her awful mother-in-law whose culture demands that she bear her son a child. Together, Mona and Marilyn hit the road, taking conveniently arranged belly-dancing jobs at various dives along the way to a dance competition in Santa Fe. Not much of self-realizing import comes from the formulaic journey. Rated R, 88 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — B.A. The Lone Ranger (★★) There’s a limit, it turns out, to how much Johnny Depp and a bucket of makeup

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Duncan (Liam James, left) and Roddy (Nat Faxon) take aim in “The Way, Way Back.”

Road trip follies

‘Way Back’ explores eternal awkwardness of being a teen

Going on a summer vacation can be fun. Or, you can go with your parents. The Way, Way Back examines this bittersweet experience, while also exploring how it’s possible to be alone even when in a crowd. The new comedy features an often-torturous coming-of-age saga written and directed by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. These two well-known television character actors also co-star in supporting roles. Their 14-year-old protagonist, Duncan (Liam James),

discovers he fits in nowhere while on the road for a summer sojourn with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her arrogant boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carrell), and his standoffish teen daughter. Duncan feels isolated,

whether around his mother and her friends, or with the small sampling of teens at the daily beach gatherings. Rash and Faxon perfectly capture this outsider feeling of angst. Subsequently, Duncan loosens up and finds himself only when stumbling into a parttime job at a water park facility run by a fast-talking, irreverent man-child, Owen (Sam Rockwell). The film shifts into a higher gear when either Rockwell or animated next-door neighbor Betty (Allison Janney) appear. Rockwell takes the predominant role, picking up the film’s pace whenever on-screen, while

can accomplish. In Gore Verbinski’s flamboyant reimagination of the hokey long-running radio show and ’50s cowboy TV series, Depp eagerly attempts to recreate the extravagant magic of his similarly farcical Jack Sparrow of Verbinski’s Pirates of the

Caribbean. But The Lone Ranger, stretching hard to both reinvent an out-of-date brand and breathe new life in the Western with a desperate onslaught of bloated set pieces, is a poor locomotive for Depp’s eccentric theatrics. Flashback-heavy plot

mechanics, occasionally grim violence and surrealistic comedy add up to a confused tone that seems uncertain exactly how to position Depp’s Tonto in the movie, to say nothing of Armie Hammer’s wayward Lone Ranger. Rated PG-13, 149 minutes. — The

By Boo Allen Film Critic

The Way, Way Back Rated PG-13, 102 minutes. Opens Friday at the Magnolia Dallas and the Angelika Plano.

his character communicates maturing wisdom to Duncan. It helps that Owen is funny and wise in his admonitions to his younger protege. Rash and Faxon struggle to flesh out the rest of Duncan’s time during this so-called vacation. They also battle the obvious lags in the rest of their wellintentioned film. The teen develops the requisite summer crush, while various adult indiscretions and rivalries play out in the sun and sand, with the arrogant receiving a predictable measure of humiliation — which should make any summer vacation satisfying.

Associated Press Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain A documentary following the stand-up comedian Kevin Hart on his 2012 tour.

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The whole shebang Denton hosts an Independence Day for the entire gang By Lucinda Breeding Features Editor

enton’s annual Fourth of July celebration is long on tradition. The city starts its Independence Day celebration with the Liberty Run 5K, then marches through downtown Denton in the familiar Yankee Doodle Parade, and ends up in Quakertown Park, with Mom and not apple pie, but a whipped cream eating contest. Parades, whipped cream and gutter boat races are all well and good. But this is Denton, and what matters is music. Brave Combo saxophone man Jeffrey Barnes, a Corinth resident, seemed a little surprised earlier this week when he announced on his personal Facebook page that Denton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center had called him. The caller was worried, he wrote, that the longstanding local musical group associated with the Fourth of July hadn’t signed up for the parade. The Denton Institute of Phrenology Half-Fast Marching Band is a fun-loving assembly of local musicians and friends who celebrate their country through music and marching — just once a year. “Apparently we are needed,” Barnes wrote on his status update last Friday. “Can we refuse if our nation calls us?” The half-fast marchers have heeded


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Members of the Denton Institute of Phrenology Half-Fast Marching Band and the Fresh Traveler team take part in last year’s Yankee Doodle Parade on the Square. DRC file photos

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FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS THURSDAY 7:30 a.m. — Liberty Run 5K run and 1-mile fun walk at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. Race-day registration costs $20. Visit 9 a.m. — Yankee Doodle Parade in downtown Denton. Lineup is 8 a.m. on South Locust Street between Walnut and Sycamore streets. Judging starts at 8:30 a.m. To enter a float, call 940-349-8579. Visit 9 a.m. to noon — Family Fun Jubilee at Quakertown Park and the

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Fourth the call. Denton, your patriotic serenade is on the way. Barnes said he’s passed this year’s grand marshal sash to another band member. “As ever, those who are even the slightest bit musical should bring an instrument,” Barnes said on the official invitation (find it here: http:// “Those who are not can bring a drill (that is, a boring device) and march with the Trepanettes, our all-person precision drill team. Or just come anyway.” The city’s Family Fun Jubilee winds up at noon. At 12:30 p.m., Denton band Sol Tax performs the final concert of the Twilight Tunes series on the Square. The music continues this evening at the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club annual fireworks show at the University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium at 1251S. Bonnie Brae St. Live music starts at 6:30 p.m. by way of North Texas country quintet the Dirty Pesos and Argyle’s George Dunham and the Bird Dogs. The Dirty Pesos dip their toes into folk, rock and a little bit of the blues, but the chief waterhole for this five-piece is country. Think Lynyrd Skynyrd, where there’s more head-bobbing (and goat-throwing) than two-stepping. Prepare for guitar licks that are all business and thrashing drums. Lead singer Tom McElvain sings with certainty, backed by keyboardist Kyle Wade Smith, guitarist Mark Lafon, bassist Brad King and drummer Scott

Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Free event includes entertainment, a flag ceremony, a horseshoe tournament, children’s art show, inflatable activities, games and contests. Visit 9 a.m. — Pilot Point’s Fourth of July parade, from Pilot Point Intermediate School, 501 E. Carroll St., to the square, where awards will be presented. Presented by the Friends of the Square and the Pilot Point Main Street Program. 9 a.m. — Sanger’s Fourth of July Parade, starting at the city’s downtown park, going down Bolivar Street and back up Elm Street. Area residents are invited to wear red, white

and blue. Call 940-458-2059. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Robson Ranch Independence Day celebration, including a parade and fly-over at 9 a.m., a patriotic sing-along at 10 a.m. at the clubhouse, and tours and other activities in the community’s model village from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free event also includes music and games. Free. Robson Ranch’s office is located at 9501 Ed Robson Blvd. Visit www. or call 940-246-2000. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Lake Cities Fourth of July Celebration at City Park, 101 E. Hundley Drive in Lake Dallas. Event includes a parade at 9 a.m., flag service at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, and the Lake

Cities Idol Challenge from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Event includes live music, a carnival midway, a patriotic costume contest, an apple pie bake-off, food trucks and vendors. Headliner Eleven Hundred Springs performs at 7 p.m., and a fireworks display will follow. Free. Visit or call 940-497-2226, ext. 132. 12:30 p.m. — Twilight Tunes presents Sol Tax on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St. Free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Visit www.dentonmain 5:30 p.m. — Freedom Fest at Rancho de la Rocha, 2459 W. Blackjack Road in Aubrey. Cost is $7 per

person, free for children younger than 3. Event includes pedal boats and canoes, rides, children’s activities, live music and concessions. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Visit or call 940-365-7625. 6 p.m. — Denton Noon Kiwanis Club fireworks show at UNT’s Apogee Stadium, off Bonnie Brae Street south of I-35E. Live music starts at 6 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Free parking at Fouts Field, across I-35E at North Texas Boulevard. Parking at Apogee Stadium costs $5. Proceeds and donations go toward the Denton Kiwanis Club Children’s Clinic. Visit www.dentonkiwanisclub. org.

DENTON’S FOURTH OF JULY When: The Yankee Doodle Parade and the Family Fun Jubilee start at 9 a.m. today. Where: Parade lineup starts at 8 a.m. on South Locust Street between Walnut and Sycamore streets. The parade moves through the downtown Denton Square. The Jubilee is at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St. Details: Free.

Lytle. Together, the musicians assume the roles of Texas bad boys in “Looking at Her,” a boyhowdy, hot-mama-on-themove song. The band cops to hard drinking habits on “Whiskey Angel.” George Dunham and the Bird Dogs make country music with a touch of folksy flare and lots of rock. Dunham enjoys a following thanks to his gig as cohost of the morning show on KTCK-FM “The Ticket” (104.1), the popular North Texas sports radio show. Dunham is the lead vocalist and guitarist, playing with Bryant “Pablo” Russell on drums, bassist Travis Behl, pedal steel player Clay Powers and guitarist Steve Porcari. This year’s national anthem comes from the New York hard rock quartet Madison Rising, a group that gives the anthem its own treatment — which is more Green Day than Jimi Hendrix, but still refreshed for a 21st-century audience. The band’s version of the anthem will play on the screen at Apogee Stadium. Afterward, the fireworks display sets off to recorded patriotic music.

Denton’s Sol Tax closes this year’s Twilight Tunes with an earlier concert. Catch the band at 12:30 p.m. today on the downtown Denton Square. Courtesy photo

Midday tunes his week’s special July Fourth edition of Twilight Tunes isn’t happening at twilight. The final concert in the free summer series starts at 12:30 p.m. today on the Square to yield the rest of the holiday to the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club’s annual fireworks and music presentation at Apogee Stadium. Denton band Sol Tax closes the series for the season. The


The show is free, but Kiwanis members will dispatch the club’s “bucket brigade” to collect donations. All the cash and

Twilight series ends with noon concert

group was started by a pair of cousins, Sydney Wright and Nathan Norman, hailing from Lubbock. The band’s sound drifts between introspective, spacey chords and sudden fits of Americana, like a fusion of Wilco and CSNY. Named for a University of Chicago anthropologist, Sol Tax is smart, but not too esoteric. The group writes yearning lyrics and earnest melodies — without being preten-

change gathered by the brigade benefits the Kiwanis Children’s Clinic, a network of local health care providers who serve chil-

tious. Their down-to-earth vibes are at once mellow and powerful. Their genre is hard to place, switching between bluesy-jazz and folk. The concert’s featured sponsor is McBride’s Music & Pawn. Denton Main Street Association’s concert series is supported by local merchants and university-affiliated programs. — George Joseph

dren of low-income Denton families. LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877.

MOVIES Continued from Page 8 Directed by Leslie Small and Tim Story. Rated R, 75 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

NOW PLAYING The Heat (★★★★) This familiar riff on the buddy-cop formula relies on the tart chemistry shared by Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. Bullock stars as a no-nonsense FBI special agent sent to track down and capture a brutal drug lord. It’s not long before she crosses paths with a rough-andtumble Boston cop (McCarthy), and the inevitable personality clash ensues. Directed by Paul Feig (reuniting with McCarthy after Bridesmaids). — Fort Worth Star Telegram Man of Steel (★★★) Director Zach Snyder (300) delivers a fresh interpretation on an old superhero, and the update proves worth it. This Superman (Henry Cavill) is a man searching for himself and his roots. But looking for him is General Zod (Michael Shannon), an old nemesis of his father (Russell Crowe) from Krypton. Snyder overloads the special effects in a succession of impressive action scenes that never seem to stop. Amy Adams plays Lois Lane. Rated PG-13, 143 minutes. — B.A. Monsters University (★★★1⁄2) Pixar’s prequel to 2001’s Monsters, Inc. is neither a bold return to form nor another misfire following Brave and Cars 2, but a charming, colorful coming-of-age tale that would be a less qualified success for all but Pixar. But this is nevertheless pleasant, amiably animated family entertainment. Our expert “scarers”-to-be — the wisecracking pipsqueak Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and the burly James B. Sullivan (John Goodman) — are college freshmen with high aspirations in Monster University’s prestigious Scare Program. Rated G, 103 minutes. — AP This Is the End (★★1⁄2) A gaggle of mostly male stars appear in this scattershot yet ashamedly hilarious spoof. When Seth Rogen (who cowrote), Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill and others attend a party at James Franco’s house, the Apocalypse arrives. Or maybe it’s the Rapture. Plenty of potty, sexist and homophobic humor to offend all. Rated R, 107 minutes. — B.A. White House Down (★★1⁄2) Staggeringly implausible, cartoonishly comical, Roland Emmerich’s White House Down is refreshingly dumb. The film is at its most entertaining when it’s a simple, ludicrous buddy movie, with Jamie Foxx’s President

‘Grease’ is the word he Cinemark Classic Series continues with three sing-along screenings of the 1978 blockbuster musical Grease. The first is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cinemark Denton, 2825 Wind River Lane, followed by screenings Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Grease is the film adaptation of the 1971 stage musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The musical was somewhat groundbreaking when it debuted on Broadway. Grease follows 10 students attending Rydell High School in 1959. At the center are good girl Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton John) and greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta). The couple and their friends, the Pink Ladies and the Burger Palace Boys, navigate high school and all its attendant worries — class differences, sexual exploration and teen pregnancy. In spite of the hefty themes, the hook-heavy soundtrack and happy ending made the goodgirl-goes-bad story buoyant and

Sing along with film at screenings

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Costumes and singing along are encouraged at three screenings of the 1978 movie musical “Grease” on Sunday and Wednesday at Cinemark Denton. fun. Audiences are welcome to dress up in costume and sing along to the 1950s-style rock ’n’ roll score. In 1978, three numbers added to the Jacobs-Casey score for the film version —

“Grease,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want” — made the music charts. Cinemark Classic Series screens both popular movies and Academy Award winners.

Tickets for matinee performances cost $6.50, and tickets to the twilight screening cost $8.50. The film is rated PG and runs 110 minutes.

his ferocious henchmen (including Jason Clarke). With Richard Jenkins and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Rated PG-13, 137 minutes. — AP World War Z (★★★1⁄2) Despite the much-discussed production delays

and budget overruns, this movie, based on the 2006 novel by Max Brooks (son of Mel), is pretty much what you’d want in a summer blockbuster: scary but not-too-gross zombies, a journey to exotic locales, a

few excellent action scenes, and did we mention Brad Pitt? As Gerry Lane, a former U.N. investigator called upon to save the planet, Pitt is a calm, intelligent presence amid the insanity. Rated PG-13, 116 minutes. — AP

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Weekly entertainment magazine of the Denton Record-Chronicle.