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ON THE COVER NORTH TEXAS FAIR AND RODEO Caleb Snider of Fort Worth straps on his spurs before riding bulls at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo in 2012. The fair kicks off its 85th season on Friday. (Photo by David Minton) Story on Page 8

KKXT-FM (91.7) radio host and musician Paul Slavens is celebrating nine years on the air with a show tonight at Dan’s Silverleaf. Dallas Morning News file photo

Behind the mic

Gig celebrates Slavens’ nine years on the air

aul Slavens, the man of many voices and inexhaustible musicality, gets a party in his honor today at Dan’s Silverleaf. The occasion is Slavens’ ninth anniversary as the host of his eponymous music show at 8 p.m. Sundays on KKXT-FM (91.7). Slavens launched the show on sister station KERA-FM in 2004, then moved with the show to a new spot on the dial when the public radio station

created another station expressly for music. KXT is hosting tonight’s gig. Slavens is known locally for his major contributions to the Denton music scene — through his band, Ten Hands, and as a member of the Baptist Generals and the Travoltas. Then there’s the sporadic series he presents at Dan’s Silverleaf and other bars: He shows up, solo or with a band, and takes song requests from the audience along with a donation.

Then, the band improvises that song on the spot — and some fans insist the more you donate, the better the song will be. Slavens also released a solo album, Alphabet Girls, in 2010. His weekly two-hour radio show is a look inside Slavens’ mind, or at least his cultural tastes. He cops to some esoteric leanings (“Bachelorette,” from Bjork’s oft-overlooked Homogenic, and an Isao Tomita song on last Sunday’s show), but is

just as unapologetic about the popular music he enjoys (Tori Amos’ “Black Dove” and Eydie Gorme’s “It’s a Pity to Say Goodnight” on the same show). The bash at Dan’s Silverleaf starts with the Daniel Hart project Dark Rooms, moves on to the Black Stone Rangers and closes with Diamond Age. The show starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $10. Dan’s is located at 103 Industrial St.


ralists information session hosted by members of the Elm Fork Chapter at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St. Free. Call 940-349-2883 or visit Noon to 1 p.m. — “Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History,” a talk by writer Carmen Goldthwaite, in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St. Presented by the Denton County Office of History and Culture. Free. Visit chos. 5 to 8 p.m. — Lake Cities Back 2 School Health Fair for economical-

ly disadvantaged children in the Lake Cities, presented by Heavenly Supply Depot at Lake Dallas Middle School, 325 E. Hundley Drive in Lake Dallas. Registration deadline has passed. Visit 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. This month, discuss The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Free. Call 940-349-8749 or e-mail laura. 7 to 8 p.m. — Conversation Club, for those wishing to practice their English language skills with others,

meets at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Free. No registration required. Call 940-3498752. 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Unicorn Lake Summer Concert Series presents Sol Tax, by the fountain at 2900 Wind River Lane. Free music and fun, restaurant specials, and vendors from the Denton Community Market. Bring chairs. 7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents The Color Purple at the Campus Theatre, 214 W.


THURSDAY 7 a.m. — Denton County Farmers Market at Sycamore Street and Carroll Boulevard. Visit 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 a.m. — Texas Master Natu-

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Young sisters Celie (Stacia Fuller-Hallman) and Nettie (I’yanna Music) share an emotional moment in Denton Community Theatre’s “The Color Purple: The Musical About Love.” David Minton/DRC

Further ‘Purple’ enton Community Theatre ends its run of The Color Purple: The Musical About Love this weekend. Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple follows a poor Georgia girl, Celie, from her abusive home to her ar-


EVENTS Continued from Page 2 Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunity

FRIDAY 4 p.m. — Lego Builders Club for ages 6 and older at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Free. Call 940-349-8718 or e-mail stacey.

ranged marriage to moneyed free man Albert Johnson, whom she calls “Mister.” The Color Purple still ruffles feathers 31 years after the novel’s publication because Celie recalls her life in Georgia without censoring its horror: neglect, beatings, rape at the hands of her father, and even-

7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents The Color Purple at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunity 8 to 11 p.m. — Junior High Jamz for middle school students at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. Supervised event includes a live DJ, concessions, pool, air hockey, foosball, pingpong, air hockey, arcade games and basketball. Student IDs are required for entry, or parent verifications for home-school and private school students. Cost is

tually, a marriage full of spite, humiliation and more physical abuse. Celie, played by Genine Ware, rises to the occasion when she meets Shug Avery (KayDee Carr) — the love of Albert’s life and a saloon singer — and discovers both independence and success.

$7. Late pickup fees apply. Call 940-349-8575.

SATURDAY 7 a.m. — Denton County Farmers Market at Sycamore Street and Carroll Boulevard. Visit www.denton 9 a.m. — Apple Tree Project distribution day at First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust St. Interfaith Ministries of Denton Inc. will distribute donated back-to-school items to families who have registered and are approved. Volunteers are needed; sign up at www.ifmdenton. org. A free health and safety fair

Denton theater closes musical this weekend

Musical director Arturo Ortega leads Denton Community Theatre’s cast through the score, which makes ample use of jazz, blues and gospel. Award-winning local director Theresa Buntain is at the helm of the musical. — Lucinda Breeding

THE COLOR PURPLE What: Denton Community Theatre presents the musical adaptation of the novel by Alice Walker and the film directed by Steven Spielberg. Adapted by Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Details: Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students with valid ID and children. To purchase tickets, call 940-382-1915 or visit

(open to the public) will be in Flinn Hall at the church. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Denton Community Market at the Denton County Historical Park, on Mulberry Street near Carroll Boulevard. Visit 10 a.m. — North Texas Fair and Rodeo Parade heads from Denton High School to the downtown Square, then returns to the school. Parade lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. on the north side of Denton High, 1007 Fulton St. Visit or call parade chairwoman Susan Schoenthal 940-391-2187. 10 a.m. to noon — Denton Poets’ Assembly meets at Emily Fowler

Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Free. Visit www.dentonpoetsassembly. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Community health fair at Lake Cities United Methodist Church, 300 E. Hundley Drive in Lake Dallas. Call 940-3216100. 1 to 4 p.m. — Free immunization clinic for ages 18 and younger at First Refuge Ministries, 1701 Broadway St. To be eligible, a child must be uninsured or on Medicaid or CHIP, or their parent must be unable to pay for immunizations at a regular clinic.

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EVENTS Continued from Page 3 Appointments are suggested but not required. Call 940-222-4178. 2 to 4:30 p.m. — “Introduction to Windows XP” class at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. For people who can use a mouse and are just starting to learn about using computers. Free. Call 940-349-8752 to register. 7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents The Color Purple at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunity

SUNDAY 2 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents The Color Purple at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunity

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. 7 to 8 p.m. — Romance in the Stacks Book Club at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. This month, discuss books by Maya Banks. Free. Call 940-349-8796 or e-mail

TUESDAY 7 a.m. — Denton County Farmers Market at Sycamore Street and Carroll Boulevard. Visit www.denton 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 11 a.m. to noon — Cowboy Story Time at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Ages 1-5 can enjoy cowboy-themed stories, songs, puppets and crafts to help celebrate the North Texas Fair and Rodeo. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www. 4 p.m. — It’s a Girl Thing! book club for girls ages 8-12 and their female relative or friend, at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. This month, discuss Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Call 940-349-8752. 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. Call 940-349-8752.

Turning pins to party favors SCRAP Denton to throw Pinterest party Saturday SCRAP Denton, the city’s creative re-use nonprofit, is throwing a Pinterest party Saturday. The party is just the ticket for fans of Pinterest, the online network that invites users to create cyber scrapbooks. Users “pin” images they find — or shoot themselves — onto virtual bulletin boards they can share with friends and strangers, all according to interest. The site has brought tens of thousands of crafters and Do It Yourself fans together to do everything from planning weddings, building low-carb menus or swapping makeup tutorials.

MUSIC The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub Each Wed, County Rexford, 7-9pm, free. 101 W. Hickory St. 940-5665483. The Abbey Underground Thurs: Afro Deezy Axe, Brave Bull. Fri: Starparty, 9pm. Tues: DJ Rizza. Wed: “Speakeasy Night” with DJ Dane. Weekly events: Each Sat, “’80s and ’90s RetroActive Dance Party”; each Sun, open mic hosted by Bone Doggie, signup at 7:30pm; each Mon, karaoke. 100 W. Walnut St. www. ground. American Legion Post 550 Each Fri, free karaoke at 9pm; each Tues, free pool. Live band on the last Sat of the month, free. 905 Foundation St., Pilot Point. 940-686-9901. Andy’s Bar Sat: Gypsy Bravado, the Green Lights, Molotov Dogs, 8pm. 122 N. Locust St. 940-565-5400. Banter Bistro Thurs: Jimin Lee, 6pm. Fri: Oui Bis, 6pm; Kelsey Henry, 8pm; the Knocking, 10pm. Sat: Keith Karns (jazz), 6pm; Johann Wagner, 8pm; Mathew Grigsby, 10pm. Each Thurs, open mic at 8pm; each Sat, live local jazz at 6pm. 219 W. Oak St. 940-565-1638. www.dentonbanter. com. Dan’s Silverleaf Thurs: Paul Slavens’ nine-year anniversary party with Dark Rooms, Blackstone Rangers, Diamond Age, 9pm, $10. Fri: Sealion, Savage and the Big Beat, Sphynx, 10pm, $5. Sat: Two Tons of Steel, 8pm. Sun: Hares on the Mountain, 5pm, free. Wed: A Taste of Herb, 5pm, free; “Buzz Bee” spelling bee, 8pm, $5 contestant entry fee. No smoking indoors. 103 Industrial St.

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Can’t stop “pinning,” and want to try some of the DIY projects on Pinterest? SCRAP Denton will help you get your feet wet with its Pinterest party on Saturday. (Guys pin, too. But they tend to congregate on the areas of the site where users swap snaps of vintage cars, men’s fashion and technology fads. Other interests, such as films and literature

940-320-2000. www.danssilverleaf. com. Denton Square Donuts 208 W. Oak St. 940-220-9447. www.ds Fry Street Public House Each Tues, karaoke, 9pm, free. 125 Ave. A. 940-323-9800. www.publichouse Fry Street Tavern Fri: Alex Craig. 940-383-2337. www.thefrystreet The Garage Fri: Joe Teichman. 113 Ave. A. 940-383-0045. www.the Gerhard’s German Restaurant Thurs: The Texas Sky Band, 7-9pm. Fri: Ron and the Finkensteiners, 7-9pm. 222 W. Hickory St. 940-3816723. The Greenhouse Mon: Jacob Smith. Live jazz each Mon at 10pm, free. 600 N. Locust St. 940-484-1349. www.greenhouserestaurantdenton. com. Hoochie’s Oyster House Live local music each Mon at 6pm. 207 S. Bell Ave. 940-383-0104. http://hoochies Hailey’s Club Thurs: “Throwback Thursdays,” 10pm, free-$5. Fri: Cleanup, Baby Atlas, the Hereticks, Kites and Boomerangs, 9pm, $5-$7. Sat: “The Aeronoticq Hip-Hop & EDM Showcase,” 8pm, $5-$12. Sun: Stolas, Strawberry Girls, So Much Light, the Raven Charter, Evening Crowd, Moxy Crimefighter, A Life in Arm’s Reach, 7pm, $10-$12. Wed: Denton Comedy Collective, 9pm, free-$5. Each Tues, ’90s music, 10pm, free-$5. 122 W. Mulberry St. 940-323-1160. www. J&J’s Pizza Tues: Vulgar Fashion, Daniel Francis Doyle, Hex Cult, 9pm, $3. 118 W. Oak St. 940-382-7769.

draw men and women.) SCRAP — the School and Creative Re-use Action Project — will bring local Pinterest users together for a “makeand-take” party. The event is one-part mixer for fans of the site and one-part introduction to the DIY projects the site inspires. It’s ripe for the frustrated Pinterester who wants to get her feet wet in making things, but without getting in over her head. The party is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Scrap Denton, 215 W. Oak St. Cover is $5 for craft supplies. Attendees will have time to take part in a show and tell, and to share success or failure stories from DIY projects. For more information, visit — Lucinda Breeding The LABB 218 W. Oak St. 940-2934240. La Milpa Mexican Restaurant Each Fri, Mariachi Quetzal, 7:309:30pm. 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 Thurs: Seth Savage, Chris Brazeal, TC Fambro & the Copperheads, 8pm, $5. 1009 Ave. C. 940-565-6611. www.rockinrodeo Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios Fri: Marshstepper, Jock Club, God’s Gun, AFTV, 9pm, $5-$7. Sat: Rotting Out, Take Offense, Minus, Relentless, Dead in the Dirt, 6pm, $10-$12. Tues: Riverboat Gamblers, Blacklist Royals, John Tole, Stymie, 8pm, $10-$12. No smoking indoors. 411 E. Sycamore St. 940-387-7781. Sweetwater Grill & Tavern Sun: Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son, 7pm. Tues: Heather Paterson & Neil Slater Quartet. Shows on the patio, 7-9pm, free. 115 S. Elm St. 940-484-2888.

Trail Dust Steak House 26501 E. U.S. 380 in Aubrey. 940-365-4440. VFW Post 2205 Free karaoke at 8pm each Thurs, Fri and Sat. 909 Sunset St. The Whitehouse Espresso Bar and Beer Garden Each Thurs, open mic hosted by Kelbe Schrank, 7:30pm, signup at 7pm. 424 Bryan St. 940-484-2786. www.twobzandav

IN THE AREA 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday — Lewisville Summer Musicals presents The Night the Music Died, a Buddy Holly tribute, 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 or call 1-800-547-4697. Friday through Sunday — Highland Village Balloon Festival at Unity Park, 2200 Briarhill Blvd. Presented by the Highland Village Lions Club. Festival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 6 to 10 a.m. Sunday. Event includes hot-air balloon fly-ins and takeoffs, tethered balloon rides, arts and crafts, carnival rides, games, live music, food, a kids’ zone and more. Saturday includes a 5K and fun run at 8 a.m., and a car, truck and motorcycle show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pancake breakfast will be served from 6 to 9 a.m. Sunday. Free shuttles available from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Highland Village/Lewisville Lake A-train station. Offsite parking with shuttle service at Marcus High School, 5707 Morriss Road in Flower Mound. Free admission; $5 donation for parking. Visit 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday — Greater Lewisville Community Theatre presents Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck, a one-woman show starring Sherry Etzel, at 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville. Show runs through Aug. 25, with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Benefit show raises money for GLCT’s annual scholarship. Tickets cost $25. For reservations, call 972221-7469. Visit

FUTURE BOOKINGS 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24 — Lake Dallas High School Band March-a-thon, from Lake Dallas High on Parkridge Drive in Corinth to Lake Dallas Middle School on Hundley Drive. Donation buckets will be available along the route. To donate, contact a band member or e-mail Visit Through Aug. 26 — Registration for TWU Community Dance Center classes, which begin Sept. 3. Children, teens and adults can take classes in swing, hip-hop, ballet, jazz, lyrical/modern, country-Western, creative dance and ballroom. Cost is $80 for each 10-week class. A $10 fee

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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, through Aug. 23 in the Gough Gallery. The Chestnut Tree 107 W. Hickory St. Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm, Sun 11am-2pm. 940591-9475. www.chestnuttearoom. com. 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. Denton Square Donuts 208 W. Oak St. 940-220-9447. www.ds The DIME Store Denton Independent Maker Exchange’s store carrying local art, crafts and vintage items, plus workshop/gallery space. TuesSat 10-6. 510 S. Locust St. 940-3812324. Farmer’s & Merchant’s Gallery Early and contemporary Texas art. 100 N. Washington St., Pilot Point. Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Appointments encouraged. 940-6862396. www.farmersandmerchants Gallery 010 in the TWU student union, at the corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive. Mon-Thurs 8-9; Fri 8-5; Sun 1-9. Free. Green Space Arts Collective Studio/gallery available for rental. 529 Malone St. 940-595-9219. Impressions by DSSLC Store selling ceramics by residents of Denton State Supported Living Center. 105 1/2 W. Hickory St. 940-3823399. Jupiter House 114 N. Locust St. 940-387-7100. PointBank Black Box Performing Arts Center Denton Community Theatre’s black box performance space. Mon-Wed 1-4pm, Fri 10:30am-1pm, and during performances. 318 E. Hickory St. SCRAP Denton Nonprofit store selling reused materials for arts and crafts. 215 W. Oak St. 940-391-7499. TWU Blagg-Huey Library MonThurs 7:30am-midnight, Fri 7:30am-10pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 2pm-midnight. 1322 Oakland St. 940-898-3701. 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.


Of love and footwear Lewisville theater stages ‘Bad Dates’ for a good cause ometimes, the only way to weather a really awful date is to laugh at it. Bad Dates opens at Greater Lewisville Community Theatre on Friday night. The play is the company’s 2013 scholarship benefit production. The comedy by Theresa Rebeck tells of a single mother from Texas who relocates to New York City with her teenage daughter to run an upscale restaurant. Along with a series of disastrous encounters in the dating world, our heroine somehow gets involved with the Romanian mob, a Buddhist rainstorm, and the slight


visual-arts. 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.

case of larceny. There are also shoes — lots of them — in this one-woman show starring Sherry Etzel. Bad Dates runs for six performances. Shows are at 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and Aug. 23-24. Matinees are at 3 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 25. Performances are at 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville. The entrance and parking are in the rear, off Elm Street. Tickets cost $25. For reservations, call 972-221-7469. For more information, visit Proceeds from the production fund an annual scholarship given to a graduate from Lewisville public schools who hopes to further performing arts studies in college. — Lucinda Breeding

● “Deep Storage: Special Selections From the Permanent Collection at the College of Visual Arts and Design,” through Saturday. UNT on the Square 109 N. Elm St. Free. Mon-Fri 9am-noon & 1-5pm,

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Actress Sherry Etzel plays a Texas single mom transplanted to the Big Apple in “Bad Dates,” presented by the Greater Lewisville Community Theatre.

with extended hours Thurs until 8pm; Sat 11am-3pm. 940-369-8257. http:// Visual Arts Society of Texas Member organization of the Greater Denton Arts Council offers communi-

ty 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 Lynne Cagle Cox at 972-VAST-ORG.

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DENTON PARKS & RECREATION Grab your friends and start your own adult sports league. Fall sports league registration is ongoing for flag football, volleyball, basketball and kickball, with games held at various Denton recreation centers and parks. For more information or to register, call 940-349-7275 or visit ■ Youth fall sports league registration runs through August. Leagues include group sports such as girls volleyball (ages 7-14), girls softball (age 5 through high school) and NFL Flag Football (ages 5-12). Players will learn about teamwork while building skills. For more information or to register, visit or stop by the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. ■ Seniors 50 and older can watch the Texas Rangers take on the Houston Astros in a battle for the coveted Silver Boot on Monday. Dinner will be dutch treat at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Cost is $23, which includes transportation and admission. Trip leaves at 5 p.m. and returns at about 11:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 940-349-8720. ■ Blastball is the perfect introductory sport for preschoolers. Kids ages 3 and 4 will learn basic concepts of T-ball, with some added fun thrown in to keep their attention. Practice starts Sept. 9, and games start Sept. 14, with most games in Denton on Saturday mornings and occasional weeknight games. The league is coed and will have eight games. Register by Aug. 20. Cost is $50 per child. For more information, call 940-349-8523. ■ Gather up your dog — and his shot records — and register for obedience classes. In basic obedience, teach Fido to sit, stay and play well with others from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 20 through Sept. 24, at Denia Recreation Center, 1001 Parvin St. If your dog can already follow basic commands, enroll in the advanced class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Aug. 28 to Oct. 2, at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive. Register by Tuesday for the beginner class, and by Aug. 21 for the advanced class. Cost is $80. Call 940-206-7156. ■ Seniors 50 and older can be taxied to Shreveport and Bossier City, La., for a fun day on the town. The bus will leave at 9 a.m. Aug. 29 and return at 6 p.m. Aug. 30. Cost is $20 per person for the bus ride (lodging is not included). Call 940-349-8298. ■ Adults can take their fitness to the next level with Les Mill Grit, a high-intensity interval workout from 7:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive. Call 940-349-8287.

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 A Hijacking (★★1⁄2) Everything unfolds fairly predictably in this adventure-thriller film about a Danish cargo ship that is boarded by Somali pirates and then ransomed. The ship and its captives negotiate with the ship’s owners in Denmark, all while the families fret and the men on board go stir-crazy as time passes. Writer-director Tobias Lindholm never conjures up heightened suspense but does convey the tedium of such an ordeal. Rated R, 103 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — Boo Allen Jobs A biopic about the life of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs from 1971 through 2000. With Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. Written by Matthew Whitely. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Rated PG-13, 127 minutes. — Los Angeles Times Kick-Ass 2 Having inspired a new wave of amateur superheroes, the masked vigilantes Kick-Ass and Hit Girl team with a new ally to take on a new villain with an old vendetta. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Written and directed by Jeff Wadlow. Rated R, 103 minutes. — LAT

Paranoia After a costly mistake, an entry-level employee at a powerful corporation is forced to spy on his boss’ former mentor, a company rival. With Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford. Written by Jason Dean Hall and Barry Levy. Directed by Robert Luketic. Rated PG-13, 106 minutes. — LAT

NOW PLAYING Elysium (★★★1⁄2) Neill Blomkamp (District 9) may be well on his way to becoming the only sci-fi writerdirector who matters. The writerdirector picks up on the Occupy Movement, the immigration debate and the rationing-by-cost nature of American health care and came up with Elysium, a violent, derivative and yet thoroughly entertaining trip into the future. In 2159, Earth has become overcrowded, polluted, littered with high-rise shantytowns. An accident dooms factory worker Max Da Costa (Matt Damon), unless he can get to Elysium — the space station where the 1 percent live well, live long and have their every illness cured in a jiffy. With Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and William Fichtner. Rated R, 108 minutes. — McClatchyTribune News Service Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters A young demigod and his friends embark on a treacherous odyssey to recover the magical Golden Fleece from the Bermuda Triangle. With Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson. Rated PG, 105 minutes. — LAT Planes In this animated film set in a world of anthropomorphic aircraft, a plane with a fear of heights dreams of competing as a high-flying racer. With the voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett and Teri Hatcher. Rated PG, 92 minutes. — LAT

RED 2 (★★1⁄2) The joy of RED was seeing a cast packed with Oscar winners and very good actors flesh out and class up a Bruce Willis action film. If anything, this “Retired, Extremely Dangerous” sequel ups the ante. Somebody’s Wikileaked info about a secret bomb project that retired government assassins Frank (Willis) and Marvin (John Malkovich) were linked to decades before. Now they need to survive the hit men (Neal McDonough and Byung-hun Lee) sent to get them. Rated PG-13, 108 minutes. — MCT The Smurfs 2 There’s trouble brewing in the blue-skinned forestdwellers new adventure-comedy,

which mixes animation and liveaction. Wannabe evil sorcerer Gargamel (Hank Azaria) intends to kidnap Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) from her enchanted-forest home to obtain the formula for the magical Smurf essence that Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters, in his final film role) used to originally bestow her with blue-skinned bliss. Beyond a few chuckle-worthy one-liners and some amusing visual comedy, there’s not much to engage adults, although the wee ones should be distracted enough. With Christina Ricci, George

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MOVIES Continued from Page 6 Lopez, Anton Yelchin and Neil Patrick Harris. Rated PG, 105 minutes. — HR 2 Guns (★★1⁄2) Denzel Washington teams up with that King of Chemistry, Mark Wahlberg, in 2 Guns, a jokeybloody action comedy that could use more jokes and less blood. Washington is Bobby, a border country smuggler/drug dealer trying to do business with Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos), a Mexican drug kingpin. Stig (Wahlberg) is Bobby’s mouthy, trigger-happy sidekick. For some other reason, neither Bobby nor Stig has figured out that the other is a federal agent of some sort. With Bill Paxton, James Marsden and Paula Patton. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband). Rated R, 109 minutes. Opening Friday. — MCT We’re the Millers (★★) This is an identity comedy with identity issues. Jason Sudeikis plays a pot dealer who, as a disguise for smuggling a huge shipment of weed, forms a fake

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Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) tidies up the Oval Office for Dwight Eisenhower (Robin Williams) in a scene from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

Silent witness Gump-like ‘Butler’ has little to say as history reels by By Boo Allen Film Critic

An unmistakable air of Importance (yes, with a capital “I”) surrounds the new historical drama Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Danny Strong’s screenplay tells the story of Cecil Gaines, a pseudonym for the real butler who worked in the White House from the Eisenhower administration through Reagan. Director Lee Daniels gets considerable help to tell his story. Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker plays Gaines, aging more than 50 years in the role, and Oprah Winfrey plays Gaines’ wife, Gloria, a small role that gains importance simply through the high-voltage casting. But Daniels saves his biggest bit of gimmick casting for the first families. The actors who portray the presidents prove odd enough choices, but Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan will surely raise pulses and eyebrows.

While telling Gaines’ story, Daniels also chronicles more than a half-century of civil rights struggles by black Americans. By doing so, Daniels turns Gaines, and later his son Louis (David Oyelowo), into unbelievable Zeligs. The two Gaineses seem to be around when anything historical takes place. Cecil waits on President Eisenhower while Ike watches the combustible Little Rock integration on television (and try not to laugh when you see Robin Williams as Eisenhower). Later, both Kennedy (James Marsden) and Johnson (Liev Schreiber) watch civil rights demonstrations on television while Cecil hovers. The Vietnam War and South Africa’s apartheid also provide scenery-chewing moments for Nixon (John Cusack) and Reagan (Alan Rickman), all while Cecil attends. Cecil never contributes his thoughts or attempts to change minds, but he’s there, and that is obviously meant to be important enough for a movie. Son Louis breaks from his father yet performs his own Forest Gump imitation by attending

Lee Daniels’ The Butler Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. Opens Friday.

the Birmingham marches, the Freedom Rides and lunch counter sit-ins, and being present at Martin Luther King’s assassination. Daniels never simply presents an event. Instead, he overdramatizes. The accompanying newsreel footage proves horrible and frightening enough in the depiction of protests, but the director pushes it further with several scenes bordering on torture porn. Daniels fills the movie’s first 10 minutes or so with a rape of young Cecil’s mother, followed by the shooting of his father, and then the after-images of a lynching. Daniels may chronicle many of the familiar historical high spots, but he never adds much insight to go with it, even though he always has a witness on hand.

family to drive an RV across the Mexico border. He gathers local stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), surly homeless teenager Casey (Emma Roberts) and his young, naive neighbor Kenny (Will Poulter). Everything in We’re the Millers feels forced — a hodgepodge of comedic rhythms made to lurch from one crude gag to another. Rated R, 110 minutes. — AP The Wolverine (★★★) This latest X-Men movie is a lot more existential than recent installments in this comic book series have been. The Wolverine is nothing if not ambitious — a moody, haunted tale of Logan the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) coping with his ghosts and settling old debts — in Japan, no less. And if this James Mangold (Walk the Line) take on the superhero franchise stumbles up blind alleys, overreaches and turns long and repetitious by its bloodybland predictable third act, at least it gives Jackman something worth chewing over for the first 90 minutes. But The Wolverine may leave you wanting the higher-minded movie this one promised to be — for a while. Rated PG-13, 120 minutes. — MCT

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When: Friday through Aug. 24 Where: North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. Details: Tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-12. Admission is free for ages 6 and younger. Parking costs $5. Four-day passes are available for $40, and season passes cost $90. On the Web:

Gates open 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. 6 p.m. — Kylie Rae Harris, Bud Light Stage 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Tractor pull, Kid Zone 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Amazing Rainforest Experience, Fun Zone 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. — Spirit of the Horse, Fun Zone 7:30 p.m. — PRCA Rodeo, Rodeo Arena 9:30 p.m. — Josh Abbott Band, Budweiser Stage 11 p.m. — Six Market Boulevard, Bud Light Stage

SATURDAY Gates open 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. 8:30 a.m. — Parade lineup, north side of Denton High School, 1007 Fulton St. 10 a.m. — North Texas Fair and Rodeo Parade begins. Parade heads from Denton High School to the downtown Square, then returns to the school. 11 a.m. — Junior steers jackpot showmanship, Livestock Pavilion 11:45 a.m. — TCCA junior steer show, Livestock Pavilion

2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Tractor pull, Kid Zone 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — Spirit of the Horse, Fun Zone 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Amazing Rainforest Experience, Fun Zone 6 p.m. — Justin McBride, Bud Light Stage 7:30 p.m. — PRCA Rodeo, Rodeo Arena 9:30 p.m. — Jack Ingram, Budweiser Stage 11 p.m. — Justin McBride, Bud Light Stage

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Texas roots upstarts Six Market Blvd. help fire up fair By Lucinda Breeding Features Editor

ard work and lots of time on the road account for a quantum leap in artistry between the first and second albums by Stephenville quintet Six Market Blvd. Founding member and lead vocalist Clayton Landau said it hasn’t hurt that experience has brought confidence to the up-and-coming Texas roots band. Confidence made Shake It Down sound more seasoned than on the band’s 2010 debut, Running on Seven. “That’s just a solid two years of being on the road between those two releases,” Landau said. “That’s what you’re hearing there. Being out there and working matters. We were playing a lot, meeting new people and playing with different folks. We knew we had a better head on our shoulders when we went into the studio to get Shake It Down done.” The band plays Denton at 11 p.m. on Friday, the opening night of the North Texas Fair and Rodeo. Denton keyboard player Red Shahan, who joined the band earlier this year, performs with them. To hear Landau talk, Stephenville has a few things in common with Denton. Home to Tarleton State University, one of what feels like a thousand shoots that sprang from Texas A&M University, Stephenville has a busy music scene. Stephenville played a big part in the formation of Six Market Blvd., as it happens. “There are all sorts of artists who are working, all sorts of bands,” Landau said. “People meet each other at open mic nights and start playing together. Pretty much, a few of us were going to Tarleton, and met at open mics or parties. Some of us met in classes there.” Stephenville is probably most comfortable with the Texas country music piped in through FM stations, and best known,

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Bulls get worked up in a pen as riders wait for the action to begin at last year’s North Texas Fair and Rodeo. David Minton/DRC file photo

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Stephenville country-rock band Six Market Blvd. plays Friday night at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo. musically, for the Texas music that starving artists are making there. Landau said the scene is diverse, but roots and country music is probably the main musical draw. Running on Seven tips its hand, showing a talented band of musicians favoring the familiar. Shake It Down wears more influences — Stevie Ray Vaughan’s squealing Southwest blues on “Say It,” and streaks of bluegrass reminiscent of Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet in “Medina.” Six Market Blvd. isn’t bashful about poprock huff-and-puff, either, turning out credible licks and attitude on “Mailbox.” Landau delivers chorus and verse with an unvarnished Texas twang. The honest drawl puts the pearl snaps on other tracks (“In the Name of Us” and “14 Miles From Home”) that could easily be remade in the image of John Mayer’s trusty adult con-

temporary fare. And in “Mr. Indian Man,” the band sneaks the unforgettable riff from “Smoke on the Water” into the second verse. Landau said the songs that made Shake It Down were road-tested before they made the album. “The songs, we’ll write them and then we’ll put them in the set list and see how they do,” he said. “If a song makes it through the run, it’ll go on the record. We’ve been lucky. People have been catching on as we go along. Sometimes, we’ll play a place that’s almost empty, but then we’ll go play another show, and it’s like people will have found out about us.” The band produced its debut independently, and followed suit with Shake It See BAND on 10


es open 1 to 11 p.m. m. — Junior heifers jackpot showmanship, tock Pavilion 5 p.m. — TCCA junior heifers show, Livestock on m. — Barbecue winners announced, Fair Hall m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Tractor pull, Kid Zone m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — Spirit of the Horse, Zone m. — Roving mariachi musicians, Bud Light

MONDAY Stage 4 p.m. — Little Mister and Little Miss North Texas Fair Pageant, Fair Hall 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Amazing Rainforest Experience, Fun Zone 7:30 p.m. — PRCA Rodeo and Rodeo Queen coronation, Rodeo Arena 9:30 p.m. — Emilio Navaira, Budweiser Stage

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Gates open 6 p.m. to midnight 6 p.m. — Acoustic set with Brian Burns, Brian Houser and Sonny Burgess, Bud Light Stage 6:30 p.m. — Open beef cattle show, Livestock Pavilion 6:30 p.m. — Tractor pull, Kid Zone 7 p.m. — Little Miss Junior and Junior Miss North Texas Fair Pageants, Fair Hall 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Amazing Rainforest Experience, Fun Zone

7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. — Spirit of the Horse, Fun Zone 7:30 p.m. — Ranch Rodeo, Rodeo Arena 9:30 p.m. — Cody Jinks, Budweiser Stage 11 p.m. — Acoustic set with Brian Burns, Brian Houser and Sonny Burgess, Bud Light Stage

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Six Market Blvd. has its roots in Stephenville, home to Tarleton State University. Courtesy photo

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Band Down. Six Market Blvd. was taken under the wing of Vision Entertainment and Thirty Tigers, which then re-released Shake It Down last November, just five months after the band had put it out. Landau said the band has also grown thanks to the tightknit community surrounding the Red Dirt and Texas music scene. The band breaks bread with Oklahoma powerhouses the Damn Quails and the Turnpike Troubadours. “The Turnpike Troubadours are just tearing it up right now,” Landau said. “They’re on fire, and they’re great guys.” Landau said singer-songwriter William Clark Green has showed Six Market more than a thing or two about songwriting and expert showmanship. “We’ve got a great camaraderie with those guys,” Landau said. “One time, we did a show down in San Marcos and we didn’t have any place to crash. William Clark Green had this trailer he let us crash in. There’s a lot of support there. Great guys, all of them.” Six Market Blvd. plays its first North Texas Fair gig on Friday night. Landau said the band will do its best to induct new fans into the fold. “Before the show, we’ll be passing out the black bandannas,” he said. “The goal is to get as many Six Market Blvd. bandannas out there as possible.” LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877.

TRACK BY TRACK: SIX MARKET BLVD. “Stand” — There’s something sweet and un-fussy about this nugget from “Shake It Down.” Silly little love songs are a dime a dozen, to be sure. But “Stand” is ripe for a wedding. In fact, it’s perfect. Too fast for a slow dance and too genteel for rocking out. “14 Miles From Home” — Like that last little leg of a worn-out road trip, this song ramps about the anticipation. There’s a dirge-like quality to the song, an ambling yet steady rhythm. But it builds energy and a feeling of momentum as the verses pass. As you feel home getting closer, comfort swells up in the song, by way of the broken-in slide guitar and pick-andgrin lead guitar. Our narrator pulls in the driveway with acceptance, not expectations. He sings: “Sitting on the fence ’cause my truck broke down/There’s radiator fluid all over the ground/And luck is like a friend that speaks behind your back/But I ain’t worried ’bout things like that/ ’Cause I’m finally finding myself/I wish you’d take this chance and give it hell.” “Still-Water Pillowcase” — A genuine slow dance song about letting go and letting God. Or going with the flow and not giving the devil anything to work with. Radio-friendly guiltars waltz with the steady tock that comes from drummer Dallas Neal’s kit. Landau’s vocals are nice and easy as he advises his listener to feel the feelings. “It just takes time” is the refrain, which breaks for a sort of cookie-cutter guitar bridge, but Six Market Blvd. is about feeding the fans, not its ego. The song winds up in a swell of harmonies and drums for a once-more-with-feeling kind of ending. — Lucinda Breeding



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Gates open 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. 5 p.m. — Junior pigs TJPA official showmanship, Livestock Pavilion 5:30 p.m. — TJPA junior pigs shows, Livestock Pavilion 6 p.m. — Acoustic set with Dusty Smirl, Bud Light Stage 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Tractor pull, Kid Zone 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Amazing Rainforest Experience, Fun Zone 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. — Spirit of the Horse, Fun Zone 7:30 p.m. — Mutton Bustin’ Finals, Miller Lite Bull Blow-Out and North Texas Fair and Rodeo Cowboy Protection Match, Rodeo Arena 9:30 p.m. — Casey Donahew Band, Budweiser Stage 11 p.m. — Cody Johnson, Bud Light Stage

TUESDAY Gates open 6 p.m. to midnight 6 p.m. — Acoustic set with Ryan Ready and Austin Cunningham, Bud Light Stage 6 p.m. — Mutton Bustin’, Livestock Pavilion 6:30 p.m. — Tractor pull, Kid Zone 7 p.m. — Miss Teen and Junior Miss North Texas Fair Pageants, Fair Hall 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Amazing Rainforest Experience, Fun Zone 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. — Spirit of the Horse, Fun Zone 7:30 p.m. — 21 & Under Rodeo, Rodeo Arena 9:30 p.m. — Max Stalling, Budweiser Stage 11 p.m. — Acoustic set with Ryan Ready and Austin Cunningham, Bud Light Stage

WEDNESDAY Gates open 6 p.m. to midnight 6 p.m. — Mutton Bustin’, Livestock Pavilion 6 p.m. — Westbound 21, Bud Light Stage 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Tractor pull, Kid Zone 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Amazing Rainforest Experience, Fun Zone 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. — Spirit of the Horse, Fun Zone 7:30 p.m. — 21 & Under Rodeo, Rodeo Arena 9:30 p.m. — Madison Rising, Budweiser Stage 11 p.m. — Westbound 21, Bud Light Stage

THURSDAY, AUG. 22 Gates open 6 p.m. to midnight 6 p.m. — Livestock judging contest, Livestock Pavilion 6 p.m. — Joey Green, Bud Light Stage 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Tractor pull, Kid Zone 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Amazing Rainforest Experience, Fun Zone 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. — Spirit of the Horse, Fun Zone 7:30 p.m. — Mutton Bustin’, Miller Lite Bull Blow-Out and North Texas Fair and Rodeo Cowboy Protection Match, Rodeo Arena 9:30 p.m. — Turnpike Troubadours, Budweiser Stage 11 p.m. — Damn Quails, Bud Light Stage

SATURDAY, AUG. 24 Gates open 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. 10 a.m. — Horseshoe, washer pitching and cornhole championship, Fun Zone 2 p.m. — Junior lambs and goats TJLA and TJMGA official showmanship, Livestock Pavilion 2:30 p.m. — Junior lambs and goats TJLA and TJMGA shows, Livestock Pavilion 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Tractor pull, Kid Zone 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — Spirit of the Horse, Fun Zone 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Amazing Rainforest Experience, Fun Zone 6 p.m. — Rusty Brothers, Bud Light Stage 7:30 p.m. — Mutton Bustin’ Finals, Miller Lite Bull Blow-Out and North Texas Fair and Rodeo Cowboy Protection Match, Rodeo Arena 9:30 p.m. — Neal McCoy, Budweiser Stage 11 p.m. — Rusty Brothers, Bud Light Stage


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

BARBECUE Clint’s BBQ Barbecue spot serves up brisket, ribs, pulled pork, sausage, chicken and breakfast too. 921 S. U.S. Highway 377, Aubrey. Tues-Thurs 6am-8pm; Fri-Sat 6am-9pm; Sun 6am-3pm. 940-365-9338. Gold Mine BBQ 222 W. Hickory St., Suite 102. 940-387-4999. www. 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. $-$$. 940-


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. Join the Cups and Crepes group on 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.

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DINING Continued from Page 11 two rescued bears at Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch’s restaurant, specializing in brick oven pizza. Full bar. 11670 Massey Road, Pilot Point. Tues-Fri 5-9pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-4pm. $-$$. 940-489-3064. www.bearsden Denton Square Donuts 208 W. Oak St. Daily 7:30am-5:30pm. 940220-9447. 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. www.all

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). $-$$. 940-484-1349. www.greenhouse Hannah’s Off the Square Executive chef Sheena Croft’s “upscale comfort food” puts the focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Steaks get A-plus. Tempting desserts. Full bar. Smoking on terrace only. No checks. 111 W. Mulberry St. Lunch: Mon-Sat 11-3. Brunch: Sun 10:30am-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Mon 4:30-9; Tues-Thurs 4:30-10; Fri-Sat 4:30-11. $$-$$$. 940-566-1110. www.hannahsoffthe Queenie’s Steakhouse Chef Tim Love’s steakhouse just off the downtown Square. Live jazz nightly. Full bar. 115 E. Hickory St. Lunch: Fri 11:30-2:30. Dinner: Wed-Thurs 4:3010pm, Fri-Sat 4:30-11pm. $$-$$$. 940-442-6834. www.queeniessteak The Wildwood Inn Elegant dining room tucked away in a bed and breakfast. Excellent food like hearty soups, Angus rib-eye, meal-size salads and daily specials. Beer and wine. No smoking inside. 2602 Lillian Miller Parkway. Thurs-Sat 6-10pm. $$$. 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. Grip Mediterranean Grill 1200 W. Hickory St. at Sterling Fry Street. 940-808-1616. www.gripmed Jasmine’s Mediterranean Grill and Hookah Lounge 801 Sunset St. Sun-Thurs 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am. 940-898-1800. http://


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- 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. $. 940-3827025. 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

6860 or by fax to 940-566-6888. To be considered for a profile, send the restaurant name,address, phone nuber, days and hours of operation and a copy of the menu to: Denton Time Editor, P.O. Box 369, Denton, TX 76202. Please indicate whether the restaurant is new or has changed ownership, chefs or menus.

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4:30-9pm, Sat 11-9 and Sun 11-3. $-$$. 940-458-0000. Cartwright’s Ranch House Restaurant on the Square serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring chicken-fried steak, hamburgers and steaks. Family-style service available. 111 N. Elm St. 940-387-7706. Jay’s Cafe 110 W. Main St., Pilot Point. 940-686-0158. OldWest Cafe As winner of the Best Breakfast and Best Homestyle Cooking titles in Best of Denton 2009 through 2013, this eatery offers a wide selection of homemade meals. Denton location: 1020 Dallas Drive. Mon-Sat 6am-2pm, Sun 7am-2pm. $. 940-382-8220. Sanger location: 711 N. Fifth St. Daily 7am-2pm. 940-4587358. 817-442-9378. Prairie House Restaurant Open since 1989, this Texas eatery serves up mesquite-grilled steaks, baby-back ribs, buffalo burgers, chicken-fried rib-eyes and other assorted dishes. 10001 U.S. Highway 380, Cross Roads. Daily 7:30am-10pm. $-$$. 940-4409760.

JAPANESE Avocado Sushi Restaurant 2430 S. I-35E, Suite 126. 940-383-9812. I Love Sushi 917 Sunset St. MonThurs 11am-3pm & 5-10pm, Fri 11am-3pm & 5-10:30pm; Sat noon-10:30pm; Sun 12:30-9pm. $$. 940-891-6060. J Sushi 1400 S. Loop 288, Suite 100. 940-387-8833. Keiichi Sushi chef Keiichi Nagano turns eel, fluke, squid, salmon, yellowtail and tuna into sashimi. Daily fish specials and pasta dishes served with an Asian flair. Homemade tiramisu and fruit sorbets. Reservations recommended. Wine and beer. 500 N. Elm St. Tues-Sat 5-11. $$-$$$. 940382-7505. Shogun Steakhouse & Sushi Bar 3606 S. I-35E, Suite 100. 940-3827800. Sushi Cafe 1401 W. Oak St. 940380-1030.

Casa Galaviz Comfortable, homey atmosphere at small, diner-style restaurant that caters to the morning and noon crowd. Known for homemade flour tortillas and authentic Mexican dishes from barbacoa to menudo. BYOB. 508 S. Elm St. MonFri 7-7; Sat-Sun 7-5. $. 940-387-2675. Chilitos Delicious guacamole; albondigas soup rich with chunky vegetables and big, tender meatballs. Standout: savory pork carnitas. Attentive, friendly staff. Menudo on weekends, breakfast anytime. Daily lunch specials. Full bar. No smoking. 621 S. Lake Dallas Drive, Lake Dallas. Mon-Fri 11-9, Sat 10-9. $-$$. 940-321-5522. El Chaparral Grille Restaurant serves a duo of American and Mexican-style dishes for breakfast, lunch and catering events. Daily specials, and breakfast buffet on Sundays. 324 E. McKinney St., Suite 102. Mon-Fri 7am-2pm; Sun 8am-2pm. $. 940-2431313. El Guapo’s Huge menu encompasses Tex-Mex and Mexican standards as well as ribs, brisket and twists like Santana’s Supernatural Quesadillas (fajita chicken and bacon) and jalapeno-stuffed shrimp. Ilada Parilla Asada steak with avocado was a little salty; enchiladas are very good. Full bar. 419 S. Elm St. Mon-Fri 11-10, Sat-Sun 11-11. $$. 940-566-5575. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Eatery stakes claim of wide variety in local taco territory. Soft and crispy tacos available with shrimp, fish, chicken, garlic shredded beef and veggies. Breakfast burritos too. Beer, wine and margaritas. 115 Industrial St. Mon-Tues 6:30am-10pm, Wed 6:30am-11pm, Thurs 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-2am, Sun 6:30am-10pm. $. 940-380-8226. I-35E location: 2412 S. I-35E, 940-488-4779. La Estrella Mini Market 602 E. McKinney St. 940-566-3405. La Mexicana Strictly authentic Mexican with enough Tex-Mex to keep locals happy. Chili relleno is a winner, with earthy beans and rice. Chicken enchiladas are complex, savory. Beer. 619 S. Locust St. Daily 9-10. $. 940-483-8019. La Milpa Mexican Restaurant 820 S. I-35E, Suite 101. 940-3828470. Los Toreros 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 134. Sun-Thurs 11am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. 940-390-7693. Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant Authentic Mexican dining includes worthy chicken enchiladas and flautas. Fine standard combo choices and breakfast items with reasonable prices. Quick service. Beer and wine. 1928 N. Ruddell St. Tues-Fri 11-9:30, Sat 8am-9:30pm, Sun 8-4. $. 940566-1718. Mi Casita Mexican Food Fresh, tasty, no-frills Tex-Mex at good prices. Tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, chalupas and more plus daily specials and breakfast offerings. Fast and friendly service. Beer and wine. 110 N. Carroll Blvd. Mon-Sat 7am-9pm. $. 940-891-1932. Mi Casita Express: 905 W. University Drive, 940-891-1938. Mi Casita: 2221 S. I-35E, 940-891-1500. Miguelito’s Mexican Restaurant The basics: brisk service, family atmosphere and essential selections at a reasonable price. Sopapillas and

flan are winners. Beer and margaritas. 1412 N. Stemmons St., Sanger. 940458-0073. Mi Ranchito Small, family-operated, authentic Tex-Mex spot with $5.50 lunch specials Tues-Fri. Beer. 122 Fort Worth Drive. Tues-Thurs 11am-3pm, 5-9:30pm; Fri-Sun 11-10. $. 940-3811167. Raphael’s Restaurante Mexicano Not your standard Tex-Mex — worth the drive. Sampler appetizer comes with crunchy chicken flautas, fresh guacamole. Pechuga (grilled chicken breast) in creme good to the last bite, and beef fajitas are juicy and flavorful. Full bar. 26615 U.S. 380 East, Aubrey. Tues-Sat 11-10, Sun 11-9. $-$$. 940-440-9483. Rusty Taco 210 E. Hickory St. 940483-8226. Taco Lady 1101 E. McKinney St. 940-380-8188. Taqueria El Picante 1305 Knight St., Suite A. Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat-Sun 8-5. 940-382-2100. Tortilleria Tierra Caliente 1607 E. McKinney St., Suite 800. 940-5916807. Tortilleria La Sabrocita 201 Dallas Drive. 940-382-0720. Veronica’s Cafe 803 E. McKinney St. 940-565-9809. Villa Grande Mexican Restaurant 12000 U.S. 380 East, Cross Roads. 940-365-1700. Denton location: 2530 W. University Drive, 940382-6416.

NATURAL/VEGETARIAN The Bowllery 901 Ave. C, Suite 101. Daily 11am-10pm. 940-383-2695. Cupboard Natural Foods and Cafe Cozy cafe inside food store serves things the natural way. Winning salads; also good soups, smoothies and sandwiches, both with and without meat. Wonderful breakfast including tacos, quiche, muffins and more. No smoking. 200 W. Congress St. Mon-Sat 8-8, Sun 10-7. $. 940387-5386.

SEAFOOD Dani Rae’s Gulf Coast Kitchen 2303 S. I-35E. Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. 940-898-1404. Frilly’s Seafood Bayou Kitchen Plenty of Cajun standards and Texas fusion plates. Everything gets plenty of spice — sometimes too much. Sides like jalapeno cornbread, red beans and rice are extra. Beer and wine. 1925 Denison St. Sun-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-9:30. $$. 940-243-2126. Hoochie’s Oyster House 207 S. Bell Ave. Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. 940-383-0104. http://

STEAK Ranchman’s Cafe Legendary cafe sticks to old-fashioned steaks and tradition. Oversized steaks and delicious chicken-fried steak. Homey meringue pies; order baked potato ahead. BYOB. 110 W. Bailey St., Ponder. Sun-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10. $-$$$. 940-479-2221. www.ranch Trail Dust Steak House Informal dress (neckties will be clipped). Dance to live C&W. 26501 U.S. 380 East, Aubrey. $$. 940-365-4440.

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Weekly entertainment magazine of the Denton Record-Chronicle.

August 15 Denton Time 2013  

Weekly entertainment magazine of the Denton Record-Chronicle.