WHAT WE DID: DECEMBER 22ND 2014

by will milne

What We Did is our weekly roundup of photos that WDDI staff and readers have taken over the past seven days. This week saw the last performance of Denton stalwarts Centromatic (more on that later), lots of exploration outside, and a whole bunch of Christmas shopping. 

If you'd like to be included in What We Did, tag your images with #WDDI on Instagram, and check back here next Monday. As always, we're limited in the photos we can post, but we encourage you to search the hashtag #WDDI and check out all of the other awesome photos that were posted that we were unable to post on the blog. Click the images below to be led back to the photographer's Instagram page. Have a great week!


If these cameras were a family, who would be the mom and who would be the dad? 

If these cameras were a family, who would be the mom and who would be the dad? 

Yeah, so make sure y'all are following @catsofdenton so you don't miss gold like this leaf covered furball. 

Yeah, so make sure y'all are following @catsofdenton so you don't miss gold like this leaf covered furball. 

Here's an image of motorcycle group, Iron Guardians, talking to at-risk teens. Make sure you read the story about them on the DRC from this past September. 

Here's an image of motorcycle group, Iron Guardians, talking to at-risk teens. Make sure you read the story about them on the DRC from this past September. 

Members of Cross Timbers Church spread cheer around Denton last week. 

Members of Cross Timbers Church spread cheer around Denton last week. 

Photo by @Breafkast. 

Photo by @Breafkast. 

Character at Andy's by Jessica Hume. 

Character at Andy's by Jessica Hume. 

Breakfast 

Breakfast 

Lunch

Lunch

Dinner? 

Dinner? 

That was a big bite, @Breazee. 

That was a big bite, @Breazee. 

We casually mentioned that Fera's had become El Gato Loco last week and it appears as if it has already closed down. 

We casually mentioned that Fera's had become El Gato Loco last week and it appears as if it has already closed down. 

Next time Pan Chittenden teachers a class at Natural Grocers, make it a point to attend, y'all. 

Next time Pan Chittenden teachers a class at Natural Grocers, make it a point to attend, y'all. 

Sky by @eightyonegrayphoto. 

Sky by @eightyonegrayphoto. 

Looks as if @Service_Industry is coming along nicely. 

Looks as if @Service_Industry is coming along nicely. 

@amandalrob1212 thought these tacos from La Estrella looked so delicious, she couldn't not take a bite before snapping this great shot. 

@amandalrob1212 thought these tacos from La Estrella looked so delicious, she couldn't not take a bite before snapping this great shot. 

THE TIME OF THE SEASON: 35 DENTON ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF BANDS

by will milne

SARA BUTTON

Photo by Jessica Hume. 

Y’all ready to get back to the music? 35 Denton is making a return in 2015 with its 5th festival. If you’ve been on social media at all this week, you’ve probably seen the first round of announcements already. We have, and they've had us smilin' like a possum chewing on yellow jackets this whole week. 

We recently got to talk to Andy Odom, Director of Social Media for 35 Denton, to get some specifics on what to expect during the March festival. Check out what he had to say below and then find a special 35 Denton playlist at the end. Merry Festivalmas, y'all!


Andy Odom

Andy Odom

We Denton Do It: Yo, Andy! What is new this year for the festival as a whole? 

Andy Odom: Each year there’s something new, or at least, something different. For this year, we’re looking to refocus and reconfigure the experience. There’s one less day and an updated venue list. We hope that means a stronger and more concentrated experience for attendees.

Who are you most excited to see (so far)? 

Obviously, I’m excited to see The Zombies. Oracle and Odyssey is an absolute classic album, and it’s going to be amazing to see them in downtown Denton. I’m also looking forward to seeing S U R V I V E from Austin. I caught their FunFunFun Nites set in Austin a few weeks ago, and they’re pretty incredible

When will we know about other artists?

We’re working on the next announcement now and expect it to be ready in a couple of weeks. We expect at least two more announcements, but then, there are a lot of things in the works that I can’t talk about yet, so there might be some surprises.
 

What kind of experience should the festival goers expect for 2015? 

Our goal is that this year the fest is more intimate, more immediate, but just as fun and full as previous years. We’re always trying new things to create the best experience as possible and we’re always listening to feedback from attendees, so we’re always playing with the formula a little bit.
 

Will the festival be back for 2016

Work for 35 Denton 2016 will begin on March 16, 2015. 


Based on years past, we are excited about a more intimate, more immediate festival, too! Thanks, Andy!

In addition, the good people over at 35 Denton made a playlist with some of their favorite tracks from the already released artists. We’d be lying if we said we hadn’t been jamming it for a couple of days now. Check out the playlist below and let us know your favorite tune in the comments below.

QUICK DENTON BUSINESS UPDATE: DECEMBER 2014

by will milne

Will Milne

Once a month, we like to take a look at all of the business openings and closings in town that interest us. This being Denton, we're always pretty busy. In fact, we set out to write this column, thinking it would be an easy one to bang out this month, but no...there's so much going on. Read on to learn about all of the bars (even of the salad variety), restaurants, apartments and more that will be open in Denton very soon.


A new high end brew pub dubbed Barley & Board will go into the space that was previously occupied by Cafe Herrera's. Sparky Pearson of LSA is onboard and the place looks to be pretty interesting. We attended a little preview shindig earlier this month. Check out our post from that event to learn more

The Denton Record Chronicle reported last week that the space that was once Gerhard's and has been empty for about a year now at 222 W. Hickory will become a Muddy Jakes Sports Grill and Pub soon enough. We're just gonna share their little logo thing with some sort of beer drinking UNT hoodlum dogs for ya and move on. 

This will either be The Rail Yard or East End next summer. 

This will either be The Rail Yard or East End next summer. 

The Martino Group Axis Realty Group will open a new apartment complex in a 27,936 square foot historic building over on the east side of downtown. Axis is currently putting it to the city of Denton as to whether the building should be dubbed The Railyard or East End, but either way it will be home to some high-end apartments, retail/restaurant space, and creative office space. 

Yogurt Fusion closed a couple of weeks ago much to the chagrin of yogurt aficionados around the square. So if you've been jonesing to recreate 2006 and play some Wii, you're out of luck. 

Service Industry is a new bar that will open up the in the old Goldmine BBQ space on Hickory next February. We'll hopefully have more info on them soon enough. 

We talked with Eric Nichelson of the brand new Denton Music Workshop last week. They're a vessel of knowledge for all things music. Check out our coverage here

Hickory and Fry, the upcoming bar going into the space at Hickory...and...Fry, has a menu up on their website. No drinks listed for the much-hyped cocktail bar, but there are elotes, so our interests are piqued. 

A local burger chain, OC Burgers, will open on South Elm by Bet the House. We were kinda ho-hum on this place until we saw this picture of their olympic burger with pastrami. Now our mouths are watering. 

Inspire Yoga, will soon open a location in Denton. The vinyasa yoga facility's first, and only other location, is in Highland Village. Their Denton location will join Pizza Snob in the retail section of the H Squared apartments on Hickory St. 

Local music festival, 35 Denton (ex NX35, North by 35, 35 Conferette, etc...) is back with a vengeance after taking a year off. Amidst some shuffling behind the scenes, they decided it was the time of the season to put out their first (yup, that was the first of many) announcement about next March's festival earlier this week. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Zombies, will take the stage in Denton along with a bunch of other great bands. Check out the full list here. More on that soon enough...

It was recently announced that the employee-owned Winco Foods will be the much-anticipated grocery anchor at Rayzor Ranch Town Center. The announcement was met with some dismay which you already know if you follow us on Facebook. 

The delicious gringo taco food truck you've no doubt tried out, Flatlanders Taco Company, will open their first brick and mortar store behind Andaman and across from Oak St. Drafthouse early next year. We hope to scope the place out and somehow work out way into getting a free margarita or something... and maybe take a picture or two of the place. 

We'll go out with a couple of quick ones:

Salata, a "next-generation salad bar" will open soon at the U Centre on Fry. 

Fera's became El Gato Loco a while back somehow, but you don't really need to go there.

The DRC had a great piece on Harvest House, the bar/venue/community space that was once an automotive shop on Hickory (where else?) hope to open March 13th of next year. 

We've heard rumors of a artisanal olive oil and balsamic vinegar place going in on South Locust (ugh SoLo). 

While this isn't in the realm of new businesses, we figured we'd end this month's Business Update with an urge for y'all to go eat at some of those restaurants stuck in the middle of the construction on Hickory St. Yes, they're open. Andaman, Weinberger's Deli and Mellow Mushroom are in the worst of it and are completely delicious. Personally, the red skin potato pie at Mellow Mushroom is one of our favorite pizzas in town (not to mention their awesome happy hour), and the poached banana over at Andaman is our favorite fall dessert. Go treat yoself and help out some businesses (plus you get to walk across a temporary pedestrian bridge). 

NOTE: This post was edited on 12/18/2014. The Martino Group is actually building the East End/Rail Yard space. 

THE DEN10: DECEMBER 17th

by Alyssa Stevenson

As usual, there’s a lot to get into this week. Staring down the barrel of the end of the year can sometimes get scary, if not downright nostalgic. Take some serious trips down memory lane and witness the closing out of the Centro-Matic dynasty as they play their final three shows at Dan’s Silver Leaf (plus secrets). There’s also a ”throwback” lineup performance by Brave Combo. Let’s tag those pictures with #WDDI and we’ll feature you in our infamous What We Did post on Monday. 

Questions and comments may be directed at glen@wedentondoit.com


Wednesday, December 17th
Bubbles Class | Wine Squared | 7PM | RSVP
It’s a bubbly wine class just in time for you to impress your friends for the pending end of the year. Get educated and RSVP. This class is $20 a person and will tour the taste-world.

Brave Combo is way cooler than you are.

Brave Combo is way cooler than you are.

Denton Santa Dash & Toys For Tots Collection | Oak Street Drafthouse | 7PM
Come bring your toys for the wee-baby tots to Oak Street and have a beer while your at it. You deserve it!

Thursday, December 18th
Brave Combo | Dan’s Silver Leaf | 9PM | $10
Not just another Brave Combo show, this show boasts the throwback lineup that existed between ’85 - ’92. Mitch Marine, Bubba Hernandez, Carl Finch and Jeffery Barnes round out the bill for what will be a memorable twist on this classic Denton band.

Friday, December 19th
J.R. Byrd / Melissa Ratley | Audacity Brew House | 7PM | FREE
Take a tour and stick around of some local music and libations.

Centro-Matic Farewell Tour with Telegraph Canyon | Dan’s Silver Leaf | 9PM | SOLD OUT

A Christmas Carol | The Campus Theatre | 7PM | $22
This is a great way to get into the spirit of the season: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. There’s another performance the following day on the 20th and the proceeds go towards helping fund the Campus Theatre through the season.

Centro-Matic ends their era this week at Dan's Silver Leaf.

Centro-Matic ends their era this week at Dan's Silver Leaf.

Saturday, December 20th
Centro-Matic Farewell Tour with Telegraph Canyon | Dan’s Silver Leaf | 9PM | SOLD OUT

Sunday, December 21st
Centro-Matic Farewell Tour with Daniel Markham & Patterson Hood | Dan’s Silver Leaf | 9PM | SOLD OUT

Cuban Noche Buena Dinner | Audacity Brew House | 6PM | $20
Chef Suzanne from the Chestnut tree is slow roasting a suckling pig with mojo criollo in what looks to be a cuban themed dinner over at the Brew House off Shady Oaks. The dinner menu looks great so buy tickets in advance to this one.

Sludge Battle 2: The Rematch: Terminator 2 Vs. BluddedHead Vs. Fogg | Rubbergloves Rehearsal Studios | 9PM | $5
Sludge battle sets where bands go toe to toe and song to song. Audience decides the winner.

PEOPLE OF DENTON: SCOTT FOLTZ

by will milne

WORDS BY NAOMI WOOD, IMAGES BY WESLEY KIRK

Every once in a while, we like to interview a various folks in town that are of interest to us and probably you. They might be kinda weird, kinda funny, or just someone we ran into on the street. We take some photos, ask 'em some questions, and there you have it. It's People of Denton. 

Comic books, you either love them or your friend Randy won't shut up about them. We tracked down one of the ultimate comic book nerds to get an inside look at this pervasive hobby. Scott Foltz isn’t your mediocre collector. Dude has been collecting for longer than most UNT students have been alive. Foltz started his hardcore Batman, Superman, and X-Men collection in 1992, and hasn't missed a week since. That’s three books a week for over 22 years now (not including rogue ones he’s nabbed along the way). So, what’s a cool mechanic fella like Foltz holding onto all these bad boys for anyway? No, but really - his fiancé would like to know...


We Denton Do It: How long have you been in Denton, and what do you love most about this place?

Scott Foltz: About five years ago I moved here, and three years ago I took a job as a mechanic in Lewisville. Beyond the square and the local scene, I really have to say that this town has an open mind. We are cool with a myriad of lifestyles here. By that I mean, I feel like Denton is a Norman Rockwell painting with a 40oz beer and a blunt. I honestly think Denton is a better place to live than Austin, and I hope Denton doesn’t necessarily become Austin. Traffic and overpopulation can kill the vibe of any cool place. Denton is comfortable and fun, and I hope it doesn’t change completely.

What about comic books keeps you coming back for more, and what makes you hold onto them instead of selling or trading?

Since ‘92 I’ve been a huge fan of Batman, Spiderman, and X-Men and I fell in love with the story-lines. They’re like a never-ending book, that you just want to know the next chapter. I can’t let go of them because they don’t end, and I want to keep them together as a complete package I suppose. I’ve been following the characters for so many years, that I’ve made a connection that I can’t break. I’ve even tattooed by leg with my favorite comic book character Gambit from X-men. He’s awesome.

Can you talk a little bit about the best comic books in the DFW, and if you think Denton might be up-and-coming in the comic scene?

I can tell you now, I currently get my comics from Boomerang Comics in Lewisville (close to work). My favorite would have to be Madness comics in Plano. And I think there is a big comic following in Denton, however, there are only two comic book stores in Denton. Madness has everything. Current issues, back issues out the wazoo, tons of graphic novels, and loads of games. They host a different game night I think every day now with new game lessons over the weekend.

Do you think the demographic of comic book collectors is changing?

The demographic of comic book collectors I think that is pretty varied. I think it’s a bit irrelevant to classify people interested in comic books as the stereotypical "nerd" with no life, living at home with his mother. It's an eclectic range of people from kids, to early teens all the way to their 30's or older. And it's everyone...hipsters, jocks, even girls. I know a few girls that can go toe to toe with me on comic knowledge.

We can see you’re also an avid reader, movie collector, and music fiend. Can you let us in on a few of your favorite things in all categories?

Sci-Fi fantasy is where it’s at. My favorite books are the Dresden Files, The Godfall, and the Jim Buchner Series. The shows I’m into are Portlandia, Archer, and Agents of Shield. I’ve also been pretty obsessed with 30 Seconds to Mars for many years, and also dig the Black Keys.

I just want to also put it out there that I’ve met Jared Leto six times. He knows who I am, just saying….


This column as part of a new ongoing partnership with Wesley Kirk's People of Denton project. Check outPeopleofDenton.Tumblr.com for more.


 

WHAT WE DID: DECEMBER 15TH 2014

by will milne

Every Monday, we like to run a few of our favorite images that have been tagged with #WDDI on Instagram in the past seven days. We call it What We Did. It normally gives us a fairly good idea of what Dentonites of all different backgrounds have been up to. This week was a good one. 

Last week, we had lots of opportunities for great photos including some live music, great weather, and even some other-worldly fog that rolled into town. It was a good week, and y'all's photos prove it. 

Below are some of the best photos that were tagged #WDDI on Instagram. Click on the photos, themselves, to be led back to the photographer's Instagram account and follow those people, yo! Tag your Denton fun this week with #WDDI and come back here next Monday to see another collection. 


We know it made for some dangerous driving conditions for a while, but we kinda dug the fog last week. It made things look super spooky. At least none of those things from The Mist came out, though. If they did, we'd have been headed to FEMA ASAP, though. 

We know it made for some dangerous driving conditions for a while, but we kinda dug the fog last week. It made things look super spooky. At least none of those things from The Mist came out, though. If they did, we'd have been headed to FEMA ASAP, though. 

Black and white fog. 

Black and white fog. 

We can't get enough of that creepy courthouse fog, y'all. 

We can't get enough of that creepy courthouse fog, y'all. 

Photo by @HeatherMount. 

Photo by @HeatherMount. 

Fog children. 

Fog children. 

Glitters: the std of the arts and crafts world. 

Glitters: the std of the arts and crafts world. 

The Holler Time at Dan's Silverleaf. 

The Holler Time at Dan's Silverleaf. 

Big cats. 

Big cats. 

Remember when we posted that Christmas mural last week and said it was our favorite? We lied. 

Remember when we posted that Christmas mural last week and said it was our favorite? We lied. 

Y'all think bears prefer their martinis with gin or vodka? 

Y'all think bears prefer their martinis with gin or vodka? 


SPONSOR: 

Denton's newest brewery is open for business on Shady Oaks. More info here. 

Denton's newest brewery is open for business on Shady Oaks. More info here


Cool cat driving Santa by @sloughdaddy. 

Cool cat driving Santa by @sloughdaddy. 

Sorry children. You'll have to get your yogurt elsewhere now. There's a truck parked inside of the store now. 

Sorry children. You'll have to get your yogurt elsewhere now. There's a truck parked inside of the store now. 

Caroling with @MrsBriggle. 

Caroling with @MrsBriggle. 

Window light. 

Window light. 

BACK IN THE DAY: GHOSTS OF DENTON CHRISTMAS PAST

by will milne

By Shaun Treat

Holiday lights deck-out Denton’s old City Hall building, ca 1950s. Photo from texashistory.unt.edu. 

Holiday lights deck-out Denton’s old City Hall building, ca 1950s. Photo from texashistory.unt.edu. 

Denton sure knows how to celebrate the Yuletide holidays, amply evidenced with the recent Christmas Tree Lighting and Wassail Festival, or the frighteningly fun Krampustag shenanigans on the Square. Today, we take a romp through Denton’s history and revisit some of our more notable local holiday happenings from Back in the Day


In History and Reminiscences of Denton County (1918), Ed Bates collects a few accounts that offer a snapshot of our frontier past that involved a whole lot of feasting and marrying. The very first marriage in Denton County took place during Christmas of 1844, with the Rev. Hammonds uniting Shelton Luttrell and Bettie Dierce in front of their log cabin’s hearth. The lovebirds were apparently married without proper paperwork, however, so in an oh-so-Denton twist four years later, they were officially hitched again "with two children in their arms" during the nuptials. Despite stories of ample hardship during these early days, an account from B.L. Rogers recalls: "In 1850, when we first came here, there were two bunches of mustangs near Elm. Buffalo were plentiful just west of Denton. Antelope, deer, wild turkey, bear and panthers were plentiful. Fresh wild meat was plentiful everywhere. When we got out of meat it was an easy matter to kill all we needed. Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys were always fat and plentiful. I guess a two-horse wagon wouldn't more than hold the wild turkeys I have killed, first and last."

Another 1868 Christmas letter reported a hunting party having returned with quite the bounty of prairie hens to be shared amongst neighbors, and "F.E. Piner alone had enough for four or five families." After regaling his reader with tall tales of a close encounter between Thomas Fry and a calf-eating giant cougar, or Thomas Poindexter having "pulled a rattlesnake six feet long from under a log” with “fifteen rattles… the biggest rattlesnake I ever saw," the writer then reports that Dr. R.A. McKennon and Miss Sarah L. Carter were married the day before Christmas by the circuit-riding Rev. J.C. Smith. "That old man does more marrying than all the rest of the preachers and justices in Denton County put together," the writer marveled. Winter gets cold, y’all.

Sheriff Andy Anderson assists Santa in helping spread some Christmas cheer to Denton residents, circa 1960s. Photo from texashistory.unt.edu. 

Sheriff Andy Anderson assists Santa in helping spread some Christmas cheer to Denton residents, circa 1960s. Photo from texashistory.unt.edu. 

Then there’s an entertaining encounter from Christmas 1870, when a pilfering teenager was surprised in J.M. McNeil & Co.'s store about six o'clock on Thursday night of Christmas week. “Jim Smith happened to go to the store and opened the door and found the [boy] with his arms full of Christmas goods and filling his paunch full with candy and sugar,” the letter reports with a hint of amusement. “Jim said that he was really afraid that the negro was going to make himself too sick to enjoy Christmas dinner so he called Bob Murphy and they arrested the boy." Casual racism of the day aside - but duly-noted, and annoying - ain’t that still about the friendliest-sounding holiday arrest report you’re ever likely to read?

The hands-down most infamous holiday happening, though, was the scandalous arson that consumed the first split-rail log Denton County Courthouse and its neighboring businesses on the north side of the Square in 1875. The inferno was sparked the night of Christmas Eve, burning the two-story 20-by-40 wooden structure and most county records therein, despite the best efforts of a hastily assembled bucket brigade. According to one family history: “In the aftermath of the first fire, the few records that survived in the burned courthouse were transferred to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (now present-day St. Andrew Presbyterian Church), located on the corner of West Oak and Bolivar Streets. Yet within a few weeks of that move, another fire erupted in the church, completely destroying it and the few remaining county records contained inside.

This time, suspicions of arson found a focus: Texas outlaw Sam Bass’s ne’er-do-well friend, Henry Underwood, a local horse rustler. Underwood was indicted for the courthouse arson and jailed for approximately six months, but Denton County District Attorney Emory Smith was forced to dismiss the charge against Underwood on grounds of insufficient evidence.” Ole Henry later rode with the notorious Sam Bass Gang robbing banks and trains, but finally disappeared after Bass’ death, never to be seen again.

 

The Truett family dressed as "hillbillies" for their 1974 Christmas card because… Denton? Photo from texashistory.unt.edu. 

The Truett family dressed as "hillbillies" for their 1974 Christmas card because… Denton? Photo from texashistory.unt.edu. 

 

Tthe holidays are also very notorious for Dentonite charity and goodwill, as the above pictures attest. When the Kiwanis Club of Denton was established on December 6 of 1921, one of the first acts by charter members was organizing an annual toy-drive event at the Denton County Courthouse on the Square, which provided Christmas gifts for more than 400 needy children that first year and continues the tradition still today. Other charitable groups like Serve Denton and the Denton County Friends of the Family or the soup kitchen Our Daily Bread are among numerous local nonprofits also helping needy families right here close to home.

This smiling Dentonite is one of a cadre of women who knitted gifts for soldiers during the war, ca. 1942. Photo from texashistory.unt.edu. 

This smiling Dentonite is one of a cadre of women who knitted gifts for soldiers during the war, ca. 1942. Photo from texashistory.unt.edu. 

We at WDDI wish y’all the happiest of holidays with your cherished friends and families. We’d also ask that YOU, our dear reader, take just a moment to click over to one of these fine charities and generously gift a Christmas donation. We certainly take great pleasure in freely sharing these stories of Denton with you, and humbly ask that this gift is paid forward to those who desperately need kindness in these trying times. After all, as many of us were reminded during the 2013 Icepocalypse, neighbors helping neighbors is maybe the best Denton holiday tradition of all, one that seems to have been true since way back in the day.   


Back in The Day is an ongoing WDDI contribution from Shaun Treat, former UNT professor and founder of the Denton Haunts historical ghost tour. Doc Treat has written about numerous local places and personalities at his Denton Haunts blog, and is forever indebted to the great work of the fine folks with the Denton County Historical Commission and local keepers of history like Mike Cochran and Laura Douglas at the Emily Fowler Library for their tireless work in helping preserve Denton’s intriguing past.

THE DEN10: DECEMBER 10TH

by Alyssa Stevenson

The semester is wrapping up and the coffee shops are filled with students about to “flip out” over finals. Most of the big major Christmas events are behind us but we’ve got smaller, Christmas-themed house shows and office party’s as we head towards our homes to gather with our family for the final week of 2014. If you’re looking for something to be involved in next semester, we suggest signing up to mentor an at-risk student through Mentor Denton. Maybe get involved in Rotary or Kiwanis. Start thinking about those New Year's resolutions now, y'all. We are not short on opportunities to get involved in the community to make it a better place and we can’t think of a better city on earth to serve. Remember our volunteer post from a few months ago? Maybe go and scope it out again. Aside from that, there's plenty going on this week. Check out the ten events in the post below and start planning the next seven days of your life right now. 

Comments or questions can be directed towards glen@wedentondoit.com


Wednesday, December 10th
Denton “After Hours” Kiwanis Club Launch Party | East Side Social Club | 5:30
Looking for a way to get involved in your community? Check out Denton Kiwanis,

Beer Can Ornament Crafting & Movie Night | Audacity Brew House | 7PM
SCRAP and Audacity Brew House unite in the perfect holiday crafting and movie experience at the brewery on Shady Oak. The tour starts at 7pm and the movie and crafting begin at 8PM. Your tree needs a beer can ornament, y'all. 

Afroman / Fab Deuce / Wild Bill / Jenny Robinson & The 8earcub | Hailey’s | 9PM | $15 / $30

The Night Above Us / Jumbii / Xayide | Abbey Underground | 10PM | FREE


SPONSORED EVENT: DINNER WITH SANTA

Denton ISD's Advanced Technology Complex is hosting a "Dinner With Santa" at which every ticket purchased ($12/adult and $8/child) receives a dinner prepared by Denton ISD students and a photo (either with Santa or in a "tacky Christmas sweater photo-booth) also taken by Denton ISD students. The event is this Thursday from 6pm - 8pm. Reservations are encouraged. Please call (940) 369-4841 or email cmilne@dentonisd.org for more info. 

Denton ISD's Advanced Technology Complex is hosting a "Dinner With Santa" at which every ticket purchased ($12/adult and $8/child) receives a dinner prepared by Denton ISD students and a photo (either with Santa or in a "tacky Christmas sweater photo-booth) also taken by Denton ISD students. The event is this Thursday from 6pm - 8pm. Reservations are encouraged. Please call (940) 369-4841 or email cmilne@dentonisd.org for more info. 


Thursday, December 11th
Seizure Salad: A Print Exhibition w/ Mink Coats & She Banshee | Voertman’s Gallery | 7PM
Art and music is always an excellent combination. 


The Raging Nathans / Th Ex Boyfriends / Stymie Half Truths | J&J’s | 8PM | $5

Friday, December 12th
Hola Day w/ Blackstone Rangers / Class Action / The Mothers / No Touching / Kites & Boomerangs | Jagoe House | 7PM

Saturday, December 13th
Holiday Wonderland | Patterson - Appleton Center for The Visual Arts | 10 - 12pm
A live storytelling of Joyce’s Santa Calls plus photos with Santa.

Criminal Birds / Shake The Moon | The Labb | 10PM | FREE


Sunday, December 14th
Historic Denton Home Tour | Oak & Pearl Streets | $25
Ever wondered what those old and historic homes down Oak Street look like on the inside? Well this is your chance to check them out. There are five homes open to the public this Sunday in this event, hosted by the Oak-Hickory Historic District and the Denton County Historical Commission. Go check 'em out! Maybe one will have cookies!

DENTON MUSIC WORKSHOP

by will milne

Words and Images by Shaina Sheaff

We spoke with Eric Nichelson of Midlake about a whole bunch of stuff involving the brand new music education facility, Denton Music Workshop. On top of that, we only mentioned Midlake twice. Here's a little bit of what's happening behind the mirror-tinted windows of their studio just north of the square on Locust St. Read on for more...


WDDI: Tell us a little bit about the history of Denton Music Workshop.

Eric Nichelson: Denton Music Workshop is a brand new business we started this fall. It came about as a thought of how we can use our space effectively during this next cycle for Midlake. We normally take two to three years between records, so using our space for lessons, recording and rehearsing was a natural progression. We wanted to open this up to the community and give others a peek into our world.

Who currently owns the space?

We rent this space from a fine gentleman named John Thorngren. I believe he owns the building that the Chestnut Tree is in, as well. We’ve been in this space going on four years. Myself and Jesse Chandler own the business Denton Music Workshop.

What is your shared vision for the future of Denton Music Workshop?

We want to be a unique option for music education. A place where musicians can find practical tools for success and develop their craft in creative ways.

What kind of lessons do you offer and are you targeting a specific age group?

We offer lessons in all the main instruments of music. Drums, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Woodwinds, and Brass. We also offer lessons in songwriting, music theory, and music production. There’s really not a specific age group we are targeting. As long as the student has an interest in learning, we know that no matter what age, they will be rewarded for their work.

Who has rehearsed and recorded there in the past?

Since this is a newer venture, there hasn’t been that many folks thru here yet. Seryn rehearsed here a while back as well as the “Denton does The Band” group (Grady Sandlin and Company). Centromatic rehearsed here a few years ago, but that was long before we ever decided to make this into a proper rehearsal space. Midlake has used this space exclusively for our recordings and rehearsals for the last four years. We did the John Grant record “Queen of Denmark” on all the gear, but it was at our previous space in the Panhandle House.

What sort of environment were you envisioning when you decided to open the space up to musicians?

We want to provide a creative and comfortable environment for all the processes of music. Whether rehearsing or recording, or having a music lesson, or just hanging out listening to music, we want the musician to be inspired by the space around them. So many places I have taught at are very sterile in that way. i’ve always wondered how much more you would get out of the experience if surrounded by something awesome.

How has your experience as a musician (and the father of a musician) contributed to seeing Denton Music Workshop become a reality?

My son and I have always played music together. I don’t even think he’s ever had a “lesson” until just recently. In the process of just “doing” whatever thing it is, i’ve seen more growth musically from that than in any recurring lesson over a certain period of time. I’ve always wanted to bring that experience to other students but the environment has always been the hinderance. Creating DMW was a natural progression in realizing that goal.

What's your favorite memory there in the studio?

There’s been many memories in this space over the years. Some good, some not so good. Our process has always been a difficult one so finding a “favorite memory” can be challenging. I would say some of my favorite times have been and still are playing music with my kids. We are always in there playing and recording. It’s always a fun time.

Who would you most like to see come use the space?

Anyone who has an interest in music. And not necessarily just folks that play instruments, but anyone who has interest in anything musical. From recording sound to playing with gear, to just listening to music and talking about it. We want to be pretty open to all possible experiences with music. For the band that’s just getting started, or the group that’s been at it for years, the space lends itself to all levels.

How do you see Denton Music Workshop impacting our community?

I think that while music education is very common and definitely represented well in the city of Denton, we offer another unique perspective to that process. We can give students a very different emotional experience in the way that they learn and how they interact with music. We want to bring the community together over the shared love of music in a fresh and exciting environment.


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