Weekend Update: 10/6 - 10/9

As we embark on our second week of October, slow down to enjoy the weekend first with the myriad of events our town has to offer. As always, there will be lots of live music to see as well as a 5K to run, a Gala to attend, and so much more. Get out there, Denton! 

Thursday, October 6th

Bonding with Bots: The Future of Human-Robot Interaction
UNT, 5:30 PM
Bonding with bots—where art and pop culture collide. Join Leonardo Arts/Science Evening Rendezvous (or LASER) and step into the future for a night of human-robot interaction. Hosted by xREZ Art + Science Lab, this event will bring artists and scientists together with the public for informal presentations and lively conversations addressing the local/global importance of technology, sciences, the industry, and the arts. Put your thinking caps on and rub elbows with the evening’s speakers and fellow attendees. Roundtable discussions begin at 5:30 PM; guest speakers start around 6 PM. 

Lord of the Rings Trivia Night
Mulberry Street Cantina, 8 PM
If there is one trivia game to rule them all—this is it. Mulberry Street Cantina trivia hits nerdom for many with this week’s theme: Lord of the Rings. Test your trilogy knowledge and win up to $40 (teams can consist of 1–12 members). Plus, Lean Machine will be out with delicious grub and, of course, there will be plenty of refreshing cocktails to help jog your memory. 

Madaline’s NTX Foodbank Can Food Drive
Andy’s Bar, 10 PM
Local seven-piece ska/punk band Madaline is partnering with the North Texas Food Bank in order to raise awareness of those in need. Madaline will be showcasing their ska-tastic skills, along with D-Mar, Flip and The Combined Effort, and more. Bring at least three canned goods and pay no cover! They’re asking for donations of nutritious items if possible, i.e., canned veggies or tuna, brown rice, peanut butter, etc. 

Friday, October 7th

The Infamists / Leonhardt / The Heavy Hands
Dane Manor, 7:30 PM
Get your fill of punk and rock ‘n’ roll with a dose of folk at this Friday house show. Leonhardt, of Antique Scream, is on tour and will be returning to Denton to deliver his psychedelic-esque blues to Dane Manor—so, be in attendance! The Heavy Hands and The Infamists bring the punk and the rock. This event is FREE, but donations for the touring band are greatly appreciated. Party starts around 7:30 PM. 

Flintlock Gypsy Album Release Party
Killer’s Tacos, 9 PM
Join Flintlock Gypsy for their Album Release Show at Killer’s Tacos, where they’ll be exhibiting “Rock...Texas style.” According to the event page, they will be giving stuff away and special things will happen—interest piqued. Plus, Audacity Brew House will be out serving cold beers at special prices. Music + tacos + beers? Yes, please. 

The Hope Trust at Harvest House
Harvest House, 9 PM
Long-time Denton rock/pop outfit The Hope Trust will deliver high-energy and a lot of heart to the Harvest House stage Friday. With being compared to artists like Wilco and Neil Finn, Kelly Upshaw’s poignant lyrics tend to softly seep through his breathy vocals. The forecast calls for AM showers, but by the time this show starts it will be perfect patio weather. Put on a sweater, head to HH for a beer (or two, or three), and capture the sweet, cerebel sounds of The Hope Trust. Music starts at 9 PM. $2 cover. 

Saturday, October 8th

DCYP Second Saturday at the Mobile Food Pantry
Serve Denton, 8 AM
Throughout 2016, Denton County Young Professionals have been assisting the Denton County Food Bank with its Mobile Food Pantry. They’ll be out again on this second Saturday distributing quality fresh food to people in need. If you know someone in need, send them the way of the event. If you’re interested in volunteering, there is still time—sign-up via the Facebook event page. This charitable happening will take place at Serve Denton and will run until noon. 

Denton Mini Maker Faire 
Denton Civic Center, 10 AM
Come celebrate the creative craftiness of the Maker Movement with the Denton Mini Maker Faire. With the intention to entertain and inform as well as connect and grow with and within the community, this family-friendly event will feature what people are making and share what they’re learning. The Makers—ranging from tech enthusiasts to scientists to homesteaders and more—whom are of all ages and backgrounds, will exhibit their gadgets and goodies at this one-day crafty happening. 

Fry Street Oktoberfest & 5K
Fry St., 10 AM
Friends with Benefits Denton is asking you to lace up your sneakers and lederhosen and join them for the 2nd Annual Fry Street Oktoberfest 5K and Costume Contest. This charitable event will benefit three local nonprofit organizations: Denton_goal, Denton Community Food Center, and Koan School. Each of these altruistic organizations are committed to Denton and its community. Tickets range from $15–$35 and are available via the event page. This is an all-ages event, but you must have an ID if you’re planning on consuming beer (oh, yes, there will be beer). Come run and enjoy the fun, Denton. 

Matthew and The Arrogant Sea / The Birds of Night / Joe Gorgeous
Nebulae, 7 PM
Glide into the galactic space that is Nebulae for a night of rock, pop, and spacial sounds. Denton staple Matthew and The Arrogant Sea will be serenading us with their space-rock and indie-pop jams. Frontman Matthew Gray is known for beautifully belting his literate lyrics, making holding a note look like a cakewalk (but I’m not bias or anything). Birds of Night deem themselves to be “pop for a**holes.” Well, we don’t know about that, but we’re down for the “rock…” or “whatever.” Joe Gorgeous kicks off the show with their glam-rock/pop ensemble. Show starts at 7 PM. FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated. 

Sunday, October 9th

Second Sunday Yoga Drum Jam
Audacity Brew House, 11 AM
Karma Yoga is back at it again with their second Sunday Yoga Drum Jam at Audacity Brew House. Let the negativity from the previous week roll off of you as you stretch out your stresses, so you can start your Monday relaxed and refreshed. Local drummers will be providing the beat, creating an experience you won’t forget. Extra mats will be available to use, in case you don’t have your own. This class is $5 and proceeds will benefit 7Feathers. Get centered, Denton. 

College of Music Gala: Heroes and Villains of the Stage
Murchison Performing Arts Center, 4 PM
The 2016 University of North Texas College of Music Gala, aptly named Heroes and Villains of the Stage, will feature a selection of songs from popular operas including La Bohème, Hamlet, and more. This annual benefit will showcase the top talent in the College of Music, and, as the largest fundraiser of the year, helps guarantee scholarships for hundreds of students. Tickets are $25 (benefiting student scholarships), but is free for UNT students with a valid ID. Come watch these hardworking students fill the Murchison with symphonic sounds and orchestral talents. 

Header image by Jason Lee