Weekend Update: 4/27–4/30

Dearest Dentonites, what weekend adventures have you mapped out for yourselves? Perhaps you’re attending this year’s Arts & Jazz Fest, catching live music, volunteering within our community, or relaxing from a long week with Houston rapper Mike Jones. If you’re not engaging in any of the aforementioned events, then do so! Looking for something different to suit your fancy? Peep our list of a few events taking place in the Lil’ d Thursday through Sunday.

Thursday, April 27

Community Market Arts Vendors


Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 6 PM

Join the Greater Denton Arts Council for a series of panel discussions with the arts vendors of the Denton Community Market. This night’s theme is Upcycled and Recycled Handmade Goods, featuring artists Lora O’Shaughessy, Shannon Fargo, and Dawnelle Thompson. There will be a short info session and artists talks throughout the night, and goods will be available for purchase. You can learn more about each event at www.dentonarts.com/community-market-arts-vendors-paac.com. This event is FREE and kicks off at 6 PM.


Workshop: Candle Making with Resoycled Candle Co.


The DIME Store, 6 PM

Calling all crafters! If you’ve been wanting to learn how to craft your own candle, this is the perfect workshop for you. Taught by Carrie of Resoycled Candle Co., this class will teach you the benefits of using soy and will provide you with step-by-step instructions on pouring your very own candle. You’ll be given a travel tin so your candle can cure overnight. Participants will receive a 20% coupon for www.resoycledcandleco.com. Sounds like a soy-tainly crafty time shall be had by all who attend. Materials will be provided. Tickets are $55. If you’re interested, you can sign-up via a link on the event page. Craftiness begins at 6 PM.


Mike Jones


Rockin’ Rodeo, 8 PM

Start your weekend off right with Mike Jones at Rockin’ Rodeo. Who? Mike Jones! This Houston rapper is still tippin’ and will be bringing his chopped and screwed beats to the Lil’ d for one night only. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.rockinrodeo.com. Party starts at 8 PM.


Friday, April 28

Denton Arts & Jazz Fest


Denton Civic Center/Quakertown Park, 5 PM

It’s finally here—Denton Arts & Jazz Fest kicks off on Friday! This annual celebration of the arts in our colorful and creative community brings us another year of music, crafts, fine arts, food, and games Friday through Sunday. Full lineup of Friday’s showcases are available via the event page. Take a stroll through Quakertown Park and see what this fine festival has to offer. Free! Let’s get artsy and jazzy, y’all!


Energy Collective


Harvest House, 9 PM

Harvest House invites you to enjoy another musical adventure with Energy Collective after you’ve made your Jazz Fest rounds. This 19-piece modern jazz orchestra focuses on progressive funk/fusion and features some of the finest players in the metroplex—a symphonic showcase you won’t want to miss. Free! Music starts at 9 PM. 21+.


Jazz Fest Afterparty: Wax Logic, MOJO


The Abbey Underground, 10 PM

After you get jazzed at Arts & Jazz Fest, get funky at The Abbey Underground. MOJO—aka Modulare Johnson—will deliver his funky riffs, spacey soundscapes, and heavy grooves, and Wax Logic delivers a musical palette of soul, jazz, funk, and hip hop. Time to get funky, Denton. It’s free! 21+.


Saturday, April 29

Bye, Bye Bunny!


The Rabbit Hole, 4 PM

Take a trip down The Rabbit Hole one last time as this house venue says goodbye. They’ll be hosting one last show, featuring performances by a bevy of local musicians and DJ sets by DJ Cactus Cooler, Phosphenism, and DJake Flex. This final farewell starts early and goes into the evening, so bring your shades and your outdoor party accessories—hula hoop, anyone? Jasmine Blake Montgomery will kick off the party with dancin’ and beats. Address available via event page. Free.


Not Jazz Fest


BackYard On Bell, 7 PM

Hey, it’s Not Jazz Fest! Whether you are or are not going to this year’s Denton Arts & Jazz Fest, make time to pop by BackYard On Bell and treat your ears to a little rock with bands Remain, Flintlock Gypsy, and Sonar Lights. Denton comedian Joe Coffee hosts this free event. (Get ready to laugh—it won’t be optional.) Plus, there will be cheap beer and delicious homemade pizza, so whatcha’ waitin’ for? These un-jazzy festivities start around 7 PM.


Magnet School, Honeyrude, Werewolf Therewolf


Harvest House, 9 PM

Things are set to get heavy on Saturday at Harvest House (and let’s hope it’s not the weather!) with a little rock ‘n’ roll. Austin bands Magnet School and Honeyrude make the trek to share the stage with Denton band Werewolf Therewolf. No cover! Live music and handcrafted cocktails? Yes, please. Music starts at 9 PM.


Sunday, April 30

Spring Garden Workday


Denton Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, 10 AM

The Denton Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center needs your help getting their garden ready for the summer season. This family-friendly center offers hiking trails through diverse habitats, and their garden grows veggies that are donated to local soup kitchens and schools. Whether you’re a pro-gardener or just want to flex your green thumb, they would love your help with bed and need maintenance. Wear your most comfortable shoes and your toughest gardening gloves—getting dirty starts at 10 AM.


UNT Short Film Club – Official Spring 2017 Premiere


UNT Lyceum, 6:30 PM

Interested in short films or filmmaking in general? Join the UNT Short Film Club for their Official Spring 2017 Premiere at the UNT Lyceum Auditorium. They’ll be screening four short films, each followed by a Q & A with the cast and crew. This event is free and open to the public, though semi-formal attire is requested. You can find more info at www.untshortfilmclub.com. Show up a few minutes early to snag a seat.


Stu Brootal


Andy’s Bar, 9 PM

Former Dentonite and hip-hop artist Stu Brootal is back for a visit from the United Kingdom to showcase his talents on the Andy’s Bar stage. Joining the bill is Ritchy Flo, Dmar, Feeney, and more! Plus, DJ Pudge will be spinning Def Leppard and Kenny G (we’re listening…). Party starts after the fest. No cover. 21+.

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