Weekend Update: 9/1 - 9/4

“We have so much time and so little to see...wait a minute, strike that, reverse it.” – Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 

Denton, the Home of Happiness, a place where the art never ceases and there is a wealth of town-centered events. The first week of college classes are underway and kids are driving the wrong way down Locust (and Elm, Hickory, and Oak). Pay heed to Willy Wonka and take a moment to see what our little (but not-so-little) town has to offer. We hope this curated list helps you along your adventure. 

Thursday, September 1st

Denton Road 2 Divine Play AcroYoga Workshop 
525 S. I–35E, 6 PM
Find balance at the end of the work week with an AcroYoga workshop. Nosa and Susie Edebor of Nosie Yogi return to Denton to showcase their acrobatic skills and to teach us a thing or two. Bonus: Thai massage and therapeutic body work will follow all the fancy feats. According to the event page, all participants must pre-register. So, if you’re reading this and haven’t done so—get on it. 

Local Music Drive
The Abbey Underground, 7 PM
Spend the night supporting local music, local causes, and local community with 7Feathers—a nonprofit organization supporting the music and arts community—at The Abbey Underground. This Local Music Drive will donate a portion of the proceeds to benefit Giving HOPE—a United Way of Denton County partner that works to help the homeless and those at-risk to be homeless. Bring a new bottle of bug spray or sunscreen for FREE entry. Without a donation, admission is $3. See event page for lineup. 

Moniker / LeQube / Chris Knox / Jared and the Jewelers
Andy’s, 9 PM
If you’re looking for a night of eclectic music, Andy’s is where you’ll want to be. Chris Knox, a native New Zealander, starts the night off with a solo acoustic set, Moniker and LeQube follow, and Denton alternative-rock band Jared and The Jewelers will close up shop. Music starts at 9:30 PM. $7. 21+. 

Friday, September 2nd

Oldschool Comedy Show 
UNT Syndicate, 8 PM
End the week with a chuckle, and get your LOLs, ROFLs, and LMAOs out at the Oldschool Comedy Show. Hosted by the UPC and LoL (Language of Laughter), this amusingly blithesome Back to School Comedy Show takes place in the UNT Union’s new performance space, The Syndicate. The show is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated and will go towards the UNT’s Child Development Lab. 

Danny Diamonds / Skagg Philips / Kim Nall & The Fringe 
Dan’s Silver Leaf, 9 PM
Begin the weekend by swaying into the early-morning hours of Saturday with this stellar lineup. Danny Diamonds, “a foray into the mind of...Daniel Rush Folmer,” brings his unique blend of dreamy indie rock to the Dan’s stage. Showcasing their melodic ramblings, alt-country/indie band Skagg Philips joins. Kim Nall & The Fringe will kick the night off. Tickets are $7 presale and $10 at the door. 

KONKLIN / Telemegasounds / Orenda 
Midway Craft House, 9 PM
Craft beer and music—need we say more? (Maybe not, but…) Put on your dancing shoes—Chuck’s will suffice—and join three noisy trios for a night of punk and post-rock. Konklin, Telemegasounds, and Orenda takeover Midway Craft House at 9 PM. Grab a growler and slam-dance your heart out (maybe not while holding the growler, though). 

Saturday, September 3rd

Circuit Breaker – Opening Reception
TWU Department of Visual Arts, 5 PM
Take an opportunity to disconnect from the digital world with the two-part exhibition Circuit Breaker. A circuit breaker is a switch with the basic function of interrupting current flow after a fault is detected. This multimedia installation works to challenge participants to stop and think about their position within the “social media and internet food chains.” Curated by Danielle Avram, this exhibition will continue through October 2nd. See the event page for more info on the month-long happenings as well as the artists. 

Filthy Arsenal / Buffalo Wallow / Noogy / Sergio Y Compadres / Podunk Parliament
LiberDIY House, 6:45 PM
If you need a dose of reggae, folk, or punk, check out this show at the LiberDIY House. Podunk Parliament, Sergio Y Compadres, Noogy, and more will bring the infectious sounds of acoustic-punk, horror-folk, and dub to this all-ages Denton venue. It’s FREE, but donations for the bands will be accepted. BYOB, but an ID will be required. 

Fishboy / Karen Meat / Dubb Nubb 
J&J’s Pizza, 8:30 PM
J&J’s hasn’t let the closing of the basement slow ‘em down. Check out one of the first shows being held in the lobby, hosted by Fishboy. He’ll be performing an acoustic set, joined by Des Moines dream-pop band Karen Meat and the indie-folk twin sister duo from St. Louis, Dubb Nubb. Grab a slice and a seat. Show starts at 8:30 PM. 

Gitmo Presents: Denton Punk Show 
Andy’s, 8:30 PM
Pack into Andy’s for a night of Punk. Hosted by Jarrod Gideon of The Faps, his old band from Austin, A Letter of Warning, makes their mark in Denton. Two long-time, in-the-punk-scene bands Responsible Johnny and Samuel Caldwell’s Revenge join the stage. TLF (we won’t expand, but you can find out the name behind this initialism on the event page) opens. Party starts around 9 PM. 

Sunday, September 4th

East Side / Bet the House BBQ Food & Beer Pairing
East Side, 2 PM
Join East Side as they embark on their next food-pairing venture with a Denton-favorite BBQ joint, Bet the House. Following a list carefully curated by John Bonard, this pairing features smoked meats along with lighter creations (veggies...maybe?) and a variety of craft beers. It’s only $25 for six East Side craft beers, six Bet the House food items, and an hour-long beer-knowledge class. Limited space is available!

Great Gatsby Party
Paschall Bar, 7 PM
As Jay Gatsby said in The Great Gatsby, “Can’t repeat the past? Why, of course you can!” Put on your best-fitting pin-striped suit and your fringiest flapper dress, and join Paschall Bar for a Prohibition-inspired evening. They’ll be taking a step back in time with fancy cocktails and a little Roaring Twenties raucous fun. Sounds berries to us! 

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