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    Backyard Block Party merges local live music and visual art

Backyard Block Party merges local live music and visual art

The train horn cut through the performance of the band Honey and Salt on Friday evening as the cargo zipped along the tracks behind the colorful outdoor stage, but no one seemed to notice. The train was a staple of the venue, and it had been mentioned by musicians, comedians

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    Best of Fest film showcase serves as exciting preview to upcoming Denton Black Film Festival

Best of Fest film showcase serves as exciting preview to upcoming Denton Black Film Festival

The screen is lowered and the lights begin to dim as the speaker delivers a spiel. The projection displays the motto of the hosting organization — “where a minority culture can be a majority experience” — and immediately, the minority culture behind these films has already started to resonate with the crowd.

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    Riding for reading: 35th annual Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally benefits Tiny Library Project

Riding for reading: 35th annual Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally benefits Tiny Library Project

The whistling wind could be heard through the spokes of the bikes, waiting silently together in a herd. Joe Holland, the president of Denton Kiwanis Club, riled up the crowd for two more minutes before starting the rally. The large mass of bikes slithered together like snakes as they took

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    UNT alumna lands movie deal with debut dystopian novel

UNT alumna lands movie deal with debut dystopian novel

Gone are the days of serving frappuccinos and regulating bank deposits for UNT alumna Kayla Olson. Instead, she now spends her time typing away on her computer to transform her thoughts into novels, gaining the attention of publishers and producers. After working a series of minimum-wage jobs for places like

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    Miss Kerr Hall drag show spotlights queer art on campus

Miss Kerr Hall drag show spotlights queer art on campus

Eight extravagantly-dressed queens entered, and only one left — with a crown, that is. Miss Kerr Hall was an entertainment spectacle on Thursday that lit up the Lyceum. The show featured eight drag queens with each one lip syncing to a song of her choice. The show was created by

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    Tarot on the Square brings spiritual fortunetelling to Denton

Tarot on the Square brings spiritual fortunetelling to Denton

A group of people sit criss-cross upon the Denton Courthouse lawn in the early dusk of a Thursday night. Curious onlookers diverge from their path in order to get a closer glimpse of what is happening. From afar, it may look as if the group is playing some sort of

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    Studio art students venture into introspection with ‘Autopraxeology’ exhibit

Studio art students venture into introspection with ‘Autopraxeology’ exhibit

If the word “autopraxeology” doesn’t sound like a real word to you, that is because it isn’t. The term was created when UNT studio art students in their capstone class voted on the idea of self-reflection for their next art exhibit. The students crafted the title themselves, with “auto” meaning

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    16th annual Pistons & Paint Car Show honors antique automobiles

16th annual Pistons & Paint Car Show honors antique automobiles

The family opened the rear-hinged doors of the grey convertible 1962 Lincoln Continental — easily fit for a music video — and piled into it. The car took off into a slow roll around the North Texas Fairgrounds, and the passengers began to perform mock pageant waves to the young

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    Communication studies department explores racial issues through social commentary play

Communication studies department explores racial issues through social commentary play

Like a heralding song, startling sentiments were shouted, sung and performed by cast members at the Lyceum on Wednesday night. “Prejudice plus discrimination plus power equals oppression. Break the silence. Racism involves everyone.” A cast of communication studies students and professors performed their play, “What We Talk About When We

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    Engineering professor brings innovative education and Indian culture overseas

Engineering professor brings innovative education and Indian culture overseas

Throughout every step of his complex personal journey, one man has conquered triumphs that define and justify his many roles as a son, student, engineer, husband, father and professor. Narendra Dahotre came to the U.S. when he was 20 years old on Jan. 3, 1980, from Pune, India. He brought

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