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Denton musicians Mark Graham and Cassandra Berry performed the first of their monthly “Gospel Hour” series on Sunday. Graham is a classically trained musician who has been at the helm of the music ministry of First Christian Church of Denton. Berry grew up singing in the black church and leads a choral project that benefits Denton County Friends of the Family. The patio at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern was packed, with some patrons watching from the street. Graham and Berry performed gospel standards such as “Amazing Grace” and lesser-known pieces like Lizz Wright’s arrangement of the ob Dylan song “Every Grain of Sand.”

But it was Graham and Berry’s gospel version of the Beatles’ “Let It Be” that was somehow devastating and life-affirming all at once.

How much do you love local government? Or let’s put it this way: How important do you think the work of local government is? If you’re plugged into municipal politics and want the world to know, then take a selfie in front of Denton City Hall — or any city or county building for #CityHallSelfieDay — which is today.

#CityHallSelfieDay is a social media campaign for people around the world to show their love for (or their commitment to) local government by taking a selfie in the halls of local government. Residents are encouraged to take a selfie at a City of Denton City Hall, and post it to social media with the hashtags #CODSelfie and #CityHallSelfie.

But in Denton, #CityHallSelfieDay won’t end today. In fact, Denton Animal Services will have adoptable pets onsite at City Hall, 215 E. McKinney St., to promote the Clear the Shelters event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Denton Community Theatre‘s production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats includes a not-so-subtle reference to Denton. On the set, there appears to be the tailgate of a truck with “YouTube Flat Earth” scrawled across it. Flat Earthers are found all over the country, but local audiences are likely to associate the set piece with the Denton-famous “Flat Earth” truck, which is also equipped with a telescope. There’s also a Flat Earth car and house in Denton, each with exhortations to investigate the theory in bright paint.

Flat Earth Cats

A "Flat Earth" truck, like one seen around Denton, got a wink and a nudge on the set of Denton Community Theatre's "Cats." 

Speaking of conspicuous cars, we saw the Google Street View car on Interstate 35E, and on Colorado Boulevard on Monday.

Congratulations to Denton artist Isabel Cano, who came to Denton from Spain and became a United States citizen this week. Cano has already made a considerable contribution to Denton in her paintings, and this week, her friends cheered her accomplishment and encouraged her to vote.

Denton County Transportation Authority will offer free shuttle rides to the Highland Village Lions Club Balloon Festival on Friday and Saturday from Marcus High School in Flower Mound. For more information, visit

Oh, hey. Guess what you can pick up at J&J’s Pizza on the Square now? Vegan Italian meatballs. Someone try them and let us know if they’re tasty. The photo the local pizzeria posted on Facebook looked like the real thing.

As soon as we saw the photo of Denton resident Jamell Butler’s high-top fade, we immediately thought of Kid ’n Play, the culture-makers of the 1990s. Then when proud mom Katina Stone-Butler posted photos on Instagram, Kid himself commented “fresh to death.” Butler’s fade is the best we’ve seen since Kid rocked the style in the movie House Party.

Bet you didn’t know that Smokey the Bear, the cartoon character famous for telling Americans in every public service announcement that “only you can prevent forest fires,” is turning 75. Texans should keep the trusty icon in mind, because our state is no stranger to wildfires. Camp responsibly, Denton.

Parting Shot

“America has fallen quite a few times in its history, but I believe today we are trying to get up.”

— John Baines, a Denton resident and chairman of the citizen committee that recommended the additions to the Confederate soldier memorial on the Square in 2018

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877 and via Twitter at @LBreedingDRC.

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