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Well, the Black Box Theatre bid farewell to its manager, Susan Thornton. But the Greater Denton Arts Council got a new special events and rental coordinator in Thornton. The perks for Denton? They didn’t lose Thornton’s management skills and friendly face when looking for a local space to host an event. Thornton’s Perks? Her commute is just a single block to the east on Hickory Street.

Drink and walk safely the next time you’re at East Side, Denton drinkers. The popular downtown bar dug up some of its beloved back patio space to lay gas lines for outdoor heaters. Co-owner John Williams posted photos of the work on social media and said the heaters will be operational next year.

There’s still room to sip and socialize, but step easy over there for the next few days.

AV the Great, the hip-hop project of Denton’s Chris Avant, took his craft to the university level last week.

AV taught 21 students at Texas State University in San Marcos how to set personal stories of immigration and migration to music. “They released a lot of trauma, thoughts and pain held in and it was fun to see,” AV said on social media. “I too learned a lot.”

If you’ve listened to any of AV the Great’s albums — especially Live From the Struggle — you know the artist can put pain and pen to paper with triumphant results.

Denton has its share of comic book fans — and many of them make the trip to Fan Expo Dallas each year in meticulously handcrafted costumes that pay tribute to their favorite characters.

The comic book and sci-fi convention announced this week that the actors who voiced the characters of Optimus Prime and Megatron from the Transformers film franchise will attend the expo. Peter Cullen is the voice actor who brought Prime to life, and Peter Welker voices his foil, Megatron.

Fans will be able to get a voice recording by their choice of Cullen or Welker on the recording device of their choice, be it a cellphone, audio greeting card or even a voice memo for your Amazon Echo.

But you’d best write out what you want the gentlemen to say, because you only get up to 50 words per recording.

District 26 Congressman Michael Burgess argued against a resolution to stop President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border of the United States. In his remarks, Burgess posed the question “now, is this a national emergency?” He answered with a reference to his guest at the State of the Union address, a military veteran whose wife died while he served in Iraq.

Then, when the veteran returned to be a single father to his daughter.

The daughter later was hit by a motorist who was in the country illegally.

“Several months later, Chris [the veteran] comes to me and he says, ‘Congressman, I did my job. I put on my uniform, I went and defended my country,’” Burgess said. “‘Mr. Congressman, I did my job. If you had been doing yours, my daughter would be here today.’”

Sometimes, math class isn’t enough. State Rep. Vikki Goodwin, a Democrat representing District 47, introduced House Bill 1182, which would make a financial literacy course mandatory for all Texas high school students.

True, most students will review rate, base and percentage instructions in math, but maybe courses in budgeting, saving and investing taught in the context of money, credit cards and loans would give Texas students a better grasp on how to plan to pay off hefty college debt.

That is, if such a class doesn’t spook some students away from college altogether.

Denton musician, podcast co-host and real estate agent Glen Farris tweeted a photo of his phone’s chilly weather forecast for last Monday, which included snowflakes.

And then he mentioned climate change in a joking way and, well, it didn’t get ugly, but it led to carbon emissions.

It also got several people thinking he couldn’t be right, because they were wearing flip-flops as they scrolled through Twitter.

Parting Shot

“Alcohol is necessary for a man so that he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed be the facts.”

— Finley Peter Dunne, American humorist and writer (1867-1936)

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at cbreeding@dentonrc.com.

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