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Street preachers always elicit a mixed reception in the streets of Denton. One such preacher was trying to hold the attention of a small cluster of people on the downtown Denton Square on Saturday night. He stood on a box of some sort and half-shouted into the PA system he brought to the Square. A car passed the pastor on Locust Street, and someone invoked the specter of Howard Stern by yelling “Baba Booey!” Predictably, the taunt didn’t faze the preacher.

Everyone’s a critic sometimes. Lena Belle went to the “unofficial” KUZU 92.9 LPFM Fan Club page on Facebook to pose a vague question. “Why is this crap playing?” she asked. “Go tune into your local Clear Channel.” The group members riffed admirably on the criticism. One man asked if someone was playing Nickelback again, and two other members promised to play “good crap” during their next radio show.

We’re used to Denton skimping on sidewalks. But we thought for sure a pedestrian would be killed on Tuesday afternoon as he tried to dash across East McKinney Street near the Colorado Boulevard intersection. The Salvation Army operates a shelter near the intersection — in the 1500 block of East McKinney. The Denton County Courts Building is in the 1400 block of East McKinney Street. An apartment complex is maybe 100 feet east of the busy intersection. There is a lot of pedestrian traffic in the area, and the lack of sidewalk makes it harder to see people walking along the shoulder. Denton can and should do better by its residents and make sidewalks part of city planning.

Festivals are a desirable destination for many a band. But chalk up a win for the Denton band the Rock ’n’ Roll Cannibals. The rockabilly band scored a spot on the Anthro Expo, a furry convention in Oklahoma City in January. What the heck is a furry? It’s a subculture devoted to animal characters with human qualities. Furries dress as their favorite animal creature, and participate in a fantasy universe. Band founder Tristan Thorndyke said: “I don’t know any story that starts with ‘So I’m in a horror themed rockabilly band, and we were playing at a furry convention’ that doesn’t end with something cool, so I’m pretty excited.” We predict the band will make some serious memories.

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A tiny four-legged guest napped (and occasionally whined) through the Tuesday night rehearsal for Denton Community Theatre’s “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”

At the Tuesday night rehearsal for Denton Community Theatre‘s The Marvelous Wonderettes, co-director Betty Kay Seibt had probably the most adorable guest we’ve ever seen. A tiny Chihuahua puppy spent most of the evening snuggling with Seibt, and cried a teeny puppy cry when Seibt set him down in a pop-up puppy playpen. Hey, we’ll say this for the puppy: he didn’t talk during the songs or slowly unwrap a piece of hard candy, like human audience members have a tendency to do.

Denton residents started a robust conversation in the Denton Matters Facebook group about hours for Denton Civic Center Pool. The pool closes at 6 p.m., which many parents said isn’t enough time to take a dip with the kids after work. Council member Keely Briggs suggested families who want longer pool hours take the community input survey, which is online at www.dentonparks.com. The survey includes questions about the importance of city pools and aquatics.

It’s still Pride month, and Denton’s LGBT community means to have a proper celebration. PRIDENTON starts things off with Karma Yoga hosting a Queer Inclusive Yoga at 6 p.m. this Monday, June 24, on the downtown Square. Pridenton and Denton Black Film Festival team up to present a screening of Major! A Documentary from 7 to 9 p.m. this Tuesday, June 25, at Alamo Drafthouse Denton, 3220 Town Center Trail. Admission is free but attendees can reserve a seat online at http://bit.ly/2MUqMvo. Spiderweb Salon and PRIDENTON will host a pride showcase with poetry, music and zines from 7 to 10 p.m. June 26 at Denton County Brewing Company, 200 E. McKinney St. Pridenton ends the month of celebration with a bang — a street party at 6 p.m. June 29 at Oak Street Drafthouse, 308 E. Oak St., followed by a dance party at 9 p.m. at Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory St. The celebrations are capped off with a Rainbow Bright Burlesque Brunch at 1 to 4 p.m. June 30 at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial.

Parting Shot

”My new song, ‘People Who Leave the Lights On Go To Hell,’ was not well-received by the rest of the family.”

— former Denton resident Dave Randolph, who also can’t get the family to put dishes in the dishwasher

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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