Game of Thrones spoiler alert: Denton band Wirerims crafted the song “Your Majesty” in memory of a certain royal on the wildly popular HBO series. Billy Hensley, the musician who started Wirerims as a one-man, hyperproductive project (he recorded and released 52 songs in 2017), had seen Tool play the Verizon Theatre. Hensley had been watching the sixth season of Game of Thrones at the same time.
The rainy weekends keep cramping Denton’s style. Denton Community Theatre had a cleanup day planned for the Campus Theatre, but the weather forecast gave the staff pause. The company will look for a sunnier day to host a cleanup day. So if you were planning to volunteer for the effort, please stand by.
Speaking of the rainy Saturday ahead, the local porch and garden tour is still on. Historic Denton Inc. has planned a Historic Denton Porch & Garden Tour from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. May 18. (The tour shows off four historic homes near Calhoun Middle School and the Calhoun Outdoor Learning Center, with the Christal House at 722 W. Oak St. open for Dorothy Bertine’s “Floral and Fauna” art exhibit.) The porch and garden tour focuses on landscape, architecture and neighborhoods. Randy Hunt, an organizer for the tour, said earlier this week that the tour was still on and that the Texas Veterans Hall of Fame and Home Depot will lead a birdhouse building craft for the first 75 children to get to the corner of Gregg and Mounts streets.
In the category of things you just get curious about, Denton City Council member Keely Briggs wanted to know how many decision makers in the city (executives, department heads, etc.) earned at least $100,000 annually and lived in the city or not and — here’s the kicker — how that compared with other cities. The city’s human resources department prepared a short data set showing how Denton compared with 14 other North Texas cities. Just three cities had more decision makers living within the city limits than not: Arlington, Little Elm and Plano. McKinney’s decision makers were split, with half living in the city and the other half not. In Denton, Flower Mound, Irving and Richardson, about two of every three decision makers don’t live where they work. Three out of four decision makers in Garland, Grand Prairie, Lewisville and Mesquite live somewhere else.
File this under “Ouch.” A cluster of critics from Denton Matters, a Facebook group where locals gather and debate local politics and issues, made hay with a farewell video to Place 3 City Council Member Don Duff. The video was made up of two images, Duff’s empty chair and a clip of Duff asking that people not call him a racist because, “I’ve got people getting on my roof next week — and I know who they are, I’ve spent a lot of time in South Texas. I have builders down there who are Hispanic that I work with, and the people that are building houses that I build down there are Hispanics...” The farewell video is underscored by Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”
Dreaming of more nature trails, a new splash pad, inclusive parks or a challenging playground in Denton? Vote with your money — or in this case, a fistful of fake dollar bills — and help decide the future of Denton’s parks in one more public input workshop this weekend.
Saturday’s interactive workshop starts at 11:30 a.m. at North Lakes Recreation Center. It’s set up in the “Pick, Stick and Play” format used in several meetings last month.
Show up and you’ll get $40 in play cash and one very fake gold coin to “spend” on your priorities for Denton’s future master plan for parks, recreation and trails. The format, and the friendly parks & recreation staff, make the meeting fun and informative for all ages. (Just watch the kids stuff the ballot boxes under photos of tempting new playground equipment.) Check out more info at www.dentonparksmasterplan.com.
Ebby Halliday realtor and local artist Darien Orr went to check on a couple who had just bought a house on Northwood Terrace. It sounds like excellent personal service from a realtor because it was. The couple had just started moving in when the April 30 tornado hit Idiot’s Hill. Orr said she was worried that the couple might be rattled, but they told her neighbors on their cul de sac all came out to check on everyone, including the new residents. The couple had also just attended Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. “We love Denton even more,” Orr said the husband told her.
Are there any theater people around Denton for the summer? DCTedu, the Denton Community Theatre outreach to the 18 and younger crowd, is producing James and the Giant Peach Jr. this summer. Daniel Bryant-Gawne, the education coordinator for the company, is looking for a musical director, choreographer and technical director for the summer musical camp. If you have the skills and the hours, call 940-383-1356 or send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“At a party, I once saw a new father proudly call his new kid a ‘princess’ and his wife a ‘champ,’ but then showily cover his ears when the wife mentioned the word ‘placenta.’ As if the placenta wasn’t precisely what had allowed Princess to thrive.”
— Monica Hesse, The Washington Post (“What we don’t know about how a uterus works is going to hurt us all,” May 13, 2019.)