Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo gave brand-new Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon a shoutout on Twitter. It was complete with a staged photo of Acevedo maybe kind of calling our new chief on the phone? We got a chuckle out of the snap.

Tomkat lead singer Katrina Cain made judges Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson turn their chairs around on The Voice. The Denton resident, who’s an alumna of the UNT College of Music jazz program, decided to work with Shelton, who gave Denton a shoutout because the country music star has recorded here.

Cain writes electro-pop with Tomkat, but also sings jingles for country music radio stations. Judges Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine said they regretted not turning around — the move that puts a judge in the running to work with an undiscovered talent. The Voice airs at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC. We interviewed Cain when Tomkat dropped its debut album, Icarus, a year ago.

Denton County Democratic Party volunteer John Turner-McClelland, a Denton resident, makes an appearance in a Vice video that dropped on the media outlet’s YouTube channel on Monday. Republican strategist Frank Luntz asked 16 Texans — half of whom plan to vote for Sen. Ted Cruz and half of whom plan to vote for Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke — about their views on the Senate race and Texans’ concerns for the state. Turner-McClelland gets less screen time in a 7-minute video clip than the other Texans on the panel, but he pronounces Cruz “smarmy” when Luntz polls the panel for one word or phrase they associate with the U.S. senator. Out of everything mentioned in the Vice video, one notable moment shows several panelists snickering (and one guffaw of disbelief) when one pro-Cruz panelist describes his favored candidate as “Christian.”

“We’re the Tasty Baths. We’re a real band,” Ritchy Flo announced only somewhat convincingly at Saturday night’s Rock Lottery 17, the latest installment of the long-running insta-band experiment. The Denton tradition, which raises money for community radio station KUZU-FM, puts 25 local musicians’ names into a beat-up cowboy hat, to be drawn randomly into five bands. The musicians — some or all of whom are strangers to each other — are tasked with putting together a name and a sound and performing onstage that very night. This year’s highlight: Ritchy Flo’s singing paired with trumpet lines from Matt Williams of Johnny’s Big Red Rocket, at the forefront of the Tasty Baths’ catchy rock-pop tunes — one of which slyly co-opted the Dalworth Clean advertising jingle.

FYI, Good/Bad Art Collective’s Rock Lottery dates to 1997. That means the Sacred Hat used in Rock Lottery is about the same age as Sorting Hat that puts each Hogwarts student into the house that’s just right for them in the Harry Potter books. We wager the Rock Lottery hat — which is about as weathered-looking — is just as magical.

How did we miss this? Rose Costumes, the Denton-famous costume shop, gathers up children’s Halloween costumes and donates them to Denton County Friends of the Family. “No matter the circumstances or hardships, we believe that every mother deserves the chance to share with her children the magic of Halloween,” the shop’s staff announced on its Facebook page. If you have a Halloween costume your little one has outgrown, you can donate it at the shop, located at the Stonehill Center, 5800 N. Interstate 35, Suite 508.

Has it really been four years since Denton inaugurated its Downtown Turkey Trot? Indeed it has been. The fourth annual 5K run/walk will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. The Denton Area Running Club started this new tradition. So if you want to pre-emptively burn calories for an extra slice of pie, register online. It’s $20 to sign up through Halloween, then the price goes up.

The new DATCU building is really taking shape. The local credit union is soon to be our neighbor over here on Duchess Drive. So far, it’s a handsome building with cream-colored stone, some woodwork accents and a broad front entrance. The building was designed by Denton architecture firm Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio. The location is the fifth DATCU branch the local architect has designed for the credit union.

We’ve been known to describe Denton as a government town, meaning there aren’t the deep corporate pockets in town that other communities often have. All the same, we’ve never underestimated the ability of Denton’s residents and volunteers to knuckle under and make a difference. Grace Like Rain, a nonprofit that serves families with young children who are facing homelessness, is just the latest example. The nonprofit works in an office at First Refuge, a ministry of First Baptist Church of Denton, and just raised $39,900 with a live auction and $10,980 from a silent auction at its third annual Dancing in the Rain Gala.

An Emmy Award-winning artist will make a contribution to the Twilight Lantern & Costume Parade during Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival this year. Wayne White, who designed the puppets for the television series Pee-wee’s Playhouse, will be in Denton for a short residency at the University of North Texas next week. White will work with students at the UNT College of Visual Arts & Design to create giant cartoon heads for the parade. White’s puppet heads — often fashioned out of cardboard, paint and elbow grease — are all over Pinterest. (Full disclosure: The Denton Record-Chronicle is a sponsor of the fest, and Lucinda Breeding, features editor and coordinator of Denton Dammit, is the parade co-chairwoman.)

Denton heavy metal musician Carek Coleman got a keen reminder of how the old saying “out of the mouths of babes” can make a dad cringe under an unexpected spotlight. Coleman signed up to be a “watch dog” at his son Jack’s school. It’s a volunteer program that gets fathers and grandfathers into the school to sort of patrol the halls and be there for the students. During the recruitment presentation, a school staffer asked the students what they thought their fathers’ greatest fear might be. Coleman’s son tore over to the stage, grabbed the microphone and declared, “My daddy is scared of dying alone and that nobody will love him.” Coleman, taken aback, coached his son with a milder, less existential fear. His son lifted the microphone and added, “And also spiders, too.” Local parents can relate to you, Coleman.

Parting shot

“The people of the State of Texas consist principally of men, women, and children, with a sprinkling of cowboys. The weather is very good, thermometer rarely rising above 2,500 degrees in the shade and hardly ever below 212.”

— O. Henry, American writer

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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