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Anime lovers – mark your calendars – we are preparing for that time again!
The North Branch of the Denton Public Library, 3020 N. Locust, is excited to present its 6th Annual Mini A-Kon event on January 26, 2013, from 10am – 5 p.m. with support from A-Kon®.
Come experience a little slice of A-Kon® 24 right here in Denton.
This free event features, an Art Show, Cosplay Contests, voice actors from FUNimation, local artists, open gaming, anime showings, live music , food trucks and plenty of other activities and 3 chances to win a 3 Day Pass to A-Kon® in Dallas. Don’t miss out on this amazing anime afternoon.
Main Stage Schedule
- Whitney Rodgers Concert 10:30am – 11am
- Voice Actor Panel 11 am
- The Brehms Band Concert 1 pm
- Cosplay 2:30 pm
- 3:30 pm – Raffle
- Ani-Idol Concert 4 pm
2nd Panel Room
- 11am – Comic Panel
- Noon – Anime Jeopardy
- 1pm – Comic Showdown
- 2pm – Anime Midstream
- 4pm – Funimation
- 1:30-2:30pm – Tindle, Rodgers, and Huber
- 2:30-3:30pm – Young and Roberts
- Kristen McGuire - Mangaka
- Whitney Rodgers - Voice Actress – Deadman Wonderland
- Valkyrie Games
- Chad Middleton - Writer – Kobold Press/Open Design
- Don Rosencrans - Artist – Litterati Press
- Painapple Teriyaki - Artist Micah Solusod and Writer/Colorist Ayu Sakata
- ShoNuff Studios - Artists Halo Seraphim and Terry Parr
- Hector Rodriguez - Creator – El Peso Hero
- Nammi Truck
- Tutta’s Pizza Truck
- Phatso’s Cheesesteaks
- Cup Cakin – Cup Cakin Machine
- A-Kon Console Gaming
- Chuck Huber - Voice Actor – Full Metal Alchmeist Brotherhood, Soul Taker, Borderlands 2
- Aaron Roberts – Voice Actor - Toriko
- Austin Tindle – Voice Actor - Deadman Wonderland, Fariy Tale, Fractale.
- Michael Champion – Artist
- August Walker – Artist
- Brian Delaney - Silver Sparrow Comics
- Stephanie Young – Actress – Summer Wars
- Brehms Band
- Sonny Strait- artist, voice actor and musician – has a new book out!
This is a family friendly event and as such there are procedures regarding dress code. These apply to regular clothing as well as costumes. Denton Public Library staff will have the final say on determining whether or not your costume is appropriate. If your costume is deemed inappropriate, you will be asked to change. Failure to comply will result in you being asked to leave the property of the North Branch Library.
No costume should be larger than 6’6” tall or 2’10” wide. You must be able to fit through the doors for safety reasons.
Your costume must be at least the equivalent of shorts and a sleeveless T-Shirt (men and women). If you have a skirt or kilt you must be able to bend over without your undergarments showing. All attendees must wear shoes.
Your costume may not contain any inappropriate images.
Props and weapons:
Prop weapons may be carried during the event. These are homemade or commercially rendered costume props that support the look of a costume or character. All weapons or other props will be checked when you enter to determine if they are safe.
Any weapon/props that are determined to be unsafe will not be allowed. You can either take them home or we will hold them for you in the staff area for the remainder of the day. You will receive a ticket to pick up your item when you are ready to leave.
No real weapons are allowed. Realistic/toy guns will be allowed as long as they are clearly marked with orange on the barrel.
Due to potential damage to property, filled water guns, bubble guns, silly string and the like are prohibited.
If you have any questions about the dress code please contact the North Branch assistant manager, Wylaina Polk at 940-349-8774
In the late 1930′s, the Count Basie Orchestra featured two tenor saxophonists: Lester Young and Herschel Evans of Denton. Books, movies and thousands of words have, rightfully, been dedicated to the former. Only a true jazz geek knows of the latter. Herschel was born in Denton on March 9, 1909, and is found at our Ancestry.com database in the 1930 Census where he appears to be living with an aunt in Bexar County, Texas (San Antonio) while working in the Troy Floyd Orchestra. Click on image below for larger size:
In the census record you can see three important pieces of information that prove this is the same Mr. Evans: 21 years of age, Negro, and musician employed in an orchestra. Here is an early recording with Floyd from 1929, Dreamland Blues. His solo starts @ 1:58.
There is a storied Texas Tenor saxophonist tradition going back to Herschel and on through to Buddy Tate, Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, David “Fathead” Newman, King Curtis, Donald Wilkerson, Booker Ervin, James Clay, Marchel Ivery, on up to UNT alum Shelley Carrol who performs regularly in Dallas. The thread that runs through all of them is a full-bodied tone that always has a blues flavor.
By the mid-’30s, he was working in Kansas City and landed a seat in the Count Basie Orchestra when they expanded their size after being signed to Decca Records in 1936. In the Basie band, he finally achieved fame through the following recordings (with time his solos start): One O’ Clock Jump 00:45, Doggin’ Around 00:40, Texas Shuffle 1:56 and his most famous solo performance, Blue and Sentimental.
Herschel died at age 29 in 1939 of a heart attack and was replaced in the Basie band by fellow Texan, Buddy Tate. It was said that Lester mourned his section mate, paid his funeral expenses, and Evans’ passing may have helped precipitate his leaving Basie the next year. Here is footage of the Count Basie Orchestra at Randall’s Island in New York City in 1938. The music on the video is overdubbed but, at 1:41, you can see him sitting down with his sax to the right of singer Jimmy Rushing who is standing.
posted by Chuck.
Have fun while learning about music at the Denton Public Library. Vivace Studios presents this 45-minute program that introduces the different musical instrument families and the fundamentals of music in an engaging, fun way. A live musical demonstration by a professional musician is also provided. This program is intended for grades 3-4, and no registration is necessary.
Friday, December 2 at 3:30 p.m. South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane
Tuesday, December 6 at 4:30 p.m. North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.
For more information, contact Dana Tucker, Public Services Librarian, at 940-349-8715 or at email@example.com
For other news items on the City of Denton, visit our website at www.cityofdenton.com, go to Quick Links and click on Press Releases.
Shiny Around The Edges is a Denton-based trio consisting of Michael and Jennifer Seman and “Kermatron” (if someone knows his real name, please pass it on, although I’m actually quite fond of “Kermatron”). We have some of their music at DPL but we don’t yet have “Denton’s Dreaming”-the latest release. Here’s a pic:
Here’s some YouTube goodness. Listening to this music reminds me of 20+ years ago and the experimental sounds of bands that are long gone from Denton and The Argo days of not-so-long ago. What they do just sounds particularly “Denton” to these ears. Melodic, loud, experimental, spacial, improvisational. I don’t know, but, if I had moved away from here, heard them and then found out they were from Denton, I wouldn’t be at all surprised.
New Titles in at the Fowler Branch (click on link for title in catalog)-
Posted by Chuck
Been a while-my apologies. Here are some new music CD titles at the Fowler Library:
Gil Scott-Heron, “I’m New Here”
Jelly Roll Morton, “Library of Congress Recordings”
Clem Snide, “The Meat of Life”
Miles Davis, “My Funny Valentine”
Kit Downes Trio, “Golden”
The Books, “The Way Out”
Kutt Calhoun, “Raw and un Kutt”
Kevin Hart, “Seriously Funny”
Jesca Hoop, “Hunting My Dress”
There’s alot to write about in this list (I *love* the Miles Davis album and Jelly Roll Morton? Mmmmm) but I’m gonna just hang with Gil in the blog post…
Gil Scott-Heron is a socially-conscious songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from New York who is most known for the song, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. He is an early influence on rap and hip hop artists. The New Yorker recently ran a profile of him in the August 9th, 2010 issue:
We have some new titles here at the Emily Fowler Library:
John Prine-In person & On Stage
Rick Ross- Teflon Don
Timothy Andres-Shy And Mighty
Arturo Sandoval-A Time for Love
Johnny Gimble-With Friends
Alacranes Musical-Por Siempre
Fidel Rueda-Cumpliendo Un Sueno
Gustav Mahler-Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”
Melvins-The Bride Screamed Murder
Tony Allen-Secret Agent
Until next time, keep those discs in their sleeves/cases/covers…
-posted by Chuck
“Lets Face the Music, and Dance”- Irving Berlin
Greetings from Miss Emilys’ JukeJoint aka the Emily Fowler Library Music CD collection. This is Chuck Voellinger, your DJ, so to speak. A few things to note:
-We are consolidating some music collections, so you may notice changes to labels on Music CDs and to the headings in the drawers. For example, all music in the Classical genre will be cataloged and searchable that way. We will no longer have the headings, “piano music”, “guitar music”, etc. on the shelves- you may still search for those terms in the catalog, however. For instance, a subject search for “sonatas” will return any items we have that are cataloged with that term but they will all be found on the shelf under the broad category “Classical”. For more information, please contact a staff member if you have questions.
Here are the old collections followed by the corresponding new name. Some have not changed, however.
Ballet Music – Classical
Band Music – Classical
Chamber Music – Classical
Childrens – Childrens
Choral Music – Classical
Country – Country and Bluegrass
Electronic Music – Rock & Popular
Folk, American – Folk
Folk, World – Folk
Gospel - Gospel
Guitar Music – Classical, Rock & Popular or Jazz & Blues
Holiday – Holiday
Jazz – Jazz & Blues
Musicals – Soundtracks and Musicals
Operas – Operas
Orchestral – Classical
Organ Music – Classical
Percussion Music - Classical
Piano Music – Classical
Popular – Rock & Popular
Rap – Rap
Rock – Rock & Popular
Soundtracks – Soundtracks and Musicals
String Music – Classical
Symphonies – Classical
Variety/Humor – Comedy
Violin Music – Classical
Vocal Music – Classical
Wind Music – Classical
Spanish – Spanish
Other Languages (French, Arabic, etc) – World, “Language”
These changes have already occured at the North and South Branch, so you may have already noticed or are already familiar.
In the next posting we’ll get into some buried treasures perhaps and talk about music.
For your viewing edification: “Po’ Monkey’s” Juke Joint, Mississippi Delta.
Well, I’m a little late with this post, I guess. I was trying to think of a way to kill three crows with one stone (blog post):
1. Something having to do with our music collection.
2. Something having to do with Miles Davis.
3. Something having to do with current Denton events.
I think I may be able to tie them all together now. This past weekend as many of you know, the 20th Annual Denton Arts and Jazz Fest was held in Quakertown Park. Headlining on Friday night was The Chick Corea Trio. If you were there, as I was, you know how they threw down. We have several CDs by him in solo format, back in the day and with his former employer, Miles Davis.
That’s the simple version. It seems like every other year, the Arts and Jazz Fest has a former member of one of the many Miles Davis groups as a headliner. In the recent past they have had Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Bill Evans and now Chick. There are many good reasons for this but one I would like to point out is that, besides being a master himself, Miles knew talent, how to find it, mix it up in a musical stew and bring it forth. Maybe not every last musician in his groups became a (jazz) household name but far too many did to make it mere coincidence.
We have, of course, mucho Miles to listen to and read about from the ’40s to the ’90s. From Bebop to hip showtunes to “FreeBop” to fusion to the late period. Think of him as a Picasso of the trumpet-as cliche as that may seem.
Posted by Chuck, 4.29.10
This coming weekend, about 150 bands and their fans and groupies will descend on Denton like a swarm of locusts. Or, the locals will swarm like bees around the dozen or so venues hosting the 2nd Annual NX35 Music Conferette. www.nx35.com Choose your analogy. There will be swarming aplenty here. How can the Denton Public Library help you? By having available CDs from many of the acts performing this weekend. Flaming Lips? We got ‘em. Midlake? You kidding? Moreover, we have Telegraph Canyon, Sarah Jaffe and a plethora of others. Come git some…support local music and NX35!
posted by Chuck 3.9.10