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A Bit of Fluff

By Byron Hernandez

That special someone always appreciates having something fluffy and cuddly to hold on Valentine’s Day and the UPC is offering them the chance to make (notice we didn’t say build) his or her own stuffed bear for free. The Bears for BAE event will be held at the Emerald Eagle Ballroom 314 in the Union on Feb. 14 (aka Valentine’s Day for the less romantically inclined) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact UPC at upc@unt.edu or 940-565- 3825.

Black Panther premieres for Denton residents

By Catalina Lara

Denton Cinemark 14 will present an early showing of Black Panther on Thursday, Feb. 15. The film officially premieres on Friday, Feb. 16, but Denton residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a five-hour early premiere of the film. Due to a high volume of ticket sales, Denton’s Cinemark has added more show times for fans to enjoy. Digital Cinema luxury longer seats for the general public start at $9 and student discount tickets are available for $7 while senior and children tickets are $6.75. Showings begin at 7 p.m. For more information and ticket sales, visit cinemark.com.

Eaglethon

By Jackelyn Vacio

If you are looking for a way to exercise and get energized while helping raise awareness and funds, come join the Eaglethon tradition Feb. 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the Union Ballrooms. The event benefits the families of children being treated by Cook Children’s and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by engaging in an 8-hour marathon of dance and activities to celebrate the end of the hospital’s annual fundraising campaign. Family and friends can donate to your team to help benefit the children. Activities include a DJ, and performances by local bands and university singing and dance groups. The families and children who have received assistance from the hospital will present speeches about their journeys of struggle and success. Participation costs $15 if you register by Feb. 15 and $20 at the door on the day of the event. Invite your friends and come join the community celebration. For more information, you can visit https://studentaffairs.unt.edu/center-for-leadership-and-service/programs/eaglethon.

Killer Music

By Tiffany Martinez

If you’re looking for a taste of Dallas underground music in this college town for free, Good Game Talent is presenting “After Hours” at Killer’s Tacos. Dallas hip-hop and rap artist Pat Ron will perform with several Denton artists including 98 Chamberlain, Marv Condo and Stunnamansam. Come support up and coming local artists and dance to new music in this house party atmosphere. “The close quarters of the location allows for artists to be close to the crowd for better connection and passing of energy and bring unity amongst the crowd,” said Jonathan Olmos, owner of Good Game Talent. “After Hours” will be held on Friday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. All information and updates can be found on Twitter at @GoodGameTalent. Killer’s Tacos is located at 424 Bryan St. in Denton.

Dance the Night Away

By Anna Crumbic

Swing on over for a night of dancing Friday, Feb. 16, with the Denton Swing Dance Organization. A beginner lesson offered before the dance allows even those who have never danced before a chance to learn enough steps to dance the night away. It is followed by an open dance floor until the clock strikes midnight. Denton Swing Dance Organization was established to provide and promote swing dancing in the Denton area. Dances are typically held on the first Saturday and third Friday of every month, with an intermediate workshop before the beginner lesson on the Saturday dances. The hour-long basic lesson costs $7 for non-members and starts at 8 p.m. at the Green Space Arts Collective, 529 Malone St. in Denton. For more information about DSDO, including what to wear and future events, visit www.dentonswing.com.

Events set for National African American History Month

By Nadirah Hill

United We Stand, is the theme for this year’s Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Denton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, featuring guest speakers, gospel, fellowship, a free community health fair and more. Winners of the student art competition will be announced. The MLK Jr. Rec Center is located at 1300 Wilson St. in Denton.   The Celebration will start at 10am. For more information, contact the MLK Jr. Rec Center at (940) 349-8575, or visit their website at cityofdenton.com.

The Power of Dance

By Jackelyn Vacio

Celebrate surviving your first month back at UNT by watching people twist and turn their bodies in lines of energy at high speeds. The Fine Arts Series presents Doug Varone and Dancers—[Stripped] Showcase on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the University Theatre of the Radio, Television, Film, and Performing Arts Building. Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone shows what it’s like to evoke emotion through dance. Recipient of 11 Bessie Awards, the company, which tours worldwide, is known for creating intimacy with its audiences. Its “stripped showcase” means no lights, no costumes, just the raw creative power of dance in an informal setting. Admission is free for UNT students and is open to the public.  For more information on this and other Fine Arts Series events, you can visit http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/fine-arts-series#Doug%20Varone

Mario Kart Tournament

By Esmeralda Olguin

How about reliving a part of your childhood through some video games? Maybe even incorporate a couple of drinks along the way? Denton County Brewing Company is partnering with Freaks and Geeks to host Sunday game nights. Up next is the Mario Kart 64 tournament on Feb. 18. Registration begins at 6 p.m. The $5 entry fee allows you to participate in the tournament or cheer on your friends while they play. Tournaments begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately two hours. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.  If this is your idea of a Sunday fun day, gather your friends and take your Mario Kart skills to 200 E. McKinney St. in Denton. For more information, contact Denton County Brewing Company or follow the event on Facebook for updates.

UNT’s Got Talent

By Juliana Leon

Make a school night fun and support your peers as they showcase their talents at the University of North Texas talent show Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the UNT Lyceum. UNT’s Got Talent is a UPC sponsored event. The free event is from 7 to 9 p.m. and is open to the UNT community. For further information on UNT’s Got Talent or other UPC sponsored events, contact Preston Falconer at 940-565-3825 or upc@unt.edu

Orchestra joins opera for production

By Josh Wilbanks

Experience a night of singing, acting, and music as the UNT Concert Orchestra joins with the UNT Opera to create the production of Weills Street Scene Feb. 22-25 at the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Directed by Johathan Eaton in collaboration with Stephen Dubberly, the American opera focuses on both romance and tragedy. Discounts are available for Senior Citizens 55+, Non-UNT Students, children, UNT faculty, staff and retirees. Free parking spaces will be set aside in Fouts Field for patrons attending performances. Overflow spaces will be available in Lot 26 (Highland Street between Bain Hall and Music Practice South. Tickets to the concert are available at www.theMPAC.com. The production begins at 8 p.m. For more information, email music.information@unt.edu or call (940) 565-2791.

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