UNT grad’s drama imagines cruel grip of Alzheimer’s

Sat, Jul 9, 2016 - 4:09pm

By Lucinda Breeding

University of North Texas graduate Duran Lucio dreamed up Dragon in an upper-level theater class last spring.

The assignment was for the class to break into groups and write a 10-minute scene of non-realistic theater. Professor Sally Vahle told her class the projects could play with the markers of typical realism — time, setting, language and character.

Lucio proposed a scene inspired by his grandmother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

“The disease of Alzheimer’s kind of warps their reality,” Lucio said. “I took that as an inspiration to do a 10-minute piece...

UNT grad lands role in Oprah show

Sat, Jun 25, 2016 - 3:56pm

A University of North Texas graduate has a role on Oprah Winfrey’s latest television venture, Greenleaf.

Kedrick Brown, the UNT alumnus, plays Breezy Jones in Greenleaf, a television drama about an unscrupulous Greenleaf family and their Memphis, Tennessee megachurch.

The show premiered on Tuesday on OWN and stars Keith David Lynn Whitfield and Merle Dandridge.

Most recently, Brown appeared on the award-winning ABC series, American Crime and STARZ series Survivors Remorse. Brown is an actor and dancer, and was seen last on stage...

The Minor Regional Novelist

Fri, Jul 1, 2016

By Skip Hollandsworth

When Larry McMurtry is not in Archer City, the one-stoplight town in North Texas where he was raised, he can often be found in Tucson, Arizona, in a single-story, flat-roofed home in the immaculate neighborhood of Oracle Foothills Estates. He was there one morning this spring, standing at the glass-plated front door, dressed in a white collared shirt, black athletic pants, and blue New Balance athletic shoes. A red sweater he’d pulled over his shirt sported a couple of holes. His hair, once tousled and black, was now tousled and completely white. His handshake was soft. “Well, here you are,” he said...

Triggered: In 2011, professor made diamond from gunpowder; mass shootings keep gem’s gleam relevant

Sat, Jun 18, 2016 - 10:37pm

By Lucinda Breeding

Artist Shane Mecklenburger turned gunpowder into a diamond back in 2011.

The artist was on the faculty at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts & Design. He was a new media professor before moving to teach as an assistant professor on the art faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

For the installation titled “Tendered Currency,” Mecklenburger emptied the gunpowder out of a few .223 caliber bullets — the kind of bullets used in the magazine of an AR-15, a military-style semiautomatic rifle used in a number of American mass shootings. He bought the bullets...

In good hands: Jazz guitarist Horace Bray does justice to emotion and technique

Sun, Jun 19, 2016

By Aarik Danielsen

Horace Bray took his first serious stab at the guitar so he could support a growing drum habit.

As a youth, he had played along to songs by alt-rock giants such as Nirvana and Foo Fighters, but drumming was his first love. When his mother offered to pay him $100 to learn Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” on six strings, Bray took the bait.

“I really wanted a new ride cymbal, so I did it,” he said. “Pretty much immediately I just got really into the guitar and didn’t really put it down.”

Once jazz fans hear the 24-year-old’s debut album, “Dreamstate,” they will be lining up...

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