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1. Jad Abumrad 

Monday, September 17, 2018  |  7:30pm  |  University Union Lyceum

FREE for UNT students!
$5 student guest ticket (limit 1)
$10 for UNT Staff / Faculty /Alumni
$20 for General Public

Tickets available Monday, 8/27 at 8:00am at UNTuniontickets.com

Jad Abumrad is the creator and co-host of Radiolab, a public radio program broadcast on 524 stations across the nation and downloaded over 9 million times each month. With a focus on investigating the mysteries of the world and making science accessible, Radiolab has won Peabody Awards, a National Academies Communication Award, and in 2011 Abumrad received the Macarthur Genius grant. The MacArthur Foundation praises Abumrad for “inspiring boundless curiosity within a new generation of listeners and experimenting with sound to find ever more effective and entertaining ways to explain ideas and tell a story.”  In 2017 Abumrad created The Radiolab spinoff, More Perfect, a series about untold stories of the Supreme Court.  Currently, in its 2nd season, The New York Times called More Perfect  “...possibly the most mesmerizing podcast.”  

Join Jad as he deconstructs the process of finding and developing stories and creating new, original work.  He’ll unearth the hidden ingredients key to the stories that inspire, change and connect us all.

Learn more at: http://www.jadabumrad.com/

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2. Wayne White

Tuesday, October 23, 2018  |  7:30pm |  University Union Lyceum

No Tickets Necessary

Wayne White is an American artist, art director, illustrator, puppeteer, and much, much more. He began his career illustrating for the New York Times, East Village Eye, Raw Magazine, and Village Voice. In 1986 Wayne became a designer for Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and his work there earned him three Emmys. Wayne also won Billboard and MTV Music Video Awards as an art director for seminal music videos including The Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Tonight, Tonight’ and Peter Gabriel’s ‘Big Time.’

In recent years Wayne has continued to find success as a fine artist, creating paintings and public worksthat have received worldwide praise. His life and work was recently featured in a full-length documentary, the critically acclaimed Beauty is Embarrassing.

Learn more and check out his work at: http://www.waynewhiteart.com/

Students will be working with Wayne all week creating a giant puppet.  Come see the results as they take their creation to the streets for the Homecoming and Twilight Lantern Parades in downtown Denton.

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3. JunNk

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 7:00pm  | University Union Lyceum

FREE for UNT students!
$5 student guest ticket (limit 1)
$5 for UNT Staff / Faculty /Alumni
$10 for General Public

Tickets available early October at UNTuniontickets.com

JunNk is an award-winning performance group that utilizes common junkyard items to create an exciting and original music experience!  This multi-talented group transforms traditional ideas of music by using bottles as panpipes and watering cans as trumpets, to playing well-known tunes on drain pipes with flip flops and a PVC tube as a didjeridoo. JunNk is a sensational whirlwind of fun and entertainment that should not be missed! 

Learn more at: http://www.junnk.co.uk/

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4. The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra

Wednesday, February 6, 2019  |  7:30pm  |  Winspear Performance Hall

FREE for UNT students!
$5 student guest ticket (limit 1)
$15 for UNT Staff / Faculty /Alumni
$20 for General Public

Box Office Opens January 14, 2019
For tickets to the concert visit www.theMPAC.com or call 940-369-7802

2015 marked the 80th Anniversary of The Count Basie Orchestra. William J. "Count" Basie (1904-1984) started his orchestra in Kansas City in 1935 and proceeded to develop one of the greatest jazz groups in history. Under Basie's leadership -- with a strong commitment to making sure every tune was danceable -- the orchestra featured many of the greatest instrumentalists and vocalists in jazz including Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Jones, Joe Williams, Snooky Young, Frank Foster, Thad Jones, Frank Wess, Clark Terry, and many more. They played for Kings and Queens, appeared in movies and television shows, and won 18 Grammy® Awards, the most for any orchestra. Today, under the leadership of director, Scotty Barnhart, The Count Basie Orchestra is traveling the world, swinging and shouting the blues with precision, in Count Basie's unmistakable style of Kansas City swing.

Learn more at: https://countbasie.com/

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5. Kenny Werner Trio, with Johannes Weidenmueller and Ari Hoenig, & The One O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Alan Baylock

Thursday, February 28, 2019  | 7:00pm  |  Winspear Performance Hall

FREE for UNT students!
$5 student guest ticket (limit 1)
$10 for UNT Staff / Faculty /Alumni
$15 for General Public

Box Office Opens January 14, 2019.
For tickets to the concert visit www.theMPAC.com or call 940-369-7802.

Kenny Werner is a world-class pianist and composer whose prolific output of compositions, recordings, and educational publications impact as many artists as they do audiences. Werner’s compositional style makes most pieces more of a meditative journey than a concise tune, and the group members excel at creating varied, extended solos around the twists and turns of each song. Werner’s book and method Effortless Mastery is considered a definitive teaching tool for improvisers to “liberate” their musicality and avoid falling back on familiar ideas, and this group puts these ideals into practice. 

Formed in 2000, this trio includes Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and UNT alumnus Ari Hoenig on drums.

Learn more at: http://kennywerner.com/

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6. Alison Saar

Friday, March 8, 2019  |  College of Visual Arts and Design  |  Visit Gallery.UNT.edu for details

Employing both found and traditional artistic materials, Alison Saar’s sculptures, assemblages, and prints meditate on a range of experiences related to the African diaspora and femininity. The daughter of the artist Betye Saar, she continues her mother’s attention to the marginalization of both women and minorities. Often working with female nudes, Saar is among a larger generation of artists who recognize the body as a site of identity formation, acknowledging historical injustices and presenting defiant figures that seem to transcend their pasts. Referencing African, Caribbean, and Latin American folk art and spirituality in her work, she often alludes to mythological narratives or rituals that fuel notions of history and identity.

Learn more and check out her work at: https://www.artsy.net/artist/alison-saar

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7. Jacob Collier

Tuesday, March 19, 2019  |  7:30pm   |   Auditorium Building

FREE for UNT students!
$5 student guest ticket (limit 1)
$20 for UNT Staff / Faculty /Alumni
$30 for General Public

Tickets available early February at UNTuniontickets.com

Jacob Collier is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, arranger, composer and producer, based in London, England. Hailed by many as a pioneer in music and one of the most innovative thinkers of his generation, Jacob has proven himself worthy of every superlative that has been used to describe him. Spreading joy amongst a multitude of generations with a glorious child-like energy, an old soul, a knowledge of music that is second-to-none, and a tremendous warmth of humanity, Jacob's style is flabbergastingly unique, combining elements from every genre under the sun — and his world is easy to get lost in.

From winning two Grammy awards for his debut album, to playing 150 shows in 26 countries on his One-Man-Show World Tour; to collaborations with Hans Zimmer, Herbie Hancock, Pharrell, Tori Kelly, Snarky Puppy, Metropole Orkest, Samsung and Apple; to speaking at the TED Conference 2017; to harmonizing hundreds of fans' #IHarmU melodies to crowdfund his musical adventures; to teaching masterclasses and confounding music theorists around the globe with chords and rhythms that shouldn't exist; to improvising circlesongs with musicians on the streets of the world; to simply walking through the rain — Jacob's life is full of different colors.

Learn more at: https://www.jacobcollier.com/

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8. Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 7:00pm | University Union Lyceum

FREE for UNT students!
$5 student guest ticket (limit 1)
$5 for UNT Staff / Faculty /Alumni
$10 for General Public

Tickets available March 1 at UNTuniontickets.com

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different! It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. The hilarious Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is an unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather hit song suggestions from the audience to create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. You, the audience, vote for your favorite song and watch the cast turn it into a full-blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. The New York Post calls Broadway’s Next H!T Musical “remarkable.” The New York Times crows, “Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is hilarious!”

Learn more: http://www.broadwaysnexthitmusical.com/

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