Art & Culture
The Dog Days of Service
To say that Maggie, a gangly black-and-white Great Dane, is man's best friend would be an understatement. Darcy Maloney, of Wall, Texas, spends nearly every waking moment (and most sleeping ones) with the 6-year-old dog, who, for the past year, has worked day in and day out as her service pet.
Lil’ Town, Lotta Love
How would it feel to find a go-to boutique with the perfect gift for everyone on your list? Luckily, that place exists at Sweet and Southern Finds in Taylor, less than than an hour’s drive to the northeast side of Austin. This boutique/bakery duo is at the corner of 6th and Main Street.
Home in San Antone at Jazz, TX
There is nothing else quite like Jazz, TX in San Antonio, a classy, modern speakeasy-style jazz club located in the cellar of the Bottling House (now a food hall) at the historic Pearl Brewery. You might think a jazz club of this caliber is only for those who remember those bygone days of the crooners and big bands, but it is not.
Protecting Texas Part 2: The Rare Beauty of Wildlife Refuges
It is no secret that Texans are proud of their state. After all, space exploration has deep roots in Houston, Big Bend is an outdoor-enthusiast’s paradise, and of course, you can never forget the Alamo. Yet, there are some lesser known places in Texas that are definitely worth bragging about, such as its stunningly beautiful national wildlife refuges.
Presidential Museums of Texas
Prior to the mid-1900s, documents, artifacts, and gifts of state associated with a particular presidency belonged to the president himself. Many left the White House with the president, while others were destroyed or shared (somewhat unceremoniously and arbitrarily) with libraries or historical societies. It was not until Franklin D. Roosevelt chose to consign his presidential papers and effects to the American people that the United States government created laws to protect these valuable historical pieces.
Travelers to the South Texas coastal areas of the Rio Grande Valley frequently spot people wearing unseasonably warm, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. To top it off they have pairs of binoculars dangling around their necks and are toting bottles of water, bug spray, sunscreen, and ear-marked copies of The Sibley Guide to Birds. South Texas is a hot-spot for bird watching in Texas.
Stocking Stuffers from Memory Lane
The most memorable stocking stuffers are rarely extravagant or expensive, but rather small, simple gifts that make people laugh or challenge their minds...without requiring batteries or an Internet connection. These twelve vintage stocking stuffers fall into that category - classics that will never go out of style.
The Alpine Artwalk
In 1994, when gallery owner Keri Blackman and John Davis started Gallery Night, a small collection of open houses designed to celebrate and spotlight local artists, they "didn't even know what we were doing," admitted Blackman, an Alpine gallery owner. In the years that followed, Gallery Night evolved, changed its name to Alpine Artwalk, garnered recognition across the state, and eventually exploded into an annual city staple that is now the city's largest event of the year.
Nutcracker Ballets in Texas: The Perfect Gift
Many fondly remember their first live performance of The Nutcracker ballet, and can likely recall what year it was, who they were with, and where they saw it. Something as wonderful as this can leave such an impactful, lasting impression. Luckily, there are performances throughout the Lone Star State this time of year; creating an everlasting memory with the treat of a timeless, classical ballet has never been easier.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Art for Everyone
If your taste in art is eclectic, then The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), is an ideal place for a visit! Located in the heart of the impressive downtown museum district, displays range from ancient Shang Dynasty artifacts to Western scenes by Frederick Remington to cubist paintings by Pablo Picasso.
Foundation for Family Literacy: A First Lady’s Passion
Known as “everybody’s grandmother,” former First Lady Barbara Bush was a strong, honest, servant-hearted woman who inspired people to help others and stay true to their beliefs. She dedicated much of her life to helping people, specifically as a steadfast advocate for literacy. Though Barbara passed away on April 17, 2018, her passion lives on.
A Storyteller’s Tale
"On Story" gives us a peek behind the curtain into the creation of our favorite films. The writing, the development, and the inspiration behind some of the most famous characters on the big screen are explained, giving super fans that little bit of something they cannot find anywhere else…a bit more to the story.
From Liftoff to Landing
In November 2017, Dallas natives and award-winning movie directors David and Mark Dodson debuted their new space-themed feature film, The Landing, at the Austin Film Festival (AFF). A psychological thriller set in the documentary style, The Landing has been getting a lot of buzz for appearing to be so real that even though directors have repeatedly said that it is fiction, many moviegoers refuse to believe that Apollo 18 never actually happened.
Tyler Rose Garden and Museum
It is hard to imagine anything more breathtaking, or fragrant, than fourteen acres of blooming roses! This magnificent scene greets visitors each April and October at the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, the country's largest public collection of roses with 38,000 bushes of at least 600 varieties.