Art & Culture
Everything They Touch . . . Turns to Art!
Joy Thomas can hardly contain her excitement when she talks about Art in Uncommon Places and, in particular, the nonprofit’s recent overhaul of Paintbrush Alley in Downtown San Angelo. Sitting in the front room of Art in Uncommon Place’s (AIUP) building on South Irving Street, its gray cinderblock walls adorned with a plethora of brightly colored canvases, […]
Bidi Bidi Banda: An Ode to an Icon
On March 31, 1995, the news of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez’s tragic death spread throughout the Lone Star State and world. The Corpus Christi singer rose to stardom after winning the 1987 Tejano Music Award for Female Entertainer of the Year while singing in the Quintanilla family band, Selena y los Dinos. The young artist, famously known […]
Made in Texas: Dallas
Texas is home to a number of noteworthy individuals who have shared their talents and work with the great state and beyond. From former United States Presidents to award-winning musicians, the Lone Star State has ties to several established professionals, bestowing the honorable title of Texan on their already long list of accolades. Here is […]
Flatland Cavalry and The Texas Red Dirt Boom
The oilfields in West Texas are not the only thing booming in the Lone Star State. There is a deep well of talented red dirt and Texas country musicians pumping some liquid gold of their own, with new bands packing the barrooms and dance halls of West Texas oil boom towns like Big Lake and […]
Tycoons, Buffoons, and Texas Roughnecks: How the Iron Orchard Changed the Face of Texas
It was a great equalizer. If a man could work hard enough and get lucky enough, oil could turn a pauper into a prince, literally overnight. Long before Houston and Dallas were big Texas cities, and well before sustenance was no further than the local H-E-B, Texans were roughing it out on the frontier, trying to make a living any way they could.
Robert Rodriguez: A Peek Inside The Life of a Creative Genius
Sometimes the thing that makes someone unstoppable is simply their inability to stop. According to award-winning Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez that is exactly how his career began. As a child, Rodriguez never dreamed of being famous. He was just a kid having fun with his father's video camera, at least until he saw John Carpenter's science-fiction thriller Escape from New York at age 12. From that day on, he was determined to be a movie director.
Where the Wildflowers Are
Growing wildflowers has become a passion and a business for Basecamp Farms owner, Georgia Monroe. At her growing wildflower farm near Navasota, she hosts community events such as U-pick extravaganzas, with future plans of a bouquet club subscription, wreath-making classes, and flower bar parties. An event center is in the plans for the future, as well!
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.
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.