The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from an event honoring J. Frank Dobie in Oakville to the World Championship Wild Hog Cook-Off in Crowell. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[November 2–8]

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AUSTIN

The Fast Lane
The hype behind the protracted construction of the Circuit of the Americas, the first track built in the U.S. for Formula 1, will be believed when 120,000 people turn out to watch racers vying to exceed 200 m.p.h.
Circuit of the Americas, November 16–18, formula1.com

The Two Weird Texas Connections to ‘Spring Breakers’

What does Spring Breakers, a movie about four college girls who rob a bank to pay for their vacation, which premiered in Venice and Toronto earlier in September, have to do with Texas? To start, one of the movie’s stars, James Franco (he who almost attended the University of Houston’s creative writing program) and director Harmony Korine were embroiled in a (very) mini-controversy with Houson-area rapper Riff Raff earlier this year. 

Pecan Pralines

“The pecan candy man, usually a Mexican, dressed in white duck jacket and trousers, is a familiar sight on the street corners of every Texas city.
—E. G. Littlejohn, “The Pecan: Its Culture and Commercial Value,” The Journal of Geography, Volume 1, March 1902

Kenny Klimple, Bus Driver

After serving as a police officer for six years in the Brazos Valley, Klimple “burned out” on working with the public and sought refuge in truck driving. He got his commercial driver’s license while hauling oil equipment for Halliburton, never imagining that a year later he’d put it to use cruising the streets of Austin as a city bus driver and falling back in love with the public.

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