The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from the Parker County Peach Festival in Weatherford and the Buddy Holly “jukebox musical” in Ingram to watching Mark Cuban play a little ball. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[July 8–15]

The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from Little Joe’s Picnic in San Antonio and a laser fireworks show in Washington to collaborating with Steve Earle on a couple of songs. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[July 1–7]

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Houston Has Pride

The weather was typically muggy Saturday afternoon, making it impossible to keep the 100-degree heat out of the conversation for more than 10 minutes. But that did not deter the thousands of revelers sprawled throughout the Montrose neighborhood at the weather’s peak during Houston’s 33rd annual Pride celebration. Booths lined the streets, ranging from lesbian travel agencies to wine vendors.

Giving a Tour of the Capitol

● When I started working as a tour guide, it was a part-time job for college kids. Today it’s much more competitive. We have guides who have earned advanced degrees in history. One guide worked in the architect’s office at the U.S. Capitol, and another teaches American history at Austin Community College.

Offering Fine Advice Since 2007

Q: My husband has chewed tobacco since we started dating back in high school fourteen years ago, and for the first thirteen years the spit, breath, and mess didn’t bother me much. I don’t know why, but now I can’t stand it. He says that he’ll try to quit, but he hasn’t, and now I think it’s starting to affect our marriage. Is it reasonable for me to insist that he stop just because I suddenly can’t stand it any longer?

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The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from the opera in Houston and Friday night lights in Odessa to surfing along the coast and hiking in the mountains. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[June 24–30]

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Bobby Jones, Game Fowl Breeder

Jones, who lives in Gatesville, has been raising game chickens for almost fifty years. He sells his birds to clients around the world, and in April he testified in Austin before Senate and House committees to oppose a bill that would outlaw the raising of game birds in Texas. Cockfighting, or “harvesting,” as it is often called by breeders, has been illegal in Texas since 1907, but there is no law against raising birds or attending fights. 

How to Wear Spurs

Any rodeo fan can don a Stetson, Wranglers, and a pair of Tony Lamas, but the cowboys in the arena are the ones who wear the spurs. “It’s like a knight in his armor,” says Joe Spiller, who’s been handcrafting them for 27 years and owns Spiller Spurs and Bits, in Wingate. The jangling accessories started out as a utilitarian training tool—riders use them to give movement cues to an animal by applying pressure to its sides—but they have also become a sort of social statement.

Betty Buckley’s Piano

I like to sing, and I like to ride horses,” says Betty Lynn Buckley. The Big Spring–born Broadway legend has always been mesmerized by musical theater—“My mother took me to see Pajama Game when I was eleven”—and majestic animals (her childhood horse was named Black Bucket).

The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from the opera in Houston and Friday night lights in Odessa to surfing along the coast and hiking in the mountains. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[June 17–23]

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