On a recent Tuesday morning, a herd of red-headed young goats milled around in one of the 630 pens at Producer’s Livestock Auction, in San Angelo, the largest sheep and goat market in the country. These goat kids were among the more than 5,300 hooved animals that would be sold that day, bound for slaughterhouses as far away as New York.
Having spent eighteen years behind bars—twelve of them on death row—for a crime he did not commit, Anthony Graves could be forgiven for making a few impulse buys with the $1.45 million he was awarded in 2011 by the Texas Legislature for his wrongful incarceration. But other than the gleaming white BMW convertible he bought for himself two years ago, he has been careful with his money.
Prize includes two tickets to the Wells Fargo Preview Party, valet parking and drink tickets.
Just for Fun
Learn twerking fundamentals at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin’s third major yearly music festival, by watching Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, dance onstage. Or just stick to head-bobbing to indie top dogs (M.I.A.,Kurt Vile) and legacy acts (Ice-T, Television).
Auditorium Shores, November 8–10, funfunfunfest.com
In November 1973, Texas Monthly, which was still in its first year of existence, marked the tenth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy with a profile of Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother, Marguerite; the cover, however, went to Tom Landry.
There’s no article of clothing more American than blue jeans. Initially an inexpensive garment created for factory workers (and soon embraced by cowboys), the “waist overall” is now a universal wardrobe staple that can easily cost two or three hundred bucks.
Matthew McConaughey has been on perhaps the least-expected tear in Hollywood history, serving up, in less than two years, fearlessly nervy or affecting turns in movies such as Bernie, Killer Joe, Magic Mike, The Paperboy, and Mud. After seeming out of his depth for so long (remember Amistad? Frailty? The unholy calamity that was Sahara?), McConaughey today steals scenes from the award-winning likes of Shirley MacLaine and Nicole Kidman.
Q: My wife has recently taken a keen interest in my backyard barbecuing duties. In fact, last weekend she asked me if I wanted her to start cooking the beans from now on. As much as I would like the help, do you think bean preparation could be a gateway to her eventually wanting to flip some meat?
Scott B., Austin
Around this time of year, if all goes well horticulturally speaking, the state nut of Texas commences to rain down upon us, and after battling bushy-tailed marauders bent on stockpiling every last one, we turn our minds to what to do with our hard-won prize. Sure, pecan pie is nice. But since we’re already in a combative mood, let’s make stuffing. Or is it dressing? A once-a-year indulgence for most, this humble side dish nevertheless gets folks seriously worked up. Everyone has his or her favorite, and that would be Mom’s.