When the discovery of the last particle in the Standard Model of physics, the Higgs boson, was announced in the spring of 2012 many physicists, afflicted by an anxiety special to their profession, soon began hedging that same announcement. Most were reluctant to claim outright that what they’d observed at the CERN particle collider in Geneva was indeed the elusive Higgs, the subatomic particle that could explain how all matter acquires mass.
If you happen to call the offices of the Austin Film Festival and Conference and are placed on hold, take comfort: you will not be subjected to hummable pop Muzak or an automated voice repeatedly telling you that your party will be with you in a moment.
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Texas is a beef barbecue state; in North Carolina they prefer pork. This isn’t news to most of you, but it may surprise some Texans to hear that people outside of the state our signature smoked brisket doesn’t meet the very definition of barbecue.
On October 7, Richard Fisher, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and Texas Monthly senior editor Erica Grieder talked about the Texas economy, federal monetary policy, the possible default on the country’s debt, and Fisher’s unusual life story. The discussion was followed by questions from the audience. More than 300 guests attended the event which was held in the McFarlin Memorial Auditorium at SMU in Dallas.
The Dome’s Destiny
A November 5 bond vote in Houston could determine the fate of the Astrodome. If the bond passes, the Astrodome, once heralded as the eighth wonder of the world, is likely to be converted into a convention hall, the memories forged there since the Astros’ opening day, in 1965, still somewhat intact. If the bond is defeated, the Astrodome is likely to feel the fury of a wrecking ball.
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