Revisiting the Family Circus

Some forms of entertainment are so fundamental to our nature that they never completely disappear, but rather, they morph. The circus, for example, wasn’t always a massive, professionally lit, highly produced performance featuring skilled acrobatic companies. The country once supported small, nomadic groups of families who crisscrossed the land doing “mud shows”: illusions and animal tricks. The number of these modest troupes has indisputably dwindled, but this way of life has not totally vanished.

Macy's Campus Shopping Events

Macy’s hosted their campus in-store activation events at the Post Oak location in College Station and at the Houston Galleria. Texas A&M and University of Houston students were shuttled via the Magic Bus to the store to join Macy’s for an exclusive shopping party that included performances by The Aggie Wranglers , Bart Crow, and Spencer Fort. Other activities included mini-manicures, live models, photo booths, a college-themed DIY station, mini-makeovers, a lash bar, and more.

President of Immortal Fun

When Alejandro Rose-Garcia was in Nashville last month to open for the Avett Brothers, he swung by his new business manager’s office to sign some paperwork. Rose-Garcia, who performs as Shakey Graves, emerged from the office as the new president and chief executive of his own touring company, Immortal Fun.

Concert Music Is Not Dead

Terry Lickona hasn’t been at Austin City Limits, the television show, for all 40 years, but he got there as soon as he could. Lickona, 66, became a producer on the show during its fourth season, in 1979, and (along with the show’s co-creator, Bill Arhos who retired in 1999) he’s been ACL’s defining personality and tastemaker ever since.

Bringing the Beach to Downtown Houston

To spread the word about the 54th Annual Jazz Festival,Texas Monthly and Corpus Christi brought the beach to downtown Houston. Hundreds of park-goers at Discovery Green watched a live sand sculpture demonstration by artists Mark Landrum and Jon Woodworth, who transformed 20 tons of sand into an intricate jazz design. Guests were also treated to live jazz music, fun giveaways, and great prizes.

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