Meanwhile, in Texas . . .

  • A white terrier who filed to run for mayor of Irving was disqualified because his paperwork was riddled with errors.
  • The wife of a deceased Hollywood Park mayor claimed that her husband was murdered, not killed by an aggressive donkey, as authorities originally concluded.
  • A Beaumont man who was hired for a local “tactical and security store” promotional stunt that required him to stand near an intersection wearing a banana suit and carrying an AK-47 was cited by police—for violating a city ordinance against solic

Golden Girl

The last time Kacey Musgraves spoke to Texas Monthly, in late 2012, the Golden native, who had written songs for the likes of Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, was preparing for her own gig at a sweet potato festival in East Texas. Fifteen months later, she took home a Grammy Award for Best Country Album. In between, her major-label debut, Same Trailer Different Park, topped the country chart.

As UT Likes It

What do the letters “UT” really stand for? Over the past few years, “University in Turmoil” might have been the best guess. That’s what happens when the governor barely conceals his desire to oust the president of the flagship campus and the UT System Board of Regents splits into factions over pretty much everything. Not exactly the idyllic scene of students sitting on a blanket under a live oak studying Shakespeare.

The Texas Housing Boom

April may be the cruelest month, but not for the housing market, which always picks up this time of year, as families try to settle in to new homes before the fall semester. And this year’s real estate season will be unusually fervent. “The housing market in Texas has pretty much recovered from the recession,” says Jim Gaines, a research economist at Texas A&M’s Real Estate Center. “The year 2013 was the second-highest on record in terms of total number of sales; 2006 was the first.

Calcutta-on-the-Bay

As Chitra Divakaruni walks into Houston’s Blacksmith coffee shop, it’s easy to spot her among the other patrons. It’s not that the Calcutta-born author is Indian—which isn’t unusual in Houston—it’s that she’s wearing a deep-purple sari. Traditional dress of any sort is atypical these days in the Montrose neighborhood, where a uniform of tight jeans and lumberjack shirts is de rigueur for men, and women favor vintage garb and yoga gear. She stands out like a bouquet of violets in a metal shop.

The Tire Blowout Will Be Televised

It gets the couch potatoes off the couch,” says Eddie Gossage, the president of Texas Motor Speedway. He is referring to Big Hoss TV, the Fort Worth venue’s 20,633-square-foot HD video screen, which is set to be officially unveiled on April 6, at the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. If Gossage is aware of an irony here—that he’s trying to entice racing fans away from their televisions by luring them to his stadium to gape at a much bigger television—he isn’t letting on. 

¿Viva Terlingua?

It’s an unseasonably warm February afternoon in Terlingua, and the power of the cloudless sky’s white sun reflected off the pale desert dirt is so overwhelming it bleaches the color out of everything it touches. Everything except the jalapeño-red facade of the Chili Pepper Cafe and Michael Drinkard’s lizard-patterned green shirt. 

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