The Drop Everything List

Dobie Dichos, Marfa Architecture and Design Symposium, the World Championship Wild Hog Cook-Off, and Farm Fest . . .

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from an event honoring J. Frank Dobie in Oakville to the World Championship Wild Hog Cook-Off in Crowell. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[November 2–8]

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OAKVILLE

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J. Frank Dobie, the writer and rancher from South Texas, was a scholar and a gentleman. He preserved a lot of important folklore passed down through oral stories by writing them in his literary-nonfiction novels, including the 1941 classic The Longhorns. He also transcended the conservative, good ol’ boy prejudices of his upbringing to become a social and political radical, earning a Medal of Freedom for, among other things, promoting integration at the University of Texas. “He is the patron saint of Austin liberals,” said Steven L. Davis, the author of J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind and a curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. On Friday night, Davis will join a cadre of oral storytellers and writers who will rhapsodize about

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