The Drop Everything List

Asleep at the Wheel, Texas Olive Oil, Alejandro Escovedo, Plaza Classic Film Festival, Juan Williams, and Dandee Danao's take on Smurfs . . .
The Drop Everything List

THROW YOUR PLANS OUT the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from Asleep at the Wheel at the Sengelmann Hall and classic films in El Paso to a tasting of olive oil produced in Texas. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss. [Aug 5–Aug 12]

Dance Fever
Location can mean the difference between an average Asleep at the Wheel show and a hoedown. “When we play a concert venue, the show is more of a show,” said Ray Benson, frontman for the nine-time Grammy-winning western-swing collective based in Austin. “I tell stories or jokes more than at dancehalls, where I mix up tempos for the jitterbug waltz, Cotton Eyed Joe and schottische.” People go to Sengelmann Hall—a masterfully refurbished old-time joint with a 116-year-old, long-leaf pine floor—to scoot. That means there’s a good chance those at Asleep’s upcoming show will be sweating through their shirts by the end of the third song. This may be the best opportunity to celebrate western swing to the fullest since the 82nd Legislature passed a resolution declaring it the official

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