The Drop Everything List

Ruthie Foster in Houston, Don Hertzfeldt's short films, the Texas Yoga Conference, and National Anthem Auditions in Grand Praire . . .
The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from Loretta Lynn in Austin to the Texas Yoga Conference in Houston. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[Feb 17–Feb 23]



Foster Care
Ruthie Foster
’s rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” which is slowed down and softened with piano to emphasize what she calls the “Cassandra Wilson/Sade sultriness” of her voice, is unlike any you have heard. “I’ve been sitting on that song for a while,” said Foster, the Grammy-nominated Gause native who will return to Texas in support of her new full-length album, Let It Burn, featuring the Cash number. The album—which was recorded in New Orleans with studio assassins like George Porter Jr. and Russell Batiste, the rhythm section for the Funky Meters—is another progression in Foster’s vibrant take on the blues. The cover songs include nods to revolutionary voices like Pete Seeger and Crosby, Stills

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