Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from the “Made in Texas” exhibit and an evening watching the Rangers play in Arlington to a performance by Willie in Corpus. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[July 6–July 8]
Much like the Cowboys are America’s Team, Texas is America’s brand. At least that’s what the Made in Texas exhibition implies in its vast display of items made by Texans and enjoyed by many others. There are obvious choices, like Dr Pepper, mesquite furniture and chili powder. “The commodification of chili powder in Texas led to the mass popularization of Mexican food for the non-Mexican,” said Sarah Gould, the exhibition’s curator. And there are the less obvious but no less employed, including the Palmaz Stent, which is integral in angioplasties, and Ultima, the role-playing computer game that spawned a genre. “You’ll see the Ziploc bag with the cover that Richard Garriott and his mother came up with,” Ms. Gould said. “It still has a $19.99 tag on it.” Discover in this