Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from the opera a Q&A with El Mariachi director Robert Rodriguez in Austin and a grape stomp in Stonewall to Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears in San Antonio. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
Slash and Tell
Robert Rodriguez, the Austin filmmaker known for his no-holds-barred, B-movie-style action movies and being Quentin Tarantino’s favorite collaborator, made El Mariachi, his studio debut, for $7,000. Aided by Rebel Without a Crew, Mr. Rodriguez’s behind-the-scenes book, the movie, about a black-clad mariachi who is packing heat in his guitar case, hatched the acclaimed low-budget indie scene of the 1990s. But Rodriguez didn’t even want the movie released. “It was a practice film,” he said, adding: “I wanted to sell it to the Spanish video market and say I made it for $70,000. With that money, I was going to make a real American indie film.” Rodriguez said he