The Drop Everything List

Robert Rodriguez, the Fort Worth Symphony's American Festival, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, and the 16th Annual Grape Stomp . . .
The Drop Everything List
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears play in San Antonio on August 24. 

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.

[August 24–30]

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AUSTIN

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

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