Like many coaches, David Woodard is a creature of habit. Success in his business is built on months of drills, repetitions, and routines. But he's also a citizen of West, where life lately has been anything but routine.
When Progress Coffee opened in 2003, the barista bar’s mixture of local art, fair trade coffees, and an East Austin address seemed novel. But a decade later, Progress’s owners found themselves with a mature business model in an overcrowded area. This prompted a sale of the 78702 location to three young investors who will open Wright Bros. Brew & Brew this fall.
The tenth-anniversary screening of School Of Rock, starring Jack Black as the head-banging substitute teacher Dewey Finn, is another high point in a banner year for the Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater.
The Way of the Gun
In the early 1890s, John Wesley Hardin, an aging gunfighter who was fresh out of the Huntsville prison, moved to El Paso. There he temporarily regained composure and completed his outlaw memoir, “The Life of John Wesley Hardin, as Written by Himself.”
“Shymkent—it’s Texas. There are bandits there and here as well,” our Uzbek cab driver explained as he navigated his blue minivan through the chaotic streets of Kazakhstan’s third largest city. Shymkent is the capital of South Kazakhstan Oblast, a state that has been nicknamed “the Texas of Kazakhstan” since Soviet times. Before we got out of our cab, the driver invited us to come over to his house and eat shashlik, barbecued shish kebabs. Southern hospitality, post-Soviet style.
Finding the Groove
Augie Meyers is best known for playing groovy Vox organ hooks on songs like “She’s About a Mover” for the Sir Douglas Quintet, the late sixties to early seventies San-Francisco-via-San-Antonio Tex-Mex band.
But Meyers, 73, survived his childhood friend Doug Sahm, who died in 1999, to enjoy a second and even third act.
There is no definitive formula for a cult movie. Often, some aspect of the film just takes on a life of its own. That’s what happened with the 1996 comedy Bottle Rocket, which was the feature debut of the Texas filmmaker Wes Anderson (he won the MTV Movie Award for best new filmmaker that year) and the beginning of the film careers of two other Texans, the Dallas-born Luke and Owen Wilson.
Hey. I’m heading to Austin at the end of July and—having worked at Philadelphia magazine for a few years—I figured reaching out to you would be the best way to figure out what to do.
A few college friends and I will be visiting a buddy and his wife for a long weekend (most of us get in Thursday morning). Is there a cultural/historical/enriching event/museum/experience that we shouldn’t miss?
Note: We’ll be staying in South Congress and, considering that we’re millennials, antiquing feels fiscally irresponsible/unappealing. Also, I wouldn’t hate it if you recommended a hip date spot that won’t feel like a total cliché.
Jeez. I know that’s a lot. Sorry for the lack of brevity.
A Fan From Philly
Day 1 The floorboards of our rental car are immaculate. This won’t be true for long, though, as we are nearly to Padre Island, which boasts one of the longest expanses of sandy beach in the world. Located a short distance from Mexico and named for the priest who turned the unclaimed strip into a cattle ranch in the early 1800’s, Padre stretches 130 miles and has a split personality.