Can You Dig It?

WACO MAMMOTH SITE, WACO

In 1907 T. L. Eyerly, a science teacher from the Panhandle, took his students on a field trip to the prehistoric ruins along Wolf Creek. Their investigation of pre-Columbian stone dwellings, known as the Buried City, is the earliest-known archaeological excavation in the state. Texans have been eagerly digging up the past ever since.

Six Must-Attend Events: February 7–February 16

SAN MARCOS

Mental Images
The photographer Michael Nye’s “Fine Line” exhibition at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University gives voice to schizophrenics, agoraphobics, and bipolar sufferers to show where mental health ends and mental illness begins. Recordings of the subjects talking about their conditions complement each of about forty black-and-white portraits, taken with what Nye calls “one of those big cameras like Mathew Brady used during the Civil War.”

French Connection

The first time I saw the Eiffel Tower, I thought it looked like an oil derrick. I loitered at dusk on a bitter-cold day waiting for the mythical monument to light up like a Christmas tree. As the lavender sky blackened, a computerized choreography of red, blue, and green lights danced up and down the dark steel. The effect was more akin to something you’d find at Disney World than in the center of the most glamorous city in France.

Afraid of Losing the Dark

Seventy-five years ago, on May 5, 1939, a group of the world’s preeminent astronomers trekked out to the Davis Mountains to attend the dedication of the McDonald Observatory’s first telescope, the second-largest in the world at the time, boasting an 82-inch, 4,200-pound Pyrex mirror cast from molten glass.

Six Must-Attend Events: January 3–5

AUSTIN

I Am a Camera 
In this era of smartphones, many people take the time to crop and color-correct even their selfies and photo-bombs and believe they know a good photo when they see one. So they may revel in—and even learn something about their craft at—“Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos Into the Digital Age,” on exhibit through this weekend at the Harry Ransom Center. 

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