March 1999 Issue

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The Best of Small-Town Texas

Where to stay. Where to play. Where to eat. Where to shop. What to see. From Abram to Yoakum, a special report on our favorite down-home destinations.



A masterpiece of courthouse architecture in Waxahachie, a handsome jail of native stone in Marfa: Significant structures line the streets of five terrific town centers.

Music Clubs

Old country and western in Mingus, zippy zydeco in Bridge City: The shows always go on at these ten tuneful spots.


Big, breezy porches in Port Aransas, the only heated pool for miles in Marathon: You’ll get more than just a bed and breakfast at these ten appealing places to stay.


Bronzes by Remington and Russell in Orange, Quanah Parker’s trail bonnet in Canyon: Ten spaces that excel at the art of exhibition.

Small-Town Texas Directory

Abram Cemeteries Albany Museums Alpine Restaurants, Sports, Radio, Music Clubs Archer City Hotels Athens Folks   Bandera Museums, Music Clubs, Radio, Folks Bay City Radio Big Spring Hotels Blanco Shops Blessing Hotels Boerne


Rockonomics 101

Purely in terms of record sales, the Austin band Fastball hit a home run in 1998. But does that mean its members are going to get rich? Not necessarily.

Biz Science

Blood and Money

On the strength of a simple if indelicate question—“Who’s the Father?”—Houston’s Caroline Caskey has made a big splash in biotech.

Biz Feature

Generation Tech

They’re intelligent, business-savvy, techno-friendly, and young—in some cases, very young. Meet thirty Texas multimedia whizzes under thirty and four who just missed the cut.

Herb’s Flight Plan

For 28 years Herb Kelleher has run Southwest Airlines as a low-cost, short-haul carrier that’s fun to fly on and even more fun to work for. But there could be changes on the horizon.



Urban Cowboy

Peter Jennings. Liz Smith. Barbara Walters. Joe Armstrong? You may not know the name, but New York publishing’s most famous ex-Abilenian is at home among the stars—and is a star in his own right.

Jim Dandy

Call it A Simpler Plan: Austinite Jim Magnuson’s new novel is about the consequences of finding a lot of money—and it’s a good read.


Lucinda Williams

When I moved to Austin in 1974, I used to play on the Drag near the vendors. You’d go down there and people would be everywhere. There was a certain vibe in the air. I always thought it was like how it must have been in San Francisco in the

CD and Book Reviews

Hot CDsJon Dee Graham is a journeyman whose frontman role has eclipsed his hired guitarslinger reputation. The Quemado native’s second solo CD, Summerland (New West), features his gritty, growling rasp and his incisive, somewhat pensive musings, which approach a kind of brilliance on “At the Dance,” a moody slice of

Elisa Jimenez

Elisa Jimenez didn’t start out as a fashion designer. The 34-year-old El Paso native, who is the daughter of sculptor Luis Jimenez, set out for New York City in the early nineties to pursue her interest in sculpture and performance art. In 1995, she says, “I wore a dress I



Miso-Glazed Shrimp

Shrimp and Miso Glaze1 yellow onion, sliced vegetable oil for sautéing 1 tablespoon miso paste (available at Asian markets) 1/2 tablespoon sambal chile paste 1 tablespoon oyster sauce 4 to 6 drops sesame oil 24 to 36 shrimp (16–20 per pound size), peeled, tails onSauté onion in oil over medium


Wehani Rice

1/2 yellow onion, finely diced vegetable oil for sautéing 1 cup uncooked Wehani brown rice, rinsed 2 cups water or chicken stock 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste 1/2 cup shelled pistachios, roastedSauté onion in oil over medium heat until tender. Add rice and cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.


The Inside Story

Let’s Get Small

For this month’s special issue, twelve writers and five photographers took to the back roads of Texas in search of the things to do and places to go in the little towns of our vast state. All told, they covered more than 41,000 miles in 169 days, taking in everything

Around the State

Around the State

THE MAIN EVENTTexas Go Bragh In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a subdued event. Many natives go to church instead of the pub, and they certainly don’t guzzle green beer. Texans, on the other hand, observe the holiday with great fanfare. Dallasites go to the Seventeenth Annual North Texas Irish

Steered Wrong

WE, THE PRODUCERS OF BARNEY & FRIENDS, do have a sense of humor about how the big purple guy comes across to adults [“Bum Steer Awards,” January 1999]. However, the possibility that a person in a bogus Barney costume might harm a child is no laughing matter. That is

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