An old opera house, Judge Roy Bean's grave, ancient pictographsand a drug blimp.
Snow geese, the Big Tree, sandy beaches and one gigantic chemical plant.
African Masks, two old steam locomotives, Lady Bird's childhood home-and miniature donkeys.
Sailor, the Steve Miller Band (Capitol) Return to the Wide Open Spaces, Live at the Caravan of Dreams featuring, among others, David “Fathead” Newman, Ellis Marsalis, and Cornell Dupree (Amazing) Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams (Mercury) La Musica de
South Padre Island to Rio Grande Valley International Airport, Harlingen, on Texas Highway 100 and FM 510 and 106 (33 miles) This narrow two-lane shortcut from the beach to the airport is one way to avoid the congestion and speed traps on U.S. 77. It slices through parts of the
Vintage jukeboxes, puffed tacos, a deserted villageand a vision of Tom Landry.
Presidio to Lajitas on FM 170 (50 miles) At first El Camino del Rio dips and winds along the Rio Grande through a maze of low, dry arroyos framed by bare lunar landscapes. Before long, the West Texas sky looms so large that it practically swallows the road. The 15
Cypress swamps, Tex Ritter memorabiliaand a spot that spooked Spielberg.
Dallas' cultural aspirations take a beating when city fathers reject a sculpture.
TRY TO REMEMBER, BILL, Hell and Houston both begin with a h. —letter from a 19th-century visitorI wish I’d said it first, but I can’t say it any better. It still begins with a h. Houston today is a dozen cities, and you couldn’t give me any of them if
Memphis-Style Barbecued Pork Shoulderone 4- to 5-pound pork butt or shoulder roast The South Shall Rub Again [see below] Memphis Mop, optional [see below] Tennessee-Style Barbecue Sauce [see below] 8 to 10 sandwich buns, optional Red pepper sauce, such as Tabasco or Texas Pete, optional1. Sprinkle a generous layer of
WHEN I WAS GROWING UP there in the Thirties and Forties, Abilene was a one-industry town: God.God met the biggest payroll and He was the local real estate magnate. Besides owning the fifty church buildings and employing the people in them, He held title to the three institutions of higher
These Vietnamese summer rolls are from Blowfish in Arlington. They are light, refreshing, and perfect for a hot-weather appetizer.
THE HIGHLAND PARK WOMAN is thirty-two or thirty-three. She says she honestly forgets sometimes. She’s not particularly afraid to tell her age (she’s not that old) but she seldom does. It’s not really necessary: a ten-year-old son in St. Mark’s and a seven-year-old daughter in Lamplighter, three bedrooms and three
Directions for driving from Galveston to Corpus Christi From Galveston take FM 3005 to San Luis Pass, where you will pay $2 to cross the toll bridge. Continue south on Blue Water Highway to Surfside. Turn right on Texas Highway 332 North and cross the bridge to Freeport. Take a
WHEN UPON LIFE’S BILLOWS you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost . . . Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly, And you will be singing as the days go by.— “Count Your Blessings”My first check as a radio gospel singer on KRBC in
WHY IS IT YOU NEVER REMEMBER the good things about certain jobs, only the bad—and yet the sweetest times, the days of your life you think you’d rather live over, are those seasons when salaries were lowest, the bosses were cruelest, your fellow workers were the most problematic? I spent
THREE YEARS AGO ANYBODY in the business could describe a Texas movie producer for you: loud talking, fast moving (white Eldorado), Frye boots, and a rodeo shirt to match his California girl friend’s; born in Brooklyn (where else?), with two quickies to his credit—one that four-walled Waco, Temple, and died,
Driving across Texas can be funsometimes.
A RIVER BEGAN IT. Sluggish in summer, scant. A red and awesome terror in a wet spring. Too much river . . . or not enough.Called Daycoa by some Indians, Arkikosa by others, in 1690 Alonso de Leon, a Mexican-born officer of the Spanish crown, bestowed its modern name: La
Texas towns and their claims to fame.
‘Cue Up The Smoke Gods are smiling: May marks the publication of two barbecue cookbooks by Texas authors. The best metaphor for Dotty Griffith’s book, Celebrating Barbecue: The Ultimate Guide to America’s 4 Regional Styles of ‘Cue (Simon and Schuster), is a savory four-meat platter. The
Sure, you drive a Chevy, drink Dr Pepper, and eat exclusively at your local diner. But is your baseball glove a Nokona?
Banh, the Bomb Wondering where to find a bánh mì, the small, tasty Vietnamese sandwich you’ve been hearing about lately? It’s gaining a following among folks outside the Asian community. Typically served on a split, toasted baguette, this morsel is spread with mayonnaise and pork pté and then piled with
Spend a great weekend sightseeing in San Antonio.
A Real American Breakfast
THESE ARE MY CHOICES FOR the fifty best Texas books. I would like to emphasize that these are the best books about Texas. By that I mean Texas is their main subject or, in the case of fiction and biography, their chief setting. They are not the best books written
Fishing Expedition Blowfish is blowing my mind. I’m sitting in this jazzy, five-month-old sushi bar in an Arlington strip center looking at a menu that’s as up-to-date as anything in Dallas or Houston. You want pure raw fish? A wide array is offered—tuna, yellowtail, eel, conch, plus specials like Hawaiian
Five easy ways to plot your life as a writer.
Farewell to an Aggie prez.
After a conservative think tank used its clout to help scuttle a science textbook, some Republicans declared victory. The rest declared war.
At Houston's FotoFest 2002, digital art took center stage as never before-and proved that the Next Big Thing might really be the next big thing.
Texans turn to Dairy Queen for more than just Hungr-Busters, Steak Finger Country Baskets, and Blizzards. They also come for a taste of days gone by.
Why Grand Prarie's Bobby Patterson of KKDA-AM is my favorite deejay in Texas.
Around the State
Treat Your Mama Right If Mom is an arts lover, then your search for the perfect Mother’s Day gift is over: Treat her to a weekend in Houston. You wouldn’t want to subject her to the inevitable Friday afternoon traffic, so arrive Thursday, May 9, and enjoy a stroll around
All the Right Moves For someone who grew up studying classical ballet, modern dance seems foreign to me. Where are the outward foot positions? The high jumps? Of course, ballet and modern share some of the same principles, and this month you can see moves that reflect both traditions. In
MODEL ATHLETE LISA LESLIE, the starting center for the defending world champion Los Angeles Sparks, sashays into the Compaq Center on May 27 to play in the Houston Comets’ season opener.First of all, let me congratulate you on winning the WNBA title. Thanks. It’s a pretty great feeling. Our team
The Awakening Unlike Houston, whose thriving art market allows its artists to live in the Bayou City and sell globally, Austin has always had a tough time cultivating a reputation with dealers as a serious visual-art town. Before the high-tech economic boom, Austin artists complained that nobody bought art in