An Austin artist makes a stringed instrument of monumental scale.
Conventional wisdom about education holds that local control, a strong principal, and active, involved parents are crucial ingredients in the mix that makes a successful school. This wisdom is so pervasive that the Legislature has made local control, in the form of “site-based decision making,” a legal requirement in Texas
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, heroes of hippiedom, are alive and well and living in Paris.
Austin’s Kevin Schwantz is one of the world’s most famous and highest-paid athletes, and no one in Texas knows who he is.
When urban stress sets the nerves ajangle, it’s comforting to know there is a Japanese garden nearby.
Photograph by Michael O’BrienMichael O’Brien put the legendary Heisman trophy winner on the highest available pedestal for this shot. Campbell joins the trio of other famous Texans —Nolan Ryan, George Strait, and former Miss USA Gretchen Polhemus—who have posed looking spiffy for Wrangler’s “Western originals” advertising campaign, created by
Things around the Legislature are looking bleak, but so far, Governor Richards is having the time of her life.
When the IRS seized all that Willie Nelson had, it was a case of the man who can’t say no meeting the men who won’t take no for an answer.
Are good times and fun pranks giving way to racial slurs and ritualized violence? An inside look at UT’s fraternity row.
A crop of small ready-to-eat food companies in Austin take a fresh look at what’s for dinner.
To reassure a skeptical public, members must pass an ethics reform bill this session. And here’s what it should say.
In a venerable Austin neighborhood, the laid-back residents are tormented by a menacing presence—neither they nor the police—can defeat.
A determined developer’s big plans for Austin’s cool, clear water hole is bringing out extremes on both sides.
In education, Texas ranks below (gasp) Mississippi. Here’s how to turn the public schools around without throwing billions of dollars down the rathole.
The bands play on and on and on in Austin.
Three crucial elements that will determine the outcome of the Texas governor’s race.
To the people of Austin, the poisoning of an ancient tree was more than a crime; it was a blasphemy.
Two nice guys with financial troubles thought they found the perfect solution to the bust. Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
The unlikely twosome of eccentric rocker Doug Sahm and blues champion Clifford Antone has rescued from obscurity a distinctively rhythmic, indisputably raunchy regional sound.
How Madalyn Murray O’Hair became the supreme being of the American atheist movement.
As much as I hated playing football, I hate watching it more.
These are only aliases. Their real names are Mattox, Mauro, Richards, and Hightower. And they may be leading the Democratic party to its apocalypse.
Highly partisan justices are at the center of the Supreme Court scandal.
Should a judge’s friendships survive his election to the Supreme Court of Texas?
The biggest legislative bloodbath in 31 years is shaping up between Clements and Hobby. At stake: not only the state’s education budget but the economic and political future of Texas as well.
ONE OF THE FEW COMPLAINTS we have ever heard about Castle Hill Cafe is that it is too loud—which is true. But the acoustics in this former grocery store built in 1896 are only partly at fault. Blame instead the multitude of loyal customers who flock to this low-key and
Thank God I’m sort of a grown-up.
Tapped by destiny, one man in Austin is forging an unlikely alliance between Texas oilmen and the friends of Israel.
The West Lynn Cafe is closed. The vegetarian Cosmic Cafe opened at this location in July 2005.
Proprietors of some of Texas’ priciest restaurants are spinning off more-economical eateries that are giving the originals a run for the money.
A look at Houston’s Meyerland, Dallas’ Munger Place, El Paso’s Sunset Heights, and Austin’s Hyde Park shows that few fights get the blood boiling like a good fight with a neighbor.
I smoked marijuana all day every day for several years. It took me almost a year to quit—and now I wonder if I’ll ever get straight.
Everyone agreed it was time for greatness at UT. But after a nationwide search for a new president, the only man the regents could agree on was a campus insider who professed no great vision at all.
Las Manitas Avenue Cafe is closed while the sisters prepare to open in a new location.
The rudest, crudest, and most obnoxious disc jockeys are on in the mornings. Here’s the best—or the worst—of the lot.
One of those places that a city has to have if it’s got any gumption at all.
Four of the many small high-tech companies betting that they have the excitement, momentum, market, and business savvy to succeed where others have failed.
The real Texas technology picture is much more intricate than either the mad hype of two years ago or the dire headlines of today make it out to be.
Hot, hot, hot! Here’s why grills have become the trendiest of the trendy restaurants in Texas.
One man’s Mexican pot is another man’s collectible.
In 1883 the University of Texas got stuck with two million acres of West Texas scrubland. Then it hit oil, and the money started rolling in.
Gary Bradley, a hot young land speculator in Austin, was in the middle of a $50 million deal when he ran into an outraged environmental movement and a lobbyist with some powerful clients. The fight was on.
Behind the scenes at regional headquarters—a sometime part-timer tells all.
Hundreds of new computer companies have made Texas the likely successor to California’s Silicon Valley, and it all started with two firms in Dallas.
When Bames-Connally Investments announced plans to build apartments in a South Austin neighborhood, the residents banded together to try to stop them. They won the battle but lost the war.
Austin’s Roy Spence parlayed his success in Mark White’s campaign into a job selling Walter Mondale to the American people.
When armadillos weighed three tons and the long horns were on dinosaurs.
Or, my life as a Texas gardener.
The new governor’s first hundred days were great theater, but now come taxes.