There were once over 1,000 dance halls in small Texas towns, from Temple to Anhalt. Today, less than half of them are still open. An epicenter of social life for previous generations of locals, the halls are now largely frequented by elderly dancers who come to polka. In Night at the Dance, filmmaker Annie Silverstein, then a student in the Department of Radio Television Film at the Moody College of Communication at UT Austin, chronicled the scene and the dancers at Sefcik Dance Hall in Seaton.
The founder of the first Black-owned outdoor retailer says there should be no gatekeepers to the great outdoors.
Nari Hodges of Ooyoo Pan creates meticulously designed Korean-style macarons that are hand-piped with love.
Glen Andrews describes a glassblowing process as equally informed by philosophy and meditation as it is by craftsmanship.
Inside his father’s old service station, Isaac Arellano puts in long hours at his restaurant, Pitforks and Smokerings, to keep the flame alive.
Halfway between Mineola and Tyler, Lindale Candy Company has been creating hand-pulled peppermint since 1946.
Founder Raymond Edmonds reflects on his Tolkien-inspired vegetarian cafe, which has expanded over fifty years and earned the love of even cheeseburger connoisseurs.
Natalie Irish describes her lipstick-art process as “making out with a canvas.” Her stamplike technique showcases her unique brand of creativity and playful irreverence.
Wichita Falls resident Jim Loudermilk carefully removed a 1930s racing sailboat from an old downtown building and restored it to its original glory.