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MorrisMalakoff 386 ArtCarParade2016Long gone are the days where art could be seen only in formal museums. Now it comes parading through downtown streets, perched on wheels, carried by its very own engines, mixing the unexpected, and bringing distinctly different groups of people together with amazing results. The Houston Art Car Parade will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday, April 8th, when 250 wheeled vehicles from across the United States, Canada and Mexico, transport art to an estimated 300,000 spectators.

TLOTM official poster digitalThe 2017 SXSW Film Festival screened 258 films, including 130 features, that were selected out of 7,651 overall submissions. Even with those odds, “The Light of the Moon,” starring Texas actress Stephanie Beatriz, took its place as the audience favorite among features. SXSW Film Festival made the winning announcement on Saturday, March 18.

tfa honorees2017On Thursday night, the Austin Film Society hosted the 2017 Texas Film Awards show, an event that also marks the unofficial kickoff to South by Southwest Conferences. The award ceremony spotlighted honorees who help support the legacy of Texas film.

SRV 11aA one-of-a-kind Stevie Ray Vaughan exhibit, curated by The Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE, opens Friday, March 10, at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. It’s the exhibit’s final stop and it’s the only stop in Texas.

If summer camp is in the cards for your youngsters, we think a getaway ought to be part of your plan, too. Find respite in a community near your child’s week-long (or more) adventure and create your own Camp Worryfree. As examples, here are a few summer camp/summer getaway pairing suggestions. No matter where you send your children, know there’s something nearby for you, too.

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Every year, from October through March—and sometimes into April— hundreds of endangered whooping cranes converge to winter on the Texas coast after flying more than 2,500 miles from their summer homes in Canada. Texas' Coastal Bend is the only place in the United States where you can see the whooping cranes at close range. The most fun time to see them is during Port Aransas' Whooping Crane Festival, set for February 23-26.

RedRiver122 horse 2In June Naylor’s story on roaming the Red River Valley, there’s plenty to do that works up a righteous appetite. Fortunately, there are plenty of good places to enjoy things to eat and drink in the little towns sitting alongside the roads winding through the region. Here’s a look at places worth a stop for refueling and catching local color.

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South by Southwest returns to Austin March 10–19, and it’s bound to be as surprising as ever. Secret John Legend concerts? A pop-up “Mr. Robot” carnival—Ferris wheel and all? A panel featuring both Michelle Obama and Missy Elliott? Who can keep track? The festival has seemingly seen it all in its 31-year history, but every year it returns with bigger and better surprises. Here are some tips on how to take it all in.


Happy Lunar New Year! Festivals featuring lion and dragon dancers, firecrackers and great food mark the changeover from the Year of the Monkey to the Year of the Rooster. Here are a few celebrations happening across the state.

elpasoholocaustOne of the deepest scars in the history of humankind is the Holocaust. Friday, January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day that marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. It’s set aside, by the United Nations General Assembly, as a day to never forget the Nazi-era victims while sharing messages of tolerance, peace and hope for the future.

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On Feb. 5, the nation’s eyes will be locked on Houston and the gridiron victories and defeats of Super Bowl LI.

Boomtown6When the Lucas Gusher sprang forth oil at Spindletop on Jan. 10, 1901, the area exploded with opportunities. This Saturday, Jan. 7, that anniversary will be celebrated with a multitude of events at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum at Lamar University. Here’s what else there is to do in Beaumont.

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