Written by Matt Joyce
Itâ€™s hard to believe itâ€™s been 27 years since musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds started showing up on TV and radio with songs to discourage littering as part of the Donâ€™t mess with Texas campaign.
The campaign was a big success and grew into a household slogan in Texas, and even beyond. But at the same time, the stateâ€™s population has grown (at a pace of 1,000 people per day currently), and a younger generation of Texans doesnâ€™t necessarily relate the slogan with its anti-littering message.
The rainstorms that soaked parts of the Hill Country over Memorial Day weekend are providing a welcome boost to tubing on the Frio River, at least for a little while.
Before the April explosion at the West Fertilizer plant, the town of West was best known for its Czech heritage and cultureâ€”both of which are celebrated annually on Labor Day weekend at Westfest.
Dallas may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of seafaring activities, but backers of the proposed Dallas Maritime Museum say the city would be a fitting host for the facility.
The Dallas Film Society is busy preparing for this yearâ€™s Dallas International Film Festival, which kicks off next week.
The event runs April 4-14 and features 175 films at venues across the city. I had a chance to interview Lee Papert, festival executive director, by email recently, and hereâ€™s what he had to say about the event.
Some are shy on stage; others are natural performers. Some feature technical playing; others draw on their emotions. They're all budding accordion slingers aiming for the title in this year's Big Squeeze competition.
Eight of the state's best young accordionists are traveling to Austin this weekend for the semifinals of the Big Squeeze. The semifinalists, ranging in age from 11 to 18, will perform a free show at Lonestar Plaza of the Bullock Museum from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The International Accordion Festival is back.
The public gets its first chance this week to the see the newly restored Texas Governor's Mansion.
The United States and Mexican governments opened the Boquillas border crossing on Wednesday, reestablishing tourist access between the two countries in Big Bend National Park.
For book-lovers drawn to the Texas Book Festival and its engaging congregation of authors each fall in Austin, itâ€™s worth noting that the festival also partners with other events around the state to highlight books and authors.
Nearly two years after massive wildfires, the director of Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce says tourism has rebounded but drought continues to trouble the area.