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Just in time for football season, the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin dives into the eclectic history of professional pigskin with Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The exhibition’s 200-plus artifacts include such relics as Temple native “Slingin’ Sammy” Baugh’s leather helmet from his 1949 season with the Washington Redskins (at left); a game ball honoring Sealy native Eric Dickerson’s 1984 single-season rushing record; the modified shoe made to fit 1970s-era kicker Tom Dempsey’s toeless right foot; and one of Tom Landry’s signature fedoras. September 26-January 3.
GULF COAST>Corpus Christi
Up in Paint
As half of the stoner-comedy duo Cheech and Chong, Cheech Marin made his name lampooning bourgeois conventions. But Marin’s success as a comedian fueled his passion as a clear-eyed collector of Chicano art. In Corpus Christi, the Art Museum of South Texas will host Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Collection of Cheech Marin September 18-January 10. The exhibit includes 70 paintings—averaging 16 inches square or smaller in size—by 29 artists. The paintings range from photorealism to abstractions, portraits, and landscapes. Check the museum’s website for special events, including a September 23 reception with Marin.
PRAIRIES AND LAKES>Denison
Happy Birthday to Ike
Dwight D. Eisenhower spent only the first 18 months of his childhood in Texas, but Ike’s birthplace of Denison is proud to claim the nation’s 34th president as its own. Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site in Denison will celebrate Ike’s 125th birthday October 10 with a 5K run, free tours of the historic home where Ike was born, a birthday cake, and World War II military demonstrations. The site will also open a new exhibit about the Eisenhower family’s life in Denison and the community’s effort to acquire the birthplace home in 1946 and preserve it.
GULF COAST>San Benito
Baile, San Benito!
San Benito celebrates the homegrown music of South Texas on October 23-25 with the 24th Annual Conjunto Festival. Put on by the Narcisco Martinez Cultural Arts Center, the festival ($5 per night) showcases 16 bands, including headliners David Farias on Friday, Boni Mauricio and Mingo Saldivar on Saturday, and Ruben Vela Jr. on Sunday. The center’s Plaza San Benito hosts the event, which features a bustling dance floor, as well as food and drink vendors. The late Narcisco Martinez, regarded as the father of conjunto, lived most of his life near San Benito.