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Lady at the Spinning Wheel, ca. 1933, courtesy UT Austin’s Briscoe Center

In addition to providing a diversion for fidgety hands and keeping us warm in the winter, the quilt is also the subject of scholarly study at the University of Texas’ Briscoe Center for American History.

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Pack your Spanish-English dictionary and head to El Paso for the Siglo de Oro Spanish Drama Festival at Chamizal National Memorial.

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Jerry Bywaters, Century Plant, 1939, Oil on Masonite, Collection of Alexander H. Albritton

In 1932, a group of young Dallas artists captured national attention with their innovative interpretations of the Texas landscape and people, drawing on their own distinct vision and borrowing from styles like surrealism and cubism.

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On Fridays, shuttle to Space Center Houston for a planetary power lunch—“Lunch With an Astronaut.”

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Honor the legacy and spirit of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 18, 2014 as the Garland Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosts its 25th annual MLK Parade and March, followed by a MLK Commemorative Program at Granville Arts Center.

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Curious about menudo? Try all types of the spicy beef-tripe stew at the Laredo Crime Stoppers Menudo Bowl on January 18, 2014.

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These days, Texas is practically synonymous with the oil business. But the industry was very new in 1901, when drillers tapped the Spindletop oilfield near Beaumont and set off the petroleum age.

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For more Postcards from the June issue, see A Titanic ExhibitionMuenster BlastMr. Sam's Cadillac and Gainsville Community Circus!

Let the Race Begin!

As The Circuit of the Americas racetrack shapes up southeast of Austin and the momentum builds for November’s hotly anticipated Formula 1 Grand Prix, organizers recognize that—despite Formula 1 racing’s international popularity—most Texans remain unclear about the sport’s history and appeal.

Texas businessman and racing fan Ian Weightman joined up with The Circuit of the Americas to change that: On June 15-17 at the Austin Convention Center, a preview event called Formula Expo will offer the public the opportunity to meet drivers, ex-perience the new track through simulators, learn about the sport’s nearly century-long history, and become familiar with the technology that makes the sport possible.

“Formula 1 racing is not only an automotive event,” says Weightman, “but a technology competition as well.”

Formula Expo’s four “zones” include a Race Zone (interactive exhibits featuring cars, pit crews, and race simulators), a Technology Zone (featuring many innovations with real-world applications), a History Zone (with profiles of drivers, historic cars, and photo displays), and an Austin Zone (highlighting live music and local food and drink). Tickets to Formula Expo cost $15 in advance. See www.FormulaExpo.com, and start your engines!                    

—Lori Moffatt

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There is no shortage of events in Texas. Our searchable database is proof that you'll find plenty to keep you busy. Here, Texas Highways editors offer a few recommendations. Interested in submitting an event? Click here.

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