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Cinema Classics

Peoples-Choice-2014Celebrate the magic and nostalgia of cinema at El Paso’s Plaza Classic Film Festival, which screens an array of films in the beautifully restored 1930 Plaza Theatre. Taking place August 5-16, the festival will showcase 90 feature films, about 60 percent of them from before 1970, including hits like Gone With the Wind and Midnight Cowboy. Put on by the El Paso Community Foundation, the festival will also screen short films by local moviemakers in the Foundation Room, as well as screenings of contemporary documentaries, children’s films, and foreign films. There will be outdoor movies downtown and a screening of The Natural at Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas.

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Pioneer Painter

Often referred to as “the dean of (early) Texas artists,” Frank Reaugh (1860-1945) devoted his career to painting and drawing the southwestern frontier’s landscapes, wild Longhorns, and trail drives. The Harry Ransom Center at UT-Austin explores the work and influence of Reaugh with more than 100 pieces—mostly pastel drawings and watercolor paintings—in the exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West. Based in Oak Cliff, Reaugh made regular trips west, and in the process developed artistic tools such as a folding lap easel and compact carrying case for pastels. August 4-November 29.

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Ranch Rodeo

In Wichita Falls, the Texas Ranch Roundup pits real-life ranches against one another in contests that test the day-to-day skills of working on a cattle operation. Ten ranches from across the state compete in the showdown, which is in its 35th year and takes place August 14-15 at the Multi-Purpose Event Center. The rodeo events include ranch bronc riding, calf doctoring, team branding, and wild cow milking. There’s also a chuck-wagon cooking contest, horsemanship competitions, and a trade show featuring bits, spurs, and Western collectibles.

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Masterpiece Medley

Find air-conditioned inspiration this August in the Fort Worth Cultural District, home of six world-class museums. Among the highlights, the Kimbell Art Museum presents Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, on display through September 20. The exhibition spans 400 years of art history with 55 masterwork paintings from Scotland’s best museums. It’s a breathtaking journey across a variety of artists, periods, and styles, from the Renaissance to the modern age.

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