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Photo courtesy Headdress assembly with mask, Sican  (A.D. 750–1350), Museo Sican, Photo Rafael Rioja.

The golden treasures of Peru’s pre-Inca heritage take center stage at the Irving Arts Center through December.

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Photo by J. Griffis Smith

See the holidays from a pioneer perspective at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site’s Christmas on the Brazos celebration December 13.

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Art Connections Gallery, at 908 Main Street in downtown Bastrop, features the work  of more than  90 artists, mostly from Central Texas.

Instead of pigeon-holing Bastrop as a place to stop for a piece of pie and a poke around the shops, my husband and I arrive for a weekend visit to take a fresh look at Bastrop as a place for enjoying art and other handcrafted beauty. Hearing from friends that roughly a dozen art galleries now populate Bastrop’s historic downtown, we’re curious to find out whether this means one of our favorite Central Texas escapes deserves the designation of art destination. As soon as we walk inside the Lost Pines Art Bazaar, we think we’ve found an affirmative answer.

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On the Road With Texas Highways: A Tribute to True Texas

After 30 years of shaping the pages of this magazine with his signature creativity, Photo Editor J. Griffis Smith retired from Texas Highways this summer.

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Photo courtesy Nancy Shepperd.

Explore the history of the Central Texas town of Salado with the summer production of Sa­la­do Legends.

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Art Streiber/Courtesy Universal Music Group Nashville

George Strait is parking his tour bus for good, but not before playing a final blowout in his home state.

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Photo courtesy Brad Flowers/© The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum

Combining artistry, craftsmanship, and functionality, Japanese samurai armor reflects the valor of the historic warrior class.

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Photo courtesy Texas Cotton Gin Museum Archives.

It’s a year of milestones for the Burton Cotton Gin Festival (April 25-26), which marks its 25th anniversary of celebrating the area’s cotton farming heritage.

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Cat Spring must have seemed like a dream come true for the German immigrants who settled the community in the 1830s.

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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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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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The same natural beauty and fertility that first attracted Native Americans and some of Texas’ earliest settlers to the pine forests on the Colorado River still make Bastrop a welcoming escape today. Bastrop capitalizes on its rich heritage with historic neighborhoods and a downtown full of restored buildings that house charming shops and cafés.

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