Calle Ancha isn't found on any Austin map, but this "wide street" that once ran from the Colorado River to 12th Street, where I-35 is now, was once a vital avenue for Austin's Latinos, a place where people could shop, families could meet, kids could play, and neighbors and friends in from outlying areas could shoot the breeze.
Harry Akin opened for business on Christmas Eve, 1932, selling hamburgers for 15 cents apiece. Cuisines Editor Virginia B. Wood reveals how Akin turned his hamburger stand into Austin's former restaurant empire.
When discussing the Golden Age of Television, we usually speak in terms of the national networks, but there's another chapter to the tale. Belinda Acosta looks at some of the pioneers of Austin television.
It's been over a decade since Slacker premiered at the Dobie Theate. Since then, the lifestyle it celebrated is largely gone, along with the locations it helped make famous. In this "Slacker map," we look at what's disappeared and what's endured.
In the early Eighties, back when Jay Leno was still funny, he and a number of now-big name comics told jokes at a little place on Lavaca called the Comedy Workshop. Being there changed the life of one person, who recalls what it was like.
Just about every story in Woodcuts of Women tells of male characters who suffer and sweat through long desert hours for the bitter perfume of sex, David Garza writes. But to label Gilb's effort at writing effectively and seductively about women an exclusively macho affair would be facile, if not plain lazy.