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20 Questions With Darden Smith
The return -- again -- of Austin singer-songwriter Darden Smith
Music Story  April 19, 2002, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Following his spouse's lead, we exit through the back door and step past the blue stucco shed that dead ends the long, gravel driveway. The picturesque front yard can't compare to what's behind the main frame: a recessed, up-sloping field complete with vegetable garden and a plot of bluebonnets..."

Rite of Spring: The Austin Fine Arts Festival
Local sculptor Damian Priour talks about being Featured Artist for one of the city's rites of spring: the Austin Fine Arts Festival.
Arts Story  April 12, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...For years, you could be sure it was spring in Austin by three reliable signs: bluebonnets sprouting along the Interstate; shorts blooming throughout the Forty Acres; and Fiesta popping up on the grounds of Laguna Gloria. Back before festivals spread all over the calendar like hydrilla, the weekend celebration of art at the museum's home on the shores of Lake Austin was a civic rite of spring...."

Day Trips
Columns  April 5, 2002, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Davey Dogwood Park north of Palestine offers something totally different than plain old ordinary bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes. Big white blooms in the East Texas trees accent the colorful ground cover..."

The Rights of Spring
Music Column  April 5, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"...With cold weather quickly becoming a thing of the past, the bluebonnets and hippies are in full bloom and it's time to exercise your inalienable right to go to outdoor concerts damn near every weekend till the chill starts edging back in next fall. This means you have no excuse to stay inside all day (barring a bad rosacea breakout), especially since here's a handy clip-n-save list of this weekend's festivities:..."

SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 15, 2002
"...THE DELPHINES: Expect plenty of chunky, occasionally punky, oh-so-modern blues-rock, courtesy of ex-Go-Go Kathy Valentines and former Bluebonnets vocalist Dominique Davila. The L.A.-based trio's latest, Cosmic Speed, hits the mark with songs that are as danceable as they are memorable..."

SXSW News
Music Column  March 15, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"..."He totally jammed on the harmonica for the packed crowd," hoots one of the band members. Perhaps because he can move faster after having lost some 200 pounds, Popper appearances are becoming, as one previous Chronicle music columnist put it, "as common as bluebonnets on a Texas highway in spring." Especially since the band is here in town recording their next album..."

Back Home in Texas
The return of the reigning Queen of Austin Country Music
Music Story  October 19, 2001, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."You may have heard of it," writes the singer in Libbiville's booklet. "Bluebonnets..."

Critic's Picks
Arts & Entertainment
Best of Austin Story  October 5, 2001
"...Celebrating Texas' inalienable braggin' rights of Valor, Vision, Pride, Perseverance, Swagger, and Showmanship, this amazing exhibition contains such sacred Texana as the bullet-pierced Bible that saved Sam Houston's life and Lance Armstrong's first Tour de France jersey. Featuring the Ezekial Airship that predates the Wright Bros., as well as a spectacular rhinestone-covered Cadillac emblazoned with bluebonnets, oil wells, and longhorns, the display is personified by Evan Voyles' fabulous 16-foot neon cowboy...."

Pride of the Yankees?
Evan Smith translates a New York pedigree into the editorship of Texas Monthly.
News Story  July 20, 2001, by Mike Clark-Madison
"..."I'd never been to the south side of Houston before; it's this completely different side of the state," says Hall, who in a past life was the managing editor of the Chronicle and a hall-of-famer of the Austin music scene. "It was a part of Texas I really wanted to know about; that's as much 'Texas' as Marfa or cattle ranches or bluebonnets..."

Head Out on the Highway
Reinvent the Wheel on One of These Cool Texas Road Trips
Features Story  May 11, 2001, by Karla Zimmerman
"...The narrow, dusty pink road winds up and down over green-washed hills streaked with wildflowers -- a primary-color jumble made up of bluebonnets, firewheel, Indian paintbrush, and daisies. Drivers putter over slatted cattle guards, through farm gates, over mellow creeks, and sometimes through them if there's been rain..."

Day Trips
Earl Abel's Coffee Shop in San Antonio has that vintage advantage.
Columns  April 27, 2001, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...East Texas Wildflower Trail centered in Henderson offers maps to scenic back roads that are lined with a surprising rainbow of flowers besides bluebonnets. Special events are planned along the routes on each weekend of May..."

Capitol Chronicle
An Update on Work in Progress at the Lege
News Column  April 27, 2001, by Michael King
"...Regrets, like bluebonnets, have a way of wilting with the heat -- and the budget -- and it's still too soon to tell whether any of these reconsiderations will bear fruit...."

Day Trips
The Painted Churches of Fayette County.
Columns  March 9, 2001, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The artist was famous for painting opera house stages in New York, California, and San Antonio, but this is one of his surviving masterpieces. The ceiling is decorated with symbols, angels, gold scrolls, vines, and 66 different types of flowers and shrubs (but no bluebonnets)..."

Day Trips
The slow-cooking tradition of Joel's Bar-B-Q outside Flatonia.
Columns  January 26, 2001, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Gourmet Raft Trip down the Rio Grande and through the Big Bend National Park, where the bluebonnets have already started to bloom, takes guests on a three-day journey past spectacular scenery with meals prepared by chef François Maeder of Crumpets Restaurant in San Antonio. Feb..."

Doug Sahm The Return of Wayne Douglas (Texas Tornado)
Music Review  November 10, 2000, by Margaret Moser
"...Doug SahmThe Return of Wayne Douglas (Texas Tornado) When the first word on an album is "bluebonnets" and the last word is "adios," you just know it's gonna be full-tilt Texas, and the long-awaited/delayed The Return of Wayne Douglas won't disappoint. Doug Sahm's final project before his death last November, The Return of Wayne Douglas is not so much a return to his many personas as it is a return to his first love: pure, Texas-style country music..."

Food-o-File
Virginia B. Wood urges interested readers to get involved in the local chapter of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, gives details about the Wine & Wildflower Trail, and updates readers on local restaurant news.
Food Column  April 14, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Enjoy the annual Wine & Wildflower Trail this weekend, April 14-16, with bluebonnets and wine tastings at all your favorite Hill Country wineries. Check out the various tours, tastings, and luncheons at http://www.texaswinetrail.com..."

Public Notice
Public Notice is back to normal after the weight of post-SXSW malaise. See who's running and walking and biking and singing for good causes this week.
Columns  April 7, 2000, by Kate X Messer
"...Gear Speak SPOKEn Here Oooh. Springy spring sprang sprung! Spring in Central Texas has certainly sprung with her electric blankets of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes and now-you-see-it (tornado!) now-you-don't (hailstorm!) weather patterns..."

Hill Country Compendium
Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood has been scouting the Hill Country looking for all the new bed & breakfasts, restaurants, and other interesting places she can find.
Food Story  April 7, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Wine, food, and flower lovers will be hitting the highways in droves. After some much-needed spring rains, the roadsides should be decked out in bright bunches of bluebonnets and Mexican hats to welcome all travelers..."

Services
Best of Austin Story  September 24, 1999
"...run by a Eudora Welty character. Yet the bluebonnets are far outnumbered by the number of cars passing daily on Braker Lane...."

Under-Stated
Arts Story  July 1, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...The next decade saw that idea grow in prominence, as Texas plays sprang up like bluebonnets and won greater and greater national attention. Quick on the heels of the Texas Trilogy came an unlikely Lone Star musical that nevertheless captured the heart of Broadway and has become a staple in the regional theatre: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas..."

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