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True Love and Lawsuits in the Wedding Capital of Texas
'Til death do us party
News Story  April 26, 2018, by Kate Groetzinger
"...All Gregory George wanted was some peace and quiet. In 2013, the 41-year-old former Texas General Land Office agent and his wife Staci bought a 10.8-acre plot just outside of Dripping Springs, in a development protected by residential-only deed restrictions..."

Responsibilities of Freedom
Postmarks  May 8, 2018
"...The loss of these places of worship should be tangible to everyone. It is difficult for me to imagine anyone taking vows before their creator and beginning the most significant relationship of their lives in such a place knowing they are ruining other families' homes as well as destroying places of worship. The property is part of one of the most significant Native American historical sites in Texas, and how it came to be owned by the Blacks has its own story..."

Marriage Equality Comes to Texas
But is it here to stay?
News Story  February 26, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...By now, they're nearly household names in Texas, identified by supporters on the street for their historic partnership. Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, the Aus­tin lesbian couple who quietly wed in a ceremony outside Travis County offices last week, ignited a firestorm of opposition from state officials, yet spurred renewed hope for those fighting for marriage equality...."

Wes Anderson Brings Isle of Dogs to SXSW
Plus Midnighters bring the gore, and Alita party
DAILY SXSW  February 7, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...The vast majority of today's list is actually comprised of the shorts and music videos (including two blocks just for Texas filmmakers), but there's also a massive new emphasis on VR and the potential for immersive storytelling. That roster includes the first-ever mixed reality environment by art collective Meow Wolf, who are looking pretty ubiquitous (what with their documentary, Meow Wolf: Origin Story being part of the first round of titles). MIDNIGHTERS..."

Years of the Dead
The Mexico of now, David Garza writes, is not held only within the borders of Mexico itself. It has spread northward, re-entered its old space, in a sense. For so many of the Mexicans, displaced but still infatuated with the idea of spirit and ghost, the nation itself is a ghost in the back of the head.
Books Story  October 27, 2000, by David Garza
"...Streets, Bedrooms, & Patios: The Ordinariness of Diversity in Oaxacaby Michael James Higgins and Tanya L. Coen University of Texas Press, 336 pp., $22.95 (paper)..."

Safety in Words
If there is drama in Laura Furman's stories, Robin Bradford writes, it is not usually the life and death kind. It is the daily, wearing, ineffable drama of living as a human island among others who invariably seem more attractive, more connected, or simply more "normal."
Books Story  April 20, 2001, by Robin Bradford
"...With her dark wavy hair and stylish glasses, Furman could still be a New Yorker, shlepping groceries from Zabar's to her Upper West Side apartment. But the fact is she's lived in Texas more than 20 years, married a Texan, is raising a Texan son, and has a Texan's abundant generosity..."

Best of Austin Story  September 15, 2000
"...With eager waitstaff who look like they're on their lunch break from the rodeo, minus the dust, this is the place to go for Texas belt buckles, cowboy hats, and boots, did we mention boots? Miles of them, each more two-steppable than the last. An urban cowboy's (or cowgirl's) dream...."

Murder in the Suburbs
Good Luck Penny
News Story  December 11, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"..."I considered driving through the Barton Creek Mall parking lot because it's kind of in-between [Scaggs' home and office]. But someone like that wouldn't want to go somewhere he was not comfortable with." So, Carter drove out to the APS building on Capital of Texas Highway to "get a feel for the building" and decided to look around for the building's Dumpsters..."

Food & Drink
Best of Austin Story  September 15, 2000
"...After two decades of searing Texas meats, this smoke has stories to tell. The last time our folks were in town, we took them here..."

Public Notice
Pull the Jumpsuit Outta the Closet, Elvis
Columns  July 8, 1999, by Kate X Messer
"...What better way to get in your outdoorism and your volunteerism all in one fell swoop? This weekend, Sat, Jul 10, 9am-noon, the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, 805 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., will be hosting a Trail Maintenance Day..."

Public Notice
KOOPerate, Dammit
Columns  August 28, 1998, by Kate X Messer
"...For those of us who grew up in the Sunshine State (that's Florida to you off-of-the-peninsula Third Coasters), news of a Jimmy Buffet fan presence in Texas is quite chilling. It's not that we hate the parrot-headed Margaritavillian, per se, it's just that....."

Day Trips
The Kolache Capital of Texas is worth a visit.
Columns  August 10, 2012, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Oak St. The bakery claims to be "the first all-Czech bakery in Texas," and undoubtedly contributed to the town being crowned the Kolache Capital of Texas by the state Legislature..."

Roadside Playboys and Texana Dames
The Hancock Family's long, strange, supernatural musical journey
Music Story  December 31, 2004, by Margaret Moser
"...His daily life is enriched by a never-ending quest for greater experience and the meaning of existence. That sounds more profound than the way Hancock himself speaks, in a flat, West Texas twang, using words devoid of artifice...."

Pray Tell
'The Education of Shelby Knox'
Screens Story  March 11, 2005, by Joe O'Connell
"...Expect Knox, now a University of Texas student, to be there when the film screens for South by Southwest. She'll be coming from Washington, where in the past few days she's been lobbying a more influential group of politicians for the sex education cause..."

Food Column  October 24, 1997, by Virginia B. Wood
"...This Saturday, October 25, check out the Hogeye Festival in historic downtown Elgin. The annual pig party will be serving up hot guts and live music and playing Cow Patty Bingo from 11am-6pm in the Sausage Capital of Texas..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  March 8, 2002
"...Did Raoul Hernandez actually listen to Victrola's self-titled CD before writing his review ["Texas Platters," Feb. 22]?! He needs his ears checked, or at least his music judgment..."

Res Publica
News Story  August 7, 2009
"...Donations appreciated."

Who Killed Stacey Stites?
A re-examination of a Bastrop murder case leaves many unanswered questions.
News Story  May 24, 2002, by Jordan Smith
"...Special prosecutor Lisa Tanner of the Texas Attorney General's Office, who assisted Bastrop D.A. Charles Pennick's prosecution team, argued passionately to the jurors that the case was simple: The DNA was the crime's "Cinderella's slipper." The genetic profile of the evidence could match only Reed, Tanner said, and therefore Reed was the murderer..."

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  June 12, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• The Daily Meal has published their annual list of the 101 Best Burgers in America and five of the 10 Texas burgers were from Austin: the Congress burger at Second Bar + Kitchen #34; the cheeseburger at Parkside #61; Hut's Favorite at Hut's Hamburgers #74; the double with cheese at P. Terry's #77: and the Classic burger at Hopdoddy Burger Bar #88..."

Elgin Agrarian Community Promises Co-op Living on the Blackland Prairie
“It’s like an urban twist on traditional farming.”
News Story  September 15, 2016, by Robyn Ross
"...One concept Garretson and his research manager, Donald Jackson, recommended for the town was residential agrarian developments, or "agrihoods." An agrarian community is a master-planned residential development built around a farm instead of a golf course or shopping center. Similar agrihoods are spread across the country in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, and Vermont; a 1,150-acre agrarian development called Harvest is underway in Argyle, Texas, near Denton...."

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