From Opera to Blues: Explore Texas Music in All Its Diversity in Briscoe Center’s ‘Greatest Hits’ Exhibit

From Opera to Blues: Explore Texas Music in All Its Diversity in Briscoe Center’s ‘Greatest Hits’ Exhibit

“Greatest Hits,” showcases treasures from the archives of the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. With 200 items culled from 40 collections involving Texas music, the exhibit translates into all kinds of music and all sorts of people presented in a wonderful mashup.

Trumpeter Robert Ortiz Has Been Playing the ‘Call to Post’ at Gillespie County Fairgrounds for 18 Years

Trumpeter Robert Ortiz Has Been Playing the ‘Call to Post’ at Gillespie County Fairgrounds for 18 Years

How many race-track trumpeters do you know? Meet Robert Ortiz, who for 18 years has been the track trumpeter for the horse races at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. Ortiz plays the “Call to Post” before each race during the summer, the signal for jockeys dressed in a rainbow of silks to parade their mounts past the crowd. There are two more race weekends this season: Aug. 10-11 and Aug. 24-25.

This Fall, the Perot Museum in Dallas Will Display the Fossils of Early Human Relatives From South Africa

This Fall, the Perot Museum in Dallas Will Display the Fossils of Early Human Relatives From South Africa

The ancient fossils—some dating back 2 million years—have never before left South Africa for public display. “They’re an important part of research right now around paleoanthropology and trying to understand our human story,” says Perot Museum CEO Linda Silver says.

Basecamp Terlingua Adds New Luxury Bubble to Unique Lodging Options

Basecamp Terlingua Adds New Luxury Bubble to Unique Lodging Options

Staying in one of Basecamp Terlingua’s two bubbles is like staying in a deluxe, transparent tent with the amenities of a hotel room—a queen-size bed, Keurig tea/coffee maker, AC/heater, mini fridge, Wi-Fi, and a full bathroom with an indoor shower. There are also two outdoor seating areas, an outdoor shower, and a fire pit.

In Fort Worth, See Intimate Portraits of Rock and Art Icons Through the Lens of Kate Simon

In Fort Worth, See Intimate Portraits of Rock and Art Icons Through the Lens of Kate Simon

Fort Works Art presents ‘Chaos and Cosmos,’ the first major retrospective of the prominent rock photographer. With their mood of ease and play, Simon’s portraits make you feel like you are a lucky witness to one very cool personal photo album.

A Gourmand’s Guide to the Moon Landing Anniversary

A Gourmand’s Guide to the Moon Landing Anniversary

Fifty years ago this July, people around the world tuned into their televisions to watch the Apollo II mission and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. The Houston area is celebrating the anniversary throughout the month, and the city’s famed restaurant scene is getting in on the fun as creative chefs draw on NASA’s landmark achievement for culinary inspiration.

At Viva Big Bend, Enjoy a Bonanza of Texas Bands and (Hopefully) Relatively Cool Texas July Weather

At Viva Big Bend, Enjoy a Bonanza of Texas Bands and (Hopefully) Relatively Cool Texas July Weather

If you’re a fan of live music and West Texas, you should take note that Viva Big Bend is right around the corner. The four-day music festival takes place July 24-28 with shows in Alpine, Marfa, Marathon, Fort Davis, and Terlingua. The eighth annual Viva Big Bend will feature about 50 bands—most of them from around Texas—playing a total of roughly 60 shows in 12 different venues.

The Story of Mi Tierra’s ‘American Dream’ Mural in San Antonio

The Story of Mi Tierra’s ‘American Dream’ Mural in San Antonio

Featuring portraits of more than 100 people, “American Dream” was the idea of Jorge Cortez—the son of Mi Tierra founders Pedro “Pete” and Cruz Cortez. “I wanted to honor my father and mother, who came to the U.S. as immigrants,” Cortez says of the mural.

At Frio Cave, See Bats, Birds, and Beetles—Oh My!

At Frio Cave, See Bats, Birds, and Beetles—Oh My!

Each summer, 10 to 12 million Mexican free-tailed bats roost in this cave, making it the second-largest single-mammal colony in the world. The bats spend their winters in Mexico, and each spring, they migrate to Texas to establish “maternity” colonies. The females stay from about March through October and give birth to their babies in mid-June.

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