Spooky Reads Aplenty at Selma’s Ghoulish Books Bookshop

Spooky Reads Aplenty at Selma’s Ghoulish Books Bookshop

What kind of retail business does a ghost enjoy haunting most?
A booooookstore!
Forgive the Dad joke, but it does relate: There’s a spooky new bookstore in Central Texas that deals primarily in horror fiction.

In Appreciation of Echo Bridge, the Coolest Music Venue in Texas

In Appreciation of Echo Bridge, the Coolest Music Venue in Texas

Set on the San Antonio River, where live oak, pecan, mesquite, and willow trees line the banks and create a shady, bucolic scene, Echo Bridge in San Antonio is the coolest music venue in Texas you’ve never heard of.

Latinx Artists Explore What It Means to Be from Texas in San Antonio Exhibition ‘Soy de Tejas’

Latinx Artists Explore What It Means to Be from Texas in San Antonio Exhibition ‘Soy de Tejas’

In 1985, South Texas musician Steve Jordan sang “Soy de Tejas,” a love letter he wrote to the state and to his Chicano heritage that went on to become a Tejano classic.

The Shows Goes On For San Antonio’s Starline Costumes

The Shows Goes On For San Antonio’s Starline Costumes

When Starline Costumes, a cherished costume sales and rental shop in San Antonio, announced it would be closing last October, customers took to social media to express their sadness.

Hooked on Horns: Where to Find the Largest Collections of Longhorns in Texas

Hooked on Horns: Where to Find the Largest Collections of Longhorns in Texas

Even with its association with a chain of rustic restaurants and a very popular college football team, few words in the English language evoke Texas more than “Longhorns.”
The breed of American beef cattle, with their beautifully expansive horn spread, began appearing after the breeding of Spanish and English cattle in the 1820s through 1830s, according to the Texas State Historical Association.

New Alamo Statues Featuring African Americans Tell A More Complete Story of the Texas Revolution

New Alamo Statues Featuring African Americans Tell A More Complete Story of the Texas Revolution

When Lubbock-based sculptor Eddie Dixon received a phone call about sculpting a statue for the Alamo, the caller wanted to know if he was familiar with the historic figure he would be capturing in bronze.

What’s That Smell? San Antonio Zoo’s Corpse Flower Is Ready To Bloom

What’s That Smell? San Antonio Zoo’s Corpse Flower Is Ready To Bloom

The words “corpse” and “flower” are not commonly associated with one another, but the distinctive stench of the Indonesian rainforest plant Amorphophallus titanium is said to merit such a description.

Participants and Spectators Alike Cheer for the San Antonio River Basin Paddling Race Series

Participants and Spectators Alike Cheer for the San Antonio River Basin Paddling Race Series

For San Antonio canoeists and ultramarathon enthusiasts Marcus Monroe and Ryan Tedrow, racing beneath the skyline of their city has been a “bucket list” item since the River Walk section opened to paddlers last year.

De-Mythifying the Lesser-Known Story of the Republic of the Rio Grande

De-Mythifying the Lesser-Known Story of the Republic of the Rio Grande

“This is gonna make such an amazing miniseries one day, isn’t it?” gushes Brandon Seale in the eighth episode of the podcast “Republic of the Rio Grande.” As host and creator of the lively and ruminative 17-part series, Seale sets aside his day job as president of San Antonio-based Howard Energy Partners and takes on the role of avocational historian to delve into this lesser-known chapter of Mexico-Texas history.

Roadside Oddity: The Killer Bee of Hidalgo, Texas

Roadside Oddity: The Killer Bee of Hidalgo, Texas

There’s a line in Act IV of Hamlet, where Claudius says to Gertrude, “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” Change the word “sorrows” to “bees,” and while the result may be an unpopular sentiment among Shakespeare scholars, it will assuredly resonate with people who have faced down the threat of a swarm of killer bees.

By Spreading the Word, Town Crier ‘Megaphone Myers’ Became a Beloved Part of San Antonio

By Spreading the Word, Town Crier ‘Megaphone Myers’ Became a Beloved Part of San Antonio

“Ladee-eez ’nd Jumpm’n,” bellowed San Antonio’s beloved town crier, Julius Myers, as reported in a 1920 issue of American Magazine.

With a New Bookstore, San Antonio’s Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Returns to Its Literary Roots

With a New Bookstore, San Antonio’s Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Returns to Its Literary Roots

With its deep roots in the San Antonio community, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has been promoting and educating through Chicano, Latino, and Native American arts and culture since 1980.

A Teen Beekeeper’s New Shop Is All the Buzz in Castroville

A Teen Beekeeper’s New Shop Is All the Buzz in Castroville

When Trent Anderson was 14, he stumbled upon some old beehive boxes in his grandfather’s trailer in Lytle, just southwest of San Antonio, and decided to fix them up for a friend.

A Reader’s Maiden Voyage Into the World of Lonesome Dove

A Reader’s Maiden Voyage Into the World of Lonesome Dove

On January 1, I started doing what I’d been planning on doing for almost a year: reading the many books about Texas that I wasn’t exposed to until I was an adult.

How To Be a Boss Like Barbara Jordan

How To Be a Boss Like Barbara Jordan

Big power can come in small packages. The brightly colored board book Boss Texas Women, by coauthors Kristen Gunn and Casey Chapman Ross, may be for children, but it packs a wallop of inspiration for all ages about the women who’ve changed Texas.

Spring Into Action with Day Drives to the Davis Mountains, Rio Grande Valley, and Edwards Plateau

Spring Into Action with Day Drives to the Davis Mountains, Rio Grande Valley, and Edwards Plateau

Whether you’re a Texas history buff or a fan of cowboy culture or an explorer of high-mountain peaks, these spring road trips are just what you need to get away for a day and visit parts of the state you may not normally think of for one-day excursions.

For the Best Enchiladas in Texas, Go Back to School in San Antonio

For the Best Enchiladas in Texas, Go Back to School in San Antonio

On the list of dishes Texans love to eat and argue about, cheese enchiladas exist somewhere near the top, perhaps trailing only beef brisket and chili con carne.

Hey Baby, Que Taco! Flaco Jimenez’s Son Opens a Food Truck in San Antonio

Hey Baby, Que Taco! Flaco Jimenez’s Son Opens a Food Truck in San Antonio

For 13 years, Leonardo Jimenez has been a constant by the side of his father, Leonardo Sr., better known to the world as Flaco Jimenez, the San Antonio conjunto accordion legend and multiple Grammy Award winner.

See the San Antonio River Walk Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

See the San Antonio River Walk Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

Until recently, I’d only explored the San Antonio River Walk by foot, strolling over its arching bridges and beneath its canopy of trees as it winds alongside an urban waterway.

From Shape-Shifting Owls to Lady Death, a Haunting New Collection of South Texas Folk Tales

From Shape-Shifting Owls to Lady Death, a Haunting New Collection of South Texas Folk Tales

The Spanish dictionary translation of lechuza is “barn owl,” but in Mexican American folklore, the lechuza is a shape-shifting figure that changes into an owl, usually to bring misfortune to someone.

Fall for New Outdoor Art Installations in San Antonio and Houston

Fall for New Outdoor Art Installations in San Antonio and Houston

This season, as people seek to escape the familiar confines of their own homes while practicing safe social distancing, sites in Houston and San Antonio are offering a way to experience art amid the wide-open spaces of the great outdoors.

Monarch Butterfly Season Arrives in Texas With Virtual and In-Person Events

Monarch Butterfly Season Arrives in Texas With Virtual and In-Person Events

Around this time every year, up to 500,000 monarch butterflies start arriving in Texas, migrating 1,600 miles from Canada and the northern United States down south to Mexico, fueling up on nectar from mistflower, lantana, and sunflowers along the way.

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