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From Magnolia to Broadway: Jamestown Revival Shares the Road to ‘The Outsiders’

April 4, 2024 | By

This interview was edited for brevity and clarity.
In 2015, Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay, aka Americana-folk duo Jamestown Revival, were seeing their hard work pay off.

A Historic Beyoncé Tour in Houston Digs Into Her Texas Roots

April 1, 2024 | By

When Beyoncé announced in a commercial during this year’s Super Bowl that a new album was dropping March 29, the Beyhive buzzed with excitement.

Exploring the Cosmos at the Johnson Space Center

March 29, 2024 | By

When in Houston, do as the astronauts do. That means investigate moon rocks, attend mission briefings, and see how you fill out a space suit.

History of the Trailblazer: How Texas Birthed the Modern Monorail

February 28, 2024 | By Natalia Gonzalez Blanco Serrano

Texas is known for many inventions—Dr Pepper, Liquid Paper, the frozen margarita machine, and even silicone breast implants.

Recovering Lost Memories at Brazos Bend State Park

January 29, 2024 | By Meghan Beaudry

The BAPS Mandir Temple Outside Houston Is an Architectural Wonder

January 24, 2024 | By Megha McSwain

What appears to be a white marble palace in a faraway land is in fact one of the state’s grandiose Hindu places of worship, known as a mandir.

What to Do in Texas in 2024

January 12, 2024 | By TH Staff

An Empty Nester Takes a Trip Back in Time

January 12, 2024 | By Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

Where to Stay in 2024: Houston and the Gulf Coast

January 2, 2024 | By

Where to Stay in 2024: Dallas/Fort Worth and North Texas

January 2, 2024 | By

Everything’s Coming Up Roses at This Farm Near Houston

December 21, 2023 | By Layne Van Vranken

Marveling at the sprawling, vibrant rose buds that populate Life in Rose Farm in Magnolia, it’s hard to believe owners Theresa Pham and Shaw Nguyen have only been growing roses for three years.

Hiking Through Houston’s Wild Frontier

November 21, 2023 | By Dina Gachman

Heisman Quarterback Robert Griffin III on His Return to Texas

November 21, 2023 | By Natalie Weiner

Robert Griffin III is back—not on the field, but as a popular commentator for college football and the NFL.

In Praise of Magnolia, the ‘Greatest Little Town’ in Texas

November 21, 2023 | By Meadow Chase

Pancho Claus Is Coming to Town

November 2, 2023 | By Danielle Lopez

Flock to Brazos State Park for Birdwatching this Fall

October 11, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

Get Your Money’s Worth at these Historic Texas Bank Hotels

October 6, 2023 | By Cynthia J. Drake

If some of Texas’ historic bank-turned-hotel walls could talk, they would tell stories of wealth and loss.

Houston’s Classical Music Scene Hits All the Right Notes

September 19, 2023 | By Jennifer Stewart

On a Saturday evening in Houston’s west end, hundreds of Indian classical music enthusiasts gather in the Auditorium at the Houston Durga Bari Society.

Nothing Beat the Heat Like That Mexican OT’s ‘Johnny Dang’

September 12, 2023 | By Joe Nick Patoski

It may not be Spotify’s most-streamed song of the summer (that would be Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night”), but “Johnny Dang” by That Mexican OT wins my vote for the Texas Song of the Summer 2023.

A Tour of Texas’ Two Remaining Lesbian Bars

June 27, 2023 | By Genevieve Wood

Brazos Bend State Park Provides Family-Friendly Adventure

June 23, 2023 | By Saba Khonsari

Learn to Make Artistic Dumplings with Houston’s Dumpling Dudez

May 30, 2023 | By Karthika Gupta

Find Your Next Summer Getaway

May 30, 2023 | By

Texas Native Janine Nabers Finds Inspiration for ‘Swarm’ in Her Houston Roots

March 31, 2023 | By Greg Wakeman

The Texas connections run deep in Swarm.
The satirical, psychological thriller TV series, which premiered at South by Southwest in March, revolves around Dre (played by Dominique Fishback), a young woman whose obsession with Ni-Jah, a pop star who was heavily inspired by Beyoncé, leads her down a grisly path.

The Historic Lancaster Hotel in Houston Makes Hospitality a Fine Art

February 15, 2023 | By Kristen O'Brien

Houston’s 1940 Air Terminal Museum Preserves the Culture of Flight

February 14, 2023 | By Clayton Maxwell

From a frieze over the entryway of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Mercury, the Roman god of messengers, reaches out to approaching passengers.

Houston’s New Land Bridge at Memorial Park Has Everyone Talking

February 10, 2023 | By Rebecca Deurlein

Roadside Oddity: the Virgin Mary Tree in Houston’s Garden Oaks Neighborhood

December 1, 2022 | By Layne Van Vranken

Every so often you’ll hear about an apparition or religious imagery taking form in the oddest of everyday objects.

Remembering the Migration of Freed Slaves on the Emancipation Trail

October 27, 2022 | By Brooke A. Lewis

As the World Cup Kicks Off, FC Dallas President Dan Hunt Talks Texas Soccer

October 27, 2022 | By Matt Joyce

The eyes of the world turn to Qatar this November as the planet’s best soccer players converge on the Middle Eastern nation for the monthlong sporting spectacle known as the World Cup.

What Is the Greatest Piece of Art in Texas?

August 25, 2022 | By Michael Agresta

Acclaimed Artist Jesse Lott Sculpts the Houston Art Scene and Beyond

August 25, 2022 | By Michael J. Mooney

Jesse Lott’s art studio, on the west side of Houston’s Fifth Ward, …

Houston Muralist Brings the Flavor of Space City to Exclusive Lululemon Line

July 13, 2022 | By Natalia Gonzalez Blanco Serrano

If there’s one thing every Houstonian has, it’s pride for their city. So, when popular workout apparel maker Lululemon approached local muralist and artist Hugo Pérez to collaborate on a new project, he jumped at the chance.

The Daytripper Explores Lake Jackson, the ‘City of Enchantment’

June 30, 2022 | By Chet Garner

Texas’ First Black-Owned Taproom Opens With an Educational Twist

June 30, 2022 | By Ruvani de Silva

Roadside Oddity: the Metal Art of the Eclectic Menagerie in Houston

June 7, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

Loud and Invasive, the Monk Parakeet Charmed Its Way Into Texas Almost 50 Years Ago

April 19, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

If you live along the coast or in any of the big metros of the Texas Triangle, you have seen or at least heard the cries of a monk parakeet.

Can the Sugar Land Space Cowboys Help Houston Embrace Its True Nickname?

April 12, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

Today is the home debut of the Sugar Land Skeeters—correction, the Sugar Land Space Cowboys. Man, that’s going to take some getting used to.

At ‘Immersive Frida Kahlo,’ Visitors Can See the Famous Mexican Artist In a New Light

April 8, 2022 | By Alex Temblador

As you enter the room and sit down on a chair or cube, you feel Frida Kahlo’s iconic portraits gazing down on you.

In Houston, Crawfish Season Is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

April 1, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

The late St. Louis Cardinals baseball great Stan Musial once said, “Houston has three seasons: July, followed by August, and then summer.” Since then, Houstonians have invented a new one: crawfish season, which is peaking now and for the next two months.

The Cold War, Texas, and the Birth of Space City

March 24, 2022 | By Anthony Head

Recipe: Kenny and Ziggy’s Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

March 24, 2022 | By

The food served during the eight-day celebration of Passover, which starts on April 15 this year, has deep symbolism.

Kenny and Ziggy’s in Houston Serves Up Deli Classics

March 24, 2022 | By Steven Craig Lindsey

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Turns 90: Celebrate With These 9 Can’t-Miss Events

February 26, 2022 | By Layne Van Vranken

This year marks the 90th year of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and, as you’d expect, a lot has changed.

Chef Taliek Terry Reinvents Soul Food for a New Age

January 27, 2022 | By Brooke A. Lewis

The Daytripper Uncovers Hidden Gems in the Sprawling Houston Suburb of Spring

January 27, 2022 | By Chet Garner

About 20 miles north of downtown Houston, Spring is a charming suburban area with a remarkable history and culture.

How Texas’ Refugee Population Has Enriched Our Culinary Community

October 28, 2021 | By Kayla Stewart

The Mahatma Gandhi District Is the Epicenter of Indian Culture in Texas

October 28, 2021 | By Clayton Maxwell

The Daytripper Explores Asian Culture in Houston’s Chinatown

October 28, 2021 | By Chet Garner

Houston is known as the city that sent humans to the moon, but it should also be known as the place that brings the entire earth together.

The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Texas

October 28, 2021 | By

Famous Filipino Restaurant Chains Land in Houston

August 5, 2021 | By Mai Pham

Suzette Garriel’s family brought the first of the big Filipino restaurant chains to Houston with the opening of Gerry’s Grill in the Asiatown area in February 2018.

Plan a Starry, Starry Night of Van Gogh’s Work as the Artist Takes Over Texas

June 15, 2021 | By Jacqueline Knox

Although considered unsuccessful during his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh is posthumously one of the most influential painters in fine art.

Houston’s New Heights House Hotel Lets the Good Vibes Roll

June 4, 2021 | By John Nova Lomax

On a sweaty May evening in a historic-turned-hip neighborhood of Houston, hotel guests and local revelers lounge and sip cocktails poolside as UB40’s “Red Red Wine” spins in the background.

Hemp is the Secret Ingredient in This Houston-Made Vodka

May 27, 2021 | By Kayla Stewart

Ben Williams channels the legacy of his great-­grandmother through his work at Highway Distillery in Houston.

A Houston Native Returns Home From Harlem to Heal Alongside His Family

May 27, 2021 | By Michael Arceneaux

How I Overcame My Fear of Texas’ Turbulent Weather

April 7, 2021 | By Jennifer Epperson

Traces of Texas’ Throwback Thursday: Prince’s Drive-in

February 11, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

Traces of Texas reader Patrick Kominczak kindly sent in this 1950s photo of his mother-in-law and her co-workers at Prince’s Drive-in on Main Street in Houston.

Slab Is Houston’s Distinctive Contribution to American Car Culture

January 28, 2021 | By Michael Hardy

A Former Astroworld Employee Reminisces About the Most Coveted Summer Job in Houston

December 24, 2020 | By Marcus J. Guillory

Traces of Texas’ Throwback Thursday: Sam Houston’s First Home

December 10, 2020 | By

Sam Houston’s first house in Houston, circa 1890. Renowned naturalist John J. Audubon visited Sam Houston here in 1837, and his account of that visit is colorful and humorous.

A Sightseeing Journey of the Billboards of Houston, 55 Years after LBJ’s Beautification Act

October 29, 2020 | By John Nova Lomax

Houston’s Turkey Leg Hut Creates Soulful Spins on the State Fair Classic

October 29, 2020 | By Heather Brand

Writer Bryan Washington Brings Another Side of Houston to Life

September 24, 2020 | By S. Kirk Walsh

Houston writer Bryan Washington burst onto the national literary scene in the spring of 2019 with the publication of his debut story collection, Lot.

Photographer Mabry Campbell Gives a New Perspective on Familiar Texas Landscapes

August 27, 2020 | By Mabry Campbell

The Daytripper Explores Houston’s Museum District

August 27, 2020 | By Chet Garner

“Tripping” in Houston may seem overwhelming because, well, it’s the fourth most populated city in the U.S.

With a Gift and a Grin, Amos Milburn Helped Invent Rock ‘n’ Roll

August 27, 2020 | By Traces of Texas

Space City Weather on 2020 Hurricane Season and Becoming Houston’s Go-To Weather Source

July 16, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Hurricane season on the Texas Gulf Coast is upon us, and Space City Weather is watching.

Jonny Rhodes on Closing Indigo and His Plans for the Future

July 8, 2020 | By Mai Pham

In June 2020, Texas Highways profiled chef and restauranteur Jonny Rhodes of Indigo in Houston. Shortly after the story was published, Rhodes announced on Instagram he would close Indigo for good after one more year of service. For many fans and customers, the news came as shock.

Chef Jonny Rhodes Reinvents Soul Food at His Houston Restaurant

May 28, 2020 | By Mai Pham

With Texans Staying Home, A Rare Sight Comes to the Houston Area: Empty City Roads

April 27, 2020 | By John Nova Lomax

Under ordinary circumstances, it takes forever to get anywhere in Houston that isn’t just more Houston.

Take a Virtual Tour of These 5 Texas Museums

March 26, 2020 | By Gabrielle Pharms

Without a doubt, COVID-19’s impact can be felt in every industry, from hospitality and dining to beloved sources of enlightenment like museums. Fortunately, many museums and art galleries in the state—and around the world—are showcasing their renowned collections online. If you’ve always wanted to visit Texas’ best-known institutions, this is your opportunity to experience them from the comfort of your own home. Here are five top-notch museums you can “visit” today.

From Spaghetti to Songs: 50 Years of Houston’s Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant

March 4, 2020 | By Heather Brand

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant, the intimate Houston listening room where legendary acts such as Nanci Griffith, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Townes Van Zandt, and Lucinda Williams cut their teeth.

A Memorial Park Makeover: Houston is Working to Improve one of the Nation’s Largest Urban Parks

January 17, 2020 | By Heather Brand

Houston has never been a place to rest on its laurels. And now the city is channeling its self-improvement impulse to Memorial Park, a 1,500-acre green space near the center of town.

Dropping in at the Largest Public Skate Park in the Country

October 28, 2019 | By Bret Anthony Johnston

Color Factory Pop-Up Exhibition Celebrates the Hues of Houston

October 25, 2019 | By Heather Brand

Live-oak green, NASA logo blue, and Viet-Cajun-crawfish red are among the colors developed for the interactive exhibition. The Color Factory selected Houston for the project because it was looking for “a place that’s quirky and fun and passionate about art.”

Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market

October 15, 2019 | By

What began in 1981 as a humble church bazaar has blossomed into a four-day shopping bonanza in the tradition of a European or Latin American street market, with more than 270 unique merchants offering items from gourmet food and home decor to apparel, toys, accessories, and more.

Houston Furniture Salesman Mattress Mack Makes Eye-Popping Bet on the Astros

October 2, 2019 | By TH Staff

Houston furniture salesman Jim McIngvale—better known as Mattress Mack—has made headlines for his bets with customers to reimburse their mattress purchases if the Astros win the World Series. With the Astros among the favorites this year, he’s hedging his bet with a $3.5 million wager on the Astros winning the World Series at a Mississippi Casino.

5 Mouthwatering Chef-Inspired Eats at Texas Stadiums

September 24, 2019 | By Phil West

Root, root, rooting for the home team works up a mighty hunger. At some stadiums around the state, the snacks have become bigger, bolder, and more ridiculous—take for example the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park in Arlington, which debuted a 2-pound chicken tender on its 2019 menu. But some arenas attempt to make their offerings ambitious in a different way, even scoring notable Texas chefs to create menu items.

A Gourmand’s Guide to the Moon Landing Anniversary

July 12, 2019 | By Jacqueline Aguirre

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.

50 Years After JFK’s Moonshot, Historian Douglas Brinkley Recounts Its Lasting Influence on Texas

June 19, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

Rice University professor of history, CNN presidential historian, and perennial bestselling author Douglas Brinkley takes us to the moon this summer with his newest book, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race. Released in time for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in July 1969, Brinkley’s historical page-turner brings to life the personalities and interplaying forces that made this American triumph possible.

San Jacinto Day Ceremony Cancelled for First Time in 80 Years

April 18, 2019 | By TH Staff

Organizers of the annual Official Observance of San Jacinto Day at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in La Porte have cancelled this year’s event because of ongoing cleanup and closures related to the March 17 chemical fire at Intercontinental Terminals Co.

Houston’s Antone’s Po’ Boys Go Statewide

March 27, 2019 | By Erica Quiroz

Jan Norris remembers when customers sat on fig and olive barrels when they dined at Antone’s Import Co. in Houston more than half a century ago. Norris moved from Vivian, Louisiana, in 1957 and ordered his first Antone’s po’boy at the location on Taft Street a few years later.

Where to Stay in Houston

March 13, 2019 | By Heather Brand

Touted as the most diverse city in America, Houston also has a diversity of accommodations for those seeking to explore the Bayou City—from a room in a cozy manse to a suite in a historic skyscraper.

Houston Exhibition Offers Rare Chance to See Van Gogh Masterworks in Person

March 8, 2019 | By Heather Brand

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will unveil a new Vincent van Gogh exhibition this Sunday, offering a rare—perhaps once-in-a-lifetime—opportunity to see the iconic Dutch painters’ masterpieces up close and in person. The exhibition runs through June 27.

Explore the Birthplace of Boogie Woogie Along US 59 in East Texas

February 28, 2019 | By Michael Corcoran

The heavy left hand mimicked the rumble of steam locomotives on iron rails, while the right played melodic cross-rhythms that whistled up and down the tracks. A national craze during World War II, the hard-driving piano style known as boogie woogie set the stage for the musical revolution of rock ’n’ roll.

150 Miles of Trails Coming to Houston in 2020

February 7, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar

The Bayou Greenways initiative connects existing trails and adds more green space in Houston. In an article published in Houstonia’s February 2019 issue, Associate Editor Gwendolyn Knapp writes about Bayou Greenways 2020, a $220 million project to connect 150 miles of hike-and-bike trails and parks along the city’s eight bayous.

Top Stories of 2018 – Editors’ Picks

December 31, 2018 | By TH Staff

Texas Highways Editors share their favorite stories of 2018.

12 Texas Trips for 2019

December 21, 2018 | By

A new year and an empty calendar. Does inspiration know any finer muse? When it comes to travel, the arrival of January fuels daydreams of adventures and far-flung exploration—at least it does in the halls of a travel magazine. Here we explore 12 new and evolving travel opportunities across Texas, everything from cold springs to hot fiddling and craft beer to modern art. And with the exception of two—McAllen’s MXLAN festival in July and the Festival of Texas Fiddling in December—these ideas aren’t tied to a specific date, making them worthy of a trip any time of year. Start marking up that calendar now.

Bayou Bend a Hidden Treasure from Houston’s Past

November 12, 2018 | By Nick Cenega

Bayou Bend stands apart in Houston’s famously non-zoned cityscape. The pink stucco mansion and estate—now known as Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens—sprawls across 14 acres near Buffalo Bayou, in the old-money neighborhood of River Oaks.

Any Day Above Ground Is a Good One at the Quirky National Museum of Funeral History

September 20, 2018 | By

For the past eight years, the treasury of exhibits about the cultural practices and traditions surrounding death has hosted a haunted maze during the month of October. The president and curator of the museum, Genevieve Keeney, says it takes great pains to make sure the event is a good time for all ages.

Experience One of the Best Live Music Scenes in Texas at Houston’s Silver Slipper

September 1, 2018 | By Joe Nick Patoski

In broad daylight, the Silver Slipper is hardly a looker. The compact building 4 miles northeast of downtown Houston is about as long and wide as an eight-lane bowling alley—“indistinct Minimal Traditional,” according to The Handbook of Texas. Three days a week, it’s a bar, short-order eatery, and neighborhood hangout.

Saturday nights, however, the Silver Slipper transforms into something else.

How Houston’s First Ward Industrial Yard Transformed into an Artistic Epicenter

July 23, 2018 | By Heather Brand

 
Just northwest of downtown Houston, a sprawling complex of factories and warehouses that once churned with heavy industry now fosters a different kind of production as the home of Sawyer Yards—quite possibly Texas’ largest concentration of working artists.

Why Mattress Mack Means so Much to Houston

May 30, 2018 | By Heather Brand

Jim McIngvale moved to Houston in 1981 with $5,000 and a dream to build a furniture empire. Within a few years, the founder of Gallery Furniture had become a local household name as “Mattress Mack,” the pitchman featured in the retailer’s zany low-budget commercials.

Special Report: Texas Coastal Comeback

May 24, 2018 | By

We’ve been tested time and again, from despotism to depressions, oil busts to dust bowls—and now by Hurricane Harvey. But as in past trials, Texans have found a way to turn obstacles into opportunity and seize the chance for renewal. Consider Lee Roy Hoskins, owner of Port Aransas’ venerable Tarpon Inn, who labored for months to rebuild after the hurricane. “We had a lot of things we needed to work on anyway,” Hoskins says with a smile.

How Houston’s Art Scene Bounced Back from Harvey After the Storm Collided with Its Season Openings

May 23, 2018 | By Heather Brand

Harvey struck when Houston’s world-class arts scene was gearing up for a new season, devastating venues and upending plans. But creativity and courage go hand in hand: “This city came together in a way I’ve never seen,” says Eileen J. Morris, artistic director of the Ensemble Theatre.

After Harvey, Houston’s Dining Scene Is Stronger Than Ever

May 23, 2018 | By Mai Pham

Ask Houstonians what they love about their city, and they’re bound to bring up its first-rate dining scene. Houston’s culinary offerings have been strong for a while but never more so than in recent years, with high-profile restaurants capturing attention on a national stage and the number of eateries in the Houston metro area swelling to a record of more than 12,000 featuring cuisines from about 75 countries.

Take Flight in a Vintage Military Aircraft at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston

April 26, 2018 | By

The roar of the engines fills my ears as the two pilots, seated behind me, guide the plane over my hometown of La Porte. From this vantage point, some 1,500 feet in the air, I gaze down upon a patchwork landscape of refineries divided by the sinuous path of the Houston Ship Channel. The plane banks to the left, revealing a familiar landmark: the limestone pillar of the San Jacinto Monument. As we pass over its crowning star, I catch a glimpse of the Battleship Texas, docked nearby.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

January 12, 2018 | By

From its humble beginnings in 1932 as a cattle showcase, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Feb.

Historic Tales from the Largest Trail Ride in the World

January 12, 2018 | By Susan L Ebert

Members of the Salt Grass Trail Ride, the oldest and largest ride, trot triumphantly on their Appaloosas into Houston’s Memorial Park.

18 Places to Go in Texas in 2018

December 28, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

From El Paso to Galveston, uncover our top 18 travel must-dos for 2018.

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