July 10, 2023 | By Joe Nick Patoski
November 4, 2022 | By Joe Nick Patoski
February 24, 2022 | By Joe Nick Patoski
Wildflower season isn’t just a spring thing
August 4, 2021 | By Joe Nick Patoski
Did you know that stars shine so bright in the West Texas desert that you can see in the dark on a clear night?
January 16, 2021 | By Joe Nick Patoski
I am looking at a picture of the Rainbow Bridge—and it gives me the creeps. The bridge is too high, the road rises at too sharp an angle.
November 17, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski
When folks are locked down, can there still be folklife?
That’s the existential question that Texas Folklife has been asking.
November 9, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski
When Kevin Russell declared “my business model has been ruined” by Covid-19 on social media a couple months ago, the front man for the Austin band Shinyribs could have been speaking on behalf of almost everyone involved in live music in Texas.
August 27, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski
Thirty years doesn’t seem that long ago when Stevie Ray Vaughan comes to mind. The memories are too fresh: driving to work and muttering to myself about not getting a callback from Hanna Bolte, the publicist who was supposed to be setting up a phone interview with Stevie and his brother, Jimmie, in anticipation of their collaborative album Family Style; then walking into the office and hearing the terrible news.
January 8, 2019 | By Wes Ferguson
In Austin, the funky slacker paradise turned buzzy big city, nothing is quite as certain as cedar fever, the line at Franklin Barbecue, a daily arrival of newbies—and relative old-timers who stand ready to reminisce about the city’s good old days.
Joe Nick Patoski calls it the “You should have been here two years ago” effect.
March 31, 2015 | By
While South by Southwest is known as a petri dish of global alternative culture and innovative thought, some of the conference’s best moments spring from local creativity that grabs the spotlight when the world comes to Austin.