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Qualify for Boston at This Marathon in Marathon

September 30, 2019 | By John T. Davis

At fun runs across the country, it’s not uncommon to see participants goofily dressed in animal costumes for effect, but at Marathon 2 Marathon, a race occurring each October in West Texas, it’s the spectators who assume the role of the beast. In this case, though, the antelopes, rattlesnakes, javelinas, roadrunners, coyotes, and jackrabbits are real.
Exotic wildlife, a big sky, and an expanse of high-desert landscape are integral components of M2M, the Boston Marathon-qualifying run held in Marathon, named after the city in Greece that inspired the modern-day race. Last year’s event, the 16th annual, more than tripled the size of the town, considered an entry point for Big Bend National Park. The community of around 420 souls welcomed nearly 540 registrants, along with family and friends. Part Trans-Pecos Mardi Gras, part fundraiser and community-builder, M2M steers runners through the beautiful, windswept prairie along US 385 and into downtown Marathon.
“It is the biggest event that Marathon has, and everyone is touched in some way by M2M,” says Marci Roberts, the race director and a Marathon resident. “Since 2011, the race has given $60,000 to local organizations, including the school, the volunteer fire department, the library, and the clinic. That may not sound like much for a big city, but for us it is huge.”

Alamo Drafthouse’s Live Comedy Show Roasts the Stars of the Silver Screen

May 22, 2019 | By Joey Held

Created nearly two decades ago with inspiration from the popular TV comedy
series Mystery Science Theater 3000—the original name was Mister Sinus Theater 300—Master Pancake offers an interactive experience at Alamo Drafthouse theaters in Dallas, Katy, San Antonio, and Lubbock, but primarily in Austin.

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.

The Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg Is an Indie Film-Lover’s Nirvana

March 20, 2018 | By Clayton Maxwell

Remember: You do it because you love it,” said Tom Provost, sitting on a stage flanked by three other screenwriters, all surprisingly chipper for 9:30 on a Saturday morning during Fredericksburg’s Hill Country Film Festival.

The Green Apple Art Center Brings Texas Music to Main Street in Eden

February 13, 2018 | By Heather Brand

At first glance, the small town of Eden on the edge of West Texas may seem an unlikely spot for live music.

San Antonio’s Urban-15 Stretches the Arts with Music, Movement, and Media

January 15, 2018 | By Gene Fowler

URBAN-15’s Carnaval de San Anto troupe performs during Día de los Muertos at Hemisfair park in San Antonio.

Get Festive a la Fresca at These 8 Texas State Park Events

November 8, 2017 | By

On a bluff overlooking La Grange, ice skaters swirl on an imaginary pond and penguins check their fishing lines amid a sea of twinkling lights.

Literature Love: Autumn book fests in West Texas

August 13, 2017 | By

Fall in West Texas may evoke images of Friday Night Lights, with whole towns rallying around their favorite football teams.

San Marcos’ Mermaid SPLASH is a fine-finned fest

July 14, 2017 | By Anthony Head

It’s not every community that can fondly recall the good ol’ days when mermaids would swim and play in the local waters, but San Marcos can.

Scott H. Biram: That Dirty Ol’ One-Man Band

June 14, 2017 | By Michael Corcoran

Scott H. Biram is a one-man band who has blown five-piece rock groups off the stage.

Pun, Pun, Pun

April 17, 2017 | By Joey Held

Lend us an ear and we’ll give you more corn!” That’s how the emcee greeted the jovial crowd at the very first O.

Pearl Jam

March 20, 2017 | By Heather Brand

The town of Pearl, in Coryell County in Central Texas, has an estimated population of 125, but on the first Saturday of every month it attracts nearly twice that number—and often more—thanks to the Pearl Bluegrass Jam and Stage Show.

Dance Hall Devotion

February 7, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill

People pack the wall-to-wall tables in Gruene Hall, and the band has hit full swing when I walk in one summer Sunday morning.

Gone Ameripolitan

January 12, 2017 | By Matt Joyce

Veteran Austin honky-tonker Dale Watson says it’s gotten harder and harder to explain his music to strangers—the curious truck-stop bystander intrigued by Watson’s tour bus emblazoned with his autograph or the barber trimming his signature pompadour before a far-flung road show.


December 16, 2016 | By Donna Marie Miller

What better way to escape the winter doldrums than to watch outrageously dressed athletes on roller-skates race around a track, shoving and hitting each other along the way?

Brushing up on History

October 14, 2016 | By Gene Fowler

Within a few minutes’ walk of downtown Austin’s bustling Sixth Street entertainment district and historic Congress Avenue, a trio of museums at the city’s Brush Square offer distinctive windows into the Texas capital’s past.

Hauntings and History

September 16, 2016 | By Anthony Head

“Are you ready for the ghosts? I am.” With that, co-owner Erin Wallace Ghedi pushes apart a set of sliding wooden doors and leads us into the Smoking Room, where she begins telling the story of the Magnolia Hotel.

Live from the Hills

August 1, 2016 | By Matt Joyce

From a rise overlooking this Hill Country valley, the elements that create Utopiafest’s celebration of music and place come into focus: A band rocks a stage to the cheers of a bobbing crowd.

Day With the Dolphins

May 11, 2016 | By Melissa Gaskill

A sleek, gray bottlenose dolphin briefly breaks the surface of the water in a smooth, rolling motion.

Poet’s Paradise

March 21, 2016 | By Clayton Maxwell

“Clayton, look at this moth” shouts the poet Sharon Olds, calling to me across the green lawn in front of the concert hall at Round Top’s Festival Institute.

Lonesome Dove Revisited

February 10, 2016 | By Kathryn Jones

The six-hour miniseries Lonesome Dove first aired in February 1989 while I was taking an evening painting class in Fort Worth.

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

December 15, 2015 | By Sofia Sokolove

There’s a new sense of energy and possibility on the streets of downtown Waco—not a boom, exactly, but a steady drumbeat led by some determined entrepreneurs whose vision of the future is infused with an affectionate regard for the city’s past.

Now Hear This!

August 14, 2015 | By Roger Wood

In a modest space that doubles as an office and the green room for performers, singer-songwriter Sara Hickman relaxes momentarily and reflects.

Gimme That Old-Time Opry

July 16, 2015 | By Paul McDonnold

Something about the boxy shape of the building first catches the eye. It’s broader and taller than the 1960s-era Texarkana shopping center that surrounds it.

Giddyup Zydeco

May 13, 2015 | By Matt Joyce

Most people in the African-American rodeo scene are familiar with Pickett’s legacy in the sport, says Brian White, a bullfighter/rodeo clown from Midwest City, Oklahoma, who’s participating in the Cheek rodeo for the second time this summer. One of only a handful of African-American bullfighters in the country, White has worked for 20 years protecting bull riders after they get thrown.

Drawn to the Scene

April 12, 2015 | By Michael Corcoran

During Austin’s counterculture heyday, from the opening of the Vulcan Gas Company in 1967 to the closing of the Armadillo World Headquarters in 1980, a concert wasn’t a reality until it was advertised with a mind-blowing poster.

A Comedy Carousel

March 17, 2015 | By Joey Held

Chicago has the Second City. New York has Saturday Night Live. Los Angeles has the Hollywood Improv.

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