Too Many Visitors Miss Out on Houston’s Diversity

In April, yet another study emerged online touting Houston as the most diverse city in America—edging out New Jersey’s Jersey City as well as New York City nationally, plus Dallas (fifth in the U.S.) and Arlington (ninth) in Texas. Rankings like these get trumpeted by city boosters, and they help dispel the stubborn and patently […]

A Weekend in Dallas

I am clocking my ninth year as a Dallasite, following stints in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin. Nine years in, and the sense of discovery has never left me, for two reasons. First, this place always has some new experience to punch up my Instagram feed. With an enterprising culture and plenty of capital […]

There’s Something Better Than Brisket at Franklin Barbecue

Smoked beef short ribs at Franklin Barbecue in Austin might just be the most difficult bite of barbecue to score in Texas. They’re served only on Saturdays, which is usually the busiest day with the longest lines at Franklin. I’ve tried bites of the beef rib at festivals but never ate one in the dining […]

Five Upcoming Hotels

Austin The East Austin Hotel Opened May 13, 2019 La Corsha Hospitality Group just opened the doors on its latest a project, a 75-room boutique hotel with Danish-inspired décor, a courtyard pool, promising food and drink offerings headed by an all-star team, and options for all price ranges, including “cost-conscious cabins.” Houston C. Baldwin Hotel […]

A Weekend in San Antonio

San Antonio might be home to the Alamo and the River Walk, but this quickly growing city has much more to offer than its two most famous tourist attractions. I was born in San Antonio, raised as a dyed-in-the-wool Spurs fan, and grew up on tacos and Jumex juice. I might be biased, but I’ve […]

Roy Head’s “Treat Her Right” Gets The Star Treatment

Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, derives much of its roller-coaster-like excitement from “Treat Her Right”—a blue-eyed soul smash by Roy Head, a Texas cyclone of a performer. The 1965 song dominated the trailer for the new film, which will be released this Friday, July 26th. “Treat Her Right” also opens the […]

Watch an Hour-Long Performance by Gary Clark Jr. On ‘Front and Center’

ary Clark Jr. is in the midst of another incredible year. His third album, This Land, is both his most commercially successful and his most fully-realized artistically. He’s an above-the-fold fixture on the summer festival circuit, headlining Afropunk in Brooklyn next month and prominently featured on the bills for both Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza. And […]

Is It OK to Wear My Late Uncle’s Giraffe-Skin Cowboy Boots?

Q: My uncle recently passed away, and he left me his entire collection of cowboy boots, some of which are exotic. Most notable are the elephant and giraffe. I was told by my cousin that he was also planning to purchase a pair of boots made out of hippo. What I want to know is […]