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Aaron Escamilla remembers growing up around the family business, just as his dad did before him—working in the parts department, labeling boxes, and so on. The CEO of San Antonio–based BE&SCO, a producer of machines that make tortillas, 41-year-old Aaron took over from his dad three years ago, in 2019. …
The Quest to Turn a San Antonio Landmark Into a Destination Restaurant
In the classic metaphysical thought experiment known as the Ship of Theseus, a wooden vessel has its planks replaced one by one as they wear out, and the question is whether the end product is the same boat—and if not, at what point it became a new one. The same …
From Flea Market to Fortune
Omair Tariq climbed into his gleaming black Tesla Model S one Friday this summer, cued up a ballad by a Pakistani pop singer, and drove from his minimalist white office in prosperous West Houston to the gritty Greenspoint neighborhood, on a mission to explore the links between his past and …
H-Town United: An Unlikely Soccer Power Rises in Texas
One day last fall, Vincenzo Cox, the boys varsity soccer coach at Elsik High School, was catching up on email when he spotted a message that made him spring to attention. It was from Marlene Acuña, who works in the school’s English as a second language program. Cox makes a …
The Newest Texans Are Not Who You Think They Are
What an attractive crowd!” cheered Fredrik Eklund, the Swedish-born celebrity real estate broker who stars on the hit Bravo reality show Million Dollar Listing. He stood on the patio of a newly built home in Tarrytown, the tony neighborhood that hugs the shores of Lake Austin, addressing the local brokers …
This Texan Aims to Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth to Save the Planet
Ben Lamm has always come off as the type of tech super-entrepreneur whose creations might either save humanity from itself or destroy us all. Or at least that’s how he’s styled himself. His corporate headshots tend to show him, wavy hair flowing past his shoulders, with dramatic lighting and, say, …
Step Into Frida Kahlo’s Garden at a Lush New San Antonio Exhibit
At the center of Frida Kahlo’s home at the Casa Azul in Mexico City was a garden. Teeming with lush bougainvillea, fruit trees, cacti, and native plants like agave and yucca, Kahlo’s garden was a creative refuge and a source of inspiration for her art.
10-Year-Old Activist Kai Shappley on Fighting for Trans Kids in the Texas Lege
“I do not like spending my free time asking adults to make good choices,” ten-year-old Kai Shappley told a roomful of Texas legislators on Monday. “It makes me sad that some politicians use trans kids like me to get votes from people who hate me just because I exist,” she …
Texas Monthly Recommends: Listen to Black Puma’s Spotify Singles
Including a live rendition of the Grammy-nominated “Colors,” and a soulful cover of Sixto Rodriguez’s “Sugar Man.”
Frida Kahlo’s Art Broke Taboos Then and Now. A Dallas Exhibit Highlights Five Lesser-Known Works.
With depictions of her everywhere, it’s easy to lose sight of the reason why people are so fascinated with Frida Kahlo in the first place: her art. Kahlo’s self-portraiture and surrealist renderings of a complex life filled with grief and pain continue to capture the imaginations of many.
Tom Brown’s Body
In 2016, a popular teenager disappeared in the tiny Panhandle community of Canadian, Texas. Two years later, his remains were discovered beneath a tree outside of town. But to this day, no arrests have been made, and nearly everyone involved in the case has fallen under suspicion. Join award-winning journalist …
5 Bottles of Celebrity Booze Worthy of Any Texan’s Bar Cart
What do Zsa Zsa Gabor, Matthew McConaughey, and the Rock have in common, aside from the fact that each is a perfect answer in the “celebrity dinner guest” debate? All three, to various extents, have shilled for booze. Alcohol endorsement deals are a lucrative side hustle for celebrities, who grace …
Texas Monthly Recommends: Womxn of Color Collective
With obstacles stacked against minorities, creating a sense of community is ever-important, and luckily, I’ve found it in groups like the Womxn of Color Collective
Texas Monthly Recommends: Levitation Sessions
Levitation is bringing the psychedelia to you with virtual performances
Texas Monthly Recommends: Casa Colombia
There's no curbing a craving for this irresistible Latin comfort food in downtown Austin
Why Is American Airlines So Infuriating?
United States senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, wasn’t happy when he boarded an American Airlines flight from DFW to Portland in early July. The day before, the airline had adjusted its COVID-19 safety policies and resumed selling every available seat, rather than leaving most middle seats empty as it …
Texas Monthly Recommends: Rothko Chapel
Experience the comforting weight of silence at this Houston sanctuary
Texas Monthly Recommends: TC Superstar’s R&D (Deluxe)
Oh, to be caught in the sparkling, rose-colored rapture of teen romance
Texas Monthly Recommends: Khruangbin’s ‘Evan Finds the Third Room’
Khruangbin knows how to maintain the groove
The ‘Country Queers’ Podcast Challenges Preconceptions About Rural Areas
“My hope is that the project is shaking up a little bit of that in multiple ways—shaking up how people might think of rural areas and shaking up how people might think about where queerness can thrive.”
The Quest for Better Beef
When some 8,500 ranchers, stockers, feeders, and meat-packers began arriving at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, in San Antonio, for the annual National Cattlemen’s Beef Association conference and trade show this past February, they had reason to celebrate. Per capita U.S. beef consumption had grown for four years straight. …
This Houston Artist Paints Nostalgic Watercolors for Homesick Texans
In dreamy, finely detailed paintings, Jim Koehn revives old watering holes and mom-and-pop spots around the state.
Recommends: Netflix’s Adaptation of ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’
The 2016 revelation that The Baby-Sitters Club author Ann M. Martin is queer sparked excitement and countless blog posts across the internet, including a 2019 story whose headline posed a question: “Could the Baby-Sitters Club Have Been More Gay?” The answer: yes. Netflix’s new adaptation, released July 3, features multiple …
‘Outcry’ Offers a Nuanced Look at a Wrongful Conviction in Central Texas
The five-part Showtime docu-series avoids the worst pitfalls of the true-crime genre, favoring character over sensationalism.
‘Outcry’ Offers a Nuanced Look at a Wrongful Conviction in Central Texas
Every Wednesday morning for nearly two years, Greg Kelley had a ritual. A few minutes before 9 a.m., he’d sit down at his kitchen table with a cup of coffee and his cellphone. Then the soft-spoken young man would pull up the website of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals …
In Texas’s Food Deserts, Food Banks Struggle to Do More With Less
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to what one expert calls “a perfect storm”: more hungry people, fewer volunteers, and declining donations.
Five Judges Say Rosa Jimenez Was Wrongly Convicted. So Why Is She Dying in Prison?
First came the sound of someone running hard on the breezeway outside, then a banging on the apartment door. Irene Vera opened it to see her neighbor, twenty-year-old Rosa Jimenez, holding a little boy who lay limp in her arms. “Help me! Help me!” Jimenez cried hysterically in Spanish. The …
New to Backyard Chicken-Keeping? Here’s Some Eggspert Advice
As Texans flock to the hobby in record numbers, we convened a virtual staff roundtable to share tips.
Lawrence Wright on the Politics of the Pandemic
The Austin author says he wrote his new pandemic thriller as a “cry of warning,” but he never expected it to be released during an eerily similar crisis.
Should Neiman Marcus Exist?
Known for his cinema verité explorations of American institutions, the documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman trained his camera on Dallas’s flagship Neiman Marcus location in 1982. To watch the resulting work, The Store, now is to travel back to a far less troubled age for the retailer that for more than …