Texas now and then

This week in the Hill Country

11th Annual 11th Street Cowboy Mardi Gras, Bandera, Thu 28 – Sat 30  
The title pretty much says it all.


I Am Big Bird, Sat, Jan 30, Long Center

The Long Center presents I Am Big Bird with Carroll Spinney, January 30 in Dell Hall. This heartwarming doc chronicles the life of Caroll Spinney, the man who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969.

Yesterday’s news

1934    The Daughters of the Texas Revolution donated the former home of William S. Porter (O. Henry) to the city of Austin to be repaired and made into the O. Henry museum. Originally located at 308 East Fourth Street, the house was moved in March 1934 to its present location at Brush Square between Fourth and Fifth streets and San Jacinto and Trinity streets. Since 1972 the O. Henry Museum has been the site of various writing workshops, poetry readings, and an annual fund-raiser, the O. Henry Pun Off. In 2015, In Punniest of Show, Ben Ziek was awarded a perfect score for his punning recollection of whiskey behavior and an alcoholic encounter that went horribly a-rye. Watch it on YouTube.

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