At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, an Impressive New Exhibition Space Opens Amid Hard Times

When Houston philanthropist Caroline Wiess Law died on her eighty-fifth birthday, on Christmas Eve, 2003, she left her collection of twentieth-century paintings—including masterpieces by Willem de Kooning, Joan Miró, and Andy Warhol—to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she had served on the board of trustees. Law also willed the bulk of her estate, […]

Texas Monthly Recommends: A Nuanced Documentary on Lance Armstrong

If Netflix’s The Last Dance left you craving another deep dive into a complicated sporting legend, then ESPN’s Lance is worth a watch. Directed by Marina Zenovich, the two-part documentary tracks the Plano native from his competitive roots in Austin through his battle with testicular cancer, his seven consecutive Tour de France wins, and the […]

Meet the Carrion-Craving Falcon That’s Taking Over Texas

Heads up, Texans. The crested caracaras are coming for your roadkill. The caracara is a beautiful and fierce-looking falcon that ranges throughout Latin America and into the southern tip of the United States. Some people call them Mexican eagles. (They were sacred to the Aztecs, and one school of thought holds that the bird depicted […]

Matthew McConaughey Said He’d Consider Running for Texas Governor, so We Wrote His Political Platform

Yesterday afternoon, the internet and the Texas Monthly newsroom were all abuzz when we found out that Matthew McConaughey said he would consider a future run for the Texas governor’s office. Well, it was more like he said he wouldn’t not consider running for governor, and he walked back his comments the next day. But […]

The JNL Trailer Serves Up Old-school Barbecue and Community Spirit

The first interview I did after taking the job as Texas Monthly‘s barbecue editor was with Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue. In May of 2013, we sat on picnic tables outside the Buzz Mill off of East Riverside Drive in Austin with beers and a tray of pepper-crusted, smoked pork tenderloin from Blue Ox Barbecue. […]

4 Recipes You Can Perfect with a Wireless Meat Thermometer

This post is brought to you by The MeatStickⓇ, which provided advertising support. Looking for recipe inspiration for your next meal? Look no further than the four recipes listed below. Whether you need a quick weeknight meal or a fun weekend feast, these four meats can be perfected when you use a wireless meat thermometer. […]

Texans You Should Know: How a Black Cowboy’s Discovery Changed the Field of Archaeology

On the evening of August 27, 1908, dark clouds gathered over the Dry Cimarron River along the New Mexico–Colorado border. Sarah Rooke, the phone operator in Folsom, New Mexico, called as many people as she could to warn them about the impending storm, but it wasn’t long before water began pouring from the sky and […]