Best Texas Songs: The Short List If you're new to Texas, you better know Texas music. If you grew up in Texas and you don't know at least these or Pat Green, Dixie Chicks or T Bone Burnett, may a horned toad snuggle in your boots and a Texas tarantula crawl across you when you sleep. Full Story » Alan Nelson
Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: The Austin Film Society (AFS) announced it added John Hawkes and Spoon to the line-up for the 2011 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards.
Academy Award-nominated actor Hawkes will receive the Rising Star Award; director Jeff Nichols will present the annual Soundtrack Award to Spoon.
Journalist Liz Smith, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame its first year (2001) and served as emcee in 2007, will be on hand to present to Renée Zellweger. They join Rip Torn, cast from Friday Night Lights and emcee Wyatt Cenac at the Awards on March 10, 2011 at Austin Studios.
“John Hawkes has made his home in Austin as an actor and musician, and this year his Hollywood star is on the rise,” the AFS statement said.
Hawkes is nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Teardrop in the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone. His portrayal has already earned him Best Supporting Actor by the San Francisco and San Diego Film Critics Associations, the Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival as well as nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Awards. The film and cast took home Best Feature and Best Acting Ensemble at the Gotham Awards and the movie also won top prize at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Hawkes has a long list of film credits including Me And You And Everyone We Know, American Gangster, The Perfect Storm, Identity, Wristcutters: A Love Story, A Slipping Down Life, Buttleman, in which he starred and co-produced, and fellow Texas Film Hall of Famer Robert Rodriguez’ From Dusk Till Dawn. Notable television credits include starring roles in the critically acclaimed HBO series Deadwood and Eastbound & Down among others.
In its 17 years, the Austin-based independent rock and roll outfit Spoon has gone from underground press darlings to one of the genre’s premier commercially and critically acclaimed acts. Spoon songs have been featured on TV shows such as The Simpsons, Shameless, Friday Night Lights, ER and Scrubs. Spoon has also contributed songs to movies including The Savages, Stranger Than Fiction, 21, We Live In Public, and 500 Days of Summer. Spoon will be presented with the Texas Film Hall of Fame Soundtrack Award by film director Jeff Nichols. Nichols directed the music video for Spoon’s “Don’t You Evah”, produced by Wired Magazine and shot on location in Tokyo.
Liz Smith calls herself “The 2000-year-old gossip columnist.” Arriving in Manhattan from the University of Texas journalism school in 1949, she has worked in celebrity/show biz for 57 years. She has written for seven different NYC newspapers and for almost every magazine. She was a CBS radio producer for Mike Wallace, then an NBC-TV producer in the 50s. Later she went on camera at NBC and won an Emmy reporting from the Battleship Intrepid on the 40th anniversary of World War II. Smith was inducted into the Hall of Fame its first year (2001) and served as emcee in 2007.
Jeff Nichols is a writer and director born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. His feature film debut, Shotgun Stories, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007 and was released theatrically in 2008. It was nominated for a 2008 Independent Spirit Award, won the Grand Jury Prize for New American Cinema at the Seattle International Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Austin Film Festival, and won the FIPRESCI International Jury Prize at the 2007 Viennale. Nichols directed the music video for Spoon’s “Don’t You Evah”, produced by Wired Magazine and shot on location in Tokyo. Nichols second feature, Take Shelter, debuted in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was bought by Sony Pictures Classics. Nichols lives in Austin, Texas.
AMD is a leading provider of technology solutions for HD media production including Troublemaker Studios’ recent Machete and Predators. AMD will sponsor this year’s Red Carpet at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards.
The Austin Film Society’s programs and services are funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Austin Film Society promotes the appreciation of film and supports creative media production by screening rarely seen films, giving grants and other support to emerging filmmakers, and providing access and education about film to youth and the public. Through Austin Studios, which AFS opened in 2000 in partnership with the City of Austin, AFS helps attract film development and production to Austin and Texas. Gala film premieres and the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards raise funds as well as awareness of the impact of film on economy and community. Austin Film Society is ranked among the top film centers in the country and recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and Directors Guild of America.
The Texas News Scrawl is a handy reference to stories Texas Business recommends from other news sources. Some of the stories that Texas Business currently suggests include: Irving spends incentive dollars to lure two corporate headquarters and almost 2,000 jobs;Hotels, restaurant operators prep for record Final Four;Star-Telegram presses roll one last time; Robert Rodriguez breathes new life into an old vampire favorite; ClubCorp buys Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas and Plano; Office Depot overcharged Dallas by up to $3.6 million, city auditor finds; Texas power market monitor resigns amid unresolved reform debate; U.S. Supreme Court denies review of Farmers Branch immigration ordinance;and more.