Like everything else in Texas, the art and culture made here are bigger then life. And because the Lone Star State is so large and diverse, it’s natural that no one way of making art is the Texas way. Texas Standard celebrates the breadth and depth of music, painting, sculpture, literature and so much more.

Jay Maidment

The Rise Of ‘Sunken Garden,’ The 3D Opera That Crosses Dimensions

The ambitious work will have its U.S. premier in Dallas.

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Verdigris Ensemble Is A Choir With Stars In Its Eyes

Group founder Sam Brukhman says he wants to make choral music more popular by creating programs that resemble performance art.

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Did Jack The Ripper’s Life Of Crime Begin In Austin?

A novelist explores similarities between the famous London killings, and a string of murders in 1880s Austin.

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SXSW Film Is International, But This Year’s Hottest Film Is By A Texan

The hottest ticket this year is the stop-motion film “Isle of Dogs” from Houston-born and Austin-educated director Wes Anderson.

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Leather To Last A Lifetime

Odin Clack got into hand-made, premium leather goods because he’s been restless and creative with his hands since he was a kid in Galveston, drawing and building stuff. Clack has a marketing degree from Texas A&M and has worked as a director of digital global marketing for Texas firms. Five years ago, he visited a Tandy Leather shop on a whim and came out with a starter kit. Now, will Odin Leather Goods – that little leathercrafting business he started in his garage – really take off?

Mark Willenborg

Texas State Honors Legendary Texas Musician

Jerry Jeff Walker wasn’t born in Texas, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to his songs.

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Are Women’s Voices Being Heard In This Year’s Oscar Contending Films?

An Austin firm uses algorithms and artificial intelligence to tell us which Best Picture nominees included the most female representation.

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Dale Watson On Leaving Austin: ‘The City Has Sold Itself’

Honky tonk legend Dale Watson is moving from Austin to Memphis. He says the Tennessee city is a lot like Austin was in the early 80s.


Bayla Metzger

‘Welcoming’ Abuela Mural Watches Over Texas-Mexico Border

Out of the 50 Mexican consulate locations where the mural could have been painted, Presidio is the smallest and most remote – but it has a particularly collaborative relationship with its neighbor to the south