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Old Enough to Play the Austin City Limits Music Festival…But Not Always Old Enough To Vote

Of all the artists playing the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival, Abby Torres, 16 and Carla Pantoja 16, may be the only performers who managed to squeeze in a marching band competition that October weekend.

Torres and Pantoja are members of the Lanier High School band who also study music via Anthropos Arts, an Austin-based non-profit providing music lessons to dedicated young performers from at risk backgrounds. The project’s supporters include musician Esperanza Spalding, who popped by the Anthropos booth at ACL to pose for pictures after her Friday afternoon show.

I Miss the Ocean

Austin, Texas has a lot of things. What it does not have is an ocean. Given that I grew up fairly close to the Gulf of Mexico, near Galveston, Texas, I thought that I...

Sex and the Secret Service

I suspect that you’ve heard about the Secret Service sex scandal where President Obama’s advance team in Cartagena, Colombia allegedly hired prostitutes, then failed to pay at least one of them. While the investigation...

Eating in the airport

Thanks to a summer of discount travel, I’ve spent a lot of time in airports. Since I’m too cheap to buy a first class ticket–and too impatient to put up with long layovers–my frequent...