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08/26/2014 08:20 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Texas State Cemetery
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Just one mile east of the State Capitol between Navasota and Comal streets sits the 18-acre Texas State Cemetery.

"One of the good aspects of the cemetery is just the beauty of it," the cemetery's Jason Walker said.

Since its establishment in the mid 1800s, the cemetery has become the resting place for many famed Texans, including Barbara Jordan — the first black woman elected to the Texas State Senate — and Willie Wells — an Austin-born baseball player who played in the Negro Leagues.

Anyone who wants to know more about the cemetery can schedule a tour between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cemetery's visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the grounds are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"There's visitors that come out all the time," Walker said. "They just walk the grounds, sit down and just meditate."

For more information about the Texas State Cemetery, watch the "Local Wonders" segment above.


08/12/2014 10:40 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: When Austin Got Weird Exhibit Highlights '60s, '70s Art
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The Armadillo World Headquarters, City Coliseum and Soap Creek Saloon: These venues were the heart and soul of the Austin music scene long before the term Keep Austin Weird was trademarked in 2000.

When Austin Got Weird is the name of a new exhibition at the Bullock Texas State History Museum that showcases some of Austin's old music venue posters from the 1960s and 1970s.

"When Austin Got Weird is a tribute to that phrase that everybody knows," the Bullock Texas State History Museum's Margaret Koch said. "The roots go way back into the '60s when you had this fusion in the Austin music scene between psychedelic, pop, blues, honky tonk, cowboy ballads."

Koch said some defining attributes of the posters of that time period is psychedelic, multicolored or highly inked graphic art.

"At the time, it was novel, it was new, it was iconic," Koch said.

The When Austin Got Weird exhibit runs through Sept. 14. For more information, check out the museum's website at TheStoryofTexas.com.


08/05/2014 10:05 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Tour Austin Like Never Before on Double Decker Bus
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Since April, a bright red double-decker bus has been driving the streets of downtown Austin.

Riders on the new Double Decker Austin tours see spectacular views of the city from 13 feet above ground. The tours are the first and only hop-on and hop-off option in Capital City.

Double Decker Austin runs tours Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are normally run $35, but they are currently running a "before school" special. Click here for more information.


07/22/2014 08:35 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: East Austin's grayDUCK Gallery Makes Things 'More Accessible'
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Jill Schroeder runs East Austin's grayDUCK Gallery. Recently relocated from South Austin, the gallery features contemporary art while also trying to create a welcoming environment for all to enjoy.

"I show contemporary arts," Schroeder said. "Local, national, emerging, established artists, so it's a broad range of artists in the contemporary field."

Schroeder said it's not important for everyone who comes into the gallery to know everything about contemporary art.

"I define contemporary art as kind of newer, edgier art," Schroeder said. "But I like to make things a little more accessible at grayDUCK, so I don't expect everyone to have an encyclopedia knowledge of art."

She added that a great gallery isn't just about showing good art, though that is important.

"A great gallery ... also is inviting. I think people need to feel comfortable looking at art and so they can just think about the art, instead of how uncomfortable they are in the space."

The grayDUCK Gallery is currently exhibiting the work of nine local artists in a show called Goodly Wicked. For more information, check out their website at grayDUCKGallery.com.


07/15/2014 10:48 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: New Exhibit Showcases 'When Austin Got Weird’
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The Armadillo World Headquarters, City Coliseum, Soap Creek Saloon—the venues were the heart and soul of the Austin music scene long before the term "Keep Austin Weird" was trademarked.

"When Austin Got Weird" is the name of a new exhibition at The Bullock State History Museum that showcases some of the old gig posters from the historic venues.

The psychedelic, colorful exhibit runs through Sept. 14. Get a peek of what to expect in this “Local Wonders” in the video above.




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