Making Texans Proud Since 1964

Texas Proud Since 1964 by Jann Alexander © 2013

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Broken Spoken Here. The Broken Spoke offers dining, dancing and development. Owner James White, now 75, likes to point out that although “the Broken Spoke isn’t quite as old as the Battle of the Alamo — it captures the mystical charms that make … Continue reading

Austin Is a Town of Continual Juxtaposition

Tacos v Condos by Jann Alexander © 2013

There’s no shortage of colorful contrast in Austin, and there hasn’t been in a long long time. Juxtaposition is Austin’s middle name these days, and figures prominently in my Vanishing Austin series as the most striking way to show our … Continue reading

Blessings for The Man in Black


A broken-down bus that long lived at Austin’s famous honky-tonk shows some respect for the Man in Black. The missing 1948 Flxible Clipper bus that once lent its retro funk to Austin’s best-known dance hall, the Broken Spoke, made an unannounced road … Continue reading

Close Encounters of the Austin Kind


.     .     . It was still spring in Austin, in May 2004, when a scuttled trip to the Grand Canyon led me to the Live Music Capital of the World instead. While there was plenty of … Continue reading

A Retro Transition From Movies to Books into History


.      .      . When Austin’s Americana Theatre held its gala opening in 1965 with a premiere of The Rounders, starring Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda as aging cowboys, its builder pitched his single-screen theater as “The Showcase … Continue reading