Big Bend Notes, November 19th 2009

Big Bend Notes, November 19th 2009

–The big event this week is Gallery Night/Artwalk here in Alpine, Texas. Kudos to Mike Perry and the rest of the staff of the Alpine Avalanche. The Avalanche features an excellent, exhaustive guide to the festivities. Be sure to pick one up when you visit.

My philosophy for this kind of event is just to show up and walk around and try and see everything. That’s my advice to you too.

–Reader Lisa Wheeler brought this NYT article to my attention: In Marfa, Texas, Minimalist Art and Maximum Flavor. It’s a well-written article that summarizes some of the high spots in Marfa dining. Also, Ara alerted me to this National Geographic Adventurer article on the Big Bend.

Update:– Contributor Mark Glover has been posting his thoughts on nature and science here in the trans-Pecos. Visit the Trans-Pecos Science Moment. Also, you can hear it on KVLF here in Alpine, Texas.

–Big Bend Food: Roasted Cabrito

A big thank you to Lane Williams and Tim Fish of the Longhorn Steakhouse for demonstrating how to cook this traditional West Texas delicacy.

Your Dairy Needs a New Marketer

Your Dairy Needs a New Marketer

TASTES LIKE WHAT?! A reader sent in the following humorous picture of a milk carton.

–Kudos to everyone who has worked so hard to refurbish and re-open the Marfa Library. Reader J. D. DiFabbio reminded me of it:
“Please join me and all of the Friends of the Marfa Public Library – TODAY – Thursday, November 19 from 11am to 6:30pm, to celebrate the grand reopening of the library! Everyone is invited, please help me spread the word.

Food will be provided throughout the day! Generously donated by the following Marfa restaurants: 10.30am – Alice’s Café, Squeeze Marfa, Frama Coffee; 12.30pm – Borunda’s, Wine Bar at Marfa Guest Quarters, Tacos del Norte, Austin Street Café; 2.30pm – Maiya’s, Blue Javelina, Food Shark; 4.30pm – Mando’s, Padre’s, Pizza Foundation and Cochineal.”

–Zombie Crawl, Halloween, Alpine, Texas

–A big thank you to Jack McNamera who told me: “Just visited your site…you get better and better. […] If there is any doubt in anyone’s mind, reassure them you are using our stuff with our consent….and enthusiasm.” Jack’s Nimby News was ahead of its time 20 years ago… he was fundamentally doing a incisive, interesting blog that happened to be printed on paper. Thanks for your words of encouragement, Jack.

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–There was a letter in today’s Big Bend Sentinel that criticizes the Alpine Avalanche for being more concerned with sports than news. To me, this is an unfair criticism. I personally like both Robert Halpern and Mike Perry and I think they both do a good job of covering local events. People in Alpine are sports crazy; all Mike is doing is catering to his readers’ tastes.

At $.75 or a $1, both newspapers are a bargain (West Texas Weekly is a bigger bargain because its free, but that’s a different issue). My advice is to read both newspapers every week and subscribe to my RSS feed . If you don’t know what RSS is, read this introduction by Google .

–Chinese chefs have come up with a way to deep fry a fish while keeping it alive. SICK! SICK! SICK!

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  1. Bill Millet

    KLRN Ch-9 San Antonio, TX will be airing the Texas Music Extravaganza Saturday, December 12th at 10pm.
    The extraordinary impact of some of South Texas’ most celebrated musicians is the focus of this documentary musical journey. Filmed in High Definition, the Texas Music Extravaganza includes performances from a pivotal concert on Aug. 27, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas that featured alumni of the Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados with Augie Meyers, Flaco Jimenez, Shawn Sahm, Jack Barber, Ernie Durawa and others. The concert benefited the March of Dimes organization, and also featured dynamic performances by Grammy Award winner Raul Malo, The Krayolas, West Side Horns and Adam Aguilar. The event marked the debut of the highly anticipated supergroup the Vato Valley Boys, featuring Augie and Flaco with Bluegrass legends Byron Berline, Dan Crary and John Hickman.

    Produced by Bill Millet and directed by award winning Latino film maker AJ Garces, the Texas Music Extravaganza Film also delves into the legacy of Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers and Flaco Jimenez.

    More info can be found at Texas Music Extravaganza’s Website.