texas monthly


Hugs Not Walls

Irving Castillo hadn’t seen his family in fifteen years. At the ’Hugs Not Walls’ event, they were able to reunite—for 180 seconds.


Telling the Story of a Texas Freedom Colony Through Decades of Photos

The Upshaws of County Line, a new book and exhibit currently at the Museum of the Big Bend, chronicles a safe haven established by African American Texans.


At SXSW, the Pop-Up Abolish ICEbox Exhibits the Painful Conditions Asylum Seekers Face

RAICES brings a challenging immersive experience to an event overrun by corporate brand ”activations.”

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Honoring My Loved Ones on Día de los Muertos

I’ve struggled to keep my grandma and aunt with me since their deaths. But this year, I decided to honor their memories—and show them my life as an adult—by making my first día de los muertos altar.


With the retirement of his jersey, the Spurs and the city of San Antonio honor Manu Ginobili and how he changed the game.

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Chasing Escobar

Javier Peña, as a character, was popularized through the Netflix series ’Narcos.’ But the story of the real Peña—who lives in San Antonio—and his quest to end the reign of Pablo Escobar is bigger than a screen.


Famed Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to Perform on Laredo’s International Bridge

Following a Friday concert in San Antonio, Ma will travel to the border to celebrate the region’s culture and spark conversations about all that unifies Mexicans and Americans.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Outdraws Presidential Candidates at SXSW

The freshman congresswoman even took a question from Bill Nye, the Science Guy.


At the Altars

Six ofrendas created by San Antonians to celebrate día de los muertos.


The Queen of Cumbia’s birthday may become an annual day of recognition in the state of Texas.