Join an 88-year dabke line at Austin’s Mediterranean Festival this fall

Believe it or not, the Mediterranean is not that far away. It’s quite a hike to get there, but it’s nearly identical in latitude — a great predictor of harmonious culinary styles and ingredients. Austin and Cairo are less than a quarter of a degree apart. The 88th annual St. Elias Mediterranean Festival is closing … Read more

The Cambridge Tower, 1965. – CultureMap Austin

The world will bid a final “goodbye and thank you, Ma’am” to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral on Monday, September 19 at London’s Westminster Abbey. While the service for Her Majesty, who passed away September 8, will be attended by 2,000 family, friends, dignitaries, and heads of state, the event is expected … Read more

Essential Austin nonprofit finding new ways to nourish community amid COVID-19

Tune into the Urban Roots Instagram feed and you’ll find a new series of videos featuring executive director Max Elliott teaching viewers how to plant peppers; showcasing his ready crop of kale and the helpful, aphid-eating ladybug larvae that live on the leaves; or interviewing (at a safe distance) local restaurant business leaders. His tone … Read more

With each necklace sold, Dubin’s Fine Jewelry is donating a book to Books Between Kids.

Celebrated Texas jewelry star Kendra Scott’s ability to juggle a work-life balance is seriously impressive. The founder of her namesake billion-dollar brand is a newlywed, a returning guest shark on the upcoming season of Shark Tank, and she’s about to drop her first memoir, Born to Shine: Do Good, Find Your Joy, and Build a … Read more

How a Choir of Miao Farmers Became a Viral Hit

This May, the Xiaoshuijing Miao Farmers Choir officially celebrated its 20th anniversary. Based in the predominantly A-Hmao Miao village of the same name, not far from the Yunnan provincial capital of Kunming, the big day passed quietly: Due to pandemic restrictions, members were unable to organize a major event. That anniversary date is perhaps not … Read more