A travel agent carrying TikTok – Texas Monthly


In the Texas Monthly Recommends series, Texas Monthly writers, editors, photographers and producers offer their favorite recent cultural discoveries from the great state of Texas.

When the warmer months arrive, I always crave a road trip – windows down, music on and far places ahead of me. With over seven hundred miles stretching across the state, Texas is a good place for a long drive. I started planning this summer’s road trip using conventional travel websites and had put together a satisfying list of options. But then I came across the TikTok account @txvacation. The profile has neatly curated photos of restaurants, cultural sites, parks, and overnight accommodations. Although the account has a little too many wide-brimmed hat tips and posed swirls for my liking, the spots really sparked my brainstorming.

At the top of my newly expanded list is a “luxury desert escape” called the Terlingua Summit. The TikTok shows mid-century smart furniture tucked away in a man-made mining cave in the Tres Cuevas mountain. A floor-to-ceiling glass door is opened, revealing a panoramic view. The camera glides across the room and out of the cave, blurring the boundary between inside and outside. It looks like happiness.

Beyond West Texas, the TikTok account also promotes sites like a European-inspired village in McKinney, a guest suite in a giraffe barn in Fredericksburg, and a cozy cabin overlooking a small pond. in Waco. Needless to say, I now have enough road trip ideas for the coming summers.

Sierra Juarez, editorial assistant

Watch an Arlington native in the after party

Everything in the news is so overwhelming right now, when I was asked to come up with something for TM Recommends this week, I struggled to think of anything that actually brings me joy. But then I remembered the after party, a new Apple TV+ series that I loved so much, I dreamed about it during not one but two different sleeps. It’s a fun murder mystery that changes perspective and genre with each episode. One week it’s structured like a romantic comedy, the next it’s a cartoon.

It stars Sam Richardson, probably the most charming person currently on TV, but its Texas credentials come from Arlington native Tiya Sircar, who delivers another memorable performance on her journey to becoming one of the next That Girls. of Hollywood (you may recognize her from The right place Where station eleven.) This is ensemble comedy at its finest. The finale drops today, March 4, so if you want you can binge on all eight episodes over the weekend, offering over five hours of content where no one will discuss the possibility of war. nuclear. Just a light kill.

Emily McCullar, Associate Editor

Get your groove on with DivaDance classes

For me, fun is the most important aspect of any exercise routine. Since I started tapping into the movement that brings me joy with DivaDance, my physical and mental health has improved. DivaDance offers dance lessons – primarily hip-hop, lyrical and heels – for adults and has locations nationwide, with Texas outposts in Tyler, El Paso, the Dallas area, the San Antonio area , the Houston and Austin area (where it is headquartered).

Founder and owner Jami Stigliano is originally from Waco but founded the company while living in New York and working in the music industry. Stigliano wanted to return to dancing as a hobby, as she had done in her youth, but was frustrated and intimidated by classes for Broadway professionals. She designed DivaDance to make people feel comfortable during what can be an awkward experience: dancing in public.

You get to know your fellow dancers during “community time” at the start of each class, and everyone is so friendly that the connection doesn’t feel forced. The instructors are great at answering questions and breaking down the moves. Once you feel comfortable, you can even invite friends and family to see you perform in a DivaDance recital. As someone who took ballet lessons and figure skated as a child, I feel like I’m reconnecting with something I love in a gentle way, giving your inner child a hug. And guys, don’t be put off by the name. You are also welcome.

Kimya Kavehkar, Associate Editor

Go in search of a lost work of art

You won’t be able to visit my favorite art project in Texas, it was washed away years ago in the waters of the Rio Grande. In 2010, Mexican artist Minerva Cuevas entered the river where it flows south of Marfa in the arid mountains and canyons of West Texas. With a bucket of limestone-based paint, she drew a line from rock to rock, with gaps filled in by the spirit, across the entire river. By the time she had reached the other side, she had walked from the United States to Mexico. In 2020, Minerva told me that she felt the deepest part of the river with her foot while she was painting. Every day, this bottom changes, as the silt and sand shift. Every time the riverbed shifts, the entire US-Texas border, defined as the deepest part of the Rio Grande, also shifts a few inches.

The performance art of this era lives on in “Crossing of the Rio Bravo”, an installation that has been shown in museums around the world. I first saw her at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco in 2019. Around the gallery walls, large photos displayed images of Minerva in the river. In display cases she had placed glass specimen bottles filled with sand, stone and river water. There were dried wildflowers and bits of turquoise. If you ever get the chance to see “Crossing of the Rio Bravo” as an exhibit, do it. And if you ever have the chance to visit the Rio Grande, in that harsh and beautiful land of West Texas, spend a moment imagining a line of white paint stretching from side to side – a line of imaginary paint, perpendicular to the imaginary line of the border.

—Jack Herrera, Editor

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