Austin Monthly Magazine

The city’s hometown magazine, Austin Monthly is a print and online publications that explores everything the capital of Texas has to offer. From stories on affordable housing and gentrification and culture columns to personal essays and event listings, this mag has it all.

What’s Next for Sam’s BBQ?

July 1, 2019

Last fall, Brian Mays made headlines across Texas when he rejected multiple million-dollar offers from out-of-state developers vying for his East Austin property, which has housed Sam’s BBQ for nearly half a century. Nearly a year later, Mays is still holding out for the right offer — a predicament that’s as painstaking as it is pressure-packed: “How many people do you know who’d turn down $5 million for their community? Who the f*** does that?”

 

An Inside Look at ‘The River and The Wall’

May 1, 2019

The feature story for Austin Monthly’s May issue, this piece provides an up-close look at the people and inspiration behind The River and The Wall, a breathtaking adventure documentary that captures the nuance and beauty of the Texas-Mexico border. The film, which follows five characters on a 1200-mile journey by horse, bike, and boat along the Rio Grande, provides critical insight into the communities, places, and ecosystems that will be most impacted by a physical border wall.

 

A Tale of Two Murals at 12th & Chicon

September 1, 2018

The feature story for Austin Monthly’s September issue, this piece explores how tensions spurred by the city's rapidly-gentrifying east side and its painful racial history came to a head last May when a beloved mural was abruptly covered in thick, white paint. Rather than focusing solely on the protests and conflict that ensued, I had a chance to sit down with community leaders and people at the center of this emotionally-charged issue to get their perspective on the importance of culture, representation, and historical preservation — and how fleeting they can be for those on the margins.

 

In Good Hands

March 1, 2019

Musicians put Austin on the map, but rising costs of living and a shifting industry have made it all but impossible for them to make ends meet there. This feature for Austin Monthly’s March issue explores the mounting challenges the city’s musicians are facing and the organizations — including Health Alliance for Austin Musicians - HAAMThe SIMS Foundation, and Black Fret — who provide healthcare, economic aid, and mental healthcare to the folks who built The Live Music Capital of the World. 

 

The Next Step for Sekrit Theater

December 1, 2018

For years, Beau Reichert’s Sekrit Theater—a creative refuge known for its wild mix of art installations, experimental architecture, and a massive backyard movie theater—has been a staple in the Austin art community and a gathering spot for tourists. But as new development (and new people) moved into lots adjacent to the theater, the urban event space became a lightning rod for criticism and zoning complaints. It was more than Reichert, who created the space as a therapeutic outlet for his Asperger’s Syndrome, could handle. I sat down with the artist to discuss his lengthy battle with the city and his neighbors and his recent decision to switch things up and make Sekrit Theater ground zero for a sustainable community unlike any other.