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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. Stunning new art exhibition celebrates 100 years of Texas State Parks. Kicking off at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, "The Art of Texas State Parks" will travel to several cities around Texas between 2023 and 2024.

2. Travel + Leisure named this North Texas city among the world's 11 best places to visit in January. Travel + Leisure has named Fort Worth one of the 11 best places to travel in the United States and around the world in January 2023.

3. San Antonio Spurs break NBA ticket records with 50th Anniversary celebration at the Alamodome. Friday’s matchup was only the fourth NBA game with an attendance exceeding 50,000.

4. Downtown San Antonio museum kicks off 2023 with a free Wild West Wildlife festival this month. The Briscoe Western Art Museum hosts its family-friendly Wild West Wildlife festival on January 21.

5. Tom Hanks gets good again playing a grump in A Man Called Otto. The film calls upon Hanks to play a grump, a trait that wouldn’t seem to mesh with his typically friendly demeanor.


Texas population shatters records, plus more top stories

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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. Texas population shatters records with massive new number milestone. We've officially reached 30 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

2. The 10 best movies of 2022 made going to theaters fun again. Some of these movies are still in theaters and others have moved from the big screen to the home screen recently.

3. San Antonio's top 10 stories of 2022 feature a Texas legend and famous fried chicken. Our readers are still loving looking back at the top stories from 2022.

4. Renowned Texas museum set to reopen in 2023 with exciting new exhibits. This UT Austin museum is getting a major facelift in 2023.

5. 6 San Antonio exhibits to enthrall and delight the senses this month. Jump in to January with these stunning exhibits from all across Alamo City.

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'Scuba Claus' makes a splash in San Antonio, plus more popular stories

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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. 'Scuba Claus' takes a dive to greet visitors at Sea Life San Antonio Aquarium. Scuba Claus will make his last visit to the aquarium at 1 pm on Christmas Eve, December 24.

2. New boutique hotel checks into revitalized River Walk destination. The Element by Westin is now open, joining the recently completed AC by Marriott at 111 Soledad St. in downtown San Antonio.

3. Texas legends Willie Nelson and ZZ Top team up for concert at iconic Hill Country venue. Willie Nelson will play with ZZ Top at Whitewater Ampitheater in April 2023.

4. San Antonio breaks ground on World Heritage Center, the new gateway to the missions. Construction began this month on San Antonio's new World Heritage Center and is due for completion in 2024.

5. San Antonio sees biggest drop in home sales in years, but prices continue to rise. Local home sales dropped 24 percent in November 2022 compared to last year.

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Luxe Italian designer Gucci debuts San Antonio boutique, plus more top stories

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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. Luxe Italian designer Gucci debuts first San Antonio boutique at La Cantera. In time for the holidays, Gucci has unwrapped a new outpost at The Shops at La Cantera, marking its eighth boutique in Texas.

2. 9 festive San Antonio restaurants open for Christmas Day cheer. Take the fuss out of the festivities with these local restaurants serving up Christmas feasts.

3. New Camp Margaritaville RV resort makes waves on the Texas coast. Formerly known as Bolivar Beach Club & RV Resort, the new resort-style camping experience is bursting with amenities for a memorable vacation.

4. Here are the top 5 things to do in San Antonio this weekend. The next few days are packed with magical moments, live music, and alpaca appearances.

5. Cinemark movie chain opens San Antonio theater for college football playoffs. This postseason, fans can catch three of the biggest games on the big screen right here in San Antonio.

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Spirit Airlines flies into San Antonio with new getaways, plus more top stories

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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. Spirit Airlines flies into San Antonio with 2 new destinations in 2023. The budget-friendly airline just landed and San Antonio and has already announced new routes starting in March 2023.

2. 7 sweet San Antonio restaurants, bars, and coffee shops to escape from holiday stress. Because the holidays can be heavenly and challenging at the same time.

3. Affluent Texas city tops list of most lavish holiday spending budgets in U.S. Only one Texas city made the top 10, but there's plenty of Lone Star holiday cheer to be found in this report.

4. 7 dazzling San Antonio light displays for a dose of Christmas cheer. If you're seeking illumination this season, you'll find it at these holiday lights displays.

5. Broadway's The Grinch sleds into San Antonio for a different Christmas song and dance. The Grinch is touring the U.S. to bring Christmas grouchiness and cheer.

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Where to see the once-in-recorded-history green comet approaching San Antonio

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The world is buzzing with news of an approaching astronomical body, Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), more often referred to in the news and social media as "the green comet." Its most recent appearance was 50,000 years ago — compared to the about 200,000 years since modern humans emerged.

"While the pictures of it have been impressive, its visual appearance differs greatly," explains Joe Wheelock, public program specialist at the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas at Austin. "Currently you might glimpse it with the unaided eye as a fuzzy patch of light[,] but you would need to be away from city lights. Binoculars or a telescope would improve the view, and you might even glimpse a faint tail."

As tempting as it is — and as much fodder as its made on social media — this experience will not be easy for most Texans to photograph and share. "The pictures that have been posted on various websites were taken by experienced astrophotographers and in most cases cameras designed for astrophotography," Wheelock warns.

Some logistics to note when planning a viewing:

  • The comet will be closest to Earth (thus, likely the most visible) on February 1.
  • Wheelan says placement will also be good in late January and early February, and it will be best viewed after midnight. Since the new moon was on January 21, every day the moon will compete with it a little more.
  • The McDonald Observatory posts daily stargazing tips, so viewers will have a few chances at seeing something special, even if the comment doesn't work out.
  • Getting out of San Antn is the best bet against light pollution.

Those who are willing to make a trip out of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity should consider their best chances at out running the city lights. The closest popular option to San Antonio proper is McAllister Park, which sometimes hosts stargazing events. For a more structured approach, the Curtis Vaughan Jr. Observatory at the University of Texas at San Antonio hosts first Friday stargazing nights after sunset. The McDonald Observatory, although it is an entity of the University of Texas at Austin, is in Fort Davis, about 400 miles from San Antonio.

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) maintains records of some of the world's least light-polluted skies and works to protect them, ensuring that these places stay available for reliable stargazing retreats. There are four IDA-certified Dark Sky Parks in Texas: Enchanted Rock (90 miles from San Antonio), South Llano River (120 miles), Copper Breaks (370 miles), and Big Bend Ranch (490 miles).

In addition to the certified parks, there is a smaller group of Dark Sky Sanctuaries, which are especially dark and carefully protected. There are two in Texas: Devil's River State Natural Area (170 miles) and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area (390 miles).

For more in-depth reading on the comet's trajectory and context, Wheelan suggests an article in Sky & TelescopeSky & Telescope.

San Antonio suburb among the richest places in Texas for 2023, plus more top stories

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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. San Antonio suburb cashes in among the richest places in Texas for 2023. Alamo Heights has been renamed the third richest place in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

2. San Antonio home sales slowed in December 2022, report finds. San Antonio sold 36,477 homes all year, a 10 percent decrease from 2021.

3. Here are the top 5 things to do in San Antonio this weekend. Nina Simone, Pink Floyd, the Beatles and more music-centered events made our roundup of the best things to do in Alamo City this weekend.

4. San Antonio Home & Garden Show returns with HGTV star. Ati Williams will headline the San Antonio Spring Home & Garden Show, which takes place February 24-26.

5. H-E-B opens first location in growing San Antonio suburb. The state-of-the-art facility offers 110,000 square feet of floor space, providing everything from cat food to charcuterie.


Popular Pearl brunch spot remixes with new weekend DJ nights

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Though Full Goods Diner has barely been open for half a year, it has already become a San Antonio staple for working weekday lunches and lingering Sunday Fundays. Now the Pearl eatery is looking to be a hot spot after dark.

Via release, the popular local haunt just announced a new limited-time music series, Full Goods at Night. Starting on February 2, Full Goods Diner will open select evenings throughout the month.

The Full Goods at Night series will feature popular local San Antonio DJs, including El West Side Sound, Hector Gallego, DJ Plata, Steven Lee Moya, and Cami Gee. Guests can enjoy live sets while indulging in a specially curated food and drink offerings.

The menu will include some of Full Goods Diner's best—selling items, such as French toast sticks, barbacoa waffle fries, and jumbo cheesy tots. Libations like the Attaboy Negroni, Royal Bermuda Daiquiri, Pink G&T, and more will fuel the festivities.

In addition to enjoying moonlight brunch, guests can relish some prime people-watching. And, of course, the restaurant is just a hop from other nightlife destinations like Pink Hill, 3 Star Bar, and Summer Camp Bar, making it the perfect party starter.

The series runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from February 2-25, 6-10 pm. The complete DJ schedule is listed below.

February 2 — El West Side Sound·
February 3 — Hector Gallego
February 4— DJ Plata
February 9 — El West Side Sound
February 10 — Steven Lee Moya
February 11 — Cami Gee
February 16 — El West Side Sound
February 17 — Steven Lee Moya
February 18 — Hector Gallego
February 23 — El West Side Sound
February 24— Steven Lee Moya
February 25 — DJ Plata