National Geographic : 1990 Jun
Lone Star Leticia, a Lhasa apso held by Juan Vasquez, wears colors befitting her name. With youthful insouciance,punkers ignore the signs along Sixth Street, afive-block wall-to-wall lineup of music clubs and res taurantsin the heart of downtown. "If you're worriedabout calories, don't even smell them," says John Cazares of the world class tamales madefor more than 30 years by hisfamily's Green & White Grocery. "When I play, everybody dances," says accor dionist JohnnyDegollado. Austin music speaks more with a twang than a rock beat, though more than a hundred clubs offer everythingfrom blues to Cajun. Though she wants to be a mom when she grows up,for now it's a cowboy hatfor six year-oldKarla Smucker. For more than halfa century GilbertAlexan der has been giving shoes a shine so bright you can use them as a mirror. Joe Mendieta and Denise Sanchez keep to the dancefloor as the Latin beat gives way to afoot-thumpingpolka at a wedding. A conservatorat the university's HarryRan som Humanities Research Center takes a fiberfrom a Chinese drawing. The center owns a Gutenberg Bible and ten million manuscripts, including a draft of Lady Chatterley's Lover. Urban cowgirlsRobyn Bankston, Debbie Kutch, and Karen Roemer rode in the open ing ceremonies of the 1989 Austin-Travis County Livestock Show and Rodeo.