Here's a travel tip for those who may be headed to Austin, Tex., in the near future.
I was there a few weeks ago, and it's a happening place [–] for lack of a better description.
Austin is a big city, a state capitol, a high-tech mecca, home of a great university and a sophisticated place where NBC is shooting the TV series "Friday Night Lights."
That last reference doesn't mean much. I just thought I'd throw it in for its own sake.
Austin also is home to "Esther's Follies," which bills itself as "Texas' premier magic and comedy troupe since 1977."
I stumbled on it quite by accident, and it was terrific.
In Fort Worth for a family visit, my wife and I headed to Austin for a couple days to indulge one of my interests [–] visiting presidential libraries. The LBJ library is located on the University of Texas campus, adjacent to the Longhorns' football stadium and athletic complex. The library certainly was worth the visit. Just by luck, we came upon a lecture on presidential humor by Liz Carpenter, a former Washington, D.C. reporter for Texas newspapers and Ladybird Johnson's press secretary. Considering she's in her 80s and gets about in a wheelchair, she was quite good and very funny.
At any rate, since we were spending the evening in Austin, and I perused the campus newspaper looking for some entertainment possibilities. A small ad for Esther's Follies caught my eye, and I called to reserve tickets.
Frankly, I didn't know what to expect. But what a pleasant surprise.
I am a fan of magic, and that was very good. But what was just a blast were the satiric skits and songs performed by cast members.
The political satire was excellent. A black male cast member dressed in drag posed as a hilarious Condoleeza Rice. A George Bush impersonator had W's mannerisms down pat. The cast lampooned Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Texas Gov. Anne Richard, who addressed the audience from heaven. No one was exempt.
It was funny, and I wasn't the only one who thought so. Audience members were falling out of their seats.
So if you get to Austin anytime soon, check out Esther's Follies. What a fun show.