Marvelous Marfa: Town's slow pace draws tourists, art lovers

Full story: El Paso Times 16
Marfa is quickly gaining a reputation as a thriving arts community instead of an attraction for curiosity seekers looking to spot the Marfa lights off U.S. Highway 90. Full Story
jeauxntx

United States

#1 Jan 16, 2011
Adriana is being quite generous with her description of the Marfa art scene. I have found it to be mostly the figment of some pr hacks' imagination.
Even the Chinati Fondation, with its ingrained arrogance, is mostly boring unless you just happen to be some sort of minimalist guru.
As for the other so called galleries,forget them.
The most interesting place in town is the courthouse and the Paisano Hotel..with some o.k. eats while you look around.
Sun Ra

San Antonio, TX

#2 Jan 16, 2011
Marfa: overhyped and overpriced. Save your pennies. There are many other more worthwhile destinations all around.

$60 to tent camp in a field full of old travel trailers?... They can see ya' comin'!$80,000 for an adobe ruin that needs to be demolished? You can have it!
mark

Boulder, CO

#3 Jan 16, 2011
The town is not bad at all. Great night skies, you can see forever. Clean air, isolated, yet not that much with modern roads. A good place to visit a few times if you dont want A lot of sophistication.
weird

Monterey Park, CA

#4 Jan 16, 2011
marfa is weird. if you like weird places and weird people you will like it
bsisd

Odessa, TX

#5 Jan 16, 2011
Alpine is better! And a way more beautiful town. Marfa has turned into out of towners.
Mr-D ELPaso

United States

#6 Jan 16, 2011
Is that the town were they tossed actor Randy Quaid in the slammer a while back?
bsisd

Odessa, TX

#7 Jan 16, 2011
Yes it actually is!
Nerd

El Paso, TX

#8 Jan 16, 2011
Wao, any place to stay that cost less than $100 a night? Does that include a woman?
Miner4Life

El Paso, TX

#9 Jan 16, 2011
Marfa is a great small town that has always been good me. I've been there for many concerts and exhibits, including Sonic Youth, Spoon and Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and the Mystic Valley Band. Those into photography (especially night and landscape) can't miss the views. I appreciate this town far more than Alpine or god forbid Odessa. Check out the Ballroom Marfa, big bands tend to roll through there and play small intimate shows with a crowd of only about 100 people. Plus, there's usually free alcohol and finger food to go along with great music and great people.
yeah

El Paso, TX

#10 Jan 16, 2011
the cops there sukc.. I was in NYC and heard some hipsters sweating Marfa...I was like what the fck
So What

El Paso, TX

#11 Jan 16, 2011
Miner4Life wrote:
Marfa is a great small town that has always been good me. I've been there for many concerts and exhibits, including Sonic Youth, Spoon and Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and the Mystic Valley Band. Those into photography (especially night and landscape) can't miss the views. I appreciate this town far more than Alpine or god forbid Odessa. Check out the Ballroom Marfa, big bands tend to roll through there and play small intimate shows with a crowd of only about 100 people. Plus, there's usually free alcohol and finger food to go along with great music and great people.
Marfa is a dump. We pass through there to get to Big Bend, then back to EP. It's nothing more than a gas stop where I can piss on some phagg artist's shoes then hit the road to see some REAL scenery down past Terlingua.
whereISMarfa

El Paso, TX

#12 Jan 17, 2011
I'm obviously not from El Paso; where exactly IS Marfa? The story says it's on U.S. 90, so I'm presuming it's in the U.S., and that it's doable in a weekend trip, so I'm presuming that it's less than an 8 hour drive. But where exactly IS this place? Is it in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona? North, south, east or west of El Paso? How do I get there from here?
No, I should not have to open Google and look it up myself. Answering "where" is basic journalism.
BeetleJuice

El Paso, TX

#13 Jan 17, 2011
Definitely not eating at Cochineal. They could have the best food in town but they picked the wrong name. It's named after a beetle that is harvested and crushed to make the food coloring called carmine red. eeeeeeww!
Local

Odessa, TX

#14 Jan 21, 2011
Alice's, seriously? Don't eat there unless you want Montezuma's revenge. Gross. As is Mando's. Food Shark is consistently good. Every other single restaurant is unreliable - might be awesome, might be horrible.

As for cops, we don't have any. No city police whatsoever.

As for the art scene - if you don't like minimalism, why would you even come here as an art tourist? It's a Judd mecca. If you want a different type of art, go to THAT scene's center.

Expensive, yes. It's effing expensive to exist out here. Worth it in more ways than can be expressed, but expensive. NOBODY is getting rich off of tourists here. Not the hotels - they barely break even. Not the stores or the restaurants. Businesses here are almost exclusively labors of love (or sometimes, vanity), but NOT cash cows. Except for the Dollar Store and Stripes, which probably do quite well, I'd imagine.

And the $80K adobe ruin is a thing of the past. You might see it on a website, but that's not the reality. I know several friends who have bought nice, liveable homes for under $100K this year.

Marfa is an incredible place if you are open and ready and can be gracious and leave your city manners at home.
Pam

Midland, TX

#15 Jan 21, 2011
Marfa is not weird. It's the people that are moving in that are weird. The locals kinda wish they would go back where they came from.
Wayne

United States

#16 Nov 23, 2012
It has an NPR station and an art scene. Both are anti capitalistic or at least critical of it. However prices are too high. There is a lot of east coast money it seems.
Too expensive leftist and artsy fartsy. There are a lot of other small towns where minimalism doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

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