FILMMAKER BRENDA MITCHELL wants to preserve Texas’s history, one dance hall at a time. Her new documentary, Honky Tonk Heaven, which makes its Bayou City debut November 10 at the Museum of Fine Arts as part of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, captures Austin’s legendary Broken Spoke dance hall as it continues to welcome two-steppers and dodge urbanization.

“For 52 years, owners James and Annetta White have opened their hall five nights a week, hosting newcomers like Willie Nelson—before the braids, mind you—and George Strait,” says Mitchell, who co-directed the film with Sam Wainwright Douglas.

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