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George Strait, Eeyore’s Birthday Party, homes tour: What to do in Austin this weekend


👗 Austin Fashion Week

Head to The Domain for three days of shows from up-and-coming designers and a fireside chat from Project Runway alum Brittany Allen. Tickets start at $40 per runway.

Various times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday | The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace

🛍 May Market

The second annual May Market, brought to you by the same people who run the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, will host 100+ regional artists and artisans. The market is free and runs on weekends through the end of May.

10 a.m.–8 p.m. Friday-Sunday | 6100 Airport Blvd.

🤠 Strait from the Moody Center

George Strait, Willie Nelson & Family and the Randy Rogers band are coming together for a night of country music to celebrate the grand opening of the Moody Center. Look for last-minute tickets here.

Doors at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday | The Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Dr.

🌱 The Surreal Garden

Dress in your best botanical chic and head to the first annual Surreal Garden event for neon art, interactive sculptures, local food and drinks, live music and more. Tickets start at $50.

6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday | Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd.

⚽️ Austin FC vs. Houston Dynamo FC watch party

Hosting this week’s official watch party, Austin Eastciders Collaboratory is serving $4 pints of green cider to celebrate the first rival match of 2022.

12:30 p.m. Saturday | Austin Eastciders Collaboratory, 979 Springdale Rd.

🐶 *No More Lonely Friends Picnic in partnership with IRL Together Fund

Meeting new friends is hard. Why not come hang out with us and make some new ones—and maybe bring home a furever friend too?! Free bandanas for pups, Popsicles, Korean BBQ, lawn games, giveaways and puppies to pet (and adopt).

1-5 p.m. Saturday | Fair Market, 110 East 5th St.

🎸 Christone Kingfish Ingram at ACL Live

Catch 23-year-old blues guitarist and singer “Kingfish,” who Rolling Stone Magazine called compared to “B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince,” at his return to The Moody Theater. Tickets start at $61.

7:30 p.m. Saturday | ACL Live at The Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.

🎈 Eeyore’s Birthday Party

Outdoor micro-festival Eeyore’s Birthday Party is returning for the 57th year. Celebrate your favorite Winnie the Pooh character, help raise money for the Friends of the Forest Foundation, grab a bite from local vendors and enjoy a day in the sun. Admission is free.

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday | Pease District Park, 1100 Kingsbury St.

🏡 Preservation Austin Annual Homes Tour

Preservation Austin’s tour is back with the theme “Out Of The House,” this time showcasing historic sites from different cultural eras in the city. Tickets are on sale through April 29.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday | Baker School, 3908 Avenue B

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With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.