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5 more unofficial free SXSW events to close out the festival

The Home Slice Pizza photo van has props so you can look like your most delicious self. (Anne Burnett)

As quickly as it came, SXSW is coming to a close this weekend so soak up as much of that festival fun as you can! After a week of live music, film premieres and tech summits showing the best and brightest the world has to offer, the countdown to the end of the fest has started.

But you still have time! No matter if you have a SXSW badge or not, the festival brings activities for everyone. Check out these five free events if you want to get some of the SXSW action.

Dr. Martens at SXSW | 1-7 p.m. March 18

Catch free live music all day at the Container Bar, 90 Rainey St., free tattoos and a collection of elaborate Dr. Martens on display before the festival ends. Friday brings Melts to the stage at 1 p.m., We Were Promised Jetpacks at 2 p.m., W.I.T.C.H at 3 p.m., Bass Drum of Death at 4 p.m., Surfboat 5 p.m. and finally closing out with The Black Angels at 6 p.m.

“Offer Them Comfort. Offer Them Rest” by Desireé Vaniecia | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March 18-19

​This art exhibit, based on the poem by author Nayyirah Waheed, documents fear while coming to terms with motherhood. A contemporary painter based in Dallas, Vaniecia’s work focuses on vulnerability, challenges Black stereotypes and gives a striking amount of detail in a small working space. The exhibit is at The LINE Hotel, 111 E Cesar Chavez St.

Flatstock 77 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. March 18-19

Learn about how the best concert posters are created and meet the artists at a show put on by the nonprofit American Poster Institute. Taking place at the Austin Convention Center in exhibit halls 4 and 5 this weekend, the art form shows the diversity of style, depth of concept and differing techniques. The event is free to the public and some of the posters will be available for purchase.​

Home Slice Pizza photo opportunity | 11 a.m.-10 p.m. March 18-19

Celebrating the in-person return of SXSW, Home Slice Pizza, 415 S. Congress Ave., is offering free photo postcards through its whimsical photo van. Grab a slice, a decorative crown and your closest buds for a pizza-themed photo that will last a lifetime.

SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake | 5-9:45 p.m. March 18-19

SXSW is bringing two more days of free, outdoor live music under the stars. Starting on Friday at 5 p.m., you can catch Arizona-based 90’s alt band Jane N' The Jungle, followed by bass-heavy band The Dumes at 6 p.m., energetic Mexico-based rock band The Warning at 7 p.m. before closing off the stage with Sammy Hagar and The Circle at 8 p.m. On Saturday you can catch alternative blues band Houndmouth at 7 p.m., with rock showcase Mt. Joy closing out the stage until 2023.


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.