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Brunch, Black art and local bops: What to do this weekend in Austin

(The Driskill)

The weekend is finally upon us and with temperatures largely staying above 60 degrees Saturday and Sunday, you’ll want to soak up all the spring weather you can get. Whether you’re in the mood for a boozy brunch, wandering around an art museum or listening to some local tunes, you can find it here in town.

Whether you’re painfully free all weekend or just need a little bit to supplement your agenda, try out one of these weekend activities.

Brunch at 1886 Cafe & Bakery | 604 Brazos St.

Start out the day with everyone’s favorite urban pastime: brunch. If you haven’t yet been to the historic Driskill Hotel’s cafe, 1886 Cafe & Bakery, it’s high time you tried one of its Texas-shaped waffles. You’ll find all the brunch staples like migas and eggs benedict but you’ll also spot some unique additions, like a cauliflower steak topped with jalapeno chimichurri or the Brazos Huevos Rancheros, topped with cotija cheese.

Best of all, 1886 Cafe doesn’t even take reservations so there’s no need to reserve ahead of time.

New Acquisitions by Contemporary Black Artists at the Blanton Museum of Art | 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

An installation to celebrate Black artists across the nation, “Assembly,” was made possible by an anonymous donor who wanted to ameliorate the underrepresentation of Black art. Including sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles and more produced between 1980 and 2019, the subject matter is diverse but comes back to a root theme: “the long afterlife of slavery.” Works include a resin sculpture made with raw cotton from artist Kevin Beasley’s family’s farm and a neon sculpture made by Cauleen Smith, commemorating the life of Sandra Bland, a Black woman who died in police custody.

Admission runs $5 for children and $12 for adults.

​Continental Club | 1315 S. Congress Ave.

Close the day out with a jazzy night at the historic Continental Club, which starts music out early in the day and goes deep into the night.

Saturday: Starting at 3:30 p.m., “Mr. Honky-Tonk Piano” Earl Poole Ball will take the stage with a cover-free show of re-inspired classic country.

Next up is a couple of Continental Club regulars The Peterson Brothers, dubbed the “baddest cats in the world” by Gary Clark Jr., who will take the stage at 8 p.m. Catch their jazz/funk sound for $17 in advance.

Later into the evening, Greyhounds, another Continental Club staple, will start their uniquely danceable set at 10 p.m. for a $15 cover. The last set of the night, East Austin native Nikki DaVaughn’s soul and funk tunes will start at midnight.


Sunday: Sunday’s music won’t run quite as late but still kicks off with a free show from Marshall Hood, nephew of singer-songwriter Champ Hood, starting at 2:30 p.m.

Earl Poole Ball returns with the band Heybale!, which claims to be the “most popular country supergroup in Austin. The band, which has been performing at the Continental Club since 2000, takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. for a $10 cover.

The final show of the night, Willie Pipkin & Friends will take to the stage at 9:30 p.m. Expect a mix of bluegrass, swing, jazz and rock at this show, with a $7 cover at the door.


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.