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Arden Ward

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Arden Ward is the executive editor of CultureMap Austin, where she previously served as managing editor.

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Hot Headlines

This week in Austin: JB & Sandy return to the air, housing market heats up and more

By Arden Ward

Take a look back at CultureMap's biggest headlines this week, including Austin's worst roads for bikers and hot housing numbers.  1. MIT mapped Austin's bike wrecks and ...

Best New Restaurants

Vote for Austin's best new restaurant in head-to-head Tastemaker tournament

By Arden Ward

It's not an overstatement: 2013 was a great year in Austin food. We welcomed a host of buzzworthy new restaurants to the scene. As part of the 2014 Tastemaker ...

Reimagining Music

Famous ACL performances take new form with Soundwaves art collection

By Arden Ward

As Austin City Limits gears up for its 40th anniversary (which will start airing in October 2014), the beloved television show is embracing a new medium to reimagine some of ...

For Sale In Austin

An exclusive look inside Chef Tyson Cole's Westlake home, on the market now

By Arden Ward

Chef Tyson Cole became a household name in Austin when he opened his award-winning Japanese fine-dining establishment Uchi in 2003. Cole's footprint is now felt across Texas, with Uchiko ...

Austinist Shuts Down

Austinist closes its virtual doors after 8 years

By Arden Ward

On Monday afternoon, Austinist closed its virtual doors. Gothamist, the parent company which operates a network of regional news websites, made the announcement on, a statement that serves ...

Traveling Texas

Austin named top U.S. travel destination — along with two other Texas locales

By Arden Ward

In time for summer vacation planning, Trip Advisor has announced the top 25 travel spots in the U.S., as determined by travelers. Deemed the Travelers' Choice awards, the rankings ...

Broadway in Austin

From Dirty Dancing to Once: 8 big Broadway hits are heading to Austin

By Arden Ward

The 2014 - 15 season of Broadway in Austin will knock your socks off with its variety of classical musical favorites, contemporary masterpieces and screen-to-stage adaptations. Here's a look at ...

SXSW Safety

Is SXSW safe? City asks you to weigh in on official festival evaluation

By Arden Ward

A full-scale analysis of SXSW is currently underway after a resolution was approved 7-0 by the Austin City Council on March 27. The approval came just two weeks after Austin ...

Keep It Weird

Local fest aims to Keep Austin Weird by combining all our favorite things

By Arden Ward

There's nothing more "Austin" than live music, food, booze and a fun run — and the Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K is combining all of four into a family-friendly ...

For What It's Worth

Antiques Roadshow rolls into Austin for one fine day of appraisals

By Arden Ward

PBS's beloved primetime appraisal program, Antiques Roadshow, is rolling into Austin this summer for a one-day stop at the Austin Convention Center. On Saturday, June 28, locals are invited ...

Austin Under 40 Winners

Austin Under 40 winners revealed at gala: Colin Pope named Austinite of the Year

By Arden Ward

On Friday evening, Austin's highest achieving young professional gathered at the Austin Music Hall for the 16th annual Austin Under 40 Awards. The 70 nominees, representing 14 diverse categories ...

Breaking News

Police evacuate downtown Killeen after explosive device scare

By Arden Ward

Update: According to the Austin American-Statesman, the explosive device was detonated around 2 pm on Thursday. No injuries were reported.  An area near downtown Killeen, Texas is currently being evacuated ...

Giving Back

SXSWCares launches a multi-day, citywide event to support Red River victims

By Arden Ward

The greater Austin community rallied together quickly after the tragic Red River accident that took place during SXSW 2014. The SXSWCares Fund was created on March 13 (just hours after ...

Chef Spotlight

Paul Qui does it again: Named Best New Chef by Food & Wine

By Arden Ward

2014 is shaping up to be another stellar year for Austin's favorite celebrity chef, Paul Qui. No stranger to accolades, Qui finds himself in the national spotlight again with ...

The Live Music Capital

Austin City Limits announces ACL Hall of Fame and inaugural inductees

By Arden Ward

For decades, Austin City Limits has exposed music lovers across the country to intimate performances by some of the scene's most legendary performers. This year, to celebrate its 40th ...

Editor Shuffle

Texas Monthly loses Jake Silverstein to New York Times Magazine

By Arden Ward

Texas Monthly editor in chief Jake Silverstein is leaving his post at the prestigious publication for an esteemed role outside of the Lone Star State. On Friday afternoon, the New ...

Lakeway Living

This $5.4 million Austin dream home comes with music studio and stable on sprawling 7 acres

By Arden Ward

Escape the hectic life of the city on this 7-acre private estate for sale in Lakeway. Built in 1975, and deemed "Listeners Hill," the modern/contemporary compound features a main ...

Can Ban Overturned

New Braunfels can ban officially ruled unconstitutional, but for how long?

By Arden Ward

It's been almost two months since a judge overturned the controversial "can ban" ordinance in New Braunfels. On Friday, things became official when Judge Don Burgess signed the injunction ...

Big Name Bands

Check out the big-name artists playing Austin's biggest venue this spring and summer

By Arden Ward

The Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas is bringing big-name bands to Austin this spring and summer. Technically located just outside of the city limits, Austin360 is the ...

Festival Focus

A final goodbye to SXSW 2014: The brightest music moments of the festival, in photos

By Arden Ward

SXSW 2014 will go down in history as a pivotal year for the homegrown festival — a festival that many critics are posing has outgrown its roots. But the 10 days ...

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