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

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The Week's Hot Headlines

East side spot wins national acclaim, cedar fever survival tips and more top stories

By Arden Ward

In this week's top stories we've got everything from tips for fighting dreaded cedar fever to props for one of Austin's hot new restaurants. Read on for ...


Festival Frenzy

C3 Presents acquired by California-based entertainment giant

By Arden Ward

Entertainment giant Live Nation now has controlling interest of Austin-based event producer C3 Presents. Live Nation closed a long-anticipated deal reportedly for a 51 percent stake in the company, said ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Local home prices reach new record-breaking high

By Arden Ward

The Austin Board of Realtors has released home sales stats for November 2014, and the news is good for those looking to sell. According to the report, median home prices ...


Dining Out

New East Austin restaurant deemed one of the best in the country

By Arden Ward

A hot East Austin restaurant has been voted one of the best in the country — and this time it's not qui. OpenTable has released its Top 100 Best Restaurants ...


No More Layovers

Southwest adds new nonstop flights from Austin — and brings back a few favorite destinations

By Arden Ward

There may be fewer layovers in your future. On Wednesday, Southwest Airlines announced new and returning daily nonstop flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  Next summer, Southwest will add daily nonstop ...


Hot Hot Houses

The hottest homes sold in Austin this year — plus best neighborhoods for sellers

By Arden Ward

In Austin's hot real estate market, many homes sell in a flash, but there are still a few properties whose stats will wow you. In its latest special report ...


Texas Flood

Austin legend Stevie Ray Vaughan named 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

By Arden Ward

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2015 inductees including one late Austin legend. Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double ...


Indie Chefs Week

Hot indie chefs head to Austin for North Loop restaurant takeover

By Arden Ward

Hot up-and-coming chefs from around the U.S. are taking over North Loop once again. Foreign & Domestic's popular Indie Chefs Week will return in January with another series of ...


Austin Social Scene

Music legends dine with elite guests at exclusive Hotel St. Cecilia feast

By Arden Ward

What: Feast Day at Hotel St. Cecilia Where: Hotel St. Cecilia The lowdown: A high-profile group of musicians, hotel guests and friends of Liz Lambert gathered around the courtyard of ...


Hot Austin Headlines

Clarksville's most expensive studio apartment, Strange Fruit scandal and more top stories

By Arden Ward

An Austin PR firm dominated the headlines this week, but that's not the only story that grabbed your attention. From Clarksville rent prices to adorable pups looking for holiday ...


X Games 2015

X Games 2015 dates and new events revealed in true Austin fashion

By Arden Ward

Details for the 2015 X Games were revealed in true Austin fashion on Thursday evening. The four-day event will return to Circuit of the Americas from June 4-7, 2015, announced ...


Strange Fruit Saga

PR nightmare rages on for Austin firm formerly known Strange Fruit

By Arden Ward

The nightmare surrounding the local hospitality public relations firm formerly known as Strange Fruit PR just won't end. Last weekend, the firm went off the grid after coming under ...


Dancing for a Cause

Local celebs show off their moves at Dancing with the Stars Austin gala

By Arden Ward

What: Dancing with the Stars Austin presented by Lexus of Austin Where: Hilton Austin The lowdown: On Sunday night, local celebrities showed off their dance moves to the who's ...


Restaurant Rumblings

New downtown restaurant will serve up stiff drinks and Southern charm

By Arden Ward

The folks at ELM Restaurant Group show no signs of slowing down their domination of the local dining scene. On the heels of two major announcements — the opening of Italian ...


Music Matters

Local musicians create homegrown fest to support one of their own

By Arden Ward

Next weekend, the Austin music community is banding together to support one of its own. In August, local musician Andrew Collins was in a serious motorcycle accident that left him ...


PR Nightmare

Austin PR firm releases new name after 'strange fruit' scandal

By Arden Ward

The Austin public relations firm under fire for using a racially insensitive name has released its new identity. On Tuesday morning the founders of what was formerly known as Strange ...


Strange Fruit Under Fire

Austin PR firm under fire for racist name goes off the grid

By Arden Ward

UPDATE: Strange Fruit PR has released a new identity. CultureMap has the details here.  --- An Austin-based public relations firm is making headlines this week — and not because of its talented ...


The Week's Hot Headlines

Local restaurants star on Bravo, where to land a rich husband and more top stories

By Arden Ward

This week's top stories are all about food, drinks — and where to land a rich husband. From the best alternatives to Austin's popular (and busy) restaurants, to a ...


Rent Control

How Austin rent prices actually compare to the rest of the nation

By Arden Ward

Complaining about skyrocketing rent prices has become commonplace in Austin. But how do our growing rents compare to the rest of the U.S.?   Each month, Apartment List releases an ...


Art And About

12 local organizations win $409,000 for creative initiatives

By Arden Ward

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its first grant recipients for fiscal year 2015. The organization has awarded $29.1 million in the form of 1,116 grants ...


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