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Cindy Widner

Cindy Widner is an Austin-based freelancer writer. She is the former editor-in-chief of CultureMap Austin and managing editor of Austin Chronicle.

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SXSW Music Picks

SXSW Music stars reveal must-see acts of the festival

By Cindy Widner

Here we are again. It’s SXSW Music time, and an impossibly promising schedule stretches before us. Of course, the best bet, always, is to go to the source; instead ...

Off the Strip

Las Vegas beyond the Strip: A guide to going off the beaten path in Sin City

By Cindy Widner

Here’s the thing about Las Vegas: From 1931 to oh, about three years ago, you pretty much knew what to expect from it. Gambling and gamblers are the main ...

Jet Setter’s Paradise

Austin-based HomeAway dominates with most luxury vacation listings worldwide

By Cindy Widner

Sprawling mansions, personal chefs and a private island or two have propelled Austin-based company HomeAway to the top of the ultra-luxury vacation rental market, the company announced Thursday. Launched just ...

PDX Travel Guide

Travel guide: 13 ways of looking at a Portland vacation

By Cindy Widner

Austin and Portland have a lot in common, it's true. We’re progressive, outdoorsy cities with youthful populations and unprecedented growth, about which we are deeply ambivalent. We love ...

Giving at Hotel Ella

Stylish, fun movers and shakers turn out for Caritas anniversary benefit at Hotel Ella

By Cindy Widner

The vibe at Hotel Ella’s lovely upstairs ballroom Thursday night was, in typical local fashion, simultaneously fun, funky and swanky. Mighty happy supporters and equally proud board and staff ...

Most Popular Stories

A newswoman’s health struggle and the expanding Dunkin’ empire top popular stories this week

By Cindy Widner

We did a little conversational backsliding into the whole "ooh, it's cold and icy again" thing early in the week, but for the most part we seem to have ...

Tosca in the Supermarket

Austin Lyric Opera flash mob invades Central Market and charms the pants off everyone

By Cindy Widner

At this point in our virtual lives, we might have grown weary of the flash mob/viral marketing double whammy. The stealth and beauty practiced by Austin Lyric Opera members ...

Lou Reed at the Cactus

Local acts strip down for Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground

By Cindy Widner

It’s safe to say the influence of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground on modern American music has been fairly well documented, yes? And there’s no real evidence ...

Stars of Texas

Austin's Texas Film Awards spotlight stars on and behind screens

By Cindy Widner

It wasn’t as flashy as the Golden Globes or Oscars’ nominee announcements, but this year the Austin Film Society added a bit of drama to its release of the ...

Goodbye Austin Outlaw

Texas country legend Steven Fromholz dies in tragic accident

By Cindy Widner

Numerous local and national news sources, including the Associated Press, are reporting that longtime Austin singer-songwriter Steven Fromholz has died of an accidental gunshot wound he suffered while hunting on ...

Austin Luxury Homes Are Hot

Austin's multimillion-dollar home sales rate doubles, topping skyrocketing Texas markets

By Cindy Widner, Jonathan Rienstra

Luxury home sales are on the rise across the state, with double-digit growth among Texas’ four main cities — and, in news that will surprise no one —Austin's market is ...

Austin Gives Big

Four Seasons Austin Gives Awards luncheon celebrates and inspires local philanthropy

By Cindy Widner

The mood at the Four Seasons Tuesday morning was excited and perhaps a little distracted. The crowd gathered in the ballroom for the Second Annual Gives Awards Luncheon was made ...

A Drinking Christmas

5 top Austin bars open on Christmas and set for a party

By Cindy Widner

Now that you and kin have polished off the wassail, you might want to head out to one (or more) of these five Austin watering holes. They’re all open ...

Luxe Local Gifts

Our holiday gift guide: Fab gifts for the very special at these 7 local shops

By Cindy Widner

Sure, you can go to an upscale chain store to find something wonderful and precious for your very special holiday someone. But why do that when you can get wonderful ...

Gifts for Grown Bohos

Our holiday gift guide: 10 Austin shopping spots with grownup bohemian flair

By Cindy Widner

It’s well known that when people move to Austin, they tend to stay in Austin. Many end up joining the ranks of the much-touted creative class, and almost all ...

Tamale Time

5 best bets for Austin restaurants to fill your last-minute takeout tamale orders

By Cindy Widner

While a large part of Austin’s populace has embraced the Mexican tradition of celebrating winter holidays, particularly Christmas, with heaps of fresh tamales, not all of us have the ...

For the Children! Seriously

Guitars, books and money: Gifts Austin kids need

By Cindy Widner

Holidays: They’re all about the kids, right? (Well, and those ads for sparkly engagement rings and whatnot.) They’re also, obviously, about giving — and, when it comes to donations ...

Austin Secrets Stay Safe

Amy’s, Birds, Stevie Ray Vaughan: Are these the best ways to spend four hours in Austin?

By Cindy Widner

As we reported Friday, crowdsourcing adventure app Mosey was in town this weekend, hoping to experience the best four hours Austin has to offer. Mosey takes the “ask a local ...

Glam Giving

Glam, glittering Dancing With the Stars soiree raises over $1 million for Austin's Center for Child Protection

By Cindy Widner

The Hilton Austin sparkled with sequins, bright baubles and the spirit of fun as the glam, generous guests for the night’s Dancing With the Stars benefit presented by Lexus ...

East Austin Liquor Swap

10 fun facts about East Austin's J&J liquor store and the new owners who plan to keep up its spirit(s)

By Cindy Widner

Does a liquor store qualify as a neighborhood institution? If so, J&J Drug, which is in fact a liquor store on East 11th Street, surely makes the cut.  If ...

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