How to Get Austin Texas Apartments for a Low Price?

The variation in austin tx apartments price is because the more people are living in that apartment, or it is in an area that is commercial and expensive already such as Downtown Austin. Searching for an apartment and searching for a fair price is not an easy task at all. You may use different tools like the internet or newspapers or even if you already have friends and family living there you can get them also for help. The last one is the best idea to rent, but if not which is mostly the case then you can use the internet for searching the place.

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Austin Weekend Events: Low-Cost And Free Activities For All

AUSTIN, TX — If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re ready for the weekend and you’re looking for ideas to plan for some fun and relaxation. We’ve got you covered. This weekend’s featured events offer great (mostly FREE) activities for all to enjoy. Go ahead and check out what’s going on near you.

FRIDAY, FEB. 23

Free-Time Play at BabyEarth: BabyEarth Round Rock Store, a baby products retailer and specialty store, will host its Free-Time Play on Friday, Feb. 23 from 10 AM – 11 AM. Held every Friday at BabyEarth, this FREE event sets up a play area with toys and blocks for your little one(s) to enjoy. BabyEarth Round Rock Store, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Suite D100, Round Rock, TX 78664Kids Kitchen Parents Night Out: Parents, are you looking for a chance to go out and enjoy a date night? The Kitchen House, an event venue on the edge of North Austin and Cedar Park specializing in cooking classes for adults and children, will host its Kids Kitchen Parents Night Out on Friday, Feb. 23 from 6 PM – 9:30 PM. Your children will have fun making their own pizza, cupcake decorating, enjoying craft time, and will finish the evening with a movie and popcorn. Juice and water will be provided. Event is for kids ages 5 and up. For details and to register, click HERE. $30 Cost. The Kitchen House, 1514 Dandridge, Cedar Park, TX 78613Johnny Cash Birthday Bash: Come out and enjoy a celebration commemorating Johnny Cash on Friday, Feb. 23 beginning at 7 PM. The Band in Black will be playing and Stubb’s Bar-B-Q at Mean Eyed Cat will serve up some amazing Mean Nachos. There will be very limited edition birthday shirts, get there early to get yours! No cover. 21+. Mean Eyed Cat, 1621 West 5th Street, Austin, TX 78703The Night of Games!: Art for the People will host a fun Night of Games on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 PM. Come enjoy a great evening checking out the new exhibition, Art of Celebration, shop for items in the artisan market, sip on kombucha cocktails, and play games! Special entertainment will be provided by The Traveling Pianist. For more details, click HERE. FREE Event. Art for the People, 1711 South 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704Gloria: The Austin Community College Drama Department invites you to the play, Gloria, to be held on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 PM. Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Directed by Marcus McQuirter, this funny, trenchant, and powerful play follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn thirty. But when an ordinary humdrum workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story become higher than ever. Tickets $8. Austin Playhouse, 6001 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78752

SATURDAY, FEB. 24 & SUNDAY, FEB. 25

PeaceBox Half-Day and Full-Day Silent Retreat on Lake Travis: PeaceBox, a designated "pop-up" mobile venue offering on-site education, training, and guided practice in mindfulness and meditation as well as therapeutic techniques for stress-reduction and overall wellness, will host a half-day and full-day Silent Retreat on Saturday, Feb. 24 beginning at 8:30 AM. Event will be held on a secluded 2-acre lake front private property on Lake Travis, 30 minutes from downtown Austin. Saturday morning begins with a short tour of the property followed by a group silent meditation. During the approximately 3.5 hours of silence (half day) or 7 hours (full day), participants are invited to spend time in nature, enjoy a silent walking meditation, listen to nature from many our outside decks, enjoy warmth of outdoor and indoor fires, or kayak across the secluded Cove. Stress-relief coloring and yoga mats provided for self-directed yoga.We end the 1/2-day retreat with a silent mindful lunch followed by communication in circle.We end the full day with communication in circle. For more details and ticket prices, click HERE. Lake Travis, Austin, TX 78734Native Plant Society Spring Symposium: The Native Plant Society of Texas will host its Spring Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 24 beginning at 8:45 AM. Presenters will be at the event to discuss various topics relating to native plants and plant habitats of Texas and more. A light breakfast, box lunch and full access to the Wildflower Center gardens is included. Doors open at 8 AM. Please register online. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $60 person ($50 for members). Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739Culture Day Potluck: Great Promise for American Indians will host a Culture Day Potluck on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 12:30 PM – 4 PM. All are welcome to learn to Drum & Sing native American powwow style and traditional shawl making. Attendees are invited a dish to share. FREE Event. For more details, click HERE. Austin Community College South Austin Campus, 1820 West Stassney Lane, RM 1205, Austin, TX 78745Black History Project vol.3: Human Influence and Brown State of Mind present Black History Project on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 PM. This event is a great opportunity to discover new up-and-coming black artists in Texas. All are welcome to come out and enjoy an evening listening to incredible Texas artists. For a complete lineup of performances, click HERE. SHED Barber & Supply, 2400 East Cesar Chavez Street, Suite 312, Austin, TX 78702 Flame Fest Part I: Flame Fest Part I is an event featuring incredible activities and live performances and will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 beginning at 8:30 PM. Event will feature an incredible 150+ foot high zip line, professional fire dancers, and attendees will enjoy Silent Disco headphones broadcast by 3 DJ’s until 2:30 AM. For more details and for ticket information, click HERE. Stunt Ranch, 13317 Fitzhugh Road, Austin, TX 787372018 Vintage Mini Market: The 3rd Annual Vintage Mini Market will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 1 PM – 5 PM. Vintage lovers will delight with all the great vendors and items available at this fun and popular event. Local businesses will feature vintage home goods, jewelry, clothing and more. This event is FREE and family-friendly. The Paper + Craft Pantry, 2511 East 6th Street, Unit A, Building 4, Austin, TX 78704The Weird Homes Book Signing and Launch Party: The creators of the Weird Homes Tour have written a book and the BookPeople invite you to come out to their Book Signing and Launch Party on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 PM. The beautiful book features photos taken by Thanin Viriyaki that showcases the unique homes found in Austin’s Weird Homes Tour. David J. Neff, Thanin Viriyaki, and Chelle Neff will be at the book signing at BookPeople and the after party at Mean Eyed Cat. BookPeople, 603 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78703Sensory Storytime at the Library: The Round Rock Public Library presents Sensory Storytime on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 PM. This event is held on the last Sunday of each month. The program is ideal for children with sensory integration challenges, difficulty sitting still, difficulty in large groups, or children who have autism spectrum disorders. Sensory Storytime is open to all children with an accompanying parent/guardian. Attendance is limited to 12 families and pre-registration is required. To register, click HERE. Round Rock Public Library, 216 East Main Avenue, Round Rock, TX 78664Luna Llena ATX – February: Luna Llena ATX, an event series and traveling cultural space, will host its event celebrating creativity on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 PM. Each month Luna Llena ATX hosts a collaboration of crafters/maker, foodies, DJ’s, live artists, healers, and workshop presenters. For more details and a detailed list of performers and workshops, and to register, click HERE. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701Take In The Good Group Meditation: Wellfull will host a 45-minute guided meditation on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 5 PM. The guided meditation will help you dig deeper and move past what’s holding you back and allow you to make room for all the good. Throughout the meditation, you’ll explore: judgment, envy and the expectation of perfection; the practice of being present; noticing and aligning with the good all around you. This event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited, please RSVP HERE. wellful, 2503 East MLK Jr. Boulevard, Austin, TX 78702

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BWW Review: ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Wrangles a Dynamic Operatic Experience at The Long Center in Austin, TX

With the history of ARIADNE AUF NAXOS as rich and complicated as the melodrama within itself, the reinvention presented by the Austin Opera this season is reminiscent of this Opera’s rich history and beginnings. Premiering initially in 1912, Richard Strauss conceived a performance mixing the comedic style of Moliere’ with the musically focused German-style melodrama opera. Appearing originally in two contrasting acts, the first begins as a play, and the second transitions into a full-fledged opera with comedic highlights. Historically, audiences were flustered in Munich and London by the contrasting art forms rolled into one night of entertainment – specifically, opera aficionados were loathe to sit through an entire act of a performance, before hearing the opera they were expecting in act two. After a variety of attempts with different versions and audience locations, Strauss’ Libretto partner Hofmannsthal proposed a new first act be written to provide context on marrying the dramatization of operatic performance style with less

prestigious but entertaining commedia dell’arte. Thus the second version of ARIADNE AUF NAXOS was presented in 1916 in Berlin and despite unsuccessful returns of a few productions, this opera/commedia concoction went on to be performed all over European Opera houses until it’s first presentation in the United States in 1925. This rich history and reworking lend well to the present production at The Long Center presented by Austin Opera.

Set in a barn somewhere in Texas, Austin Opera’s production team of designers brings life with a very Texan twist to this interpretation of ARIADNE AUF NAXOS. Act one introduces the gathering of a comic burlesque troupe and very serious opera performers awaiting the curtain for their performances. With a fireworks show determining the time with which these opposites may perform, a compromise is created by having both art forms perform simultaneously. Taking the commedia dell’arte inspired by Moliere’ a step further, Zerbinetta (performed by Jeni Houser) and Harlequin (played by Andrew Lovato), along with their fellow eager troupe are creatively presented as a punk rock princess with her band of CBGB followers, whom happen to possess operatic tendencies. The prima donna/Ariadne (played by Alexandra LoBianco) fit the bill of the over-the-top opera star thirsting for her time in the spotlight, pining for death in act two. With an equal performance being provided by the composer (played by Aleks Romano) of the opera-within-an-opera, the passion for the art was present and equally matched by the comedic talents of the "group of punks".

Thematically ARIADNE AUF NAXOS delves into the roles opposites play on stage with the exploration of the characters’ pairings, as well the orchestral support of the action above. For every Yin, there is a Yang, and for every aria, there is a gag. The vocal performance of Ariadne (LoBianco) was instrumental in pleasing opera lovers in the audience who are there to see this artform and marvel at an individual’s vocal instrument. Her soprano performances were well supported and a joy to hear as she wished for death during the opera of Act Two. Finding her pairing with Bacchus (performed by Jonathan Burton), their duets were wonderfully performed whilst navigating Strauss’ fantastically germanic inspired musical accompaniment. Zerbinetta (Houser) led a burlesque-style performance for the comedic portion of the opera within an opera, tempting the eager onlookers, the juxtaposition of this performance with her love of the composer (Romano), reinstill the idea these advances are indeed pure spectacle for the audiences’ enjoyment. Although the feathery tease was fun to watch, Houser’s voice was lacking the power of her fellow performers, even at times bordering on hard hear in the mezzanine.

The stage direction presented by Jennifer Williams was fully realized through the consistent action and focus directed on the stage. Large barn doors and walls sprinkled the stage with various dynamic changes, revealing a variety of scenes. The most beautifully staged moment slowly crept in upon the climax of Act Two reinforcing the overlying theme of the show of t

ransformation. As the sun sets and the stage clears, the audience is left with the transformation of the characters individually and together, pairing with a changed heart from where the show started, and providing a celestial trajectory for the characters we have been rooting for.

Austin Opera continues to present creative interpretations of opera, with nods to Austin providing inside jokes and cowboy twang, the newest performance of ARIADNE AUF NAXOS is accessible to non-opera lovers, and technically pleasing to opera fanatics. Presenting such an accessible performance, this opera is a great introduction to Austinites looking to get their feet wet and experience an entertaining Opera with over-the-top comedy. For the local opera aficionados, this performance provides a breath of fresh air giving them a combination of artforms combining classic opera with commedia dell’arte. With surtitles provided for even further accessibility, this performance invites the audience to sit back and enjoy the beauty and entertainment on stage.

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

BY: Richard Strauss

AUSTIN OPERA

THE LONG CENTER – 701 WEST RIVERSIDE DR. AUSTIN, TX 78704

JANUARY 27TH, 2018 – 7:30PM

FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018 – 7:30PM

FEBRUARY 4TH, 2018 – 2:30PM

TICKET INFORMATION AVAILABLE: www.austinopera.org

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Central Texas housing market ended 2017 with record-breaking sales

The Central Texas Housing Market released reports from the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) that national disasters like Hurricane Harvey did not negatively affect the housing market in 2017. Instead, it grew.

According to the report, the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) home prices increased by 5.4 percent to $299,900 in 2017. Home sales increased overall, 2.4 percent annually with 30,059 homes sold, which is an all-time high.

The median price for an Austin single-family home increased to $362,000, with a sales increase of 2.5 percent with 9,278 homes sold.

“While the Austin area continues to break records, the pace at which annual home sales and prices are increasing in Central Texas is beginning to normalize, indicating a more stable market,” Steve Crorey, 2018 president of Austin Board of REALTORS, said. “Affordability in Austin and the surrounding areas remains a concern for potential buyers. It’s important to address this issue in the coming years through policies and development codes that allow for more diverse housing options so that everyone can participate in homeownership.”

Due to the population growth in Austin, home inventory has declined. The decline in home options has increased growth in the surrounding cities and suburbs, offering more affordable housing options for residents.

Williamson County saw a steady increase in single-family home sales, increasing the median home price to $275,000. Leander experienced the greatest growth margin with a 7.4 percent increase in sales. Cedar Park had a 4.5 percent increase, while Round Rock had a 3.7 percent increase. The Hays County median home price rose to $259,000 with a 4.8 percent increase and 3,472 in sales.

“As more families move outside city limits, the city of Austin will lose out on economic development opportunities,” Crorey said. “Initiatives such as CodeNEXT can pave the way for smarter more sustainable growth in Austin, and in turn make housing more affordable across the region. It’s imperative that we get a handle on our growth as a region through these types of initiatives.”

Read the full report here.

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Why Today Is The Time To Consider Austin As The Number One Moving Destination

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