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Paul Simon and Willie Nelson will headline A Night for Austin, a two-hour online benefit concert on June 10. Proceeds will benefit local nonprofits, including the Central Texas Food Bank, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and the Red River Cultural District.


"The broadcast will showcase at-home performances from Paul Simon and some of his closest friends, and highlight many of the iconic venues that have contributed to Austin's status as a renowned cultural hub," according to the event's website.

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Performers include Austin-based musicians, such as the Black Pumas and Gary Clark Jr., as well as Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and Norah Jones.

Austin native Ethan Hawke, University of Texas at Austin alumnus Owen Wilson, and Texans Renee Zellweger and Woody Harrelson will also participate.

Attendees are encouraged to donate to the Austin Community Foundation, which will distribute 100% of the proceeds.

Universal Music Publishing and BMI Austin, a performing rights organization, will match donations up to $25,000 and $10,000 respectively.

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Two days shy of the one-year anniversary of Texas' first confirmed case of COVID-19, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he will rescind statewide pandemic restrictions, including business capacity limits and mask mandates, next week. Although businesses—especially those tied to the hospitality industry—have suffered financially over the last year, many Austin establishments are rejecting Abbott's order.

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(AUSTIN, TEXAS) Austonia has hired Claire Partain as a reporter covering Austin FC, the MLS expansion team that will be Austin's first major league sports franchise.

Partain is a former sports editor for the The University Star, Texas State University's daily newspaper. She edited, covered sports, produced podcasts, and hosted a pre-game TXST football tailgate live series. Partain has been freelancing with the company since January, prior to accepting a staff position.

A native of Fairfield, Texas, Partain grew up playing youth soccer. In her high school years, she played alongside her mother in what was then called the Freestone County Hispanic Women's Soccer League.

Claire's coverage philosophy: "I like to bring out the humanity of sports, and I want to make this the most accessible sports coverage possible."

She notes that soccer is the predominant sport for young people. "It's a global sport, and we're more connected to the world than older generations."

That approach fits the team's already visible presence in Austin, says Austonia CEO Mark Dewey. "Austin FC has established itself as a leading Austin brand, one that stands for a more unified Austin community, a bigger global presence for Austin and fun. Austonia shares those values."

Partain's soccer coverage begins immediately, with her free, hosted text service—Austonia FC. For updates, special access and inside info, all moderated by Claire, sign up below.

Austonia is the city's independent, free, locally-owned and all-digital source for Austin news, information and entertainment.

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