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Matthew McConaughey talks preserving Austin culture on Joe Rogan podcast
Minister of Culture Matthew McConaughey talks preserving Austin culture on Joe Rogan podcast

Academy-award winning actor Matthew McConaughey explains his goals for Austin, in his role as the minister of culture of the University of Texas, and what it means to be an Austinite on Joe Rogan's podcast.


While both celebrities live in Austin, McConaughey was recently on the podcast virtually after Rogan announced one of his producers had contracted COVID-19. McConaughey was brought on to discuss his latest project "Greenlights," a memoir compiled from a lifetime of journals.

Joe Rogan Experience #1552 - Matthew McConaugheywww.youtube.com

In the conversation between the Austinites, McConaughey said he is focused on his role as minister of culture, which he described as being about reminding people why they love Austin and initiating and educating newcomers on the city.

A UT alumnus and current professor at the university, McConaughey named himself minister of culture last year. Also involved with Austin culture outside of the university, he is a co-owner of Austin's first Major League Soccer team, Austin FC.

When Rogan moved to Austin this summer, McConaughey welcomed him, he said on the podcast. The two also had a conversation about how not to change the unique city of Austin.

Rogan asked the actor what newcomers should not do when they come to Austin, as not to tarnish the city for what it is. McConaughey said that newcomers have to pay a tithe in the form of being fair and taking accountability.

"It's not what Austin can do for you, it's what you can do for Austin," he said. "The rule in Austin is all you have to do is be yourself."

McConaughey believes Austin is about celebrating differences, but there are social contracts for people to be good to one another.

"We look ahead, but we appreciate tradition at the same time; we take care as much as we can of our natural beauties around here but at the same time we're metropolis, we're growing up," he said. "Now, how can we grow up, grow wide and still grow deep? That's what I want to lean into."

Matthew McConaughey featured on the cover of People Magazine… in a photo taken by his kids(Matthew McConaughey/Instagram)

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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway