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Austin 'royalty' and philanthropist Teresa Long dies at 92
(National Endowment for the Humanities/Twitter)

Philanthropist Teresa Lozano Long, an Austin philanthropist whose legacy includes over $150 million in donations and leadership to the Austin community, died at age 92 on Sunday evening.

Long and her husband Joe Long were both small town Texans who have received the Texas Medal of the Arts for their philanthropy, given millions to Hispanic students looking to attend the University of Texas through the Long Foundation, and contributed greatly to the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio through the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine.

From humble beginnings in South Texas, Teresa Long was a dairy farmer's daughter who was the valedictorian at Premont High School in 1945. Teresa and Joe met in nearby Alice, Texas, and the couple always knew that they would help fellow Texans if they made enough money.

Teresa Long graduated with a doctorate in physical education in 1965 and since contributed $10 million to the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the university.

The Long name lives on in the greater Austin area thanks to the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Lady Bird Lake, of which they gave over $20 million in condributions.

Long's legacy transcends he Austin area. For her gifts to the city and state, Long was appointed to the council that oversees the National Endowment of the Arts in 2002. Teresa was also inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 2010, and most recently, Long was presented the highly-regarded National Humanities Medal by President Donald Trump in late 2019.

Many UT affiliates and state leaders have since given their regards to Long upon her passing, including Austin mayor Steve Adler, who said she was Austin "royalty" who opened doors for many.

"Teresa Lozano Long, and her husband Joe, opened doors to worlds that would otherwise have been unavailable to so many," Adler said in a tweet. "I close my eyes and can feel the warmth that would come with her smile and support. Austin has lost one of its royalty."

No memorial services have been announced.


Comedy, live music, McConaughey Q&A: Events in Austin this weekend

💈 Finley’s Pop-up Barbershop

Experience luxury grooming the old-fashioned way at a revival of the Driskill Hotel’s early 1900s barbershop put on by Austin-based Finley’s. The pop-up will offer men’s haircuts, beard trims, hot towels, neck massages and straight razor shaves. Click here to book an appointment.

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday | The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St.

😂 Moontower Comedy Presents Hannah Gadsby

Catch veteran Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby touring with her newest show, “Body of Work,” written while she pondered the effects of the pandemic. Tickets are still available in the orchestra section, starting at $60.

Doors at 6 p.m. Friday | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

🎤 Rex Orange County Who Cares? Tour

Alexander James O'Connor, AKA Rex Orange County, is returning to Austin to perform his newest album, “Who Cares?” Tickets are still available starting at $49 each.

Doors at 7:30 p.m. Friday | Germania Insurance Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd.

⚾️ Round Rock Express vs. El Paso Chihuahuas

Catch our local Minor League team play against the El Paso Chihuahuas at home this week. Tickets start at $22.

Starting 7:05 p.m. Friday | Dell Diamond, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd.

🎶 Bleachers—The 2022 Tour

Enjoy a night of indie-pop from Grammy-winning producer Jack Antonoff, whose stage name is Bleachers, from the intimacy of Stubb’s. Tickets are still available starting at $33.

Starting 7:05 p.m. Saturday | Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River St.

🎸 The Peterson Brothers with Latasha Lee

Catch the groovy, Bastrop-born brothers are taking their rightful place on stage with soulstress Latasha Lee at Antone’s. Arrive early, seating fills up quickly! The show is 21+ and tickets start at $15.

Doors at 7 p.m. Saturday | Antone's Nightclub, 305 E 5th St.

🤠 Emmanuel Acho and Matthew McConaughey Q&A

Famous former Longhorns Emmanuel Acho and Matthew McConaughey are joining forces for a Q&A about catching greenlights and living a limitless life. Each ticket will get the holder a copy of Acho’s new book, “Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits.” Tickets are $39 per person.

1:15 p.m. Sunday | LBJ Auditorium, 2313 Red River St.

⚽️ Austin FC vs. Orlando City

Austin FC is facing off against Orlando City at the biggest party in Austin, Q2 Stadium. Tickets are still available starting at $65 but ticketless Verde fans can still support at one of the many Pub Clubs.

7 p.m. Sunday | Q2 Stadium, 10414 Mc Kalla Pl.

Austin FC wins big! Team makes history, takes No. 1 spot in 2-1 LAFC win

Over a year after its first loss, Austin FC was all smiles as it beat LAFC to take home the top MLS West spot Wednesday. (Austin FC/Twitter)

Over a year after they took the stage for the first time in Los Angeles, Austin FC returned to Banc of America Stadium to snatch the No. 1 spot from LAFC in a 2-1 statement win late Wednesday night.

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