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New Moody Center secures The Weeknd for grand opening in 2022
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The grand opening of the University of Texas' new Moody Center is going to be a memorable one, especially with a performance from the Starboy himself.


The Weeknd announced his 2022 "After Hours" Tour via Twitter Wednesday, adding in several new cities after his 2020 tour was postponed, including an appearance for the Moody Center's Grand Opening Concert series.

Tickets will go on sale on Feb. 8 through Ticketmaster and the concert is scheduled for April 18, 2022.

The Weeknd, who is also set to play at this Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, is the first act booked for The Moody Center's grand opening festivities celebrating the new sports and event center.

With more than 15,000 seats, the Moody Center will replace the current Frank Erwin Center and assume all of its events: UT men's and women's basketball games, community events, graduations, concerts and other university happenings.

The new arena is expected to be luxurious, funded by a $130 million donation from the Moody Foundation. On its website, it states, "the live music capital of the world' is finally getting the arena it deserves."

The foundation has been a well-known UT supporter, previously donating $50 million to university to support the Moody College of Communication in 2013. More recently, the Moody Foundation donated $20 million to fund the Blanton Museum of Art's new pavilion.

Though 2022 is still almost another year out, The Weeknd plans to drop a new release, a selected works album called "The Highlights," this Friday to quell his listeners appetites.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
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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