Plus, more than 800 laws go into effect Sept. 1 and UT football kicks off this weekend.

There’s always something happening in Austin, and you know we’re chatting about all the latest news and gossip around town in our office. Every Friday, we’ll share the buzziest things you need to know. Everything from events to the most news-worthy local topics, we’ve got you! From our office to you, here’s The 512.  

All right, all right, all right: Austin’s favorite local celebrity has been in the news a lot this week. On top of his duties as the unofficial University of Texas football mascot, Matthew McConaughey is now a partial owner of professional soccer franchise Austin FC and is joining the Moody College of Communication faculty at UT as a professor of practice. Is it too late to sign up for his class? 

LOL: The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival is back this weekend with 80 acts on six stages and seven days. In its 18th year, the festival is the longest-running comedy festival in the city. 

Hook ’em: Football season is back, but the verdict is still out on whether Texas is back. Sports Illustrated wrote quarterback Sam Ehlinger was “born to lead Texas’ return to prominence,” and the Austinite has his first chance to back up that claim Saturday at 7 p.m. during the season opener against Louisiana Tech.  

Bills, bills, bills: The Texas Legislature was busy this spring and laws signed by Governor Greg Abbott and will go into effect on Sept. 1. From the much-publicized Bumble-backed bill that criminalizes sending unsolicited lewd pictures digitally to laws benefiting female inmates, there will be more than 800 new laws affecting Texans. 

Cheers!: Second Street District hosted its seventh annual White Linen Night at the beginning and the month and just announced the event raised more than $30,000 for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance and Farmshare Austin. 


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