5 Lunchtime Links: Willie Nelson to honor John Lennon in concert and more

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Willie Nelson performs at Farm Aid 30 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Chicago. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)
Willie Nelson performs at Farm Aid 30 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Chicago. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

Willie Nelson performs at Farm Aid 30 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Chicago. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

1. Willie Nelson included among performers to honor John Lennon in concert.

You don’t have to “Imagine” — Willie Nelson has confirmed that he will be among artists celebrating John Lennon’s 75th birthday during a December concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The concert, tickets for which go on sale Tuesday, will also feature performances by the Roots, Steven Tyler and Sheryl Crow.

2. Controversial retail kicks off holiday season.

‘Tis the season. Red cups and holiday sweater-outrage have proven that it’s the most controversial time of the year. After a mass of Starbucks Christmas-themed cup fans took offense to the chain’s new holiday design (or lack of), it was the holiday sweaters that sparked public response. First a Target sweater with “Obsessive Christmas Disorder” written across the front, and now a Nordstrom sweater reading “Chai Mainenance,” which is pronounced like “high” in Hebrew. The store pulled the sweater after Facebook users argued it could be seen as anti-Semitic.

3. “Creek Show” illuminates Waller Creek starting tonight.

The Waller Creek Conservancy’s “Creek Show” will illuminate a three-block section of downtown starting tonight until Nov. 21. Last year’s one-night light show was so popular that viewing of this year’s host of lucent displays has been significantly extended. Visitors can walk along the creekside pathways as they view the work of several artists and architects, intended to draw attention to the neglected space.

4. What to see during this weekend’s East Austin Studio Tour.

Using our East Austin Studio warehouse map and guide you can now plot out just exactly which of the some 450 designated stops you’ll visit during your studio-hopping this weekend. Check out additional recommendations here.

5. Today is the last Friday the 13th of 2015.

Today marks the last Friday the 13th of the year. Whether you suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia or triskaidekaphobia, you at least made it past both February’s and April’s ominous offerings. Check out six (a safe number) things you didn’t know about this infamous day here.


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