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Willie Nelson is set to receive the inaugural Bridging Divides Award from the University of Texas at Austin Project on Conflict Resolution for his efforts in peace advocacy. The private dinner, hosted by Humanitarians Engaged in Respectful Dialogue, takes place Friday at the Frank Erwin Center with musical guests Amy and Paula Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and the Lucky Tomblin Band.

Rolling Stone scribe David Fricke once described 3 Balls of Fire's Texan surf twang as "like the Byrds underwater." It's fitting then that the local trio headlines a benefit Friday at Scholz Garten for the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the world's oceans.

• Local supernova Ghostland Observatory made its national television debut Tuesday, performing "Sad Sad City" on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. The show, which hosted Explosions in the Sky earlier this year, welcomes back Spoon tonight, Thursday.

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