ABIA South Terminal

The new South Terminal is now open at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. As its name suggests, this building is on the southern side of the airport’s expansive property. South Terminal cannot be accessed directly from the main airport entrance on Rt. 71. Instead, you must take Rt. 183 south (of the Rt. 71 intersection), turn left onto Burleson Road, and then make another left onto Emma Browning Avenue. This route wasn’t well-marked when I traveled, but perhaps better signage has been installed now. A shuttle bus runs between the two terminals, but there’s plenty of inexpensive parking at South Terminal (maximum: $7 per day). The parking lot does not have an attendant, so only credit cards are accepted at the exit.

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HONK!TX: 2017

Last weekend our city hosted the 7th annual HONK!TX festival of community street bands. Eleven of the 25 bands were from Austin. On Friday evening, the bands played along South Congress. Saturday afternoon’s festivities centered around Adams Hemphill Park and Spider House Cafe. Sunday morning’s parade was cancelled due to thunderstorms, but the front moved through quickly, and an All Band Revue was held in Pan Am Park.

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SXSW 2017: The Weird and the Cool

Well, another South by Southwest has come and gone. The Big Sick was my top Film pick, followed by May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers and Bill Nye: Science Guy. Although I went to some technology sessions, my favorite Interactive sessions were all related to politics: NYT editor Dean Baquet, NJ Senator Cory Booker, and a panel discussion with Dan Rather, Katy Tur, Matthew Dowd and Brian Stelter. In recent years, Interactive has ended on Tuesday, but this year SXSW organizers decided to extend those sessions for two more days. As a result, I didn’t see as much music as usual, but I did enjoy the Avett Brothers, Lady Antebellum, and local musician Gina Chavez. And I’d like to share some other interesting experiences from SXSW 2017…

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