Getting Ready for SXSW: 2018

The craziness known as South by Southwest begins tomorrow. Bill and I picked up our SXSW badges at the Austin Convention Center when Registration opened at 9 AM this morning. We each received a tote bag with Interactive and Film pocket guides plus a map (as in previous years, the Music pocket guide will be available soon). There are no more large booklets with details about every session and a gazillion advertisements. All that information (including ads) is available on the SXSW GO app now.

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Austin Music Awards: 2018

The 36th annual Austin Music Awards ceremony was held at the ACL-Moody Theater last week. The evening’s hosts were KUTX DJs Laurie Gallardo and Rick McNulty. Charlie Sexton was again tapped to be the musical director and as usual, he led an excellent show. Proceeds from the event benefited the Sims Foundation, a local non-profit which provides mental health and addiction recovery services to musicians and their families.

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Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin

After several years of construction, Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin is opening to the public this weekend. This white, free-standing building is next to the Blanton Museum of Art on the southern edge of the University of Texas campus. Artist Ellsworth Kelly had imagined this meditative space “as a place of calm and light.” Although Kelly died in 2015, the museum says that he was involved in the planning process for this project.

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BorderǀPromise

On Sunday afternoon, I stopped by the Elizabet Ney Museum on East 44th Street to see an outdoor exhibit called BorderǀPromise. In the field behind the museum, artists from San Antonio were creating what they called a “border bandage.” In their words: “Our goal is to help heal the wounds that divisive rhetoric has caused along our borders by offering many visual perspectives from across Texas.” This afternoon event was part of the month-long Print Austin festival.

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MLK March: 2018

Austin’s annual MLK March began at the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue on the University of Texas campus. Since the weather was a bit chilly, my friends and I decided to join up with the march at the Texas State Capitol. We arrived early, so we walked around the back of the building and watched as the marchers arrived at the Capitol grounds around 10:15 AM.

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