My Monday SXSW schedule included three movies, numerous pop-up venues, and several hours at the Trade Show. The weather was cooler (low 60s) and cloudy. I felt a little guilty for attending just one Interactive session, but three movies consume lots of hours!
Today’s sessions all started later due to the overnight DST time change. I saw two excellent movies—which take up more time, of course—so I only attended two Interactive sessions and took a quick look at the Trade Show. I’ll spend more time there tomorrow.
Today was the second day of South by Southwest. I was happy with my mix of Interactive sessions today: comedy, journalism, space travel, and self-driving vehicles. In the evening, I visited some pop-up venues: Casa Mexico (colorful), Philly Pour House (loud) and The Copernicus Project: Presented by Land O’Lakes (no butter in sight). I also toured the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, created by The Daily Show team.
South by Southwest 2019 begins tomorrow. Bill and I picked up our badges at the Austin Convention Center yesterday. We each received a bag with a colorful logo and a slim Interactive guide inside. That was all—the Film and Music guides weren’t ready yet. In past years, SXSW bags (one each for Film, Interactive AND Music) contained lots of conference information and freebies. Now all SXSW information is online, and freebies can be collected at the Trade Show and various venues.
Recently I took advantage of a beautiful winter day to visit South Congress Avenue. I hadn’t been to SoCo for a while and wanted to see what had changed over the past few months. (Full disclosure: shopping and lunch were also involved.)
Last week Bill and I attended a benefit concert for People’s Community Clinic, a non-profit which provides affordable health care for Central Texans. The concert featured three well-known and extremely talented musicians with Austin roots: Monte Montgomery, Eric Johnson, and Christopher Cross. The concert was held at the historic Paramount Theatre.
Restaurants come and go in Austin—and we have lots of fantastic choices here—so I don’t typically write about a specific place. However, I’m breaking my self-imposed rule to write about Kura, a sushi restaurant chain that recently opened on the corner of Lamar and Airport.
I visited four wonderful exhibitions at three Austin museums earlier this month: Mexic-Arte Museum, Harry Ransom Center, and Blanton Museum of Art. Three of the four exhibits have already ended, but I want to remember some of the artists and artwork for future reference.