Even a lot of memorializing would not have been enough to pay tribute to Waylon Jennings, who had a profound and spiritual impact on Austin and its music; the Austin Music Awards will feature a salute to Ray Benson; our preview coverage of SXSW Interactive and Film gets under way with a tech-centric meditation by Bruce Sterling and an interview with Journeys With George director Alexandra Pelosi.
This week kicks off our extensive SXSW coverage, with our writers tackling SXSW Interactive. I've known Bruce Sterling since he was the enfant terrible of the science fiction world. Now he is one of its most highly regarded elder statesmen, which is a sad fact we both have to face.
This issue also includes Marjorie Baumgarten's interview with the incredible Peter Bogdanovich, whose new film, The Cat's Meow, has its regional premiere at SXSW Film 2002.
SXSW week should be great this year. Wristbands are on sale at all Star Ticket outlets, and Film passes are on sale at Waterloo Video.
A very limited number of Austin Music Awards Show tickets have also gone on sale at all Star Ticket outlets. The show should be spectacular, with the Snobs, female supergroup Supergirls, Sixpence None the Richer, Spoon, and a special tribute to Champ Hood featuring Toni Price, among others. The show honors Ray Benson, Austin music icon and national legend, and Asleep at the Wheel. Special guests for that set include Jimmie Vaughan and Johnny Gimble, but expect some surprises as well.
One of the most eagerly anticipated films screening at SXSW Film this year is Alexandra Pelosi's Journeys with George. Next issue, there is an interview with her by Anne S. Lewis. The extraordinary interest in this wonderful documentary, which shows the very human side of our current president, has led us to post this story online early. Starting Monday, March 4, if you access this issue at austinchronicle.com/screens, you will be able to read the story online. The film really is fascinating, and its screening in Austin will be the first time more than a handful of folks have gotten to watch the finished film. It truly will be its world premiere.