One visual yours truly will miss from 2020: cruising (crawling?) down I-35 and seeing Dirty Sixth (Street) jam-packed with artisanal booths, artisanal booth consumers, artisans, and music artists on multiple stages. In other words, witnessing the art sit-in that remains Austin’s annual Pecan Street Festival. If Downtown parking and crowds even then weren’t your (SXSW canvas shopping) bag, the annual local ritual pivots to Pecan Fest Wired. Split into conceptual sections online – musician art, multidisciplinary master classes, sister city art exchange, visual art/animation, and children’s engagement – the ambitious programming offers an abundance of free options. Featured artwork includes paintings from Jonathan “Chaka” Mahone, Mike Melinoe, Oliver Rajamani, Bobby Whitlock, and even ... Daniel Johnston(!), while free seminars with local luminaries come highlighted by Texas Tornados drum dynamo Ernie Durawa and star producer Stuart Sullivan. Music livestreams stack Lonesome Heroes (1pm), Jazz Daddies (3), Big Cedar Fever (5), and Bubble Puppy (7) on Saturday, and Sofia Mock (1), Croy & the Boys (3), Oscar Ornelas (5), and MC² & the S.O.U.L. (7) for Sunday. Shop safe!
Sun., Sept. 20