Butterfly Bar at the Vortex
"...Austin Center for Events program manager Bill Manno found himself in hot water last week when he was formally reprimanded following an investigation into his professional conduct around female co-workers. According to city investigators, Manno (who, among other things, is responsible for coordination of off-brand events during South by Southwest) skipped out on at least two meetings after he came to believe that a woman he worked with had developed an attraction toward him; threatened to reassign that woman and another at the behest of his own wife; and at one point ended a lunch with the woman he thought had the hots for him because "it is not appropriate for a married man to have lunch with a single lady," according to a city memo..."
"...That task – ensuring that every Tom, Dick, and Harry feel as welcome throughout that musical stretch in March as every industry executive with a badge on their lanyard – now falls directly on Bill Manno and a team of representatives from various departments around the city (including APD, the Music & Entertainment Division, and the Department of Transportation, among others). Together, they form the Austin Center for Events, a 2012 initiative opened after a 2012 resolution to eliminate what Spies calls "a [planning] process that is still in silos to a fair degree."..."
"...• Rumors that the city will permit roughly 105 temporary events during South by Southwest have been greatly exaggerated. On Friday, Austin Center for Events administrative manager Bill Manno told the Chronicle that his conglomerative office – a city-initiated effort founded in 2012 to place all representatives from all integral city departments into one centralized location in preparation and during major civic events – hasn’t yet finalized the total number permits it plans to issue and won’t hinge that figure on any intended figure..."
"...But money isn't the only factor. APD Commander Bill Manno says that event coverage also forces the department to take detectives off their working cases, among other interruptions of normal police activity..."
"...Don Pitts, who heads the city’s Music & Entertainment Division, noted nothing in particular, and Frances Hargrove, there with Austin Transportation, only spoke to offer that the survey “solidified what we were thinking about events taking place” alongside unofficial events sanctioned by the city without conference approval. Bill Manno, the former APD sergeant now working as the city’s Corporate Special Events Program Manager, allowed that the 19-question survey filled out by some 850 respondents put 44% of those attending SXSW for the event itself, while 45% came for the free booze, food, and swag...."
"...Recent news from ACE indicates that the city plans on saying "no" to 35 more proposed temporary events than it had in previous years of operation. In conversations this week, Pitts said ACE Corporate Special Events Program Manager Bill Manno hopes to cut the total amount of temporary events (including those put on by SXSW itself) from 140 down to 105 – though "it also depends on the specifics of each application." Presumably, he'd be more amenable to making Temporary Event No..."
"...A city spokesman told the Chronicle Aug. 1 that the report's completion is still likely "several more weeks away." Former APD Commander Bill Manno, the city's corporate special events program manager, said that no public meeting regarding the review is scheduled...."
"...› Deadline extended: On March 27, City Council passed a resolution directing the city manager to report the South by Southwest evaluation results and any proposed code changes within 90 days. On Monday, Austin Center for Events head Bill Manno told "Playback," "We have sent a memo to the mayor and Council requesting a 30-day extension..."
"...Martinez says the online survey was prompted by an influx of feedback the city received regarding security, overcrowding, parking lot concerts, an excess of ancillary events, and traffic. Bill Manno, corporate special events program manager for the city, dutifully presented 18 slides of pie-charted responses, but provided little interpretation of the data..."
"...Asked for his reaction to so many event producers being caught off guard by the applications reaching early capacity, ACE corporate special events program manager William Manno pointed to the Jan. 7 press release and added, "This message was also broadcast via several social media sites and emailed to numerous event promoters."..."
"...Jourgensen's engineer, Paul Manno, kindly previewed the tracks completed thus far through monitors bigger than the main speaker stacks found in most rock clubs. At that date, all that had been completed were the already notorious vivisection of Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" and its swirly B-side, "Paisley." Six more tracks of high-tech cement-mixer metal (enlivened by Rey Washam's percussive brilliance) were in varying states of completion, and Paul Barker would confess later that evening of the need to compose six more tunes, much less record them..."