Frank Erwin Center
"...South by Southwest kicks off Friday, March 10 and, once again, we're here to keep things queer. Following in last year's footsteps, 2017’s Fest is literally sparkling with queer bands, queer panelists, and queer films..."
"...Reminding us that it's never too early to think about that March behemoth that takes over Austin (whether you're a participant or not), SXSW released some tidbits on its 2017 Festival...."
"...Political stink wafting from the White House casts a foul odor over American culture in 2017. No one escapes it, certainly not SXSW..."
"...In that regard, whether you want to acknowledge it or not, the most starfuckable entertainer at SXSW 2017 – per sales volume – is country icon Garth Brooks. The alter ego of unsuccessful smooth-pop singer Chris Gaines ranks as the top selling solo artist in the history of American music and holds a local record for the fastest sellout of the Erwin Center, moving all the tickets for his 1992 appearance at the UT basketball stadium in just 47 minutes – before people had internet...."
"...The countdown to South by Southwest 2017 ticks at 228 days. Next year’s buzz bands are still six to eight months away from reveal, but we doubt Donald and Melania Trump will get the same keynote invitation the Obamas received earlier this year..."
"...SXSW Music nabbed the morning headlines with the unveiling of a second keynote speaker and 200-plus acts on the 2017 bill. But the conference also dropped a few non-Music speakers into the mix today, including a Muslim journalist who started a movement and a producing powerhouse who co-parented a Terminator...."
"...A smattering of films, including the Opening Night Film (Terrence Malick’s Austin-set film Song to Song) have already dropped, and previously announced keynotes and featured speakers include Lee Daniels, Gareth Edwards, Kathryn Hahn, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Jill Soloway, and more. SXSW 2017 runs March 10-19..."
"...Named the Preferred Car Rental Company of SXSW 2017, Enterprise is offering a rental code discount (L65SXSW, PIN SXS) for festivalgoers. Enterprise has a number of locations across Austin, and you can rent online or by phone at 800/261-7331...."
"...Headlining SXSW 2017 with a last-minute free concert at Auditorium Shores on Saturday night, Garth Brooks at 55 is a necessarily different entertainer than the Nineties superstar who transformed country music by climbing stage riggings and wearing out audiences...."
"...Hype!Saturday, March 11, 7:30pm Long Center Terrace, 701 W. Riverside schedule.sxsw.com/2017/films/66351 It's the 20th anniversary of this documentary covering the humble beginnings and not-so-humble rise to prominence of grunge in the Nineties..."
"...With hints of Alex van Warmerdam's dour and quirky Borgman and a 2017 list near-miss favorite, Rabbit, plus a villain that looks like Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann's skinny cousin, the directorial debut of Roope Olenius is part arthouse hillbilly horror, part stylized political meditation, and an excellent international addition to the year of #MeToo. You'll never look at a pom-pom the same way again...."
"...They get to meet these chef coaches, seeing themselves represented in a plethora of ways that will get them to start thinking about their life outside the food desert.” [image-3] The New Food Words: What Do They All Mean? SXSW is all about buzz, and what’s buzzier than buzzwords? By the end of the weekend, my head was swimming. Fortunately for me, I ended my day with a panel moderated by Farmhouse Delivery's Martha Pincoffs, Whole Foods Market's Joe Dickson, EPIC meat bars cofounder Taylor Collins, and the Wall Street Journal's Annie Gasparro, who talked about the how consumers can language of emerging food trends and helped deconstruct words consumers will be seeing on supermarket shelves in 2017 and beyond..."
"...Saturday's big event is the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards, a ceremony recognizing the achievements of games in categories like Excellence in Narrative, Fan Creation of the Year (which includes fan-made games and modifications in addition to art and video projects), and the Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award for unconventional themes, content, or characters. The winners were determined by votes from fans earlier this year..."
"...Jon Hamm glances toward the falling rain during the SXSW Baby Driver red carpet procession at the Paramount Theatre on March 11, 2017...."
"...Finding Bonnie McFarlane at SXSW 2017 won't be a problem. The comedian who took on – and took down – the fallacy that "women aren't funny" in her 2014 "cockumentary" Women Aren't Funny, and who continues to put the lie to it every time she takes the mic, is booked at five events, including one with her name front and center: Bonnie McFarlane presents These Four Dudes (Sat., March 11, 11pm, Hideout Theatre)..."
"...SXSW Director of Special Projects Brad Spies says 2017 brand participation lines up with numbers from last year. Still, the dearth of behemoth brand parties makes one wonder if their strategies have shifted based on the notion they can achieve festival market share via social media rather than the hordes brought in by giant open-RSVP concerts..."
"...Laugh lovers who have been holding their breaths waiting to hear who'll be at SXSW Comedy this year can exhale. The 2017 lineup is out and includes Wyatt Cenac, Wanda Sykes, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Hardwick, Janeane Garofalo, and Dan Harmon, among others...."
"...One of Austin's most exciting new acts, Calliope Musicals uncork a circus atmosphere accompanying psychedelic pop. Emily Wolfe could be Austin's breakout artist of SXSW 2017 as she wraps a commanding guitar style, potent songwriting, and forceful vocals into an unbeatable package..."
"...Now that musicians are as common as grackles in this town, "I'm with the band" doesn't cut it anymore. So take it to the next level and fake being a local Austin tech entrepreneur at SXSW Interactive 2017..."
"...“We’re here to talk about Brigsby Bear,” Mark Hamill said. There were probably more people in the packed Paramount than had seen Hamill's quirky 2017 comedy, but the loyal audience that grew up with the Star Wars: The Last Jedi star would have sat through an hour of his knock-knock jokes...."
"...Anyone who remembers when the New Wave was au courant might be surprised to hear that 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of rock lobsters the B-52s. Equally surprising are the two EPs singer Cindy Wilson released in the past year..."
"...Director Trent Haaga walked away with the SXSW 2017 Best Midnighter Audience Award for his nasty modern noir, which blends the entertaining mean-spiritedness of his script for SXSW 2013 morality tale/crime comedy Cheap Thrills with the occasional nihilistic blast of his transgressive zombie horror Deadgirl...."