5 things to know about SXSW on Thursday


South by Southwest keeps rolling on. Here are five things you need to know about the conference and festivals for Thursday:

1. Get your game on: The SXSW Gaming Conference and Festival kicks into full swing Thursday. Unlike years past, this year’s SXSW Gaming is a separate track, and there is a charge to get in. Sessions will take on the growth of virtual reality and augmented reality in games, what it’s like to become a profession gamer — oh, and there will be cosplay.

2. All Latino Resist Concert Presented by Voto Latino: Latinos have been at the center of many contentious issues lately, from raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to a controversial border wall debate. The concert brings together activist musicians Panteón Rococó, Residente and Ozomatli, whose musical styles range from rap to ska. (5 p.m. at SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake on Riverside Drive and South First Street; free with pass from guestpass.sxsw.com.)

3. Big shows: Hanson, Lil’ Wayne, Chainsmokers, Benjamin Booker, Snoop Dogg and Betty Who are just a few of the acts we’re looking forward to today.

4. Big stages: The MTV Woodie Awards go down Thursday, along with Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion just outside town.

5. The films keep coming: Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and Zoe Kazan star in “The Big Sick,” a heavily autobiographical comedy about a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian named Kumail Nanjiani who meets a young woman named Emily V. Gordon (Nanjiani’s wife’s name, also the script’s co-writer with her husband). They date, they might be in love, they fight, and she has to be put into a medically induced coma for eight days — typical rom-com stuff. The movie, produced by Judd Apatow, premieres at 3:15 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Music

Ain’t got time to bake cookies? This creation lets you eat edible dough. 
Ain’t got time to bake cookies? This creation lets you eat edible dough. 

What beats your favorite Oreo cookie but still tastes like an Oreo cookie? How about safe and edible Oreo cookie dough.  The Cookie Dough Cafe, an Illinois-based shop that got its start through the popular TV show “Shark Tank,” has created a Cookies & Cream-flavored cookie dough loaded with chunks of Oreo cookies.  For now, those...
Treat yourself to crepes on a weeknight
Treat yourself to crepes on a weeknight

When you're cooking for two and neither of you are particularly picky eaters, you have the luxury of stretching the repertoire every now and then. I recommend these crepes, which are quite doable on a weeknight. The batter, made with white whole-wheat flour, needs only a 15-minute rest. The filling is no more than interesting mushrooms browned in a...
How to travel with tomatoes, freeze pesto and other questions answered
How to travel with tomatoes, freeze pesto and other questions answered

Cookbook author Jeff Koehler recently joined The Washington Post Food staff to answer questions about all things edible. The following are edited excerpts. Recipes whose names are capitalized can be found in the Recipe Finder at washingtonpost.com/recipes. Q: We're visiting my Dad next week; he lives about 400 miles away. I know he would love some...
When it comes to grilling, ‘Fire good’ is my motto
When it comes to grilling, ‘Fire good’ is my motto

We live in a divided nation. And the split goes way deeper than politics. What I’m talking about strikes at the very core of summer cooks: gas vs. charcoal.  Fans of each type of grilling fuel defend their choices with the venom of politicians on Twitter at midnight.  Gas fans paint charcoal grillers as knuckle-dragging Neanderthals...
What to eat for the eclipse
What to eat for the eclipse

Historically, our sun is the only thing guaranteed to be eaten during a solar eclipse. “A frequent theme is the gods are angry, man has displeased them, and they are taking the sun,” said Fred Espenak, an eclipse chaser who has traveled around the world for 27 eclipses. The ancient Chinese believed it was a dragon who snapped up the sun...
More Stories