5 things to know about SXSW today


South by Southwest 2017 is here. Here are five things to know about Day Three of the conference:

1. The Bidens are here: Jill and Joe Biden will speak at an afternoon SXSW session related to the couple’s cancer research initiative. The former vice president and his wife have pledged to continue the work that started with the White House Cancer Moonshot.

2. State politics at SXSW: The controversial “bathroom bill” making its way through the Texas Legislature will be discussed in a convergence keynote from Texas Competes Managing Director Jessica Shortall.

3. Austin Music Awards: A new day (Sunday) and a new venue (ACL Live) for the longtime event, which kicks off the SXSW Music Festival. As always, the start time is 7:55 p.m. and SXSW credentials get you in free, subject to capacity; tickets are $38 to $153. Expected performers include Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Kat Edmonson, Kelly Willis, Grupo Fantasma, Jai Malano, Brownout and Sweet Spirit’s Sabrina Ellis.

4. “Son” star power: Austin’s Philipp Meyer was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for 2013’s “The Son,” a novel about three generations of Texans. It’s now been made into a TV series, shot in the Austin area, and the first 92 minutes of the AMC show will screen Sunday at the Zach Theatre with star Pierce Brosnan attending.

5. Film keynote: “Empire” creator and Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels will deliver a film keynote in his first visit to SXSW. He said his speech will touch on race relations and Hollywood, gay rights and homophobia among African-Americans, among other issues. Read our full interview with Daniels in Austin360.



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