You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

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.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Report: Tillerson declines request to hold event marking Ramadan
Report: Tillerson declines request to hold event marking Ramadan

According to two U.S. officials, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam's holy month of Ramadan, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news Since 1999, secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an iftar dinner to break the day's fast during Ramadan or a reception marking the Eid...
Afghanistan car bomb explosion kills 18
Afghanistan car bomb explosion kills 18

At least 18 people were killed and six others were injured Saturday in a car bomb explosion in eastern Afghanistan, CNN reported Saturday. The attack occurred near a bus station in the city of Khost, said Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry. There has been no claim of responsibility.
Green Bay named country’s ‘drunkest city’
Green Bay named country’s ‘drunkest city’

During the 1960s, Green Bay, Wisconsin, was known as Titletown because of the success of the NFL’s Packers, winners of five league titles and the first two Super Bowls. >> Read more trending news Green Bay can add another title now. According to 24/7 Wall St., a Delaware-based financial news and opinion company, the city is rated as...
Man crashes truck into Nevada brothel
Man crashes truck into Nevada brothel

A man backed a tractor-trailer through the gate of Nevada’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch early Thursday, crashing it into the front door of the brothel featured in the “CatHouse” reality television show, CBS News reported.  >> Read more trending news Brian Brandt, 40, of Reno, was arrested and faces charges of assault with...
Missouri bride’s 92-year-old uncle is her ‘something blue’
Missouri bride’s 92-year-old uncle is her ‘something blue’

A Missouri bride wanted to include “something blue” for her wedding earlier this month.  >> Read more trending news She got it in a touching way, as her 92-year-old uncle participated in her service on May 13, in his Marine Corps dress blues. Alison Ferrell of Cape Girardeau wanted to include Bill Lee Eblen in her ceremony. But...
More Stories