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SXSW highlights: Things to do and see on Wednesday, March 12


Wednesday Music highlights

Austin Music Awards. The annual awards show is always special, and more so this year because guiding force Margaret Moser is stepping down to focus on her health; expect plenty of well-deserved tributes for Moser tonight. Confirmed acts include Church on Monday, Ray Benson and the Texas Tornados, with an appearance by Lucinda Williams, but don’t be surprised by a surprise or two. Badges get in, and tickets are available for $15.45. (7:55 p.m. Convention Center Austin Ballroom, www.austinchronicle.com/austin-music-awards/show/)

SXSW Interview, St. Vincent: Annie Clark talks with Ann Powers before playing later on the NPR showcase at Stubb’s. 2 p.m. Room 16AB in the Austin Convention Center. (The NPR showcase starts at 7:50 p.m. with Perfect P; St. Vincent plays at 11 p.m.)

SXSW Interview, Blondie: Chris Stein, Clem Burke and Debbie Harry are celebrating their 40th anniversary as a band. 3:30 p.m. Room 18ABC in the Austin Convention Center.

KGSR at the W: The Austin’s station’s annual live shows start. Wednesday’s lineup includes Emily Wolfe, London Grammer and Bob Schneider. Also Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings; see the full lineups, which includes the Hold Steady, Phantogram and Robert Ellis, at kgsr.com/sxsw. $5, which goes to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. 6 to 10 a.m. Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. $5. W Austin Hotel, 200 Lavaca St.

KUTX Live at the Four Seasons: Another radio show with four days of great music, including Bright Light Social Hour, Andrew Belle and Tinariwen. Today’s lineup: Wild Child, Lucius, Typhoon and Rodney Crowell. $10, which goes to the Seton Shivers Cancer Foundation. 7 to 10 a.m. Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. $10. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. Information: kutx.org.

Recommended showcase sets: Rittz — the misfit rapper from suburban Atlanta carves his own path, destroying haters with a brash, shotgun flow (11 p.m., the Main); Aloe Blacc — he’s already a soul sensation in Europe; this is Blacc’s year to break stateside (midnight, Clive Bar); Against Me! — new album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” is an emotionally complex gut-puncher. They are riding a high in 2013 that might be worth getting swept up in. (12:50 a.m., Red 7 patio)

SXSW Music Hackathon Championship and Awards: Teams will have 24 hours to create new apps and technology for music starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton Austin Downtown. Developers can still sign up. Grand prize: $10,000. Awards and afterparty at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Details at sxsw.com.

Wednesday Film highlights

Competition winners: If you’ve missed some of the winners of the various categories of SXSW Film competition, here’s your chance to see two of them. The winner of the Grand Jury Award for narrative feature screens at 11 a.m. at the Violet Crown. And the winner in the documentary feature category screens at 2 p.m. at the Violet Crown.

“JIMI: All Is by My Side.” One of the biggest screenings of the day will be this biographical film about rock legend Jimi Hendrix. OutKast’s André Benjamin stars in the movie from writer-director John Ridley, who recently won an Oscar for his “12 Years A Slave” screenplay. The movie deals with Hendrix’s life from 1966 to 1967 as a backup guitarist in New York’s Cheetah Club. 9 p.m., Paramount.

“Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater.” A documentary portrait of the friendship between the renowned filmmakers James Benning and Richard Linklater, with filmed conversations and archival material. 7 p.m., Marchesa.

“Faults”: This strangely funny horror film from Pflugerville native Riley Stearns focuses on a hapless cult expert who is hired to deprogram a young woman by her parents. As the movie progresses, the cult expert (Leland Orser) begins to suspect that the parents might be the real problem. And then another surprise awaits. It’s a surprisingly assured first feature. And it will especially appeal to horror fans. 9:30 pm., Alamo Village.


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