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Who would submit a panel to SXSW and try not to be selected?

Obviously there’s quite a few people trying not to speak at SXSW, because South By’er Hugh Forrest has taken to Medium.com to talk about the best methods of not getting selected:

All this effort for a simple speaking slot? Really? Perhaps you should save yourself the aggravation of what could be endless hours of tedium. Instead, ensure yourself a rejection letter by following these 10 straightforward tips for creating an amazingly awful PanelPicker proposal.

Oh – he’s using reverse psychology….

# Posted by Ewan on July 9, 2014; Comments Off.

Submit your application to play SXSW Music 2015

SXSW have opened up the application process for bands looking to play in the Music strand come March 2015. Details can be found on the main SXSW website, and as with previous years, the team are using Sonicbids as a clearing house for submission:

Submit your application between July 8 and September 12, 2014 and pay only $33. The fee for applications submitted after September 12, 2014 is $45. All applications must be submitted no later than the final deadline of October 10, 2014Deadlines subject to change.

Sonicbids is the only method of applying, so best of luck (although I suspect that if you are Garth Brookes, you might have another option).

# Posted by Ewan on July 8, 2014; Comments Off.

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Monday March 17th

•  Really, Go home!

# Posted by Eric on March 17, 2014; Comments Off.

DJ Jonathan Toubin’s NY Night Train SOUL CLAP at SXSW 2014 Closing Party

Jonathan Toubin of New York Night Train

Jonathan Toubin of New York Night Train

Longtime Austinites may recall Jonathan Toubin from his college radio days at 91.7 KVRX or as a member of the band Churchbus, but nowadays Toubin is known best for his New York Night Train’s SOUL CLAP, his popular underground soul dance party across the United States.  He plays all original soul 45s from the 1960s as well as “uncommon upbeat cuts perfect for dancing the night away”, with clubs routinely sold out.

Toubin brings SOUL CLAP to Austin for the official SXSW closing party which is free and open to the public, and takes place Sunday, March 16, 8 pm at the Palm Door on Sixth (508 E. 6th St).

The party begins with four bands including: Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds, led by Kid Congo Powers of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds; Daddy Long Legs, a fast and raw blues trio making their debut in Austin; lo-fi 1960s-inspired garage band Habibi; and Vockah Redu and The Cru, who will bring “one of the most elaborated stage shows in all of the bounce genre.”

The closing party will also feature a thirty minute dance competition with a $100 prize, with Toubin as emcee. Hip-hop legend Boots Riley of The Coup will select the dance songs, and judges include Edwin Neal (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Kid Congo Powers, Austin Brown (of Parquet Courts) and more!

Toubin will close out the night with Soul Clap after the dance-off.

Listen below to a live recording of Jonathan Toubin turning his “flaming o.g. 45rpm soul platters” at the SOUL CLAP and DANCE-OFF at the Brooklyn Bowl.

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# Posted by Debbie Cerda on March 16, 2014; Comments Off.
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Things To Do Today at SXSW: Sunday March 16th

•  Barbecue and Softball Tournament 
12:30PM – 5:00PM Krieg Fields

•  Go Home


# Posted by Eric on March 16, 2014; Comments Off.
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“Must-See” Film at SXSW 2014: “Butterfly Girl”

Butterfly Girl Abigail Evans

Not wanting to fight the downtown traffic and crowds but want to catch another SXSW film with great music and engaging characters?

Get over to the SXSW Satellite: Marchesa (6406 N IH-35, Austin TX 78752) near Highland Mall for the final screening of “Butterfly Girl” at 7 pm this evening. This film is a captivating story about 18 year old Abigail Evans who longs for a normal transition from teenager to adulthood.

Unfortunately for Abbie, she was born with a genetic skin disease that causes intense blisters on and within her body. She must be extremely cautious about physical activity as her skin can slough off easily, leaving her susceptible to infections. Abbie has depended on her divorced parents as caretakers throughout her life, but longs for independence and freedom to do as she likes.

Writer and director Cary Bell effectively captures the essence of Abbie — strong-willed, determined, bubbly — even as she struggles with the life-altering decision to have major surgery on one of her hands to separate the fused fingers. Abbie is just as stubborn when it comes to working the merch table at shows for her dad, local musician John Evans, but we always see the strong bonds between Abbie and her parents.

Editor Jessica Miller expertly fuses together Abbie’s home life with that on the road with her father or at the hospital for consultation or surgeries by her expert medical team.

A special Q & A tonight moderated by Austin Film Society Associate Creative Director Holly Herrick will feature members of Abbie’s medical team, so don’t miss this opportunity to find out more about a young woman who lived so brightly in her short life — unfortunately Abbie passed away in her sleep in December of 2013, and missed an opportunity to see the final cut of “Butterfly Girl”.


# Posted by Debbie Cerda on March 15, 2014; Comments Off.

Community Support for Red River Tragedy

As a result of the tragic event which occurred early on March 13 that resulted in numerous injuries and two fatalities, resources have been made available by South by Southwest, the City of Austin, and the American Red Cross of Central Texas to assist residents and visitors.

An Emotional Support Center was opened to the public Friday, March 13, and continues today, Saturday, March 15, from 10 am to 8 pm in Room 5C at the Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez Street). From SXSW:

This jointly-operated center will focus on providing counseling and emotional support to SXSW staff and volunteers, as well as residents or visitors who were impacted by the incident in which a car ran through barricades and killed two people and injured 23 others.

The Red Cross is also operating information assistance phone lines to help impacted individuals connect with loved ones or to talk with a counselor by phone. Call the Red Cross at 1-800-928-4271.

Other resources and ways to give:

  • The Blood Center of Central Texas (Type O & Type O Negative): 512-206-1266
  • APD Victim Services can be reached at 512-974-5037
  • Witnesses should call APD at 512-974-5186 or email police3@austintexas.gov

Monetary donations to support relief services can be made to the SXSW Cares Fund. The SXSW Cares Fund will help people affected by the events of March 13. The funds will be disbursed to those most affected through a community-based process.

Also note that the SXSW Safe Harbor Room is located in Room 5AB. The Safe Harbor Room is a place for people in recovery to meet during SXSW. The sessions are informal and supportive. Conferences and large gatherings can be a challenging atmosphere for those who choose sobriety. All are welcome to come to the Safe Harbor Room to meet with like-minded attendees.

Updated: A ghost bike installation by local non-profit Please Be Kind to Cyclists is also planned for tonight at 7 pm Sunday, March 16 at 4:30 pm at 9th and Red River as a memorial to those killed and injured.

Additional counseling may become available post-SXSW through the Austin/Travis County Integral Care crisis intervention program, which also manages a 24 Hour Crisis Hotline.

Editor’s Note: Due to concern from the City of Austin, along with an event at the Mohawk that is expected to draw a big crowd Saturday, the vigil has been moved to Sunday.


# Posted by Debbie Cerda on March 15, 2014; Comments Off.