SXSW 2017

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Conrad Bejarano is sitting in the back room of his store, I Luv Vintage, at Guadalupe and 29th streets, with his son, Sebastian. They’re cutting out pictures from old magazines and making buttons.

"You smash that, swing it around and you get a souvenir button of Richard Gere and Jodie Foster," he says. 

South by Southwest is a weird time for locally owned stores outside of downtown, Bejarano says.

J. Paul Brick

This is the 10th year St. David's Episcopal Church in downtown Austin has been a South by Southwest music venue. Nearby Central Presbyterian Church was the first church to be a venue for the festival, and it still is. Musicians will also perform at Promised Land Church this year.

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When he arrives at work Monday morning, Khalid Marshall is greeted by a slate of complaints from Austin residents. Marshall is a code enforcement officer with the city, and his work specifically focuses on short-term rentals, or STRs, like those you’d find on HomeAway or Airbnb.

A South by Southwest showcase on Friday features artists from countries affected by President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries.

We speak about Contrabanned: #MusicUnites with Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World, which is a media sponsor for the show.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The sight of red bicycles with bulky baskets is familiar to anyone who spends time in downtown Austin. B-cycle, which operates the rentable bikes, has had the bike-sharing market cornered here since it launched in 2013. But South by Southwest has brought some competition to town in the form of new rentable bikes that can be unlocked with an app and don’t have to be parked at stations.

SXSW Ones to Watch: Gabriel Garzón-Montano

Mar 14, 2017
Matthew Scott

All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2017.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano grew up in New York surrounded by classical music. His mother was a singer in the Phillip Glass Ensemble, and Garzón-Montano picked up violin at age six. But the music he makes now is much more Prince than Bach.

Jorge Sanhueza Lyon / KUT

Mel Roe was eating dinner Saturday night at Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant in downtown Austin when she nearly threw her phone at the wall. She said the app of one of Austin’s six fledgling ride-hailing companies, Fasten, would not let her request a ride.

So, she relied on a technique used by many who’ve been stranded before her.

This story was updated on March 14 at 4:35 PM.

How Can Austin Achieve Smart City Status?

Mar 14, 2017
Syeda Hasan / KUT

Beyond the music, movies and tech debuting at South by Southwest, this year’s festival is also hosting city leaders from around the country. They’re exploring ways to become so-called “smart cities,” using technology to address common urban problems.

SXSW Ones to Watch: Jonathan Terrell

Mar 13, 2017
Cecelia Alejandra Blair

All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2017.

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The empty lot at the corner of Red River and Seventh streets turned into a village of services for people experiencing homelessness Saturday. Around 350 people living on the streets were able to get everything from a shower to yoga lessons at the Pop-Up Care Village. 

Spike Johnson

Former Vice President Joe Biden pledged Sunday to work with President Donald Trump in the fight against cancer, a cause Biden took up in his final year in office — and following the death of his son.

"It is my hope that this new administration, once it gets organized — and I’m not being facetious — will be able to focus on and be as committed and as enthusiastic as we were in the goal of ending cancer as we know it," Biden said during a speech at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin. "I will do everything in my power to work with the new administration."

Quiz: Guess the Fake SXSW Panel Name

Mar 10, 2017
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

SXSW Interactive is upon Austin once again.

It's the time of year for branded activations and free booze, with the ultimate goal of forging bootstrapped, synergized, market-facing collaborations in a curated, disruption-minded world.

In short, it's a time for a bunch of panels with bafflingly jargon-laden names, so we decided to create a quiz to showcase (and poke fun at) some of those names.

SXSW Ones to Watch: Third Root

Mar 10, 2017
Josh Huskin

All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2017.

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Austin traffic can be crazy even on a normal day. And with SXSW upon us, we all know what that means for our streets. To make the festival more about music and films and panels instead of traffic-induced headaches, we made a list of a few ideas to help you get around Austin more easily and safely this SXSW.

SXSW Ones to Watch: Big Thief

Mar 9, 2017
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUTX

All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2017.

SXSW Ones to Watch: Lizzo

Mar 8, 2017
Martin do Nascimento / KUT

All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2017.

Ilana Panich-Linsman for KUT

After last week’s dustup surrounding immigration-related language in its performance contract, South by Southwest has formally announced a change of policy. The Austin-based festival was lambasted on social media after an artist announced they were refusing to perform because of contract language that suggested the festival could notify U.S. immigration authorities under certain circumstances.

SXSW Ones to Watch: Maggie Rogers

Mar 7, 2017

All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2017.

During a music class at NYU, Maggie Rogers played her song “Alaska” to superstar producer Pharrell. The video of his emotional and encouraging reaction soon earned two million views, and Rogers found herself thrust into the spotlight overnight. As she explained to the London Evening Standard,  “I moved out of my college apartment on May 31, 2016. I went viral on June 1. I signed a record deal on August 31. It was a little wild.”

Veronica Zaragovia for KUT News

Former Vice President Joe Biden will make an appearance at this year’s South by Southwest festival.

SXSW announced he will speak at the convention center on Sunday, March 12, about the Cancer Moonshot initiative he started last year, a $1 billion research project.