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Education
7:41 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Protesters ‘Occupy’ Arne Duncan’s Austin Speech

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is in Austin, where he was a keynote speaker at South by Southwest’s second annual SXSWedu conference. But Duncan also took time today to speak to a crowd at Austin Community College’s Eastview campus for a “town hall” discussion on education issues.  

But once applause greeting Ducan settled, he received  a more abrupt welcome: Three Occupy Austin members stood and shouted out a prepared statement attacking the privatization of public schools and other educational grievances.

The "mic check" can be read on Occupy Austin Twitter magnet Kit O'Connell's website. It reads in part (emphasis in original): "As Secretary of Education, Your job is to discover a way to provide schools & teachers PUBLIC resources & funding, NOT from private charters & corporations."

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SXSW
1:29 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

SXSW Interactive 2012 Street Closure Map


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Get ready Austin: the South by Southwest Interactive and Film festivals are starting Friday, March 9. 

The City of Austin has announced the first of several street closures and lane reductions beginning Friday.

  • Northbound Congress Avenue will be reduced to two lanes between Seventh and Eighth streets from 10 a. m. to 11 p. m.
  • The Rainey St. district will be closed to traffic between Driskill and River streets from 3 p. m. to 11 p.m.
  • Trinity St. will be closed between Cesar Chavez.
  • Fourth streets and East Second and Third streets will be closed between Trinity and San Jacinto streets from 7 a. m. to  6 a. m.

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SXSW
9:07 am
Mon March 5, 2012

AM Update: Leslie in Hospice, Bastrop Judge Resigns, More Police at SXSW

Austin Homeless Icon Leslie Transferred to Hospice

Local transgendered celebrity, Leslie Cochran, was transferred out of hospital care and into an area hospice provider this weekend says community activist and friend, Debbie Russell. Russell says Leslie remains in critical condition and is receiving comfort care.

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SXSW
3:55 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

SXSW Multi-day Sound Permits Leap By a Third

Despite new restrictions, multi-day sound permits are more popular this year than in 2011.
Photo by Nathan Bernier, KUT News

After a rowdier than normal South by Southwest last year, the city sought ways to “prune it back a little bit” in 2012, says city Music Office director Don Pitts.

A trifecta of high-profile incidents marred SXSW in 2011: a crane-camera fall at Stubb’s BBQ; crowds rushing gates at Auditorium Shores at a free concert by The Strokes; and an agitated crowd's  attempt to tear down a fence at the Beauty Bar during Death From Above 1979’s set. The bedlam inspired an April Fool's Day prank from the Austin Chronicle suggesting events be moved to a self-contained dome, and Pitts pitched a proposal to “dial it back” next year.

As a result, this year the rules have changed. Promoters had to apply for sound permits up to a month in advance.

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SXSW
12:22 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

The Austin 100: A SXSW Mix

Katie Hayes Luke NPR

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 9:03 am

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SXSW is all about volume, in more ways than one. Roughly 2,000 acts perform at the four-day music festival every year, so to spend just three minutes with each in advance of the big event is to deny your friends and loved ones a solid 100 hours of your waking, undivided attention.

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SXSW
4:35 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

SXSW Update: Music Grid Unveiled, Film Panels and New Titles Revealed

The scene on Sixth Street, at SXSW 2011.
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Whether you’re ready or not, South by Southwest kicks off in just over three weeks. Here’s a compilation of recent festival announcements and reports:

SXSW Music: The music showcase grid is live on the SX Schedule website, showing who is playing where at what time. Let the tough decisions begin. In other music news, influential indie-music website Pitchfork  is trumpeting its booking of Fiona Apple at its Central Presbyterian Church showcase. "The beloved singer-songwriter hasn't played more than a handful of shows since 2007,” the site writes.

SXSW Film: A string of film conference panels and late additions to the festival has just been announced. Panels include A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane, wherein the “Family Guy” creator sounds off; Funny or Die: Future of Comedy & Everything Else, a talk with the minds behind the popular comedy website; and Screaming with Laughter: FEARnet TV's Holliston, featuring players from the horror channel and filmmaker Adam Green, who’s developed a program for the company.

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SXSW
9:05 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/2/12: SXSW Wristbands For Grabs, Spicewood Water Woes

A 2011 SXSW attendee pleased with his wristband collection. Wristbands for SXSW Music 2012 go on sale this morning.
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SXSW Wristbands For Sale this Morning at 10 am

South by Southwest begins wristband sales for its music festival this morning. Purchases can only be made online to people with an Austin area zipcode:

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SXSW
3:29 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

SXSW Film Lineup Announced

South by Southwest will be here before you know it, and here’s another sign of the impending takeover: Today, the festival released its lineup for SXSW Film, including 65 world premieres and ten U.S. premieres.

High profile picks include the reboot of “21 Jump Street,” starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube. The comedy has been named a “Centerpiece” film; SXSW Film producer Janet Pierson tells The Austin Chronicle she went into the screening “with total skepticism,” but came away impressed, calling the film “a real social commentary.”

Also receiving special designation as closing night film was “Big Easy Express,” a documentary on a train powered concert tour spearheaded by indie revivalists Mumford & Sons (which included an Austin stop.)

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Austin
3:44 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

What Will Austin’s Soundproofing Program Do For Downtown Clubs?

A band plays the Mohawk last year. Venues like the Mohawk may be eligible to participate in a soundproofing program for Downtown clubs.
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How much sound mitigation can you buy for $40,000?

That a question the Austin City Council is poised to consider this week, as they consider a resolution that would enact a sound mitigation case study at a music venue downtown. It’s a signal of the importance of music to the city’s economic and cultural health, but also a symptom of the growing pains downtown is entering as more people move into the city’s urban core – and how the two can often be at odds.

The resolution before council this Thursday, Item 14, calls to change the name of the Downtown Venue Relocation Program to the Music Venue Assistance Program, and “initiate, fund, and oversee a sound mitigation case study of a relevant music venue in an amount up to $40,000 from the Downtown Development Fund.”

“What we really want to do is keep as many venues downtown as we can, because you want a concentration of music venues in a relatively small place so it’s walkable,” says council member Bill Spelman, sponsor of Item 14.  

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SXSW
4:36 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

SXSW Interactive Awards Finalists Are Here

A picture snapped on an iPad at the 2011 SXSW Interactive festival.
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The signs are everywhere that South by Southwest is nigh. But here’s one that doesn’t involve the rejiggering of sound permits: Finalists for the SXSW Interactive Awards have been announced.

The awards are divided into 15 categories: Activism, Amusement, Art, Business, Classic, Community, Educational Resource, Experimental, Film/TV, Motion Graphics, Music, Personal, Social Media, Student, and Technical Achievement.

Meant to recognize up-and-coming websites, applications and digital projects, the closest thing to a widespread name in the categories is Storify, which lets users combine social media updates into newsworthy narratives.

And in another sign of the burgeoning importance of the festival’s tech component, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell is leading a delegation of Austin start-ups to the UK this week.

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SXSW
12:16 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Bruce Springsteen to Keynote SXSW Music Conference

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Organizers of Austin's South By Southwest Music Conference and Festival announced the keynote speaker for 2012. It's the biggest catch yet for the 26 year-old event.

It was a well-kept secret but SXSW organizers revealed Bruce Springsteen will be the music conference's keynote speaker in March.

"After the death of Clarence Clemons, it marks a new chapter. So doing something like this which you know, it's an event where he can kind of assess his career; makes tons of sense," said Ann Powers, NPR Music critic and correspondent.

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music
3:42 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

First Round of Band Announcements for SXSW 2012

VHS or Beta is one of the bands that will be performing at SXSW 2012.
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Which bands are coming to South by? Five months before the annual music and technology conference even starts, we already have an idea. South by Southwest released this list today of bands it has programmed for the 2012 event. 

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Environment
12:54 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Inaugural SXSWeco Conference Getting Underway

Logo courtesy of SXSWeco

We all know about the South by Southwest music, film and interactive festivals but SXSW is delving into more civic engagement events.

It was just this past March when SXSW organizers launched their first ever SXSWedu for teachers, education researchers and state leaders. That education conference came at time when Texas lawmakers were laying out big cuts to public education.

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News Brief
6:06 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 24, 2011

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People downstream of the Colorado River are asked to stay away from the water following the release of possibly untreated wastewater into the River, near the airport.

South Austin Wastewater Treatment Plant Back Online

The Austin Water Utility said the plant was back in service at ten last night. The plant had been shut down earlier Tuesday because of a chlorine leak. The utility said about 300,000 gallons of what was believed to be untreated wastewater entered the Colorado River.

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Austin
12:53 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

SXSW Panel Picker Voting Starts Today

The 2012 Panel Picker is now open for voting until September 2.
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The SXSW Panel Picker is back and voting and commenting starts at 2 p.m. today for 2012. The Panel Picker allows users to vote on panel and presentation topics for the SXSW Festival.

People can respond to different ideas and decide what topics will be represented at the event. Voters have until September 2 to cast their idea.

You can sign up at the Panel Picker website to submit your idea.

Environment
3:07 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

What is SXSW Eco?

South by Southwest is adding another conference to its roster of music, film, interactive, and education forums.

It will be called SXSW Eco. The focus will be on finding ways to make humanity more ecologically sustainable. Unlike other SXSW forums, this conference will run from October 4-6. Early tickets are $800.

We called SXSW managing director Roland Swenson to find out more.

KUT News: What is this South by Southwest Eco conference?

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sxsw 2011
9:56 am
Wed March 30, 2011

SXSW 2011 In Five Minutes

Maybe you couldn't make it out to South by Southwest, or maybe you developed warm, nostalgic feelings for the party in the 10 days since it ended. At any rate, here's an amazing look at official and unofficial events during SXSW Music through the eyes of KUT videographer Paulo Martins.

Transportation
2:55 pm
Sat March 12, 2011

Sidewalks Reopen Under I-35 In Time For SXSW Crowds

Construction gates have been removed on the final portion of the renovation under I-35 downtown, but one parking lot is still closed to vehicles.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Construction gates have been removed on a project to renovate the parking lot under Interstate 35 in downtown Austin, allowing people to walk freely on the expanded sidewalks. For the past several months, pedestrians walking under I-35 were restricted to a narrow pathway next to fast moving traffic. That could have created a dangerous situation for the thousands of people descending on the city for SXSW.

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music and arts
4:47 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Report: SXSW 2010 Pumped $113 Million into Austin Economy

A Japanese band called Geeks puts up a poster during SXSW 2010. A study today says the festival generated $113 million in spending for the Austin economy.
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South by Southwest's 2010 conference injected $113 million dollars into the city's economy, mainly from people who traveled to Austin to attend. That's according to a new economic report from GreyHill Advisors, whom SXSW commissioned to conduct the study.

You can read a five page executive summary of the report on GreyHill's website. Here are some highlights:

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