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We call bullsh*t on TMZ.
Earlier this week, attendees of Austin, Texas' SXSW festival and, by extension, the entire internet, got in a huge uproar over the VIP treatment and attention paid to one festival attendee in particular. That attendee was a catthe meme-famous "Grumpy Cat."
Grumpy Cat (whose real name is "Tardar Sauce," or "Tard" for short), headed to Austin for several days to do some promo work for Friskies and pose with legions of adoring fans, some of whom waited in line for hours just to get a Facebook-worthy photo with the naturally frowny kitty.
TMZ pounced on the story, blowing it up with an "exclusive" in their characteristic way, claiming "Grumpy flew first class ... and she's been living it up ... with her own, full-time assistant to brush her, an endless supply of Friskies as well as other treats, bottled water and her very own room at a four-diamond hotel ... king-sized bed included."
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For those heading to or from SXSW down in Austin this week or next we’ve got one recommendation for you—save some time for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Sure it’s not quite the same as what the festival has to offer downtown, but definitely don’t dread heading back to the airport a little early. Thankfully the airport has plenty of local flair to make Austin proud, so even if your flight gets in before your hotel is ready—it might just be worth hanging around for a few as a brief introduction to Austin.
The very first sanctioned shows of the festival finish up today, as the annual SXSW Airport Showcase will do its thing on March 12 between 1pm and 3pm and then again between 3:30pm and 5:30pm. Everything takes place over by Gate 10 on the Asleep at the Wheel stage, and the artists and musicians will be back on March 18 to start closing things down.
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We believe there is a saying perfect for SXSW: "Man cannot live on (free) bread alone." Though the festival of music, film and tech loves to see its attendees gorging on complimentary nibbles at events all over Austin, sometimes one must sit down to a full, honest meal.
Whether you're looking for a restaurant to treat a potential business partner or just hankering for a Texas-sized donut, here's our highest recommendations:*
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Silvercar is still very much the new kid on the block when it comes to rental cars, but they’re already trying to connect with the cool kids who flock to Austin. Unfortunately they’re not quite ready to open up at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport just yet, but they are heading into town in advance of this year’s edition of SxSW.
In case you need a quick refresher, the deal with Silvercar is that everyone gets the same car—a silver Audi A4—and the whole process is pretty much completed from the comfort of your mobile phone. Right now they’re just doing their thing in and out of Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport, but like we said they’re on the move down to a temporary home in Austin.
Slamdance, Park City's other film festival, is headed to Austin, TX next month with their “On The Road” series which brings popular Slamdance films and filmmakers to audiences that might not be able to catch them otherwise.
On March 2, Slamdance will showcase 2013 Grand Jury award winners Bible Quiz (Best Documentary) and The Dirties (Best Feature Narrative) along with the Texas made shorts, Hearts of Napalm and Winkelmann, TX. Following the screening of The Dirties, there will be a “Coffee With..” talk with director Matt Johnson and producer Matt Miller.
We’re all about awesome rental cars, so we’re especially intrigued about a new rental car company that’s poised to hit the scene sooner rather than later. Of course we’re excited to see what kind of awesome wheels will be available to the masses, but we’re also kind of pumped to hear about the company’s management team. Usually we couldn’t care less, but this time is different as the former CEO of SkyBus is apparently behind the new venture.
SilverCar is an Austin—of course—based start-up rental car company, and according to government paperwork they’ve already raised around $3 million bucks towards their hopes and dreams. The website for the new idea is still lacking, but it does look like they’re describing the endeavor as “a technology company that will make renting a luxury car as simple as pushing a button on your phone.” We love luxury cars and pushing buttons on our phones, so we’re pretty much sold.
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Now that the tech and social media part of the SXSW Festival is over and done and the Google party confetti long since in the dustbin, it's time to look back. What exactly happens during SXSWi, the "interactive" portion of the fest? Well, to put it simply, there's lots of partying, lots of attempting to look cool and social while staring at your phone reading Twitter, and a few panel discussions here and there. Tens of thousands of people attended, and for each of them there's like 7 more who wish they had.
Specifically, there's 71,462 people who wish they had gone to SXSW this year. That stat comes from this brilliant infographic. If you're one of the 71,000+, then check it out for a little taste of what was missed. Otherwise it's time to start planning now for SXSW 2013. Really, it is.
SXSW Interactive will return next year March 8-12. Pencil it in, clear the sched and keep watch here for more updates. And pass the PBR.
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After a week of club-hopping in Austin most SXSW attendees could use a free meal about now, and luckily for them, Rachael Ray has it covered.
Tomorrow, March 17, Rachael Ray will host the fifth annual Rachael Ray's Feedback Party at Stubb's BBQ. And as always, the event, which will take place from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., is free and open-to-the-public.
Rachael will be serving up an Austin-inspired menu at her Feedback including lil' Devils (slider size corn dogs), Brisket on a Biscuit with Smoky BBQ Sauce and Sweet 'n Spicy Pickles, Sloppy Chicken Suiza Sliders, and Veg-Head Nachos with Green Chile Queso and Spicy Refried Beans.
Last year, the IFC Crossroads House was one of our favorite hang outs in Austin, and this year they are continuing the tradition of hosting awesome music and comedy events during SXSW. The IFC Crossroads House will close out the week with 3 nights of SXSW Music Showcases starting this evening with the Boise Showcase. The six act event kicks off at 7:00 PM with Hillfolk Noir. DJ Matt Jones will also be on hand to spin tracks between sets.
On Thursday, March 15, the Paradigm Music Showcase will bring together Polica, Retar, and the Punch Brother, with DJ Traktor Skratch performing between acts.
And on Friday, March 16, the Freecreditscore.com Showcase will welcome You Can Be A Wesley, Lissy Trullie and others to close out the fest.
The IFC Crossroads House 2012 is located at 302 E 6th St Austin, TX. To see each night's complete line-up and learn more about the IFC Crossroads House, visit http://www.ifc.com/sxsw/schedule.
For the third year in a row record producer Roger Greenawalt is returning to SXSW with his unique twist on the Beatles' catalog.Beatles Complete On Ukulele.
On Thursday, March 15, Greenawalt will play all 185 Beatles song in one day with special guest musicians and singers joining in throughout the day. To kick off the festivities, everyone is invited to bring their uke and take part in the first three songs. The event is completely free and open to the public.
Beatles Complete On Ukulele will take place from noon to 6 pm at the Hickory Street Bar & Grill, 800 N. Congress Avenue in Austin, TX. For more information, visit the event's Official Facebook Page.
Open your iCal and mark this down. All this week, we'll be highlighting events at Austin's SxSW festival. So if you're there, you're informed. And if you're not...well, next year?
Red Bull Thre3style will return to Austin, TX this week for a special SXSW showcase. DJ Z-Trip will once again headline with a surprise guest (last year LL Cool J joined him on stage), along with The Crystal Method, Erykah Badu, DJ Jazzy Jeff (yes, he's still around), Satsik, Dan The Automator, DJ Hedspin, Bog Once and Shortkut.
The Red Bull Thre3style will take place Saturday, March 17 at 8th and Trinity in Austin. Gates open at 7 pm, show starts at 8. There is no badge necessary; the event is completely free and open to the public.
The legendary restaurant ratings guide Zagat Survey has just released their Guide to the Best of SXSW Dining. The guide, which can be viewed online for free, will help festival-goers find the best food spots in Austin, from BBQ joints to food trucks.
The complete Texas Zagat Survey will be released in March, but they decided to make these Austin reviews available now so fest attendees can start planning.