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South By Southwest is once again presenting some of the country's top comedians as part of their SXSW Comedy line-up, which will take place from March 10 - 17 in Austin, Texas.
There are more than 62 comedians expected to take part in SXSW Comedy 2012 including Todd Barry, Doug Benson, Mike Birbiglia, Wyatt Cenac, John Hodgman, Marc Maron, T.J. Miller, Eugene Mirman, Kevin Pollack, Amy Schumer, Paul Provenza, Kristen Schaal and Reggie Watts.
SXSW will also present the return of WTF with Marc Maron, Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson, Comedy Bang Bang with Scott Aukerman and Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show as part of their live comedy podcast tapings.
All of the SXSW Comedy events are free to badge and wristband holders attending the interactive, film or music portions of the fest. For more information and to see the complete schedule, visit SXSW.com/comedy.
It seems like only yesterday that South by Southwest took over Austin, but already it's time to start prepping for Austin City Limits. The 10th anniversary music festival is set to hit Zilker Park September 16 to 18, but single-day tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. CST.
All of the three-day passes have sold out, so this is your only opportunity to snag tickets to see such acts Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West—is there an event that this guy doesn't perform?—Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Cee Lo, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Bright Eyes, Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy, Santigold and Social Distortion.
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Attack The Block, a movie about a London gang who were thought of as hoodlums but become heroes when they defend their neighborhood against alien creatures, was one of SXSW's most buzzed about movies. We had a chance to sit down with the movie's brilliant writer/director Joe Cornish during the fest in Austin last week and he shared, among other things, one of his favorite travel tips:
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The premiere of Apart at SXSW wasn't just an honor for the film's creators, it was also a sort of homecoming. The movie has a unique premise, which in this age of remakes and sequels is a testament to the tenacity of its writers, Josh Danziger and Aaron Rottinghaus, who committed to their idea.
Apart centers on Noah Greene, who awakens from a two-year coma with hazy memories of his own life. As he begins to dig into his past, he is forced to confront two tragedies that bind him to, and threaten to drive him away from, the woman he loves. The first tragedy, a childhood bus accident leaves him forever connected to schoolmate Emily, who suffers from disturbing and precognitive visions after the accident, visions which Noah also experiences, but only in proximity of Emily, the result of a rarebut realdisorder called folie à deux.
The filmmakers not only chose to explore tough issues in the film, but they also chose to shoot the movie in an unlikely location, Rosenburg and Richmond, Texas.
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As SXSW newbies, saying that we learned a lot last week is an understatement. Mostly, we learned how to do things differently next year when we return. So, sharing this fresh knowledge, here are our top 5 tips for surviving your first trip to SXSW:
1. Book Early.
The most important thing we learned this year is to book everything early. We booked our hotel room in mid-February, more than a month in advance, and it was still too late. We had few hotel choices at that point, and even less that were on the SXSW shuttle route. We ended up at the La Quinta South (Ben White) which was on the shuttle route, and the staff was friendly, but it had little else going for it.
The location is literally on the wrong side of the tracks with nothing but an IHOP and a Burger King within walking distance. The room was dingy, the linens were thin, the free breakfast was meh and the WiFi was less than fast.
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If you're having trouble getting back to reality after a whirlwind week at SXSW like we are, here's a look back at the week in pictures we snapped throughout the film, tech and music portions of the ginormous fest in Austin, Texas.
There's nothing like watching Austin go from geek to rock 'n roll chic in a matter of hours, or simply city blocks! Or how about taking time out to "network" at all-night parties on 6th St; staying out in the mix as late as possible to score those early hours special Foursquare badges.
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With only two days left of SXSW, you'll want to make the most out of these final hours! Here's a look at some of the best live music in Austin tonight:
· Snoop Dogg’s Funk n Soul Extravaganza with Mayer Hawthorne and the County & DAM-FUNK kicks off the closing party at the Pepsi MAX Lot (Whitley Warehouse, 301 Brazos Street, Austin TX) at 7 pm. Pepsi MAX will be livestreaming the concert on www.PepsiMAX.com/SXSW for the fans who can't make it there too.
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On Tuesday night we caught the hilarious Aziz Ansari as he headlined the Comedy Night with IFC and Comedy Death-Ray at the IFC Crossroads House at SXSW, located at E. 7th and Brazos. Dave Foley, Thomas Lennon, Eugene Mirman, and Michael Ian Black also performed at the event, which was live-streamed on IFC's website, but Aziz stole the show.
If you missed him last night, Aziz will be performing again Friday, 3/18 at 8PM with Benson Interruption at Esthers Follies, 525 E 6th St. Like the IFC event, admission is limited and only Music and Platnum SXSW badge holders will get in after also obtaining a wristband, but trust usit's totally worth it!
See more of our SXSW 2011 coverage here.
[Photo: John Matthews]
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A shift has occurred on the streets of Austin. Tuesday SXSW's Interactive conference ended and the Film fest started winding down, just as the Music festival began. Where geeks lined the streets with their iPads and MacBooks Monday, rock bands are now pushing their equipment to their next gig.
R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe is hosting an event Wednesday that will bridge these two worlds. The band is currently working on the Collapse Into Now Film Project, a selection of films accompanying each song on their new album directed by artists personally selected by Stipe.
SXSW is ripe with freebies: pens, stickers, pins...and especially beer. But some vendors are asking SXSW participants to work for their swag. Checking into Gowalla and Foursquare has become the hottest marketing tool at the fest, not to mention the best way to get free tees.
Gowalla has an airstream parked at 5th and Trinity where you can pick up a free t-shirt and a Gowalla passport. If you find five of Gowalla's other check-in locations, you will get a sticker for each (and a better t-shirt). The airstream will be there through the end of the fest on Saturday, from around 9:30am to 6:00pm.
A lot of SXSW attendees skip the trade show in the Austin Convention Center, choosing drinks on 6th Street instead, but this year there is a booth worth getting off your bar stool for.
Chevy has set up a 360° photo booth straight off the E! Red Carpet. After signing a brief formah hem, it's FREEyou can get into the ring of cameras (in front of one of Chevy's new Sonics of course) and jump, kick, or do your best Karate move while cameras capture you in midair from all angles.
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With so many panels, parties and live shows happening all at the same time, Foodspotting.com realized there's little time for a square meal during SXSW, so they brought together Austin's best food trucks to create a sort of makeshift food court on Sunday afternoon. But, just because their event is over doesn't mean the trucks are gone. Here are the best food trucks to look for around town this week: