Ahh, South by Southwest. The only festival (at least to my knowledge) that can unite such seemingly disparate forces of entertainment as Jake Gyllenhaal, Grumpy Cat, and Ira Glass. It’s a jam-packed, 10-day extravaganza with dozens upon dozens of concerts, interviews, movie premieres, and “activation” events all happening simultaneously.
Within hours of arriving in Austin, Texas, I managed to learn about new technology in the world of gardening, photograph the red carpet premiere of Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, accidentally crash a party celebrating Mark Mothersbaugh’s “Myopia” exhibition at The Contemporary Austin, catch a blazing set from local favorites Sweet Spirit, and end the night at an intimate show by The Strokes. This was only night one, folks.