SXSW Day 7 - Sweet Dreams Are Made of These

Today I decided to mix it up a bit and I only went to see one movie - Stevie Nicks, In Your Dreams.  This music documentary follows how Stevie Nicks and collaborator Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics) conceived and recorded Stevie's first solo album in 10 years, In Your Dreams, which was released in 2011. Dave Stewart and Stevie Nicks came did a Q&A after the screening.  That was a treat.  Stevie Nicks is a legend and it was fantastic to catch a glimpse of her creative process on the film and her discussing it afterwards.

I did more exploring of Austin for the rest of the day.  I first went to watch the local NPR radio station, KUT, interview and record Latin American artists for Horizontes with Michael Crockett. It was great to catch a glimpse of the ins and outs of live radio.

My final meandering for the day was to go to the local Museum For The Weird, a store of weird and wonderful stuff with a museum in the back that has mummies (actual mummies), objects and specimens.  It was loads of fun.

Now that the music has started it is like being thrown over for a younger model.  Austin is totally geared towards people who have green badges.  The few of us who still remain to catch the end of the film festival (with our blue badges) suddenly do not have as many lounges we can rest and recuperate and plug in, these have no become music venues.  The free film bus that takes us between venues has had to change route, the amount of police and the sheriff department personal has quadrupled and 6th Street has become the centre of spring break. The main difference between the male film festival goer and the male music festival goer is that the film watcher has more facial hair, mainly because these guys have gone through puberty.  Here is what the streets of Austin looks like during the film festival.

Austin Streets during SXSW Film. Photo credit: Tim Strauss

Austin Streets during SXSW Film. Photo credit: Tim Strauss

This is what the streets look like now that the music has started.