Countdown to SXSW: Tomorrow!

March 12, 2010  |  miscellany

I’ve been so damn busy this week, I haven’t even had time to post about this weekend’s exciting festivities!

Kristen and I are heading down to SXSW for a few days of the Interactive schedule. I’m on a panel on Saturday, Engaging the Queer Community, along with Trish Bendix of AfterEllen.com, Bil Browning of Bilerico, and Fausto Fernos of Feast of Fun.

Engaging The Queer Community
Saturday, March 13
at 03:30 PM
A discussion on maintaining successful and active blogs and social networking sites that are geared toward the LGBT community and its niches.

Presenters:
Trish Bendix - MTV/AfterEllen.com
Bil Browning - Bilerico Project
Fausto Fernos - Feast of Fun (moderator)
Sinclair Sexsmith - Sugarbutch Chronicles

There’s also a SXSW Homo site which apparently is keeping track of the queer events during the festival.

Kristen & I are crashing with an online friend (whose Twitter handle I can’t currently find) and we’ve been gathering Austin restaurants and mini-adventures to explore while we’re there.

And don’t forget!

SXSW Queer Blogger Tweetup
Sunday, March 14 at 9pm
OilCan Harry’s
211 West 4th Street (walking distance from the conference)
Austin, Texas

  • Live tweetup using hashtag #sxswgay
  • Free wifi available
  • Your favorite viral videos from 2009 playing on the bar’s TVs
  • T-shirt and merchandise giveaways
  • Free* drinks to all SXSW attendees and people who follow Oil Can Harry’s on twitter @oilcanharrys or show their SXSW pass.

* The rumor is that because of Texas liquor laws, you can’t ask for “free” drinks, you’ve got to ask for “the hookup” and provide proof that you are following @oilcanharrys on Twitter, if you don’t have a SXSW badge, by either showing your smartphone or by a printout.

So! Who’s coming? Who will I see tomorrow or Sunday? Seems like it’s going to be a bit of a boy’s club, please assure me that the femmes and genderqueers and butches and trans folks and radicals will be joining me too!

 

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4 Comments


  1. A queer genderqueer transgender guy in Austin reporting ;) I'll try to go to the Sunday evening event. I think that one needs to pay a lot of money to go to the panel (?)…new to town so still learning how SXSW works.

    You asked about where to eat on another post. I would most certainly recommend Tacodeli (Spyglass location) for breakfast tacos http://www.tacodeli.com/ (the NYT even mentions Austin breakfast tacos this week! :) ) In front of the taco place there is an entrance to the river walk. I would recommend going right when you get to the bifurcation at the beginning. Specially after the first 10min, it is really a nice river and walk (also cool seeing people rock-climbing). Let me know if I can be of any help.

    Have a great time in Austin and I am looking forward to meeting you and Kristen!

  2. Forgot to say that if you choose to go for the river walk I mentioned you may want to wear sport shoes or something comfortable of the sort. There are rocks along the path. It is a pretty walk/very-easy hike! (if you want to google it that river walk is called Barton Creek Greenbelt. It is ~8miles long but of course one can walk as little as one would like and turn back. Perhaps for more tacos ;) )

    Also just learned that Saturday night at 7pm there is a play that you may be interested on (if you have not seen it already in NYC…)

    WHAT: Laurinda D. Brown's Walk Like A Man – The Play

    WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 7:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Austin Ventures Studio The78701ater at Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd Street, Austin, TX 7801

    TICKETS: $20 per person

    TICKET OUTLET: http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com

    Walk Like A Man – The Play is the first African American lesbian play

    to be performed Off-Broadway. It features a culturally diverse cast

    who alternately employs drama and comedy to portray labels, issues,

    and stereotypes in LGBTQ relationships such as Don't Ask-Don't Tell,

    sexual identity and runaway youth, love and religious controversies,

    same-sex domestic violence, safe sex, HIV/AIDS, affairs in the

    workplace, and more.

    Walk Like A Man- The Play is written, produced, and directed by

    Laurinda D. Brown, winner of the 2006 Lambda Literary Award for "Best

    Lesbian Erotica" and winner of the 2006 Urban Spectrum Award for "Best

    Fiction by A Woman of Color".

  3. Here's hoping I don't go all fangirl on you at OCH…the wife (!!!) and I got a babysitter and are planning on (wait for it!) coming out! Sorry, I'm totally addicted to groaner plays on words.

    Even started using twitter again, woot!

    By the way, your post about how to let go of a past hurt (once again) resonated very strongly with me. I came out only a couple of years ago (well, fully–I'd been wrestling with myself for years), and had spent nearly 20 years building patterns in an older relationship, carving grooves into my day-to-day, my week-to-week, my year-to-year. Again, thank you for sharing your own process–it has helped me immensely.

  4. Sounds fabulous!

    But someone needs to spell-check the promotional poster…

    Compulsive copy-editing femme ;-) x

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