Weather and other things to know for Day 1 of SXSW

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - ERIKA RICH / FOR AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN — AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF

South by South­west 2017 has ar­rived. Here are five things to know about the first day of the con­fer­ence:

1 BE READY FOR RAIN

You’ll need your um­brella Fri­day and Satur­day, although sun­shine will re­turn Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. Tem­per­a­tures will climb to near 80 on Fri­day and Satur­day, mak­ing for a muggy week­end as storm chances rise to 50 per­cent. A cold front ar­riv­ing overnight Satur­day will sweep away the clouds but cap day­time tem­per­a­tures at a chilly 63 Sun­day.

2 STATE OF SXSW

The con­fer­ence kicks off Fri­day morn­ing with open­ing re­marks from SXSW chief pro­gram­ming of­fi­cer Hugh For­rest. With the event un­der­go­ing changes — do­ing away with its Gold badge, con­sol­i­dat­ing pric­ing for reg­is­tra­tion and march­ing to­ward a kind of con­ver­gence that could even­tu­ally lead to one badge — it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what he has to say about where SXSW is going.

3 PO­LIT­I­CAL TALK

The open­ing speaker for SXSW’s In­ter­ac­tive track this year will be U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. His talk could be the first of many with strong po­lit­i­cal themes in the wake of last

4 FILM FES­TI­VAL

The SXSW Film Fes­ti­val kicks off Fri­day night with the world pre­miere of“Song to Song,” the Ter­rence Mal­ick movie star­ring Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara and Natalie Port­man. The movie was shot in Austin and is de­scribed as a love story set in the Austin mu­sic scene.

5 FIND­ING FOOD

The SouthBites Trailer Park opens Fri­day at Driskill and Rainey streets. All the food trucks will fea­ture Mex­i­can av­o­ca­dos on their menus, and even if you don’t have a badge, you can still grab a bite by reg­is­ter­ing at guest­pass. sxsw.com, which also gets you ac­cess to other free events.

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