Snap­shots of some fa­vorite mo­ments

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T he South by South­west Con­fer­ence and Fes­ti­vals kicked off Fri­day with a new word on ev­ery­one’s lips: “con­ver­gence.” How that will con­tinue to shape Austin’s sig­na­ture cul­tural event, now in its 31st year, will be fun to watch and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Here we share some of our fa­vorite mo­ments from the first four days as we head into the sec­ond half of SXSW 2017, which con­tin­ues through Satur­day. As al­ways, the days are a mix of se­ri­ous sub­jects, from im­mi­gra­tion to cancer re­search to so­cial jus­tice; cre­ative pur­suits, from movies to mu­sic to art and more; and some­time wacky side events (surf ’s up on Congress Av­enue).


“Game of Thrones” ac­tresses Maisie Wil­liams and So­phie Turner ar­rive at Rebel’s Sa­loon on Fifth Street dur­ing the tap­ing of an episode of “Carpool Karaoke.” The two also mod­er­ated a panel with “Thrones” showrun­ners D.B. Weiss and David Be­nioff dur­ing Sun­day’s South by South­west Con­fer­ence. “Her hair is still blond, so she’s dead,” Wil­liams said of Turner’s char­ac­ter, Sansa. Her the­ory came about while Be­nioff and Weiss griped about how the Stark sis­ters have a ten­dency to dye their hair be­tween sea­sons.


Pierce Bros­nan walks the red car­pet at the Zach Theatre for the pre­miere screen­ing of AMC’s “The Son” dur­ing SXSW. Bros­nan plays pa­tri­arch Eli McCul­lough in the series, which was filmed in and around Austin and is based on the book by Philipp Meyer. The show pre­mieres April 8.


Bill Nye, sci­ence ed­u­ca­tor and TV per­son­al­ity, re­acts to a re­quest to sign a tiny lab coat on Sun­day at BookPeo­ple. A doc­u­men­tary about Nye pre­miered dur­ing the SXSW Film Fes­ti­val, and he signed book­plates in ad­vance of the July re­lease of his book “Ev­ery­thing All At Once: How to Un­leash Your In­ner Nerd, Tap into Rad­i­cal Cu­rios­ity and Solve Any Prob­lem.”


Ella Miel­niczenko and Kelsey Dar­ragh make their way from Rainey Street to the Austin Con­ven­tion Cen­ter on a rain-soaked sec­ond day of SXSW on Satur­day. Satur­day’s rain gave way to clouds and chilly weather on Sun­day. The clouds con­tin­ued Monday.

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