EYES ON SXSW
Snapshots of some favorite moments
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.