Todd of ‘Meet the Press’ to appear
SXSW Music Festival’s opening party features two big buzz bands.
South by Southwest keeps rolling on. Here are five things you need to know about the conference for Tuesday:
1. Talking politics: Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator of “Meet the Press,” talks politics at the Hyatt Regency at 5 p.m. Todd and guests Cornell Belcher and Sara Fagen will discuss whether big data is harming the U.S. political system and increasing polarization.
2. Music ramps up: The official opening party for the SXSW Music Festival starts at 7 p.m. at Maggie Mae’s with two of this year’s big buzz bands, Lemon Twigs (downstairs) and Noname (rooftop).
3. Lots of Spoon: The Austinagain band’s three-night run starts at the Main. Special guests expected.
4. Power lineup: WeDC is one of the biggest showcases of the fest. It features Wu-Tang, Thievery Corp and DJ Low Down Loretta Brown (Erykah Badu), among others. It starts at 7 p.m. at ACL Live and is open to folks with SXSW credentials.
5. “The Most Hated Woman in America”: Melissa Leo, who’s great in nearly everything she does, playsthe late Austin atheist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair in this new movie from director Tommy O’Haver. It’s making its world premiere at SXSW (2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Paramount; 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Zach Theatre).
NTT senior research scientist Ryuichiro Higashinaka unveils U, a Japanese idol-style android (left), and Repliee S1, an “exo-naked” interactive robot, at Japan Factory during South by Southwest Interactive on Monday. The androids debated with humans about several topics, including Lady Gaga versus Taylor Swift and the value of human life.