SXSW

On Saturday night, musicians and friends of the late Doug Sahm will gather to honor his music and his life, showcased in Joe Nick Patoski’s documentary about the San Antonio-born music icon. TPR’s Jack Morgan spoke to the director about his story of Sahm.

It wasn’t just any 11-year-old who could get on stage with Hank Williams Sr. and that, at what was once one of Austin’s best-known music venues and home to the stars — the Skyline Club. But in December 1952, at the age of 11 and a month or more so, “Little” Doug Sahm did.

This Week On Fronteras:

-- The families and classmates of 43 missing Mexican college students traveled across the U.S. to raise awareness for their situation.

-- A movement is underway to prevent suicides by freeing immigrant mothers and their children from detention centers.

-- From New Mexico, here’s some stereotype defying information about gun violence.

-- The best bilingual teacher in the U.S. hails from Dallas.

-- A talk with the directors of the new border documentary, Western.

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Robert Duvall is in the director’s chair for the first time since 2002's Assassination Tango. He also stars in his latest feature, Wild Horses, alongside Josh Hartnett, James Franco, Adriana Barraza, and wife Luciana Pedraza Duvall. The film premiered on Tuesday at Austin’s South By Southwest Film Festival.

AUSTIN — Music flooded into the streets around Austin’s convention center as South by Southwest’s music festival kicked off and the interactive portion wrapped up. The head of Google’s (X) division talked about testing driverless cars and delivery drones, gender bias in tech was a hot topic and event-goers checked out the latest products and companies on the trade show floor.

Here are some highlights as South by Southwest Interactive draws to a close.

GOOGLE X

Some of Google’s most secretive projects like Google Glass and driverless cars have come out of its five-year-old (X) division, so attendees flooded in Tuesday to hear Astro Teller, head of the division, talk about how the most ambitious projects require a lot of failure before succeeding. Testing products in the real world is key, he said. The company drives thousands of miles on city streets every day to test how its driverless cars function in every imaginable situation. “Nothing beats going out into the real world and seeing if what a simulator says will work is actually possible,” he said.

Mary Does That Thing She Does At Unofficial SXSW Show

Mar 18, 2015
From www.maryjblige.com

AUSTIN — Mary J. Blige performed for a feverish crowd Tuesday night at the Samsung Supper Club, in an event not sponsored by South by Southwest, another sign of unofficial concerts rivaling the festival when it comes to pulling big-name acts.

Blige is no dancer, but the performer moved energetically at the show, even imitating Michael Jackson’s dance moves during her funky hit, Just Fine. She kicked off her set with Enough Cryin’ — which features her rapping as her alter ego Brook-Lynn — and she continued with the up-tempo anthem, The One. She moved like a pro, though there was water dripping from the covered ceiling on the venue’s rooftop. She managed to maneuver in heels and an ab-revealing crop top.

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