SXSW 4.1: Rain seeped into everything Saturday night.The steady, cold drenching pleased drought-weary Austinites. For everybody else, it was an invitation to stay put at one or more SXSW parties. The Sports Matter event at Easy Tiger, for instance, was jammed from door to door to tented patio. The party saluted Dick’s Sporting Goods’ push for more team sports in areas where expenses keep play in check. The crowd included sporty types, but also a fair number of SXSW media, hence my presence. The torrent outside the tent — Waller Creek rose quickly — broke the conversational ice. Yet my longest chat was with members of Quiet Company, the Austin artists who would play later in the evening. The super-sharp musicians will issue another album later this year, recorded at a new South Austin studio. (Best grub and drinks so far at SXSW: Fresh sandwich triangles and little sausage baskets.)

SXSW 4.2:. Tech Cocktail delivered me back to Old School, the former Paradise Bar & Grill further west on East Sixth Street. This evening’s event, ostensively about start-ups, turned raucous pretty quickly. I retreated to the comparatively quiet terrace, where I ran into Adam Smith and Daryl Bryant of StartUp Valley, a New Jersey crowd-funding concern. They carefully explained how this equity-anchored way of raising capital was still undergoing scrutiny by the Securities Exchange Commission. They expect the rules later this year. (Watched the door as I waited for the rain to die down. Lots of people snuck in without badges. Guess the bouncer felt sorry for them.)

SXSW 4.3: Walking home in the neon-splashed streets, "Taxi Driver" and "Last Tango in Paris" formed the soundtrack in my head. Once again, I was reminded to be grateful for the city’s Great Streets program and recent efforts to fix broken ligatures in the urban walkways system. This is especially welcome when the city’s foot traffic expands and contracts so rapidly during festivals, also when it’s raining on a weekend and taxis or buses are not convenient options. Didn’t make as many SXSW parties today as I had hoped — only five — but learned a lot at each of them. (Sunday, the pace should remain fairly brisk, falling off on Monday and Tuesday.)