Many of the films that have already screened at South by Southwest are showing again on Friday and Saturday, and Saturday night also offers the chance to see the Audience Award winners. But two of SXSW’s buzzier titles screen for the first time during the final days of the fest.
"BLAZE": This biopic about legendary Austin songwriter Blaze Foley features a rumored-to-be-excellent performance by Charlie Sexton as Townes Van Zandt and also stars Ben Dickey as Foley; other cast members include Alia Shawkat, Josh Hamilton, Wyatt Russell, Jenn Lyon, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn and Richard Linklater. Ethan Hawke shot this largely Austin-set tale in Louisiana and Mississippi. It screens at 6 p.m. Friday at the Paramount Theatre and again at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at AFS Cinema.
A musical tribute will follow the Friday screening and will feature live performances of Foley’s songs. Performers include Dickey, longtime Foley friend Gurf Morlix, Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff, Nikki Lane, J.T. Van Zandt and the Texas Gentlemen.
"ISLE OF DOGS": Wes Anderson’s latest animated tale makes its North American premiere as the Film Festival’s closing night movie. The story about a young boy trying to find his beloved pet on an island of exiled dogs features the voices of Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Ed Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura and a whole mess of other famous names. It screens at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Paramount.
The final two days of the Music Festival are packed with more day parties and official events. Here are a few highlights:
FREE SHOWS: Two more big free concerts are set for Vic Mathias Shores Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive (SXSW credentials get you in, or you can register for a SXSW Guest Pass on the SXSW website). Friday’s music starts at 6 p.m. with Caamp, followed by Albert Hammond Jr., Shakey Graves and headliner Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Doors are at 4 p.m. Saturday: That lineup is all Austin Music Awards winners and starts at 5 p.m. with Bidi Bidi Banda, followed by Night Drive, A Giant Dog, Shinyribs and Roky Erickson.
KEITH URBAN: The singer and songwriter will be in conversation with Scott Goldman of the Grammy Museum at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Room 18ABCD of the Austin Convention Center. Urban will perform at 11:10 p.m. Friday at Stubb’s.
THE ROOTS AND FRIENDS JAM: The greatest house band in the country hosts a sprawling four-hour jam. Set times for their guests haven’t been released, but if you want to see Rapsody or Tank and the Bangas perform with the legendary hip-hop crew (you do!), plan to stake out a spot early, as we expect the club to hit capacity. (8 p.m. Saturday, Fair Market)
BOXING NIGHT: It’s being called SXSW Slugfest, A Night of Professional Boxing and Music, and it’s a first for SXSW. There will be bouts and performances, and it all happens Saturday at ACL Live.
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512tech.com: Catch up on what you might have missed from the interactive track and events, including politically themed speakers, virtual reality, and diversity in tech and sports.
austin360.com/sxswparties: Austin360’s unofficial SXSW 2018 party guide has more than 100 events and counting.
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