1. Weather worries: Day 5 of South by Southwest could be a wet one, forecasters say. A storm system moving into the region could bring heavy rain, damaging winds and even hail to the Austin area.
2. South by Southwest Music will be in full swing, and although it's not an official event, Ray Benson's traditional birthday bash at GSD&M always feels like one of the official kickoff events. It's invitation only and raises money for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
3. These are official: The identities of the performers taking part in NPR's three-hour Tiny Desk Family Hour showcase are a closely guarded secret. But given the NPR video series’ sterling reputation, it’s a given that this will be special (8 p.m., Central Presbyterian Church). Kokoko is a DIY music collective from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo that creates ambient compositions and dark post-pop music on instruments they built themselves (7:10 p.m., the Main).
4. Zoe Saldana is known for her acting roles (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avatar,” “Star Trek”), but she's an entrepreneur, too. Her session, “Changing the Narrative,” is described as a look at “the importance of positive messaging and role models on social platforms for millennial and Gen Z audiences.” With on-air personality and What's Trending CEO Shira Lazar (12:30 p.m., Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center).
5. Virtual reality is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives, especially in the entertainment world. At the forefront of that field is Jessica Brillhart. She is the founder of the independent studio Vrai Pictures and is considered a guru in the worlds of VR filmmaking and immersive entertainment. She takes you inside those worlds with a keynote address at 11 a.m. in Room 18ABCD at the Austin Convention Center.