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SXSW Roundup

Staff Writer
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Robert Duvall, left, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray were at Austin's Four Seasons on Wednesday to talk about their film 'Get Low.' It showed at South by Southwest on Wednesday night.

Celebs find their perfect parties

Austinites, tourists and visiting band members are not the only ones soaking up South by Southwest and its attendant festivities. Oscar winner Sissy Spacek was spotted at Ray Benson's birthday Tuesday night. A.J. Buckley("CSI: NY") and Samantha Mathis ("Pump Up the Volume") were out shopping the boutiques.

Actor Robert Duvall dined at III Forks, according to our spies, while Neko Case tarried at the Carillon, the University of Texas' hideaway gem of a restaurant. Sean Lennon, Ashton Kutcher, Bill Murray and Adrien Brody were all over town, or at least downtown.

Where were the crowds early on during the SXSW Music Festival? South Congress Avenue, for sure, which turned into a pedestrian highway-cum-street fair.

Also, East and West Fourth Street, where rockers ran into St. Patrick's Day revelers. Lines backed up outside the Fader Fort in East Austin, where much of the new SXSW energy has moved.

East Sixth and Red River streets bustled, naturally, as every venue without official showcases slathered on the side parties and unofficial gigs.

Happy St. Pat's

A whole bunch of green was mixed in the crowd as the first day of SXSW music shared a calendar date with St. Patrick's Day. Sissy Spacek was spotted at the Austin Fleadh St. Patrick's Day Party, digging the Lost Brothers from Ireland.

Oisin Leech from the Brothers said it's "bittersweet to be away from Ireland on St. Paddy's Day, but we'd rather be in Austin today, to tell you the truth." The weather back home is cold and freezing, he said.

‘ACL' meets SXSW

"Austin City Limits" producer Terry Lickona took a host of journalists on a tour of the upcoming new home of the TV show and let on that Steve Martin and Sarah Jarosz will both make their "ACL" debuts in late April. Spoon and Patty Griffin will also return to the show, with Cheap Trick taping tonight. Cheap Trick also headlines the free Auditorium Shores concert on Friday night.

Compiled by Michael Barnes, Michael Corcoran.