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    Bumble, the female-first social networking app with over 27 million global users, is fueling connections in an exciting new way at the 2018 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) conference on March 9 -10. Bumble will curate unique experiences at their Bumble Presents: Empowering Connections activation at Fair Market (1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702), which will also feature two days of speakers, musical performances and powerful keynotes.

    Speakers will share insights on networking, entrepreneurship, healthy relationships, wellness, and more over the course of the activation. Speakers include: Activist and Author Aija Mayrock, Author of Boss Bride and Essence Senior Editor Charreah Jackson, Founder of Bleubird, Co-founder of Mother, and Creative Director/Co-Founder of Two Son James Kicinski-McCoy, Hate Copy, Bumble Sociologist and relationship expert Dr. Jess Carbino, filmmaker and producer Yoruba Richen, Nha Khanh Designer Khanh Nguyen and more.

    Additionally, badge holders and Bumble users will experience a Bio Bar to optimize their Bumble profile and the chance to make the first move with 5-Minute First Dates. Bumble Bizz will host a real-time ‘Elevator Pitch’ – winners will receive a Dell XPS 13, perfect for running your small business in style.

    The daytime event is open to all Bumble Date, Bumble BFF, Bumble Bizz users (ages 18+) and SXSW badge holders. The evening event is limited to SXSW badge holders only.

      This year, INFLUENCES is traveling to Austin with top influencers and advertising executives to educate every media buyer in America about how influencer marketing is changing everything – from how we shop, to how we eat and to what we listen to.

      So far, we’ve spread the good word in San Diego & Los Angeles. And now we’re coming to you, Austin – the day before SXSW Interactive.

      Join us on the rooftop of BaseCamp in Downtown, Austin for a day of killer keynotes, presentations and networking with peers and industry leaders who are shaking up the influencer advertising game. We’ve carefully crafted an incredible lineup of presenters who are prepared to arm you with new strategies, insights and know-how to take your influencer marketing to the next level.

      We have confirmed at least 20 social media influencers to speak with a combined following of over 100 million followers. The influencers are excited to come to Austin to learn what brands are looking for in influencer campaigns as well as share the brand collaborations they have done in the last year. In terms of building relationships with the most sought after influencers and the power players behind their business.

      The 4th Annual Do512 Family Picnic is happening on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Don’t miss out on magic, music, food trucks, face painting and more!

      The Lineup:

      Red Yarn at noon

      Magician Black Bert at 1pm

      High Waites at 2 pm

      Cirkus Funk at 3 pm

      Additional activities include hands-on art activities with Creative Action and free face painting.

      Food trucks onsite include Dock & Roll Diner, Taconmaye, Waffle Love, Stony’s Pizza and MOOJO. This event is BYOB. Coolers are allowed for adult beverages & water. No outside food is allowed.

      What: Do512 Family Picnic

      When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

      Time: 11 am – 4 pm

      Where: The Midway, 1905 S. Capital of Texas Highway

      Cost: Suggested $5 donation per family

      Get out and enjoy one last hurrah of Spring Break / SXSW 2018 on Saturday, March 17! Rock + Read at The Domain is a live music and book fest where both kids and adults will enjoy a great lineup of musicians as well as local children’s book authors, who will be reading from their books in between music sets. There will also be hands-on activities for kids of all ages, books signings, giveaways and more at this FREE event!

      The Music Lineup:

      Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band
      The Hoots
      123 Andrés

      Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats
      Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
      Sugar Free Allstars
      El Tule

      The Que Pastas
      Red Yarn

      Local Author Lineup:

      Jessica Lee Anderson
      Keith Graves
      PJ Hoover
      Mary Sullivan

      In addition to the live music and readings, kids will enjoy a color your own bookmark craft, jumping on a Springfree Trampoline, a putt-putt game with Top Golf, mini-hockey with Chaparral Ice, giveaways, and more!

      Thanks to The Domain, Springfree Trampoline, and Fetch MD for making this event possible.

      When: Saturday, March 17, 2018

      Time: 3-7:30 pm

      Where: The Domain, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin (in between Dicks Sporting Goods and Dillard’s)

      Cost: FREE!

        SXSW Marketplace, a giant pop-up shop in the heart of downtown Austin, is back for a second
        year. Badge holders and general public who register for a SXSW Guest Pass will be able to
        explore a curated selection of 70+ local and national vendors that will showcase clothing,
        accessories, home goods, art, and more. An impressive range of vendors from cities including
        Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, and Los Angeles– to name a few.

        For those of you who are not heading out of town during Spring Break, we’ve put together some ideas on the best ways to have the most family fun in Austin during Spring Break 2017!

        Live Music

        It’s SXSW time, which means there are plenty of options to hear some live music in Austin. If you’d like to catch some live music but have your kids in tow, there are several family-friendly options. 365 Things Austin (Family) is a proud sponsor of:

        See more of 365 Things Austin Family’s Top Picks for Family-Friendly (official and unofficial) SXSW events here.

        Where to Eat in Austin

        First and foremost, fuel up one of Austin’s 10 Best Coffee Shops for Families.

        Looking for family-friendly dining options this spring break? Our Kid’s Eat Free list will help save you some cash.

        How about taking a Taco Tour of Austin? Check out the 14 Best Places to Eat Tacos for some inspiration.

        If you opt out of traffic and SXSW crowds, you can always make it a pizza and movie night with these Pizza Delivery options in Austin.

        Eat like a local or eat like a tourist if you’re a local…. here are some Austin restaurants to cross off your foodie bucket list during SXSW. Kristy has rounded up her favorite Favor places for more delivery options.


        Head to the Long Center on Monday (March 13) night for an outdoor screening with Cartoon Network.

        Yee Haw, y’all! It’s time for Rodeo Austin. There’s enough stuff happening at the Rodeo to keep you busy all week long.

        Eat, drink and sing at Musicians for Microcredit while alleviating poverty around the world at Whole Foods in the Domain on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 & 18.

        Road Trip, Anyone?

        Load up the kids in the car to explore 5 Lone Star parks that prove everything is bigger in Texas!

        Day trips are fun, too!

        Outside Adventures

        Parks are always a safe bet for fun for all ages. Mueller Lake Park is one of our favorites. Have you been yet?

        Get out on the water! The Rowing Dock is open all week long for Spring Break fun. Here are more options to kayak or canoe in Austin.

        Pack a picnic and take the kids (and the dog) out for a hike. Here are the Top 5 Tucked Away Hiking Trails in Austin.

        Need more breathtaking views? Climb to top of Mt. Bonnell. Or head over to the 360 overlook, also known as Pennybacker Bridge.

        Sad that you aren’t jetting off to some tropical destination? Take the kids to watch flights take off and land at the ABIA Family Viewing area.

        If you have any train lovers in your family, spring break is the perfect time to hit up all of the trains for kids to ride in the Austin area.

        If you’re a tourist or a local, it’s always fun to take a photo in front of one of Austin’s many murals around town.

        Explore some caves around Austin… maybe you can spot a bat or two, as well.

        Indoor Options

        There is a chance that it may rain at some point during Spring Break. For that reason alone, we have a backup plan for some indoor activities.

        Indoor Rock Climbing is an adventure that kids both big and small will enjoy.

        Put the bumpers up at one of Austin’s many bowling alleys.

        Perhaps art, history and culture are on your radar this week? Be sure to explore one of Austin’s many museums.

        Never fear, there are plenty of Indoor Play Places for fun all week long in Austin.

        Happy Spring Breakin’!

        The 3rd Annual Do512 Family Picnic is happening at the Midway Food Park on Tuesday, March 14th, and the whole family is invited to come out to listen live music, eat some good food and have a great time!


        3-3:40 pm: Puppets & Folk Songs w/ Red Yarn
        4-4:40 pm: Magician Black Bert
        5-5:40 pm: Mama K & The Shades
        6-7 pm: Kupira Marimba

        FOOD TRUCKS:
        Dock & Roll Diner
        Revolution Vegan Kitchen
        Beirut Austin Food Trailer
        Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience
        Stony’s Pizza
        Uncle Louie G’s

        Magic Show
        Face Painting
        Arts & Crafts

        What: Do512 Family Picnic
        When: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
        Time: 3-7 p.m.
        Where: The Midway Food Park,1905 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin
        Cost: FREE (Must RSVP, one for each family)

        Close out Spring Break with a family-friendly concert and book festival featuring local and national musicians and authors! Families are invited to come celebrate music and books at this year’s Rock + Read at The Domain on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 2-5:30pm.

        Join us on the lawn between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s for live music, readings by local children’s and young adult book authors, crafts, giveaways and lots of fun! This is a FREE event for kids of all ages.


        2:00 The Que Pastas
        2:30 RIDERS AGAINST the STORM (RAS)
        3:00 Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
        3:30 The Deedle Deedle Dees
        4:00 Little Miss Ann
        4:30 Joe McDermott Kids Music
        5:00 Sugar Free Allstars

        AUTHOR LINEUPAdvertisement

        Susan Kralovansky
        Emma Virjan
        P. J. Hoover
        Christina Soontornvat
        Jessica Lee Anderson

        Stop by the craft-making tent to make a book marker, jump on one of the Springfree Trampolines that will be set up throughout the Domain II, get your child’s face painted, take picture in the photo booth provided by Capital Pediatric Group, have your caricature drawn, win giveaways, and more!

        Thanks to our sponsors, The Domain, Austin Diagnostic Clinic and Springfree Trampoline, for making this event possible.

        When: Saturday, March 18, 2017 • 2 – 5:30 pm

        Where: Amy Donovan Plaza in The Domain, Austin

        Cost: FREE!

        The 2017 SXSW Film Festival kicks off this Friday (3/10). Here are five films we’re looking forward to seeing.


        Article by Chris Allen for 365 Things Austin



        Directed by Giancarlo Esposito

        Two words always catch my eye in film– Giancarlo Esposito. The world surely recognizes him as the suave and sinister Gus in Breaking Bad. But his cinematic bona fides reach back decades with performances in films like Fresh and The Usual Suspects. Here he takes the helm with a film about a suicide-showcasing gameshow- a prescient plot given the current popularity of dystopian themes and our maddening media culture. I’m curious to see if Esposito’s thespian genius translates to the director’s chair. James Franco co-stars.



        Directed by John Carroll Lynch

        Prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton (over 100 film and TV credits) stars in the world premier of Lucky– playing an atheist in a desert town. If you need cinematic signposts to get an idea of Stanton’s long career- it spans from 1967’s Cool Hand Luke to the upcoming reboot of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks (Lynch also features in Lucky). And he played a judge in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The director has characterized the film as a “love letter” to the 90-year-old actor, and to be honest my interest in this film so far begins and ends with his prime role. Stanton’s weathered features and poet’s demeanor has been stealing scenes for decades. As for the story, the press release describes our main character a man who has “out-lived and out-smoked all his contemporaries” and is “thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading toward that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.” Deal me in.



        Directed by Michael O’Shea

        An official selection at Cannes, Michael O’Shea’s debut feature already has sizable buzz among film intelligentsia. Set in New York, this vampy genre thriller featuring a modern adolescent with a thirst for human blood and a collection of horror films seems to be shooting for high-brow philosophical statement regarding larger themes of alienation and urban decay. And perhaps looks to claw the gothic genre back from the clutches of more mainstream gory blockbusters. I hope so. Because many cinematic classics (think Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark) featuring archetypal bloodsuckers contained as much social commentary as carnage.


        WALK WITH ME

        Directed by Max Pugh and Marc J. Francis

        To escape momentarily the hectic, eclectic madness of SXSW, I look forward to spending 90 minutes with some Zen Buddhists from rural France. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Walk With Me follows well-known Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author/peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh and his followers for a few years as they do their thing- namely, trying as politely as humanly possible to convince us that all suffer so might as well be nice to each other. A generalized understatement I confess. Perhaps I’ll leave the theater with deeper understanding.


        NOBODY SPEAK: The Trials of a Free Press

        Directed by Brian Knappenberger

        The broader debate of celebrity privacy versus a public’s right to know is highlighted here through the prism of the strange and bizarre saga of Hulk Hogan, a sex tape featuring the wrestler and his friend’s wife, and a multi-million-dollar court judgment that brought down a media juggernaut. The case also introduced to American culture the venture capitalist lawsuit sponsor. As a media junky, I look forward to seeing Knappenberger’s take on this multi-pronged tale. Whether you get kicks watching exploitative media take their medicine or are a defender of unfettered free speech, this film is sure to provoke response.


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