March 17 2011 12:00 AM

Traveling with Maren Parusel on the way to the Austin music / film festival


Music editor Peter Holslin is currently in Austin, Texas, reporting on South by Southwest, the annual film and music festival. Keep checking this blog for daily updates, hit up twitter.com/peterholslin for live tweeting and make sure to pick up next week's issue of San Diego CityBeat for a full report. 

Maren Parusel's band were kind enough to let me hitch a ride with them to Austin, so long as I contributed gas money and helped load up their van from time to time. We left last night around 2 a.m., leaving straight from Soda Bar, and arrived this morning around 3 a.m., at which point I promptly laid out a sleeping bag on the hard wood floor and stole some sleep. Between that it was many hours of arid yellow landscape and about half a dozen forgettable gas stations where we stocked up on fireworks, chips, soda and sandwiches. We tried to watch DVDs on the van's DVD player, but it shut down every time we stopped and it didn't fast-forward, so we pretty much just gave up on that idea. At one point somewhere between Arizona and Texas we passed through a checkpoint where a Border Patrol guard asked us how many people were in the van and whether we were all American citizens. We just said yes—even though Maren Parusel is from Germany—and confirmed that we were heading to SXSW. With that, he waved us on. That was one of the more eventful moments of the trip. (Sorry, no photos yet. Haven't had a chance to charge my batteries.)

Maren Parusel and her band are playing their first show today at 4 p.m. at the Trumer Pils Afternoon Social at Klub Krucial (416 E 6th St.). I'm hanging in the press suite at the Austin Convention Center, trying to get some work done before I head out to check out Pitchfork's #OFFLINE showcase today, maybe a few panels and whatever other trouble I can get myself into. We'll see what happens.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
See all events on Thursday, Apr 28