Remember The Alamo
Well, the last An Event Apart of the year has come to pass, and we are all back from Austin (just in time to vote). I’ve never been to Austin aside from during SXSW, and I must admit, it was odd to see the streets so empty. I walked out of our hotel and just sort of stood on the sidewalk looking in either direction, experiencing a sort of Omega Man moment. At dinner with SXSW’s Hugh Forrest on Saturday he alluded to this coming SXSW likely being even bigger than the last. Yikes. I imagine all the attendees will just morph together into one gigantic flesh blob and terrorize the downtown.
I managed to arrive a couple days early this time and had the pleasure of seeing The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with live orchestral accompaniment at the Alamo Drafthouse (also the location of Monday’s AEA). I’ve never seen the film before, or an live performance of orchestral score for that matter, and both were captivating. Two Star Symphony’s score called to mind a bit of Godspeed You Black Emperor, and fit the film’s deep expressionistic visuals beautifully. The food at the Alamo completed the package as a wonderful blend of comfort food and nap-inducing splendor. And any place with a tabletop Ms. Pac-Man is alright by me.
The event on Monday went off with only few hitches, thanks in part to the helpful Alamo staff and the amazing crowd of attendees in Austin. As with any conference, there are always technical problems, but, the crowd just seemed to accept it and move on. Clearly, you should not mess with Texas. They will kill you with kindness.
Thanks very much to everyone who helped us out: Megan Rucker and Justin Perkins, as well as our fabulous guest speaker, Molly. And thanks to the crew from Knowbility for a very merry happy hour. As usual, photos from the event can be seen from the Flickr group.
We’ve learned a lot about running a conference in the past year. Stay tuned, the next An Event Apart will be in Boston next year from March 26-27. Eight great speakers and two amazing days! New presentations, with more time for Q & A, and um… new haircuts? We’ll see.