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Oprah confirmed to kick off SXSW Edu
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Two things will carry over from South by Southwest 2020 into SXSW 2021: the festival will remain virtual and the guests will be VIPs.


SXSW announced on Tuesday that none other than talk show host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey herself, joined by Dr. Bruce Perry, will kick off SXSW Edu as keynote speakers. The pair will speak in a session titled "Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry In Conversation" at 9:30 a.m. March 9.

Joining forces at SXSW Edu, a portion of the festival that focuses on "learning and discovery for all education stakeholders," Winfrey and Perry will discuss their upcoming book, "What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing," which will be released in April.

Though Winfrey is a household name, Perry made a name for himself as a psychiatrist and expert in brain development and trauma. In addition to running the Neurosequential Network, he is also a senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University.

Winfrey said she experienced a fundamental shift the first time she heard Perry speak about trauma-informed education.

"I knew I wanted to learn more, study more, and share his work with as many people as I could," Winfrey said. "I look forward to our conversation at SXSW Edu with educators who understand the long-term impact of addressing trauma from this lens."

SXSW Edu will be held virtually from March 9-11; you can find more information here.


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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway