I’ve seen numerous blog entries and articles about how to survive the ACL Music Festival. Here’s my advice: don’t go.
I worked at the very first festival, and it scarred me for life. My perception of the festival is perhaps colored by the fact that in the three years I’ve gone, I was never there to have fun. I was there to make sure drunken assholes and juvenile delinquints didn’t take five-finger discounts.
My own plan is to stay in this weekend, perhaps watch some DVDs or working on either a music or video project.
If I were to peek outside at any point of the weekend, I’d probably do something like …
Sign up for a volunteer shift for aGLIFF. The final two volunteer orientations happen this weekend at the Rainbow Cattle Co. Visit the aGLIFF web site for more info.
Watch Idiocracy before its criminally-negligent limited run ends. My friend Jette has really been encouraging folks to go see this movie. She says it’s not a masterpiece but deserves better than how 20th Century Fox has handled it. Idiocracy was directed by Austinite Mike Judge, he of King of the Hill fame.
Celebrate the birthday of avant-garde composer John Cage with pianist Michelle Schumann at her concert on Saturday. (And there’s still more Shostakovich to be had after this weekend as well.)
Get a medium-size sushi platter at DK’s Seoul Restaurant and Sushi Bar. It’s located on South First, far enough from the ACL crowds. I hope.
Pick up the latest novel by Andrew Vachss.
I admit, the festival has a way of overflowing to the rest of the city, so there’s really no point in fighting it.
I don’t mind. I know where I won’t be this weekend.