Best of the fest: Top Ten moments of SXSW 2014

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The countdown clock reads 15 days until SXSW 2015 takes over Austin, and it has us reminiscing. From food and comedy to music, film and interactive, we rounded up our favorite moments from SXSW 2014. A whole lot of things happen at the fest, so let us know which of your favorites we missed in the comments.

IBM showed off its newest cognitive computing application in a food truck at South by Southwest Interactive 2014. The truck, which was parked near the corner of East Fourth and Red River Streets, served Watson-inspired food. Photo from IBM.

IBM showed off its newest cognitive computing application in a food truck at South by Southwest Interactive 2014. The truck, which was parked near the corner of East Fourth and Red River Streets, served Watson-inspired food. Photo from IBM.

10. The Watson Food Truck blew our mind with its “cognitive cooking.”

Debbie Harry, left,  performs with the Dum Dum Girls at the Spotify House at SXSW on Wednesday March 12, 2014. Photo by Jay Janner.

Debbie Harry, left, performs with the Dum Dum Girls at the Spotify House at SXSW on Wednesday March 12, 2014. Photo by Jay Janner.

9. Debbie Harry joined the Dum Dum Girls at Spotify House surprising the crowd and bringing together generations of awesome female musicians for an upbeat take on the Blondie classic “Dreaming.”

8. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” exhibit at Austin Music Hall was worth checking out even for non-fans. The Oculus Rift demonstration booth with wind effects took virtual reality to a whole other level.

Dock Ellis in "No No: A Dockumentary"

Dock Ellis in “No No: A Dockumentary”

7. Film critic Joe Gross loved “No No: A Dockumentary,” a documentary about 70s pitcher Dock Ellis directed and produced by Austin filmmakers, calling it one of the smartest, coolest, best-soundtracked sports movies ever made.

Jimmy Kimmel poses with members of the University of Texas at Austin band, featured on a taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Austin during SXSW 2014. Kimmel and the show are returning for this year’s festival.

Jimmy Kimmel poses with members of the University of Texas at Austin band, featured on a taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Austin during SXSW 2014. Kimmel and the show are returning for this year’s festival.

6. In his four-minute-and-forty-five-seconds interview, comedy writer Dale Roe asked Jimmy Kimmel how he thought “Lost” was going to end.

Keynote speaker, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, speaks to the audience during day two of SXSW Interactive held at the Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez.

Keynote speaker, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, speaks to the audience during day two of SXSW Interactive held at the Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez.

5. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s keynote was a rollicking hour of science, humor and good-natured skepticism touching on exoplanets, science education and the Tooth Fairy.

Bill Cosby

4. Dale Roe called Bill Cosby’s set at Lustre Pearl the “best and last untainted memory of the comedian I’ll ever have.”

Edward Snowden speaks at SXSW, calls for public oversight of US spy programs on Monday, March 10, 2014. Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell.

Edward Snowden speaks at SXSW, calls for public oversight of US spy programs on Monday, March 10, 2014. Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell.

3. NSA leaker Edward Snowden appeared against a backdrop of the U.S. Constitution to call out the SXSW audience as part of the solution to the privacy crisis.

Ethan Hawke, left, and writer and director Richard Linklater speak to the press on the red carpet for the movie "Boyhood" in Austin at the South By Southwest Film Festival on March 9, 2014. Photo by Thao Nguyen.

Ethan Hawke, left, and writer and director Richard Linklater speak to the press on the red carpet for the movie “Boyhood” in Austin at the South By Southwest Film Festival on March 9, 2014. Photo by Thao Nguyen.

2. The Oscar-nominated and many-other-award-winning film “Boyhood” lived up to the hype at its Austin debut. Film critic Joe Gross says, “Everyone was floored then, everyone should be floored now.”

Lady Gaga performs at Stubb's at SXSW on Thursday March 13, 2014. Photo by Jay Janner.

Lady Gaga performs at Stubb’s at SXSW on Thursday March 13, 2014. Photo by Jay Janner.

1. Keynote speaker Lady Gaga put on quite the performance at Stubb’s, where a woman named Millie “was straddling Gaga on a bucking mechanical bull and repeatedly vomiting green and black liquids on the performer…” Fans had to win a lottery or complete Doritos missions to get tickets to the show (as well as having a badge or wristband).

 


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