SXSW 2018 Top 3 Experiences

This article has references to my last post about SXSW.

SXSW: Incredible, informative, educational, inspiring. Now that the dust has settled from SXSW 2018, I've had some time to reflect and determine what experiences I'm still talking about all these weeks later. Here are my top three.

1. Esther Perel - French-born, NY-based couples therapist & author

I hold a special place in my heart for Esther because her groundbreaking podcast series, "Where Should We Begin" helped me emotionally process my divorce. The podcast series takes you into the room with real life couples facing real life issues, something I haven't seen or heard of before. Each episode has gold nuggets of relationship insights waiting to be discovered by anyone who wants a healthy romantic relationship (that means you). Side note: season 2 was just announced at SX.

Here is her must-watch informative and inspiring talk on the changing landscape of modern romance...

2. Free food, free drinks, front row to Kelela

When some friends told me about a group of DC entrepreneurs (as in the Washington, not the comics) hosting a free event that featured chefs and musicians from the city, I didn't ask any questions, I just followed.

Not only did they have an incredible Korean food spread with kimchi, bulgogi, korean potato salad, seaweed, & slaws, but our server Chance started, and never stopped, bringing us whatever we wanted to drink.

Flashback: On a visit to SXSW 2014 I stumbled upon a performance by an up-and-coming musician named Kelela, whose sultry voice and smooth electronic beats combines to create a genre of its own.

As it turned out, Kelela was from DC and would be playing for us on this night too! So we secured spots right up front, and danced to the solid beats from DJ Farrah Flosscett until Kelela came on stage later that eve. The dancing continued til 2am.

3. Elon Musk!

In my previous post mentioned the reasons I unabashedly put Elon on a pedestal. He is real life Iron Man! When I heard a rumor that he would make an appearance at SXSW, my iPhone fingers went into high gear fleshing out fact vs. fiction. I confirmed via twitter that he was coming to support his buddy, Jonathan Nolan, the creator of HBO's Westworld (which also had a mindblowing exhibit that took you into a recreation of the virtual world).